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AoC Season 39 Eager to Start - Sign Your Clan Up!

posted by Black AdderWednesday, 07 September 2016

Last edition of our Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League has ended already quite some time ago, even before the current season hit, and since Mother Nature is now ready to switch her gowns yet again, it's high time to renew the popular race for the best clan in the community. In Season 38, CZ Clan has reclaimed the prestigious Golden Banner from Lords of Skulls, their recent nemesis, and they are set on their holy quest for the magical triple yet again - will they be taken down once more, or will they ultimately succeed in a feat rarely seen in the history of RTS League? Only the new season with number 39 will tell, and you're all invited to be a part of it!

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It doesn't matter if you're new to the game (well quite a feat looking how old it is ;) ), are just having some good time with friends, or are taking the game seriously or as a downright eSport, RTS League has a place for everyone who wants to have the best team game fun around with this epically iconic game we all cherish and love - Age of Empires II :) Time-proven format, good organisation, friendly environment - this all and more makes RTS League the barometer for clans' true position in the community already since 2001 - that's how long history of crowning the top AoC clans we have, and now you can be a part of it as well (or again :) ).

And where are we playing? On Voobly of course, the best place for competitive Age of Empires, but we're more than eager to welcome HD or GameRanger clans amongst us as well! We've already had multiple participants from these waters, and they didn't do half bad, so most certainly don't pass up this great opportunity and read on, too - we can help you get comfortable at Voobly in no time :)

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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And how to sign up then?

To take part in Season 39 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 we're still discussing could be the addition of some map packs to the map pool as home maps if both clans agree, but otherwise we're not currently planning anything else - read the rules again anyway though, last season there were again some unnecessary situations that could've been avoided ;)

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 Sunday 18th (extended to Friday 23rd September!), Season 39 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!

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 38 between CZ and LoS.

Looking for Staff!

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

Currently we would quite welcome help from a skilled webmaster to improve on our web, so if you have experience with creating and running websites (especially PHP) and would like to leave your mark on not only the "Age of" community, make sure to contact us! (You'll need a forum log-in, and careful to replace the addressee line with my nick - Black Adder - yes, this could be one of the things you could help with fixing :) )

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

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

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.

robo Joins Our AoC Staff

posted by Black AdderTuesday, 30 August 2016

With the next season of our Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League looming on the horizon, we're looking to strengthen our staffing team taking care of the competition and making sure you have as much fun playing here as possible - our latest addition is a sure bet to keep RTS League's AoC Clan League the key community-supporting event we've come to enjoy!

robo is an active community member contributing to many parts of AoC life from commentating streams to moderating on Voobly and hosting competitive events himself (being a skilled player as well), and with his appreciation of RTS League's role in the community and what we do for the players, he's a great fit for our team, ensuring we have proper insight into the community's needs and wants to provide you with a fun place to have clan wars at :)

Welcome and gl&hf in admining!


Want to join us as well?

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

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

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

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

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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.

Tale of the Dragon Joins RTS League - Sign Your Clan Up!

posted by Black AdderThursday, 28 July 2016

Tale of the Dragon, the latest addition to our beloved Age of Mythology, is out for half a year already, and it's about time to try and give it a spin for some proper competitive fun! RTS League is proud to announce the hosting of the first big event the new expansion will see, and we are sure hoping you will join us in having fun with this intriguing new way of playing AoM - can you be the first Champions of RTS League's Age of Mythology: Tale of the Dragon Clan League?

RTS League is a renowned "Age of" competition focusing on supporting the clan scene in the community, and we are aiming to do the exact same here - the competition will be an RTSL-style clan tournament focused on 3v3 battles, aiming to provide a place for some fun and friendly competing. That means that otherwise we are keeping any limitations to a bare minimum, allowing you to play the game as you see fit to enjoy your time at RTS League the most.

