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AoT Grand Finals Live Today!

posted by Black AdderThursday, 25 June 2015

The most important match of the season is here - the Grand Finals of RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League, Season 24 have arrived. 2k for jesus and Deities of Death have battled through all the rounds of the group stage, all the notches in the elimination bracket, and as the only two undefeated clans now face each other in the final fight that will decide it all.

Read ChronoJJ's Grand Finals preview

Today, you, the fans of both Age of Mythology and RTS League, will learn the truth - who is the best clan in the whole of Age of Mythology? Who deserves the right to fly the prestigious Golden Banner?

Tune in to www.twitch.tv/RTSLeague at 18:00 GMT/20:00 CEST/14:00 EDT/11:00 PDT and find out!

In the meantime, take your guesses in the comments, support your favourites in any way you can, and, also, be sure to read the preview of the last battle of the season again compiled by ChronoJJ that will tell you all there is to know about the two Finalists.

Brackets, recorded games archive on our web or at RTS-Sanctuary (some games, not all, are played on Voobly Balance Patch and require it to play properly)

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Count and J4Jc3 Agree on 3-1 Result for AoT Finals - Q/A with Leaders

posted by Black AdderThursday, 18 June 2015

Grand Finals of RTS League's Age of Mythology: The Titans Clan League, Season 24 are getting ever closer, and everybody is expecting one of the greatest clashes in (not only) recent history. With the way 2k for jesus stormed into the last fight of the season, sporting a line-up of condensed skill headed by TheMista, they seem to be the favourites to claim their first Gold ever, but they also possess a rather rich history (also as MpT) of choking right at the last moment! Deities of Death, on the other hand, are multiple-times Champions and know how to handle themselves under pressure, housing similar amount of experts in their deep roster, allowing them to respond to various specific situations with real power, so in the end, finding real favourites in this stacked match-up is real tricky, as this match promises to be an epic experience that can very easily go either way.

But that's just our outlook, and you and the clans sure have other ideas about who and why should win, so it's time to get down to the bottom of it, to find the truth, time for questions to be asked, and answers to be posted - and who else should be more qualified to speak about the two great clans facing each other in the Grand Finals than their leaders, [JSS]Count_Von_Count and [DoD]J4Jc3?

Get ready, fasten your seatbelts, mods prepare the fire extinguishers, and here we go - it's time to learn the truth about who will win Season 24's Golden Banner (or is it?):

First of all, who will win the series and in how many games?

Count: Most definitely JSS! I do think DoD has some really good players. They perform well in teamgames and most of them are very nice guys. But honestly, do you think they can compete skill-wise with the JSS team? I don't think its coincidence that DoD had so much trouble beating LaD in the semi-finals. At this moment they are just not our level. They might win one game, because they pull off something surprising. I think 3-1 for JSS would be a decent guess.

J4Jc3: Obviously DoD. We never lost to JSS/ex MpT before, there is no reason to lose now. I think we'll win 3-1, with our only loss being on Medi, because that’s just not a real map. Besides, we don't want JSS to die after RTSL, so we have to give them one win at least to keep the hope up.

Obviously DoD and JSS are both very successful clans, do you think they can be compared, or are they totally different?

Count: Very, very, very different! Firstly, JSS is not a clan, we are a Team. We have no clan-hierarchy, my teammates aren't obligated to visit a forum daily, nor is it possible to apply for JSS. Just before every RTSL-season we publish our roster for the next season. I know every other JSS player very well and appreciate them for who they are. That’s one of the reasons the atmosphere in our team is so awesome!

J4Jc3: They can't really be compared considering DoD is the greatest clan in the history of AOT and JSS is more of a "team" than a real clan. Besides, we've won RTSL so many times that I lost track of it, while JSS hasn't won a single season yet. That's like comparing Zeus full upped myrmidons with Odin's unupgraded TA. Yes, TA counter myrms like JSS’s gods counter us, but the difference in class is just too big.

Count/J4Jc3, it seems obvious the two of you manage your clans very differently. How would you describe J4Jc3/Count as a leader?

