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Time to Sign Up for AoC Season 41!

posted by Black AdderMonday, 30 October 2017

Ready for some clan wars? And how about not only "some" clan wars, but right off the best in town? Well, then you're in luck - RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League is ready to bring you tons of fun and friendly competing with the longest tradition out of anything in the community yet again - 16 years of teamplay goodness open to any and all clans, looking to determine which one stands above the rest and can claim the title of the best clan in the community!

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Season 40 saw Frantic take the prestigious Golden Banner, potentially marking a dawn of a new era, but as history has taught us, nothing is that simple in RTS League - the format tests the clans truly and firmly, and only the best of the best can make it to the top, let alone in consecutive seasons, or even ever again at all! Let's see who next can at least close in on the legendary RVK streak, when even a toppest clan like CZ, the closest to that feat of the recent era, struggles with that gargantuan task - but, well, they still are a rare team with now 6! Banner placements in a row, three of them Gold, so I guess it's not really that bad after all :d

But RTS League is of course not only about the experts, quite the opposite, it's always been mainly about the chance of absolutely everyone to compete in a way that is unique and allows meaningful match-ups between variously skilled clans, as where else do you see so unexpected upsets as when a newcomer turns into a dark horse or a supposed 1600 clan pulls a well-trained surprise strategy on a 2k team! While RTSL is a rare place where you can play against the top experts you otherwise would have a hard time convincing, you are also assured to be having opponents of your skill level allowing you to measure your prowess amongst "yours" as well - and what better way to improve your game than this great combination of approaches, amiright? :)

Well then, what are you waiting for? For the info how to sign up I guess - here it all comes:

Novelties for Season 41

Since UserPatch 1.5 is such a god-sent mana, we're of course going to encourage you to use it in RTS League as well (tbh we wouldn't succeed in stopping you anyway, so... :d) - while the implementation on Voobly is not finalised yet, your own testing has proven it's solid enough, and therefore as we're waiting for the final release, let's already enjoy its benefits and cross our fingers, clutch the rabbit's foot, hang up the horseshoe that we do not lose any of the recs due to some update :)

With Nations Cup closing, the current NC 2017 mapset has seen rich use, and therefore the maps are allowed to be used if both clans agree - they've already been in use in the latter stages of the last season, so just confirming they're cool.

There is one more thing that is not much of a novelty, but rather a question we wanted to ask all the clans signing up, and that is what is your clan's stance on Wololo Kingdoms - would your players be ready and wanting to play in a WK RTS League? That means if you have enough players with all the expansions and those players would also want to participate - this way we're hoping to get some semblance of an idea if such a League would be viable, so please answer honestly and not with wishful thinking, we're not looking to see if you like the idea (I'm guessing most will), but if it's a real possibility for your clan. Please supply the answer with your sign-up post. (We'd, of course, continue running the AoC League as well, WK would be an extension.)

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Oh and we're also in need of a webmaster/webdev (other staff volunteers can apply as well, of course!) - we're ready to make things better around here, just need help making it happen :) RTS League is one of the coolest and also most respected community efforts in the "Age of" world (and longest running, again, 16 years!), so your work would be a help to every player out there enjoying the games we love as well.

Otherwise we're always on the lookout for casters/streamers to help us broadcast all the valiant efforts live - if you're interested in helping your fellow gamers and getting some real good games to stream live, do let us know! :)

And now finally to the sign ups then - how to take part in RTS League Season 41?

To take part in Season 41 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 random guest players you just asked a day before to play with you in RTSL.

Further you need to be familiar with the League rules and all the novelties for this season posted above (they override the Rules). Read them carefully - ignorance is no excuse. Really not, help save both you and us a headache of potential disputes.

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 - from experience even seasoned clans forget).

Clan Tag:
Clan Name:
Clan Website:
Number of Active Members:
Clan Operator Nickname and Contact:
Clan Leader Nickname and Contact:
Clan Operator has read the rules and agrees to them:
Would your clan be able to play in Wololo Kingdoms RTS League? (In case of a positive answer, specify number of players willing to play and having all expansions, therefore being able to.):

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 Sunday 12th November, Season 41 will start the following week if all goes well (in the past, we sometimes encountered very tricky situations that needed to be resolved before putting things up).

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 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 epic 5.5-hour battle between RFR and nC.

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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.

