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24th AoT Postseason Ready to Go!

posted by Black AdderTuesday, 26 May 2015

A bit swifter, yet same-quality as before group stage of RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League has finished, and we are entering the final rounds of the tournament - Playoffs and League Cup! The Brazilian Legend are defending the Title from the last season, and against them stands each and every top AoT clan there is - can the South Americans withstand the onslaught, or will they fall on the battlefield? Follow RTS League and find out!

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This is the strong line-up eager to have a go at being crowned the best clan in Age of Mythology: The Titans:

(AoD), AoL, ArF, DoD, JSS, Lad, LNC, (PK), TBL

Only one of AoD/PK advances to the Playoffs

A lot of big names with even bigger nicks in their rosters! Epic games are to be expected, as these clans rarely give up easily, and each of them will require your support to reach the ultimate heights - make sure to tune in to our streams at twitch.tv/RTSLeague to watch the awesome battles of strategy and tactics live!

Playoff Bracket

Playoff Scheduling Forum

League Cup

But that's not all you can look forward to - even though some clans cannot run for the Gold this time, they can run for our unique prize - the Blood-Red League Cup! And all eyes are on the Deities of Death and AbsoLads B-teams, as these clans have a chance at clinching the League Double, a feat none has achieved thus far. But they may very well be stopped in their tracks by other, banner-hungry clans - here's the whole list of participants:

(AoD), DoD|B, GVT, Lad|B, Legi0N, (PK), SUD

Is the Double on the horizon? Or are the underdogs going to revolt? RTS League's Season 24's postseason will give the answer!

League Cup Scheduling Forum and Bracket

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

Technical notes

Due to the need to still play the second Play-In, we are prepared to prolong the first round of Playoffs, Quarterfinals, by a week to 7th June.

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

AoC Season 37 Accepting Sign-ups!

posted by Black AdderTuesday, 12 May 2015

Last season of RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League saw the start of a new Gold streak when CZ Clan defended their Title against challenging WOLOL0, and we are all excited to see if they can continue their dominance - are we on the verge of another huge supremacy series the likes of RVK? The upcoming season will tell, and you can be a part of it!

And it doesn't matter if you're a bunch of friends enjoying AoC, be it Voobly or HD, or top skillers seeking to prove your team game expertise, everyone is welcome at RTS League and everyone plays an important role each season! Since 2001, clans of all skill levels regularly find fun in our clan wars and come back for each new edition to enjoy the unique atmosphere of friendly competing, looking for the ultimate reward - fame and glory of becoming the best clan in the Age of Empires II community!

So, ready to give it a go and improve your AoC experience? Then gather your clan mates and sign up!

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Novelties for Season 37:

The following Rules updates will be incorporated into our official Rule set for this season.

1) Since RTS League is a widely respected clan competition and our main goal is to offer fun and fair place to compete, we have decided to from now on disallow teams the likes of WOLOL0 or Dream of Winners, meaning we will now accept only real clans to compete. The said teams served their purpose in the past to allow for more participants and high quality players to enter the competition, but RTSL has grown past that need, and we believe this caveat is no longer necessary to offer top quality clan war fun.

We also want to further support the "clan" theme and make you all feel comfortable playing games here, so we are introducing an adjustment to standing Rules covering Player-Lists and players themselves, with the aim to eliminate smurfing altogether.

Therefore everybody is now required to play only on their Main Nickname. Everybody needs to know who they are playing against, and allowing players to use various nicks, even though they were properly registered on the Clan Roster and belonged to the person, was not really helping in this. Smurfing is no fun and needs to go.

New Rule 3.5 wrote:

All players must play in Voobly and IP games under their Main Nickname, indicated in the Player-List. If, when asked, a clan refuses to swap out an ineligible player, and the games are not played as a result, that clan will receive a Miss (see below, Rule 8.2).
- A Main Nickname is a name under which the player is primarily known. Clearly recognized derivatives of the Main Nickname (minor variations such as an alternate spelling or a username with additional/different underscores) are also eligible for use by the same player. Only the Main Nickname needs to be registered on the Player-List.
- A player may not hide his identity by playing on an unknown secondary nickname, even if that secondary nickname is on the Player-List.

This will be complemented by the following two new Rules:

Rule 3.7 wrote:

If a clan is unsure of the identity of an opposing player, then that clan should ask for the player's true identity or other nicknames. The opposing clan must fully identify that player. If the opposing clan incorrectly identifies the player in question, then it will be considered a smurfing incident.

