Season 4 Wrap Up & Revised Plans

Season 4 Wrap Up

With all the finals played, Season 4 is officially in the books. Congratulations to the following teams for winning their divisions.

Division 4 - PinkFluffyGorges

Division 3 - Gorge Busters

Division 2 - 2hrsLater

Division 1 - Gnarcolepsy

Premier Division - Titus Gaming

For a more indepth look at the season, please head over to the Season 4 Wrap Up & Feedback thread in the forums.

The Competitive Mod

With the season ended, the third iteration of the Comp Mod has gone live. Please continue to leave thoughtful and reasoned feedback in the forums. This iteration is still experimental and we need games on it for feedback. Summer events will be played with this version.

Revised Plans - EU Draft Tournament

After an unsuccessful attempt to get enough teams to sign up for the EU Night Cup, registration for the EU Draft Tournament is now open. The draft tournament will be held over two Saturdays on July 26th and August 2nd starting at 19 CEST on both days. Times are not final and subject to change depending on the amount of players who register. This tournament will feature a round robin format. All things being equal, teams will not be seeded and each team will play each other once.

Maps to be included for play in this tournament include the standard rotation PLUS ns2_caged (ModID - 63c559c) and a beta version of Kodiak for the 267 build, ns2_kodiak267 (ModID - 88fecb5).

The draft will be held at 19 CEST Friday, July 25th. It will be held on the NSL Teamspeak server (IP - ensl.org).

You can sign up for the draft tournament using this form here.

You can view the players who have already signed up here.

The North American & Australian Draft Tournament started this past weekend and it was loads of fun. I hope the EU one is just as successful in bringing players together from every division and a safe and easy way for pubbers to experience 6v6 in a friendly environment.

Zefram on 10 July 14 03:51
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European Night Cup #1 & NA/AUS Draft Tournament

With Season 4 still winding down and the final FIVE matches left to be played, we have a lot of teams and players drifting in a nebulous state, wondering what they must do to quench their competitive thirst. Wonder no more. Sign ups for the first European Night Cup and North American/Australian Draft Tournament is officially open! Details, specific to each contest, below.

Players and teams from any region may sign up for either event, but because of the nature of these tournaments, please know that there won't be special accomodations for region or time zones. Please do not sign up if you or your team can not make the times.

After these tournaments are done, we'll switch it up so that players from every region can play both formats. These contests are extremely casual and a great way to get your friends or other players, who aren't currently on teams, involved. Invite newcomers! This could be an exciting way for newly formed teams to make a splash on the scene also.

All contests after Season 4 concludes will be played with the third iteration of the Comp Mod. Feedback still required.

European Night Cup

The night cup will be held on Friday, July 11th starting at 19 CEST. Is this time and date ok? It's subject to change if another time is more suitable for everyone. Please leave your feedback. This cup will be a double elimination format. Teams will be seeded and bracketed based off of those seedings. League rules apply otherwise.

If you don't have a team, it's easy to create one with the following steps. If you want to register a pre-existing team, skip to step 4.

  1. To create a team, register an account and go to Agenda -> Create a new team
  2. Get your players to register and tell them to Join your team in their Agenda.
  3. To accept your players on the team, go to Agenda -> Click your team name -> Edit (scroll down) -> Members -> Change their status from Joining to Member, Leader, or Deputee.
  4. To join the tournament, go to Agenda -> Click your team name -> Edit (scroll down) -> Contests -> Join European Night Cup #1 2014.
  5. Check the sign up list for your team name to see if you've done it correctly.

North American/Australian Draft Tournament

The draft tournament will be held over two Saturdays on July 12th and 19th starting at 5PM PDT / 8PM EDT (Sundays, 10AM AEST) on both days. Expect to play for 4 to 5 hours each weekend, depending on participation. Again, these times are tentative too. If there's a more suitable time for the majority, please leave comments. This tournament will feature a round robin format. All things being equal, teams will not be seeded and each team will play each other once.

The draft will be held on 7PM PDT / 10PM EDT Friday, July 11th 2014 (12PM AEST Saturday, July 12th). It will be held on the NSL Teamspeak server (IP - ensl.org).

