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Title Getting Close - First AoR Playoffs Begin!

posted by Black AdderWednesday, 24 October 2018

Seems the first Season of RTS League's Age of Empires II: Rise of the Rajas Clan League started on the right foot as we have seen top level gameplay all around with some real memorable matches along the way, including the very season premiere and also closing matches to the Group Stage (and plenty in-between, of course) - now it's time to crank it all up even more: Playoffs are here. The best clans of the best will fight for the prestigious Banners and it's really up in the air who will be successful in this 17th year of competing with RTS League - just take a look at all the names and guess which one could be making it all the way, we dare you:

Arg, ByT, CM', CZ, FOX, Gaucho, Heresy, nC, NHN, RBTV, RFR, RoR, Straya, VN, Weljet, WOTC

Playoff Bracket

You may have your favourites, but rest assured, there are plenty of players ready to prove you wrong, and so you would do well to cheer your chosen clan all the way as they will need your support on their difficult path - you can do that right here in the comments, or of course during the numerous live streams we'll provide on our channel twitch.tv/RTSLeague and we're sure there are going to be some PoVs as well based on what players are playing - and if you're really into things, then you'll find more content to talk about and like on our Facebook and Twitter as clans get into the heat of battle - just follow us everywhere (also e.g. YouTube) and you won't miss a thing (or lurk and have fun anyway, either is good :d).

As the first games are getting scheduled and it seems Thursday is the first playing day, all that remains is to wish gl&hf everyone, and may the best clan win! :)

Important note to clans that haven't made it into the Playoffs - based on initial plans and positive feedback, we're thinking of hosting the premiere AoEII League Cup, i.e. a postseason competition for non-Playoff clans - please be vigilant as we might try to contact you, or give us a hoot right off if you're interested so that we don't dally around :)

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Info for the clans

First and foremost congrats on advancing forward in the tournament!

Concerning the format, it's the standard as usual, Round of 16 is 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: 22nd-28th October
Quarterfinals: 29th October - 4th November
Semifinals: 5-11th November
Grand Finals/Bronze Match: 12-18th November

If you're wondering how the Playoff seeding was decided, we follow a few simple rules: reached position in the Division, reached points total (taking into account different sizes of Divisions and their development if needed), results of match-ups within the division, first and second from one division can meet only in the Finals, 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 was again really high and it keeps getting higher, so there really isn't any "easy" path to the Gold for anyone :) The lone advancing fourth spot was then pretty clear this time around.

Just going to leave this here again, we have again seen some questions - no restarts in RTS League unless a bad mapscrew like obstructed gold and such.

That's it then - you're already nicely scheduling, so no need to remind you of that, therefore let's "just" have some proper AoEII fun! :)

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

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Would You Like to Get Involved and Help Us and the Community?

We're always on the lookout for engaged players, new active staffers can help us run the competitions better, artistically gifted people would make things nicer, technical skillers could make our web and services to the community so much better!

If you think you can help, give us a hit (don't forget to change the addressee nick to Black Adder) and we can talk it through, we would especially be super-glad for assistance with the web, as we're sure you can see for yourself :)

Want to Help Us Do More for You and the Community? Sling Us! :)

Since we're continually receiving very positive feedback from players enjoying playing with us, we feel you'd welcome us to do more for you and the community - we feel the same and would like to help you have even more fun with competitions we host, and so have opened a few options how you could assist in hosting new tournaments or Leagues in the spirit of RTS League - your support will be the foundation of something good and fun for everyone :) If you decide to level up your team play and sling us, open the Diplomacy menu or use the on-stream options on our channel :) (If you have specific ideas, give us a message and we'll work something out.)

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.

The Battle Has Begun! AoR Season 1 Is On

posted by Black AdderSaturday, 18 August 2018

Here we go then - step into a new direction. But is it really? It's still the same old game, played by the same (sometimes old) players and in the same, at this point pretty much ancient, community, of which we are an inseparable part since way back in 2001, just with a few new toys - can those make for a completely new experience and upend the status quo established after 41 seasons of RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League?

That's kind of what we're looking to find out here with the brand new Rise of the Rajas Clan League, so let's get down to it, as it's not going to resolve itself - it will take all the skills and effort the players from all across the Age of Empires community can muster to see the best clans climb the treacherous competition all the way to the coveted Banners designated for the tops - and the prestige of succeeding in the true Clan Championship coming with them!

This premiere season is going to be a bit different than the previous AoC seasons, as we have just a few clans with multiple teams, and a lot of new clans coming forward to become part of history - that's great to see, as it means more connected community and more engagement all around :)

We have seen 38 sign-ups in total, and even though we had to clear up a few things with some, resulting in the delay (we just really take care with checking the clans out and trying to make sure the spirit of the competition holds true), in the end we were able to work through the issues and didn't find a reason to disallow any applicant right from the start - we will though, as always, keep a vigilant eye on the proceedings to make sure things are working out. After a careful deliberation from many angles, we have seeded the clans into these five Divisions:

Division 1 - CZ, Gaucho, MeX, Rus_F, Straya, VLNS, Weljet (staffed by Andorin)
Division 2 - DaRs, Eycofcu, kLu, nC, RoR, SURU, VN (staffed by Abraxas)
Division 3 - Arg|B, CiD, CM', LoS, RFR, Straya|B, TK, VN|B (staffed by Poxo)
Division 4 - Arg, ByT, BzK, CHI, LAT, LyF, NHN|B, RBTV (staffed by Abraxas)
Division 5 - CoS, CRG, DaM, NHN, QlS, R'C, stsn, WOTC (staffed by Andorin)

