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CZ Clan Returns to AoC Throne in Season 38

posted by Black AdderTuesday, 19 July 2016

Season 38 of RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League yet again brought together quite a rich array of players ranging from top experts to gamers still on the rise, all of whom have one thing in common every time they sign up - they want to have fun in a proper clan competition with traditional settings everyone loves. This all regularly results in scores of interesting games and entertaining live streams on our Twitch or YouTube, and, more importantly, at the end of it all, we learn who the best clan in the whole of AoC is. So, what was the story this season?

Sign-ups featured a very nice number of clans, totalling at 35 teams, which meant quite a rich competition between players from all around the world - besides regular participants such as CZ Clan, New Chapter or Arg, we've also seen some newcomers or clans coming back after a long pause - names like SlipKn0T Team, FOX Gaming or LeO with Age of HD sure made this season very interesting!

Group Stage

The division warfare brought together a good amount of top quality clans in each of the five groups, but the most surprising proved to be Division 4 that ended up being a true group of death. Its top seeded clans had to fight for supposedly "their" Playoff spots hard from the very start, and not everyone succeeded, as the very well-playing newcomers Age of HD together with the second team of The Jedi Masters played well above expectations and their teamwork was truly excellent.

In other divisions, the battles were no less interesting, even if the advancing teams were a bit more clear, and we have seen some unexpected results such as Silver CZ Clan stumbling with Birras y Tapas or Golden Lords of Skulls against Run Forrest Run, with some other notable performances coming from 1NV or Gaucho in their difficult divisions. We also need to, of course, mention the epochal achievement of clan LeO managing to claim their first ever win in a fight with Dragons Masters X! :)

In the end, with the help of several deciders, we learnt the best 16 clans to advance into the Postseason, featuring plenty of expected names, but also some barely anyone besides fanatic fans would expect.

Find all the streamed games on our YouTube and recs in our archive

Playoffs

From the very early rounds we could've witnessed some great match-ups, such as Power of Japan challenging Lords of Skulls or Berserkers fighting Vikingos Nůmadas, but the truly important games for the following progress were happening elsewhere. TheJedi|B, with strong reinforcement from GracieBirdy, were confirming against Arg their division achievement was no mistake with their impeccable Nomad play, while ByT's inspirational leader TaToH continued to give strength and purpose to his clanmates against another former Champions SlipKn0T Team. At the same time nC, regular Banner holders, received a proper scare and warning with having to go through a tricky decider with well-playing FOX.

With the switch to the Best of 5 format and some cool preset maps in the Quarterfinals, the fights got onto another level, as most of the matches were true nail-biters and great to watch. While CZ Clan as one of the favourites for the Title ended the way of this season's surprise Age of HD, the other three were having a pretty tough time trying to claim their own. Both nC and LoS were forced to undergo all five gruelling games, at times being very, very close to elimination, as they had to turn their epic matches versus Run Forrest Run and The Jedi Masters B around to achieve final victory and keep their chances of success alive. The fourth favourite, the highest seeded clan in the Playoffs, Berserkers, though found their betters in Birras y Tapas and only confirmed the unpredictable nature of this season's Playoffs.

The final four was then an assortment of worthy clans of which literally any could finish top. All three "Bannered" clans from last season were present, with one extra having a season of dreams. This promised fun Semifinals and that they truly were, and, interestingly enough, both had the same result and both had a similar progress. ByT and nC prepared well and on Atlantean Relics chose the correct strategy to give them a head start, but even though they fought with all the resolve they could muster, last season's Finalists were all too keen on having a rematch to let anything get in their way.

Find all the streamed games on our YouTube and recs in our archive

Grand Finals

Four seasons, four Grand Finals - that is the record for CZ Clan since Season 35. Champions in S35 and S36, and then came Lords of Skulls and snatched the Title from them in S37. Now here's a rematch and debt to be paid.