How Frantic Became Champions - AoC S40 Wrap-Up

posted by Black AdderSunday, 29 October 2017

A month into Autumn is a pretty good time to start another season of RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League, but before we can do that, proper wrap-up to the previous instalment is in order - let's have a look then how it all went around.

40th Season promised to be an intriguing adventure with the reigning Champions Vikingos Nůmadas not defending - this usually means a bit of a power vacuum, and clans are all eager to fill that void with their name and take a place in the limelight. This time however, the emptiness of space was decisively plugged by a clan of the toppest qualities joining for the very first time - Chinese skillers around Tim called Frantic. That was, of course, one hell of a challenge for the regular and established clans, but they took the glove up with grace and were very looking forward to proving their worth in the even more amped up competition of the new season.

Besides the Asian dragons, we saw an influx of other new clans like all-Finnish Fratres Fenni fidi, TaToH's Stinson bros, or big recent clans The New Hellhunters with Sick Tacticz, but we're proud to say the core of our regular participants also grows ever larger, and so we didn't miss none of the names the likes of CZ Clan, Arg, Rulers of Rome or Villains with kLu - there are too many to even mention here, and it's great to see so many of you coming back for more teamgame fun when RTS League is on :)

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Group Stage

32 teams formed 4 Divisions, and right from the start it was clear it's going to be a tough fight to get to the Playoffs - the level was really high this time around, and each div had about 2-3 clear favourites who were expected to battle against each other for the seeds. "Expected" being the operative word here. Paper predictions are one thing, reality another, especially when it comes to whole clans - they have a lot different dynamic than random teams you regularly see for other tournaments, and that's why it's always a good idea never to give up or even under/overestimate your opponents - proper training, teamplay, home map choice can go a long way even against otherwise "impossible-to-beat" clans - take a look at NHN, strong favourites for sure, but newly formed and not used to each other, resulting in their hard struggles and being left standing in front of the Playoff gates in the end (well and then there was this Migration disguised as Islands map :d); and now observe BlackForest, an established clan considered about just making Playoffs, but finally coming through this season and taking Division 1 (and NHN) literally by storm through their impressive teamplay and well-prepared home map, Migration - that's how it's done, and we are seeing this level of commitment deservedly rewarded regularly, just remember for example LeO last season.

The closest Division around the mid proved to be the second one, as we have seen similar levels of overachievement by a few clans there and it was a pleasure streaming so many top quality games (we have streamed a total of 83 matches this season!) - the trio of Train Improve Conquer, Weljet and Gaucho was on the edge till the last round, and it was just a bit of a shame the Argentinians couldn't make it through to show us some more of their signature Team Islands - we did, however, see plenty of them also from their B-team, and especially their brave struggle against Frantic was a real nailbiter, exactly in a duel you wouldn't expect it in, confirming not even the toppest experts are safe in RTS League - everyone is out to be taken down. Especially Tim it seems, as he was targeted hard in almost every game, and often teetered on the brink of defeat :D They couldn't have asked for a better serious preparation for the Nations Cup than this RTSL season.

The only clan to emerge unscathed this edition were The Jedi Masters Z, proving it was no coincidence reaching Silver last season - they casually strolled through D1 on their Nomad caravan and were looking strong as ever, ready to take on any challengers. In the other divs, CZs faced some real tests, the same as the Chinese, and each lost a game in their quest for glory eternal. Division 3 was the most open one then as far the top goes - drop of sT, supposed 2k clan, leveled the playing field quite a bit, and it sent the seeding fights into a real upheaval, especially when we consider another highly overachieving clan in The Slayers, an older group of friends getting together again for RTS League - that's something we love to see, as we're all about supporting the community feel and making the game more fun for everyone. After the intense battling, they took the 1st spot, while 2nd and 3rd became tied for a duo of common Playoff participants - Berserkers and Arg. This trio was with quite a distance the closest of all the divs in their points, especially considering their mutual matches - all of them ended 1:1 :)

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

Playoffs

With the high level of Season 40, we decided to reward the efforts of the clans with advancing one extra from each Div as opposed to the original plan. This meant not only more fun games for the players for example from Birras y Tapas or Clan Colombia, but also a potential for some surprise here and there, and it almost happened - The Slayers had a real kerfuffle with Fratres Fenni fidi, and just made it past the Round of 16 even through fighting 1st vs. 4th. Otherwise the first round was already packed with plenty of match-ups you would otherwise expect maybe in Semifinals, but that just confirms what we keep repeating - the quality of this season was truly exceptional and clans had to fight for their spots very hard.

