I'm Back! (Sorry it's late, I had very little sleep)

The convention was a success and everyone enjoyed all those hens in some splendid ties. Here, I brought back some samples.
*walks around handing out free complimentary ties*

It's been a big weekend, with the Halo World Championship Series being played between the best of the best players in the world. The final match came down to the Green Wall that is Optic Gaming against their long time esports rivals: Team EnVy. At the time of writing they're currently locking horns for the title with EnVyUS making an amazing comeback from the losers bracket to get into the Grand Finals. Optic Gaming seem to be the runaway favourites, but everyone loves an underdog so here's hoping that EnVyUS comes along and knocks them down a peg. It's going to be a big one! It's been a mad tournament so far with some amazing plays, especially from Huke from Team EnVyUS with cries of HUUUUUUKE from the crowd each time that beast of a player pulls off an epic kill. That young kid has a glorious career of Halo ahead of him.

Here are some of the best clips from the tournament so far:

The Ghost in the Shell Forge contest winners were announced last week, with nearly 100 maps being submitted and whittled down to the final 5 that make up the winners list.

Honourable Mention: Ryilz noble 7 - Noburu 7

Honourable Mention:...

That's right; we aren't using a weird European date format for this one. ;)

Your regular roundup wrangler, ♥ Sky, is busy this week (he mentioned something about hens wearing ties) so I'm filling in to bring you your latest dose of Halo news.

Arguably the biggest news from the Haloverse in the last week is the new update coming to Halo Wars 2. This update will drop "early next week" and will include a new playable leader with several accompanying units and leader powers. Morgan Kinsano is a former Hellbringer who now leads armies with an emphasis on fire damage from the cockpit of her souped-up Cyclops. To learn more about this new addition to HW2's leader roster, check out the ViDoc below.

In addition to the new content shipping with Kinsano, the update will also include a host of bug fixes and stability improvements. For a full list, be sure to check out the patch notes here.

Next week will also see the implementation of ranked hoppers in Halo Wars 2. To help ensure that ranked matches are as competitive as possible, the team is also rolling out numerous balance fixes which will affect units and leader powers in Multiplayer and Blitz modes. The TL;DR of these include buffs to Hellbringers (if you think they don't need them, you should probably be fired), tanks, and base turrets as well as nerfs for counter vehicle units and Anders' Sentinels.


Beyond the world of Halo Wars, this week also saw...

It's that time again, open your ears and broaden your horizons for this week's Weekly Update.

Lets start off in the miniature world with Halo Wars 2, which received a patch/update on the 7th of March, bringing with it a whole host of patches and fixes for both versions of the game on Windows 10 and Xbox One. The patch also served as a preparation update for the future ranked multiplayer game modes. As well as a host of bug fixes and performance improvements, some small balance changes were made based on designer and initial player feedback.

Here's a list of some of the highlights for the balance changes:
  • Ramming Vehicles now take increased reflect damage
  • Bloodfuel Locust card cost increased from 60 to 80
  • Marine grenade secondary area of effect damage increased from 30% to 50%
  • Scout Vehicles deal reduced damage against Non-scout vehicles
  • Scout Vehicle cost changes: (100/50 = 100 Supply & 50 Power)
    • Banished Brute Chopper – 270/0 to 280/20
    • Banished Ghost – 250/0 to 265/20
    • UNSC Jackrabbit – 210/0 to 220/15
  • Scout Vehicle build time changes:
    • Banished Brute Chopper - 23 to 25 seconds
    • Banished Ghost- 23 to 25 seconds
    • UNSC Jackrabbit – 21 to 24 seconds

The dev team will also be keeping an eye on a few other units and abilities in the game and they are looking to implement some nerfs and buffs to other units further down the line. To see the full list of patch notes, click here.


The Proving Grounds playlist was also released this week, with a some changes to the way the radar behaves being first on the list to go under the microscope, with some big changes to what's shown...

Roll up, roll up, one and all, come read our weekly update, I guarantee you'll have a ball!

