|A Look at Titanfall
Respawn Entertainment's début title, Titanfall, encompasses an interesting blend of familiarity and genuine innovation within the FPS genre.
Anyone who has played a Call of Duty game since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare will feel at home with the shooting mechanics and the class creation screens. This isn't a surprise given that Respawn was founded by ex-Infinity Ward management and employees after a lengthy lawsuit with publisher Activision.
On the other hand Titanfall has a few new tricks to help it stand out from its multiplayer FPS contemporaries. The two most obvious of these are the jump-jet aided parkour movement and of course the Titans themselves.
Titanfall does a good job of introducing its mechanics with a short (and mandatory for first time players) tutorial section before releasing players into the wild west of online matchmaking.
Although the tutorial can be replayed as often as you would like not many players seem to have capitalised on all that the game’s movement offers yet, seemingly stuck in a mindset born of an era in which towering verticality and rapid movement in console shooter games were as rare as winning the lottery.
The verticality of maps in Titanfall serves two major purposes:
It defines clear boundaries between the basic player class of Pilots and Titans, balancing their interactions much better than if there was no way for a Pilot to seek refuge from the metal behemoths, and it gives players a constant suite of options to choose from when considering routes to their goal. No matter where you spawn there’s a great chance that you can get where you want to be very quickly if you can string together enough parkour techniques to reach a high speed; the more players chain running on different walls together the faster they accelerate, eventually reaching a top speed capable of outrunning even dashing Titans.
Despite the basic feel of the gunplay and class creation being very reminiscent of Call of Duty there are two notable differences.
First, kill times are a little longer than in CoD; this makes 1v1 encounters feel a little less based on which player spotted the other first to the point that if you start firing second but hit a headshot that your opponent doesn't then you’ll probably come out on top, and it also means that players aren't just dropping dead while trying to run along walls and leap across gaps between buildings and platforms.
As for the class customisation, it’s a much leaner system than those typically found in Call of Duty and while this may be a disappointment for those who feel that more options is always a good thing, for those of us who prefer a more focused approach it’s a refreshing change of pace and doesn't feel as though some items are there just to pad out the unlocking progression system. Every weapon does something specific and there’s very little extra fluff despite a few of the weapons feeling a little weak in comparison to others (although as it’s so early in Titanfall's lifespan and the game hasn't been completely datamined yet this could just be my own preferences and competences speaking).
Now, the game’s namesake: Titans!
Titanfall features AI minions known as Grunts and Spectres. Although seemingly unrelated to each other at this point, these bots and Titans play an important and synergistic role in creating an economy of sorts within each match. The most direct comparison would be to a MOBA such as League of Legends in which players farm oncoming AI minions in order to earn gold that they spend on upgrades for use in that match. Although Titanfall is devoid of gold, killing these minions does reduce your timer. Each Pilot and Titan in play has a timer counting down to when they can either call in a Titan or activate their Titan's super power known as a Core. As such, the team who can compete in raw kills whilst also maintaining a farming advantage over the opposition will be given more opportunities to play with the big toys, and in turn gain a more solid foundation of map control.
There are 3 classes of Titan; the lightly armoured yet fast Stryder, the lumbering hulk known as the Ogre, and the well balanced Atlas.
Each chassis has a different Core; the Stryder’s core allows for unlimited dashing when active, the Ogre’s strengthens its shield, and the Atlas increases its damage output.
All 3 classes of Titan have access to the same weapons and other customisation options, but their durability, speed, and Core traits will determine how and where exactly you want to use them.
Need an Auto-Titan in guard mode? You probably want an Ogre.
Running a flag home in CTF or flanking the opponent? Take a Stryder.
Despite the gameplay holding up well Titanfall as it stands is rather short on features, lacking any genuine singleplayer mode or even private matches at this point. Respawn does intend to add private matches and to continue to further support the game with updates and feature additions, but in its current state it would be easy for someone not likely to sink a significant number of hours into the game to see it as a waste of money.
Overall what I feel Titanfall does best is it gives players constant options and opportunities to outplay each other without leaving them overwhelmed by endless customisation menus or frustrated by obviously poor balance (nothing is perfect, but I don't have a huge list of complaints so far). It boils down to being a fun and refreshing gaming experience, which for those of us playing on consoles is something to expect from a game designed for a new console such as the Xbox One.
Although not as known to gamers as conferences like E3 and GDC, the Consumer Electronics Show each year in Vegas shows off the latest techno gadgetry and upcoming devices and concepts from high profile electronics and appliances companies. The show usually doesn't place much focus on the gaming side of things, but this year, two things forced that to change.
If you're a PC Gamer, you've likely heard of, if not used, Steam. Valve unveiled their plans for world domin-err, their foray into "console" market earlier this year with their reveal of SteamOS and Steam Machines. At CES 2014, they and their hardware partners revealed their own prototypes for Steam Machines, with demo boxes from Alienware and OriginPC and other prototypes from Maingear and Falcon Northwest. Valve still remains mum on the subject of whether or not they will make their own Steam Machine, though they have confirmed they will offering the Steam Controller as a separate peripheral.
The Oculus Rift VR device returned with a new prototype to feature better tracking and less vomit-inducing motion blur, bringing the virtual reality headset a step closer toward mass market production. The device brings in-game immersion to a brand new level, especially with games like the space simulator Eve: Valkyrie which was used to demo the headset.
