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JSS Reclaim AoT Gold!

posted by Black AdderThursday, 19 January 2017

With all the games of Season 27 of RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League finished, it's time to reminisce a bit, and, of course, hand out the prestigious Banners the clans can proudly sport on their webs, profiles, T-shirts, CVs... simply anywhere they see fit :d So how did this season go?

Group Stage

S27 had a more modest and private feel to it due to the comparatively lower amount of teams, but if you look at the actual participants, you can easily see it was basically just a condensation of all the top quality the Age of Mythology community can offer - Tsunami Clan, last season Champions, 2k for jesus, the Silvers, AbsoLads, Deities of Death... All the top clans and players were involved, as usual, and that also meant the usual top quality of games played and also streamed.

Four matches per round also meant we had a good opportunity to focus and cast plenty of games even through the common overlaps, and so we saw a nice number of highly interesting clashes live, such as KeeN with DoD right in the first round, or Lad vs. TSM in the last. A quite noteworthy match also happened with JSS and KeeN, where 2k for jesus famously overcame seemingly impossible odds of having 1 TC less on a heavily boomy map Highland.

Overall Division 1 ended up having one clear favourite in AbsoLads, not losing a game and making the Title defence for Tsunami Clan quite hard, and Division 2 was the one that was unclear till the very last round, as KeeN, featuring many former TBL players, was stirring things up quite mightily.

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

Postseason

The best of the already pretty much the best of the community in the group stage advanced into the Playoffs, promising us pretty cool games with all the names involved.

Quarterfinals went rather smoothly, in DoD's case probably too smoothly in their first game with TSM, but nonetheless we saw very interesting games letting on the chances of the advancees on the colour of their potential Banners. Tyr proved to be better than Baldr, and in the Latino American clash, Gladiadores del Mythology tried their best even with special strats, allowing us to see some near-extinct Hydras, but KeeNs had their eyes riveted quite high and were not to be even just slowed down on their path to glory.

Semis were already where things got real real, as both clashes were classics showcasing the whole top line-up of the current Age of Mythology. Would you want the two toppest experts Magic and TheMista? Or the best Oranos Titou? Or spectacular TG Kronos Nyan or Hades metall0? Take your pick, all were in. All four clans put up real great efforts, yet only two could advance, and, coincidentally, both the matches ended with the same score that belied the true progress of the battles - first JSS had their revenge for last season's Finals against TSM, day later KeeN, to some surprisingly, secured their ticket by beating the so far impeccable AbsoLads.

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

Grand Finals

It was then all down to two remaining clans - 2k for jesus and KeeN, clans that have met already in the group stage with JSS coming out clearly victorious. Line-ups were ready with the expected great players, so we all strapped in and enjoyed the fun match, also setting the new RTSL streaming viewership record at 224 - thanks everyone for turning up!

Battle started on pre-set Megalopolis, a map made for defensive, but that was hardly how clans approached it - aggression was all around with the god choices, only Magic steered from that with his Eggy, but what he could not supply in actual army aggression, he supplied in his hunger for TCs, at one time eyeing even the number 5. TheMista was though all over the place with his raiding here and there, being able to deftly punish this expansionist strategy, and even though KeeN boys otherwise looked quite all right set up through their strong early play, JSS seemed to be just biding their time and waiting for the correct moment to pounce. That came with Count's famous game-deciding Ragnarök, taking their opponents aback and propelling his team to a sudden lead.

KeeNs chose as their home map Anatolia, map that has served them rather well in the past (except the teaching from DoD in the very first round :d), and from the overall civilisation choices, you would probably favour them too. Things were going kind of expectedly, JSS' early agression being turned back and transforming into a battle for their lives near Titou's home base and also their vital trade route, but then "something" happened and the curious failure to take down the Oranos Titan Gate proved to be a game deciding moment, together with JSS' ability to destroy two of the opponent ones. metall0 did all he could with 4 TCs against Count's 0, but the post-Ragna Norse wasn't about to give up, similarly to g0ld_lion who was facing 4TC TheMista with his own 2, but some good game decisions later, there was no doubt KeeNs were KNee-deep in trouble and had a mountain to climb ahead of them.

