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posted by Black AdderSunday, 29 March 2015

Spring has arrived a week ago (here up north), Ragnarok tournament is entering its final stages, new season of Game of Thrones is almost here... So what's that thing that's still missing? Oh, yeah, that's it - RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League!

Previous winter season brought us some really uniquely fun Playoffs with tons of exciting games (make sure to check our YouTube and Twitch!) between the very top experts like Count, Spoeft, Player, with TheMista or Sensuy again joining us to show off their teamgame skills that are often hidden in favour of their 1v1 appearances. But, as you now well know, all of that was not enough in the face of the true embodiment of what RTS League stands for - quality team play and strategy preparation. And that embodiment bears the name of The Brazilian Legend, a clan that has claimed their first Golden Banner of the RTS League Champions.

Not many believed in their success, but they proved just about everybody wrong and resurrected what has been missing in the past several seasons, but not anymore - true commitment to team effort enabling an underdog to climb to the absolute top of the hierarchy of clans. Now it's up to those other clans to take back their previous spots and try to depose the reigning Champions. Can they manage? Can your clan manage?

If you believe so (and even if you don't and you "just" want to have some real teamgame fun with your friends), sign up for Season 24 of RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League and prove your mettle!

News for Season 24

Due to certain events in the past seasons and RTS League's continual evolvement together with its community, we have adopted several new guidelines that are aimed at enabling more clans to join the competition and, more importantly, at preventing abuse during participation and gameplay. As a nice side effect, some things will get easier for you, the clans and the Clan Operators. Here are the novelties in brief, please make sure to read the concrete rules mentioned as well.

1) Everybody is now required to play only on their Main Nickname. Everybody needs to know who they are playing against, and allowing players to use various nicks, even though they were properly registered on the Clan Roster and belonged to the person, was not really helping in this. Smurfing is no fun and needs to go. (See Rules 3.6, 3.8, 3.9)

Also, to support the clan spirit and the fact that we are a Clan League, not a team league, everybody is required to play under the tag of the clan they are representing. Football players from one club all wear the same jersey, too, right? (See Rule 3.2)

Most of you already naturally adhere to these common-sense guidelines, so not much should change for you, but you will now be better protected from other, not so sensible clans, as they will be required to rise to your level of sensibleness.

The nice side effect here is that the Player-List will get a lot easier for the Clan Operators - you need to register just 1 general nick per player and here you go, you don't even need to worry about missing underscore anymore :)

2) Since we already allow them on case-by-case basis and they provide us and you with more clans to compete with, we have instituted the term Guest Player. Under strict rules to maintain the overall clan atmosphere, small clans will be able to include Guest Players into their roster to become eligible for participation and increase the number of playing teams. However, Guest Players are understood as kind of a last measure to enabling participation, and are not in any way aimed at "mercenaring" your way to the Title, which is fully reflected in the guidelines. (See Rule 4)

If you're one of the clans that would fit into this category, make 100% sure to read the rules and adhere to them when signing up.

3) Because the skeleton patch is gaining traction, but still isn't quite ready for full adoption, we are introducing its basic, most important feature as a rule starting this season, to begin preparing you for the changes to come - Norse players don't have to worry about their Sisyphean labour on water anymore, as Bolting Ulfsarks is now forbidden during the first 2 minutes of game time. (See Rule 9.6)

Now back to the sign-ups!

To take part in Season 24 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 24 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 24 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.
- Clan AbsoLads is on probation for serious infraction on League rules in Season 23. Any serious transgression in Season 24 will lead to disqualification.

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:

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 10th April, Season 24 will start on the Monday 13th.

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!

You can check the games played in RTS League at the RTS League's Replays Archive or in the dedicated forum at RTS-Sanctuary where you can also discuss them. Visit our YouTube channel for previously streamed League matches to enjoy the games with insightful commentary or see them through the eyes of players the likes of Spoeft, and be sure to follow our Twitch for regular live streaming of RTS League battles.

