Staff Q&A is back! Kinda. We axed this series in 2015 because we wanted to focus our attention on the community. However, with the recent addition to our orange ranks being somewhat of a mystery-man around here, we thought it would be appropriate to let the community interrogate him a little. With that having been said, welcome to another installment of staff Q&A! You will be questioning our newest moderator, AlexVan123! There is a limit of three questions per member and the srs bzns trophy will be awarded to the cool members that ask cool questions. Let the questioning begin!

Afternoon all, it's another (late, sorry) weekly update!

I've been ill with some kind of cough/throat infection so it's going to be a short one this week.

Something different to start us off this week, some background music while you read. A cover of Breaking Benjamin's Blow Me Away track from the Halo 2 OST, sung by the extremely talented Frankie Day:

Time for some meat to go with those vocal potatoes. It's a sad day for the Halo community as Dan Ayoub, 343 industries Studio Head for Strategy has left to go and work with Microsoft's Mixed Reality team. Dan has been working on Halo for the best part of 8 years starting on 2009's Halo: Reach and has helped 343i work with some amazing studios and partners from around the world. Worry not, as the next Halo Wars 2 DLC is safe in the hands of Dan's former team at 343i and there are some wonderful surprises to come! We'll miss you Dan!

HCS Daytona was also over the weekend, and I spent a lot of time watching it while I felt sorry for myself coughing up my guts and trying not to think about being ill. 7 Pro teams and one team from the previous weekend's open qualifiers did battle over 3 days through the group stages and into the Finals bracket, competing for a chance to win a cut of the $75,000 prize pool. If you don't want any spoilers, skip the next paragraph.

Team EnVyUs prevailed coming through from the losers bracket to beat Optic Gaming in two 7 game series, winning 4-3 both times in what was a marathon Final. Optic Gaming fought hard every step of the way, pushing Team EnVyUs to the limits of their abilities, but the pro skills of Snipedown, Pistola, Mikwen, and Huke; coached by Elumnite knocked down that Green Wall to take the top spot. Team Liquid and Splyce were third anf fourth respectively, with Oxygen Supremacy, Str8 Rippin, Luminosity Gaming and Ronin Esports...

FORE! Grab your golf clubs, put on your tweed jacket and suade shoes with those little spikes on the bottom. It's off to the golf course for another round of the HaloCustoms weekly roundup.

The first hole of the front 9 is a Par 4 with a water hazard and cunningly placed man cannons that if you're not careful can set you back a couple of strokes. That's right, all the golfing jargon means the HaloCustoms Par for the Course Battle Golf Forging contest is back. This time it's better than ever, thanks to our wonderful admin Psychoduck. He's been in touch with the guys over at 343 Industries and managed to wrangle us up some decent prizes!

This event was announced a while back but put on hold due to some issues with the contest but those have now been resolved and we're ready to have another swing at it. There were some cool maps submitted to the previous iteration of the competition, I hope that the rest of the maps submitted are up to the same standard. Join in and submit your amazing maps and make our judges work as hard as possible!

To read more about the contest and find out how to enter, visit our news thread for all the contest info including rules, resources and judging information.
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Be sure to check out the awesome trailer here too:

Halo Wars 2 is still going strong, and it will be receiving another balance patch in the near future to buff and nerf units that have changed in effectiveness since the latest two DLC leaders (Kinsano and Colony) were added, to keep the game in perfect balance within it's rock-paper-scissors three-way balancing concept. When this patch goes live, it will be a tiny update with the rest happening behind the scenes, so there won't be any huge files for...
It's time to dust off your irons and grab a caddy; Par for the Course is back!

Today, it is our pleasure to announce that we have partnered with the fine folks at 343 Industries to bring this event back into the fold. Our new partner was focused on the Ghost in the Shell Forge Contest until recently, but we hope you'll agree that the delay was well-worth it. Read up below for new details on prizes deadlines, and more!

In addition to the prizes listed below, we will of course be spotlighting the winners and runner-ups and also putting them through their paces in some community playdates, so don't feel bad if you hit a bogey!

1st place
  • Play Arts Halo: Reach Action Figure - Noble Six Mark V Red*
  • Halo 5 Wristwatch
  • Halo Wars: Definitive Edition digital code
  • Halo 5: Voices of War REQ Pack
  • Halo 5: Classic Helmet Collection REQ Pack
  • 343 Unicorn weapon skin
2nd place
  • Halo Wars: Definitive Edition digital code
  • Halo 5: Voices of War REQ Pack
  • Halo 5: Classic Helmet Collection REQ Pack
  • 343 Unicorn weapon skin
3rd place
  • Halo 5: Voices of War REQ Pack
  • Halo 5: Classic Helmet Collection REQ Pack
  • 343 Unicorn weapon skin
*This figure is a rare collector's item. Fewer than 500 models were manufactured and they were a Square Enix 2011 SDCC & Japan Expo exclusive.

