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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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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.

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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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.

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!

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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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.

AbsoLads Are the Best AoT Clan - Wrap-Up of Season 25

posted by Black AdderMonday, 28 December 2015

In the past few months, we had the chance to witness the very top Age of Mythology players battle for the traditional award belonging to the best clan in the whole of AoT - the Golden Banner of RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League. Season 25 brought some new names into the spotlight, with some others remaining in the shadow of their glory past, perhaps awaiting a better moment to pounce back and yet again grab some Banners for themselves. Let's now have a look at the path that led the new Champions to their highly coveted and prestigious prize of RTS League's shiny Gold.

Similar to last season, we have seen a remarkably smooth progress to S25 with very few hiccups along the way, underlining RTS League's strong position amongst clans and players alike - it's simply well worth it making the time and playing for the glory of your clan :) And looking at who competed this time around, we can clearly see some rivalries and egos helping along the way, too :)

Besides the established organisations like last season's Champions 2k for jesus, Deities of Death or Tsunami Clan, we have also seen a few newcomers like FROST or Fighting Immortal Newbies, with ReGeneration easily being the most discussed clan all around - its incredibly powerful line-up including the best players of today Magic and TheMista with Titou promised to supply some great games and also a serious threat to all the other clans' ambitions.

Overall, there were hardly any boring match-ups or games this season, which was also reflected by our highly improved streaming efforts on the RTS League Twitch with our casters offering you live 35 out of all the 55 possible matches - that's a pretty great number and amount of time you could have spent enjoying the high quality games played at RTS League just as they happened :) This, of course, wouldn't be possible without our dedicated streamers, for which they deserve some quite big thanks, and so here they are - thank you Chaos, Chrono, Chicks and Shelty! (If you're missing Black Adder in that list, then that's because that's me and I'm writing this post, so that would be weird :D )

And now, let's finally get to how it all went down right up until the Grand Finals:

The Path of AoL

Before the season started, probably nobody would've guessed that Albis Onis Lobias should be a favourite for even just an advance out of their division, much less some higher achievement in the Playoffs. Their Round 1 bump with FROST (vids, recs), a newcomer looking to upset the established order of things, seemed to confirm their rocky position, but right the next match with Brazilian Team (recs), basically the former Brazilian Legend, Champions of S23, hinted that it might be at least prudent to keep an eye on them. When they then dispatched Deities of Death 2:0 (vids, recs) in the last round, claiming first spot in Division 2, something was definitely in the air and ideas started floating around.

As usual though, Playoffs are an altogether different beast, and AoL's life span was counted in days rather than weeks looking how their players are excellent Norsemen, a supposedly not-so-great option against clans with experienced Greek+Eggy players, and their road included either TSM or DoD. But even before that encounter, they had to face Alliance des Résistants Francophones, a clan with potential to make anyone's day sour through their skill. This match (vids, recs) proved to be a great experience for them in the end, as even though they started well, ArF properly utilised their home map advantage through Vinlandsaga and convincingly forced in a tricky decider, testing AoL's performance under pressure.

Semifinals with Tsunami Clan (vids, recs), the second highest-seeded clan into the Playoffs, were then an array of great games and a nice showing of AoL's ability to switch between Norse and Zeus power, even though they definitely seemed more comfortable with their northern brethren rather than the lightning-wielding dude :) With the exception of TSM's favourite Medit, they were able to win all the rest with a varying degree of ease, the Savannah being probably one of the most nail-biting games of this season - a real test for TSM_Xeninha, who played her first match of the season right here in the penultimate fight :)

Lad's Way to the Top

Even though still a relatively new clan (well, in this community anything not at least 10 years old is new :d ), AbsoLads' strength was gradually becoming obvious in the past months, actually already since the last RTSL season where they've claimed the Bronze in their just second participation, giving DoD a real run for their money in the Semis (vids, recs - without VBP) along the way. The group stage only confirmed this trend, with them taking care of all the opposition including ReGen (vids, recs) without any real difficulties, facing just one problem in the first round against Organization of Natural Uppers (recs) - surprise home map Sudden Death worked for ONUs like a charm, but not even that seemed to faze Lad on their grand route to success too much.

