NCsoft's: Master X Master

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    A look at NCsoft's upcoming MOBA, Master X Master


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    Yes, another MOBA is coming out, this one by NCsoft. The game is currently in its beta test over in South Korea. Steparu took the Master X Master beta for a spin to see if the game was worth paying attention to in an already crowded field of games; rather than finding a game that was essentially a slight reskin and retune of League of Legends, she found that the gameplay is closer to a mixture of Heroes of the Storm and SMITE with third-person shooters.

    The game uses a WASD control scheme whilst allowing players to tag between two characters with the Tab key, bringing in elements of team-based fighting games. It also features PvE missions for players who'd prefer to take on purely team-based challenges, further setting itself apart from the pack. Take a look at the full rundown for more details; while there's no definite release or localization date, it might be different enough from its contemporaries to pique your interest.

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    Master X Master MOBA getting a mobile version as well

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    It might just be the theme of this year's G-Star: online PC games announcing mobile versions. It's at least true for NCsoft's Master X Master, which should be coming some time after the MOBA's launch.

    Master X Master is NCsoft's first internally developed MOBA and is being planned for multiple platforms. The mega-publisher is utilizing cloud technology to create a global platform that will run Master X Master and other titles.

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    General : NCSoft's Master X Master is More Than Just Another MOBA

    Posted Nov 26, 2015


    MOBAs are the hottest new genre that it seems like every company needs to develop a game for, and NCsoft is no different. The key thing here is that Master X Master, which was announced some years ago and is expected to arrive in the latter half of 2016, isn't just another MOBA. As part of my trip to Korea to check out NCsoft's headquarters in Pangyo, South Korea, we also attended the annual Korean video game trade show G Star in Busan which is just like PAX in Seattle but with way more booth babes. Amid the hustle and bustle of the show floor, I was given roughly a half hour of hands on time with Master X Master, including a preview of its PvE and PvP elements.
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    General : Master X Master - A New Direction in the MOBA Genre

    Posted Jan 27, 2016 by Suzie Ford


    Master X Master is the latest entry into the MOBA market for NCSoft. The game separates itself from the classic MOBA design by working a very strong action RPG style into its build. Players will not only be able to compete in matches, but also play through scenarios in co-op mode. Adding these two mechanics into a fresh MOBA design along with fun characters from NCSoft classics like Guild Wars and Blade & Soul, and you have a new direction in the MOBA genre.
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    PAX East 2016: Hands-on with NCsoft’s Master x Master

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    Master x Master might very well be the MOBA that I learn to love in spite of any and all preconceptions.




    I am not, categorically, a fan of MOBAs. This is not news. It’s not a moral stance of any sort; the genre, as a whole, just holds very little appeal. Master x Master had that to overcome right from the starting gate, along with the reality that the game’s very nature didn’t sound to appealing. A mascot-based MOBA based on NCsoft properties, most of which have very little resonance for me in the first place? I can live without that.




    Walking away from the demo I had with the game, I’m humming an altogether different tune. The game actually exists in an odd hybrid space between MOBA gameplay, twin-stick shooters, and cooperative ARPG gameplay in more ways than one, and its “mascot” nature has been vastly overstated. What I’ve seen and played thus far is smart, fun, and almost everything I would have asked for from a genre that I normally don’t have much interest in.
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    Master x Master spotlights the support abilities of Demenos

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    Do you ever wonder about how characters in MOBAs go to the bathroom? The newest video highlighting Master x Master‘s support caster Demenos makes it a relevant question. Sure, form-fitting bodysuits raise questions, but at least the people wearing them have roughly human anatomy.

    Demenos is just a floating idealized torso from the waist up. What happens if he’s out drinking all evening and really needs a stop in the restroom? Does he just slink behind an alley and do something that you don’t want to watch happen?