Rule 3.8 wrote:

A clan may not refuse to play if it suspects the opposing clan of smurfing. In such instances, the games should be played, and a formal complaint filed with League Staff following the match. If a clan refuses to play based on suspicion of smurfing, then that clan will receive a Miss (see below, Rule 8.2).

Also, to support the said clan spirit and the fact that we are a Clan League, not a team league, everybody is required to play under the tag of the clan they are representing. Football players from one club all wear the same jersey, too, right?

New Rule wrote:

All players must play under the tag of the clan they are representing.

Most of you already naturally adhere to these common-sense guidelines, so not much should change for you, but you will now be better protected from other, not so sensible clans, as they will be required to rise to your level of sensibleness.

The nice side effect here is that the Player-List will get a lot easier for the Clan Operators - you need to register just 1 general nick per player and here you go, you don't even need to worry about missing underscore anymore :)

2) Due to certain confusions regarding the Hidden Civs option gaining popularity thanks to the War is Coming tournament, we are introducing a clear specification into our Rules covering this issue:

New Rule wrote:

A clan may choose the Advanced Setting "Hidden Civilizations" on its home map.

3) Maps from the War is Coming WiC_Map_Pack_v4 are now available for League play if both clans agree. (Both clans must agree to a specific map, not the whole mapset.)

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Now back to the sign-ups!

To take part in Season 37 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 37 posted above as well.

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

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 24th May, Season 37 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!

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CZ Defend the AoC Gold! A Summary of Season 36

posted by Black AdderThursday, 07 May 2015

A week ago, the last match of RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League, Season 36, the fight for the Bronze Banner, closed the doors and turned off the lights after yet another great run for the titles of the best three clans in the whole of AoC. We hosted many teams vying for the prestige and fame of becoming the Champions, be it groups of friends looking to test their skills, battle-hardened pros, or even a first proper HD clan, but the winner can be only one - read on to learn the story of what it takes to become the best of the best, the famous skillers, the holders of RTS League's Golden Banner!

It all starts with Divisions

Even though War is Coming, the event with the highest prize pool ever in AoC history, more or less copied the progress of this season, we had no trouble attracting a good amount of clans and many of the very top expert skillers from our community. And same can be said about the impressive number of streamed games both through our own efforts and the great Voobly TV - a total of 46 streamed matches is the highest yet!

The amount of skilled clans meant the real fight would begin right in the group stage, and even though CZ Clan was placed as a top favourite, being the defending Champions from Season 35 and all, their division wasn't a piece of cake by any means - they had to face clans like Berserkers (vids, recs), Master Clan League (vids, recs) or even Run Forrest Run (vids, recs), such was the division they played in! This resulted in some heated matches that could have thrown D1 into total disarray, but apparently the Czechs would have none of it, and dominated without a second thought. Simply true Champions proving their Gold was no mistake.

WOLOL0 (real line-up), an équipe following in the footsteps of previously successful teams like Dream of Winners, took to their quest for glory in a similar manner, not really minding they had to face New Chapter (recs), Bronze medalists, a clan always ready to dish out punishment on Migration, or Argentinian Killerz (vids, recs) in Division 2. Their performance was so strong and utterly commanding that no one really expected them to finish without an award. It was just a question of what quality will the banner be.

Postseason decides the best

Due to their 0-loss performance (as the only two teams), both CZ and WOLOL0 advanced from the first spot, ensuring a free way right into the Quarterfinals where their Playoff battles began.

The Priests faced off against a bit upredictable clan, Rulers of Rome (vids, recs), who are capable of great feats when the conditions are right - as proven by their advance to the second round of Playoffs over strongly playing VIK this season (vids, recs) - but they weren't ready for what was to come here. They arrived proudly to the battlefield, confident to give their best, but even their best was not nearly enough to take just a single game from their Bo5. WOLOL0 weren't messing around. At all.

Reasserting their position as the team to watch, next round, the Semis, stood them against another hugely tough hurdle, RFR (vids, recs), who were upping their game the whole season, culminating with a quality win against strong t1tan in the Quarters (vids, recs). This was a match where pretty much everyone expected WOLOL0 to finally register their first loss of the season, and quite possibly even a loss straight away. Well, heh. Couldn't have been more wrong. Even though the Scandinavians really did all they could, the games weren't easy for the Priests, the manpower WOLOL0 fielded was simply superior in every way and confidently cemented their superstrong position for the upcoming last fight of the season - whoever was going to play them next had a lot to think about.

