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Fade2 Became Golden - How AoT Season 28 Went Around

posted by Black AdderMonday, 16 October 2017

Start of September also marked the end of yet another Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League season hosted by RTS League that was a bit different than the recent past ones - not only weren't the reigning Champions 2k for jesus defending the Title, we also had a longer group stage and plenty of new clans coming in. This all resulted in some good games and curious scores.

Group Stage

With the line-ups supplied with the clan applications, it seemed Season 28 might be having one strong favourite - AbsoLads. They are always considered for the top positions, and when they were supposed to be having an assistance from Magic as well, many thought that should be it for the Golden Banner. But right in Round 3, their second League match proved it might get a bit trickier - the hero we needed, but did not deserve - SUD_jalegas - put their plans to a halt and following rounds where the As started to struggle with their roster just continued the trend. They still could get through to the Playoffs, but suddenly Bs began to look a lot more solid and aiming for their clan's success through their comfortable high-level play. It shouldn't also be left unnoticed that even the Cs came through very strong this season, resulting in Lad making up half the Playoff teams :)

Another clan expected to make a strong run was SK team, basically former TBL or BrT, a highly skilled group of players that has proven itself in numerous seasons, even winning once. These guys followed a different fate, a much better one, as they were the only 0-loss clan this season. Other organisation worthy of following were of course Deities of Death, as with their lately improving individuals, they are starting to resemble the dominant force of old again. They made the Playoffs run just fine, with an important scalp on the way - Fade2 proved to be an unexpected dark horse of the tournament, going perfect, but DoDs were still something they had troubles conquering. Otherwise though they developed into a fearsome team that became one of the top runners for the Banners.

Honourable mention then belongs to Greys and Misc Etc, a bunch of friends new to our community that wanted to taste what it's like to compete in a real clan competition, and we hope the experience will motivate them to play more and join us again in the next seasons - no matter the skill, RTS League is all about friendly competing in a game we love to waste time on :)

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

Playoffs

Top 3 from each division moved forward, and as has been mentioned, 50% of that were AbsoLads - there probably never was a better statistical chance to reach the Banners than this :) A bit of a hitch could be considered the fact that the two strongest teams met right in the Quarterfinals, but, well, that's how it went and reflected the group stage performances. Things were getting increasingly difficult for the Lads as far as internal organisation goes though, and that affected their last matches of the season, making them challenging to even play, but with a bit of convincing and admin helping/pushing, we got the job done and As went into the Semis. Since Cs had a very hard task ahead of themselves, beating Deities of Death, that just a few truly expected them to succeed in (and they didn't), the chance for a Banner dropped a bit after Quarterfinals, but still, it kept being very good.

In Semis, the first-placed from divisions stepped in, and Fade2 left little doubt as to how and why they got in this position - two wins in the first two games against strong-line-upped AbsoLads A cemented their way into the Finals, even though the rest unfortunately wasn't played due to the mentioned organisational struggles of their opponents. The other Semis were a lot more hyped, as there is a bit of rivalry between DoD and Brazilian players of SK team - with the lack of serious results for the Deities in the past seasons, they probably weren't the toppest of favourites, but they are slowly on the rise in comparison with the rest of the community, and even though SK do possess tight teamplay, shining through in the first game, the rest of the match belonged to DoDs, even the famed Medit - that was actually a quite hard game to lose for SK, and surely boosted DoD's confidence.

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

Grand Finals

Finals featured two clans that weren't exactly the expected names here, but with how the season progressed, they definitely proved the spots were deserved. Right the first map was probably the most fun one, as it usually goes with pre-set non-standard maps - Team Migration again did not disappoint. We have seen two different strategies, epic misplays, epic nice plays, and also a player with 5 TCs and still no pop for army. If you missed the Finals, do not miss this game :) After some back and forth and inexplicably untaken TCs, the dark horse of the tournament got the foot in the Golden door.

Home maps ensued, of which the first one was Anatolia, lately a stronghold of Deities of Death. This time around though, they faced an unexpectedly aggressive approach (yes, even more aggro than their own), and the game turned into who can win their side faster. Even though it got terribly, terribly close for Fade2, they managed to hold on through some good timings, and were looking to possibly even get a sweep after leading 2:0.