In other PC news, Razer, typically known for their peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and controllers, showed off a concept for a modular gaming PC, with each of the parts (processors, graphics cards, hard drives, etc.) in uniformly sized capsules which could fit into a larger frame and be swapped out at will relatively pain-free. Though the methods aren't yet practical, the prototype pushes the envelope of PC design and re-imagines how a PC could be built.
Sony was present to show off their plans for the PlayStation Now service to stream games in the same vein as Netflix streams movies, to a variety of devices (including PS4, PS3, PS Vitas, Tablets, and Smart Phones) without a drop in quality through Cloud computing.
SteelSeries unveiled the Stratus, a Bluetooth controller for iPad or iPhone gaming. The controller's small size invokes memories of the NES and SNES controllers of ye olden dayes, but if iOS7 gaming is your cup of tea, the convenience may be necessary. Though, unlike typical console controllers, the Stratus' selling price was set to be $99.99. Ouch.
Of course, outside of the Gaming realm, CES showed off curved TVs, various 4k devices from TVs to camcorders, robots, Smart Stoves, Audi's "Piloted Driving" technology, and Christopher Lloyd in a Delorean. Much like Lloyd, some of this technology is not yet ready for mass consumption, and must go Back to the Future to be perfected for the public.
|Battlefield 4 Update/China Rising
Along with the release of the first expansion, China Rising Dice has released the latest MM update as well. The patch notes can be found below.
Dec 17 X360 Game Update
-General stability improvements.
-Fixed one of the most frequently occurring crashes that could happen during round transition.
-Reduced the probability of the “Kill trade” issue (see below for details).
-Fixed a crash that could occur when bringing up the scoreboard.
-Fix for player tags not always showing quickly enough. This could often lead to confusion or team kills on Hardcore servers.
-Populated servers are now by default placed on the top in the Server Browser, where previously empty servers would be shown.
-Servers that friends are playing on have a higher priority in the server list.
-Fixed the instance where players suddenly would transition into Spectator Mode while playing the Defuse game mode.
-Fix for players getting stuck in the revive screen after being killed.
-Fix for players getting stuck in the kill camera after being revived. Note that you might see a graphical bug on-screen after being revived when accepting a revive within 1 second. This graphical bug will be removed in the next patch.
-Fix for the death camera/screen being displayed too early.
-Fix for a Defuse bug where none of the teams would win a round by letting the timer runs out.
-Fix for the SUAV (introduced in the China Rising expansion pack) not exploding when hitting enemy soldiers. While these indeed should be deadly, they were never designed for “road killing” opponents.
-Fix for an issue where 4x the damage from a vehicle's miniguns would be applied to the chest when a player had the Defense specialization equipped.
-Balanced vehicle miniguns to do more damage versus infantry.
-Fix for the game mode specific ribbons being counted twice in the multiplayer progression.
-Fixed a bug in Defuse mode where defenders could win a round by killing all the attackers without disarming the bomb. If the attackers arm the bomb, the defenders need to disarm it to win, even if they have killed all the attackers.
-Fixed an issue where players could get stuck in infinite loading when connecting to a server.
-Fix for side gunners in attack boats and transport helicopters experiencing jitter when aiming.
-Fixed the issue with Levolution events sometimes not being triggered properly when playing the Rush, Defuse, Obliteration and Team/Squad Deathmatch game modes.
-Removed the SCAR-H and Ace 52 damage tweaks that were included in a previous patch.
Kill trading issue
We’ve addressed the so-called “Kill trading”. This refers to when two players fire at each other and, seemingly, both die at the same time. The time window where a bullet could cause damage from an already dead player is now calculated as intended, decreasing the timeframe when players with high latency could get a kill, even though they should be dead according to the server. This should reduce the probability of kill trading.
|Charity Event Wrap Up
Master Theory's 50 Hour Child's Play Charity Stream Marathon Event was a success! Thanks to all the gracious viewers who donated to our cause, we were able to meet our goal- and then some! With several streamers participating and many games featured on our Twitch.tv/MasterTheory channel we were able to raise over $500 for Child's Play Charities. So thank you immensely to all who donated, tuned in, and of course all who woke up at crazy hours, streamed non-stop for way too many hours, and put in their time at any hour, to help make this stream a success.
Again, many many thanks to our streamers: Mania, Audley, Vani, Panik, TsengMao, Triton, Yoshi and Raptzor.
Some more thanks to our donors- we cannot thank you enough <3
Also, let's not forgot some congratulations to everyone who won prizes during the event, enjoy your goodies!
Expect to see more events from Master Theory in the future, and as always keep an eye on our twitter @MasterTheory for news and giveaways!
|Master Theory/Child's Play Charity Stream Marathon
Thanksgiving. It's a time of gathering with family, overindulging on a wicked spread of turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and the obligatory green bean casserole. While you recover from the coma caused by tryptophan overdose in the aftermath of Thanksgiving, join Master Theory in supporting an excellent cause and help give children in hospitals everywhere a little something to be thankful for.
Since 2003, the Child's Play charity organization has sought to provide hospitals with toys and games to bring entertainment and joy to children during their stay. To date, Child's Play provides donations to over 70 hospitals around the world and have raised millions toward their goal of keeping up the spirits of children in hospitals up.
Starting at 11 PM Eastern time on the 29th, Master Theory would like to do their part to help out the Child's Play charity. To do so, Master Theory's players will be streaming a 50-hour marathon, during which viewers will be encouraged to donate toward their goal of $500.
Join Mania, TsengMao, Raptzor, VanirFreyja, Audley, Z33, Panik,and Triton as they stream by rotation and donate toward the Child's Play Charity.