CZ faced the Spanish-Mexican Vikingos Nomadas in Quarters (vids, recs) and knew this is a make-or-break moment. VN are always a threat due to their stacked line-up and always aim for the top spots, and their ambitions were abundantly clear by the time they won the first game - they were up for revenge for the elimination in last season's Semis! The clan from the heart of Europe had to muster all their strengths to tackle their opponents, VN really wanted to advance further, and even though the remaining games were all close and took considerable effort, they managed to control the rest of the match and take three straight wins to place them into the Semifinals.

There they met New Chapter (vids, recs), the Germans looking towards the piedestal pretty much every season. CZ again lost the first game after a lengthy battle (starting a suspicion that it might be a tactic to make their opponents lower their guard), but then they geared up and pretty much rolled over nC in a series of three quick water battles - the longest took just 30:44 game time. It sucks when you prefer water maps, but your opponent is simply better on them :)

Grand Finals

With both Finalists now known, it was obvious we were in for quite some entertainment and quality time. CZ defending the title, proving they have what it takes to battle at the top, and WOLOL0 with pristine record challenging them, hoping for a rare feat - claiming the Title without a single loss.

The Czechs stood true to their tactic and let the first game on Highland slip, but, truth be told, it almost seemed as if they actually wanted to win here! For some time it really looked like they could do it, mounting an impressive offensive on the left side, getting through the river crossing, but then it somehow fell apart for them and Priests pushed back with vengeance to grab the win.

Champions' home map was kind of expected from their last match and confirmed their awesome strength on water - Islands were a lot tougher this time, but still, they remained a team to beat there and also became the first team ever to beat WOLOL0, showing that it can actually be done! But as if to prove that statement wrong, or maybe jinxing it, right on the next map we saw something that doesn't happen all that often in pro play, but I'm sure each and every one of us has done it in the past. TC delete. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that happened. And yes, it was fun :D Now we can all say we've seen it all in AoC, even this in the Grand Finals of a big tournament :)

The Priests were now one step away from the ultimate glory, impatiently awaiting the moment when they can start sporting the Golden Banner, but since we were in the Finals, it wasn't to be as easy. Nomad can be tricky and good team coordination is a must here, and when you're facing a clan with such team experience as CZ has, you might run into problems - and they did, with CZ taking the game pretty soon, evening the score for the second time, forcing a decider.

The Blind Random picked a fun map to determine the winner, Crater Lake, and, interestingly enough, it had a similar progress to last season's final game on Baltic. A tough battle for water resulted in WOLOL0's win there, but contrary to what would normally ensue, land dominance wasn't as straightforward, even though they were pushing very, very hard against CZ's bottom. But then the saviour came. His name was Skull. He who led his clan to victory last season did it again, steamrolling over his side of the map, punishing his enemies (except the wolves that killed his landing), imprinting his name in the annals of history for good. Together with his brave clan mates Janik and Mango they beat the odds and came back to claim the Golden Banner for the Champions of RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League for the second time in a row:

The honoured Finalists:

Watch the Grand Finals on RTS League YouTube

Download the Grand Finals recs and discuss them at AoCZone

Bronze Banner Match

But that wasn't all this season yet, we still needed to see one match resolved, the truly last games of Season 36 - New Chapter and Run Forrest Run had to battle for the last banner available. This set of 4v4s was a worthy clash of skilled teamgame players, with especially memorable game on, for some maybe unexpectedly, Black Forest. Even though it was RFR's home map after losing the first game rather soon, nC played seriously well here and were convincingly heading for a win again - up until the Nords sneaked a unit of mounted assassins right into the middle of their trade route. And suddenly the game was gone, torn from their hands in the most vile manner imaginable. This seemed to bolster RFR's spirits immensely and allowed them to finish the match without losing again, deservedly claiming the Bronze Banner:

Watch the Bronze Banner match on RTS League YouTube

Download the Bronze Banner match recs and discuss them at AoCZone

Congrats CZ, WOLOL0 and RFR!

And thank you to all the participating clans without which RTS League would not be the greatest AoC competition ever that it is!

As in previous seasons, we again want to thank all the casters, admins and other organisers behind Voobly TV, and most assuredly also the casters who helped us on their own, as your help in streaming the fun clan wars RTS League hosts is deeply appreciated, and we are glad the community can enjoy seeing themselves and their friends battle for the fame and glory eternal with your commentary!

