Hey guys, the name’s Raptor. I am a former Pro fighting game player. I competed in fighting games, specifically for the game Mortal Kombat X, from 2015 to 2017. During my time competing, I’ve placed in multiple tournament top 8s and was an ESL Season 3 Finalist. Here’s a video of me going up against the #1 fighting game player in the world, SonicFox.
While I didn’t compete for long, I’ve actually been playing fighting games since 2011, starting with Mortal Kombat 9. I’ve played every NetherRealm Studios title since then, including the Injustice series. Ever since then, I’ve learned a lot about fighting games and how they work. Not only do I love playing fighting games, but I also love breaking them down and sharing that knowledge with others. This eventually lead me to working a contract job at NetherRealm Studios as a Game Balance Tester while also helping with Q & A for Injustice 2. Currently, I am a content creator for Mortal Kombat and Injustice, creating YouTube videos in addition to this website.
I created this website as a passion project of mine in hopes of helping others improve at fighting games. If you wish to support me, feel free to subscribe to my YouTube channel and/or join my Patreon!
Hey all, I’m Slips and I’m here to assist with Raptor in creating this site with reliable data and content. I’ve known Raptor from when he first started playing fighting games competitively and watched him grow from an up-and-coming player to a top placing tournament threat on every level. It’s been more than a pleasure playing with him through the years. His passion for the truth and optimization for playing these games is unparalleled and it’s a privilege to assist him with this site.
I began my fighting game career in 2000 playing Tekken Tag Tournament (TTT) winning several tournaments in years to come. I placed 2nd in the Namco Sponsored National Tournament for Tekken 5. In the EVO Championship Series I’ve placed top 8 three times; twice in TTT and once in Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection. From Tekken I moved on to Mortal Kombat 9 and was able to land a couple top 8’s using solely Scorpion. I was then lucky enough to land a contract job at Netherrealm Studios to assist with balance suggestions, QA work, and aid with marketing videos for Injustice: God Among Us.
My fighting game career is most blessed. I’ll do whatever I can to give back to the fighting game community and help it grow into something great. Below are some of my best placings throughout my career. Many results have been lost through time so apologies if I’m off on these by a year or mislabelled a tournament…it was a long time ago lol.
Last but not least, I’m King Hippo, and Raptor has been kind enough to ask me to assist in creating some guides that will teach you how to better look at fighting games as a whole, and not just Mortal Kombat 11. Raptor and I first came across each in the trenches of the TYM message boards, where we both shared an affinity for the character Deathstroke in Injustice: Gods Among Us. Fun fact, all three of us here played Deathstroke! What a world. But that’s not the only thing we share; we each love fighting games, and want to take our experiences and our knowledge and pass it on so others can hopefully engage with these games at the same level that we do.
I first started playing fighting games with a more competitive mindset in 2007, looking at tutorials and gameplay from some of the old legends of Street Fighter like John Choi, Afrocole, David Sirlin, and Seth Killian. With the boom that came with the release of Street Fighter IV in early 2009, I leapt into competing and I never looked back! I’m not quite as decorated as Slips or Raptor, but I always did well locally in Arizona, particularly in NRS games. I peaked in Injustice: Gods Among Us, where I was able to place top 8 at SoCal Regionals 2014 despite playing only in my very small local scene and with very little online play. After Injustice, I had to move fighting games (and life) to the background as I focused on academics, but I always tried to stay involved, whether it be through attending local tournaments, Evolution every year, writing on my blog, Them’s Fighting Words!!, or co-hosting The Slips and Hippo Show podcast with Slips!
With MK11, I hope to help Raptor create a central hub full of accurate information and insightful tips on how to become a better fighting game player. I may not have the results that Slips and Raptor have, but I do have lots of experience and a keen eye for detail, so I hope my Kombat 101 series is able to help some would-be warriors out there who like fighters but don’t know where to start learning how to be better. See you on the battlefield, Kombatants!
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