Sweep, because now it was their home map. They chose Oasis, and while in theory it's a nice map, looking at double top Eggies on the other side, it's suddenly looking lot less promising. The progress reflected that fact quite strongly and DoDs were looking very good to get a game back, but then, basically at the moment you would expect F2 to be impatiently eyeing the G key, something snapped and Ds started to slowly lose ground and Fades got a second wind. A second wind that led them to a much deserved claim on the Golden Banner for the best clan of RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League, Season 28, and also the whole community:

And after a Final whose score does not truly reflect the tightness and level of performance, the Silvers are:

Watch the Grand Finals on RTS League's Channel

Download Grand Finals recs (Voobly Balance Patch 2.0 required)

Bronze Banner Battle

Bronze match was played right before the Finals, a bit on the short-notice side (well a lot :d), but it was again an important match in measuring the skill of clans - SK team promptly dispatched AbsoLads on Team Migration, but then things got realer, and Lads put up quite a significant fight to claim a Banner this season again. Nonetheless, 3rd place fight took the same amount of games to decide as the Finals and so the Bronze goes to:

Download Bronze Banner Battle recs (Voobly Balance Patch 2.0 required)

League Cup

Wouldn't be a proper season without the postseason competition for non-Playoff teams! :) League Cup featured seven teams with Team Mystic and Deities of Death having double chance of claiming the sole Blood-Red Banner - through fun Semifinals where both clans faced off their own teams, which was quite a struggle for TM through some good gameplay, we got two best into the Finals - Deities of Death B and Team Mystic B. In the battle of Bs, we saw some solid line-ups on both sides resulting in two aggro-minded games, after which we can award the League Cup Banner to:

Watch the League Cup Finals on RTS League's Channel

Fair Play Award

And who was the most friendly and best clan to play with? As per the clans' voting:

G_ME 9.4
DoD|B 9.0
Lad|B 8.8
DoD|C 8.6
F2 8.5
Lad 8.4
Lad|C 8.3
DoD 7.8
Sisu 7.7
SK 7.7
GDM 7.5
SUD 7.2
TM|B 6.6
TM 6.0

Greys and Misc Etc are the example of how to compete for fun :)


Congratulations to all the awarded clans and also of course big thanks to all the participants for making the season a reality! We're looking forward to having you and hopefully even more clans next season, which is slated to come in like about... A week or two! So get ready everyone ;)

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We're in Need of a Web Dev (and Other Staffers)!

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.

AoT S28 Grand Finals Ready - F2 vs. DoD!

posted by Black AdderSaturday, 02 September 2017

When Season 28 of RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League started, most of the players expected AbsoLads and probably SK Team to be the top candidates for the Title - but both Semifinals proved that there are better clans around this time, and so we're very deservedly seeing a duo of teams that probably nobody really expected to be reaching for the fame and glory of being the best clan in the community - Fade2 and, again after quite some time, Deities of Death! Who will prove worthy of the prestigious Golden Banner?

This Sunday 3/9 at 19:00 GMT/21:00 CEST/15:00 EDT/12:00 PDT is the time when that question will be resolved - make sure to come to our channel twitch.tv/RTSLeague to watch the epic clash live and see some of the best teamplay in AoT - you'll witness these players fighting for the pride of their clans:

Fade2
7up
ChronoJJ
Player
Popsie
Squash

Deities of Death
Brickhead
Chaos
Fox
Joe
Omega

The match will be a Best of 5 with two pre-set maps - Team Migration and Valley of Kings with Blind Pick, so we're all in for some fun uncommon gameplay :)

Gl&hf and may the best clan win!

Btw these clans already met in the group stage, and DoD are the only clan to take away games from F2 this season! :)

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Always Could Use More Staffers and Web Devs!

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.

28th AoT Playoffs and League Cup Begin!

posted by Black AdderWednesday, 19 July 2017

The long weeks of group stage are over and we're down to the finishing line with RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League, Season 28! The Divisions produced six teams that stood above all others, and those will now fight for the prestigious banners:

DoD, F2, Lad, Lad|B, Lad|C, SK

Playoff Bracket

One clan has a pretty good chance at that in particular - AbsoLads :) But they will still have to overcome another clan that hasn't lost a single game so far - SK Team, and strongly performing Fade2 with Deities of Death. It will be a close fight between them, and you would do well to follow our live streams and community channels to see how the battles are progressing!

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League Cup

It wouldn't be a proper postseason without the fun competition providing more games for non-Playoff clans and teams! League Cup battles for the sole Blood-Red Banner will feature these teams:

DoD|B, DoD|C, G_ME, GDM, Sisu, SUD, TM, TM|B

League Cup Bracket

The only chance for the so-far unreached League Double is with Deities of Death - can they finally manage the elusive achievement? Not going to be easy, there are plenty of clans looking for the Banner...