The crew will be streaming whatever games they like, with likely suspects being XBox 360/XBox One and PC titles Halo, Call of Duty, League of Legends, Battlefield 4, Dead Space 3, PlanetSide 2, Solstice Arena, DotA2 and perhaps a few other throwback surprises.
So again, after Thanksgiving and Black Friday are a thing of the past, tune into Master Theory's Twitch channels and support a good cause with the Master Theory/Child's Play Charity drive.
EGADS! Its finally time for another episode of Audley Enough! So get to it! Click that link and read about what makes Pistola and RyaNoob the amazing players that they are!
Audley Enough: Is that Rally All It Takes?
|June 3rd Update (Final State of Weapon Tuning)
Starting Monday, June 3rd, the following updates will be applied to Halo 4 War Games Matchmaking:
The Battle Rifle damage has been increased.
The Battle Rifle is now capable of killing in four bursts.
The Battle Rifle rate of fire has been slightly decreased.
The Battle Rifle red reticle range (range at which auto-aim benefits kick in)
has been decreased.
Two bursts from a Battle Rifle followed by a melee will now kill an opponent (2-shot melee).
The Carbine damage has been increased.
The Carbine is now capable of killing in seven rounds.
The Carbine accuracy has been increased (projectile spread decrease).
The Carbine red reticle range has been decreased.
The LightRifle zoomed rate of fire has been increased.
The LightRifle un-zoomed rate of fire has been slightly decreased.
The LightRifle red reticle range has been increased to match the updated DMR range.
The DMR red reticle range has been slightly decreased.
The Assault Rifle damage has been slightly increased.
The Assault Rifle now kills in three less rounds.
The Assault Rifle auto-aim angle has been reduced.
The Assault Rifle projectile spread has been decreased.
The Storm Rifle damage has been increased.
The Storm Rifle now kills in three less rounds.
The Storm Rifle auto-aim angle has been reduced.
The Storm Rifle projectile spread has been decreased.
The Suppressor damage has been increased.
The Suppressor now kills in three less rounds.
The Suppressor auto-aim angle has been reduced.
The Suppressor projectile spread has been decreased.
The damage has been increased to maintain double the damage-per-second of the Assault Rifle.
The damage has been slightly increased.
The Magnum is still capable of killing in six rounds.
The damage has been increased on both the Mantis and Warthog Chain Gun.
Lastly, base player movement speed has been increased from 100% to 110% across all playlists and modes. All of these balance tweaks will be released this coming Monday in order to provide a more fast-paced, optimized matchmaking experience, and all of Halo 4’s applicable Matchmaking game types will be affected by this change. Team Snipers, Grifball, and Action Sack’s Rock N’ Rail will not see any changes, however, as the weapons in these game types are not affected. Some game types (such as Action Sack’s Lightning Flag), will not receive the change due to the preferred pace and balance in the current tuning. Moving forward, select game types in the Action Sack playlist may use alternate weapon tuning, and we will be sure to provide information on these game types when the time comes.
In addition to the above, the following updates are also being made to Matchmaking:
The “Slayer Pro” game mode in Big Team Infinity Slayer and Infinity Slayer will now have an Assault Rifle loadout. Also, the “Global Skill searching,” or CSR matching duration, will be increased once again for all playlists. This increase will help ensure that Matchmaking is primarily searching for both teammates and opponents at your per-playlist CSR level. As mentioned last week, we will continue to monitor the speed at which players are being matched, as well as the consistency of CSR matching.
In an effort to always offer DLC content in Matchmaking, we are happy to announce that the Majestic DLC playlist will return next week as the “featured DLC” playlist. We will continue to offer a variety of DLC maps in this slot, and may update the game types, maps, and even team sizes moving forward to keep DLC content fresh and available in Halo 4 Matchmaking. The Community Forge Island playlist will be retired, as the maps will return to the hands of the talented Forgers who created them so that they can be fine-tuned and possibly integrated into existing playlists. Special thanks to the Forgers, Community Cartographers, and all the players who made this playlist a success.
In Capture the Flag, the overtime period has been increased from one minute to two minutes in order to allow for even more nail-biting, and “big party matching” has been turned on, which ensures that parties of three or more will get matched with parties of three or more. In King of the Hill, the hill point limit has been increased from 25 to 50, and the score to win has been increased from 150 points to 250 points to provide more control-based game play.
Lastly, the multiplayer design team has been updating all of Halo 4’s maps with new weapon (ordnance) locations, new weapon drops, updated starting and objective spawns, and even new Forge objects to diversify and balance gameplay. For example, Haven now uses Red / Blue spawns, lifts, and colored halls across all game types, Abandon has some crates added as well as a central, equidistant Overshield for optimized map flow, and much more. Some maps have received updates to vehicle locations and selection as well. We expect these updates to slightly change up the way these maps are played and help freshen up the Matchmaking experience. The full details of the Matchmaking update will be posted on Monday.
|BTBnet Spring Challenge
So, you think you know competitive Halo, eh? I'm sure when you hear the terms "competitive Halo" you close your eyes and picture maps like Sanctuary, The Pit, Midship, Lockout, or the smaller maps of old. What if I told you that you were programmed to believe that's the only form of competitive Halo there is, when in reality it is much, much bigger?
Big Team Battle doubles the meager 4v4 variants and pits two teams of eight players against one another, featuring a much more expansive offering of the Halo sandbox. And yes, it's competitive too.
BigTeamBattle.net is hosting a Prize Money tournament this spring with the help of DaveEasily, to pit 8 teams against one another for a $1000 grand prize. Although at its heart, the tournament is an invitational, excess teams can battle through a play-in tournament the day before the official tournament on May 4th. Check out full details at the official BTBnet forums sign-up thread:
SIGN UP HERE!