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The Brazilian Legend Takes AoT Season 23!

posted by Black AdderTuesday, 10 March 2015

Well, isn't this something. We had clans the likes of Deities of Death, Mighty Genaration, Tsunami Clan or former Muppets' top players signed up, but none of them could reach the ultimate heights this season. That great privilege belongs to an entirely different clan, a clan proving that superior team cooperation and strategy preparation prevails over individual skills.

Season 23 started with important changes to the way scheduling is treated and with holding clans responsible for their actions and internal activity situation. Even though we, due to the overall specifics of our community, faced some difficulties along the way (especially Division 2), the experience was overall better than previous seasons and we believe the next one will prove to be even better thanks to both our and participating clans' efforts.

We also unfortunately successfully uncovered another case of malicious smurfing and even though the ramifications were serious to the season's progress, we dealt with the situation decisively and fairly to protect the integrity and fun factor of the competition. This situation in the end resulted in staff discussions bringing forth ideas that will see the light of day in Season 24 and we hope will further improve on the experience that you're looking for at RTS League.

Lastly, we introduced new format to the Playoff matches that proved to be a huge success with multiple Best of 5s coming to all five games to determine the better clan and the community witnessing stellar play on not-so-common maps like Team Migration or Sea of Worms RTSL (from the Official RTS League Mapset), bringing the much needed fresh air to the stale Mediterranean Marshes of AoT. All those games were also streamed live on the RTS League Twitch with great viewership turnout, spreading the word of our community to the wider Age of Mythology public.

Road to Finals

Getting back to the Season 23's progress from the clans' perspective, let's start with 2k for jesus. They were allotted to Division 2 together with last season's top clan mG, and even though activity was not easy to get there, they hadn't left any doubts as to whom should be the Title runner from this group - 0 losses is a clear indicator you mean business, coupled with the stacked line-up they have - all the top players from MpT (Chef, Count, Ert) plus TheMista the Great.

Their real test came in the Semifinals with Tsunami Clan (vids, recs), a team of players always eyeing the top spots and often succeeding. After coming down 0:2 thanks to a high quality effort from TSM, they summoned all their strengths, wits and TheMista to provide us with extraordinary comeback of epic proportions that put them in the driver's seat for the Title.

Their Championship opponents - The Brazilian Legend - came from Division 1. As late entrants and a clan that in previous season's usually played on the first steps of Playoffs, they proved early on that this season will be different from their side. After scoring impressive results against all the top clans in their division (2:0 vs. TSM (vids, recs), 1:1 vs. DoD (vids, recs) and Lad (vids, recs)), they ended up third, having to go through Quarterfinals with Gladiadores del Mythology (vids, recs).

Here they did not flinch and their next match stood them against DoD (vids, recs), a clan with which they share history, adding further spice to the already interesting match-up. What we got was beyond anything anyone could have hoped for - an exciting back and forth battle, DoD twice getting ahead, TBL twice catching up, finally grabbing the last, fifth game that propelled them to the last fight of the season.

Grand Finals

After the superinteresting Semifinals, we knew the Finals had a tough task ahead of them to be even better. But with the impressive team skills of TBL and undeniable individual quality of JSS, we knew "something" is going to happen, and we were right.

Many probably put JSS as favourites (maybe even clear ones) in this match, but right the first game put that prediction to a lie. TBL unleashed a deadly strategy on JSS, who were able to retaliate quite nicely with great ingenuity, but still fell short in the end and trailed 0:1. Next map didn't improve on their situation and they fell to 0:2, TBL looking confident in their play and heading for their first ever Golden Banner. Here it seemed like the Grand Finals might actually be short as expected, but from an unexpected angle.

But Game 3 was the point where JSS finally got to their sweet spot and started rolling. Medit was as clear a win as any for them, and on Lamia RTSL, they rode their wagon of success to the finishing line once more. In the end then it all came down to the fifth game, a decider, one last time.