JSS' home map turned out to be Frozen Wastes, a rather popular new addition to the map pool, promising yet another aggressive game. KeeN took to the cue and attempted a bold double Athena Rush, trying to surprise their opponents, but the leading team's experience shone through, together with weirdly used Restoration, and the chances suddenly became minimal for the brave team. TheMista then rammed the message in with complete ownage of Sensuy, a last-minute switch-in thinking Wolves are gonna win it all, but no, not really :), and that meant that after some great games and season overall, the Champions and Golden Banner holders for Season 27 of RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League are:

The skilled Finalists:

Watch the Grand Finals on RTS League's Channel

Download Grand Finals recs (Voobly Balance Patch 1.05 required)

Bronze Banner Battle

The Finals though weren't the last games of the season - there were still two matches to finish. One of them was the redemption fight between AbsoLads and Tsunami Clan, bringing about yet another top level clash, and most certainly delivering on the expectations - all four games featured very good gameplay with so much raiding it was hard to follow live, and especially the first game was truly epic, with a 45min Megalopolis where Lads valiantly opposed the now former Champions against all odds. In the end though it wouldn't be TSM if they didn't claim a banner, and so they deservedly get another one to their vitrine:

Watch the Bronze Banner Battle on RTS League's Channel

Download Bronze Banner Battle recs (Voobly Balance Patch 1.05 required)

League Cup

Fight for the unique Blood-Red Banner for the best non-Playoff clan was shorter this time around, but that also meant all the more intense, as all the teams certainly had a shot at claiming it, and there was plenty of opportunity for the League Double. Gladiadores del Mythology B proved to be real DoD killers this season, toppling the B-team in the League Cup Semis after also killing the As in the division, and deservedly stood in the Finals against AbsoLads B, who were just inches from advancing into the Playoffs themselves this season. Lads had a solid run and performances overall, confirming that already against their LC Semifinal opponents Guardioes vs Titans, and so came into the very last battle of the season with confidence. Back then they didn't know it yet, but their commanding gameplay in the Finals was instrumental in securing their clan's place in the S27 Hall of Fame:

Watch the League Cup Finals on RTS League's Channel

Download League Cup Finals recs: Game 1, Game 2 (Voobly Balance Patch 1.05 required)

Fair Play Award

To reward fairness and niceness of clans is crucial in maintaining the friendly spirit of competing in RTS League. We're glad our participants are trying their best to make the games fun for both them and their opponents, and the best at doing that are, yet again:

TSM 9.0
GDM B 8.5
JSS 8.5
DoD 8.4
KeeN 8.4
Lad 8.3
Lad B 8.0
GVT 7.3
DoD B 6.8
GDM 5.5

Tsunami Clan is just the epitome of good effort in making the games fun :)


So, another season is behind us then, congratulations to all the awarded clans, and thanks to all the participants for making RTS League the best place for competitive Age of Mythology fun, and also helping us be the best source of content and live streams for the whole community! See you next season!

Btw, before we engage in another season of friendly competing, there will be a big team game event hosted at RTS-Sanctuary, so follow the web and keep your TG skillz sharp! :)

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AoT S27 Grand Finals Are Here!

posted by Black AdderFriday, 06 January 2017

The first RTS League match of this year is also going to be the very best! Season 27 of our Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League has reached its summit and we're down to just two top contenders vying for the fame and glory of being crowned the RTS League Champions!

2k for jesus and KeeN have successfully made their way through the group stage and Playoffs, and as it so happens, already met in their Division as well - JSS dominantly won 2:0, overcoming even map adversity with 1 TC less, and we're quite curious to see if KeeNs have learnt from their mistakes and will punish their opponents in revenge this time - the quality is there, but so is on the other side of the river Styx, therefore no one can really say what will happen come the battle - tune in to our live stream and you'll be the first to know!

The Grand Finals between

JSS
Adhafang
Count
Ert
Falco
HELLENIC
TheMista
Titou

and

KeeN
g0ld_lion
GreenSeaSquash
Magic
metall0
Skady

will take place this Saturday 7/1 at 18:30 GMT/19:30 CET/13:30 EST/10:30 PST/5:30 AEDT on twitch.tv/RTSLeague

The settings are Best of 5 with two pre-set maps Megalopolis and Sea of Worms RTSL, making for unusual and quite fun games!

Make sure to be online and spread the news, as this is going to be as good as it gets ;) And don't forget to follow our community channels and let us know who is your favourite to claim the prestigious Golden Banner!