Matches will be a Best of 5 for Round 1 with the latter two rounds as Best of 7s, featuring a sampling of gametypes from the Official BTBnet Fileshare.
Don't miss your chance to assemble your seven (to eleven) closest friends to create a roster for your chance to compete in the BTBnet Spring 2013 $1000 Tournament!
Be ready, though, as BTBnet veteran team (and 4-time champions) Wake Up are looking to defend their crown, among the likes of Master Theory and Sudden Death. But if you can secure your spot in the tournament and make it past these veterans of BTB, you and your team will earn a share of the $1000 pot up for grabs this Spring!
|PAX East 2013!
Master Theory will be attending their first PAX Event! Taking place in the charming old city of Boston, Massachusetts from March 21st-24th, PAX East is an internet, gaming and electronic Expo.
With panels discussing various topics of those genres, tournaments, exhibitor booths with demos of upcoming games, free swag and much much more, PAX events are a gamer nerds dream!
Not only does MT get to partake in this exciting weekend, TsengMao x MT and Vanirfreyja have been personally invited by 343 to attend their Pre-PAX party, hosted by Mad Katz, where they will be able to play the new Castle Map Pack before it's released to the public! But that's not all, they've also been invited to a Face-to-Face session with the lovely Jessica Shea, a.k.a BS Angel, community content manager for 343, right at their booth!
So expect to get some great insider info in the near future, along with pictures and plenty of stories.
Also, if you happen to be attending yourself, be sure to find us! We're promoting BigTeamBattle.net for the weekend, and are giving away FREE SWAG!
|BigTeamBattle.net Winter Tournament
The place to go for Big Team Battle community, customs, competitions and entertainment
the Official 2013 Big Team Battle Winter Tournament has been announced and sign ups are open!
An 8v8, double elimination, best of three tournament
Game types and settings used in this tournament can be found in the file share of "Official BTBnet"
Registration closes Friday, January 25th and is capped at 16 teams
Visit this thread HERE to sign up a team
Winners of this tournament will have first seeding in our upcoming Halo 4 Big Team Battle Competitive League
Follow us @OfficialBTB - we offer updates on site news, teams and players
Watch us @ Twitch.tv/BTBTv - Our BTBtv show airs every Sunday at 8pm EST. The channel will also feature tournament games and streaming!
You can also visit our brand new Youtube channel to see past episodes of BTBtv, and which will soon feature map walkthroughs and BTB games!
So register on the site and introduce yourself here, find a team or some custom games here or just peruse all that our forums have to offer!
|Happy End of the World!
Here we are at the eve of 12-21-2012 and instead of saying my good byes to loved ones I'm updating the MT front page.
I'd like to thank everyone who was online Tuesday for our first H4 MT practice night! A huge thank you to Remy and Ruben who have been putting in a ton of work for the team! Just a reminder, there is another practice night scheduled for tonight Thursday, December 20th, at 8pm CST/9pm EST. Please be online if you are available!
Also. Congratulations to Makin who was recently featured in the MLG Top 5! Not only did he make the top five, but his killionaire was the #1 clip! Watch it here!
That's it for now, watch out for another short update next week!
Happy End of the World =]
Sorry for the long overdue update. A few things first. Everyone please give a warm welcome to our newest Master Theory members, Pope and Z33! They served us well on BTB.net and are two people I am more than happy to have officially on the team =D
In other news. A quick congrats to Matclan x MT whos epic rail gun shot made it onto the Halo Council's Top 5 Plays!
You can watch it HERE!
Also. BigTeamBattle.net is making a comeback! If you're interested in being a part of the future of BTB go check it out!
Master Theory plans to be just as active as ever in this new game! Be prepared for some epic games in the new ladders!
Hope you're all enjoying Halo 4!
|AUDLEY ENOUGH! (oddly enough. get it? lolol)
HEY MT GUYS AND GALS! Be sure to check out Audley's new blog post regarding respawns! Whether you're a fan of reading or not you'll definitely learn a thing or two. He has a tendency of being loud and mean, and gosh darn right!
You can view it here:
Audley Enough: Respawned
GO! CLICK! NOW!
|Halo Die Hards Kick Back With Papa Rob!
Recently, our friend AddiCt3d 2CHa0s from the up and coming and AMAZING AWESOME Halo community website
sat down for an Interview with our very own head honcho TsengMao x MT!
Read the interview by clicking HERE and read up on a little bit of Rob, a splash of Master Theory and sprinkle of BigTeamBattle.net!
|HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM MASTER THEORY!
Happy Halloween everyone! =] I had to update with a picture of the pumpkins I carved last year. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to carve any this year. I don't think these have been posted on the front page before so it should be okay! =D I hope everyone is having a wonderful Halloween full of candy and costumes!
Just a few things to take notice of. We have recently updated our "Friends of Master Theory" over on the right. If you'd like to become affiliated with MT or believe you should be listed and are not, please send us a message on the forum or click the Affiliate With Us! button to send an e-mail.
The roster has been cleaned up and I believe MT applications are now closed. BUT, Halo 4 is coming out in FIVE DAYS! So I'm hoping we'll see more activity and possibly some new blood! =] You all better be excited! Expect another update before release day!
|I <3 MT
The other day I was pulling out of the Bank of America parking lot and was forced to wait for this truck when I noticed the giant I <3 MT (food stuffs). So being a pretty big MT fan as well as a fan of foods, I snapped a pic to share on the front page =] Just letting everyone know, that truck <3's MT.
