Pioneer

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Map Description

  1. Squally DaBeanz
    Pioneer

    By Squally DaBeanz

    "Construction of refineries and other industrial sites is a vital step in early colonization efforts of hostile terrain."

    Pioneer is a large asymmetrical BTB map themed as an industrial site in the edge of a desert, and is heavily based on the Halo Reach firefight map "Unearthed". The map mainly consists of the large refinery compound, the pipeline running through it, and the surrounding dunes and smaller structures around it.

    The goal was to take the basic layout and idea of Unearthed and apply that to a BTB map that could effectively support Scorpion tank gameplay. This was achieved by giving the Scorpions plenty of wide open space and rolling cover. Due to its slower speed and inability to shoot targets at close range, the Scorpion requires larger areas between it and any incoming attackers. The rolling dunes allow the Scorpion driver to see any approaching threats with enough time to react, while also providing cover from long sightlines and other vehicles. There are, however, several choke points for the Scorpions on the map. Drivers are still required to play cautiously with the Scorpion, and are better suited to locking down various areas of the map and supporting teammates.

    The map itself has a large variety of weapons and spaces to interact with. Power weapons include turrets, a Rocket Launcher, a SAW, a Gravity Hammer, A Hydra, A Sentinel Beam, Needlers, and more. The Strongholds on the map are located on the tower toward the end of the pipeline, in the armory just outside of the main facility, and the load zone on the side of the facility opposite the armory. Red team spawns in a garage in the back of the facility, while blue team spawns on a landing pad out in the dunes.

Recent Reviews

  1. D4rkDeath D4rkDeath
    10/5,
    Pioneer is one of the strongest BTB maps across the entire franchise. It’s hard to make a map work with the Halo 5 tank and boy does it work here! This asym map plays strongholds incredibly well. Each stronghold is a unique area that is just plain fun to play in. The art style is excellent, very rarely is the UNSC theme pulled off right and Squally nailed it with Pioneer! Pioneer deserves a spot in matchmaking. Not only does Pioneer have the right kind of gameplay for an exciting experience to play over and over, it holds the power to bring people back to Halo 5... Put Pioneer in matchmaking. If anyone has the chance to play on this map, you won’t want to stop...

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    Great work on this Squally, always excited to see new designs from you! Getting some nostalgic vibes from Unearthed and Relic on this one. Beautiful attention to detail and thoughtful sightlines. Hopefully the BTB playlist will get updated in the future as I see this as a contender. :)
     
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    I'm happy to see you finally found an iteration of the map that you are happy with. ;) Pioneer is one of my favorite BTB maps and I hope we see it in the BTB playlist in the future. With a good team the Scorpion kicks ass on this map! :yes:
     
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    You and I have had multiple great scorpion runs on here!
     
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    bruhs the Reach vibe is definitely here - put dat map in halo 5
     

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