Published on March 13th, 2016 | by cinderboy


Master X Master – Quick look at first competitive MOBA from NCsoft

A couple of days back, NCsoft started the “global” beta test phase for its first self-developed MOBA title, Master X Master. Technically, the beta test is for players from South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan, all sharing one same server. The English server will launch at a later date. Master X Master features several characters from NCsoft games, though over half the roster now are new characters.


The current version has just 3 PVP maps: 3 vs 3 training room, 5 vs 5 MOBA, and a capture the flag map. The first 2 comes with the convenient AI option, and I can’t seem to find anyone playing the last map. There are a few story PVE maps with co-op, just like a normal MMORPG, with storylines and boss fights. In all, there is something for both PVP and PVE players in this unique game.


Combat in Master X Master is rather frustrating, as most characters’ normal attack has a “overload” system, which means players are not able to spam normal attacks. The 5 vs 5 map has way too many objectives to handle, infusing elements from Heroes of the Storm as well (sight structure capture, boss room, collect items to transform into a Titan etc). The map is also way too big for comfort.


Being a fan of League of Legends and Heroes of the Storm, Master X Master to me is like taking a step back. While developers of competitve games are trying to optimize competitive games for faster end times and more action, NCsoft has just thrown every element into the 5 vs 5 mode. It seems like NCsoft is not only late to the mobile game race, but it is way behind in the MOBA fight as well.


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Your average online gamer who is bilingual in Chinese and English, although he does try to play Japanese and Korean games sometimes. Online gaming since 1999, and has worked in the online gaming and mobile gaming industry (Journalist, Game Master, Community Manager, Operations Manager) since 2008.

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Well that sounds disappointing. time to keep looking for the next dawngate 🙁

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