As is the case with every new Mortal Kombat 11 DLC fighter, many wondered how she would perform in the current meta, how she would compare to other fighters, and perhaps how she would even compare to other Mortal Kombat 11 DLC fighters. Now that she's out, fans of the Queen of Edenia have their answer - while it will take more time to properly case her onto any full tier list, she's a competitive Mortal Kombat 11 fighter through and through.
For those who are unaware, Sindel is the latest Mortal Kombat 11 fighter to join the roster, coming equipped with some powerful moves and a new backstory. Understandably, Sindel's retcon hasn't proved to be too popular thus far, but since that doesn't really influence gameplay, that's neither here nor there. What matters to many is how she plays, how she will compare to their mains, and whether or not she should be considered for a main.
Everyone's playstyle is different, so the first thing anyone will realize about Sindel is that her basic attacks are slower than one might think. The pre-release Mortal Kombat 11 gameplay footage showed a ton of powerful combos for Sindel, but it didn't make clear that anything less makes her much slower than some, particularly her low attacks. It's worth mentioning that she is still quicker than the Terminator, who is often described as sluggish, but will likely lose most contents where speed is the determining. For Terminator, his balance for his low speed comes in the form of his raw strength; for Sindel, it's her wide variety of attacks and reach.
Her reach is perhaps the biggest component. Between her Banshee screams and her Kwan Do, Sindel's vertical and horizontal reach is top notch compared to other Mortal Kombat 11 fighters. It's hard to say if she has the furthest reach in terms of combat manuevers, but it's a solid balance for her slightly slower playstyle, though she may not be an ideal main for someone who prefers more direct, heavy-hitting, and aggressive tactics. In contrast, Sindel is a more technical fighter than some.
Her mobility in this regard and her broad range of combo potentials makes her an ideal Mortal Kombat 11 main for those who prefer this style of fighter, and truthfully, it wouldn't be surprising to see her enter any tournament play. Combined with a variety of control combos, Sindel could prove to be far better than at first glance; it just takes getting to know her character.
Roughly, it's hard to say where she would fall into a Mortal Kombat 11 tier list, but there's list doubt she would find herself on the upper side of it where, in the right hands, Sindel can easily best A, B, or C rank characters like Shao Kahn or the Kollector. Where she may struggle is characters with speed like Liu Kang, but still, many could easily consider her A+ or S depending on their own playstyle.
From a design perspective, she is aesthetically gory and pleasing to play. From her brutality to all of Sindel's fatalities, someone looking for a fun time with a little flare doesn't have to look much further than Sindel. What's clear about this DLC is that the Queen of Edenia has arrived and won't be forgotten. Compared to other fighters in the game, she will find herself cast among the best a lot, and specifically compared to the various DLC fighters, she may be regarded as one of the best post-launch additions to Mortal Kombat 11.
Mortal Kombat 11 is out now for PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch, and Xbox One.