With the incredibly strong line-ups backed by equally strong performances, no one can doubt those two clans are currently the top of the cream. CZ Clan is renowned for its skill in team games with names like Fallowyourmind (Error), Janik, Mango, Ovenka or Skull, while Lords of Skulls are boasting true experts performing equally well when playing together - Guh or RiuT supported by Alucardguts are names you have probably already heard of :) , with miguelzin being a true pillar of their success in not only this season.

The first game took place on unusual Palisade Arena, offering multiple ways how to approach the map. CZ didn't waste any time in revealing their general plans, starting with a nice boar steal and continuing further in a similarly aggressive fashion, and actually quite soon found themselves right inside the opponents' bases, wreaking havoc all around, and claiming a rather fast and decisive victory.

LoS expectedly chose Arabia due to their 1v1 skillers, but the game wasn't going according to plan at all. CZ continued with their aggressive approach, stealing boars and pressuring their opponents early, and it took the home team quite a long time to even look as if they could survive. The game then developed into a long pitched battle, going to and fro, until LoS stabilised enough to start pushing back, back to their victory and evening the match out.

Ancient Lake was, on the other hand, an unexpected choice for CZ's home map, the same as their double Mongols. This map is reliant on sneaky landings, and since CZ picked it, that's exactly what they did, but it did not have the effect they had hoped for - the reaction by LoS was great and they were soon able to kick the invaders away from their shores without too much effort. A big and long water battle ensued, with some curious Cannon Galleon vs. Trebuchet duels, and all seemed to be in a stalemate, until CZ slowly started getting the upper hand and other opportunities for deciding landings came - and this time, even through pretty competent enemy defence, they succeeded.

The second set map and fourth overall was Soul, an intriguing island with individual compartment for each player. LoS, staring defeat in the eyes, opted for a change in line-up, while CZ yet again showed their meticulous preparation for the final match by going double Mayans, making sure they had a flank Mesoamerican player ready to roll. Even though LoS soon gained control over the water, giving them economical and map control advantage, it started to look evident CZ had no real interest in any of that, as their plan seemed to be to steamroll their opponents on land before water could make any kind of a decisive impact. With such deep tactical preparation, it was no wonder their plan was working, and even though the opponents put up valiant efforts to turn the tide of the battle in their favour, the inevitable end still came, this time with no coming back for the defeated side - we have seen the rise of the new Champions of RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League:

The honourable Silver-placed clan:

Watch the Grand Finals on RTS League YouTube

Download the Grand Finals recs and discuss them at AoCZone

Bronze Banner Battle

There's though always one more Banner to be awarded to the deserving clan, and looking at past seasons, it would be a weird occurence if New Chapter weren't going for it. They yet again proved their top quality in team games and were the favourites for the last fight, but against them stood Birras y Tapas, a clan probably nobody fitted as top 4 before the season started, and they also wanted to finish on a high note. The match itself started with a boom, a truly epic Palisade Arena that had you guessing the winner till the very end, and continued with water maps that were the domains of both clans so far. But only one could prevail on them now, and so, after confirming their first water win on Islands on interesting Migration as well, the Bronze Banner yet again belongs to:

Watch the Bronze Banner Battle on RTS League YouTube

Download the Bronze Banner Battle recs and discuss them at AoCZone

Congrats and well done CZ, LoS and nC!

And big thanks to all the participating clans for making this season so great yet again!

As usual, we also mustn't forget about all the streamers who helped us cast the epic battles live, bringing them to all the fans and clanmates to enjoy, so thanks everyone for the help, especially Gripen and the Voobly Community Team!

The next Season in line, 39, is currently looking to begin about the end of summer, but we're monitoring the situation and potentially could start a bit earlier. In any case, follow us on our community channels and you'll learn when the time is ripe for more top quality clan wars :)

Looking for Staff!

Btw we're always on the lookout for community members eager to help their fellow players enjoy the game we all love even more!

Currently we would quite welcome help from a skilled webmaster to improve on our web, so if you have experience with creating and running websites (especially PHP) and would like to leave your mark on not only the "Age of" community, make sure to contact us! (Careful to replace the addressee line with my nick - Black Adder :) )

We could definitely also find use for various other talents you might have, especially concerning graphics, streaming or other content creation, and our League Staff team could also accommodate another enthusiast to make sure our Leagues function as well as possible!