Count: J4Jc3 (Deni) reminds me of Sepp Blatter. The entire community knows he is corrupt. But no one seems to care. When I visited the DoD forum for the first time, the first topic I bumped into was named: "the clan-hierarchy". This topic contained a silly speech explaining where people "belong". At first it made me laugh, but when I took a closer look I realised how ridiculous it actually was. Also why is Shelty not in DoD-A? He’s probably the best player DoD has right now!?

Furthermore J4Jc3 likes to refer to himself as the "the dictator". He has been in charge of DoD for ages right now. DoD has won many titles and been an outstanding aot-clan since 2005. Even though I would feel very uncomfortable leading a clan like he does, it seems to be working very well.

J4Jc3: What Count did is construct a team of elitists who feel they are entitled to win an RTSL title. Even his own members feel they are pushed out of the clan if they do not perform as good as the JSS top three. I think we are all aware of Falco's story of not being allowed to participate in RTSL because he hasn't eaten a pizza with Count yet. What kind of a leader does that?

What do you think is the most effective way of managing a clan? By participating in RTSL yourself, or more as an outside observer?

Count: Both have pros & cons. By actual playing in the games myself I have better view of what actually happened at "our side" and of course it's easier to make calls in game. On the other hand it might narrow my point of view and I might be biased because it’s easier to blame others for your mistakes than admit you f*cked up yourself.

J4Jc3: I think I should be in the RTSL hall of fame for participating in most RTSL games, participating in most RTSL finals and winning most RTSL finals. That being said, when you participate in the game yourself, your decisions regarding team choice are compromised. Besides, I hate losing and by participating even my day-to-day decisions may be compromised. Therefore, it is best to put a highly respected clan member in the team who will take the lead while I'm managing the clan from the side.

Well. TheMista has been in DoD 2 seasons ago. In the Finals vs. TSM he pulled off some pretty strange tower-rush start with Odin. Actually how valuable is TheMista for a clan? And can he be trusted?

Count: Haha, that particular game was lost by Firefox. Themista actually did a very good job considering he was facing Player (the only 18+ player TSM has). Firefox on the other hand managed to lose his side vs Fen. I have no idea what precisely happened behind the scenes. But J4Jc3 is the guy in charge right? If Themista wouldn't listen, then just substitute him…

The fact that he can play random god and is the best active player atm, makes him a very important part of the team. But we have many important "parts". There is a reason why we didn't lose a single game yet this season. We managed to perform strong vs every clan in every game no matter who was playing. And that's a team-effort.

J4Jc3: While in DoD, Themis hasn't contributed to anything. He didn't post, he smurfed too much, he didn't put the DoD tag on the top of the ladder, he didn't play team games and he blew away the RTSL games. He betrayed the clan and got banned. That being said, I convinced him to apply for JSS and Count to accept him so we could crush him in RTSL, but unfortunately, we didn't meet until now. There is nowhere to run anymore.

Both teams seem to have a lot of solid players. Who do you fear the most? And who's the biggest "noob" at your oppo's team?

Count: Good question! Well, the guy I fear most is Titou. He has had many good performances and is the best at what he does. In contrast to Cyclone (LNC_Imonfire), Titou has better macro management and is therefore one of the guys I rather don't face.

Rangers has been underperforming this season so far, so I don't mind him playing. I did expect more of him. Also J4Jc3 himself is one of the guys I would like to face. The fact that he has very little understanding of any other god than Thor makes him a grateful victim.

J4Jc3: I normally fear Ert the most, because I tend to lose to his Ra a lot. But that's just because I play Thor, my players mostly play Oranos and Ert is bad against that, so my main fear is Count. He is skilled, experienced in TGs and takes the lead in his team. A team with someone in charge is very dangerous. But I'll appoint a team captain myself, so it won't really make any difference.

The biggest noob in JSS is definitely Chef. Although I can't really judge his skill considering it is not possible to play with him, from what I've seen, Chef cannot compete with the others.