For example Run Forrest Run vs. Train Improve Conquer with the mighty Chileans and New Chapter with Arg sporting a few new Arena experts took a decider, the same as Berserkers had a hard time with Rulers of Rome, who, on the other hand quite surprisingly, didn't choose their home walled enclosure and went a different route (which almost worked). All the while Win and Run, basically reformed Power of Japan, a known force to be reckoned with (and third team from the Nations Cup Silver League!), hit a wall with the already mentioned BlackForest - these guys are certainly to be watched going forward, as they're getting settled real tight and nC might have to start worrying about their top German station - I mean they're basically Germany A and they finished way behind Jap A, beaten by BF'.

Quarters condensed all this goodness and the first real heart-racer took place for RFR against SlayeR - 5 games of quality gameplay going to and fro depending on the water/land ratio, decided by a map with both - exactly how it should be. In the other matches, two clans finally found their betters, and these were BlackForest and surprisingly also The Jedi Masters Z - especially for them it had to have been a hard hit, as these were their first lost games of the season, and right as an 0:3 - well, New Chapter weren't kidding around and took even the famed Nomad from them, and that means something (well, Semifinals in this case). This puts a little dent into the BF' German supremacy plan of course, as those were eliminated in this round by CZ Clan, but, well, that's hardly any shame with CZ's exceptional all-around skill, especially considering they put out nC 2:0 in the group stage. Added to that, Schwarzwalders did manage to usurp Migra very fast from the Czechs (all the games were actually quite fast here), and so they went out with a good degree of dignity.

Semis followed and here we got to the realest of deals - three of these four will take home the prestigious Banners for the best clans in the community. If some match deserves to be called a marathon, it's definitely RFR vs. nC. Awesome 5.5 hours of top tier clan warring. First three games lasted over an hour gametime. Two of them over two hours. None of them were Black Forest. Singular, quite possibly the longest match in RTS League's history. Do yourself a favour and watch it if you haven't.

The second Semis were then an exact opposite, a handily dispatched sweep, in a match that was expected to be possibly premature Finals - Frantic vs. CZ Clan, the most successful clan of the past years. We've been a bit neglecting the Chinese road through the Playoffs, but that's kind of for a good reason - they kept sweeping their rounds right until the Finals, and so there was nothing to write than what we're going to write now - total supremacy. In all those matches and games against The Jedi Masters, Berserkers and now CZ here, little doubt was left as to who should advance - the tough training from the group stage paid off, and Tim's ensemble was solidly cruising for their well deserved Banner.

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

Grand Finals

After two very different battles, the last two clans standing were Run Forrest Run from the left side of the bracket and Frantic representing the right. With their current form, Chinese were definitely the favourites, but one thing had to be seriously considered - RFR were the perpetrators of their only loss this season. In their group stage battle, they tied 1:1. It made plenty sense then that those two will meet again in the last fight of the season.

First pre-set map was Mongolia, a certain combination of Arabia and Black Forest, and it started super-promising. DarklyWise performed an excellent sneak on Tim (yes, it really seems everybody was targeting him the whole season on purpose :d), but maybe just wasn't careful enough and let his presence be known too early - even though he was literally camped inside blue's base, the damage in the end wasn't significant enough and the Chinese were slowly, but surely able to overcome the adversity, claiming the game for their side.

RFR home map was, of course, the one they succeeded on in the group stage - Black Forest, the anti-Chinese map. But maybe since they weren't the only ones to test this option against them this season, it lost its magic and possibly times are coming where there is no real weakness to the heroes of the East. Even through the dutiful walling doing their best to stop the homeless Monk flood into their bases (they tried to steal even Houses!), RFR just couldn't hold on properly, and when Frantic were already camped in the middle of their map and started overcoming the last, but very strong attempt at corralling the enemies, all the while also eating through the forest on the other side of the map, it was apparent where this game was going.