So if you'd like to help us bring RTS League and the fun it offers to the community to the next level and join our team, be sure to message me (careful to replace the addressee line with my nick - Black Adder :) ) with your ideas and how do you think you could help us and the community improve!

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AoT S26 Grand Finals Live on Tuesday!

posted by Black AdderMonday, 04 July 2016

After weeks of diligent and heavy fighting, the top two clans of the 26th RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League are known and they are ready to battle to the death for the honour to be called the best clan in the whole of community! 2k for jesus and Tsunami Clan have overcome all the obstacles in their way and are now hoping they can return to the throne they have once sat upon in the past - but only one of them can succeed, only one of them can be the best, only one of them can claim the prestigious Golden Banner!

JSS are prone to heavy Zeus usage and favouriting Medit-type maps, but often are quite flexible in their god choices depending on what the situation commands. This potentially gives them an edge over their foes in case of special home maps, but at the same time Deities of Death have shown quite clearly in the Semifinals they are not beyond being surprised by a clever strat, and since tactical preparation is paramount in these final stages and their Grand Finals opponents have done very well in that regard so far, they still need to watch their back and carefully prepare themselves if they want to succeed. The expert-studded player list JSS employ is though more than enough to give them the much-needed confidence before the Final battle of the season.

Players to expect:

Chef
Count
Ert
TheMista
Titou

TSM boast a Zeus-heavy line-up and are known for their preference of Medit, but this season, they have shown us they can play other gods as well, and beat the most skilled opponents with them if they set their minds to it - AbsoLads learnt that the hard way in the Semifinals, but they have also shown that TSM's fortress Medit is not impenetrable, and so the Finalists need to stay alert and be ready for whatever comes their way. They have been able to do that quite well this season, suffering only one loss to Deities of Death in the Decider, but besides this encounter, they have been a dominant force to be reckoned with, worthy of the Grand Finals.

Players to expect:

Atlantis
Fen
PLAYER

RTS League Grand Finals never disappoint and with such stellar line-up as this time, how could they? We'll yet again see the current best of the best battle for complete supremacy and it's literally anybody's guess who will finish top and claim the prestigious Golden Banner for the RTS League Champions! We are sure though that you already have your favourites in mind and we would love you to post your opinion (or the only possible truth) into the comments below and also share it in the predictions on our community channels:

And when you've done that, book Tuesday 5/7 at 19:00 GMT/21:00 CEST/15:00 EDT/12:00 PDT/05:00 AEST as the time to be online and watch the Grand Finals streamed live on our channel www.twitch.tv/RTSLeague!

The match will be Best of 5 with two special pre-set maps - Team Migration (Blind Pick) and Lamia - and you can look forward to some truly fun and unusual games!

And to the clans - gl&hf, may the skill be with you!

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AoT S26 League Cup Up for Grabs!

posted by Black AdderWednesday, 08 June 2016

With the Play-Ins finished, we now know all the participants of both the Playoffs and the League Cup of RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League, Season 26, and it's time to kick off the postseason bracket for the coveted Blood-Red Banner!

We have six participants with enough perseverance to make it this far:

DoD|C, FROST, GDM, GDM|B, Lad|C, Mor0nZ

League Cup Bracket

Scheduling Forum

and we'll be quite interested who of them will prove the last one standing - but no matter the winner, the League Cup is mainly about having some extra fun after the group stage, and so we hope the clans will get exactly that - exciting competitive games and victories they can be proud of!

There are plenty interesting teams present, like strong Gladiadores del Mythology or up-and-coming Los Mor0noZ, but as you can see, there's also a pretty good chance for a League Double, with both AbsoLads and Deities of Death having teams in both the Playoffs and the League Cup, and we'll be eagerly awaiting their results to see if they can finally make it happen - what do you think?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments and follow our community channels to learn when the games are going live on our two Twitch channels!

And for the clans - gl&hf, may the skill be with you!

