Mortal Kombat 11 features a mechanic called Mercy and professional players abused it during the first major tournament of the game.
Mercy gives your opponent a second chance and instead of ending it, with a Fatality or another move, you enter the correct commands and it recovers 20% of life. Mercy is considered as the supreme insult in Mortal Kombat.
During the Combo Breaker, a fighting game that takes place during this weekend in the United States, some of the biggest names in the community were present and the disrespect reigned.
In several bouts, the players used Mercy to ridicule the opponent, knowing they could win again or confident in the amount of life they still had for the second try.
However, Leah “GRPT | Gllty” Hayes conceded Mercy to his opponent three times and went further than he should. In one match he used Mercy with little life and ended up losing the combat. In another confrontation, with more life, Mercy applied to the adversary and managed to win.
In a third match, with his presence in the tournament at risk, Gllty granted Mercy the third time in a row – something that was never seen in a professional tournament, and ended up losing the fight.
You can see the moment below (about 2 hours and 52 minutes).
The use of Mercy during a professional tournament of Mortal Kombat 11 was considered a disrespectful size that the NetherRealm itself reacted to what was happening.
Ed Boon, a top manager for Mortal Kombat 11, reacted on Twitter to the disrespect he was seeing in the tournament.
— Ed Boon (@noobde) May 24, 2019
It may not be surprising to see this mechanic become one of the most talked about issues around Mortal Kombat 11, especially after SonicFox awarded Mercy to an opponent in the Next Level Battle Circuit tournament in April in the semifinals and then won.
— HiFight(ハイファイト) (@HiFightTH) April 25, 2019
Mercy in Mortal Kombat 11 seems to have become the biggest insult and the adrenaline that raises in a player who returns to defeat his opponent, after recovering a little life, seems to be superior to respect.