Home map for Frantic was then maybe slightly unexpected, but made a whole lot more sense when combined with Nations Cup - BCC3@Fortress with Kings flying around. RFRs, knowing their heads are on the blocks here, went into the game with right proper fervor, the same as in the first one, and it actually caught the Chinese significantly off guard again. Yellow colour was yet again chosen as the bearer of bad news, and, quite frankly, he was very close to putting an early end to one of the opponents - he just unfortunately didn't know how close. Maybe with an early snipe it could've worked, but that's always going to be just a maybe, and since Frantics weren't to be truly phased by any of this and didn't even admit the possibility of failure, they survived through this threat and are going to be known henceforth as the Champions of RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League, Season 40:

Their only conquerors this season:

Watch the Grand Finals stream

Download the Grand Finals recs and discuss them at AoCZone

Bronze Banner Battle

Before the Finals closed the gates of S40, the Semifinalists CZ Clan and New Chapter fought for the Bronze Banner. As we've said already, this was a full-on revenge match after the 0:2 the nCs suffered in their divisional clash, and so we of course expected a worthy battle. Well, it was exactly that. The Germans apparently became fond of the prolonged format, and so we yet again witnessed an epic 5-game run, with different special moments in. First Mongolia is definitely one to watch, as that ending is truly epic and a definition of a stolen game, while Crater Lake yet again showed why it's one of CZ's favourite maps. BCC3@Fortress was a tight skilled performance by nC and Scandinavia, second pre-set, showcased what it means to punish enemy mistakes - it means Scouts and Castle in their face. The decider on Baltic then was a highlight of how deadly can early surprising push be on a map like this, and confirmed that this clan is yet again going to be holding a Banner when all is done:

Watch the Bronze Banner Battle stream

Download the Bronze Banner Battle recs and discuss them at AoCZone

Congrats awarded clans and, of course, thanks to each and every clan and player who took part in this season, making it a reality, moving the community again forward. A very special thanks then also belongs to a small crew of very dedicated casters bringing you the valiant battles live - MajorQueros and klavskis have streamed so many games, and col_mongo with Genette competently seconded their efforts, while Mango yet again helped me commentating some of the games with his expert knowledge - thanks to all of you guys! (Btw clans, we've added the Banners to your Voobly clan pages as well!)

Okay, that's going to be it for Season 40 it seems - but there's been enough rest already for all of you clans, so prepare your rosters and get ready for Season 41 - sign-ups are coming as soon as this upcoming week!

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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 Season 29 Accepting Sign-Ups!

posted by Black AdderFriday, 27 October 2017

Getting near the end of the year which is a good time to launch 2017's second Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League! Last season we got brand new Champions in Fade2, and it seems like a good idea to test their skills again and dis/prove their claim on the community throne - do you have what it takes to challenge them or even simply take part in the traditional, longest running competition in AoT? Then read on and sign up!

RTS League is open to players of all skill levels, ranging from newcomers to seasoned pros, and we're proud to support the backbone of any online community - the clans. Over the years, we have gathered several returning participants with well-known names like Deities of Death, AbsoLads or Gladiadores del Mythology, but we're always keen on all the new clans that might be joining for the first time, sprinkling the competition with novelty and fresh blood - can you be the first-timer who surprises everyone and steals the prestigious Golden Banner for themselves? Give it a shot and rest assured - we'll be streaming your efforts live as we always do, providing some of the most popular streams in the community!

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How to Sign Up

To take part in Season 29 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 good attention.

Lastly, during seasons, we unfortunately also uncover foul play and need to take proper action, so here are the administrative decisions active for Season 29 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, but still re-read the rules, too, to be sure you know everything - ignorance is no excuse.

Clan Tag:
Clan Name:
Clan Website:
Number of Active 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 - you need to list them as well to allow us to properly seed the clans.

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 10th November, Season 29 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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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.

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.

Community News

Great AoT Semis Lad vs. TSM

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Don't miss - interesting maps, starting on Valley of Kings, combined with expert players make for a very entertaining experience

VIK_Vinchester's PoV with Team Comm

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While we're working on preparing the new AoC season, have a look at how the top quality clan wars look from an expert player perspective

F2 Close to Beating Lad

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AoT S25 Champions AbsoLads had a tough time defending their Title, and they very well might've been eliminated right in Quarterfinals

Memb Cast BF vs. LeO

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We're preparing to supply you with plenty of matches live on our stream in AoC S39, and we're working on getting a variety of voices

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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Like vids from a player's perspective? Enjoy this AoC match through TaToH's expert eyes - together with team communication in Spanish!

Surprise Strat Gone Wrong

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AbsoLads B were quite assuredly reaching for the win here with their very early rush, TSM_PLAYER was not to be caught off guard though :-)

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
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