About us:
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AoT S26 Postseason Begins!

posted by Black AdderWednesday, 25 May 2016

Group stage of Season 26 of RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League was quite intense with many questions about the final placements decided only in the very last games, and so we're now definitely heading for an intriguing postseason full of top quality clan wars - all the initial favourites got through, including the reigning Champions AbsoLads, fittingly as the top seed without losing a game, but there are also some other nice names still fighting to get their chance on glory - can some of them upset the established order and claim a prestigious Banner? That's written in the stars, and up to them to prove their quality.

These six top finishers have secured their spot in the Playoffs:

DoD, DoD|B, JSS, Lad, Lad|B, TSM

And the following four are going to fight for the two remaining Wild Cards:

F2, GDM, Mor0nZ, TBL

Playoff Bracket

Playoff Scheduling Forum

The best Age of Mythology can offer, and we will, as during the divisional play, bring the epic fights to you live on our channels twitch.tv/RTSLeague and twitch.tv/RTSLeague2 and then also on our YouTube, so make sure to subscribe, and also follow our community channels to learn when the matches are going to happen and when you should get ready for the AoT goodness

But before the battles begin, we are curious who do you think will finish on the top spots, or who do you think will be eliminated all too soon - let us know in the comments or on our community channels to share with your friends and foes alike :)

League Cup

An integral part of the AoT postseason is, of course, also the League Cup, a competition where clans can find redemption, and, more importantly, additional fun games to enjoy beyond divisional play. Since League Cup wouldn't be complete without two of the clans from the Play-Ins, the race for the Blood-Red Banner will begin after those are played, which should be in about a week's time.


Gl&hf all the participating clans then, may the skill be with you!


Technical Notes

Quarterfinals are slated for the week 30th May - 5th June due to the Play-Ins still to be played, but the already set match-ups can already be scheduled for this weekend if you can find the time.

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AoC S38 Grand Finals CZ vs. LoS Live This Saturday!

posted by Black AdderFriday, 20 May 2016

It's time for the last round of Season 38 of RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League! Clans and players have fought well and true, and after several months of high quality action, the last two remain to decide who gets to be called the best clan in the whole of AoC for the time to come - prestigious Golden Banner for the RTS League Champions awaits!

As it so happens, the Grand Finals are going to be a "replay" of last season's Finals, basically confirming the very top status of both clans, but also lending to the match an exciting air of revenge, as the last season's Silvers will assuredly want to return to their throne they held for two seasons before that, re-assuming their rightful position, but at the same time, the reigning Champions will want to assert their dominance and continue ruling the community with their iron fists. So, who those two fighting clans are?

The first contestant is CZ Clan, a teamplay powerhouse, storming through the season with vengeance and dispatching anyone in their path - be it up-and-coming Age of HD having a strong premier season, or very good New Chapter, experienced teamgamers themselves. Skull, Janik, Mango or Fallowyourmind with Ovenka are a team to be reckoned with, and they'll sure put up their best to resume their reign over Age of Empires.

Against them will again stand Lords of Skulls, highly skilled Brazilians having a similarly commanding path through the season, defeating TaToH's well-playing Birras y Tapas, and with one big match under their belt against The Jedi Masters B, who were the dark horses of this season with their amazingly high-level play - those guys haven't lost a single home map on Nomad this season, not even to LoS. It took all 5 games to decide the winner, but the reigning Champions proved their mettle, and also gained a lot of confidence to finish the season on top. Team based around well-performing miguelzin, Guh, Alucardguts and, of course, RiuT is going to be a real challenge for their opponents, as they are here for one thing only - the victory.

The match will be Best of 5 and will feature special pre-set maps like Palisade Arena or Soul, and will take place on

Saturday 21/5 after 18:00 GMT/20:00 CEST/14:00 EDT/11:00 PDT/04:00 AEST on www.twitch.tv/RTSLeague

So, who do you think has what it takes to claim the Title and brandish the prestigious Golden Banner? Let us know in the comments and on our community channels to share with other fans and players!