    If you would rather not consider these questions, you can focus instead upon what Demenos does in battle, which is support people. And he’s good at it, too; depending on his build and abilities, he can act as a healer, crowd control, or straight-up damage. Check him out in action in the full video just past the break, which does nothing to answer any burning questions you might have about how the heck his digestive system works as just a floating torso.
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    Master X Master introduces Innowin and a livestreamed tournament

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    Master X Master continues its tour of the playable heroes within with the introduction of Innowin, a scout and damage-dealer who prefers that enemies never see her coming. Not because she’s stealthy, mind you, but because she’d rather dispatch her enemies from long range with her personal particle acceleration cannon before said enemies can even consider her presence. You can see her strut her stuff in a new video just below.


    But the game isn’t just about watching individual heroes strut around, it’s about seeing the characters act in concert. You’ll be able to see what the game’s PvP side looks like in depth in an upcoming livestream tournament, starting at 8:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 26th. Players will be introduced to the game, then will form teams and take one another on in the Titan Ruins map, giving fans an idea of what the game will look like when it’s open to the public.
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    Master X Master introduces WildStar’s Mondo Zax

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    One of the hooks of NCsoft’s upcoming Master X Master MOBA is that it pulls its heroes from all of NCsoft’s games — and that includes WildStar. Today, the studio has revealed WildStar’s iconic Chua mad scientist Mondo Zax. NCsoft calls Mondo an “aggressive support master who summons mechanical creations to assist him and his allies.”
    “Mondo can dish out bursts of damage while shielding and buffing himself and his allies. Mondo uses a modified bolt caster, which fires out medium-range projectiles and can be charged to fire up to three bolts simultaneously. […] Each of Mondo’s main skills summons a bot that follows Mondo around and has both an active and passive element to it.”
    His ultimate? Yeah it’s basically a giant mobile laser beam. Pew pew! Watch his “Meet the Masters” video below.
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    Master X Master’s first alpha is locked in for June 21

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    NCsoft has announced that the first western alpha playtest for its IP-spanning MOBA Master X Master will kick off on June 21st.


    “We’ll be focusing the test on a selection of masters and game modes; primarily offering 3v3 and 5v5 PvP game modes, but a selection of PvE stages will also be available to fight your way through,” NCsoft writes. “We’ll also be joining you in the test all weekend as NCSOFT West employees, as well as developers from our Korea offices (and other special guests), will be livestreaming throughout the entire test.”

    The studio says players will be able to pick up keys from various media outlets as well as to select newsletter subscribers.
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    E3 2016: Master X Master might be the most MMO-like MOBA around

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    Despite Eliot’s positive experience with Master X Master at PAX East back in April, I went into my demo at this year’s E3 expecting very little. While I’m far from a MOBA master, I’ve sunk some time into several non-mainstream titles hoping to spice up the genre and rarely stick with them for long. Happily, though MXM may suffer the same fate for me personally, I’m already feeling confident that I can recommend the title to Massively OP readers.

    Don’t call it a mascot fighter

    One thing I think that might be best for the game from a sales perspective is this emphasis on calling it a mascot fighter. Think of it like Who Framed Roger Rabbit?: There are cameos from famous people, but most of the movie revolves around original characters. MXM is much the same, so when you read character introductions outside of the game and don’t have a clue which NCsoft title they’re from, just assume they’re an original. There’s nothing intentionally misleading about this, as apparently my guide didn’t realize the out-of-game press made no emphasis to highlight this distinction (even the Asian websites lack this information on the character pages).

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    General : E3 2016 - MXM Has a Unique Twist on a Tiring Concept

    Posted Jun 22, 2016 by Suzie Ford


    I need to confess, when NCsoft first showed me MXM last year I was pretty skeptical. While the version we played wasn't localized, it was evident that NCsoft was trying to push into the free-to-play space of other MOBAs—which at the time seemed like an awful idea to me. But MXM isn't a MOBA, it smartly borrows some of those ideas, a few more from action RPGs, and then even a sprinkling from MMOs, and turns that all into something that so far feels distinct and different.
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    General : MXM Alpha Test Keys Giveaway!