Gods chose Marsh, a map nobody complains about, to see the resolution to the Finals of Season 23. Perhaps intoxicated by their success in previous games, JSS decided for a superaggressive - and superrisky - strat, a triple rush. The quality of play to execute it was there, no doubt, but with everything on the line... At the same time though, fortune favours the brave, so if you are confident you can do it, go ahead! TBL, specifically Seattle, soon found themselves under interesting pressure, looking forward to a grim future if they could not come up with something useful to counter the situation - fortunately for them they had Ceasefire which gave them all the time they needed to successfully repel the initial push and normalise the game. As the more experienced amongst us know though, strategies such as JSS' are usually the "all-in" kind in otherwise equal setting, and so even though JSS gave it their best and took the game to quite some more minutes, the fully deserved Champions of RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League, Season 23 are:

The Finalists:

Watch the Grand Finals on RTS League YouTube

Download Grand Finals recs (RTSL maps require Official RTS League Mapset)


Bronze Banner

For the Bronze Banner, we saw another RTSL classic, Deities of Death versus Tsunami Clan. The match proved to be a clash of styles, with DoD trying to push through a strong wall of double Zeus complemented by Sensuy on TSM's side. The Deities did a very good job of coming up with ways to limit their opponents' abilities and came very close to success, but in the end the match confirmed the previous result and TSM deservedly reclaim the Bronze Banner from last season:

Watch the Bronze Banner Match on RTS League YouTube

Download Bronze Banner Match recs (games from 22/2; RTSL maps require Official RTS League Mapset)


League Cup

Long before the Grand Finals came, we knew who are the holders of this season's unique League Cup, a sole award for the clans beyond the Playoff spots, but still eager for more postseason fun. Deities of Death B and KeeN battled for the Cup hard, taking all three games to see who is the better here, and provided us with an interesting set of games worth watching. KeeN took to early lead and DoD evened the score, with the last game going to:

Watch the League Cup Finals on RTS League YouTube

Download League Cup Finals recs: Game 1, Game 2, Game 3


Fair Play Award

And here we're getting to the special prize given to the clan that was the most fun to play with during the season - the Fair Play Award. They present the pinnacle of sportsmanship and scheduling acumen that everyone is striving for, or should be, so that RTS League is as much fun as possible for everyone. The Blue Banner goes to the team that won the award last season as well, confirming their high standards, the Tsunami Clan:

TSM 9.40
JSS 8.25
Lad 8.25
AoD 7.83
DoD 7.67
DoD|B 7.50
GDM 7.50
KeeN 7.33
SUD 7.33
ReV 6.67
vK 6.33
TBL 5.00

So everyone deserving is now decorated and as always, all that remains is to congratulate the successful clans and give thanks to all the participants who helped make this season what it was - congrats and thanks!

Looking forward to seeing you and other new clans in Season 24 the sign-ups of which are planned to start in the next few weeks, after we finalise the novelties we are preparing for you.

See you then!

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Playoffs for AoC Season 36 Are Ready to Start!

posted by Black AdderWednesday, 18 February 2015

After two months of constant fighting and dueling between all kinds of teams, we were able to determine who the best clans in each of the divisions of RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League are and advance them to the postseason bracket. There the best of the best will measure their strength against each other and vie for the famous Golden Banner belonging to the best AoC clan out there.

And who exactly will that be? Only time and further pitched battles will tell, but we're sure the Champion will be recruited from these ranks:

CZ, Gaucho, Klrz, nC, PkM, RFR, RoR, t1tan, TheJedi, VIK, VN, WOLOL0

Playoff Bracket

Quite a stellar assortment of clans, isn't it? And the number of AoC experts in them! I myself wonder who's going to show a truly remarkable and exceptional play like we saw last Grand Finals from Skull and CZ on the last map, Baltic, this time!

To give you an idea what kind of fun to expect, Playoffs will have 4 rounds in a standard Single Elimination Bracket, starting with Round of 16 - each of the 1st-placed clans has been awarded a free pass to the Quarterfinals for their special performance, while the rest will take to arms right away to see who gets to challenge this top 4.