Unfortunately there isn't much news to share. For the most part I believe we're all anxiously waiting for the H4 release date.
Until then, see you in the Borderlands.
|T-MINUS FIVE DAYS!!!!
MASTURBATION THEORISTS! TODAY I URGE YOU TO TRAVEL TO YOUR LOCAL GAMESTOPS, BEST BUYS, AND TARGETS AND SPEND THE FIVE BUCKS TO PREORDER BORDERLANDS 2!
Life as we know it will come to an end. The days of suffering on Reach will be over. In five days we will experience the hilarity and epicness that is BORDERLANDS 2!!
Now, if you were unfortunate to miss the absolute lifechanging experience of Borderlands. Too bad, I don't care, you're buying Borderlands 2.
To those of you who already know and love the Borderlands story. We can only hope these next few days will pass as swiftly as possible.
Hope to see you all on Pandora =]
HELLO FELLOW MASTER THEORISTS AND FRIENDS! I hope you're all having a SUPER Saturday! First and foremost, this week we mourn the loss of BigTeamBattle.net =[ The site may be gone but #MTBIAS lives on!
Before I announce anything terribly important.
^ courtesy of Abner Pls.
And now to some actual MT news. I'd like to welcome all the new members who have joined the team and the site. We've had a lot of great additions because of BTB.net and I'd like to thank everyone who participated and supported the team. Thanks for all your hard work!
I'd also like to welcome Vani who will be helping to keep the front page updated and I believe Matclan will be doing so as well. That means more than one update every month and a half! Woohoo!
MT will be going in Halo 4 at full force!
Be sure to stop by for more updates =]
And dont forget to register on the forums and say hello!
I've got to get back to work.
Have a great weekend!
|late night update.
How y'all doin tonight? It is currently 3:45 AM and I should probably be in bed but I figured it was about time I write an update for the site.
A few things first.
Master Theory vs. For Narnia is TONIGHT (Sunday, July 29th).
We will be playing as BLUE team on:
Territories on Breakpoint
Slayer on Tempest
Multi-Flag on Fortress
(Tiebreaker) Slayer on Tempest
We are currently 5-1 in the ladders and here's hoping we'll be 6-1 later tonight! It's not yet confirmed but we will most likely have either Mania or Raptzor streaming the games.
You can visit the streams here: (be sure to subscribe!)
Hope to see y'all there showing your support.
Good luck to everyone in MT playing in the games tonight!
Also, a few sites to check out:
Check out that baus fade in :D
Keep that shit bookmarked!
Hope you're all in bed by now =]
(Except Tront. He never sleeps)
Sweet dreams everyone.
Hey Hey MT! :D So I know I haven't updated in a while so I promise there will be a more official one within the next day or two. BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT! It'd be much appreciated if y'all got on Halo Reach tonight to play with meeeeeeee =] KTHXBAI! from: the jenny bunnyy.
oh. and if your name is Ruben aka Mania aka GAYWAD. you are required to come play in order to be accepted into MT.
I'm not sure how many of my fellow master theorists check the front page, but in case you do, here are a few things you should know.
This week is the start of the postseason.
Round One is MT vs Ambition.
For those who need the maps/gametypes.
1.) CTF on Fortress
2.) Slayer on Exile
3.) 1 Flag on Boardwalk
4.) Neutral Bomb on Tempest
5.) Slayer on Alectrona
All maps and gametypes can be found in the Official BTBnet fileshare.
I want to see everyone on the roster online Wednesday, May 2nd, for some practice scrims. If you can't make it, please let me know either via skype or xbl.
We kicked some major ass during the winter invitational.
I want to end season one with the same dedication and drive.
|MLG CLOOBUS! FUCK YEAHHHH!
HEY HEY MT! Welcome home to all you Cbusers who were at the MLG event! Great job reppin' the Halo Reach community! I know most of Master Theory has been pretty dead around here so I'm glad we've all made it back safely.A big thank you to everyone who took the time to come out! We definitely need to do something similar again! (party at the dangers?) LET'S GOOOOO!
We all had a GREAT weekend but now we've all gotta get back to the ladders!
Master Theory vs. Prison Treatment is scheduled to play out this week. We'll be starting as RED team on:
Big Team Slayer on Trident
Multi Flag CTF on Ridgeline
1 Flag CTF on Boardwalk
In the next few weeks we'll be BLUE team against Wake Up on:
Multi Flag CTF on Troglodyte
Big Team Slayer on Fortress
1 Bomb Assault on Breakpoint.
And then RED team vs. Genocide!
Big Team Slayer on Tempest
Multi Flag CTF on Summit
1 Flag CTF on Utopia
Got more questions about the BTB.net ladders?
Check out the site at BigTeamBattle.net!
^ this will lead you to the site.
Let's go! Let's fight!
Let's win tonight!
Let's go! Let's fight
We're gonna do it all right!
Let's score that bomb
Let's cap that flag!
We're gonna take it all
Cus we've got MT SWAGGGG!
|HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY BITCHESSSS!
Grunts are red
Plasma grenades are blue
My warthog has a seat
That's open for you!
Happy Valentines Day Master Theory!!
A huge congrats to everyone on our win over Parasite! Great job taking them to game four and finishing it with a victory! We tied Game One on Ridgeline 0-0. Then took the lead on Fortress Slayer at 100-83. Game Three was a loss going 0-1 on Troglodyte CTF. But we ended the series on Alectrona Slayer, 100-85! Thanks everyone for getting on to play! And good games Parasite!