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

The Bronze Banner Battle and the last two matches of the League Cup are still to be played, follow our community channels to learn when these games will take place - we'll stream them as well :)

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AoT S27: How about Some Postseason Fun?

posted by Black AdderWednesday, 14 December 2016

The extra week of group stage has successfully finished with all the matches being played this season (yay!), and so we have a free way to start the Playoffs and League Cup for RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League, Season 27! Tsunami Clan are the reigning Champions who will fight to defend their Title, but the clan with the best record to advance to the Postseason are AbsoLads, who have already proven better than them in the division! Can they carry this supremacy over to the very end, or will someone stop them in their tracks to keep the prestigious Golden Banner for themselves? We'll see in the weeks to come, so make sure to follow our community channels and mainly the live streams with the top quality Age of Mythology gameplay!

Six clans will have a go at claiming the coveted RTS League Banners:

DoD, GDM, JSS, KeeN, Lad, TSM

Playoff Bracket

and it's literally anyone's pick, all of them have quite a high quality and can surprise anyone, especially when they put their mind to preparing some special maps :) Let's see then who comes out victorious, but I guess you already have you favourites to support, so let us know in the comments your thoughts and leave a message on our community channels as well!

League Cup

No season would be complete though without the unique competition for the teams that couldn't represent their clan in the Playoffs this time around - they still have a shot at claiming the Blood-Red League Cup, and it's going to be a shorter, but all the fiercer fight between the following teams:

DoD|B, GDM|B, GVT, Lad|B

League Cup Bracket

Plenty of chances for the still unattained League Double this season, can anyone finally achieve it? Let us know your guesses!

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Info for the clans

Due to Christmas and New Year's, the second round is slated to span two weeks, otherwise each round lasts the usual one week. Check out the Playoffs and League Cup info topics in the appropriate scheduling forums for more info on the postseason.

Timetable for Playoffs:
Quarterfinals: 13-18th December
Semifinals: 19th December - 1st January
Grand Finals/Bronze Match: 2nd-8th January

Playoff Scheduling Forum

Timetable for League Cup:
Semifinals: 13-18th December
Finals: 19th December - 1st January

League Cup Scheduling Forum

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

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AoC S39 Playoffs Have Come!

posted by Black AdderWednesday, 14 December 2016

With a small delay to resolve some deciders and a few administrative issues, postseason for the 39th Season of RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League is here and it's yet again a skilled group of clans vying for the prestigious RTS League Banners! CZ Clan, the reigning Champions, are advancing with the best record from the group stage, but that doesn't mean the other competitiors don't have what it takes to take them down! Follow the Playoffs through our live streams and community channels to stay up to date with how the fighting goes!

These 12 most successful and gritty clans have made it through to the extra battles:

BF', CLB, CZ, LeO, nC, RcL, RFR, RoR, TheJedi|A, TheJedi|Z, VIK, VN

Playoff Bracket

which is an amazing assortment of talent across the community, with some interesting surprises (hello LeO ;)), but well-deserving nonetheless! Well, let's see then how things pan out - what do you think? Let us know in the comments and on our community channels!

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Info for the clans

Due to Christmas and New Year's, the second round is slated to span two weeks, otherwise each round lasts the usual one week, and concerning format, Round of 16 is standard Best of 3 (home map each clan, third on Blind Random), starting from Quarterfinals it changes into Best of 5 with two set maps - the settings are listed in the info topic in the scheduling forum.

Timetable:
Round of 16: 12-18th December
Quarterfinals: 19th December - 1st January
Semifinals: 2nd-8th January
Grand Finals/Bronze Match: 9-15th January

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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27th AoT Clan League Begins!

posted by Black AdderMonday, 31 October 2016

With present 1v1 tournaments finished, it's about time we got a different, but traditional competition under way again! RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League is ready to start its 27th edition and inject some much needed activity into the clan scene, be it through participation itself, or through the various content we bring to the community every season - our recorded games and live streams are always fun to watch, especially when we see the clans innovate and bring up some new and surprising strats :)

Last season, Tsunami Clan has returned after some time to the top spot and will be the clan to beat, and we're going to see a standard line-up of challengers like 2k for jesus, Deities of Death or AbsoLads, plus others eager to have some organised competitive entertainment above normal. So who's going to fight for the prestigious RTS League Banners?