You can sign up for the draft tournament using this form here.

You can view the players who have already signed up here.

The Rest of Summer

After we try out these events and figure out the best way to run them, we'll have a shortened sign up period and go through the cycle again in late July/early August. The Europeans will have a chance to do a draft tournament and the NA/AUS players may do another draft tournament or a quick night cup. In late August, we'll hold our annual Nations Cup. If time permits and with enough interest, we'll have our third custom map cup, before the start of Season 5 in September.

Zefram on 27 June 14 09:56
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Playoffs : The Final Frontier

Season 4 Finals

Can you believe it? We're down to the final five matches of the season. Congratulations to the teams below! The deadline for these matches is ideally slated for Sunday, June 29th, but if scheduling issues arise, please let me know. Keep an eye out on the Match Schedule widget to the right for times. These are all Best of 7 matches.

Premier Division - Titus Gaming vs Legendary Snails casted by Wasabi & Ren26

Division 1 - Envy vs Gnarcolepsy casted by Seb & TBA

Division 2 - 2hrsLater vs Table for Six by Schwa

Division 3 - Gorge Busters vs HBZ casted by chewycentre

Division 4 - [karvalakki] vs PinkFluffyGorges casted by vindalo0

Summer Shenanigans

Many have waited for summer events. Wait not much longer. Shortly after the conclusions of the playoffs we'll have our very first NA/AU Draft Tournament. At the same time, for the Europeans, the first Night Cup for Summer 2014. Both are anticipated to start in the middle of July. Because of the time differences, we'll be holding separate events for each region. Although players from any region may participate, please keep in mind that there will be no dispensation for location and games will be played at the most convenient time and servers for NA or EU. Depending on the success of each event, we may switch it up so players from both regions may participate in each format. In August, there will be a Nations Cup and, if time permits, the third Custom Map Cup before Season 5 begins.

All events will be played with the third iteration of the Comp Mod. Feedback is still being read, so please post your criticisms.

Sign ups for both will be opened within the week.

The Odds & Ends

We're brainstorming ways to reinvigorate our gather system. Please give us your thoughts. We'd like something more casual, but still organized, that new and familiar players can get in and out of easily. We just want to best serve the community's needs. Thanks for your help. Join the NSL Gathers Steam group.

Also, please welcome Feathermonster. She's been a caster all season and has helped with updating the Google Calendar/Match Schedules. We've brought her in to help with our social media presence and Steam group. You can follow us on twitter, @NSLNews, and a Facebook page to be announced.

Zefram on 23 June 14 07:25
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New head admin

As I just announced on the UWE forums, I am retiring from my competitive "career" in NS. Basically over the last months it became more and more obvious to me that I can't (and don't want to) keep up the same amount of time for a gaming hobby anymore. This includes playing in a team, casting and of course organizing anything. Hereby I step down from my position as Head Admin of NSL.

New head admin from now on will be Zefram. I think there is no introduction necessary, you all know him from his great work at being last Season's League Admin.

Since I just posted walls of text in UWE forums, I keep this rather short. Thank you guys for everything, NS will always be a big part of my good memories. Although I played NS from the very first version on (as Joe Average pubber without skill), I only started committing time heavily in 2009 after watching HLTV demos from ensl.org and getting interesting in competitive play (as blind without skill). And now, after 5 years, it is time for me to let go. Believe me when I tell you that this doesn't come easy to say.

Long story short, I hope this community will thrive as long as humanly possible. Thank you for everything.

blind on 14 June 14 05:50
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Playoffs : The Wrath of Comp

With the final Premier regular season match and a Division 3 Quarterfinal played yesterday, every single division now enters the Semifinals. The deadline for these matches has been pushed back a week and moved to June 22nd to accomodate several teams in each division. Let's get these matches scheduled and played. Finals are scheduled to be played before June is over, but may spill into July.

With the season winding up, let's plan for summer! All suggestions are welcomed.

The season will finish with the second iteration of the Comp Mod, but the third installment is already under way. You can read the change log and comment here. For preliminary testing, the beta version of the mod (ModID ec5a96e). Please keep in mind that this is just for testing purposes and NOT the final form.

Zefram on 09 June 14 15:00
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