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Info for the clans

Check out the Playoffs and League Cup info topics in the appropriate scheduling forums for more info on the postseason.

Timetable for Playoffs and League Cup:
Quarterfinals: 19th-23rd July
Semifinals: 24-30th July
Grand Finals/Bronze Banner Battle: 31st July - 6th August

We're hoping we can get the Quarterfinal games done this weekend already, no matter the Wednesday start - it's not like the games get played on a different day than Sunday :d (Well, sometimes Saturday :))

Playoff Scheduling Forum
League Cup Scheduling Forum

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

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Always Could Use More Staffers!

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.

Stacked Playoffs of AoC Season 40 Start!

posted by Black AdderThursday, 29 June 2017

There's plenty of top quality teamgame competing going on now in the community, but the most important fights are readying to happen in RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League - Season 40 has been of exceeding quality so far, and that's why we decided to advance more clans to the postseason than planned - even the fourth-placed are still so high-skilled they deserve a chance to fight for the banners! Since Vikingos Nůmadas are not defending the Title, we're definitely curious who will climb to the top, and, quite frankly, looking at the line-up, it could be pretty much anyone:

Arg, BF', ByT, CLB, CZ, Frantic, nC, RFR, RoR, SlayeR, TheJedi, TheJedi|Z, TIC, VIK, WaR', Weljet

Playoff Bracket

Who's your pick to claim the prestigious RTS League Banners? Will it be some established clan, or one of the newcomers? Let us know on our community channels and follow us there as well to keep yourself up to date and also to be able to catch all the live streams coming your way! :)

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Info for the clans

First and foremost congrats on advancing forward in the tournament!

Even though there is one full weekend ahead of us to get the first round done, we realise it might be a bit difficult for some with the Thursday start, so if you cannot make it this week, you can play Round of 16 next week as well - but it would be cool if you made an effort for this weekend already :)

Concerning the 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 pre-set maps soon in the info topic in the scheduling forum.

Timetable:
Round of 16: 29th June - 9th July
Quarterfinals: 10th - 16th July
Semifinals: 17th-23rd July
Grand Finals/Bronze Match: 24th-30th July

If you're wondering how the Playoffs seeding was done, it follows these few simple rules: reached position in the Division, reached points total, results of match-ups within the division, first and second from one division can meet only in the Finals, potentially diversity consideration to prevent same-division match-ups in the first round (we already know how clans played against each other in the division, Playoffs are about comparing with other divs! :)). All in all, the quality and skill level of this season is really high, so there really isn't any "easy" path to the Gold for anyone :)

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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Always Could Use More Staffers!

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.

Let's Get 28th AoT Clan League Started!

posted by Black AdderFriday, 12 May 2017

Ready for the best AoT clan wars? RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League, Season 28 begins! The reigning (and commanding) Champions 2k for jesus are taking a break this time around, so it's up to all the rest to see who will get to rule the community now - will it be reinforced AbsoLads? Restructured Deities of Death? Or someone completely else, like Sisu? Follow the season with us and find out!

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We have accepted 14 teams from 9 clans and distributed them into these two divisions:

Division 1 - DoD|B, Lad, Lad|C, Sisu, SK, SUD, TM|B
Division 2 - DoD, DoD|C, F2, G_ME, GDM, Lad|B, TM

Quite some quality around, and on top of that, some returning and also brand new clans! It's shaping up to be a fun season and we're sure curious how will they all do, and we're hoping you are as well - follow us then on our two channels twitch.tv/RTSLeague and twitch.tv/RTSLeague2 to be with the teams live when they battle for the supremacy, or just when they're having some proper competitive fun - both are very much fine!

Gl&hf!

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Some technical info for the clans:

All games are to be played using the Voobly Balance Patch - currently version 2.0.

We are introducing a way to support clans coming to their matches on time, to mitigate the lately oft-repeated malpractice of wasting your opponent's time through coming late - when you schedule a time, that time is when the match should start, not when you remember you have something to do - you should also e.g. have your connection issues resolved before the scheduled time, not take an hour to figure things out, so if you know you have problematic connection, come early - Clan Operators should make sure of this as well, motivate your players to do this.