I expect many of you are also eager to learn when the next season, 37, will start - well, it'll be here sooner than you think! Sign-ups should start in a week if all goes well :)

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AoC S36 Grand Finals CZ vs. WOLOL0 This Sunday!

posted by Black AdderSaturday, 18 April 2015

It's here! The most important match of them all in Season 36 of RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League has arrived and will take place this Sunday 19/4 at 15:00 GMT/17:00 CEST/11:00 EDT/8:00 PDT/24:00 JST on twitch.tv/VooblyOfficial. Come watch the top AoC players from CZ Clan and WOLOL0 in action and see who claims the Golden Banner reserved only for the RTS League Champions!

The Grand Finals will feature two teams that have shown great performances throughout the whole season and have left no doubts that they ought to meet in the Championship decider. Both of them breezed through the group stage without a hitch and in the Playoffs, they played amazingly well with a stupendous record - CZ Clan going 6-2 and WOLOL0 6-0!

And they weren't meeting weak opponents at all, just look who they had to overcome: VN (recs, vids), RoR (recs, vids), nC (recs, vids), RFR (recs, vids), clans with tons of great players you could have seen in the later stages of War is Coming and with equally good team play. And this can mean one thing only - the Grand Finals are going to be epic. Such talent as is concentrated in those two teams is bound to produce fun and exciting games that are going to be a true joy to witness, games you won't want to miss for anything, games you will have dreams about.

Simply make sure you tune in to twitch.tv/VooblyOfficial on time to enjoy quality Sunday entertainment with top quality AoC, supplied by experts of the game:

The Czech defending Champions CZ Clan

Janik
Mango
Skull
Ovenka
trabant
yezris

The international challengers WOLOL0

WeLeLe = tobi
WiLiLi = Bustos
WoLoLo = Edie
WyLyLy = Miguel
WaLaLa = VM
WuLuLu = Eques

One name better than the other, getting even sweeter when together.

The format of the Grand Finals is Best of 5 with the following setup: 1. Random Land Map, 2. Game 1 Loser's Home Map, 3. Game 1 Winner's Home Map, 4. Nomad, 5. Blind Random.

So, have you chosen your favourites yet? Let us and everyone else in AoC know on our community channels and make sure to turn in for top AoC team games live on Sunday 19th April at 15:00 GMT/17:00 CEST/11:00 EDT/8:00 PDT/24:00 JST at VooblyOfficial - the place to be this weekend.

Come see the new RTS League Champions claim their Golden Banner!

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Let's Go AoT! Season 24 Ready!

posted by Black AdderTuesday, 14 April 2015

24th edition of RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League is all set up and ready to start, eagerly waiting to see who will try to conquer it this time - can The Brazilian Legend defend their well-deserved, but still a bit unexpected Golden Banner? Will the established top clans retake "their" top spots? Or are some of the many newcomers going to live the underdog dream again? Follow the prestigious RTS League and find out!

Spring is all about Nature's revival, flowers and trees sprouting again, and it seems AoT community follows suit and emerges stronger than before as well! This time around we have a pretty nice amount of new clans, but also a lot of older, returning clans, ready to dust off their armour and take to arms once more - all in all, 17 is the magical number for S24, allowing us, after many seasons, to form 3 divisions again:

Division 1 - AoL, ArF, GVT, Lad|B, TAG, TBL (staffed by ChronoJJ)
Division 2 - C0F, DoD|B, JSS, Lad, Legi0N, SUD (staffed by ChronoJJ)
Division 3 - AoD, DoD, LNC, PK, ReV (staffed by MasterOfFreedom)

Well, quite a line-up, isn't it? Already have your favourites to cheer for? Then make sure to follow us on our community channels and stay on top of what's going on in RTS League - it's also the best way to keep track of our upcoming live streamings, you don't want to miss those!

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And here's the technical info for the participants:

First of all, make sure you understand the novelties for this season:
- Only play under Main Nicknames and play under your clan's tag.
- Bolting Ulfsark is forbidden in the first 2 minutes of game time.

Check the rules again and also the sign-up post with some explanation.

And some older, but relatively oft-repeated issues, especially meant for new clans:
- Do not forget to submit Fair Play Ratings as soon as possible after each match - more info will be posted in your division.
- 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.

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 your Division's staffer. In case of any questions regarding the League, do not hesitate to contact them either.

Every clan operator should have an Admin Note on the left below his account name stating that he is an AoT Clan Operator and for which clan. Operators who do not and should have the note please message me (Black Adder).

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

Scheduling forums:
Division 1
Division 2
Division 3

Round 1 is open until 19th April, each round lasts the customary 1 week, Monday-Sunday - the concrete dates are stated in the schedules.

Gl&hf!

