Podtacular 569: Bye Blitz Beta

We are all sad that the Blitz Beta is over, even if some of us only won one game from it. With the end of the beta comes the impending release of the final game, but while we wait, we take a chance to share our experience with the beta and share some of our listeners experiences as well! We had one submission to us in addition to those listening us live on our Twitch stream. The Halo Bowl took place the previous week and Dust Storm shares the outcome of the tournament and fundraiser. Let’s just say, one did really well and one did really poorly.

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Halo: Community Update – Cetacean Celebration

February is here, as is the latest in Halo news and events from our weekly Community Update. The Blitz beta for Halo Wars 2 officially concluded recently, and 343 released a spreadsheet of a few major stats from that time period, such as whopping 796,000 games played. Also on the subject of Halo Wars 2, a new trailer will be releasing Monday, and three famed artists were contacted to do art for the upcoming release. Halo 5 had a massive news-drop this week, with the Timmy helmet being distributed to people mysteriously. Fans have been caught in a frenzy as to how to earn it, but 343 isn’t giving up many details. Speaking of helmets, the Classic Helmet REQ Pack will be releasing on February 9th (as previously covered) and will be purchasable for $9.99 in US currency or 150K REQ Points. Finally, Halo 5 also saw a slew of REQ changes this week, full list of changes included in the CU itself.

If you’re eager for more Halo content, such as the latest Canon Fodder, or the 343 Team Spotlight, you can visit the full article on HaloWaypoint.com to satisfy that urge.

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Podtacular 568: Blitzkeys

The Halo Wars 2 Blitz Beta launch this past weekend and we’ve already got our hands on a few matches, getting the feel for the mode and the new quirks of the twist on traditional RTS multiplayer. Halo Waypoint with Prima have given us some great tips to get started with Blitz and from the few games we’ve played, have some of our own to share. Opening moves, defending strategies and the card system all play a part in victory or defeat.

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Halo: Community Update – Blitzing the Night Away

The latest community update has hit the internet, courtesy of the ever-gracious Ske7ch, with a nice round of Halo news for all facets of the community. The Blitz beta is still ongoing on Xbox One and PC, and playing now will grant you 20 free blitz packs to close out the beta this 30th. A few myths about bugs in the beta were also busted and some tips given for those that might be confused on how to play. A Warzone Firefight easter egg was very recently teased, with a hint provided in this week’s update. It was shortly after discovered by members of the community to be a grunt riding a crawler. The nine classic helmets teased before the launch of Monitor’s Bounty are confirmed to be (probably) releasing on the 9th, assuming no changes are made. They will be available in a special pack for RP and real currency.

If you’re interested in reading up on more, like the new test playlist for 12 man Warzone teams or the REQ level changes, you can check out the update in its natural form on HaloWaypoint.com.

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Halo: Community Update – Blitz 101

Another week passes and yet another community update has been published. Halo Wars 2 is now nearly ready for public consumption, but if you’re not content with waiting another month, you can try it out now with the card-based Blitz beta. This beta is available on both Xbox and PC, and much like the popular Witcher spin-off game, Gwent, it focuses on strategic deck-building and fast-paced battles. Resource gathering and much of the basic pillars of Halo Wars are still present in Blitz, but there are no home-bases, and you must use energy wisely, finding suppliers on the map and through winning. Blitz does feature micro-transactions, but they are not essential to playing the game-mode. In other news, Halo Wars 2 has a new marketing campaign in sponsorship with Twitter, where you and either another player or the AI fight out mini-Blitz games over Twitter’s messaging service.

If you’d like more information on Halo Wars 2, such as new canon surrounding the Banished, or an in-depth guide on how to jump into Blitz, all of that information and more is available on HaloWaypoint.com.

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Podtacular 567: Beta Blitz

The Halo Wars 2 Blitz Beta is here, offering another chance to get a taste of the next installment of the Halo franchise and the twist Blitz brings to classic RTS game play. We had a chance to get an early look at Blitz and the card system behind the game mode. It’s fast-paced nature makes it a great candidate for match-made games and thankfully doesn’t entail many woes the community has over Halo 5’s REQ system. We also had time on with the first few missions of the Halo Wars 2 campaign.

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Podtacular 566: Incoming Blitz

We have entered the home stretch of the Halo Wars 2 launch with the announcement of the upcoming Blitz multiplayer beta launching on Xbox One and Windows 10 on January 20th. This new game mode takes a twist off of an real-time strategy classic and adds a unique twist to gameplay and strategy with unit cards. While there’s some worry in the Halo community on the likeness to REQ cards from Halo 5: Guardians, this will give us the opportunity to try it for ourselves. Amongst the Halo Wars hype, Halo 5: Guardians continues to get better with community created content, the continuation of the Halo Championship Series and more matchmaking updates.

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