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#1 2018-08-18 00:18:37

Black Adder
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From: Praha, Czech Republic
Registered: 2007-11-15
Posts: 7470

The Battle Has Begun! AoR Season 1 Is On


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Technical info for the clans

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

Here are some important new and also standard "old," yet relatively oft-forgotten topics, especially meant for new clans, but definitely not just, as yet again, we have novelties for everyone this time:
- Play only on your Main Nickname, and under your clan's tag. Do NOT smurf. Do NOT hide on some random secondary nick.
- Come to matches BEFORE the actual playtime. This is a common sense thing, but from this season, the actual rule has changed to really ram the point home, and you are to be match-ready, i.e. ready to launch, at the match time. Scheduled time is not the time when you suddenly remember you are to play. You remember that way before.
- Do not forget to upload games as soon as possible after each match - more info is posted in the Guide in your division - read that fully - that goes even for established clans who tend to forget about things over time as well smile We ask your patience with our uploader, it's not as advanced as at other places, but it tries its best :d Don't be mean to it and try to fill in the info diligently smile
- Multi-civving (playing a civ more than once in a team) is a real possibility, and always has been - if you feel you could have more fun by playing with varied civs, feel free to offer a gentlemanly agreement to your opponents to do so - after all, we're here to have fun, so why not give it a shot wink Same goes for slinging if you'd prefer playing without it. Quite frankly, the atmosphere and matches here should be quite similar to your run-of-the-mill games smile

New Clan Operators amongst us, check your forum PMs if you haven't yet for your Clan Operator log-ins you will need in order to update your clan infos and rosters. Also make sure to read the Guide to Season 1 in your division's scheduling forum explaining both the basics and the advanced stuff that you need to know for proper participation (including the group stage timetable). In case of any questions regarding the League, do not hesitate to contact your division or any other staffer.

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

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

Gl&hf and may the skill be with you!


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

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

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