Since Quarterfinals, matches will be Best of 5 with two pre-set maps, making for some fun gameplay on the not-so-common maps, like Ghost Lake, or even Random Land Map that will test the teams' ability to plan for every eventuality! This will provide for some nice entertainment for both the players themselves and the fans as well, as we are, quite surely, preparing to stream as many Playoff matches as possible both on Voobly and our own RTSL Twitch. You don't want to miss those, so follow us on , and to learn of the upcoming streamings and published vids on our or recs and don't be shy to make your presence known - the teams will appreciate all the support they can get!

Well then, what do you think? Ready to see some of the top clans and experts in action again? Then pick your favourites (or don't and "just" enjoy top quality AoC) and cheer them on on their road to glory!

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Info for the clans:

Playoffs follow the standard drill, round per week, with the exception of the first one, that will last a few days extra to give you enough time to get ready for the postseason. Round of 16 will also be the only one with Best of 3 settings, starting Quarterfinals, matches will be Best of 5 and take 1 week. Check out the post with match settings to be aware of how these games are to be played.

Due to their exactly same record, VIK and RFR still need to play a decider on their placement in the bracket, so that's why two of the first round matches aren't set yet. They should be ready to face their correct opponents at the end of this week.

That's about all the crucial info, so head on to the scheduling forums asap and let's get this fun on the way!

As mentioned, Round of 16 lasts until 1st March.

Gl&hf!

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Season 23 Playoffs - Lad has been removed - DoD is back in

posted by ChronoJJThursday, 15 January 2015

RTS League strives to provide the community with a friendly, yet competitive league for clans to play the game we all love - Age of Mythology. Every season, we do our best to keep the competition clean and fair. Unfortunately, even though RTS League is a competition with no actual prizes, some individuals and teams still feel some a strange urge to cheat.

Because of past instances of cheating, we actively monitor potential threats to the fair play, and we actively seek out information to confirm or dispel our suspicions. Thanks to that, even though it's not always easy uncovering cheating (as obviously the perpetrators do not want to be caught), we were, unfortunately, able to prove that the current RTSL season has witnessed another case of problematic behavior.

As a little background, last season, reDo was caught smurfing for one team, while registered and already playing for a different team. Prior to that infraction, reDo had already been punished for another separate instance of smurfing. Therefore, the smurfing incident last season (his second) earned reDo a life-time ban from RTS League.

Most of you probably know where this going. The old dog is still up to his tricks. ReDo has been actively playing for a new team this season - Absolads (Lad). After a long-time monitoring, we were able to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that he is smurfing under the nickname Spacetime. Spacetime (reDo) played in five of Lad's twelve regular season matches, going 4-1. Since reDo is a banned player (and smurfed as well, obviously), each match he participated in should be an administrative loss for Lad. Therefore, Lad's record would not have been good enough to have even made playoffs.

Therefore, Lad's infractions have earned them the following two punishments:
1) Lad has been removed from Season 23's playoffs.
2) Lad has been placed on probation for the following season.

We acknowledge that rest of Lad may have not known Spacetime's true identity however, it is the clan operator's duty to ensure that his clan conforms to the league's rules. We (the RTS League staff) should not have to babysit for every clan. A clan operator should be competent enough to successfully manage his own clan.

While the smurfing itself is very frustrating, what is also frustrating is that we did not catch the smurfing earlier. The regular season has come and gone, and we are now in the second round of the playoffs. With Lad cheating, we now have an inaccurate playoff bracket. Teams should be seeded differently, and Lad shouldn't be in the bracket at all. There is no perfect solution we certainly don't want to start over, but at the same time, the bracket is defective.

Our main concern is that Lad's cheating resulted in DoD missing out on first place in the division (Lad and DoD finished tied, with Lad getting the tiebreaker). First place is very important, because the first-place clan earns a coveted first-round bye in the playoffs. Therefore, DoD should not have had to face-off versus TSM in the first round. And for those who missed the first round, DoD was eliminated by TSM.

After much discussion among the RTS League staff, we decided to leave the playoff bracket as is, but with one significant alteration:

DoD replaces Lad in the brackets, and now faces off against TBL.

The reasoning for the decision, briefly stated, is that although DoD lost to TSM fairly, DoD should not have had to play in the first round at all. We feel that is only fair to give DoD the bye that they deserved. We do this at the risk of seeming to play favorites, but that is not the intention at all DoD was screwed by Lad's cheating. We are simply trying to rectify the problem Lad caused.

