The devs behind Tetris 99 released a new update into the game this week, just before the next Maximus Cup kicks off on Thursday. The game has now added the new Team Battle Mode, giving you and friends a chance to team up against the rest to claim the top spot. Plus they've added a new password-based matchmaking feature, allowing you to do invites only. The 10th Maximus Cup will kick off in Tetris 99 starting at 11 p.m. PDT on December 12th and run until 10:59 p.m. PDT on December 16th. All with the standard rules and winning conditions. Here's a little more info on the update.
In Team Battle Mode, players choose their favorite of four teams at the start of each game. Some teams may end up with many more members, but smaller teams receive a boost in attack power when being attacked, adding an unexpected element to each match. As players get eliminated through the course of battle, the final team standing with at least one player remaining wins. And even better, all members of the winning team can share in the victory! Players who are K.O.'d early in the game will go into spectator mode and can send "Likes" to cheer on their teammates. Players will want to stick around until their team has obtained a rank to receive their XP points. Or, if Team Battle is the active mode for a Maximus Cup event, stay for their event points.