The level is quite high, with many top skilled 1v1 and mainly team players participating, but with RTS League's specifics (well, pretty much being played as you play your standard games every day :d), surprises are often not too far away and time and again we see seeming favourites stumble and lose a game to the underdogs! The long-term format (we're a League, after all :)) is great at that, as it measures consistency over time, which is not something everyone can achieve, and so opportunities arise for those with deeper line-ups, or a solid plan. And in the end, just having good fun and playing with true experts of the game, that's also worth something, and not a common opportunity - that's how skill improvement is achieved :)

Well then, do you have your clan to root for already, or a tip who will win it all? Make sure to let us know on our Facebook and Twitter where we're preparing a continuous coverage of all the rounds and interesting things going on in the League (you could've noticed our clan introductions already) - and yeah, we'll stream a lot of it live on twitch.tv/RTSLeague and twitch.tv/RTSLeague2 as well, with uploads to YouTube after - follow all that to not miss a thing :) (We're also sure there will be plenty of PoV streams from the players themselves if that's your groove :), and if you'd like an opportunity to help us stream the games live, do message us, as we'd like to hear from you and see how to help you out.)

Gl&hf then everyone, and may the best clan win!

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Technical info for the clans

We're entering new waters, so yet again, really do read the Rules in full and especially, especially the changed parts - we have prepared an explanation post for you to help you with that. We have also put together a Mapguide showcasing all the new Random Maps coming with the expansions.

Here are some important new and also standard "old," yet relatively oft-forgotten topics, especially meant for new clans, but definitely not just, as yet again, we have novelties for everyone this time:
- Play only on your Main Nickname, and under your clan's tag. Do NOT smurf. Do NOT hide on some random secondary nick.
- Come to matches BEFORE the actual playtime. This is a common sense thing, but from this season, the actual rule has changed to really ram the point home, and you are to be match-ready, i.e. ready to launch, at the match time. Scheduled time is not the time when you suddenly remember you are to play. You remember that way before.
- Do not forget to upload games 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 :) We ask your patience with our uploader, it's not as advanced as at other places, but it tries its best :d Don't be mean to it and try to fill in the info diligently :)
- 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 ;) Same goes for slinging if you'd prefer playing without it. Quite frankly, the atmosphere and matches here should be quite similar to your run-of-the-mill games :)

New Clan Operators amongst us, check your forum PMs if you haven't yet 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 1 in your division's scheduling forum explaining both the basics and the advanced stuff that you need to know for proper participation (including the group stage timetable). In case of any questions regarding the League, do not hesitate to contact your division or any other staffer.

Links you might want to keep are League standings and the schedule for your division (Division 1, Division 2, Division 3, Division 4, Division 5). You can reach both of these also by selecting the appropriate competition in the Leagues menu, schedules are then available below the respective division's table.

Scheduling forums:
Division 1
Division 2
Division 3
Division 4
Division 5

Gl&hf and may the skill be with you!

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Would You Like to Get Involved and Help Us and the Community?

We're always on the lookout for engaged players, new active staffers can help us run the competitions better, artistically gifted people would make things nicer, technical skillers could make our web and services to the community so much better!

If you think you can help, give us a hit (don't forget to change the addressee nick to Black Adder) and we can talk it through, we would especially be super-glad for assistance with the web, as we're sure you can see for yourself :)

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.

New Chapter Begins - Rise of the Rajas Clan League, Season 1 Is Here

posted by Black AdderSunday, 15 July 2018

After incredible, truly incredible 17 years of continuous clan leagues in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors, RTS League enters another era, an era where the community moves ahead with its game and a new competition is desired - after 41! seasons where you could have seen all the top players of any given time, all the way back from 2001, fight for the prestigious Titles and Banners of the RTS League Champions, we're resetting the counters and beginning from 1 again. Don't shed a tear though, as we all know it's really the Season 42, just trying to be fancy and young again, exactly as the game is attempting to be - and RTS League cannot let its life-long friend and compatriot Age of Empires II win, can it? ;)

With the onset of one of the greatest things the community has achieved in recent years - mod WololoKingdoms allowing the wide-spread use of the new expansions in the competitive community on Voobly, interest is now firmly in this area of the game, as we have confirmed already during last season's sign-ups in our questionnaire. And so we follow, as we always have - RTS League has always been the competition for the players, by the players, and as such has served to support the community over the years in all kinds of times - all those times high and low, higher and even lower, have taught us one simple thing that is the cornerstone of what RTS League is, its spirit and at this point also a mission - think of the players first, and they will return the favour.