Hope to see you live with this epic battle then :)

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26th AoT Clan Championship Begins!

posted by Black AdderTuesday, 12 April 2016

Here we go! Edition 26 of RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League is starting and we're all excited to see who's got it all to finish top! AbsoLads were crowned the new, but fully deserved Champions 4 months ago already, and since then, many things could have changed, and they sure did - some clans grew, some transformed, and yet others improved, and so no one can be sure what's going to happen this time around. One thing we know for sure though, and that's that the prestigious and exquisite Golden Banner is going to be yet again incredibly hard to attain!

As usual, we're hosting the very best of the best of the whole Age of Mythology community, and many clans are vying for the fame and glory of being called the greatest of them all - the ever-top-present Tsunami Clan, reinforced (as if that was even possible) 2k for jesus or looking-for-a-redemption Deities of Death are all ready to leave their mark, but so are the other clans of which many are capable of seemingly surprising results - and we would definitely love those, wouldn't we ;) Simply stacked season that's going to showcase the best teamgame skills around, and we're going to bring it to you live as often as humanly possible - be very sure to follow us on our community channels, especially Twitch (both channels!) and YouTube!

And who are the clans that are ready to have some top quality clan war fun? It's these 18 brave competitors hoping for a bit of space in the history books:

Division 1 - DoD|B, FROST, GDM|B, Lad, Mor0nZ, ONU (staffed by Mirez)
Division 2 - DoD|C, F2, JSS, Lad|B, Mysteria, TBL (staffed by Chrono and Mirez)
Division 3 - ArF, DoD, GDM, KeeN, Lad|C, TSM (staffed by Chrono)

It doesn't get better than this, and only the upcoming weeks will solve the riddle of which clan is the most deserving - but I'm sure you already have your favourites, so do let us know in the comments and on our community channels who are you rooting for!

Our great staffer ChronoJJ has prepared an excellent and exhaustive preview of the new season for you to learn about the individual teams and see who has the best shot at the Title, and also to glean all the interesting and important details you might not know about - maybe he'll alter your perception of some clans and make you switch your allegiance ;)

Whatever the case, bookmark our Twitch and other community channels, and see you online with the AoT goodness! :)

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Some technical info for the clans:

All games are to be played using the Voobly Balance Patch - currently version 1.04.

Here are some older, but relatively oft-repeated issues, especially meant for new clans:
- Play only on your main nickname, and under your clan's tag.
- Do not forget to submit Fair Play Ratings as soon as possible after each match - more info is posted in the Guide in your division - read that fully - that goes even for established clans who tend to forget about things over time as well :)
- Do not wall-spam near Wonders - no 1x1 wall segments and similar. If you want to win through Wonders, do not do it by abuse. Also, clans can choose Conquest on their home map.

Now to the new Clan Operators amongst us - check your forum PMs for your Operator log-ins you will need in order to update your clan infos and rosters. New Clan Operators who haven't received the log-in yet, please message a staffer. In case of any questions regarding the League, do not hesitate to contact them either.

Every clan operator should have an Admin Note on the left below his account name stating that he is an AoT Clan Operator and for which clan. Operators who do not and should have the note please message me (Black Adder).

Links you might want to keep are League standings and the schedule for your division (Division 1, Division 2, Division 3). You can reach both of those also by selecting the appropriate competition in the Leagues menu, schedules are then available below the respective division's table.

Scheduling forums:
Division 1
Division 2
Division 3

Round 1 is open until 17th April, this time we don't need two weeks, each round lasts the customary 1 week, Monday-Sunday - the concrete dates are stated in the Guide and will be added to the schedules themselves. Each Round is to be finished within its designated week, extensions are not automatic and you need to ask your staffer for them and they need to be supported with a sufficient reason.

Gl&hf and may the skill be with you!

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38th AoC Playoffs Ready to Determine Champions!

posted by Black AdderThursday, 24 March 2016

After weeks of group stage battles bringing us more than one unexpected result (actually there are quite some intriguing scores this season), RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League is entering its 38th postseason. Now it's up to the best of the best to determine who is above the rest and deserves the honour of receiving the Golden Banner, a badge heralding the very best clan in the whole of Age of Empires community - Lords of Skulls are ready to defend, but prepared are also multitudes of top quality opponents, a lot of them former Champions or Banner holders themselves, and so this Playoff promises to be as tense as the Battle of the Five Armies itself!