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    [​IMG]NCSOFT is holding the first closed test for Master X Master (MXM), and we have codes to get you access!


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    MXM : NCSoft’s Latest is a Pleasant Surprise

    Posted Jun 27, 2016


    I didn’t really know what to expect when I logged into Master X Master (MXM) this weekend for the first ever Alpha weekend test. Fact is, I kind of just assumed it would be “yet another MOBA” with tacked on PVE missions. After spending some time in the game this weekend, it turns out it’s a lot more and quite fun to play.
    Read more of Bill Murphy's MXM: Master X Master - NCSoft's Latest is a Pleasant Surprise.

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    Master X Master highlights Poharan and Kromede

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    There’s more to Master X Master than just bringing in characters from several NCsoft games under the same roof, but that is still part of the game’s purpose.

    The two latest heroes to be revealed are both expatriates from other games. Poharan is the vice admiral of the Black Ram in Blade & Soul, while Kromede is a boss players face off against in Aion. And now they’re both ranged fighters in MxM‘s various modes.

    Poharan serves as a long-range attacker, with several skills to slow enemies or otherwise keep her distance; her attacks lose their potency against close-range opponents. Kromede, meanwhile, is focused more on the mid-range with high damage.

    Her bow attacks will inflict bleeding on enemies that are slowed, stunned, or otherwise snared, while other abilities in her arsenal deal more damage to bleeding targets. Check out both of the characters in action just below. Read more

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    Check out Master X Master’s wicked PvE side

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    Astute readers out there might recall that one of the reasons Master X Master is getting so much word-of-mouth praise is how the MOBA plays and feels much like an MMO, offering a potential bridge between the two genres. The fact that the game has a dedicated PvE mode definitely helps in that area.


    As MXM transitions from alpha into beta, Steparu took some time to play and record PvE gameplay footage. The video montage covers several environments and shows how the game functions much like an ARPG at times. So drink in nearly three minutes of intense PvE gameplay action after the jump!
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    Master X Master’s next alpha test includes minigames and Guild Wars 2 stage

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    Master X Master’s third alpha playtest kicks off tomorrow, and according to the game’s developers, it looks to be a significant milestone for the game. Guild Wars 2 players, you might want to pay attention to this.
    “We’re inviting everyone to come experience Master X Master,” NCsoft said, “including new European servers, German and French localization, the same great PvE stages and PvP modes, and a first look at the minigames mode and the Guild Wars 2 Ascalon event stage!”
    Minigames? Yes indeed, there will be bunch of crazy stages to complete in this mode, including candy rush, jump rope, and bullet hell. The Alpha 3 playtest will run from August 25th through the 31st. To whet your appetite for this weekend’s alpha playtest, we’ve got a host of screenshots and a trio of videos for you below!
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    The Stream Team: Master X Master’s minigames

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    Master X Master is wrapping up another alpha, but not before MassivelyOP’s MJ makes it in for a few rounds. How have things developed since her last foray into the game? Well, for starters there are minigames! Some involve candy; others involve jumping rope.

    Basically, it sounds like plenty of trouble for MJ to get into.

    Tune in live at 4:00 p.m. to check out these new little games within the game.
    What: Master X Master
    Who: MJ Guthrie
    When: 4:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
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    Master x Master plans PvP beta testing for late November


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    There’s a lot of PvE content in Master x Master, but the game is still technically a MOBA, and that means facing off against other players on multi-lane PvP maps. The next beta test for the game will focus on exactly that, with players taking on the Titan Ruins map and its particular twist on the three-lane format by summoning the eponymous Titans and smashing through the opponent’s defenses. This test will run from November 22nd to 28th.