These kinds of settings have been proven time and again as the best format, confirmed by the continuous popularity of RTS League in the community and amongst the players themselves, which is the reason why our AoT seasons are universally considered the most important events around, bringing both activity and plenty, plenty of content - we stream as many games as possible live, provide ton of fun recs, and, of course, supply current info and some fun facts and stuff from the games on our community channels:

We aim to pick up on this with the Tale of the Dragon League as well, and possibly even improve on it through some extra features available, such as multiple-observer streaming allowing for more engaging commentary of games. Make sure you bookmark the community channels above then so that you don't miss any of the AoTD goodness :)

So, are you ready to join in the fun and rise to fame and glory the same as the clans in our Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League? Tsunami Clan, AbsoLads or Deities of Death are awaiting company in the Hall of Fame, and it's about time some new names entered the history - everyone is waiting for you, so don't waste any time, read on and sign up!

Settings

As we've said above, with this inaugural Tale of the Dragon event, we're aiming to test the waters a bit, as there hasn't been a competitive tournament yet, and so we want to allow the clans to play as they see fit to show everyone what possibilities the game provides. At the same time, there already are certain parts of the game we know are problematic, and so we'll need to cover them in the rules. Due to the fact that we cannot be sure about the exact number of signed up clans, and that we want to keep to a certain schedule, the specific format as to how the competition will go is still to be decided, exactly based on the response we get. This means that the final rules will be published with the League's start, but don't worry, no surprises will be waiting in line, we will follow our current AoT rules as guideline, we just want to make sure everything fits the way we want the tournament to go.

Now then though to the clear basics that the RTS League's Age of Mythology: Tale of the Dragon Clan League will follow, so that you know what you are signing up for:

Format and Base Functioning:
- Clan wars (no random teams, there needs to be a clear affiliation of players, such as all being members of AbsoLads, or Deities of Death, etc.).
- 3v3 default, 2v2 possible if both clans agree (we would like to ask clans to be lenient here and support playing games even as 2v2 rather than not at all - this is a fun event first and foremost).
- Supremacy default, clan can choose Conquest on its home map.
- There will be a group stage, its form and potential Playoffs are to be decided based on the number of signed-up clans.
- Match consists of 2 games, home map for each clan (potential Playoffs would then be Best of 3, maybe 5).
- Each round is to be played in its given 1 week (Mo-Su).
- Date of the match is to be scheduled between clans through their Clan Operators using our forum within the given week.
- All games must be recorded.

Map Pool:
All official Tale of the Dragon maps are available for choosing as home maps, with the following caveats:
- Selectable only if both clans agree: Nomad (same reason as in AoT - Atties), Deep Jungle (often seriously buggy spawns, such as cut off TC, hunt), Team Migration, Vinlandsaga (these two do not spawn transport ships for Chinese). Basin, Old Atlantis, Silk Road, Yellow River - do not spawn players according to their team.

Even through the bugs, it would be cool to see them played as something new, so we're again asking clans to be lenient if your opponents want to choose a map from the above.

Current AoTD-specific rules:
- Due to the problematic optimisation and high demands on players' computers, plus sometimes problematic connecting, lag/stutter is unfortunately to be expected in big team games. We urge players to make all possible effort to reduce these problems through switching off all unnecessary applications and reducing all options to a minimum, to have back-up players ready to switch in, to switch to a 2v2 if necessary, but if all options have been exhausted, the games must go ahead nonetheless. Remember, this is a fun event first and foremost, and as such, played games are a top priority.
- Streaming will be mandatory if an official streamer is present.
- All Clan Operators and players involved in the season need to be members of RTS League's Steam Group for easier communication between each other and with staff.
- If both clans agree, Titans may be turned off.

Besides these specifics, consider the Rules for the AoT Clan League as a point of reference for how would certain situation be handled, and what clans and players need to adhere to. As usual, in all cases, the League Staff will have the final decision.

We'll just point out one specific rule for everyone to remember:

The goal of the League is to ensure fair play and fun for all participants. Abusive tactics, such as hunt deleting or building excessive wall segments (e.g. 1x1 wall pieces spam) near settlements, gold mines, or wonders, are not permitted. Using Kronos' Time Shift and Poseidon's Lure on the map King of the Hill, in order to control the vault, is also prohibited.

As per custom, rewards for the top finishers will be Award Banners confirming your top status in the community, giving you the prestige only the top clans deserve. Fame and glory eternal are then natural parts of succeeding in RTS League :)

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And now how to sign up!