We are glad for your continued support and that you find your fun and enjoyment with RTS League's Clan Leagues, and so we hope to give you more of the same, with a new name and a few other things as well - let's see what the new age will bring as we open sign-ups for

RTS League's Age of Empires II: Rise of the Rajas Clan League, Season 1

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What Is New, What Is the Same, What Will the New Season Be

As we have said, Season 42 is not really that far off the mark - we're not doing summersaults with the format or the rules, we know what you like and why you play RTS League, and we're certainly not going to do away with that - seeded group stage, playoffs, 2 games each round, home map choosing from the random maps, all that remains as you like it, we just updated things for the new expansions, and in the process used the opportunity to address a few more to improve your quality of experience. We have prepared a thorough list of rule changes and provided an explanation why we undertook them and what we aim to achieve with them - we really cannot recommend enough to read through them all, and the whole set of rules, as we are a different competition from all others in the community, and at least one of the new things is now distinct from before, and it's also one you'll encounter in every match - it pertains to arriving to matches on time. I'm pretty sure you already know what it could be talking about ;)

Overall though our main aim with the premiere season is to be a true, real litmus paper as to the state of the game and the competitive community in all its facets, seeing what the true meta is and what the strong and weak points look like. If you follow the competitive scene (well, you wouldn't be here if you didn't), you know that pretty much most of the tournaments bend the game in one way or another - be it special maps, civ drafting or even down-right modding of the game, so realistically the balance of the civilisations and the game overall is mostly based on incomplete information. Since RTS League has always been signified by a free-to-play approach, allowing clans and players to utilise many different weapons at their disposal coming naturally with the game, we hope to serve the community as a way to see, confirm, disprove all kinds of ideas about the gameplay.

As always, we will be bringing you the games live on our channels twitch.tv/RTSLeague and RTSLeague2, with many other streams across the community as usual (RTS League is the haven of PoVs and we support them as we can), and we will do our best to push the uploads to YouTube as fast as possible, but besides that, we aim to provide a regular, diverse coverage of the games and clans on our community Facebook and Twitter to engage everyone who loves Age of Empires - follow us to be in the know and what things are going on with your own clan or the favourites you support, or if you just like the competitive scene :) Expect more announcements on the extracurricular activities as well.

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So, How Do You Sign Up for RTS League Season 1?

To take part in Season 1 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 (it's actually recommended, or at least have a designated back-up within your clan) :)

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 and in the explanation. Read them carefully - ignorance is no excuse. Really not, help save both you and us a headache of potential disputes. We are different from other competitions, for example in no vetoes.

Lastly, during seasons, we unfortunately also uncover foul play and need to take proper action, so here are the administrative decisions active for Season 1 you need to be aware of:

- Sick Tacticz clan is on probation for the next active season - serious transgression can result in immediate disqualification.
- 'sT_Mike is on probation for the next active season. He is also recommended not to be a Clan Operator.

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). This time, everyone needs to fill a full sign-up form, even returning clans - we're turning a new leaf here.

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:

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 27th July, then we usually need about a week to set things up, and Season 1 would start after - start of August sounds interesting (we regularly encounter very tricky situations that need 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 then, 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 AoEZone 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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Would You Like to Get Involved and Help Us and the Community?

We're always on the lookout for engaged players, new active staffers can help us run the competitions better, artistically gifted people would make things nicer, technical skillers could make our web and services to the community so much better!

If you think you can help, give us a hit (don't forget to change the addressee nick to Black Adder) and we can talk it through, we would especially be super-glad for assistance with the web, as we're sure you can see for yourself :)

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.

Gaucho, the Champions - Look Back at AoC Season 41

posted by Black AdderSaturday, 19 May 2018

With talks of the new season already in the air, let's properly close up RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League Season 41 and reminisce on its progress and its memorable moments - as usual, in the longest running and prominent community-driven competition in Age of Empires there was no shortage of fun to be had for clans of all skill levels, but also for the viewers who joined us in our live streams - with the help of the players themselves, we were able to get whole 80 battles streamed, which is a solid number of hours of real clan wars fought by the players for one reason only - to enjoy the game we all love :) And there was also the reason of winning the prestigious Golden Banner for the best clan in the community... :d

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So what has the 17th year of excellence already brought? First and foremost a return to more Divisions than one page can handle due to the number of participants, and then of course epic matches and hopefully also experiences of players, including getting to play even against top experts they would otherwise have a hard time finding a game against - that's one of the perks of our system and what helps gel the community together, because no matter the skill, we're still all just players with similar thoughts at heart :) (Like "this was a good plan, how did we lose?" :d)

Season 41 had 6 Divisions worth of clans and from the moment we seeded them, it was apparent the high-quality trend is not stopping as we again saw top expert names signed up, and much more importantly the best, and some of the longest running as well, clans in the community were again ready to do battle against all others to carve their name into the ever-growing pedestal of RTS League Champions. Names like New Chapter, CZ Clan, Arg or Vikingos Nómadas amongst organisations and Nicov, Fedex, Spaden, cloud or TaToH and many more amongst individuals are just some you could have witnessed play and do their best, and they sure did leave their mark on the season - besides them though, we have seen new clans signing up or even old ones coming back to fight again - Revenge Of Knight, BuzZ, Eycofcu or Doomclan were just some of those. Simply a full snapshot of the community from all corners of the world :)

Group Stage

With so many Divisions, it was clear the fight for Postseason is going to be quite intense, and it was, as for example in Division 2 we had a threesome that was quite tricky to decide who deserves the spot in the Playoffs - it resulted into a pretty big surprise, when CZ Clan, a solid Banner-grabber in the past several seasons, didn't make the cut and will have to start their streak anew. Eycofcu and Arg were simply better this season, and BlackForest even above them, confirming the high level of competition we have.

Other Divisions were also often about singular points and mutual match-ups, and sometimes also a bit of adminning, as Sick Tacticz faced a few struggles we had to look into and help them (and other clans to keep things fair and uphold the rules) with - they still made it through as was expected from their line-ups, but the seeding positions suffered and so they ended up playing pretty tough first rounds there.