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Sign Up for AoT Clan League Season 24!

posted by Black AdderSunday, 29 March 2015

Spring has arrived a week ago (here up north), Ragnarok tournament is entering its final stages, new season of Game of Thrones is almost here... So what's that thing that's still missing? Oh, yeah, that's it - RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League!

Previous winter season brought us some really uniquely fun Playoffs with tons of exciting games (make sure to check our YouTube and Twitch!) between the very top experts like Count, Spoeft, Player, with TheMista or Sensuy again joining us to show off their teamgame skills that are often hidden in favour of their 1v1 appearances. But, as you now well know, all of that was not enough in the face of the true embodiment of what RTS League stands for - quality team play and strategy preparation. And that embodiment bears the name of The Brazilian Legend, a clan that has claimed their first Golden Banner of the RTS League Champions.

Not many believed in their success, but they proved just about everybody wrong and resurrected what has been missing in the past several seasons, but not anymore - true commitment to team effort enabling an underdog to climb to the absolute top of the hierarchy of clans. Now it's up to those other clans to take back their previous spots and try to depose the reigning Champions. Can they manage? Can your clan manage?

If you believe so (and even if you don't and you "just" want to have some real teamgame fun with your friends), sign up for Season 24 of RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League and prove your mettle!

News for Season 24

Due to certain events in the past seasons and RTS League's continual evolvement together with its community, we have adopted several new guidelines that are aimed at enabling more clans to join the competition and, more importantly, at preventing abuse during participation and gameplay. As a nice side effect, some things will get easier for you, the clans and the Clan Operators. Here are the novelties in brief, please make sure to read the concrete rules mentioned as well.

1) Everybody is now required to play only on their Main Nickname. Everybody needs to know who they are playing against, and allowing players to use various nicks, even though they were properly registered on the Clan Roster and belonged to the person, was not really helping in this. Smurfing is no fun and needs to go. (See Rules 3.6, 3.8, 3.9)

Also, to support the clan spirit and the fact that we are a Clan League, not a team league, everybody is required to play under the tag of the clan they are representing. Football players from one club all wear the same jersey, too, right? (See Rule 3.2)

Most of you already naturally adhere to these common-sense guidelines, so not much should change for you, but you will now be better protected from other, not so sensible clans, as they will be required to rise to your level of sensibleness.

The nice side effect here is that the Player-List will get a lot easier for the Clan Operators - you need to register just 1 general nick per player and here you go, you don't even need to worry about missing underscore anymore :)

2) Since we already allow them on case-by-case basis and they provide us and you with more clans to compete with, we have instituted the term Guest Player. Under strict rules to maintain the overall clan atmosphere, small clans will be able to include Guest Players into their roster to become eligible for participation and increase the number of playing teams. However, Guest Players are understood as kind of a last measure to enabling participation, and are not in any way aimed at "mercenaring" your way to the Title, which is fully reflected in the guidelines. (See Rule 4)

If you're one of the clans that would fit into this category, make 100% sure to read the rules and adhere to them when signing up.

3) Because the skeleton patch is gaining traction, but still isn't quite ready for full adoption, we are introducing its basic, most important feature as a rule starting this season, to begin preparing you for the changes to come - Norse players don't have to worry about their Sisyphean labour on water anymore, as Bolting Ulfsarks is now forbidden during the first 2 minutes of game time. (See Rule 9.6)

Now back to the sign-ups!

To take part in Season 24 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 24 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 24 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.
- Clan AbsoLads is on probation for serious infraction on League rules in Season 23. Any serious transgression in Season 24 will lead to disqualification.

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. 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:

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 10th April, Season 24 will start on the Monday 13th.

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

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

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The Brazilian Legend Takes AoT Season 23!

posted by Black AdderTuesday, 10 March 2015

Well, isn't this something. We had clans the likes of Deities of Death, Mighty Genaration, Tsunami Clan or former Muppets' top players signed up, but none of them could reach the ultimate heights this season. That great privilege belongs to an entirely different clan, a clan proving that superior team cooperation and strategy preparation prevails over individual skills.

Season 23 started with important changes to the way scheduling is treated and with holding clans responsible for their actions and internal activity situation. Even though we, due to the specifics of our community, faced some difficulties along the way (especially Division 2), the experience was overall better than previous seasons and we believe the next one will prove to be even better thanks to both our and participating clans' efforts.

We also unfortunately successfully uncovered another case of malicious smurfing and even though the ramifications were serious to the season's progress, we dealt with the situation decisively and fairly to protect the integrity and fun factor of the competition. This situation in the end resulted in staff discussions bringing forth ideas that will see the light of day in Season 24 and we hope will further improve on the experience that you're looking for at RTS League.