To support this correct behaviour, we will be penalising teams coming unprepared and late to their scheduled games - if you come late, i.e. aren't ready to play by the time the waiting time is up, you will receive a warning for the first occurence - every further coming late will result in a Miss, i.e. -1 point to the standings (if you think it's no punishment, think again - 1pt regularly distinguishes Playoff participants or Playoff seedings). We hope this will help you show organised competition is way more fun and something we should all strive for, and that you, the participants, play an important role in making RTS League great :)

Here are then 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 upload games and 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.

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

Scheduling forums:
Division 1
Division 2

Round 1 is open until 21st May, each round after that lasts the customary 1 week, Monday-Sunday - the concrete dates are going to be 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 - we want to keep the competition running smoothly.

Gl&hf and may the skill be with you!

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Always Could Use More Staffers!

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.

Anniversary AoC Season 40 Begins!

posted by Black AdderSunday, 30 April 2017

It took us a bit of time this season, but it was all well worth it as we now know everything we need to have a great few months of top quality AoC team-game competing! RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League is ready to start its special, rounded 40th Season, and we're welcoming an astounding number of clans, forming together 4 full divisions of 8 teams looking to have fun in the longest running traditional competition in the community - who's going to be the new Champion and who's going to be the dark horse of the tournament? Follow us on our live streams and other community channels to be the first to know!

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Those 32 teams were divided fairly and squarely into these divisions:

Division 1 - Arg|B, BF', CLB, IIDA, NHN, RoR, Stsn, TheJedi|Z
Division 2 - CZ, Gaucho, LyF, nC, NHN|B, TIC, TK, Weljet
Division 3 - Arg, Gaucho|C, LeO, NPC, SlayeR, sT, TheJedi, VIK
Division 4 - ByT, Frantic, Gaucho|B, kLu, RFR, SURU, VLNS, WaR'

Wide community reach to all the corners of the world will bring us quite diverse and exciting games, supported by tremendous skill level of plenty of the participants, making this anniversary season truly one to watch closely no matter what else is going on around you - there is only one true Clan Championship around - RTS League's AoC Clan League! :)

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

Btw, we're already starting with the premiere today - The New Hellhunters and Clan Colombia will kick off the fighting at 16:00 GMT on our channel twitch.tv/RTSLeague, so come watch the first battle of the season unfold live :) (And it's looking like Frantic and Birras y Tapas will be up next on Monday 14:30 GMT!)

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Technical info for the clans

We have discussed all the suggestions concerning multi-civving and slinging, and so far we have deemed it better to not take any measures - there are aspects to these features helping make RTS League better and unique, and tampering with these settings might bring about unintended consequences that are not apparent at first sight. However, we are still keeping an eye on the situation to make sure something doesn't escalate beyond reasonable measure, and we'll keep evaluating the situation. We hope you can all still have fun in the original traditional settings we run and rely on to provide you with the best true clan competition in the community :)

With this, we want to remind every clan that multi-civving (playing a civ more than once in a team) is a real possibility, and always has been - if you feel you could have more fun by playing with varied civs, feel free to offer a gentlemanly agreement to your opponents to do so - after all, we're here to have fun, so why not give it a shot ;)

To the real tech stuff now, Divisions 2+4 will be staffed by robo, 1+3 by Black Adder, so these staffers will be your primary points of contact for potential questions or even troubles (but in the end you'll find help with any staffers, really :) ).

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 40 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). 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

Gl&hf!

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Always Could Use More Staffers!

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.

28th AoT Clan League Accepting Sign-Ups!

posted by Black AdderWednesday, 12 April 2017

A week after its Age of Empires cousin, it's time for the RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League as well! Following the exciting team tournament we had during the winter months, we're sure clans are ready for another bout of friendly, yet serious competing, and there are plenty of rivalries alive not only through tradition, but also the mentioned Frozen Times, waiting to be furthered - can they get resolved in Season 28? And can someone beat the invincible 2k for jesus?

No matter if you're aiming for the glory of the top placements or are just looking for some true competitive fun with your friends, RTS League is open to clans and players of all skill levels, and if you have the bravery to challenge your peers, our Clan League is the place to be! Besides the fun games that form the core of the experience, we are also streaming most of the battles live, giving your heroic efforts proper exposure, and, well, simply making you famous across the community! :) So all in all, plenty of reasons why you should join and enjoy the traditional competition alive for 16 years already, providing the best clan wars to the "Age of" players across the globe!