How do you guys communicate in-game? Do you use a voice-chat and do you have a shot-caller?

Count: Yep, we use Skype while playing RTSL-matching. Communicating this way is way easier and faster than typing. I would advise every clan to do so.

Haha and yeah about the shot-calling. Most of the time me and Themista are shouting all kind of random things like "You have Idle vills over there!" or "I have the feeling that I'm gonna get doubled in x seconds!" and sometimes more directly like "Start micro'ing with your f*cking Turma!" Chef and Ert are more quiet and try to make all of Themis' and my wishes come true. I think in the medit game versus LNC Chef said at least 20 times "Aye Count/Themis, I'll take care of that."

J4Jc3: We don't use team speak and we mostly don't have a formal shot-caller (although I'll probably appoint one for the finals). Some players like myself, Rangers or Killerboy naturally talk a lot in game, but mostly it's an overall team effort.

It hasn't gone unnoticed that JSS won every single game at Medit with 3 Zeuses this season. Some say triple Bolt is just imbalanced and can't be countered. What do you think about the Bolt strategy? Will JSS use this start as well in the Finals? And will DoD have an answer?

Count: The triple bolt strategy started as a decent way to get rid of the teams with lots of Lag. We decided to bolt one guy into the graveyard and rush the other side to win in like 10min. If games against (no offense, but mostly Brazilian) clans get late-game, the lag is just unbearable.

Now we still use Medit because we know we are better at multi-tasking than our opponents. We can micro water, micro land and take care of our own economy, while some less-skilled opponents have trouble doing the same. Water maps are more complicated and therefore require more skill and a higher APM. I believe that JSS excels in both.

J4Jc3: I think triple bolt is extremely lame and should be fixed immediately in the balance patch. It should also be prohibited in RTSL. I think JSS will most likely use it again in the finals, but we have made extensive preparations to counter it.

Thanks for taking the time to share some insider insight into this eagerly anticipated match-up and gl&hf! The entire community is looking forward to the games!

Count: Thanks!

J4Jc3: Thx, looking forward to the games!


So, that's how the clan leaders see it. And how about you? Let us know!

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Stacked AoC Season 37 Opens the Gates!

posted by Black AdderSunday, 31 May 2015

Amidst the plethora of tournaments currently running or being readied to run in this golden age of AoC, RTS League's Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Clan League remains the undisputed king of clan tournaments for 14 years now, in each season crowning the currently best clan in the whole of AoC. CZ Clan has now been able to capture that prestigious Title two times in a row, and is most assuredly hoping to extend that starting streak - but the competition is extremely fierce this time around, with so many top clans with even more expert players having their go at the elusive, yet so coveted Golden Banner - who will be its 37th holder? The months to come will tell.

Be sure to follow RTS League unfold and cheer for your home clan or favourites on our community channels, which are also the best place to learn of our upcoming live streamings or YouTube uploads - I can assure you, you wouldn't want to miss those!

And who's going to take up arms and duel in the fighting pits?

As always, we're welcoming clans of all skill levels to have a go at fun in our unique competition, a place where you can play with the best of the best and at the same time with people loving the game the same as you. And if you're good enough, there's even the golden topping of becoming the Champions - so, whose names will be cried in ecstasy over their extraordinary efforts this time?

Division 1 - Arg, CZ, Inv, Klrz, kLu, LoS, RED
Division 2 - BF´, CsI, LOTD, McL, TheJedi, VLNS, WolfpacK
Division 3 - BeasTs, BuzZ, PoJ, RFR, RoR, Rv, WSq
Division 4 - DaD, LyF, nC, Ripper, SPP, ThW, TK

Tonne of quality all around, with megatonne of fun attached. This will be good.

Have you picked your favourites yet? Let us know on our community channels listed above!

And to the clans - may the skill be with you!

Technical info for the clans

Divisions 1-3 will be staffed by nC_Andorin, 4 by Black Adder.

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

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

Scheduling forums:
Division 1
Division 2
Division 3
Division 4

Gl&hf!

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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.

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 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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