Razer Onza Unbanned from Major League Gaming?

Razer Onza Tournament Edition

It would seem, based on the new 2011 MLG Equipment rules for Halo: Reach, that the Razer Onza is officially unbanned from the league.  There has not been an official statement from any member of the MLG staff clarifying the Razer Onza’s legality.  The lack of clarification is causing quite the stir; I myself awoke to a dozen emails asking if the Onza was unbanned.  One could deduce based on the updated rules (below), that the Onza is legal.

MLG 2011 Equipment Rules

Halo: Reach
Pro Circuit Equipment

Console: Xbox 360
Switch: Netgear gs108
Monitor: Asus VH236H

Resolution: 1920×1080
Reference Level: Intermediate
VGA
Player Equipment/Illegal Equipment

Players may not use a Turbo controller, a Button Macro controller, a Wireless controller, or a Play and Charge Kit. Turbo controllers allow Players to press a button that results in their Character performing a set of actions that would normally require the Player to press the same button multiple times. Button Macro controllers allow Players to press a button that results in their Character performing a set of actions that would normally require the Player to press multiple buttons.

Players may not use a controller that has been modified in such a way that it alters their Character’s abilities and/or in-game mechanics. Players are allowed to make cosmetic changes to their controller. However, Major League Gaming reserves the right to deny the use of any controller suspected of providing an unfair competitive advantage.

Players and Coaches may not use a Wireless headset or a headset that requires an outlet for power.
Call of Duty: Black Ops
MLG Equipment

Console: PS3
Switch: Netgear gs108
Monitor: Asus VH236H

Resolution: 1080p
HDMI
Player Equipment/Illegal Equipment

Players may not use a controller with Turbo capabilities, Button Mapping capabilities, or more buttons than the first party wireless controller. The first party wireless controller is the only wireless controller that can be used. Controllers with Turbo capabilities allow Players to press a button that results in their Character performing a set of actions that would normally require the Player to press the same button multiple times. Controllers with Button Mapping capabilities allow Players to map a button sequence to a specific button. Pressing that button results in their Character performing a set of actions that would normally require the Player to press multiple buttons.

Players may not use a controller that has been modified in such a way that it alters their Character’s abilities and/or in-game mechanics. Players may not use a controller that has been modified to include a Turbo button or Button Mapping capabilities. Players are allowed to make cosmetic changes to their controller, however, Major League Gaming reserves the right to deny the use of any controller suspected of providing an unfair competitive advantage.

Players and Coaches may not use a Wireless headset or a headset that requires an outlet for power.

 

Using the process of deduction, one could assume that the Onza is not banned based on the rules for Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Players may not use a controller with Turbo capabilities, Button Mapping capabilities, or more buttons than the first party wireless controller.

The specific, conscious use of the term “Button Mapping,” is omitted from the Halo: Reach rules.

Players may not use a Turbo controller, a Button Macro controller, a Wireless controller, or a Play and Charge Kit. Turbo controllers allow Players to press a button that results in their Character performing a set of actions that would normally require the Player to press the same button multiple times.  Button Macro controllers allow Players to press a button that results in their Character performing a set of actions that would normally require the Player to press multiple buttons.

Furthermore and in case anyone would perhaps, argue the Button Macro capabilities are  present in the Onza, they go on to define a Button Macro controller.  As I have stated in interviews and my review, the Onza does not perform a “set of actions” when using the Button Mapping function.  My interpretation of the new rules is that the Razer Onza is legal — now if only Razer can fill the demand everyone would be happy.  The Onza is looking like it will be on back order for quite some time.  There may only be a handful of people at MLG Dallas with an Onza.

If you have not read my Razer Onza Review for fear of it being banned in Major League Gaming, I would advise checking it out.  As a former MLG Pro Player I worked diligently with Razer and MLG to make the controller legal.




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  • Bradbotanel

    To me, those rules sound like the same rules they’ve always had. I can’t tell whether there is a difference between these new rules and the rules in past years.

  • Sparktite

    So what exactly is your point? Nothing in those rules state that the onza can in anyway be legal. It clearly states that, “Major League Gaming reserves the right to deny the use of any controller suspected of providing an unfair competitive advantage.” There are 2 mentions that any sort of a custom button or function added to the controller is not allowed. Even the following quote basically implies the onza is not allowed, “Players may not use a controller that has been modified in such a way that it alters their Character’s abilities and/or in-game mechanics.”

    • Phoneutria223

      Players may not use a controller that has been modified in such a way
      that it alters their Character’s abilities and/or in-game mechanics.

      Rapid fire controllers are an example of in-game mechanics manipulation turning a semi-auto or 3rb gun into full auto providing a clear violation.

      The Onza only allows a single button to be mapped to a different location an extra button above the LB and RB buttons. I play with an Onza personally in CoD i run Tactical button layout putting my knifing action on the B button. So to preform a knife I have to move my right thumb off the joy stick and hit that B button, if you map the B button to the button above LB you can use your left hand to knife never moving the right hand.  The programmable button only preforms ONE action not multiple actions and has the EXACT SAME functionality if you were to press B anyways.

      I personally use the Onza and just map my two buttons to LB and Rb respectfully so if i screw up and hit the wrong button I get the same functionality. I just like the adjustable tension and the overall design / feel of the controller, I wouldn’t mind if they dropped the programmable buttons all together and left the rest of the features.