The best result in the group stage was achieved by one of the favourites of the season Clan Gaucho, whose A didn't lose a single game and were set real top for the Banner-run. They overall signed up 5 teams, of which, maybe a bit surprisingly, even B advanced and, well, as you'll see later, made a bit of a name for themselves :) Otherwise there were a few others with multiple teams in (for example Clan Chile stands out with four), though some did struggle to finish the season properly, and so we'll make sure to help them consolidate their line-ups for further seasons (ie not so many teams), as dropping out sucks for everyone, so we'll try to improve on that.

Notable achievements then come for example from Birras y Tapas, The New Hellhunters or classic top clans Run Forrest Run, New Chapter and Vikingos Nómadas, with returning Revenge Of Knight following suit - they all left barely any doubt as to their belonging to the créme de la créme, and secured their Playoff spots with solid performances all around. Worthy mentions though also go to for example Team Australia pulling through from a second place in a pretty complicated div, and several clans being just on the precipice, fighting real hard, and almost making it through the cut, but falling just so short - The Slayers, The Jedi Masters or Rulers of Rome are exactly in that rank. Next season can easily see them replace some of the above.

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

Playoffs

Top 16 advanced, and with the already mentioned exceptional quality, right here we had tough matches and surprises.

The biggest one sure was the starting Odyssey (or Illiad? :)) of Clan Gaucho B knocking out the third seeded New Hellhunters in a decider on Blind Random that happened to be their successful home map again (remember this for later :d) - talk about an underdog (seed 14) living the dream :) It was all well-deserved though, as in RTS League, if you want to succeed, you need to be capable at a whole range of maps, and quite frankly, preparation does pay off, as we're teaching the community for years and years now.

Tough battles ensued also in a pitched match-up between Killerz and Birras y Tapas, both sporting pretty solid not only teamgame line-ups (2k ratings flying around), and Run Forrest Run with Eycofcu, last season Silvers against a new clan entering with a boom - the ambitions were certainly high for the Turkish, and for a pretty good reason, though again, experience pays off, and the Swedes have that in spade(n)s - next season though, we're sure everyone will be on their guard against the newcomers, as they should be :)

Quarterfinals saw the next chapter of the ancient epic adapted into Latino American realities, with insanely similar progress foiling BlackForest's very good season that they were sure hoping would be even better - but Gaucho|B got the match into the decider (this time a fifth game) again, and, again, got their home map from Blind Random - Team Islands, the map of gods apparently. Well, congrats I guess :dd

Another top match of the season as far as entertainment goes was then played between Clan Arg and Run Forrest Run, as it really doesn't get any more nail-biting than with a clan being this || close to getting to the Banner fights with excellent performance, only to have the rug ripped from under them by a right proper sweep of the remaining games. RFR seem to love long and tight matches, as this certainly wasn't the first of theirs, and, well, is not really the last either. Props to Arg though for a solid season and it seems they have found their true mettle again and are fully back in the top fights.

The last two Quarterfinals were then controlled outings by Gaucho A and New Chapter, whose way through the Playoffs has so far been unhindered - well, they were the top seeds, so figures :) But maybe unhindered is a bit strong word, as in Round of 16, they faced the 'sT teams, which was a real test because with 2k++ line-ups, Sick Tacticz have a right to challenge anyone. Just confirms how well prepared the two contenders were. The next fights in line then meant the end station for ByT and InLove, who couldn't find a way how to crack their opponents' armour, even through the well-earned, deep way into the competition - especially the Chileans were to be followed as a consistently strong group of players, eliminating reborn RVK in Ro16.

We're now in Semifinals, which decide the quality of your Banner. Gaucho|B took their team boat quite far, but it was time to face a legend, a clan from the depths of Age of Empires and RTS League history - New Chapter. Germany A left no doubt as to their legacy of a clan that collects Semifinal appearances and Banners from them, and once and for all ended the Argentinian fairy tale, continuing their undefeated run in the Playoffs. This is also after a long time finally a, well, Final appearance for them, as they were multiple times just short of the top fight of the season, but now it all clicked for them at last.

On the other side of the bracket, Run Forrest Run were fighting for the second chance on the Title in a row - Gaucho was a tough nut to crack though, with their so far impeccable performance. But probably using the experience from similarly tough match-up and situation from Season 40 against Frantic in the Finals and also group stage, they fought well and were able to make the favourites worry - their Black Forest strategy worked and they tied the match at 1-1. The remainder though went according to light-blue plan, and possibly wisened by the first loss of the season, confirming this to be no walk in the park for them, they closed the deal without relinquishing further game.

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

Grand Finals

And so, after months of competing and testing their skills against opponents of different ilks, two best clans emerged, and they met on the battlefield - Clan Gaucho A and New Chapter.

The Finals started on a pre-set map called Connected Islands from the UltraRandom mapset, providing water gameplay, but with a twist allowing early land battles or other kinds of shenanigans. Game was right proper tense and long, with even the land battles and sneaks taking place, making for a nice opening to the Golden fight. nCs held really well and there were moments where you could've thought it should've been over, but when you're fighting for such prestige, such thoughts are not allowed and you battle with what you have - exactly like the Germans, but, well, also the Argentinians. They were able to slowly bit by bit gain more and more traction, and when we were well above the hour mark and resources started to significantly dwindle (well they were kind of gone :d), they finally got enough out of their position to claim the map.

