A digest of information in one page!

Season 6, Replays, Maps and Diamond Gamers tourney.

First of all, good job to most of the teams for scheduling or playing already their Week 3 matches. It's been really nice to watch lots of games and especially more on new maps. Stay tuned to more upcoming games by looking at the Calendar on the right sidebar, by joining our NSL Steam group, and/or by following our Twitter

For those who may have missed a few matches, I've posted links to the available replays on the forums. If you have a recording from your own point of view and want to share it with other players, feel free to post them as comments on the following threads: Weeks 1 & 2Weeks 3 & 4

On the schedule for Weeks 3 and 4 are the custom maps Mineral and Nexus. These two maps have been added to the season rotation because we thought they had the potential to improve a lot, but to achieve this, their respective mappers need your feedback. The feedback is very important for the future development of these maps and even more particularly if we want them to be played in future seasons as well. Do not hesitate to post them on Mineral's and Nexus' dedicated threads. You'll get a free hug from MasterG and malx if you do so.

On another note, you may be interested to join the DMD "Rumble In The Hive" event. This event will be happening every Friday for 4 weeks, from April 17th 8pm EST, through at least May 8th. There is no obligation to attend every event. 8 vs. 8 games will be played in a Best of 3 format, and teams switch sides after every game. Each team will play 2 other teams, for a total of at least 4 games but no more than 6. Your first match will be played on NS2 Summit and NS2 Veil. The second team you play will be on NS2 Orbital and NS2 Tram. No one knows who's on who's team. (Completely Random. Premier/Div 1 excluded (sorry guys)). To be added to the roster and see more information - please click this link! You're in for a treat!

Calendar, Rules, and Feedback

I meant to add the calendar here. Or least, that's what I was going to do but that was before Simple went and fixed the Calendar widget, so give him your thanks and adoration. Now we'll be back to our classic news without putting that silly Google thing there and you can, as you used to do before it broke, look at the right of the website above the shoutbox to see all the upcoming matches (unless there are none, then it won't show). One thing you should be aware of, you need to setup your timezone on your settings account if you haven't done this already to make matches appear in your local time. Once again, thank you a lot Simple. You're the best! Same goes to Feathermonster for fixing the font on the website and more important, fixing the mobile stuff (the site shouldn't look weird on your phone now).

Another thread has also been opened for any bugs related to the website. Maybe Jiriki will fix them. :p He changed the gather music already, do you guys recognize what song is now playing?

This aside, Unique has posted an article about the rules that apply on our Teamspeak (ensl.org). Contact him for any issues. He's also at your disposal if your NSL team needs a channel for matches or scrims.

Feedback? Did I say feedback? Yes, we need even more feedback but for another matter. Narkoweed is looking for thrilling action that you may have experienced during one your matches in this season. It can be anything, but he is aiming to make a highlight video to promote the NSL and also to gather all the best moments of Season 6. You wanna make this to happen? Post your action or everything you've seen so far that might be nice to see in a video here. An example? Watch this.

CDT Maptesting

Talking about maps, remember that the old official Maptesting group is back and managed by one of the CDT members: Zavaro. They need players and if you feel motivated and interested to help make the upcoming official maps better than Eclipse, you should go join. You can find more information here and sign up an application there. You're curious now? What map is this? If you wanna know more, join the Maptesting group.

Pelargir on 08 April 15 10:32
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Updated Rules, CEST, and Week 2 in Progress

Let’s start things off by saying the rules have been updated for this season. Go read them here, the link in the top navigation will be updated to link to it ASAP. It is very important that everyone participating in the NSL, no matter what their title, know the rules, not just players and referees – casters, after all, are responsible for being a referee if none is assigned to the match.

Division 2 will find that their schedule for the season has been changed due to a team disbanding.  Div 2 is now 10 weeks long with each team playing all their opponents twice through the season.  You can check out the updated schedule on the Div 2 summary page.

 

Missed some week 1 and 2 matches? Pelargir has posted the replays on the forums.

With your week one matches (hopefully!) out of the way, your week two matches should be scheduled and completed by April 1st. Make sure you are double-checking your time conversions for intercontinental matches, as CEST starts this weekend!

 

Again, here’s the calendar for the upcoming matches. Unfortunately this embedded calendar isn’t nearly as flexible as the sidebar calendar that we had before – like, for example, it doesn’t convert it to your actual time zone. The below calendar is now set to CET (to be CEST this weekend) so that will leave everyone to do their own conversions. I’m still hoping that we will be able to get the old one fixed before we’re too far into the season but if it doesn’t, at least we’ve got something.