    Servers for the test will only be available during certain hours; 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. EST for the North American servers and 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. UTC for European servers. Ranked play will also be available, with players earning the “Alpha Incarnate” title for launch as a reward for winning five ranked matches. The test will also introduce Nedien and Tulam to the game’s roster, providing different options for team composition and hero setups. Keep your eyes peeled for more information on the characters as we get closer to the test toward the end of the month.
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    Master X Master tests its Titan Ruins this weekend

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    NCsoft’s upcoming Master X Master is thankful for a chance to squeeze in another playtest this week. The MOBA is currently running an alpha test through November 28th in both North America and Europe.


    The playtest is centered around the Titan Ruins, a 5v5, three-lane PvP mode. “None of the previous alpha data will be available for this test as we want to have a fresh look and feedback on Titan Ruins,” NCsoft said. “We’ll be removing the level requirement for Titan Ruins and ranked mode for this test, as well as unlocking all masters for play immediately.”


    Speaking of masters, two new characters — Nedien and Tulam — are available to play in this test. If you didn’t get in, don’t fret: The beta and launch for Master X Master are coming in 2017.
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    The Stream Team: A holiday serving of Master X Master alpha


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    One thing Massively OP‘s MJ is thankful for is the ability to peek into new and developing games to see what they are up to. And with Master X Master’s fourth alpha this weekend, she gets to do exactly that! The focus of this playtest is the 5v5, three-lane PvP mode called Titan Ruins. How will MJ do in this game mode? Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you another look at…
    What: Master X Master
    Who: MJ Guthrie
    When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, November 24th, 2016
    Enjoy the show!
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    Master x Master introduces Koom and Vonak

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    Eager to know when everyone gets to play Master x Master? We can't tell you that, on account of not actually knowing. Still, the game is introducing us to two new heroes, so forward motion is still happening! This pair is Koom, an enormous stone juggernaut, and Vonak, a spindly guy with a popped collar and two guns. Care to guess which one is the defensive hero and which one is the assault?

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    That's not a trick question, by the way. It's pretty obvious. Koom is a huge dude made of stone, he's all about defense.



    That should not be a difficult evaluation.

    As always, the videos for both characters show off their abilities and some of the customizations available for the characters to tweak abilities and attack. You can check out both videos down below, and presumably join the "eagerly waiting for a beta announcement" crowd.
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    The Statesman in MXM is a Disservice to City of Heroes Fans


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    I'm sure it came with noble intentions. NCSOFT knows how much hurt is still felt by the too-soon closure of Cryptic/Paragon's City of Heroes. So when they saw a chance to bring a beloved character from that IP into their upcoming all-star MOBA, they probably leapt at the idea. "We can make those fans happy!" they said. "We can make this game appealing in the West at the same time!" they exclaimed. But that's not quite how it's being seen by the community.Read more


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    Here's why everyone's pissed off about City of Heroes NPCs in NCsoft's MOBA

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    Yesterday, NCsoft took the lid off a secret it's clearly been working on for a while: The company means to introduce a notorious and well-known City of Heroes NPC as one of the characters in its upcoming MOBA, Master x Master.


    Here's the thing. Master x Master is actually pretty well-liked around here. The writers we've sent to test it out the past few years came away thinking it was an excellent hybrid PvE MOBA with a lot of MMO elements, a genuinely good entry to the market and something we're happy to cover. So I don't think anyone wishes it, specifically, harm.
    But NCsoft? I don't know who told you this was a good idea. It's really not a good idea.
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    Massively Overthinking: The City of Heroes Master X Master debacle

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    On Tuesday, NCsoft announced that it plans to introduce Statesman, from the long-sunsetted City of Heroes, as a playable character in its MOBA, Master x Master.
    Complications ensued, as anyone familiar with the history of MMORPGs can probably imagine.


    For this week's Overthinking, I asked our team of writers -- both those who loved CoH and those who never much played it -- what they think about the whole ordeal. Are gamers right to be angry? What exactly is NCsoft thinking? Have we seen the end of any hope of the game being resurrected or sold, or should we infer just the opposite?
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