First off, Halo 5 will be getting a patch on March 7th, with some sandbox tweaks and updates to improve the stability of the game. Here's a list of some of the more notable changes:
  • Movement speed and jump height now have 0% option in custom game settings
  • Added custom game option to control clean up times for weapons and vehicles
  • Lowered Sniper Rifle hip aim assist - no more 360 no-scoping kids across the map on Colliseum
  • Reduced Plasma Caster fall-off damage range
  • Greatly improved rendering performance on Forge objects with material swap that was causing framerate issues across many maps
  • Fixed issue where user maps were becoming corrupt/unloadable

There will also be a test for some changes to how the motion sensor works in Halo 5. Currently it shows the player quite a lot of information and there has been a lot of debate as to it's uses and how it should function. Some want to remove it all together, others would rather it stayed. The test settings will be rolled out in a special playlist dubbed "Proving Grounds" debuting on the 9th of March, where 343i will be trying out sandbox changes before adding them to the rest of the game.

The radar will be changed to only show two things: Unsilenced weapons being fired & players using Spartan abilities (Sprint, Spartan Charge, Ground Pound, Stabilize and Clamber). The range will also be extended to 25m to reduce the effectiveness of abilities like Spartan Charge. This test will be at least a month long, most likely longer until 343i have gathered all the information they require to make a decision. There will be feedback threads on the Halo Waypoint forums, but you can also Tweet at the devs with your feedback.

Read the full update...

Yesterday, we embarked on our second endeavor to prove our superiority to the pathetic plebeians lovely folks over at 343 Industries Community Forum. After they wiped the floor with us we let them win at Friday's lobby, it was time for some payback. This time around, we brought in the big guns with special guests MATCLAN and Vetoed as well as SteelGreen, deathwish9x, CDX34, and Greenh2. Fellow staffer, Jesus in Malibu, was also on standby for moral support.

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The first match of the night took place on the community-requested Stigma by Squally DaBeanz. Expecting an easy victory with Vetoed on our side, team HaloCustoms was surprised to be neck-and-neck with our evil assailants friendly competitors throughout this game. In the end, team 343CF pulled ahead with their moderator Church leading the charge with a k/d of 20/12.

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A heated battle over Red Tower


Yesterday, we held our first Community versus Community event with 343i Community Forum. The lobby began with a few warm up matches on several maps including Brutalist, Solasium, and Citadel. It was at this time that I remembered how bad I am at Halo. Nevertheless, I was positive that Team HaloCustoms would claim this victory with the likes of Sky, CDX34 , and SteelGreen on our side. When the members of 343i Community Forum began to show their prowess on the virtual battlefield, however, that mindset quickly shifted. Thus begins the tale of the greatest rekking of our time...

Game 1 - Slayer on Perseus

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Game 1 was the storm before the storm (yes, you read that right). Those of us on Team HaloCustoms entered the match with our hopes high, but it was all for naught in the end. Our bullets just couldn't find their mark as we struggled to mount any form of a counter offensive. Team 343i's great weapon control proved to be a major threat throughout the game. Not to mention GermanShephard's excellent use of the Sniper Rifle. Had it not been for ♥ Sky and CDX34, this match would have been a complete blowout. Indeed, 343i wrecked us this round. We reassured ourselves that it was just a warm up match, though, and pressed on...

Sky managed to pick up some kills after getting a hold of the Rocket Launcher...

But we got sniped on several occasions.

Game 2 - Slayer on Contract

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Game 2 was played on a remake of Halo 3's Construct. Team HaloCustoms started this match out with a slight disadvantage as CDX34 was trapped...

Hello, HaloCustards! Before you ask, no, I didn't spell "Staff" wrong in the title. Since you guys couldn't seem to beat the staff more than once in the past, we thought it was about time to take a break from SvC and to introduce a new, similar event; Community versus Community!

Community versus Community is a small event that'll provide the residents of HaloCustoms with an opportunity to represent our forum. The concept is simple; HaloCustoms and their adversaries will pool together a group of Spartans to fight for their honor in a series of three best-of-five matches over the course of this coming weekend. These matches can range from Swat on Riptide to race on Bowser's Castle! Now, this is where the community comes in. Each forum community can choose a total of seven maps and modes to be played during the event. The fun part is that we can choose ANY seven as long as they adhere to the criteria below.

• Must comfortably support 4v4 gamemodes
• Must be in working condition
• Map and Mode must be compatible with one another
You can nominate up to seven maps and modes here in this thread. Nominations will close on March 3rd at 12pm, so you have until then to select your battlefields! The maps that receive the most nominations will be used, but the staff team will choose from the pool in case of a draw.