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Novelties for Season 28

Following the success of our additional maps enhancing the gameplay experience even way beyond RTS League, we'll be including new maps for this season into the pool - Black Sea and River Styx. Black Sea is already in the Voobly Balance Patch, River Styx will be added soon - but to let you know, it's basically Team Migration without fish.

Otherwise we're, of course, switching into the latest Patch version - VBP 2.0.

Next thing will be heightened attention to players being late to the matches - this has been the biggest problem as of late and since it's quite often simply disrespect to the opponent and their time, we'll be clamping down on clans and players not ready to play when they should be, which means at the scheduled time - scheduled time means the time when everyone is to be ready to launch the game, not when you suddenly remember you have a game to play (so yes, you are supposed to be online before the scheduled time, to resolve potential connection issues and such). Details on the measures to help with this will be disclosed with the season's start.

Now Back to the Sign-Ups!

To take part in Season 28 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 28 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 28 you need to be aware of (still just the one :d):

- 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 (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 read the novelties and active admin decisions as well, of course - and just re-read the rules, too, to be sure you know everything - ignorance is no excuse).

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 with the application 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 or fake 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 23rd April, Season 28 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 IKill_UDie, and be sure to follow our Twitch for regular live streaming of RTS League battles.

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Always Could Use More Staffers!

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.

Sign Up for AoC Clan League Season 40!

posted by Black AdderMonday, 03 April 2017

Ready for some proper AoC team game fun with time-proven traditional settings? RTS League is back with a new season of Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League, this time featuring a cool round number 40! Last season was special in many ways, and we're definitely hoping this trend will continue going forward, so if you want to help make that happen, make sure to read on and learn how to join all the other clans vying for the prestigious RTS League Banners, vying to become the best of the best in the whole of community!

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But even if you don't think you'd be able to challenge the likes of Vikingos Nomadas, CZ Clan or New Chapter, there are always plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy the competition nonetheless, as our format allows you to play against your equals, too, and these top clans, that's just an icing on the cake to have the honour of facing players such as MbL, slam or Vinchester in a truly competitive game :) RTS League is simply entertaining for everyone, and equally everyone is allowed to sign up (provided you fit a few criteria listed below, of course :d), no matter if you main Voobly or HD (we play on Voobly, of course, as the common platform :)).

So, are you down for the best clan wars around with 16 years of tradition? Then gather your friends and check the info you need to know below, and, well, sign up!

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And how to sign up then?

To take part in Season 40 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. We are also a clan competition, not team competition, therefore the players need to be your true clan members, not guest players.

Further you need to be familiar with the League rules. Read them carefully - ignorance is no excuse.

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 or fake 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 14th April, Season 40 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 or Twitch channels for previously streamed League matches, including the Grand Finals of Season 39 between TheJedi|Z and VN.

Always Could Use More Staffers!

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.

Vikingos Nomadas Clinched Their First AoC Title! A Look Back at S39

posted by Black AdderFriday, 31 March 2017

This season of RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League was special - it was a season of firsts for both clans that made it all the way to the last fight of the Playoffs. One of them reached the Grand Finals for the first time in their history, the other claimed the prestigious Golden Banner for the first time in their history. And both deserve all the accolades for their achievements - it's no small feat to top all the community and become the two best clans of them all!

Season 39 yet again served as a proven way for clans and players of all skill levels to have fun in a proper competitive setting, with all the service such as live streams and social media exposure coming with it - we're glad we can show your heroic efforts to not only your clanmates who regularly populate our streams, but also to the whole wide world that can learn a thing or two from your special strategies prepared for your home maps - we have seen a marked increase in such games this past season, and that's a great thing to witness, as it means you're embracing what RTS League stands for, which is supporting the clan spirit and working together as a true team to make your time with Age of Empires even better and much more fun.

