Listen, we need to have a talk about your MOBA dedication. You’ve been taking too much time off, seeing the sun too often, and slacking on your team practice time. It’s time to get serious about your Master X Master
skills because the ranked preseason began today
Wait, preseason? What’s that about? As Season One approaches for the game’s competitive scene, there is a four week lead-up during which players can get used to the ranked environment and become eligible for ranked Titan Ruins matches. To accomplish the latter, you’ll need to be level 40 and have unlocked at least 12 characters.
The preseason period isn’t only for fun and practice; there are several rewards to be attained for those who climb up to the grand master rank. Even if you aren’t that good, you can still get a free rare token to buy special skins if you complete five matches.
We’ve certainly remarked several times on Massively OP how much like an MMO Master X Master is, even though it firmly checks the “MOBA” box on its census form. With so much similarity and bleedover between the gameplay genres, is there something that MMOs can learn from this title?
Occasional Hero seems to think so and has pulled out three lessons from his experience, including altaholic pride: “As someone who loves playing an army of alts rather than a single character, I really like the idea of a game with a whole bunch of characters that I can switch between as I feel like it. It’s one of the reasons why I love Marvel Heroes so much, despite the fact that the gameplay revolves around doing the same content over and over. And the reason why playing a bunch of different characters/classes is fun in a game like Marvel Heroes or Master X Master is that they each have a unique gimmick.”
Join us for more interesting MMO discussions from gaming blogs after the break, including a strange revival for EverQuest Online Adventures, a new way to experience World of Warcraft, and first steps into Secret World Legends!
You’re certainly heard of dev community Q&A sessions, but what about dev cosplay Q&A? Master X Master
recruited the help of cosplayer Cheezecake to relay community queries now that the game has launched.
Other than the surprise drop of Ghost Widow as a playable character at launch, the team is being tight-lipped about future masters. The devs did say that they are planning to roll out six to eight new heroes every year, and that these will be a mix of original characters and NCsoft franchise cameos.
Master X Master’s hybrid design has made it somewhat difficult for the studio to convey to potential players in a short period of time. When pressed about a stronger advertising campaign, the team said that it’s skewing away from “traditional” advertising and is favoring word-of-mouth recommendations and social media instead.
The Q&A runs for about a half-hour, and you can view it after the break. Warning: Your life will never be the same after seeing it!
During a recent Massively OP podcast
, Justin and I expressed surprise that NCsoft
wasn’t doing more cross-promotion with the newly launched Master X Master
MOBA and the extant NCsoft MMORPGs from which it borrows. Strike that! ArenaNet was dragged into the action this week when it tweeted out an unlock key for Rytlock
of Guild Wars 2
There’s just one catch: It expires in the middle of the night tonight at 3 a.m. EDT.
If you’re not lucky enough to use it, take heart; all of MxM’s heroes are playable all weekend. Enjoy!
On this week’s show, Justin and Bree talk about walking into Mordor, warping over to Argus, delving into secret conspiracies, battling on a comet, resurrecting super villains, and more!
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While very few veteran City of Heroes
fans were happy about the inclusion of Statesman in Master x Master
for a variety of reasons, the inclusion of Ghost Widow should be less controversial. Partly because that outrage has already passed, but also partly because it’s Ghost Widow, who is just pretty darn cool. It’s not Penelope Yin or War Witch or Scirocco, but it’s still one of the game’s cooler characters.
“But how does Ghost Widow actually play?” you ask, and that’s actually a very good question! You can find out in the video just below, but the short version is that she’s a nuker capable of stripping buffs and savagely hurting enemies suffering from other debuffs. It may be a bit unusual to see her on the side of the angels, but it does mean you can bring a bit of that psychic undead fun into your game.
What is Master X Master
? Well if you don’t know, I’m certainly not going to tell you. Just kidding! NCsoft
is attempting to address the question itself in a video posted during launch week, highlighting the MOBA’s PvP, PvE, solo, and multiplayer.
“MxM utilizes its revolutionary tag system, allowing you to constantly swap between your two chosen characters as the match progresses,” says the studio. “This system allows for hundreds of thousands of combinations before even entering a match, and the strategy involved in chosing your team and kit is nearly endless.”
The MOBA formally launched last week along with new buyable bundles and a five-hour celebratory livestream, which we’ve tucked down below along with the other newish bits and our own stream from launch week! Let us know if you’re playing, yeah?
One game enters the list and another leaves. Dark and Light has started its closed testing, although there’s a very small number of people currently invited to test the game, so you’re probably not on the list. Meanwhile, Master x Master has entered the shark-infested waters of launch, so it’s now as real as it gets. Hooray for changes on the list!