Home map for New Chapter was a very fun choice - Gold Rush. These types of maps can give you an important edge if you have a solid, tested plan, but a bit of an issue is when your opponents are having so much tournament experience that doesn't really hold :) That led to good anticipation of what's going to happen, and absolutely stellar early play by Gaucho to deny the powerful onset of Goth's might. That bought them crucial time to secure their mid position enough to withstand even later tricky, massive fights.

Third game was home map for Clan Gaucho, who chose Regicide Fortress - fun map on all occasions. With a bit of an early scare with purple king being left out too long, we headed into a solid face-off who's going to be better, and mainly faster, at killing their opponents. Things looked legitimately fishy on both sides, with anyone's guess being who should win, but with some important technological advantages piling up for one team, the battlefields started shifting slightly, and opportunities began to materialise. Even though there could've been quite a bit more game left, experience told the players that that difference was too significant to make up for in such a top-level match, and so the Champions of RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League, Season 41 after a tough battle became:

The more than worthy Finalists with score not truly representing their efforts:

Watch the Grand Finals stream

Download the Grand Finals recs and discuss them at AoEZone

Bronze Banner Battle

One last fight remained though, and it had a very interesting motif - can Clan Gaucho dominate the season? Their Bs were hoping that the swept Semifinals were just a temporary setback, and that they will have enough to take down Run Forrest Run, who in turn certainly aimed to continue their recently started Banner series. It was quite a tall order for the Argentinians, after all, they faced the only clan to take game from their As the whole tournament, including the Finals, but they went into it with fervor and reminisced on their love for long matches, equally shared by their opponents. If any match should go all the way, it was this one :d And so it did :d Games were real tight with Gaucho|B two times inching into a lead only to be tied by RFR, whose perseverance and mental fortitude is legit becoming legendary - it's really uncanny at this point :) Maybe, or probably exactly, this allowed them to literally run from gravedigger's shovel in Game 4 on Terra IceAge, which came terribly close to closing the match overall, but it didn't, and it was time for Gaucho's second home map (or so it seemed based on this season's Playoff Deciders for them). But the gods perhaps became angry with the wasted chance, and this time did not grant their favour, and funnily enough, the Blind Random chose Arabia, the community's map of choice for like anything. The game was far from easy for the later victors, but at a time when the pockets should pull through, one was simply better, and that decided that the last Banner will be decorating the clan page of:

Watch the Bronze Banner Battle stream

Download the Bronze Banner Battle recs and discuss them at AoEZone

Well, that's the summary and look back at Season 41 for you - hope you enjoyed playing and/or watching the games, and of course congratulations to all the successful clans (which doesn't have to mean just claiming a Banner!) and thank you to everyone for playing with us, and mainly with all the other clans - the community needs to stay together, and play together :)

Also want to extend big thanks to our staffers - new addition Abraxas and returning Riverplation, and also robo, helping you enjoy the games with us, and certainly want to mention our streamers bringing you the games live on our two channels twitch.tv/RTSLeague and twitch.tv/RTSLeague2 - this season you could have heard Troy, Col. Mongo and especially in the later stages Major Queros - thanks a ton :) Also thanks to you and the loyal viewers (and help from the Age of Mythology friends) we were able to elevate our channel to Partnered based on the merit of our content, allowing us to serve the community a bit better - let's see how far we can take all of this to improve players' experience :)

What's Next? New Season and More

As some of you may have noticed, next season is already materialising, and also based on our questionnaire during last sign-ups, we think it's time to test a WK season out to see how it fares :) This certainly does not mean we would cease with our AoC Clan League, no, we will host that again, but it's good time now to explore the new boundaries a bit further, as we, RTS League, are all about you, the players, and so what you play, we will host for you :)

To this ties the next piece of information, and that is that we would like to see if there is a way we could help the community further by some more player-centred events in the spirit of RTS League - our creed has always been "by community for community," helping the community and mainly the players themselves have fun in a friendly, yet competitive setting, and based on the feedback we receive from you and the fact we're here for 17 years already and still kicking solid, chances are you might appreciate some more :) Let us know then if that is the case, and if you would support us in doing more for you, the players.

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We're always on the lookout for engaged players, new active staffers can help us run the competitions better, artistically gifted people would make things nicer, technical skillers could make our web and services to the community so much better!

If you think you can help, give us a hit (don't forget to change the addressee nick to Black Adder) and we can talk it through, we would especially be super-glad for assistance with the web, as we're sure you can see for yourself :)

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.

KeeN Have Claimed the Gold in AoT Season 29 - Summary

posted by Black AdderTuesday, 01 May 2018

Another Season of RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League is behind us and as we are in the pause in-between looking for the best clan in the community, let's look back at what this edition brought us in regards to performances, surprises or achievements.

After a few shorter runs, we had returned to a bit longer group stage that provided us with more games between clans to enjoy and especially stream for you live - with the help of the community we managed to get exactly 50 matches streamed, which is a pretty decent number of competitive content, so we hope you enjoyed your share of clan wars and we also want to thank all the streamers who helped make this happen not only on our continuously growing and recently partnered channel RTSLeague (and RTSLeague2), but also on their own when we couldn't cover the games ourselves - special mention belongs to ChronoJJ, MiracleMan, NarVi and TompX :)

We have had a good number of clans participating, and we were happy to see not only a few new names, but also older ones returning back - this mingling continues to support the idea RTS League runs on, and that is helping the community have some fun in a competitive setting, as the players and clans do enjoy a bit of friendly dueling keeping things interesting. And so we have seen long-lost names like AciD or Revolution South American battling again, coupled with newcomers AMIGOS DO OVELHA or WeAreTheLegendsOfMythology joining the fray as well.