The tight battles for supremacy took a bit (well, let's face it, a lot :d) longer than anticipated due to Christmas messing with things, but nonetheless, we saw a ton of good or downwight great games and matches, and everyone could've found their favourites to cheer for amongst the multitude of clans involved. Plenty of them featured the very top experts you see regularly competing for big money prizes, or even players who are recognised community personas and skillers, but with limited time, they prefer to compete with their friends and us rather than anywhere else - Edie, FeAge, Janik, MbL, Millo, slam, Vinchester are just some of the names who find it fun to play for the prestigious RTS League banners, and it's awesome to have them here and give the very rare opportunity to play against them even to players who wouldn't otherwise get the chance - due to our community-friendly format, everyone gets a chance to play against literally anyone :)

Let's now have a quick look at how everything in Season 39 went along:

Group Stage

All four divisions included some heavy favourites for the Gold, and all four saw some very intriguing or unusual games. LeO's surprising success against FOX Gaming or Birras y Tapas' tense battle with Berserkers were some of the highlights of the mentioned strategy preparation, while New Chapter against Rulers of Rome with Run Forrest Run facing The Jedi Masters Z were of the expected top level quality. After quite some time we even saw Michi played by THERI in the very first match versus The New Hellhunters, but that was hardly the only occurence of non-standard maps this season - clans really are using the opportunity to prepare and play truly on their home turf, just like Villains did with Soul :)

Out of all the 27 participants, only CZ Clan managed to score a perfect record, and, quite frankly, you wouldn't expect any less from the Defending Champions and a clan that has a record of 3 Golds and 1 Silver of the past 4 seasons. This positioned them first going into the Playoffs, but no easy job expected them there, as all the other favourites passed as well, complemented by some well deserved advancees such as Clan Colombia and BlackForest crowning their good seasons with getting to show us more of their skills in the elimination round.

One more noteworthy clan advanced through as well though, and that was LeO - at the start of the season, possibly nobody would've guessed they had it in them, but as soon as they caught off guard FOX in the first round with their strat, they started gaining traction and it resulted in a great achievement for them, passing the bar for the big boys and for the first time tasting the thrill of Playoffs.

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

Playoffs

The next stage was down to the best of the best, and it was, of course, showing - we saw no surprises in the Round of 16, which meant the top 8 featured pretty much the clans you would expect at the start of the season - but that doesn't mean group stage would be just for fun (as if there was something wrong with that :d), these first-stage fights decided who's going to be battling whom when the time comes, and it has just come.

The biggest Quarterfinal battle took place amongst Run Forrest Run and Berserkers, which took all five games to decide - such close encounter it was, and it was also that good, as with the clans' line-ups, you couldn't expect anything less. Another real intriguing match-up was then between always-with-a-banner New Chapter and veteran Vikingos Nomadas - the Spanish-Mexican mix is a clan that possesses many a talent, but lately they had troubles turning that into a success, as opposed to exactly the German equipe - in Season 39 though, they put a lot of effort into preparing for their match-ups, and it paid of royally, resulting in their, quite frankly, surprising, yet convincing victory over one of the top team game clans in AoC, even though nC confirmed their skill in a curiously short Black Forest.

VN's run continued also in the Semis where they handily dispatched Berserkers, supporting their strong performances and securing only their second Grand Finals in history, while their opponents came from a very expected match-up featuring the OP (as in "overpowered" :d) CZ Clan and strong Nomad players The Jedi Masters Z. Due to all kinds of scheduling issues, the match unusually ended up as a 2v2, but that didn't mean any less fun, as we still saw a nail-biter with close games and cool plays. CZ were undoubtedly the top favourites for the Title, but TheJedi performed amazingly well and especially the fifth battle was a rare one with a brave cheeky strat that simply worked out, and an unexpected final duo was therefore born.

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

Grand Finals

Vikingos Nomadas. The Jedi Masters Z. Two Finalists probably no one would've guessed just a few months ago. And yet, it happened, and it was damn well deserved.

The last battle of the season started on pre-set Double Migration, which is an unusual map where you start with two TCs - RTS League Playoffs are a high-level affair, and we need to test the clans' skills properly to determine who deserves the prestigious Banners :) VN yet again proved they took this season very seriously and their strategical preparation yielded the much-needed results, as even though TheJedi for a long time looked like they could actually pull things off with their good main island control, when everyone was finally camped there, the tactics kicked in and almost double the eco with double the Huns prevailed.

We continued with TheJedi's home map, which couldn't have been anything else but Nomad. The undoubted skillz the Aussies (plus a few guys around the world :d) possess on this tricky map are just amazing, and yet again resulted in a funny economical advantage that can usually carry them right down to the victory lane. This time, however, with a bit of luck on the map spawn VN used perfectly, their opponents were able to withstand the oft-crushing initial push and sell their abilities in a controlled defense until they had enough to go for the kill.