Since we wanted to post a decision as soon as possible to set the situation in the Playoffs straight, this is just the first, most important part of the resolution. Other parts may still follow after further discussion amongst staffers, pending additional investigation.

This means that TBL are now facing DoD in the first Semifinals, while JSS vs. TSM Semifinals stay the same.

AoT Season 23 Ready for Postseason!

posted by Black AdderTuesday, 30 December 2014

While we are waiting for the old year to end and the new one to begin, we are also looking at advancing further in this season of RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League. Deities of Death are again closing in for the kill and we're all excited to see if they can come back to the top spot, but they again have very strong contenders for the Title - here they are:

DoD, GDM, JSS, Lad, TBL, TSM

Can 2k for jesus, former MpT top players, finally claim their first Golden Banner? Or are AbsoLads going to finish their impressive premier run with the final victory? Follow us on , , and see for yourselves through our live streams at twitch.tv/RTSLeague!

Previous streamings are then available on our video archive for your viewing pleasure at any time :)

Playoff Bracket

Playoff Scheduling Forum

League Cup

RTS League's League Cup is all about postseason competitive fun for everyone, and as such is a very unique way to prolong the League participation for teams beyond the playoff spots.

This time around we have the following four teams ready to give it their best and see if they are worthy of claiming the sole League Cup Banner:

AoD, DoD|B, KeeN, vK

Are DoDs aiming for the first ever double? Let's see!

League Cup Scheduling Forum and Bracket

Technical notes

1) As you should already be aware, over the Christmas and New Year's, we have a pause to ease on difficult scheduling times - the Playoffs and League Cup will officially start on 5th January, but if you and your opponents have players available, you can start scheduling now.

2) Clan Operators of clans participating in the Playoffs - as we have posted at the start of the season, Semifinals/3rd Spot/Grand Finals matches will now be a Bo5, and we will operate with 2 pre-set maps. We have prepared the system for choosing the maps and we're looking for your input on some of the specifics - check the thread in the Playoff scheduling forum for more info.

And with all that said now, we wish everyone gl&hf and may the best clan win!

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Draw Your Swords - AoC Season 36 Begins!

posted by Black AdderThursday, 18 December 2014

The year ends, but another season of RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League begins! Even though WiC is still in full swing, we are proud to host a season that will again feature some of the best AoC players, and, most importantly, clans out there. The key questions though still remains the same - can CZ Clan defend the title, or is there a team that will take them down?

We sure do have a pretty amazing line-up of clans spanning the whole community for Season 36, ranging from friends looking to enjoy the oldest traditional "Age of" competition to the battle-hardened, top skilled pros. All these 28 clans are here to have team-game fun, and some will even gain the undying fame and glory that comes with finishing top. So how does their road begin then? In the divisions:

Division 1 - CZ, DE4D, McL, MeX, RFR, SPP, VIK
Division 2 - aGx, CJNC, Klrz, nC, RED, TK, WOLOL0
Division 3 - kLu, PkM, RoR, STr8, TheJedi, TLK, WOTC
Division 4 - Arg, Gaucho, KtwR, LyF, RoOk, t1tan, VN

Here they will prove their worth and the top finishers will advance to the Playoffs deciding the new Champions. Now, then, it's all up to the clans themselves to battle for their deserved place in history!

And who do you think will take the crown? Do you have your favourites? Or do you want to cheer for your clanmates? Then follow our , , and web to learn of the latest goings-on in the League, upcoming live streams, posted vids and other fun!

We are again preparing to offer you the mighty struggles of RTS League participants live, so you can expect to enjoy fun games on our channel RTSLeague and VooblyOfficial with Voobly_Stream. Previous streamings are then available on our video archive for your viewing pleasure at any time :)

Some technical info for all you participating clans:

Divisions 1 and 3 will be staffed by nC_Andorin - a new staff member that has joined our team to make your RTS League experience even better! He brings both gameplay and organising experience and has already served as a valuable help in the backoffice preparations for the new season. Feel free to contact him with any issues you might have during the season, the same way that you have contacted me. I will take care of Divisions 2 and 4.