Group Stage

Two divisions with skill-wise distributed clans and teams provided 7 rounds of quality fighting on both fronts - this season, we have seen an unusual amount of non-standard home maps taken, which is a great sign that clans have recognised the importance of the advantage it can give, and also that maybe they have grown to like the other options we're giving the players during post-season play :)

The prominent performance came from the powerhouse 2k for jesus without much of a surprise, though it had to be said that with the alterations to their line-up, they did struggle at places and there certainly were openings the other clans could utilise, and Emperors of Mythology did. EoM was a clan that performed well overall due to their strong line-up supplemented by skilled Guest Players, though it wouldn't be fair to call it just their achievement, as their core was pretty strong as well and they often played a key role in the games. The third to complete the tops in Division 1 were then the TheUnCrapAbles, a clan formed by former AbsoLads and See I Smash You members also connected through prior friendship - they have shown some good performances especially in key match-ups, and then were even in the Decider able to overcome the above-mentioned Brazilians, setting themselves up on a better spot for the Playoffs.

Division 2 was seeing plenty of interesting games as well, the best being the whole threesome between Deities of Death and KeeN, but Organization of Natural Uppers was the one supplying the fun games on maps like Sudden Death or Painted Desert, and they were more than equal opponents to the tops as well - they were there to take games from them and make their run for the Playoffs all that harder, with Gladiadores del Mythology taking a scalp in that regard, too - even though this Division ended up with two teams less than the first one (1 from the start and 1 drop), the overall skill level didn't suffer and the Playoff advancees were sure worthy.

The other clans that later on fought in the League Cup weren't providing any less fun games, AciD or Team Mystic had some pretty interesting battles, with FROSTs standing out the most and almost reaching the top post-season - if it wasn't for some strange decisions on their part, maybe they could've made it :)

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

Playoff

Top 3 of each Div advanced forward, and we were down to the best of the best - Quarterfinals were quite fun and both took all three games to decide, confirming the equal quality of the clans - while UCA and ONU enjoyed each their special home maps, giving us a glimpse onto their potential strategies for the Semifinals and also unusual games in the process (Black Sea ftw), KeeN and EoM went the standard route including a good amount of salt sprinkled over the high-quality fights being decided by quite an engaging race for time.

Semifinals were about to welcome the firsts from the Divisions, though the roster adjustments and overall issues unfortunately didn't let JSS continue and so we had just one fight with Deities of Death sending TheUnCrapAbles home after a solid and convincing victory - on two non-standard maps with fun strats yet again, and a legitimately strange Oasis with 6 Ras :d

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

Grand Finals

The last fight for the top Banners then welcomed Deities of Death and KeeN, clans that have already met this season and DoDs came out victorious, getting them an advantage in the Playoffs. Revenge time.

First map was pre-set Valley of Kings, a map we wanted to see last season already, but clans didn't even get to it :) We saw an exceedingly well-prepared strat by KeeNs that took DoDs significantly off guard and since the prevalent idea in the community was that the last season's Silvers should be the favourites, those thoughts started to crumble a bit.

Home map for DoD was Anatolia which brought them plenty of happy memories in the past matches and seasons - it almost turned into a nightmare here though. KeeN's aggressive approach yet again pushed them to the limits and possibly a bit beyond on the right flank, but the left one was their saving grace and gave them the reason to continue fighting - it was a tight one and the fact these were the Finals definitely pushed them on to not give up and in the end claim the valuable victory.

At a tied state, KeeN home map was Medit with brave choice of not only Poseidon on DoD's side, but also double Pestilence - possibly having seen its strength in the recent Vanilla tournaments, they gave it whirl, but there was a bit to be desired on the execution part and once the water was coming for the opponents and a crucial front TC was taken, it was kind of heading only one way.

Second set map was Midgard, a map that hasn't been chosen once this season, and so we were curious how the clans would fare on it - while we saw some decent water fight with even Heavy boats being researched, the brunt of the game was decided on land where DoDs started learning from their opponents how this match is to be played - early aggression and no booming. This time it was KeeN who got a bit surprised by this, and DoDs showed they know how to play this way, too.

This all meant the prestigious Golden Banner will be decided on a map chosen by the Gods - they seemed to prefer Oasis, maybe on the basis of the Semifinal strangeness :) And they made the right choice, as we got another nicely aggressive game worthy of the Grand Finals - KeeNs followed their idea for the match and even surpassed it with Orush (Krush, but with Oranos), and marched on with the Classical Age aggression - DoDs probably thought the game is going to go differently, as in the current meta one would expect, but that was the strength of KeeN's preparation for their last fight of the season and a proof that aggressive play can prevail and boomy style is not as safe as some may think. This last game then concluded the unusually aggro-minded match for the clan that was behind the idea in the first place and was also having the skills to be able to execute on it properly - the Champions of RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League, Season 29 are:

The honourable Silvers who gave them a hell of a run for it:

Watch the Grand Finals on RTS League's Channel

Download Grand Finals recs (Voobly Balance Patch 2.0 required)

And the Bronze then deservedly comes to the clan who made non-standard maps work for them - TheUnCrapAbles:

League Cup

The postseason for non-Playoff clans provided some extra fun for the teams beyond group stage, exactly as it's prepared to do, and there was quite a bit of rivalry with clans taking things seriously, which is nice to see - it resulted into some rematches from the Divisions where teams were aiming to prove the results were just a fluke and they can do better (AciD taking a revenge on TM), but in the end, it was FROST and Deities of Death B in the Finals. While the former were the favourites, confirming that on skilfull Medit, DoD's performance on Tundra was quite nice and they were definitely reaching for the Decider here - however, the experience came through, and so the sole Blood-Red Banner comes to:

Watch the League Cup Finals on RTS League's Channel

Download League Cup Finals recs: Game 1, Game 2 (Voobly Balance Patch 2.0 required)

Fair Play

A thing that can sometimes seem a bit fleeting in the community, but one we strive to support as hard as we can as the basis of our competition, Fair Play Award highlights what we want the community to be - a fun place to friendly compete in a game we all love :) This season, as voted by the fellow clans, the most fun clan to play with were:

UCA 9.3
JSS 9.3
RSA 8.5
TM 8.5
FROST 8.1
AciD 8.0
ADO 7.6
KeeN 7.3
EoM 7.2
DoD 7.0
DoD|B 7.0
GDM 7.0
ONU 7.0
FROST|B 6.3

Thanks for being so nice TheUnCrapAbles! :) (There was a decimal advantage if anyone's wondering :d) Also the very high numbers of all the participants signal some good effort on all parts to make playing here enjoyable, so thanks everyone for that as well :)

That's it then for Season 29 - congrats to all the successful and awarded clans, thanks to absolutely everyone for participating and see you next season! :)

Btw, what would you think about a Vanilla Clan League Season in the meantime? :)

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We're always on the lookout for engaged players, new active staffers can help us run the competitions better, artistically gifted people would make things nicer, technical skillers could make our web and services to the community so much better!

If you think you can help, give us a hit (don't forget to change the addressee nick to Black Adder) and we can talk it through, we would especially be super-glad for assistance with the web, as we're sure you can see for yourself :)

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.

AoC Season 41 Playoffs Have Begun!

posted by Black AdderFriday, 23 February 2018

Group stage and deciders are done, the best of the best are known, Playoffs here we come! RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League is heading for its 41st postseason battles and we're glad it was so thrilling to learn who's going to get through and who's not - those 16 spots were hard to fill and even harder still fought for during the whole season so far, but now the real questions emerge - who's going to confirm their standing, who's going to surprise, who's going to fail? And much more importantly, who's going to claim the prestigious RTS League Banners for the best clans in the community? Applicants are plenty, awards few, so let's get to it and have some good old (new) single elimination clan wars to decide it all!

These 16 teams from 14 clans made their way through to the Playoffs:

Arg, BF', ByT, Eycofcu, Gaucho, Gaucho|B, InLove, Klrz, nC, NHN, RFR, RVK, 'sT, 'sT|B, Straya, VN

Playoff Bracket

All have proven during the divisional warfare they have what it takes to play further with the best, and at this point, with the diverse and tense match-ups, it's anyone's guess who's going to succeed (what's your guess btw? Let us know!) - will it be Gaucho|A who haven't lost a game so far, will it finally be New Chapter again looking strong, or can it be Sick Tacticz with their strong duo of teams? Follow the postseason's progress through our community channels and mainly streams on twitch.tv/RTSLeague and twitch.tv/RTSLeague2 not to miss out on anything and you'll be in the front-row seat to see it all (or as many games as we can get live :))

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We're already having the first round almost wholly scheduled, so expect some rather good games coming over the weekend, we just need to figure out the streamers and which games we'll do where and how - details to follow on our FB and Twitter :)

Gl&hf everyone, and may the best clan win! :)

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Info for the clans

First and foremost congrats on advancing forward in the tournament!

Concerning the format, it's the standard as usual, Round of 16 is 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: 16-25th February
Quarterfinals: 26th February - 4th March
Semifinals: 5-11th March
Grand Finals/Bronze Match: 12-18th March

If you're wondering how the Playoffs advancing from the third spots was decided - we looked at achieved results, that means points total (with consideration to the amount of teams and how the divisions developed) and then results against other clans in the division, especially those above in the standings, as that tells a good story about the chances of the clan in the Playoffs against similarly skilled opponents. Seeding into the bracket was then following these few simple rules: reached position in the Division, reached points total (taking into account different sizes of Divisions and their development), results of match-ups within the division, first and second from one division can meet only in the Finals, 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 was again really high, so there really isn't any "easy" path to the Gold for anyone :)

Just going to leave this here again - no restarts in RTS League unless a bad mapscrew like obstructed gold and such.