To take part in the prologue to our brand new Tale of the Dragon Clan League 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 stated above, and that will be finalised with the start of the season. Read them carefully, and pay attention to the original rules for the AoT Clan League as well.

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 (you'll need a forum account here first - please follow the instructions in the Announcement below the top banner here, and we'll make one for you). Since everyone is new this time, we expect the form posted from every clan signing up - also do not miss the need to post the complete list of players you're going to use, we need a way to determine if your clan meets the criteria and also how strong it is for seeding purposes :)

Clan Tag:
Clan Name:
Clan Website:
Number of Members:
Clan Operator Nickname, Steam account (link) and another Contact:
Clan Leader Nickname, Steam account (link) and another Contact:
List of all players who will take part in the League with their Nickname and Steam account (link):
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 Sunday 7th August, the season will start the following week.

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

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

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Streamers and Commentators

As we've said, we'll try to cover as many matches live as possible, and for that we'll need a dedicated crew of casters. If you'd like to help in this regard, please contact us (Careful to replace the addressee line with my nick - Black Adder :) ) with some information about you, such as your usual availability and your timezone, plus your stream settings (resolution with potential downscale, bitrate, internet speed) and your computer specifications, to have an idea what to expect and if the streaming of high-computer-taxing team games is viable (mention how your experience with Tale of the Dragon is in these regards). Also let us know if you commentate in English or just stream, if you have streamed Tale of the Dragon, and send us links to your Twitch and past streamings.

Since the Extended Edition allows for multiple-observer streaming, we're also looking for co-commentators, especially from the expert ranks, to make streams more interesting. If you're interested, please contact us (Careful to replace the addressee line with my nick - Black Adder :) ) with some information about you, such as your usual availability and your timezone, and experience with Tale of the Dragon. Also let us know your computer specifications and internet speed (mention how your experience with Tale of the Dragon is in these regards), for the same reasons as above - even observers can lag games, and we want to avoid that :)

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That seems to be about it then for the time being, so sign up if you have a clan, or follow us and the TotD goodness if not! :)

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.

Looking for Staff!

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

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

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

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

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.

CZ Clan Returns to AoC Throne in Season 38

posted by Black AdderMonday, 18 July 2016

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

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

Group Stage

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

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

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

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

Playoffs

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

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

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

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

Grand Finals

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

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

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

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

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

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

The honourable Silver-placed clan:

Watch the Grand Finals on RTS League YouTube

Download the Grand Finals recs and discuss them at AoCZone

Bronze Banner Battle

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

Watch the Bronze Banner Battle on RTS League YouTube

Download the Bronze Banner Battle recs and discuss them at AoCZone

Congrats and well done CZ, LoS and nC!

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

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

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

Looking for Staff!

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

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

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

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

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.

AoT S26 Grand Finals Live on Tuesday!

posted by Black AdderMonday, 04 July 2016

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

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

Players to expect:

Chef
Count
Ert
TheMista
Titou

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

Players to expect:

Atlantis
Fen
PLAYER

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

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

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

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

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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.

AoT S26 League Cup Up for Grabs!

posted by Black AdderWednesday, 08 June 2016

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

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

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

League Cup Bracket

Scheduling Forum

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

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

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

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

About us:
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.

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 :)

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.

26th AoT Clan Championship Begins!

posted by Black AdderMonday, 11 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!

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.

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!


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.

Community News

Memb Cast BF vs. LeO

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DoD vs. TBL Cast by Chef!

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Last AoT season, we had JSS_Chef, the recently introduced Poseidon expert, cast a high-profile Playoff match - check out his insight

ByT vs. 1NV through TaToH's PoV

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Surprise Strat Gone Wrong

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PoV Vids LyF vs. VIK

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Speak Russian and interested in in-game team communication? Watch this AoC match unfold through WaRRioR's eyes

Last Round Battle JSS vs. TBL

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2k for jesus and The Brazilian Legend, two former Champions, were looking to decide who advances to the Playoffs from the first spot

Battle for Playoffs DoD|B vs. FROST

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While the chill guys needed a full win, DoD|B required just one game, and so they put all their effort right into their home Medit

AoHD vs. VN - Where It Began

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