If you feel like you could also positively contribute to the RTSL staffing team and help us improve on the competition, don't hesitate to check the Staff Openings forum and contact us. If you think you could help us with something else than competition staffing (like graphics, programming, marketing...), do contact us as well at jan__steiner@hotmail.com and tell us how do you think you could help.

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 36 in your division's scheduling forum explaining both the basics and the advanced stuff that you need to know for proper participation. 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). 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

Round 1 is traditionally open for two weeks until December 28 to get you all properly settled in and let you update the clan rosters, but we're ready to prolong the round by another week if necessary due to holidays and such. We'll see according to situation next weekend. Subsequent rounds will then last the customary 1 week.

Gl&hf!


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AoC Season 36 Sign-ups Open!

posted by Black AdderThursday, 27 November 2014

With WiC in full swing and featuring loads of players from all corners of the AoC community, we're sure many of you are looking for even more ways to capitalise on your currently well-honed team-game skills. And what better way to do that than by representing your clan in the longest running "Age of" clan competition ever, the prestigious RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League?

Since 2001, RTS League holds a special place in the AoC community as THE place for your competitive clan wars and determining the best Age of Empires II clans out there. Over the years we have seen many Champions from FOPT clan in Season 1, through Snow clan in Season 15, to the incredible RVK domination in Seasons 28-33. But RTSL is not all just about the top spots - in equal, if not even higher, measure it's about having fun in team games played in an informal and friendly setting, as that is the most important reason why we all love this great game and continue playing it to this day - to enjoy a true strategy classic with people feeling the same!

So, are you ready for some real exciting AoC action? Are you eager to take on the reigning Champions CZ Clan and challenge them for their Title? Or are you just looking to have some competitive fun with your friends to improve your AoC gaming experience? Be it either of those, both of them, or even some altogether different reason, gather your clan mates and sign up!

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Novelties for Season 36:

For the upcoming season, we have prepared the following two adjustments to improve your experience:

1) Official SY(China) Nations Cup 2014 maps (SY_Map_Pack_v4) are now available for League play if both clans agree.

2) In the Playoffs, the Best-of-5 match format has been extended also to the Quarterfinals, as that is where usually the real close and exciting matches begin, so we're hoping more games will help bring out the best in the clans and more fairly decide who should advance further (and fans will have more games to swoon over :) ).

We hope you'll enjoy these novelties to their fullest :)

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And now it's time to bring you all the info pertaining to the sign-ups themselves. Before you get to fill in the form with the required data though, be aware of the following basics required for proper and flawless participation:

You will need to apppoint 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 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 finally simply post the following sign-up form. Returning clans need just to confirm the participation.

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

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 12th December, Season 36 will start on the Monday 15th - with the first round taking the usual two weeks, you'll have no problem transitioning from WiC after Group Stage if you're participating.

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

Looking forward to having you in the League!

You can check the games played in RTS League at the RTS League's Replays Archive or in the dedicated forum at AoCZone where you can also discuss them. Visit our YouTube channel for previously streamed League matches, including the epic Grand Finals of Season 35 between T___T and CZ.

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CZ Clan Dominates the AoC Community and Season 35

posted by Black AdderWednesday, 05 November 2014

As another great season of RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League is behind us, all that remains to close up the deal is to crown the winners, award the banners and make sure everybody knows who stands now as the top clan ruling the AoC community.

With Season 35 running alongside the Nations Cup, we could see some very concentrated efforts by many players representing both their clans and their countries at the same time. This led to some pretty epic games and, of course, extra motivation for teams eliminated from the NC and wanting to prove their worth in some other way. Sometimes we've even had direct paybacks with teams meeting again on the field of battle, ready to determine if the initial victory was well deserved or not.

This all was though just a sidestory to the main theme of the season - after the long reign of Revenge of Knights toppled by Power of Japan last Grand Finals, can the new Champions rule unchallenged in their stead? For a long time it seemed so, they completely dominated the group stage and stormed into the Quartefinals, but as fate had it, there they met their final foes who proved to be their betters this time around, Turkey Team.