Lastly, we introduced new format to the Playoff matches that proved to be a huge success with multiple Best of 5s coming to all five games to determine the better clan and the community witnessing stellar play on not-so-common maps like Team Migration or Sea of Worms RTSL (from the Official RTS League Mapset), bringing the much needed fresh air to the stale Mediterranean Marshes of AoT. All those games were also streamed live on the RTS League Twitch with great viewership turnout, spreading the word of our community to the wider Age of Mythology public.

Road to Finals

Getting back to Season 23's progress from the clans' perspective, let's start with 2k for jesus. They were allotted to Division 2 together with last season's top clan mG, and even though activity was not easy to get there, they hadn't left any doubts as to whom should be the Title runner from this group - 0 losses is a clear indicator you mean business, coupled with the stacked line-up they have - all the top players from MpT (Chef, Count, Ert) plus TheMista the Great.

Their real test came in the Semifinals with Tsunami Clan (vids, recs), a team of players always eyeing the top spots and often succeeding. After coming down 0:2 thanks to a high quality effort from TSM, they summoned all their strengths, wits and TheMista to provide us with extraordinary comeback of epic proportions that put them in the driver's seat for the Title.

Their Championship opponents - The Brazilian Legend - came from Division 1. As late entrants and a clan that in previous season's usually played on the first steps of Playoffs, they proved early on that this season will be different from their side. After scoring impressive results against all the top clans in their division (2:0 vs. TSM (vids, recs), 1:1 vs. DoD (vids, recs) and Lad (vids, recs)), they ended up third, having to go through Quarterfinals with Gladiadores del Mythology (vids, recs).

Here they did not flinch and their next match stood them against DoD (vids, recs), a clan with which they share history, adding further spice to the already interesting match-up. What we got was beyond anything anyone could have hoped for - an exciting back and forth battle, DoD twice getting ahead, TBL twice catching up, finally grabbing the last, fifth game that propelled them to the last fight of the season.

Grand Finals

After the superinteresting Semifinals, we knew the Finals had a tough task ahead of them to be even better. But with the impressive team skills of TBL and undeniable individual quality of JSS, we knew "something" is going to happen, and we were right.

Many probably put JSS as favourites (maybe even clear ones) in this match, but right the first game put that prediction to a lie. TBL unleashed a deadly strategy on JSS, who were able to retaliate quite nicely with great ingenuity, but still fell short in the end and trailed 0:1. Next map didn't improve on their situation and they fell to 0:2, TBL looking confident in their play and heading for their first ever Golden Banner. Here it seemed like the Grand Finals might actually be short as expected, but from an unexpected angle.

Game 3 though was the point where JSS finally got to their sweet spot and started rolling. Medit was as clear a win as any for them, and on Lamia RTSL, they rode their wagon of success to the finishing line once more. In the end then it all came down to the fifth game, a decider, one last time.

Gods chose Marsh, a map nobody complains about, to see the resolution to the Finals of Season 23. Perhaps intoxicated by their success in previous games, JSS decided for a superaggressive - and superrisky - strat, a triple rush. The quality of play to execute it was there, no doubt, but with everything on the line... At the same time though, fortune favours the brave, so if you are confident you can do it, go ahead! TBL, specifically Seattle, soon found themselves under interesting pressure, looking forward to a grim future if they could not come up with something useful to counter the situation - fortunately for them they had Ceasefire which gave them all the time they needed to successfully repel the initial push and normalise the game. As the more experienced amongst us know though, strategies such as JSS' are usually the "all-in" kind in otherwise equal setting, and so even though JSS gave it their best and took the game to quite some more minutes, the fully deserved Champions of RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League, Season 23 are:

The Finalists:

Watch the Grand Finals on RTS League YouTube

Download Grand Finals recs (RTSL maps require Official RTS League Mapset)


Bronze Banner

For the Bronze Banner, we saw another RTSL classic, Deities of Death versus Tsunami Clan. The match proved to be a clash of styles, with DoD trying to push through a strong wall of double Zeus complemented by Sensuy on TSM's side. The Deities did a very good job of coming up with ways to limit their opponents' abilities and came very close to success, but in the end the match confirmed the previous result and TSM deservedly reclaim the Bronze Banner from last season:

Watch the Bronze Banner Match on RTS League YouTube

Download Bronze Banner Match recs (games from 22/2; RTSL maps require Official RTS League Mapset)