This time it's going to be these ten brave teams:

Division 1 - DoD|B, GDM, GVT, Lad, TSM (staffed by Mirez)
Division 2 - DoD, GDM|B, JSS, KeeN, Lad|B (staffed by Chrono)

So as you can see, all the top is in, which means only one thing - the fights are again going to be quite tough and close and we're sure to get some proper quality entertainment watching the clans battle! Who do you think will succeed? Do you have some tips or even insider info? Let us know in the comments and on our community channels where does your allegiance lie:

Gl&hf to the clans, and see you with our streams! :)

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Some technical info for the clans:

All games are to be played using the Voobly Balance Patch - currently version 1.05.

Here are some older, but relatively oft-repeated issues, especially meant for new clans:
- Play only on your main nickname, and under your clan's tag.
- Do not forget to 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 6th November, this time we don't need two weeks, each round lasts the customary 1 week, Monday-Sunday - the concrete dates are stated in the Guide and will be added to the schedules themselves. Each Round is to be finished within its designated week, extensions are not automatic and you need to ask your staffer for them and they need to be supported with a sufficient reason - we want to keep the competition running smoothly.

Gl&hf and may the skill be with you!

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Sign Up for 27th AoT Clan League!

posted by Black AdderSunday, 09 October 2016

As our AoC Clan League has successfully started just about a week ago, it's also time for her little sister to prove she's more than a valuable part of the family, too! RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League is here to kick up the activity in the community and bring about the best clan wars around yet again, together with tons of community content like live streams and YouTube vids, and, of course, plenty of recs and discussions on all kinds of topics - can Tsunami Clan repeat what they did several seasons ago and defend their Title? Will individual skill be enough to overcome quality teamplay? Who is going to be the dark horse of this season? So many questions to ask, yet only one way to answer them - through RTS League battles!

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RTS League has proven time and again its irreplaceable position in the community, supplying clans of all skill levels with a place for friendly competing, looking to make sure fun is the main thing you'll experience when playing here - returning clans and new ones joining regularly confirm that if you're a part of any such organisation, you want to give us a look and convince your clanmates to join the prestigious competition running for 15 years already and definitely not stopping - RTS League :)

Are you ready to give it a shot then? To join in the Golden Banner race and have some top quality clan war fun, getting a chance to play also against the best skillers in the game? Then gather your clanmates and sign up for Season 27 of the traditional Age of Mythology Clan League with history as long as the game itself - live your chance for glory!

News for Season 27

We are actively looking into enhancing our pool of available maps, as not only last season has proven that they make the gameplay quite interesting and also fun, so we're interested in introducing more viable options for you clans to choose from. We have a few candidates for addition into our official mapset, both from the Tale of the Dragon expansion and other community sources, and if they should make an appearance this season already, we'll let you know the specifics as we decide on them, we're still debating certain aspects. What maps would you like to see added? Feel free to drop a message and let us know.

Otherwise as usual, we'll be using the current tested version of the Voobly Balance Patch - this means 1.05 right now.

Now back to the sign-ups!

To take part in Season 27 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 27 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 27 you need to be aware of:

- Player "reDo" is banned for life for multiple serious cases of malicious smurfing. Any clan found to be actively using him in League games will be subject to severe penalties or immediate disqualification. Be sure to know who is playing for you.

And when you've checked all these points and you're ready to join, then again make sure that your clan meets the criteria listed above and within the rules and simply post the following sign-up form (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).

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

B(C, etc.)-teams need to supply their complete roster as well to allow us to gauge their strength so that we know where to seed them. Please also pay special attention to the guidelines on Guest Players found in Rule 4.

Please sign up your clan only if you seriously want to take part in the League, do not sign up inactive clans or clans with too few players to actually meaningfully compete. Clans that drop out during the season will be excluded from the next one/s.

Sign-ups will be closed on Friday 21st October, Season 27 will start the following week.

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

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

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

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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!

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RTS League is the foremost and longest running "Age of" clan competition ever, with a history of hosting numerous other strategy games (like StarCraft II, Empire Earth, and Dawn of War) in the past. Fun and friendliness are the prominent aspects of RTS League, with the unquestionable prestige and fame the triumph brings to the top finishing clans following close behind.

TSM Rule AoT Clans - Look Back at S26

posted by Black AdderThursday, 06 October 2016

With the 26th season of RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League finished already at the start of July, it's high time to think about a new edition of the best clan-based competition around - but before that, we owe you a proper look back at what happened in the months before - and also the banners! Strap in for a long ride along the memory lane :) (Or scroll down for the banners and next season info :d)

Group Stage

With clans being increasingly more committed to proper and responsible participation in RTS League, respecting its unique role in the community, we again saw a rather well-ran season with low amount of problems and quite a few a good, and also downright exciting and excellent, match-ups.

