Season 5 Seedings

Like at the start of last season, please discuss in the comments section below. They are subject to change as the discussion warrants.

SEASON 5 SEEDING LIST

 

We've got less than a week before sign ups are closed. Let's register teams as soon as possible. Week 1 starts September 27th.

Also, for teams participating in the Nations Cup, be sure to schedule and play your matches before Season 5 begins.

Zefram on 15 September 14 12:56
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It's Not Too Late

UWE Sponsored NSL Servers

For quite some time, the league hasn't had any servers of its own. Instead, we relied upon the generosity of community members such as Vindaloo, Wasabi, Kaneh, and the NS2-Fr community to provide as we played matches during last season, the draft tournaments, and our daily gathers. If I've missed anyone, please let me know and I'll add you to the list. Just wanted to give a big thanks for stepping up when the community needed you.

We also want to give a huge thanks to Unknown Worlds for their continued support of our league. As of this week, they've decided give us FIVE servers to use however we'd like. The servers will be ready to use within the next few days and are located in London (2), Paris, Los Angeles, and Singapore. Look out for them and the password will be "ns2nsl". Thanks again, UWE. This coming season will run a lot smoother with your backing.

Nations Cup

The Nations Cup is on! At the very last minute, teams from the UK and France joined Poland, Germany, and the USA in the competion to determine which country houses the best players in the world.

The format will be similar to the draft tournaments that were held this summer with each nation playing every other nation once in the round robin group stage. Each match will consist of ONE map. One point will be award for each round won. After all the matches are played, the top TWO point totals will move to a playoff best of FIVE final.

Once you've scheduled your matches, please leave a comment on the match page with the time and date it will be played.

Although there are dates for each match, the expectation is that teams will schedule matches at both teams' convenience and wrap up the group stage and finals by September 20th. As most of the nations are European and can play on the weekdays, please allow a few hours on the weekend to play the USA team.

Referees and Casters, please check out your subforums for the google doc sign up sheet. Thanks!

Season 5 Starting Soon - Sign Up!

Please don't forget that Season 5 will be starting on September 27th. There's still plenty of time. You can sign up until September 20th. A seeding list will soon be out to solicit opinion to help put teams in the division that best suits them. In the meantime, if teams are scrimming, have pcws, let me know so I'll have a better idea of where to place you.

You can contact me through comments in this post, PMs through the website, but most easiest through Steam.

Instructions on how to create a team and sign up are below.

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 NSL Season 5 Sign Ups.
  5. Check the Contest page for your team name to see if you've done it correctly.

 

Apologies for not getting a post out earlier this week. Good luck, everyone in the Nations Cup and the coming season.

Zefram on 31 August 14 05:50
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And So It Is

August EU Draft Tournament Canceled

Due to low player turn out, the August edition of the EU Draft Tournament has been canceled. Although 25 players signed up, enough for 4 teams, only half the players showed up on Saturday. If there's enough interest in pushing the dates back a week, we can resume the tournament. Please leave a comment below if that's something you'd like to see. Also leave a comment if you enjoyed the format or not and why.

Competitive Mod Open Forum

An impromptu meeting of the Competitive Mod team is scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, August 24th at 1PM EDT / 1900 CEST. It's to discuss a revision of Iteration 3 and make a more solid version before Season 5 starts. Because this meeting was scheduled with short notice, another meeting the following Sunday, August 31st at 1PM EDT / 1900 CEST will also be held for anyone who would like to join us.

Both will be held in the NSL Teamspeak (ip: ensl.org) in the Competitive Mod channel.

Sign Ups - Nations Cup & Season 5

Just a reminder that it's not too late to sign up for the Nations Cup and Season 5. Check the previous post for more info and instructions on how to make teams and sign up for each contest. If we don't get at least 4 national teams for the Nations Cup, it will be canceled.

Zefram on 23 August 14 23:29
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Be a Part of the Action!

Draft Tournaments - August 23rd & 30th

Last month, in the first ever NSL draft tournaments, over 100 players were divided into 13 never before seen teams. Players ranging from Premier division skilled to pubbers who had NEVER played a 6 v 6 match competed side by side to see which rag tag upstart team would come out on top. In the North American / Australian Draft, Team Carnage prevailed, while Team Ownzor won the EU Draft.

August brings around another chance to form new teams and play this mixed format again. It's encouraged that you invite friends and new players who might be slightly interested in playing 6 v 6 competitive matches. It's a small time investment and not too much pressure to perform well.

BOTH draft tournaments will be held on the same weekends. Play begins on Saturday, August 23rd and 30th at 20 CEST for the EU Draft and 5PM PDT / 8PM EDT (Sundays, 10AM AEST) for the NA/AUS Draft.

The EU Draft will be held on Friday, August 22nd at 19 CEST.

The NA/AUS Draft will be held on Friday, August 22nd at 7PM PDT / 10PM EDT.

Basically, the same start and draft times as last month. Sign ups for both below:

EU Draft Sign Up & EU Draft Responses

NA Draft Sign Up & NA Draft Responses

If you're really a fan of this fun filled format, you may be able to play in both tournaments on different teams and be able to play an inordinate amount of matches those two weekends.

Nations Cup - September 6th & 13th

The highly anticipated annual Nations Cup will be held on Saturday, September 6th & 13th. Teams from every nation will battle it out to see which country will be named, "Best in NS2". The number of players from a normal team will not be limited on a national team. More than 1 national team may form. If a country has more than 1 team signed up, those teams will have to play a best of 5 match to determine which team represents that country in the group stage of the cup. These pre-qualifier matches must be completed before the start of the September 6th round robin stage. Round Robin / Playoff format follows.

Instructions on how to create a team and sign up are below.

Season 5 - Week 1 Starts September 27th

Although Season 4 ended less than two months ago, it seems like ages since we've had official matches or any activity. Have no fear, Season 5 starts soon! Sign up early and have your team seeded into divisions. A seeding/divisional list will be posted in a few weeks when we have more teams signed up. Let's make next season the best season.

Season 5 will be very interesting. With the work the Community Development Team has put towards performance and other server options and the continued effort of the Competitive Mod, it's almost a guarantee that we'll have an amazing experience.

Instructions on how to create a team and sign up are below.

 

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 Nations Cup 2014 Sign Ups or NSL Season 5 Sign Ups.
  5. Check the Contest page for your team name to see if you've done it correctly.

 

This wraps up everything planned until the holiday season this year. More annoucements and concrete news will be posted as we get closer to the dates for Nations Cup and the start of Season 5. If you have questions about anything, PM me through the NSL website, message me on Steam, or leave a comment below.

Let's start playing!

Zefram on 03 August 14 08:15
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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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