HCS Cup #1 Cancelled


This may be old news to some, but in case you missed it the most recent HCS Online cup has been postponed. The first online cup for HCS Season 2 was scheduled to occur on Saturday April 25th. However ESL and 343i cancelled the tournament on the Thursday prior due to stability concerns with the most recent MCC patch.

It’s going to be very interesting to see how quickly 343i and Microsoft can fix this issue, that was all but eliminate from the build before it. Most fans, including myself see this patch as a step in the wrong direction. An ongoing issue that only further hinders the community. I understand that 343i’s main focus is H5, however for those fans that are looking to play MCC in the meantime and even after, stability of the build should be the number one priority.


4.21.15 Halo MCC Patch Notes

This is a reblog from HaloWaypoint.com

The next time you log into Halo: The Master Chief Collection, you will be prompted to download the latest content update, which focuses on ranking, matchmaking penalties, stability, as well as game-specific improvements for each title.

Below, you’ll find a summary of what is included in today’s update:


  • Made a variety of improvements to ranking consistency and penalties.
  • Resolved an issue that could cause a player to rank down excessively, such as dropping multiple levels after a loss.
  • Resolved an issue that caused a player’s rank to appear incorrectly.

Based on these improvements and updates, we’ll be resetting ranking for Halo 2: Anniversary, and separately, will begin to roll out ranks to additional playlists soon (we’re aiming for the next day or so), starting with the addition of ranking to the Team Slayer and Halo Championship Series playlists. We’ll be actively monitoring the ranking system across these playlists over the next few days to ensure that everything is working properly before adding ranks to additional playlists.

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April’s MCC Update

Last month’s update saw a big improvement in overall matchmaking stability and from the sound of it this month’s update hopes to build upon that. Recently some changes have been made to the Halo CE playlist from 2-3 players to 2 only strictly. 343i continues to monitor the playlist and make appropriate changes.

From a recent Waypoint article, it seems like they are hoping to add a few more playlists into the hopper. Including; Team Doubles, SWAT and Team Snipers. The matchmaking team will be diving into the data to see which one of these playlists will become a permanent edition to the rotation. So folks if you want to see your favorite kept in the rotation, make sure you play as much of it as you can.

In addition to this they are hoping to finally add ranks to some other playlists as well. Something most people have been asking for since launch. An arrival date is still TBD on the update, but when it goes live 343i will post the patch notes.