Today's MechWarrior patch features 8v8 matchmaking, Ilya Muramets, lumps of coal

New MechWarrior Online hero mech
If the thought of running around 8v8 maps in a giant robot exoskeleton blowing up other players in giant robot exoskeletons makes you go "oh cool," then you'll probably want to continue reading this post about MechWarrior Online.

Today's patch introduces a custom matchmaking feature, new electronic countermeasure functionality, and a new hero mech called the Ilya Muramets CTF-IM Cataphract (say that three times fast). And yes, there's definitely a Santa bobblehead available for your cockpit. You'll find it in the cash shop along with an elf, a lump of coal, and some Christmas lights, all of which may used to pimp out the dashboard of your favorite mech.

Check out the new Ilya via the screenshot gallery below or the video after the break.

[Source: Piranha Games press release]%Gallery-154551%

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