League Cup

Long before the Grand Finals came, we knew who are the holders of this season's unique League Cup, a sole award for the clans beyond the Playoff spots, but still eager for more postseason fun. Deities of Death B and KeeN battled for the Cup hard, taking all three games to see who is the better here, and provided us with an interesting set of games worth watching. KeeN took to early lead and DoD evened the score, with the last game going to:

Watch the League Cup Finals on RTS League YouTube

Download League Cup Finals recs: Game 1, Game 2, Game 3


Fair Play Award

And here we're getting to the special prize given to the clan that was the most fun to play with during the season - the Fair Play Award. They present the pinnacle of sportsmanship and scheduling acumen that everyone is striving for, or should be, so that RTS League is as much fun as possible for everyone. The Blue Banner goes to the team that won the award last season as well, confirming their high standards, the Tsunami Clan:

TSM 9.40
JSS 8.25
Lad 8.25
AoD 7.83
DoD 7.67
DoD|B 7.50
GDM 7.50
KeeN 7.33
SUD 7.33
ReV 6.67
vK 6.33
TBL 5.00

So everyone deserving is now decorated, and as always, all that remains is to congratulate the successful clans and give thanks to all the participants who helped make this season what it was - congrats and thanks!

Looking forward to seeing you and other new clans in Season 24 the sign-ups of which are planned to start in the next few weeks, after we finalise the novelties we are preparing for you.

See you then!

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Playoffs for AoC Season 36 Are Ready to Start!

posted by Black AdderWednesday, 18 February 2015

After two months of constant fighting and dueling between all kinds of teams, we were able to determine who the best clans in each of the divisions of RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League are and advance them to the postseason bracket. There the best of the best will measure their strength against each other and vie for the famous Golden Banner belonging to the best AoC clan out there.

And who exactly will that be? Only time and further pitched battles will tell, but we're sure the Champion will be recruited from these ranks:

CZ, Gaucho, Klrz, nC, PkM, RFR, RoR, t1tan, TheJedi, VIK, VN, WOLOL0

Playoff Bracket

Quite a stellar assortment of clans, isn't it? And the number of AoC experts in them! I myself wonder who's going to show a truly remarkable and exceptional play like we saw last Grand Finals from Skull and CZ on the last map, Baltic, this time!

To give you an idea what kind of fun to expect, Playoffs will have 4 rounds in a standard Single Elimination Bracket, starting with Round of 16 - each of the 1st-placed clans has been awarded a free pass to the Quarterfinals for their special performance, while the rest will take to arms right away to see who gets to challenge this top 4.

Since Quarterfinals, matches will be Best of 5 with two pre-set maps, making for some fun gameplay on the not-so-common maps, like Ghost Lake, or even Random Land Map that will test the teams' ability to plan for every eventuality! This will provide for some nice entertainment for both the players themselves and the fans as well, as we are, quite surely, preparing to stream as many Playoff matches as possible both on Voobly and our own RTSL Twitch. You don't want to miss those, so follow us on , and to learn of the upcoming streamings and published vids on our or recs and don't be shy to make your presence known - the teams will appreciate all the support they can get!

Well then, what do you think? Ready to see some of the top clans and experts in action again? Then pick your favourites (or don't and "just" enjoy top quality AoC) and cheer them on on their road to glory!

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Info for the clans:

Playoffs follow the standard drill, round per week, with the exception of the first one, that will last a few days extra to give you enough time to get ready for the postseason. Round of 16 will also be the only one with Best of 3 settings, starting Quarterfinals, matches will be Best of 5 and take 1 week. Check out the post with match settings to be aware of how these games are to be played.

Due to their exactly same record, VIK and RFR still need to play a decider on their placement in the bracket, so that's why two of the first round matches aren't set yet. They should be ready to face their correct opponents at the end of this week.

That's about all the crucial info, so head on to the scheduling forums asap and let's get this fun on the way!

As mentioned, Round of 16 lasts until 1st March.

Gl&hf!

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Season 23 Playoffs - Lad has been removed - DoD is back in

posted by ChronoJJThursday, 15 January 2015

RTS League strives to provide the community with a friendly, yet competitive league for clans to play the game we all love - Age of Mythology. Every season, we do our best to keep the competition clean and fair. Unfortunately, even though RTS League is a competition with no actual prizes, some individuals and teams still feel some a strange urge to cheat.

Because of past instances of cheating, we actively monitor potential threats to the fair play, and we actively seek out information to confirm or dispel our suspicions. Thanks to that, even though it's not always easy uncovering cheating (as obviously the perpetrators do not want to be caught), we were, unfortunately, able to prove that the current RTSL season has witnessed another case of problematic behavior.