And who has made it through to the elimination part?

AoHD, Arg, ByT, CZ, FOX, Klrz, LoS, nC, ONU, PoJ, RFR, SlipKn0T, TheJedi, TheJedi B, VIK

(plus 1NV and VN are playing a decider for the last spot)

Playoff Bracket

That's a very, very strong line-up we have not seen for years, and should make for some quite unforgettable battles - definitely follow us on our community channels to learn how the clans are doing, but especially follow our Twitch for the live streams that are for sure incoming! And, of course, cheer for your home clan, or simply your personal favourites :)

So, who do you think will win or claim the other Banners? Let us know in the comments and on the community channels above!

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Info for the clans

First round will last 2 weeks, each round after that then a week as is usual, and concerning format, Round of 16 is standard Best of 3 (home map each clan, third on Blind Random), starting from Quarterfinals it changes into Best of 5 with two set maps - we'll let you know the settings before that stage begins.

Timetable:
Round of 16: 23rd March - 3rd April
Quarterfinals: 4-10th April
Semifinals: 11-17th April
Grand Finals/Bronze Match: 18-24th April

That's it then - let's get to responsible scheduling in the forums and have some proper AoC fun :)

Gl&hf clans, may the skill be with you!


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AoT Season 26 Is Here! Sign Your Clan Up

posted by Black AdderSaturday, 19 March 2016

Spring is just around the corner (for most of us :) ), flowers are starting to bloom, and so is the AoT community with the many exciting tournaments hosted as of late. We're really in a curious time Age of Mythology has not known for many years, and with more tournaments down the road, it's going to be interesting which event will be the true highlight of this first half of the year - we definitely hope it's going to be RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League!

We're again ready to host the best of the best (but also the rest ;) ) and see which clan deserves the honours of being called the Best Clan in the whole of AoT, and this time it promises to be a quite intriguing story, as Season 25 saw two new faces in the Grand Finals, ousting the former powerhouses out of their "Sheldon's Spots" :d Can clans like Deities of Death or 2k for jesus regain their fame? Are AbsoLads going to defend their Title? Or is someone else going to surprise us entirely? Follow the prestigious RTS League clan wars and find out :)

If you're ready to give a shot to the Golden Banner race or just want to have some top quality clan war fun, getting a chance to play against the top skillers in the game, gather your clan mates and sign up for Season 26 of the traditional Age of Mythology Clan League with history as long as of the game itself - live your chance for glory!

News for Season 26

1) You're undoubtedly wondering by now what's up with the expansion Tale of the Dragon. After careful deliberation and weighing all the pros and cons, we have decided that the best course of action at this stage is to continue using Voobly and play on the original Age of Mythology: The Titans.

Even though we would love to enrich the experience with the new civilisation, the present state and cons of the Steam version by far outweigh the pros, and seeing our strong position in the community and high standards we adhere to, we cannot justify running a respectable clan competition on the expansion yet.

However, we are hoping the situation will improve in the coming months, and we are already preparing plans for a summer event that would be hosted on Tale of the Dragon, provided the game is in a proper state, so you have something great to look forward to :)

2) For other novelties, we don't have anything specific yet, but with the next version of the Voobly Balance Patch being prepared, we will be ready to implement it as soon as it's sufficiently tested. It may be with the start of the season in a couple of weeks, or it may be for the Playoffs like last season, we'll see how things go.

We are also looking into the possibilities of adding some new maps, seeing the great success new map additions had in the Playoffs, possibly even from the expansion, so if we deem some map scripts to be suitable for competitive play, we will add them to the available map pool. Feel free to let us know about maps you think could be a good addition :)

Now back to the sign-ups!

To take part in Season 26 and have a chance at the fun (and the Banners :) ), your clan will need to fit a few conditions to ensure you would be a positive contribution to the League.