You're probably wondering who our worthy adversaries are. They'd be the wonderful people over at the 343 Industries Community Forum! Their forum is one of our oldest affiliates and friends, so it only made sense that they be the first group we ask to help us kick off this event. 343i has a lot of offer, from general...

Good evening and welcome to another Halo Customs weekly roundup. This week, we'll be taking you through a week in the life of an Unggoy Suicide Bomber. We'll be talking to Drogul about his job, family life, and why he chose to throw himself head first with a plasma grenade in each hand at the UNSC forces from the Spirit of Fire to secure himself a place on the Great Journey. Oh, what's that? Atriox already sent him on a mission to destroy the enemy base but he got run over by an angry Marine in a Warthog? Damn, we didn't prepare any other news... Quick, someone get Frank to rustle something up.

There's always something interesting going on in the Halo community. This week it's the latest in commercial partnerships 343i have partnered up with Paramount Pictures to bring us a forge contest with a twist, centered around their upcoming sci-fi film Ghost in the Shell. Maps must be designed to re-create the look and feel of the Ghost in the Shell universe, a dystopian future where assassins in skin-coloured suits and active camo modules jump off buildings backwards and freaky Maiko stab people in the neck at dinner parties. It's a cruel world and it's your job to recreate that atmosphere using Halo 5's forge mode. There are some pretty sweet prizes up for grabs, so if you're interested be sure to head over to Halo Waypoint where you can find out all the juicy details. Or you can click here for a direct link! Good luck to all of you who choose to enter, it's sure to be an interesting one to watch!

Last week was London, this week the HWC headed over to Mexico City for the first time! Get your best Trump impressions ready and hide behind that wall because there's sure to be some carnage. It's currently still ongoing...
343 Industries just announced their latest forge competition and trust me, this one is very interesting. The objective here is to forge a map that recreates "the look and feel" of the Ghost in the Shell universe. For those that aren't aware, Ghost in the Shell is an upcoming science-fiction, action film directed by Rupert Sanders, based on the Japanese series of the same name. You can find a quick summary of the competition below.

With each month that passes, the Halo community continues to surprise us with the unique maps created in Halo 5’s Forge mode on both Xbox One and Windows 10. To celebrate the Halo World Championship, we’ve partnered with Paramount Pictures and the upcoming film Ghost in the Shell, and are excited to reveal the Forge community’s next challenge - the Ghost In the Shell Halo 5 Forge Contest!

At the Halo World Championship Finals next month in sunny Southern California, audience members will be able to go hands-on with an awesome new Ghost in the Shell experience built with Forge. This is where you come in. The winner of this contest will not only have their map played by everyone at the event, but will also be flown out as a special guest and enjoy the show live!

Based on creativity, originality, usability, and likeness to the ‘Ghost in the Shell’ description, a panel of judges – selected from the various Forge communities, the team here at 343 Industries, and Paramount Pictures – will choose the top three winners. The contest begins now and entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. PT on March 12, 2017 here on the Halo Waypoint Forums. To learn how to submit your entry, head here.
  • 1st Prize – Paid trip to the Halo...
Hello, and welcome to a new segment, the HaloCustoms Weekly™ Roundup!

I'm your wonderful host, ♥ Sky, and I'll be talking you through this weeks news in the Halo world and a few bits from beyond.

In our main headline tonight, Halo Wars 2 was released! Everyone's favourite RTS from the 26th Century is back with a bang, pitting Atriox and his hairy mates against the wiley old Cutter and the crew of his venerable ship, the Spirit of Fire. The release live stream aired last Thursday and gave everyone a glimpse of the full game, including some live blitz games between some of the 343i staff and community members, including our own lovable Psychoduck playing for the 343i team. If you missed the live stream, here's the VOD from the Xbox YouTube channel.

Be sure to keep an eye out for Mister Duck, he even gets some good screen time, taking part in the first Blitz game played, starting at 11:00 mins.

Duck also managed to get a few images from the launch party and all the cool stuff that you can see in the background of the stream:



Here are the rest of the images, courtesy of Duck for your browsing pleasure.


In local news, the Battle Golf "Par for the Course" map Forging contest has had the deadline extended to "TBA", while a new set of more exciting prizes are organised. Check the full announcement thread for more details here.

Moving onto the esports news, the London round of the Halo World Championship Qualifiers was also on this weekend, streamed live on Twitch from Wembley Arena in...