Postseason was a pretty tough deal for them, facing the Defending Champions 2k for jesus right in the Quarters (vids, recs), but in the end all it took were a few brutal Locusts (and the toppest skill, teamplay, and all) and the path was clear to try and advance further than in Season 24 - a goal on mind of anyone performing so convincingly throughout the games so far. Brazilian Team definitely was a Semifinal opponent that had good chances of stopping them in their tracks though, being yet another recent Champion in Lad's path, but try as they might, they found it a bit too hard to crack AbsoLad's shell properly, nicking it just once in the match (vids, recs), and so we knew that this time, there's going to be a brand new Champion standing tall at the end of all this fighting.

Grand Finals

The culmination of Season 25 promised to be a singularly rare match, featuring two clans that have never made it this far, and also clans employing rather unorthodox god line-ups, with no Zeus/Isis-mains in the vicinity - AoLs as the Norse masters, Lads housing Eggy and Atties, including a very prolific Kronos. Seemingly the game balance on its head, but is it? ;)

It all started on new Frozen Wastes RTSL (vid, rec), a map made for raiding, and not surprisingly, that is exactly what we've got in great abundance - raids all over the icy place. The game developed in all kinds of interesting fashions due to its openness, with each clan having a strong and a weak side, racing against each other who can finish their opponents first before falling themselves, but in the end AoLs had a better game and proved that Norse can do very well if they know their game plan, and after some truly intense fights marched into an early lead, knowing they're one step closer to living the underdog dream.

After this tough encounter, Lad's Oasis (vid, rec) changed the pace and must've felt as one of the easier maps, with AoL's special strategy backfiring due to nice game reading by the home team, but Albis Onis Lobias' Marsh (vid, rec) got right back on the crazy track with a well-executed plan resulting in one player's elimination before he could even reach Classical, setting the pace for the whole game quite clearly. Even though Lads continued fighting and made it as difficult as they could, the preparation time AoL put into this strategy paid off, and they were once again ahead in the Final run.

Sea of Worms RTSL (vid, rec), a proven fun map resulting in interesting gameplay, then saw a rather unexpected progress where AoLs even after switching into triple Zeus couldn't withstand the mixed power of their foes, as Lad's superaggressive approach paid big dividends and basically prevented the powerful Mythical surge from coming into play at all, crippling AoL's game plan completely.

And so the fifth, last game of the evening was needed to decide the holder of the prestigious RTS League Title. Gods have picked Anatolia (vid, rec), a pick you don't see too often in the normal proceedings, and so clans needed to think on their feet how to win the game on this peculiar map. AoL trusted their Norse line-up and yet again went for it right from the start, with successfully stealing enemy TC and applying pressure, but after this small initial victory, Lad's mixed gods started slowly edging forward, gradually gaining ground where their opponent's claim has been before, and AoLs were being forced back to whence they came. The promise of glory eternal coming with the RTSL Gold was as strong as anything though, compelling Albis Onis Lobias to fight as long as they possibly could, with the ultimate hope of invoking the gods' blessings and wrenching this all-important game from their enemies' claws. But when the last of the powerful Ragnaröks was spent and strengths started to dwindle, the inevitable was becoming clear, and that was that the new Champions of RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League, Season 25 are:

And the honoured Finalists:

Watch the Grand Finals on RTS League's Channel

Download Grand Finals recs (Voobly Balance Patch 1.03 required)

Bronze Banner Match

The Semifinalists from Tsunami Clan and Brazilian Team were pitted against each other in a fight that promised to bring us some interesting plays in a battle of two former Champions, and on top of that excellent team game players overall. It all started on rather epic Frozen Wastes RTSL where we could've seen some great action and awkward situations for the players to find themselves in, and continued with equally cool Medit that seemed to be going one way, but in the end turned into a heated skirmish tying the match in its first session. Players then reconvened the other day and we saw a very composed performance of our steady Banner holders, resulting in them claiming yet another well deserved trophy to their virtual shelf:

Watch the Bronze Banner Match on RTS League's Channel

Download Bronze Banner Match recs (Voobly Balance Patch 1.03 required)

League Cup

This season we had another, and this time pretty strong, chance at a clan claiming the elusive and extremely rare League Double - AbsoLads could've won both the Gold and also the Blood-Red League Cup Banner at the same season. AbsoLads B made their way through tough ReGeneration in the Semifinals (vid, rec) and fielded a pretty strong team for the Finals that could've rivaled any Playoff attendees, but Organization of Natural Uppers had another idea about how things should go, proving that once their rust is shed, they are a strong contender for any of the Banners. After some good efforts and especially a rather crazy second game, they managed to get a hold of the prized badge of honour belonging to the best clan that ended up just outside the borders of Playoffs:

Watch the League Cup Finals on RTS League's Channel

Download League Cup Finals recs: Game 1, Game 2

Fair Play Award

The last, but by far not the least important award to be handed out is the Blue Fair Play Banner for the fairest clan of them all - a clan that is the epitome of all the good qualities a competitive team should posses. Stellar scheduling, arriving on time, being easy to play with, typing gg at the end - such are the characteristics that can be applied to the clan deserving the top placement. After all the ratings from all the competing clans have been properly evaluated, the most fun clan to play with has been, for the second time in a row, determined to be:

JSS 8.75
ArF 8.60
TSM 8.50
DoD|C 8.40
ReGen 8.40
DoD 8.25
FROST 8.00
Lad|B 7.75
PK 7.75
ONU 7.20
AoL 7.00
DoD|B 6.75
BrT|B 6.60
Lad 6.60
ONU|B 5.25
BrT 4.25

Well done on keeping being awesome and making RTS League all the more fun to play in, 2k for jesus! :)


All right then, that's all the deserving clans decorated now, and, as usual, all that remains is "just" to congratulate the successful clans and give thanks to all the participants who helped make this season as great as it was - congrats and thanks!

Definitely hoping to see you all in the next season!

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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AoC Season 38 Accepting Sign-Ups!

posted by Black AdderWednesday, 16 December 2015

The year is almost at its end with the last two weeks of the 2015 calendar, but once we turn over the last leaf, we're not going to see just the new "January" and "2016" designations on the next page, but also one a lot more important than the rest - Season 38 of RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League. It's time. It's time again to test your skills and see if Lords of Skulls, the reigning Champions, are still the best clan in the whole of AoC, or if there is someone else better suited to fill that role, to bear that eternal honour. Is maybe your clan the one we're looking for?

No matter if you're aiming for the top spots or you're "just" interested in having the best team game fun around, RTS League is the place to be with its time-proven format ideal for everyone looking to have some competitive entertainment in a well-organised, yet still very friendly environment - RTS League knows no bounds and is open to players of all skill levels and platforms to try their hand at clan wars with meaning that are used to gauge clans' position in the community already since 2001.

Ready to give it a go then and be a part of the battle for the prestigious title of RTS League Champions, the best clan in the whole of Age of Empires II community? Then gather your clan mates and sign up!

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To take part in Season 38 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. The only slight novelty for this season is the ability to choose the Nations Cup II maps as home maps if both clans agree.

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 (if you're new and need an account first, follow the instructions up top under the menu and we'll get it done). Returning clans need just to confirm the participation (and re-read the rules, just in case).

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 your clan up 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 January, Season 38 will start the following week.

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, and spread the word - the more clans, the more fun for everyone!

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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 :) )

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 Grand Finals of Season 37 between CZ and LoS.

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AoT Grand Finals and Bronze Match Live This Sunday!

posted by Black AdderSunday, 06 December 2015

It's here! After a great season filled with so many intriguing match-ups and even better performances by not just the expected clans, we have reached the final stage of the RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League, Season 25 - the Grand Finals and Bronze Banner Match!

Only the best of the best in the whole of AoT could've reached the ultimate heights, and so we can be sure we're in for some truly epic games this #AoTSunday, and we're, of course, going to bring you those top quality games live on our twitch.tv/RTSLeague!

So, who are going to see battle for the prestigious RTS League Banners?

Bronze Banner Match

We're going to kick off with the Bronze Banner Match featuring two of the former Champions and highly skilled clans with many respected players, names that everyone in the community knows full well - Tsunami Clan will try to defend their Bronze from the last season they participated in, and Brazilian Team will try to follow up their Gold from the same season (gained under previous name TBL) with another award to their starting set.

TSM's season was full of quality performances, owning their division with just one loss to Deities of Death B and overcoming the reigning Champions 2k for jesus, and in the Playoffs they dispatched their ever-present nemesis Deities of Death A in some great games. They met their betters only in the Semifinals, where Albis Onis Lobias surprised the n2 seed and sent them to fight in the Bronze Banner Match.