First you will need a Clan Operator - the guy/gal representing you in the competition, scheduling your matches with the opponents and communicating with League staffers on your behalf. This person should be reliable, responsible and available regularly, every day if at all possible. Proper and timely communication is the key here. You can, of course, have more than 1 Clan Operator to cover for each other :)

Then you must have at least 6 active players ready to participate - this is to ensure you are able to complete your matches regularly even if some of your heroes happen to be temporarily unavailable.

Further you need to be familiar with the League rules. Read them carefully, and pay attention to the novelties for Season 26 posted above as well.

Lastly, during seasons, we unfortunately also uncover foul play and need to take proper action, so here are the administrative decisions active for Season 26 you need to be aware of:

- Player "reDo" is banned for life for multiple serious cases of malicious smurfing. Any clan found to be actively using him in League games will be subject to severe penalties or immediate disqualification. Be sure to know who is playing for you.

And when you've checked all these points and you're ready to join, then again make sure that your clan meets the criteria listed above and within the rules and simply post the following sign-up form. Returning clans need just to confirm the participation (and read the novelties and active admin decisions as well, of course).

Clan Tag:
Clan Name:
Clan Website:
Number of Members:
Clan Operator Nickname and Contact:
Clan Leader Nickname and Contact:
Clan Operator has read the rules and agrees to them:

B(C, etc.)-teams need to supply their complete roster as well to allow us to gauge their strength so that we know where to seed them. Please also pay special attention to the guidelines on Guest Players found in Rule 4.

Please sign up your clan only if you seriously want to take part in the League, do not sign up inactive clans or clans with too few players to actually meaningfully compete. Clans that drop out during the season will be excluded from the next one/s.

Sign-ups will be closed on Friday 1st April, Season 26 will start the following week.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact our AoT staff members or any other staffers.

Looking forward to having you in the League, and spread the word - the more clans, the more fun for everyone!

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RTS League is the foremost and longest running "Age of" clan competition ever, with a history of hosting numerous other strategy games (like StarCraft II, Empire Earth, and Dawn of War) in the past. Fun and friendliness are the prominent aspects of RTS League, with the unquestionable prestige and fame the triumph brings to the top finishing clans following close behind.

Welcome Our New AoT Staffer - Mirez

posted by Black AdderTuesday, 08 March 2016

With the upcoming new season of RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League we're bringing aboard a new staffer to help us out with the day-to-day handling of divisions and also to work on improving the quality of Leagues we provide to the whole of AoT community.

Mirez has good and valuable experience with both the game and the community itself, and as quite an active member, he promises to be a valuable addition to our team. Also as a newly added Mod at the /AgeofMythology subreddit, he'll have the first-hand opportunity to interact with the wider AoT audience and spread the message of you, our participating clans, having fun in the great clan wars that we host :)

Welcome and gl&hf in admining then!

Btw if you'd like to help us bring RTS League and the fun it offers to the community to the next level and join our team as well, be sure to message me (careful to replace the addressee line with my nick - Black Adder :) ) with your ideas and how do you think you could help us improve! Currently we could use a whole range of skill sets from programming to graphics, video editing or League admining, but even text content authoring like round and match reviews or skilled social media management help would be quite welcome. Simply if you want to help and become part of our team, and a contributing community member overall, shoot me a message! (Careful to replace the addressee line with my nick - Black Adder :) )

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RTS League is the foremost and longest running "Age of" clan competition ever, with a history of hosting numerous other strategy games (like StarCraft II, Empire Earth, and Dawn of War) in the past. Fun and friendliness are the prominent aspects of RTS League, with the unquestionable prestige and fame the triumph brings to the top finishing clans following close behind.