Game links can be found below:
Neutral Bomb on Ridgeline
Slayer on Fortress
CTF on Troglodyte
Slayer on Alectrona
I know we'll play just as hard and win our games this week against KFC! Hope you're all having a wonderful night! =]
Alright MT! Make us proud! Round One in the OFFICIAL BTB.net Season One ladders is scheduled for THIS SATURDAY! If you'd like to see our future match-ups they can be found here. Let's show Ambition what we're made of!
Master Theory, let's start the beat!
Clap your hands and stomp your feet!
Scream it, shout it, yell it out!
Come on fans let's get loud!
MT! LETS FUCKING GOOOOO!
|GOOOOOOD MORNING MASTER THEORY!!!!
Yeah yeah I know, it's not exactly morning anymore, but I started typing this at work when it was. Plus it just sounds better than good afternoon.
First things first. Season One of the OFFICIAL BTB.net League has BEGUN! Rosters locked last night and the ladders are live! A huge congratulations to Triton, Molly, and the entire staff over at BTB.net for their hard work! (mostly Triton and Molly). BEE TEE Dubs, I totally helped out with the little weapon icons. HUGE contribution on my part. Just letting you know.
We ended the Winter Invitational at second place but don't let that get you cocky! There are plenty of new teams and new competition this season! MT's Official Cheerleader (Asian) has started a team called Wake Up so I'm definitely looking forward to some games against him!
Also a quick shout out to Iron Fox! They didn't participate in the Winter Invitational but I hope we'll be setting up some practice scrims with you all! Head on over to Autumn Forge to check them out!
Got a BTB team and tired of statting on randies? It's too late to participate in Season One, but go get registered on BTB.net to set up some friendly scrims!
^ clicky clicky!
I'm fairly certain I've already reached my daily quota of exclamation marks but you still get one more! Have a fantastic day everyone! (lol jk, you got two).
|DAAAAMN! LOOK AT MT GOING HAMMM! (rororor)
Congratulations Master Theory on your win last night over Sudden Death! Awesome games guys! I was watching Raptzor's stream the whole time. If you missed them, the games can be found here.
A huge thank you and good job to Achy with his three flag caps AND a Triple Double. Damn. Actually, three of you pulled off a Triple Double that first game. Great job MT! Going huge with the assists! (Triple Triple Doubles for Achy and the Jeremys! Haha. Cus three people got them).
GAME ONE STATS ARE HERE!
You guys kept it up the second game! Pushing up on Tempest, keeping map control, annnnd it almost ended with a steak! Final score 100-64 with no one going negative on MT and no one going positive on sD. Let's go MT! Looks like no triple doubles that game but y'all got a Thank the Maker! Haha. You show those Bungie employees who's boss!
GAME TWO STATS ARE HERE!
Seriously. Awesome job everyone! We managed a win even with Throttle and Raptzor. Good job guys, but even together, you'll never amount to what Arriival was on our team. lololol <3 !
HEY HEY GUYS AND GALS! Check out Audley's latest blog entry regarding competitive gaming and the definition of eSPORTS! Most of the time I ignore what he says but he's usually pretty gosh darn right about it! So GO! CLICK! READ!
See link below to read the latest Audley Enough!!!
Competitive Gaming: Hunting Big Game for Sport
I'm pretty sure Matclan asked me to update the front page a few weeks back. So here I am, once again late with the update as usual. I'll get into it real quick.
For starters, Congrats to Throttle! He's the newest addition to the Master Theory Halo Roster. It looks like no one's actually added him to the MEMBERS section of our site so I'll get right on that after this update. Y'all better send him messages of congratulations and well wishes!
This week''s update is brought to you by:
Emerald Glazed Walnuts.
Be sure to grab a bag from the candy and nut aisle of your local grocery store! Or be like me and be unable to find any anywhere because everyone eats goddamn almonds and shit and no one sells walnuts.
So on to the things you need to know.
After an epic and somewhat unexpected win over Black Screen. Master Theory will be playing Prison Treatment tonight.By the way, MT knew we'd win. I say that only for you scrubby randoms who didn't believe in us.
Bracket information can be found here.
Official Maps and Gametypes can be downloaded here.
Annnnnd before our match, here comes our motivational cheer!
Get on up are ya ready, are ya ready, to fight?
Let's hear it for Master Theory, let's win, tonight!
Let's kick some ass.
|HAPPY TURKEY DAY DOODS!
Have a safe and FANTASTIC weekend!
|BTB.NET WINTER INVITATIONAL WAT!
HEYHEY MT! I apologize for the inconsistency with the updates. Been dealing with a cold, bronchitis, and caffeine withdrawal :c Nevertheless, I will always find time for halo! Anyhoo. I would like to announce that Round One of the BTB.net Winter Invitational Tournament begins this week! We've got from November 11th-18th to complete our first set of games. Annnnnnnnnnd our first opponent is SUDDEN DEATH! I know a good majority of MT has sD on their friends lists (myself included) but for the next week, show no mercy! They are the enemy! Mwahahahaha! (btw. that was evil laughter). We'll be playing them best of three on 1-Flag on Boardwalk, followed by Multiflag CTF on Tempest and ending with Slayer on Trident. These, of course, will all be played on Official BTB.net settings. LET’S GO MT! LET’S GO! YEAH! YEAH!
Bracket information can be found here.
Official Maps and Gametypes can be downloaded here.
Striving for victory!
A step above the rest!
MT is number one!
The best of the best!
[/end MT motivational cheer]
Got a BTB team but missed out on joining the tourney?
