“Join the White Lotus” they said. “Align yourself with the godlike defenders of Earthrealm.” So I did, and everybody else decided to be an ice ninja instead. Mortal Kombat X’s Faction War feature makes me sad.

My initial excitement over joining one of five factions and battling it out online and off against the competition has declined each day since Mortal Kombat X’s release. The standings just aren’t fluctuating, and it’s become clear to me that no matter how many challenges I complete, the Lin Kuei will always come out on top due to superior numbers.

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The Faction War system works like this: players choose one of five factions. Everything they do in the game, offline or online, contributes points to their chosen faction. At the end of the week, points are tallied and the winning faction is crowned. And that winner is going to be the Lin Kuei, Sub-Zero’s clan. There’s no two ways about it.

Just look at the clan representatives in the screenshot above—it’s like they’re lined up from most interesting to least. Humans in military garb? Bah. Why bother, when you can be an elder god, or a dark wizard or a dick with a cyborg eye?

It’s a popularity contest, and the only way another faction could come close to the Lin Kuei would be if they swapped out Scorpion for their current rep.

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I’ll be monitoring the ongoing war on a weekly basis, and should things change I will be the first overjoyed White Lotus member to let you know.