Let's Go - AoC Clan League Season 38 Begins!

posted by Black AdderFriday, 15 January 2016

It's time to find out who's the best clan in the community again! Every new year should start with something good, and what's better than the prestigious competition with 15 years of tradition? RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League is entering its 38th Season, which is looking to be one of the greatest in recent history with an awesome number of 35 competing teams, boasting yet again big names like CZ Clan, Power of Japan, New Chapter or Run Forrest Run and plethora of others (just look below), but what's very worth mentioning as well is the return of some of the great clans of old, like former RTSL powerhouse SlipKn0T Team, or the ancient Organization of Natural Uppers! Lords of Skulls are going to have a very hard time defending their Golden Banner, as all of these, also joined by a nice number of new clans, are going to try and take it from them - can they succeed? Follow RTS League's progress and find out!

Our community channels are the best place to cheer for your home clan or favourites, and also to learn of our upcoming live streamings or YouTube uploads

And who's lined up to take to battle for the prestigious RTS League Banners? A mixture of clans of various kinds, with one thing in common - love for all things Age of Empires :)

Division 1 - BF' B, EoK, kLu, LoS, ONU, RFR, SPP
Division 2 - AOESP, ByT, CZ, FOX, Inv, McL, TRP
Division 3 - Arg, BF', DmX, LeO, nC, SlipKn0T, TSN
Division 4 - AoHD, Gaucho, PoJ, RoR, TheJedi B, VLNS, VN
Division 5 - Arg B, JedY, Klrz, LyF, TheJedi, UykusuZ, VIK

Great and well-known names all around, with an awesome sprinkling of the new - a combination made in heaven :)

Have you picked your favourites yet? Let us know on our community channels listed above!

And to the clans - may the skill be with you!

Technical info for the clans

Divisions 1-3 will be staffed by Riverplatation, 4-5 by Andorin.

New Clan Operators amongst us, check your forum PMs for your Clan Operator log-ins you will need in order to update your clan infos and rosters. Also make sure to read the Guide to Season 38 in your division's scheduling forum explaining both the basics and the advanced stuff that you need to know for proper participation (including the group stage timetable). In case of any questions regarding the League, do not hesitate to contact your division or any other staffer.

Links you might want to keep are League standings and the schedule for your division (Division 1, Division 2, Division 3, Division 4, Division 5). You can reach both of these also by selecting the appropriate competition in the Leagues menu, schedules are then available below the respective division's table.

Scheduling forums:
Division 1
Division 2
Division 3
Division 4
Division 5

Gl&hf!

And btw, if you'd like to help us bring RTS League and the fun it offers to the community to the next level and join our team as well, be sure to message me (careful to replace the addressee line with my nick - Black Adder :) ) with your ideas and how do you think you could help us improve! Currently we could use a whole range of skill sets from programming to graphics, video editing or League admining, but even text content authoring like round and match reviews or skilled social media management help would be quite welcome. Simply if you want to help and become part of our team, and a contributing community member overall, shoot me a message! (Careful to replace the addressee line with my nick - Black Adder :) )

About us:
RTS League is the foremost and longest running "Age of" clan competition ever, with a history of hosting numerous other strategy games (like StarCraft II, Empire Earth, and Dawn of War) in the past. Fun and friendliness are the prominent aspects of RTS League, with the unquestionable prestige and fame the triumph brings to the top finishing clans following close behind.

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AoC S38 Grand Finals CZ vs. LoS Vids

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The last battle of this season was a revenge story for the previous one - CZ yet again met LoS who dethroned them in S37

Heated AoT Battle ONU vs. Mor0nZ

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The strong triple on Marsh made for a very interesting game :-)

AoC Bronze Banner Battle nC vs. ByT

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The first game on Palisade Arena will have you guessing the winner till the very end

AoC Semis CZ vs. nC Vids

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Relive this season's encounter, starting on interesting Atlantean Relics with widely different strategies, such as unusual double Mongols

LoS vs. ByT Semifinal Vids

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Birras y Tapas were having an impressive run through the last AoC season, but in the Semifinals, they faced the Champions Lords of Skulls

Great Match LoS vs. TheJedi|B

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These Quarterfinals were one of the best matches this AoC season, starting on rather epic Hideout - enjoy!

AoHD's Playoff Games with ONU and CZ

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Age of HD's performance this AoC season was a pleasant surprise - they have shown us that there still can be really well-playing newcomers
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