Contest details
  • Maps must be created in Halo 5: Guardians' or Halo 5: Forge for Windows 10's Forge mode
  • Maps must work for the provided Battle Golf Mini Game variant at the 4v4 player count with all necessary scripting for scoring to function (see resources below)
  • Maps do not need to change each round via scripting like the original course does (though creative use of scripting will...
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Put your feet up, crack open your favourite beverage and some of your favourite snacks and come have a gander at our weekly update.

First up, the lovable Tom French has been made the Lead Multiplayer Design Director at 343i. Tom has been one of the driving forces behind some of the amazing Forge updates that we've been seeing over the past months, giving forgers tools and objects to make all the awe-inspiring maps that we've been seeing. As his new job states he'll be responsible for designing the gameplay for Halo 5's Multiplayer, and one can assume he'll also be in that role for any future games developed by 343i (Halo 6 anyone?). Considering the things Tom has done for forge, I'm sure we can expect great things from him. Be sure to give him a warm welcome and send him all your constructive feedback, he's been quite open with us on twitter in the past, let's not ruin that by spamming him with dumb tweets.

Who doesn't love a good old fashioned game of Big Team Battle in Halo 5? We're all in luck as 343i have released an update to the playlist adding in new maps and bringing in the Assault gametype into the big team camp. Grab 7 friends (or randoms) and join in the carnage against the opposing team. In total 5 new maps were added, replacing some of the old maps in the playlist. To be honest some of the old maps were pretty awful... (*cough* Antifreeze *cough*). The five new maps were created with this specific update in mind and are listed below with links to bookmark them for your viewing and gaming pleasure.
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The Big Team Battle playlist in Halo 5: Guardians received a big update today! This update adds five new community-created forge maps to the playlist, adds the Assault gametype (finally!), revamps one existing map, and game modes have been tweaked. To celebrate, Squally DaBeanz put together a BTB update trailer for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

We hope to see you guys in BTB soon! ;)
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HCS North America: Summer Pro League dates have been announced, starting at HCS Daytona on the 12th of March and finishing up at DreamHack Atlanta on the 21st of July. During that time, there will be seven matches between each of the teams where they will get the chance to play against each other in the hopes of becoming champion.

Fresh from their HCS World Championship win in March, Optic Gaming will be looking to continue their winning streak; and of course they'll be the ones to watch, but they'll have a big target on their backs. Runners up from HCS Worlds, Team EnVyUs will be looking to get revenge from the finals and that golden opportunity they missed to knock down that green wall.

The top six will go on to the finals at DreamHack Atlanta with 7th and 8th getting preferential treatment in the open qualifiers for a chance at a prize pool worth over $100,000.

The following teams will be competing:
  • OpTic Gaming
  • Team EnVyUs
  • Team Liquid
  • Str8 Rippin
  • Luminosity Gaming
  • TMMT Crowd Pleasers
  • Evil Geniuses
  • Winner of the Pro League LCQ
Check out the infographic below for all the dates.


In addition to a new tournament, the teams will be playing with some new settings (some of which we covered in last week's update), as well as the following version 2 changes::
  • Starting Magnum ammo increased to 60
  • Truth - Removed Carbine from Carbine Two
  • Truth - Moved Battle Rifle from Pink Two to Carbine Two
  • Eden - Added Plasma Pistol in Security (Slayer only)
  • Eden - Set Plasma Pistol respawn time to 20 seconds
  • Fathom - Added Tactical Magnums in...

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The Lekgolo - or Hunter - is one of the more formidable adversaries in the Halo universe and now you'll be able to have a full army of them in Halo Wars 2, lead by a deadly new leader: Colony, as well as a varitey of new units to complement the playstyle of their leader. These guys are the some of the tankiest units in the Halo Wars game, with units able to soak up massive damage and deal out just as much in return if you're not careful.

Here's a short summary of some of the new units and abilities
  • Hunter Captain - Hero unit with heavy armour and health draining siphon beam and a Taunt ability to redirect enemy fire
  • Skitterers - Lekgolo scout turrets that can attach to other units to provide additional health and firepower
  • Goliaths - Two hunters combined into one to create a massive tank style unit that has powerful melee attacks designed to take down anything in it's way
  • Living Barrier - Leader Power: Tank traps/area denial made from Lekgolo worms can provide intel to your team about enemy movement
  • Vehicle Symbiotes - Leader Power: Powering up vehicles with Lekgolo worms
Watch the vidoc below:

Following the World Championship Series finals last month, the 343i sandbox team began a mission to collect and document as much player feedback as possible on the state of the Halo 5 weapon balance and have come up with some possible solutions to address any balance issues or concerns players may have had. They spent time collecting information from top players around the world and have taken all their feedback into...