Sign up at BTB.net to be a part of the next one!
^ this will lead you to the site.
Over and out! c:
|HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MEEEEEE!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY HALO THREEEEE!!!!
Hey hey MT! First things first. Congrats on some FANTASTIC games against Obey last night. I had a ton of fun and definitely enjoyed all the goofy customs we played afterwards =] A huge thank you to Raptzor who filled in for us. I definitely hope to get more games in with you soon! Keep up the great work everyone! I think Matclan said we're going to try and get a scrim with Blackscreen next week so let's all continue to do our best!
Today marks the fourth anniversary of our dearly departed friend. Halo 3. So you all better join me and what I hope will be a multitude of other people in celebration tonight. Did I mention it's my birthday? The birth of such an amazing game just so happens to coincide with the birth of an amazing person. It must be fate. Haha.
Btw. This is why Panik is my favorite.
I hope I'll see you all on tonight!
|lets go MT! lets go! yeah yeah!
Hey Hey MT! Hope you're all having a FANTASTIC weekend! It's pouring here in Chicago which means it'll be another Halo filled weekend. Due to personal issues I've been slacking with the updates but fear no more for the the slack shall end!
We are currently in Week 3 of the BTB.net ladders. Master Theory vs. Sudden Death. Best of three on One-Flag Boardwalk. Multi-Flag Tempest. And Territories on Hemmorhage. Good luck against sD! Let's win win win! No matter what what what! Here's hoping the BTB.net ladder games get played this weekend =]
Unfortunately the HC BTB Tournament has become way too confusing for me to track so I'm not entirely sure what to update. Whoever it is you're playing, I wish you all the best of luck!
If you've got your own BTB team or you're interested in meeting others who are share the love of the game. Visit BigTeamBattle.net and be sure to register!
^ this will lead you to the site.
By the way. A very happy birthday to Tiberius Audrey who turned 24 this past Monday (the 15th). I hope you had a wonderful birthday!
Take care everyone! Have a safe and fun-filled weekend!
|LET'S GET UPDATED!
Helloooooo Master Theory!
Good games to all who participated in the MT vs. Xtr3m match. It was a tough first round but you guys did your best! Next time I'll ask Asian how to bridge host to make the games more fair. lolololjk! I don't actually know what that means. (I'm seriously seriously kidding about this comment. I do NOT condone cheating and am just trying to enjoy a bad joke.)
Best of luck to you guys when you face Chimmy Chongas on Friday! I know you'll all kick ass!
To any fellow BTBers: MT and the staff of BigTeamBattle.net are working towards implementing a BTB ladder so please visit the site, register your team, and message the staff members with any ideas you wish to contribute towards the BTB revival.
^ this will lead you to the site.
It's recently come to my attention that if you wish to register on our site here, you must message one of our members on XBL to inform us. Due to high volumes of spam, the forum registration is currently disabled. But other than that, nothing too crazy going on here at Master Theory. We just had a few members going on and off vacation. Have a fantastic summer everyone! And hope to see you all in game soon!
I know I'm a little late on the update since the nuptials have already occurred this morning. But you have my sincere congratulations. All of us here wish you both every happiness and joy. I don't know too much about Lindsay, but the woman who you chose to devote your life to must be amazing. The kind of marriage you make depends on the kind of person you are. Knowing who you are, and all the values you hold yourself to; I know you two will create a wonderful life together.
Congratulations Sean and Lindsay. May you live your life in good health, good luck, and happiness every day.
Gonna update with a bunch of random tidbits of information.
Quite a few congratulations to go out today. Good games to Cloud, Audley, Achronos, Matclan, nhd, and TsengMao for winning their first rounds of the GGN 1v1 Tournament. And to the Master Theory HC Tourney BTB team who took the lead in their pool by defeating the HC BTB team and the Italian 10. Great job guys! =] Good luck on your next rounds!
Happy Birthday today to Arriival, who just turned 19! And a happy early birthday to Beer! (who’ll be 24 on Saturday!) Hope you both have a fantastic birthday!
Gotta throw some shameless self promotion in here. I've recently started doing the BTB.net Spotlight Interviews. If you’d like to volunteer to be one of the very lucky individuals to get some one on one time with me you can do so heeere. lol. jk. I just PM you the questions and don’t actually have to interact with you at all other than that =D
(will update with a much more epic post later this week)
|Happy 4th of July!
Happy Independence Day to my fellow countrymen and wimminz! And a happy July 4th to all you non-americans! Just another Monday to you isn't it? :D I hope you've all had a safe and SPLENDID weekend. I'll be in Wisconsin for the day but I wanted to update before I head out.
A quick congratulations to XBL Method who is the newest member of Master Theory. Be sure to send him messages of congrats and well wishes. He's already changed his gamertag to Method x MT. Obviously, he's a much better member than I am :D A big thank you to all our members who shell out the ten bucks to represent; making it easier for people to recognize the Master Theory name :D Btw Method, I'm totally the one who added you to the front page roster cus I'm like soooo nice and awesome. lol.
Way to go MT! We (not actually me) played our first match of the HC BTB Tournament against Ancient Warriors on Friday. Good game to everyone and congratulations on the win! This time I actually have the game stats for you all to look at. A special thank you to Dere Bear (Arriival) for linking me to the games =]
Game Stats are a GO!
This update is brought to you by: Deuce Gorgan. MT's new mascot.
Courtesy of Sean and one very epic student.
|GGN 1v1 ToC Seeds Announced Tonight LIVE!!
