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Free-to-play MOBA Master X Master closed beta is now underway

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The closed beta for Master X Master, the new free-to-play MOBA from NCsoft that Tom really wishes you'd pay attention to for a minute, is now underway. The beta is scheduled to run until April 27 and includes PvE stages, different PvP modes, minigames, and access to giveaways, contests, and promotions. 

Three "Founder's Packs" are available for purchase, ranging in price from $20 to $100, but NCsoft emphasized that it is not necessary to purchase one to get access to the beta. If you do, however, you'll have access to whatever Masters, skins, and other such stuff are in it during the test period. The servers will be wiped after the test is over, but "fresh" Founder's Packs will be handed out at launch. 

Tom got some hands-on time with Master X Master at PAX East, and even though he acknowledged that another free-to-play MOBA isn't likely to set anyone's heart aflame with excitement, he found it to be "a high-quality MOBA with a unique tag-in mechanic straight out of Marvel vs. Capcom and a full co-op PvE dungeon crawling mode that looked more like Diablo than Dota." That's a pretty solid-sounding recommendation, and for the price of "free" it's hard to go wrong.

He also said that, based on what he'd heard, if you sign up for the beta you'll "very likely" get in. Put your name on the dotted line at playmxm.com.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.