Boy, I’m so excited I’m just going to launch into several more list items. Come with me, will you?
- Luna Online is apparently in closed testing in Southeast Asia, so that’s good news for fans of the game, people who live in Southeast Asia, and people who want games with names similar to those of moths. I assume the crossover on that list is rather small, but you never know.
- Hyper Universe has entered closed beta; if you’ve forgotten about that one, it’s a MOBA but of the side-scrolling variety. Check out the Facebook page for keys and such.
- A big test update is coming to Project Genom next month. It’s… big, almost like a whole rewriting of the game’s focus. You’ll want to see it to believe it, apparently.
- The bad news is that the early access launch for Rend is being delayed; the good news is that it’s apparently being delayed for really cool and good reasons. You’ll have to take the developer’s word on that one.
- Gigantic is launching on July 20th, so you may want to mark your calendar for that. And you can test freely on the PC right now, too.
- Kritika Online is throwing into the open beta ring pretty soon; June 29th, to be specific. Founder’s pack holders get in a little bit earlier, though.
- Last but not least, Shot Online Golf has hit the closed beta scene. So, you know. Golf.
And there’s still a whole list down below! What fun. Let us know if something in there slipped phases without us noticing, all right? We really like lists, if you haven’t noticed.
MxM has officially launched, and Massively OP’s MJ is diving back into the fray! Of course, now that all alphas and betas are over, she’ll have to start over from scratch. Which hero from which game will she choose to play after the tutorial? Ultimately MJ wants to play Kromede; she has fond memories of that NPC from Aion. Tune in live at 4:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team takes a launch look at…
What: Master X Master
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 22nd, 2016
Master X Master
is officially launching in the West today, bringing NCsoft’s
take on a multi-IP MOBA-with-a-twist to our shores. The twist is the PvE element, which was relatively novel for the genre back when MxM was announced but is now present
in a few others
. Still, there’s no other MOBA out there where you can play characters from Guild Wars 2
, and City of Heroes
The floodgates officially open at 1 p.m. EDT this afternoon, but until then, we’ve rounded up all our coverage and streams of the game to now, plus a few of the game’s latest prep vids. Happy launch day!
Oh, E3, always a magical time full of promises when some aren’t meant to be kept, some are meant to be kept but won’t be, and some actually will happen. Have fun guessing which is which!
Among the more pertinent announcements from this year’s convention are ARK: Survival Evolved launching on August 8th, Sea of Thieves delaying launch until 2018, and Destiny 2 launching early September and late October depending on platform. We’ve also got the new game Anthem on its way for 2018 and Monster Hunter World headed for consoles and PC, which is all cool.
Oh, and let’s not forget the announcements of Skull and Bones and The Crew 2. Or the Lawbreakers beta starting June 28th while launch is set for August 8th. Jeez. Is there even room for more beta news? Yes, but just a little.
Whew! Some title density in there, almost mirroring that of the list down below. You can still read the list, though, and if we missed something or a game has slipped into a new test phase, you can let us know in the comments.
We are still a few days off from Master X Master’s official launch, but that shouldn’t stop you from preparing for the launch of this hybrid MOBA. NCsoft informed fans that it could go ahead and download the launch client, advising players that they should uninstall any test clients first.
Another preparatory step is to reserve your name, which is totally a thing you can do provided that you’ve purchased one of the more expensive founder’s packs. Players who have bought either the $60 or $100 packs can go ahead and reserve a single name for use when Master X Master goes live. The name reservations will end on June 21st.
Get to know some of the voice acting behind your favorite MxM characters after the break!
It seems co-op multiplayer campaigns are the thing for MOBAs to do lately, if SMITE and Master X Master and Dota 2 are any judge, bringing the whole MMO and ARPG industry full circle. Dota 2’s attempt at adding PvE content into games built around PvP arena battles launched this week, in fact. Act I: Siltbreaker is live now and includes loot and de facto achievements and ranks.
“Each playthrough of this campaign offers the chance to earn in-game Artifacts that can be used each time you play the campaign during the Battle Pass season. Comprised of all-new items to the Dota universe, Artifacts are mythic objects of power that can be equipped in your inventory as you progress through the challenges of the campaign. […] As you battle through multiple play zones in search of Rhyzik, you’ll earn completion stars based on your performance level. The first time you complete a zone with one or two stars will net you Battle Points rewards, and delivering a three-star zone performance will grant a treasure from Siltbreaker himself.”
It’s not technically a free update; you’ll need to own Valve’s Battle Pass to access it, which’ll set you back about 10 bucks. Act II: A Vault in the Deep is slated to release in July.