Halo 4 will be showing up at MLG Dallas this weekend. They'll be testing out Infinity Slayer, CTF, and KOTH with pre-defined loadouts on the maps Abandon, Adrift, Haven, Solace, and Relay (a forge space) - all to determine what aspects of the game are fit for future competitive play. MLG has often been criticized in the past for stripping down Halo to its most balanced essentials, but now they're giving every new feature a chance to avoid losing any potential new players who pick up the game and might be intimidated by drastic changes from out-of-the-box settings.
I'm curious to see how personal ordinance drops in Slayer work out since competitive Halo has always been about the better team controlling power weapons, which encourages map movement. Regardless, it should be interesting to see how players who are already really good at Halo adapt to the new game ($20,000 for first place).
Friday, November 2 – 6:00pm – Midnight CST
- First Look Game Analysis - Bravo, Elamite and pro players will provide an in-depth first look at the game including a Pro analysis of new weapons, gametypes, maps, and features.
- Interviews – Bravo and Elamite interview top competitors and personalities attending MLG Dallas to get their first thoughts on the new game, and to divulge how they prepared for the tournament.
- Scrimmages - Top teams will face off as they warm-up and formulate strategies for the first time in Halo 4. The broadcast will showcase Pro Scrimmages, Show-Matches, and Exhibition.
Tournament play begins Saturday at 10am CST and continues through Sunday. Let's see if the game that built MLG still has what it takes to stay relevant. It all comes down to the audience that shows up and viewer numbers online, so be sure to tune in if you enjoy Halo!
Alternate stream: http://www.twitch.tv/mlg_halo_4
343 also announced they'll be adding a Competitive Skill Rank system post-launch!