Turkish Road to Finals

Turkey Team partly consisting of last season's Bronze clan Dream of Winners definitely was a favourite for top spots from the very start - with players like Emin, jugband, _Dnzdalgic_ or Artras you cannot expect any less - and they were proving their worth right away. They cruised into Playoffs easily, and if it weren't for some scheduling difficulties, they might've advanced with clean shield the same as PoJ. But the fact they went from the second place set up a very difficult path for them if they wanted to fight for the Title.

First they had to overcome strong Run Forrest Run (recs, vids), and then they were faced with the defending Champions themselves. The match was fierce and even (recs, vids), requiring a decider to determine the winner, and T___T were the clan to emerge victorious. This, of course, put them as a no1 candidate for Gold immediately, and this position obviously suited them very well, as they dispatched New Chapter without a single loss in the Semifinals (recs, vids).

Czech Way to the Top

T___T's Grand Final opponents came from Division 5, having had to fight similarly hard in Playoffs to get to the last battle of the season. CZ Clan and its players are often underrated, but time and again they prove their skills and come away with a good result, including RTS League banners, showing they sure are a force to be reckoned with at any time - players such as Skull, Mango and Janik are always ones you want to be careful about when playing them.

Confirming their abilities, they navigated the group stage with ease, losing points just once in a tie with Made in Brazil (recs), a strong South American clan they were fated to meet again in the Playoffs. Before that though, they had to overcome another South American team, this time mainly from Argentina, Killerz (recs, vids). Unfortunately the fated decider meant to crack the group stage tie with MIB then couldn't happen due to scheduling difficulties, and so they got a pass to the Semifinals with the battle waiting to be decided some other time.

As if to compensate for their pass, they were faced with Vikingos Nomadas in the penultimate match of the season. This encounter led to 5 pitched battles testing the wits and skills of both teams, finally decided in almost an hour-long Islands (recs, vids). If the Quarters were easy for CZ, Semis were anything but, but what better preparation could they have asked for if they hoped to defeat the powerful T___T in the Grand Finals.

Grand Finals T___T vs. CZ

The Championship match promised a series of games to behold and remember, and that's exactly what we've got. Right the starting Oasis was packed with action and excitement as CZ went into T___T hard from the beginning and the Turks gave it all in an attempt to turn the game around, continuing with the following Arabia that proved to be a true home map to the Turkish team. Islands were then the correct choice for CZ and with the score being 1:2, Baltic was the next in line. The north saw a truly epic effort from the Czech side, as even though they had a very bad map, they were able to keep their wits about them and figure out a strategy that would allow them to beat both the unfavourable odds and their opponents. With the fourth map in their bag as well then, the situation was done, and we could proclaim that the Champions of RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League, Season 35 are:

The honourable finalists:

Download the Grand Finals recorded games or watch the videos

Bronze Banner Match

The tackle for the last banner took place at the same time as the Finals, but it would be wrong to say that the Bronze match was overshadowed by it. Both New Chapter and Vikingos Nomadas were looking to top their great seasons with something to put on their digital shelves, and so no one can be surprised the match was full of effort and high skill. We could see another 5-game clan war, again decided in a mighty long struggle on the last map, the blindly picked Coastal. With the score going back and forth all the time, the 5th win in the end went to:

Download the Bronze Banner match recorded games

Congratulations to all the awarded clans and a big thank you again to all the participants - you are the ones making RTS League the great competition it is!

The last, special mention in the newspost goes to Voobly TV - you have again brought the heroic efforts of RTS League participants to the public eye through your skilled live streaming and we heartily thank you for it, as it brings the fun competing to a whole another level - seeing your clanmates and friends battle for the all-important wins and cheering for them live is a great way to keep us all, the AoC community, together.

And if you're wondering about Season 36, currently we expect to start sign-ups in the next few weeks.

