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Ladders for the Halo World Championship 2018 season open next week, with the first online tournament kicking off next Saturday, Jan 13. Today, we’re sharing the map/gametype list as well as settings that will be used for competition.
For the last few months, 343’s multiplayer and HCS teams, along with pro players, have been working together to update the settings for HaloWC 2018. Our two primary goals for this work were to ensure competitive and tournament-ready settings, while also introducing new elements such as Oddball for players and fans to enjoy.
Notable changes from last season include the addition of Oddball, and Slayer on Eden will also be taking a break from the competitive rotation for the season. Some feedback that we’ve received was that Slayer was playing too slow on the map, which allowed teams to grab respawning power weapons using the ones they already had. We’re going to explore options for improving the gametype for future seasons.
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In the settings update that hit before the new year, we had narrowed Oddball settings down to two similar variants, which featured small differences in Oddball carrier traits, including the use of Thrust, and number of melees required to kill. After close consideration and feedback from community and pro players, Halo World Championship 2018 play will feature the “v4” variant, which provides ball carriers with Thrust and Clamber, while requiring two melees to kill. With this variant, we expect to see more rotations, forcing the ball carrier to move around the map with more variety in terms of strategies and setups. As with all maps and modes, we’ll continue to closely monitor Oddball’s performance and player feedback as the season kicks off.
HOW TO DOWNLOAD
The official map and mode files required for use in official Halo World Championship 2018 play are available in the Official HCS fileshare and can be downloaded below
Note: To grab the final Oddball variant, be sure to add the Official HCS gamertag on Xbox Live and download it directly from Halo 5: Guardians.
MATCHMAKING PLAYLIST UPDATE
With the competitive settings now locked and ready for tournament play, the multiplayer team can now update the official HaloWC playlist in Halo 5 matchmaking to reflect the exact settings that will be used for tournament play. You can expect the playlist to be updated next week, and be sure keep an eye out for more specific details.
We can’t wait until the season starts to see which teams will emerge on top, and how Oddball strategies form and evolve over time. We’ve also released the Online Format and Dates blog to learn more about competing, and the official HaloWC Handbook will be available next week. Best of luck to all teams competing!