One of those happened right in the first round between the reigning Champions AbsoLads and Organization of Natural Uppers, where the challengers chose an unusual home map - Sudden Death - to try and surprise their opponents, and they were quite close to actually succeeding. Looking back at things, special maps, or rather not-usual-Random maps, were a serious theme this season, with plenty of clans making use of the opportunity to train for their home map to give them an advantage - something that has been present in RTS League since its very beginning, but lately kind of ignored and sometimes even scorned upon with no good reason.

These special maps then resulted in some rather fun games for the participants, but also the viewers who had the opportunity to witness many of the clashes live - 51 matches were streamed live to be exact! To name some that were played on the special maps, FROST took it upon themselves to represent their name with aggressive Frozen Wastes, and we have also seen increasingly popular Sacred Pond from JSS, Acropolis and Vinlandsaga from F2, or Sea of Worms from Mor0nZ and Ghostland with Molde from Lad|B - really an unusual amount of unusual maps, but we were definitely glad to see clans tackle on such a wide variety of battlefields.

Concerning the results, the concentration of high quality teams made for intriguing matches right in the divisions, and clashes such as TSM vs. DoD for the n1 spot in Division 3 or basically any duels between the top 4 in Division 2 were quite fun to see, and had pretty strong implications for the Postseason fights.

The only clan finishing with zero losses were the defending Champions AbsoLads, but behind them, it was a real ferocious contest for who will have the right to play in the Finals and potentially claim the Title - this season, it was anyone's pick.

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

Playoff

The top 4 seeded clans were all former Champions - AbsoLads, Deities of Death, 2k for jesus and Tsunami Clan. Plus another Golden club The Brazilian Legend. And to challenge them, another bunch of skillers in Fade2 and B-teams of AbsoLads and Deities of Death. Quite literally the very best Age of Mythology can offer.

With such, we might have expected that there might be some surprises, but maybe not in the places where they came - F2 played a rather excellent Quarterfinal against the reigning Champs, and were so close to reaching for the advance that it can be considered only bad luck that they didn't and Lads made their way into the Semis in the end, but only by a very frail gait that let on that their path might not be as easy as many maybe expected.

The second fun Quarterfinal then happened on the other side of the bracket, where DoD|B cleverly used their home map to do something assuredly no one expected - they picked King of the Hill. You heard right. King of the Hill. And it went exactly as you'd expect :D JSS, possibly co-favourites for the Golden Banner, suddenly found themselves in an awkward situation having to play a decider where you never know what the gods will throw in your way - fortunately for them though, they got their home map again, which sure made things a bit easier :)

A memorable game then definitely is the Molde from TSM vs. Lad|B, decided at about 5mins gametime by a very brave attempt from the Bs :)

All this meant that Semifinals featured pretty much the expected quartet, and also quite hot match-ups. Both of them were neck-to-neck, and nobody could be sure who would emerge victorious, as really, the talent was on all four sides and details, and home maps, would decide who goes through.

Valley of Kings with Blind Pick as the first pre-set map turned out to be a good choice for diversity, as it forced players to think about what and how to do, and it resulted in an unprecedented event that will be forever etched into the annals of history - TSM didn't play with two Zeuses. PLAYER played something else than Zeus in RTS League. Fen as well. And they won. Imagine that.

This, of course, set them on a good course, and when Lad chose Vinlandsaga as their home map, apparently without prior preparation, fear of the Champions was palpable in the air. Even through that though, they still possess an immense amount of skill, and that meant that it took TSM all their strength to win here, and they couldn't be sure if even their iconic Medit home map will be enough to close the deal. It wasn't. Lads punished their opponents and set themselves on a comeback, but since Highland, the second preset map, also required special preparation, it was basically anyone's map. The fight was tense, but the Champions' way ended one step away from the Grand Finals.

The other Semis then promised a rather catchy confrontation of TheMista with JSS and Magic with DoD, and that's what we got in four editions. Yeah, the games were as cool as they sound :), but not only because of those two, but because both clans are up to the roof with talent, and so we could've expected some extraordinary events.

Right the first game, the famed Valley of Kings, was yet again awesome, as even though DoD prepared a special strat, JSS were able to counter it, especially thanks to an excellently fast and powerful Rag from Count that was one for the textbooks (which he actually created for Thor :d). This though wasn't all that the Deities prepared for their heretical opponents, as their home Anatolia, a map you don't really see played all that much in RTSL, brought them a rather quick and decisive victory through their strong Eggies.