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AoT Season 23 Starting - Let's Play!

posted by Black AdderSunday, 26 October 2014

Evenings are getting longer, winter time has struck (literally for most), so it's easier now than ever to stay at home with your computer and play Age of Mythology to your heart's content. Many of you have opted to enhance your experience by playing some real tough, but all the more fun clan wars in RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League, and since everything is set up and ready now, well, let's play!

For Season 23 we have the following 13 entrants ready to give it all:

Division 1 - AoD, DoD, Lad, LOD', TBL, TSM, vK (staffed by MasterOfFreedom)
Division 2 - DoD|B, GDM, JSS, KeeN, mG, ReV (staffed by Fen)

Do you think some of the newly joining clans have a shot at last season's Champions Deities of Death? Or will they fall to some of the experienced teams? Or are we on the verge of another 1-winner era?

Only time will tell, so follow RTS League closely and find out in the weeks to come!

We will try to bring you as many games as possible through live streaming and YouTube videos, so get ready for loads of fun with top quality competitive games RTS League offers.

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And here's the technical info for the participants:

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 your Division's 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). 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

Round 1 is open until 2nd November. Subsequent rounds will last the customary 1 week, Monday-Sunday.

Gl&hf!

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AoC S35 Grand Finals T___T vs. CZ Live This Sunday!

posted by Black AdderSaturday, 18 October 2014

The Playoffs of RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League, Season 35 are almost ready to close their doors, but two last matches need to be decided first. One is a Bronze Banner battle New Chapter vs. Vikingos Nomadas, the other the highly anticipated, promising to be as exciting as ever, Grand Finals between Turkey Team and CZ Clan!

Many of you have probably seen the Semifinal clashes between the four remaining contestants, and if you haven't, then you've missed on a series of games of top AoC quality (read on to learn more) - many of the players in action are renowned experts with skills to be praised, and if you combine such players into teams and pit them against each other, then what you get is a mix of awesomeness rarely witnessed.

RTS League is proud to host such a high quality competition in the paramount classic of the strategy gaming genre, and even prouder still to see all the players, top skill and lower skill alike, enjoy their games so much that they return each new season with renewed zeal to prove their worth and place in history, as this is the 35th time already since the year 2001 that we are all waiting to see which clan will rise to the very top of the whole AoC community and be crowned the RTS League Champions.

This season's Grand Finals will again feature an interesting clash of skills divided by nationality, as the names of the teams suggest:

Turkey Team (T___T) comprises of the top players flying the proud Turkish flag, all headed by none other than Emin himself. Their path to the Finals was one of the toughest they could wish for, as after a near-perfect group stage, they had to overcome the last Champions from Power of Japan in the Quarterfinals (recs, vids). This feat alone puts them in a very good position to succeed, and if you add in the fact they managed to beat Run Forrest Run (recs, vids) and New Chapter (recs, vids) without a single loss, you see why their place in the last fight of the season is well-deserved.

And now lay your eyes upon the fierce warriors sworn to fight for them:

Emin
jugband
_Dnzdalgic_
Artras_

CZ Clan (CZ) is then a team representing the nation from the heart of Europe, the Czech Republic. Under Ovenka's guidance, their path through the competition was similarly straightforward and commanding - they advanced to the Playoffs from a joint first place in their division, and continued to go through Killerz (recs, vids) and Made in Brazil into the Semifinals with ease. There they faced their defining match with Vikingos Nomadas (recs, vids) - a full set of 5 exciting games was needed to determine the Finalists in this pitched battle, and the Czechs sure proved to be worthy of their spot in the last fight of the season.

Behold now the brave knights ready to do battle in their name once more:

Janik
Skull
Mango
Ovenka

With all these skillers, the Best of 5 Grand Finals promise to be a truly great match to remember, simply a clash of AoC experts. Who do you think has the best chance on victory? Who is your favourite to lift the RTS League trophy?

Pick the clan to cheer for and come see the top AoC team games live on Sunday 19th October at 18:00 GMT/20:00 CEST/14:00 EDT/11:00 PDT to VooblyOfficial - the place to be this weekend.

Come see the new RTS League Champions claim their Golden Banner!

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