BrT, on the other hand, had a tricky group stage, having to play extended match-up against Deities of Death A for the direct Playoff advance, but proved to be clearly better, raising their Banner expectations immensely with overcoming such a powerhouse. In the Quarters they continued with teaching DoD how to play, eliminating the Bs, and only in the Semis did AbsoLads, the n1 seeds, put a stop to their Gold raid, pitting them against their current opponents.

This will be a great match that could easily rival the Grand Finals, featuring players such as:

Atlantis
Fen
PLAYER
Sensuy
Xeninha

for the home side, while the away team boasts:

Leonard0
metall0
Playhrd
Seattle_MC
SuperAfim

Come see them fight live on Sunday after 16:00 GMT/17:00 CET/11:00 EST/8:00 PST on twitch.tv/RTSLeague!

Grand Finals

And right after the Bronze is decided, we'll continue with the pinnacle of this season, the best of the best, the top of the top, the experts of experts, giving it their all to determine the greatest clan of current Age of Mythology, the holders of this season's RTS League Golden Banner. AbsoLads will attempt to repaint their last season's Bronze with the shiniest colour possible, while Albis Onis Lobias are aiming for their first Banner ever, hoping they could make the Cinderella story ring true once again.

Lad are having an awesome season, having lost just once in the group stage to Organization of Natural Uppers, but otherwise they convincingly overcame the other adversaries, including ReGeneration housing the top 1v1 players of today Magic, TheMista and Titou. Quarterfinals saw them defeat the Reigning Champions 2k for jesus, all the more supporting their position as the ones to claim the Gold this season, while in the Semifinals they have yet again shown their strength with skillfully overcoming the very strong Brazilian Team in four games.

Their most prominent trait is excellent teamplay, giving them edge in situations where many would bet against them, proving team chemistry is just as important as individual skills in team games.

Not many thought of AoL as a clan that should fight for the Title, but they grew through the group stage, culminating in convincing win against Deities of Death, sending them into an uncomfortable position of fighting for the Playoffs. Whispers of the shadow in the east side of the bracket grew, getting stronger with their successful Quarterfinal bout against Alliance des Résistants Francophones, finally getting confirmed by their good performance with Tsunami Clan, fully actualising their formidable presence.

The most curious thing about them is their Norse-heavy line-up, which should, by most everyone's take on the current meta, be insta-losses in most cases, but they are time and again proving such assumptions wrong through their skill and incessant raiding.

The progress of both those clans this season is a definite promise for highly entertaining gameplay, and it will be provided by players the likes of:

Aurelien
Ayah (Azkeel)
IKillUDie
JohnnyWalker
NyanRacingCat

on the one team, while the other hosts:

Berserker
Iron_maiden
Puma
RecoN
Snak3_H3ad

Clans and players looking to make history for themselves, looking to etch their names into the RTS League Banners of the highest quality, looking to prove who gets to be called the best clan in the whole of AoT community. They will take up arms soon after the Bronze is decided, so don't go anywhere after that match, with the preliminary scheduled time for the Grand Finals being around Sunday 19-20:00 GMT/20-21:00 CET/14-15:00 EST/11-12:00 PST on twitch.tv/RTSLeague.

Format for both of the matches will be Best of 5, with two preset maps, looking like this: 1. Frozen Wastes RTSL, 2. Map 1 loser's home map, 3. Map 1 winner's home map, 4. Sea of Worms RTSL (Conquest), 5. Random.

Should be an evening-full of the best Age of Mythology entertainment you can find, finalising the great experience RTS League has been offering for the whole duration of this season - now it's up to you to choose your favourites and cheer them on to the win and the highly coveted Banners! Who is your pick? Let us know in the comments and on our community channels:

See you this Sunday at our live stream!

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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.

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Mor0nZ Starting Well

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First AoT S26 Upload to YT

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BrT|B vs. ArF Vids from Last Season

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BF'|B Surprised RFR

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BlackForest B were close to taking a game from Run Forrest Run in their group stage battle, as the very early landing was quite unexpected

TheJedi|B Bested AoHD

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Age of HD's only conqueror this season so far have been The Jedi Masters B, and they did so pretty convincingly, especially on this Nomad

Highly Unusual Game on Erebus

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Have you seen a competitive Age of Mythology match on Erebus yet? ONU chose it against star-studded ReGen last season :-)

kLu Fought for Playoffs vs. LoS

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Mexican kLu were having a pretty solid season, but here they stood against a tough hurdle - beat the reigning Champions Lords of Skulls
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