In a tie, monogod followers went with time-tested Medit, and even though DoD regularly prepare for this oft-chosen battlefield, they are still to crack a reliable way to win here, but we cannot say they weren't close - they even got a bit of help along the way with probably the most epic Titan fail you're going to see in a competitive game (Chef says he was concentrating on microing something else, but... yeeeeaaaaaahhhhh :d), but JSS' experience with this map proved to be just too strong.

The last game on Highland was then a duel very worthy of the later stages of RTS League, with great smart plays from both sides and a struggle so mighty that it took 40 minutes to decide. JSS prevailed, but saying this match deserved a fifth game is no understatement.

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

Grand Finals

The last match of the season was pretty much anyone's to win, as it featured two clans with quite similar overall strategies and god choices - we all love Zeus :) Through the previous rounds, it seemed that Tsunami Clan were putting a lot of effort into map preparation, looking very poised to claim the Title - against them though stood time-tested team game experts from 2k for jesus, able to battle through many a tough situation.

Team Migration is a very fun map, as it offers something that you don't really see ever in normal play, and as such provides a unique challenge to the players to see if they're worthy of the prestigious RTS League banners. Yet again, TSMs forwent their Zeus bias (such blasphemy!), and it again paid off, as PLAYER's surprising fast Mythic with his Loki was basically the deciding factor of the game.

What followed was an almost unusually common battle on Marsh (if it wasn't for the expert players), that after some tough fights and unlucky scouting+timings went again for the Brazilian-Portuguese-Swiss trio, and some could've been worried that it all might end rather unexpectedly soon. But that wouldn't be JSS, their Finals take 5 games, always :)

The comeback started to materialise where else than on Medit, a supposed home map of both clans, but obviously only one can be the true master here, and there was really rather little doubt who that is, as that was an unusually quick win on this map on such a high level of gameplay.

What followed was another one for the history books, a 40+minute Lamia (always delivers!), with Ert probably sprouting more than a few grey hair in the process. The pressure from Fen was that nasty, and for like half a game, it seemed TSMs are just inches from victory, but somehow, bit by bit (and with a cool cliff artillery position), JSS kept nabbing from the cake until they ate it whole. As close a fight as you're gonna get.

All this purposeful violence culminated in a decider on Savannah, which, by my humble opinion, could have very well been decided by a seemingly small play at a time when TheMista was advancing into Classical - the small, but clearly significant harassment by Atlantis' Oracles put a dent into his early game, and we all know that in expert games, small things matter, and they snowball, and this was exactly that case. Even though Mista recovered and went on a serious rampage through the opponents' bases, threatening to end the game and match in a grand manner, the overall teamplay was simply not ideal from that early moment, and it finally caught up with JSS, also through pretty gritty perseverance of TSM. The comeback was not to be finished, and after five beautiful team games, the Champions of RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League, Season 26 became:

The honourable Finalists:

Watch the Grand Finals on RTS League's Channel

Download Grand Finals recs (Voobly Balance Patch 1.04 required)

The Bronze Banner then deservedly belongs to:

League Cup

We wouldn't be complete in our recount of last season's history without the unique League Cup! This season there was again a very strong chance for a League Double that has no one achieved yet, as both AbsoLads and Deities of Death were not only fighting with two teams in the Playoffs, but also with C-teams here. AbsoLads C in the end made it to the League Cup Finals through the perilous road, and here they met with Gladiadores del Mythology, a clan that maybe had a thought about playing in the top tier this season. This meant that Lads had to come prepared, and they sure did, as if anyone considered GDM clear favourites, he was quickly proven wrong, because Lad|C gave it their all, and after leading 1:0, they were looking if they can add another award to their clan's vitrine. GDM's Semis against tough FROST though fortified their self-confidence, and so after tying the match up, the last game found its true way into their hands as well:

Watch the League Cup Finals on RTS League's Channel

Download League Cup Finals recs: Game 1, Game 2, Game 3 (Voobly Balance Patch 1.04 required)

Fair Play Award

And we're finishing with the award for the clan that is the most fun to play with - RTS League is all about providing you a place for some fun competitive entertainment, and as such, we strive to promote such values in the participating clans as well - the Fair Play Award then helps to see how that goal is being fulfilled, and which clans and players are the true embodiment of niceness and friendly competing. This time, two clans managed to be equally cool in face of their opponents, and so we will be handing out two Blue Banners:

DoD|C 8.8
TSM 8.8
DoD 8.5
FROST 8.5
GDM 8.5
F2 8.3
Lad|C 8.3
GDM|B 8.1
Lad|B 8.1
DoD|B 8.0
JSS 8.0
Lad 7.3
Mysteria 7.3
KeeN 6.5
TBL 6.5
Mor0nZ 5.7
ONU 4.3

Thanks to Deities of Death C for making playing here fun! And being the Champions and also the Fair Play Award Winners at the same time - all we can say is: well done, Tsunami Clan!


Well, that's about it then, all the clans that earned it are decorated, and, as usual, we now congratulate the successful clans and give many thanks to all the participant clans and teams who helped make this season as great as it was - so congrats and thanks! :)

Hope to see you all next season that will start sign-ups really, really shortly :)

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AoC Season 39 Gets Going!

posted by Black AdderSaturday, 01 October 2016

It's time! RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League is yet again kicking off to determine which clan deserves the honour of being called the very best in the whole of AoC!

CZ Clan is the Champion to beat, and with their recent high quality training games, it's going to be quite a challenge to take them down, but it wouldn't be RTS League without plenty of teams attempting exactly that - to claim their place in history of our beloved game! Names such as New Chapter, Run Forrest Run or The Jedi Masters are always around, but this time they are joined with a host of clans completely new to our League, which is truly great to see - spreading the fun of top quality clan wars far and wide is a dream come true :)

So, who's up for a bit of a challenge?

Division 1 - CLB, CZ, LyF, NPC, RED, SlipKn0T, VN
Division 2 - CSA, FOX, LeO, NHN, RFR, TheJedi|Z, THERI
Division 3 - kLu|B, nC, RoR, SlayeR, TheJedi|A, VCS
Division 4 - ADAoE, BF', ByT, RcL, VIK, VLNS, WSq

Plenty of clans to choose from to support - and when you've taken your pick, closely follow our community channels to see how your favourite is doing - you especially don't want to miss the numerous live streams we'll be preparing for you on our two channels, and possibly even others like Voobly :)

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Well then, gl&hf clans, and may the skill be with you!

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Technical info for the clans

Divisions 1+4 will be staffed by robo, 2+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 39 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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AoC Season 39 Eager to Start - Sign Your Clan Up!

posted by Black AdderWednesday, 07 September 2016

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

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

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

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

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And how to sign up then?

To take part in Season 39 and have a chance at the fun (and the Banners :) ), your clan will need to fit a few conditions to ensure you would be a positive contribution to the League.

First you will need a Clan Operator - the guy/gal representing you in the competition, scheduling your matches with the opponents and communicating with League staffers on your behalf. This person should be reliable, responsible and available regularly, every day if at all possible. Proper and timely communication is the key here. You can, of course, have more than 1 Clan Operator to cover for each other :)

Then you must have at least 6 active players ready to participate - this is to ensure you are able to complete your matches regularly even if some of your heroes happen to be temporarily unavailable.

Further you need to be familiar with the League rules. Read them carefully. The only slight novelty for this season we're still discussing could be the addition of some map packs to the map pool as home maps if both clans agree, but otherwise we're not currently planning anything else - read the rules again anyway though, last season there were again some unnecessary situations that could've been avoided ;)

And when you've checked all these points and you're ready to join, then again make sure that your clan meets the criteria listed above and within the rules and simply post the following sign-up form (if you're new and need an account first, follow the instructions up top under the menu and we'll get it done). Returning clans need just to confirm the participation (and re-read the rules, just in case).

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

Please sign your clan up only if you seriously want to take part in the League, do not sign up inactive clans or clans with too few players to actually meaningfully compete. Clans that drop out during the season will be excluded from the next one/s.

Sign-ups will be closed on Sunday 18th (extended to Friday 23rd September!), Season 39 will start the following week.

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

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

You can check the games played in RTS League at the RTS League's Replays Archive or in the dedicated forum at AoCZone where you can also discuss them. Visit our YouTube channel for previously streamed League matches, including the Grand Finals of Season 38 between CZ and LoS.

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robo Joins Our AoC Staff

posted by Black AdderTuesday, 30 August 2016

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

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

Welcome and gl&hf in admining!


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

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

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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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