With VN's home map coming up, TheJedi were in trouble, as overcoming 0-2 against such a top-level foe is not a small mountain to climb. The battlefield of choice were Islands, a water map where the leading team felt comfortable, and decided, after another careful strategical preparation, to unleash a very unusual and daring gameplan - an early landing. What a surprise it must've been when they learnt TheJedi had the exact same idea. Literally. The same exact idea on a map where everyone just Galley Rushes or Fast Castles. And the two players executing it were poised against each other, therefore landing each other. Wow. What are the odds, right? :d Well, as you would expect, it pretty much resulted into better execution and also a bit of skill in scouting deciding the match-up, and so, after a long season and exceptional performances along the way, the Champions of RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League, Season 39 are:

The clan deserving similar accolades for their season and claiming the valuable Silver are:

Congratulations to both clans on your mark in history!

Watch the Grand Finals stream

Download the Grand Finals recs and discuss them at AoCZone

Bronze Banner Battle

CZ Clan, who've been ruling over RTS League almost completely for the past few years, were in a position they're not really accustomed to at the end of the season - having to win to have a new Banner to their vitrine. On the other hand, Berserkers reached a stage they haven't reached before - this was their first opportunity ever to claim a prestigious Banner for their impressive team game efforts. This combination of influences promised a thrilling battle with both clans giving it their very best to succeed, and who saw the live stream, you remember how heroic were Vinchester's efforts on all the maps, looking like they could, together with the indispensable contribution of his teammates, secure the win for their side (well, the third game played out pretty funny for him :d). However, CZ were in no mood for any surprise, and even though they truly had to work for it, they did not falter and after some good plays claimed yet another banner to their name:

Congrats, and also gj VIK for coming this far for the first time and confirming your qualities!

Watch the Bronze Banner Battle stream

Download the Bronze Banner Battle recs and discuss them at AoCZone

So that was the story of RTSL Season 39, and we hope everyone enjoyed the stay and also the streams and vids and such coming along with it - thanks Mango and Genette for joining me in casting some of the games, and I sure hope we'll be able to supply many more entertaining nights to the community not only through the live casting, but also simply by giving you, the clans, a good place for some competitive fun for everyone :)

And of course, big thanks to all the clans who joined us for this season, we hope you'll do so again for the number 40 starting soon! :)

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Always 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.

39th AoC Grand Finals Set Up - TheJedi|Z vs. VN!

posted by Black AdderFriday, 24 February 2017

After some winter chills and due to that slower scheduling we're in for the very last fight of RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League, Season 39, looking to decide who can boast the prestigious Golden Banner for the best clan in the community!

This time we'll for sure have a new Champion on our hands, as both clans hadn't had the honour yet, with The Jedi Masters Z being in the Finals for the very first time (well they're a new team^^, though their clan is participating for a long time already :)), but Vikingos Nůmadas, being the old clan they are, are coming in already for the second chance on Title in their history - in Season 31, they finished Silver behind the then-invincible Revenge Of Knight.

Could this be signalling a switch in the momentum of established clans? Both Finalists were always considered quite capable, but only this season have they been able to up their game even more and come the whole way! The Jedi Masters Z have scalps such as CZ Clan, Real Chilean League or LeO under their belts, tying in the division with Run Forrest Run, while Vikingos Nůmadas boast convincing wins against New Chapter and Berserkers, and also the enigmatic LeO (they seem to be the benchmark for future Champions)!

You can find all the recorded games in our rec archive and streams on our Twitch and YT

The Grand Finals will see a battle between clans with players such as

The Jedi Masters Z

BonJonBovi
ChriSt
Gracie
influenza
LetsImprove
PranPineapple
putz
robo

Vikingos Nůmadas

DarK_KnighT
HEIMDALL
KoNFeR
MiLLeNcOlin
Millo

under the settings of Best of 5 with two home maps and two pre-set maps - Double Migration and Two Rivers - finished with Blind Random if necessary. Quite obviously we're in for a lot of top quality teamgame fun, so make sure to watch the live stream on

Saturday 25/2 at 21:00 GMT/22:00 CET/16:00 EST/13:00 PST/8:00 AEDT on www.twitch.tv/RTSLeague with Black Adder and Genette

to not miss a single second from the closing match of AoC Season 39!

In the meantime, you can check the previous matches not only on the Twitch, but also on our YouTube, and when you're at it, you might find interesting our Facebook and Twitter for further content and stream alerts as well :)

And just as a teaser, Season 40 will be starting rather shortly, as we want to finish safely before summer to avoid any potential time conflicts from all the holidays ;)

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

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Always 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.

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