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Two players qualify for Final Kombat via NA League: MK1 characters to win

The results of two regional finals are somewhat unexpected. They showcase the uniqueness of online play.

Mortal Kombat 1 (MK1) Pro Kompetition 2023-24 will be completed on June 16 with the Final Kombat event. Players need to prove their might to qualify for this prestigious tournament. Two qualifying spots are for North American (NA) players. NA East and West regional finals had determined one winner per sub-region.

It’s quite interesting to follow these matches as they clearly show what MK1 characters are the strongest in the current meta and what Kameos are the best for them. Also, these specific tournaments have demonstrated the growth of the online competitive scene. Players who dominate many weekly tourneys win such big qualifiers. Can they repeat their success in the offline environment?

MK1 Final Kombat 2024 qualifiers in NA: Stream

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MK1 Pro Kompetition 2023-24: NA East

TheMightyUnjust looked unstoppable in the MK1 NA regional final. May this be the power of Peacemaker? In most of the fights, the character was accompanied by Khameleon, but TheMightyUnjust also took Kano for some matchups. Xombat fell to the losers bracket after a match against another super strong player in the sub-region, Ninjakilla_212. They played again in the losers final, and the match was much closer with a different outcome.

Top 8  brackets in NA East (Image via Mortal Kombat on YouTube)
Top 8 brackets in NA East (Image via Mortal Kombat on YouTube)

In the grand final, both players stuck to one character and Kameo pair: Peacemaker/Khameleon for TheMightyUnjust and Johnny Cage/Goro. This brought initial success for Xombat, as he won the first match and reset the brackets with 3-1.

Then, TheMightyUnjust adapted and recovered. He won the grand final reset and the regional final. This means we will be able to see TheMightyUnjust playing at the MK1 Final Kombat 2024 event.

Placement
Player
MK1 Character/Kameo
1
TheMightyUnjust
Peacemaker/Khameleon
Peacemaker/Kano
2
Xombat
Johnny Cage/Khameleon
Peacemaker/Kano
Johnny Cage/Goro
3
Ninjakilla_212
Kung Lao/Janet Cage
Liu Kang/Kung Lao
Liu Kang/Khameleon
4
Getrekedyo-
Johnny Cage/Janet Cage
Johnny Cage/Kung Lao
Liu Kang/Kung Lao
5-6
Joystick
Liu Kang/Khameleon
Liu Kang/Kung Lao
Peacemaker/Khameleon
5-6
sooneo
Peacemaker/Sonya
7-8
Pulse
Johnny Cage/Kung Lao
Johnny Cage/Goro
Johnny Cage/Khameleon
Ermac/Janet Cage
7-8
JustNasty
Smoke/Goro
Smoke/Sub-Zero
Kenshi/Darius

MK1 Pro Kompetition 2023-24: NA West

One player from our list of MK1 players to watch out for could not participate in the regional final — SonicFox. The absence of this legend gave a chance to other competitors.

Hourglass_Of_Rain won a very close first match against KingGambler. But then he fell to the losers bracket after going 0-3 in the winners final against WiZEGEMiNi.

Hourglass_Of_Rain and KingGambler played again in the losers final — and again, the match was very close. Hourglass_Of_Rain won this time and proceeded to the grand final.

Top 8 brackets in NA East (Image via Mortal Kombat on YouTube)
Top 8 brackets in NA East (Image via Mortal Kombat on YouTube)

The might of Hourglass_Of_Rain was unleashed in the grand final. He won the first match with a clear 3-0. The grand final reset was much tougher, and the players reached Game 5. Hourglass_Of_Rain handled this pressure better and won with a Brutality by Mileena.

Placement
Player
MK1 Character/Kameo
1
Hourglass Of Rain
Mileena/Khameleon
Mileena/Kung Lao
2
WiZEGEMiNi
Liu Kang/Kung Lao
Havik/Scorpion
3
KingGambler
Johnny Cage/Goro
4
wannianlaoer22
Scorpion/Khameleon
5-6
dexydawg
Mileena/Khameleon
5-6
Rewind
Reiko/Janet Cage
Reiko/Tremor (Crystalline) 
General Shao/Khameleon
Li Mei/Janet Cage
7-8
Han Rashid
Reiko/Janet Cage
Johnny Cage/Khameleon
7-8
Onlinecale213
Baraka/Stryker

MK1 characters to win

Apart from some personal preferences, we can see general character and Kameo patterns in the current meta of MK1. Johnny Cage and Liu Kang were chosen for the NA regional finals quite a lot. Kung Lao is a popular Kameo fighter.

Peacemaker turned out to be #1 in NA East. Another MK1 DLC character was taken to one game by Pulse — Ermac.

It’s interesting to see Janet Cage as Kameo in some matches. She is rather new to the game, and she already made it to the Pro Kompetition.

Mileena is strong on the West Coast, especially with another popular Kameo — Khameleon.  The personal picks may also correspond to your style, so it may be a good idea to play Reiko, Baraka, or even Scorpion. Will these characters make their appearance at the Final Kombat? Stick around on esports.gg for everything interesting and important about MK1 and other fighting games.