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Official Site: Master X Master
Studio: NCsoft
Launch Date: ETA is 2016
Genre: MOBA-OARPG Hybrid
Business Model: F2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

The MOP Up: PlayerUnknown’s Battleground and the fog of war (September 17, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from The Black DeathAstroneerOverwatch, Heroes of the StormTree of Life, War ThunderElder Scrolls OnlineHearthstoneWorlds AdriftArena of ValorPlayerUnknown’s BattlegroundsNeverwinterRagnarok MobileRappelzMaster X MasterSplatoon 2SkyforgeTravian, and Final Fantasy XI, all waiting for you after the break!

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The MOP Up: Skyforge gets a dark rush with the Revenant (September 10, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Master X MasterBlade and SoulEVE OnlineRoboManiacHearthstoneHyper UniverseThe Black DeathPokemon GoRuneScapeTERA MChampions OnlineWurm OnlineFinal Fantasy XIGiganticAllods OnlineHellionLeague of LegendsDiablo III, and Path of Exile, all waiting for you after the break!

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Master x Master is devaluing one currency to improve another

Have you found yourself playing Master x Master and thinking that the game was just too darn generous with currency? Probably not, but then, you aren’t NCsoft and thus trying to derive a profit from the game. A new post on the official site explains that the studio believes the game was giving out too much SOL (the currency earned just from play) and not offering enough advantage to players using X-Coins (the currency bought for real money). So the economy is changing.

Nightmare mode will no longer cost SOL, X-Coin prices on unlocking Masters will go down, and SOL costs for most Master items will go up. The stated reason is that players were earning too much progress for free and there was a severe imbalance, but the Reddit thread in response is full of players who feel unlocking Masters is already expensive and making their items more expensive just limits the game for no player benefits.

However you feel about the changes, you’ll want to spend your SOL before September 13th, when the changes are set to roll out to everyone regardless of opinion.

Source: Official Site, Reddit; thanks to Anon for the tip!

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Master x Master teases a new master arriving… probably

“Hey, what do you mean by ‘probably’ in the title there, buddy?” you ask, squinting at the computer and staring at the headline above. “What could the latest teaser for Master x Master just past the break possibly be about if not that?” And the answer? We don’t really know, but the teaser in question makes the bold decision of not mentioning the new character, not showing the new character, not even explaining anything about the new character aside from displaying a resurrection effect probably belonging to the new character.

So let’s be real here, it’s probably not a teaser for a particularly good brand of hot sauce. But it’s unclear what the new character is actually going to be aside from “someone who revives people.” Here, take our word for it, jump on past the break and watch it for yourself. It’s only half a minute long, we suspect you can spare the time.

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The MOP Up: Portal Knights splits up the party (August 13, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Planet of HeroesThe Black DeathMu LegendRobloxCabal IIPortal KnightsMaster X MasterHellionElswordSoulworker OnlineAr:piel OnlineCaravan StoriesSword of Legends OnlineVainglory, and Aion, all waiting for you after the break!

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Master X Master kicks off the ranked preseason

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.

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Global Chat: Learning from Master X Master

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!

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Master X Master devs take on post-launch community queries

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!

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PSA: All Master X Master toons are playable this weekend, plus unlock Guild Wars 2’s Rytlock for free until tonight

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 fame.

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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!

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 125: Secrets, Mordor, and Argus

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!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

Listen to the show right now:

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Ghost Widow gets a spotlight on her Master x Master incarnation

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.

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NCsoft explains what Master X Master is

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?

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Betawatch: Dark and Light enters closed testing (June 23, 2017)

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?

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.

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