From TTL DDay:
Who's going to take bring home the hardware in 2011? The journey starts tonight as the seeds are unveiled LIVE on TTL's justin.tv site.
The "play in games" matchups will be announced aand the seeds will be revealed in each of the four quadrants!
Who are the four #1 seeds? Who are the bottom four seeds? Tune in tonight at 8PM CST and chat away with your fellow participants to see who you are matched up with or who you might potentially be matched up with...
Let's get it on GGN!! Be there!!
|just a quickie
Sup guys and... gals (sadly not too many girly parts round here).
Posting a short update.
Congratulations to Team Optional Boss who finished 1st in the GGN 4v4 Tournament and to Your Princess is in Another Castle who placed 5th. There were too many games involved so I didn't update with the stats =D You guys all did a great job though; proving that Master Theory can 4v4 as well as we 8v8.
Just a reminder that sign-ups have begun for the 2011 GGN 1v1 Tournament. Let's see Cloud take 1st again this year! Or will one of our other six MT players who've signed up end his reign? dun dun dunnnnnn. Let's go MT!
((by the way, this here picture is a link to the TTL forums. go get registering!))
MASTER THEORY MEMBERS WHO ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE HALOCHARTS BTB TOURNAMENT: Matclan requests that you PLEASE PLEASE PUHLEASE click this very important LINK to look over the soooper offishul MT strats. He does not want to have to review them with you in game! (If you're not in MT this link will lead you NOWHERE! =D Sorry doods!)
The first round matches are scheduled for next weekend (i think) so good luck to you guys! Make us proud!
That's all for now.
I leave you with this picture of me eating a sandwich.
See y'all around! =]
*gasp* What's this? Jenny is updating the front page?! Not only is Master Theory getting an update but Jenny is actually participating in MT!? (who's idea was it anyway to give Jenny the power to post tits on the front page?)
Yes, I'm still an active (<-debatable) MT member. And although there's the GGN 4v4 tournament as well as the HC BTB tourney I could and should be updating about, I'm not going to.
Instead I'm going to talk about Master Theory and (as cliche as it sounds), what it means to me. If you look at our roster you'll find 24 members; and at the moment we're still accepting applications.
"24 members!? But that makes three entire BTB teams! That's preposterous!"
It's not though. When a friend of mine considering joining MT, I told him it's more than joining just a team. You'll create real relationships with people who'll worm their way into your lives and ask for your number, then actually use it. You'll become part of a site that's used to discuss strats (that haven't been updated in ages <cough>AUDLEY</cough>), question Ted's sexuality, and even to post pictures or videos that can either be used for blackmail or to cause great lulz. Master Theory has never been just a big team. We're a community who participates in the Good Gaming Network, HCPL Challenges, BigTeamBattle.net, as well as a multitude of other activities. Of course when I talked to my friend about it, I gave a much more half-assed response that went something along the lines of, "OMG I'M IN MT, THAT MEANS YOU SHOULD BE TOO! LOLOLOL!!!" We still consider our not so active members part of the team; their names stay on the roster. And should they decide to hop on Reach for the first time in forever, we’ll all be more than happy to have them on. We strive to be the best not just at the game, but as a community. So next time you wonder why we’re such a large team or want complain that you can never keep track of who’s on our roster, try to remember it’s because we’re all friends. We’re part of each other’s lives on and off Halo. We’re more than just a BTB team.
|New sheriff in town
All your team belong to me.
|MT vs HCPL Feb 26th 2011
Audley brings you the play by play of Master Theorys latest challenge against the Halocharts Prophet League. MT gives a big thank you to the HCPL, and we look forward to playing more in the future.
Click below for the details as only Audley can bring em!!!
Audley Enough MT HCPL write up
|inb4Reach The Montage!!!
inb4Reach" is a lighthearted, half funtage and half montage from Master Theory. The video includes selections from 16 of our members, and covers just about every playlist. Some we chose because they made us laugh, some because we thought they were cool, but all are backed by a classic soundtrack sure to please. As always watch in high quality.... we hope you all enjoyed the past three years as much as we have.
inb4Reach a Master Theory Halo 3 Montage
|Audley Enough 8/24/10
This time Audley is talking the delicate balance and art form that is map design. With the infinite possibilities that will be Halo Reach's forge..... this guide will get you started in the right direction.
Audley Enough Map Design
|MT vs HC40A
Master Theory and Halocharts 40 and above, got back in the ring for a rematch this past weekend. Audley x MT has written a play by play recap..... Full Write up here
Thanks again HC40A, much respect!!!
|Win a one of a kind XBox360 Hummer! (for charity
Fun For Our Troops, a Gamers Outreach initiative, presents our custom made Xbox Hummer! It comes complete with a built in LCD screen, matching controller and 250gb HD. (Click below for specifications) All proceeds go to Fun For Our Troops which provides video games and consoles for our troops over seas. Raffle tickets are $10 each and even though the drawing will be held at PAX you don't have to attend to buy or win!
Check it out!
(The region of the Xbox is North American but there are other prize bundles being drawn also)
AND if you are attending PAX:
Gaming4Others and Fun For Our Troops have now merged into one great gaming-charity site. We have so many awesome events planned check in now and then to register for events that will be fun to participate in and offer amazing prizes!
|MT, we're kind of a big deal......
With the talents of Triton and Smyf at the helm, MT's new site is now live. We still have a ways to go, and a few more features to add... but we are almost there. I personally say a big thank you to both of them, and can't wait to see what the future holds.
In the transition we lost a few months worth of forums, so some people may need to sign back up and post a new intro.