That's it then - you're already nicely scheduling, so no need to remind you of that, therefore let's "just" have some proper AoC fun! :)

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

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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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29th AoT Posteason Has Begun!

posted by Black AdderWednesday, 07 February 2018

Group stage is over and with February we're switching gears in our Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League, Season 29! Divisions provided some exciting gameplay with many, many very interesting results, showcasing also plenty, plenty of unusual maps - almost draining our arsenal for the Playoff pre-sets! :d Nonetheless, we have learnt the best clans and they are now going to vie for the Title vacated by Fade2 - Deities of Death are on it again, with 2k for jesus, KeeN and others as well - who will claim the prestigious Golden Banner for the best clan in the community now? We will choose from the following clans:

DoD, EoM, JSS, KeeN, ONU, UCA

Playoff Bracket

Tough battles ahead, but that's all the better for us, the community, as it means more entertaining live streams at twitch.tv/RTSLeague and twitch.tv/RTSLeague2! Follow also our other community channels to learn when we're going live to not a miss a single thing

League Cup

Postseason is traditionally open for the other clans and teams, too, and so we have this play-hungry group participating in the extra battles beyond group stage for the lone Blood-Red League Cup Banner:

AciD, ADO, DoD|B, FROST, FROST|B, RSA, TM

League Cup Bracket

Looking at the Divisions, we can easily expect quality games here, too - but mainly, we hope the clans will enjoy the opportunity to have some more competitive games in which to represent themselves in front of the community :)

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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: 2nd/7th - 11th February
Semifinals: 12-18th February
Grand Finals/Bronze Match: 19-25th February

Playoff Scheduling Forum
League Cup Scheduling Forum

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

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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 (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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41st AoC Clan League Started!

posted by Black AdderSaturday, 02 December 2017

Apologies for the delay, but if that's what it takes to have a good season, that's what we're going to do! :) As a unique clan competition, RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League faces much different situations and risks than other tournaments, and so we need to take special care to try and make sure everything is as it should be, as that's what makes competing here so intriguing and fun! :) This all results into ever increasing interest in RTSL and in the upcoming Season 41, we're reaching quite some heights with full 43 teams participating - so many players are now vying for the prestigious title of RTS League Champions, the best clan in the community, and we're so glad this old community project started already in 2001 is still bringing enjoyment to you all :)

The mentioned 43 teams hail from 31 clans in total, and we have fairly split them into these 6 Divisions (yes, 6):

Division 1 - Gaucho|C, LyF, RFR, sT|B, Straya, Stsn, TheJedi
Division 2 - Arg, BF', CHI|B, CZ, Eycofcu, IIDA, kLu
Division 3 - CHI, CLB, Gaucho|B, nC, 'NZ', RVK, Straya|B
Division 4 - BuzZ, Gaucho|D, Klrz, NHN|B, sT, TK, VLNS, VN
Division 5 - Arg|B, CHI|C, Gaucho|E, InLove, NaBs, NHN, NPC
Division 6 - BF'|B, ByT, CHI|D, _doom_, Gaucho, RoR, Slayer

Already see your favourites for the Title? Since Frantic, winners of S40, are taking a break, we'll be having a pitched fight on hour hands, and we're seeing some exclusively skilled clans join for the first time, while other equally worthy clans are continuing their journey to claim the prestigious Banners with us again - but only three can claim them, and just one can become Golden!

Who is going to be adding their names to the history of AoC? The season will tell, and we'll do our best to supply the battles to you live on our streaming channels twitch.tv/RTSLeague and twitch.tv/RTSLeague2, which will be the centerpiece of the weeks to come for every clan war fan looking for some quality entertainment out there :) (Btw if you'd like to help us stream the games, let us know!)

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

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Technical info for the clans

Here are some standard, but relatively oft-forgotten topics, especially meant for new clans, but definitely not just:
- Play only on your Main Nickname, and under your clan's tag. Do NOT smurf.
- Come to matches in time (which means BEFORE the actual playtime).
- Do not forget to upload games 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 :)
- 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 ;) Same goes for slinging if you'd prefer playing without it.

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 41 in your division's scheduling forum explaining both the basics and the advanced stuff that you need to know for proper participation (including the group stage timetable). In case of any questions regarding the League, do not hesitate to contact your division or any other staffer.

Links you might want to keep are League standings and the schedule for your division (Division 1, Division 2, Division 3, Division 4, Division 5, Division 6). You can reach both of these also by selecting the appropriate competition in the Leagues menu, schedules are then available below the respective division's table.

Scheduling forums:
Division 1
Division 2
Division 3
Division 4
Division 5
Division 6

Otherwise thanks a ton for all your input on WololoKingdoms, truly helps us with seeing the future of RTS League more clearly :)

Gl&hf!

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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 Begins Looking for Champions!

posted by Black AdderSunday, 26 November 2017

It's time. It's time for clans to test and challenge each other and find out who's the best. RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League is launching its 29th Season and we're glad to see all the names piled up! Not only are 2k for jesus looking to reclaim "their" position from seasons past, we have attracted a number of brand new and also returning clans to join us again!

15 accepted teams hailing from 13 clans will form these two Divisions:

Division 1 - AciD, ADO, DoD|B, EoM, FROST, JSS, TM, UCA
Division 2 - DoD, FROST|B, GDM, KeeN, ONU, RSA, WLoM

Since Fade 2 are not defending their Title, it's anyone's game, so who do you think are we going to see climb to the top, or claim any other prestigious Banner? For example League Cup? Well, take your tips, but mainly follow our community channels and live streams at twitch.tv/RTSLeague and twitch.tv/RTSLeague2 to find out! (Btw if you'd like to help us stream the games, let us know!)

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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.

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 smurf.
- Come to matches in time (which means BEFORE the actual playtime) - we penalise late-coming AND late-starting.
- 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 3rd December, each round after that lasts the customary 1 week, Monday-Sunday - the concrete dates are stated in the Guide and have been 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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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.

Time to Sign Up for AoC Season 41!

posted by Black AdderTuesday, 31 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.

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