As a little background, last season, reDo was caught smurfing for one team, while registered and already playing for a different team. Prior to that infraction, reDo had already been punished for another separate instance of smurfing. Therefore, the smurfing incident last season (his second) earned reDo a life-time ban from RTS League.

Most of you probably know where this going. The old dog is still up to his tricks. ReDo has been actively playing for a new team this season - Absolads (Lad). After a long-time monitoring, we were able to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that he is smurfing under the nickname Spacetime. Spacetime (reDo) played in five of Lad's twelve regular season matches, going 4-1. Since reDo is a banned player (and smurfed as well, obviously), each match he participated in should be an administrative loss for Lad. Therefore, Lad's record would not have been good enough to have even made playoffs.

Therefore, Lad's infractions have earned them the following two punishments:
1) Lad has been removed from Season 23's playoffs.
2) Lad has been placed on probation for the following season.

We acknowledge that rest of Lad may have not known Spacetime's true identity – however, it is the clan operator's duty to ensure that his clan conforms to the league's rules. We (the RTS League staff) should not have to babysit for every clan. A clan operator should be competent enough to successfully manage his own clan.

While the smurfing itself is very frustrating, what is also frustrating is that we did not catch the smurfing earlier. The regular season has come and gone, and we are now in the second round of the playoffs. With Lad cheating, we now have an inaccurate playoff bracket. Teams should be seeded differently, and Lad shouldn't be in the bracket at all. There is no perfect solution – we certainly don't want to start over, but at the same time, the bracket is defective.

Our main concern is that Lad's cheating resulted in DoD missing out on first place in the division (Lad and DoD finished tied, with Lad getting the tiebreaker). First place is very important, because the first-place clan earns a coveted first-round bye in the playoffs. Therefore, DoD should not have had to face-off versus TSM in the first round. And for those who missed the first round, DoD was eliminated by TSM.

After much discussion among the RTS League staff, we decided to leave the playoff bracket as is, but with one significant alteration:

DoD replaces Lad in the brackets, and now faces off against TBL.

The reasoning for the decision, briefly stated, is that although DoD lost to TSM fairly, DoD should not have had to play in the first round at all. We feel that is only fair to give DoD the bye that they deserved. We do this at the risk of seeming to play favorites, but that is not the intention at all – DoD was screwed by Lad's cheating. We are simply trying to rectify the problem Lad caused.

Since we wanted to post a decision as soon as possible to set the situation in the Playoffs straight, this is just the first, most important part of the resolution. Other parts may still follow after further discussion amongst staffers, pending additional investigation.

This means that TBL are now facing DoD in the first Semifinals, while JSS vs. TSM Semifinals stay the same.

AoT Season 23 Ready for Postseason!

posted by Black AdderTuesday, 30 December 2014

While we are waiting for the old year to end and the new one to begin, we are also looking at advancing further in this season of RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League. Deities of Death are again closing in for the kill and we're all excited to see if they can come back to the top spot, but they again have very strong contenders for the Title - here they are:

DoD, GDM, JSS, Lad, TBL, TSM

Can 2k for jesus, former MpT top players, finally claim their first Golden Banner? Or are AbsoLads going to finish their impressive premier run with the final victory? Follow us on , , and see for yourselves through our live streams at twitch.tv/RTSLeague!

Previous streamings are then available on our video archive for your viewing pleasure at any time :)

Playoff Bracket

Playoff Scheduling Forum

League Cup

RTS League's League Cup is all about postseason competitive fun for everyone, and as such is a very unique way to prolong the League participation for teams beyond the playoff spots.

This time around we have the following four teams ready to give it their best and see if they are worthy of claiming the sole League Cup Banner:

AoD, DoD|B, KeeN, vK

Are DoDs aiming for the first ever double? Let's see!

League Cup Scheduling Forum and Bracket

Technical notes

1) As you should already be aware, over the Christmas and New Year's, we have a pause to ease on difficult scheduling times - the Playoffs and League Cup will officially start on 5th January, but if you and your opponents have players available, you can start scheduling now.

2) Clan Operators of clans participating in the Playoffs - as we have posted at the start of the season, Semifinals/3rd Spot/Grand Finals matches will now be a Bo5, and we will operate with 2 pre-set maps. We have prepared the system for choosing the maps and we're looking for your input on some of the specifics - check the thread in the Playoff scheduling forum for more info.

And with all that said now, we wish everyone gl&hf and may the best clan win!

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