Of course, you will get match notifications if you’re in the NSL Steam Group or are following the Twitter account, so those are great options for those who hate doing math. Or you can just type the time – say, 20 CET – in to Google and it’ll give you your local time.

 

Time zone conversions before CEST start: AEDT = +10 | CET = +0 | EDT = -5 | PDT = -8

Time zone conversions after CEST start: AEDT = +9 | CEST = +0 | EDT = -6 | PDT = -9

Feathermonster on 25 March 15 20:29
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Season 6 Starts Today

Season 6 Banner

We are happy to announce that Season 6 starts today. You can find the schedules for Division 1, Division 2, Division 3, and Division 4 under current contests.

From the map pool Kodiak and Caged got removed in favour of the custom maps Nexus and Mineral (any feedbacks are greatly appreciated). Let's welcome these new maps and follow the long-term goal of improving the map pool. Further it will be interesting to challenge our opponents on new grounds.

With the first season in 2015 there also comes an update on its rules. The update includes the new map rotation, rules about using substitutions (mercs), clarification on Server Sides in Playoffs and tying up some loose ends. You will find the new rules soon under "Contests -> Rules".

So, let's delve into Season 6 and start scheduling your matches today!

Good luck and good games to everyone!

 

The first games are getting scheduled and played already. Here is an overview over the upcoming matches (empty brackets mean, that there is no caster assigned, yet):

tudy on 15 March 15 12:17
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Season 6 Seedings: we're back again!

Here's a quick news post to gather opinions from Div 2, Div 3 and Div 4 teams about what format you would want to get implemented for Season 6. For this particular reason, and due to complaints from lots of people in regard to the current seeding chosen, we have to make a final choice. Well, better to actually say you have to make a final choice because we're coming to you with 2 different formats.

Please note that this doesn't concern Division 1 because our view on it will not be changed. We're asking teams leaders to vote on which solution you wanna see for Season 6. Other constructive comments are also valuable and minor changes may happen to the second solution, which is our current choice but will use the other if teams prefer it.

Check out both solutions here.

Please let us know what option you would prefer by leaving a comment here.  Any other comments from people who are not the leader of a Div 2 or lower team participating in this season will not be taken as a vote. You're still free to give your feedback as player, though. Do not clutter the comments below. Forums rules apply, we expect people to act kindly.

We leave you until Saturday morning, European (CET) time to tell us your vote. Once this time reached, we'll go for the most approved solution and nothing will be reverted later on.

Thanks.

Pelargir on 13 March 15 00:08
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A new NSL staff appeared!

First of all, I need to thank Zefram for the huge amount of work he has invested in to this community as Head / League Admin, and also as member of the CDT. For those reasons, Zefram has been added into the Extra Staff section. It is common knowledge to most already but for the few people who haven’t heard what’s going on, please check out this previous article.

 As a result, changes had to be made to ensure the success of the upcoming season and more importantly to guarantee the maintenance of the NSL while bringing more games to competitive NS2. I would like to announce that in accordance to internal discussions, a new staff roster has been selected and is hereby effective immediately. It’s my pleasure to introduce our new staff members: Yaluzan, Tico, Warforce, and Vindaloo. While I’m at it, let me add that these changes may be modified in the upcoming weeks in order to get the most productive staff possible.

 One of the biggest changes is to split the Head Admin position by reimplementing the League Admin title in addition to Head Admin. They will work together in running the NSL, with the League Admin focusing more on tournaments, including the regular season, while the Head Admin focuses on managing the NSL staff and members as well as having the final word in discussions. Tudy and myself will be handling these roles as League Admin and Head Admin, respectively. To help run and organize the regular season, continental admins will also be added: Tico as the NA Admin and Yaluzan as the EU Admin. The Referee Admin, now in form of Vindaloo, remains, with his field of activity focusing on managing Referees and everything related to rules. Feathermonster will take care of the Casters in addition to running the NSL’s Social Media (Twitter, Steam group announcements, and website calendar). Sephy and Unique still handle the gathers and NSL Teamspeak, respectively. While each staff-member has his or her own task area, we all continue to provide feedback and advice to each other.

 There are no other changes for anything associated to the website itself at this time. We are still looking for motivated people with the ability to work in a team to code for the website (Ruby knowledge required). You can also help by becoming a referee or caster -- just contact Vindaloo or Feathermonster, respectively.

 As conclusion, let’s wish the new staff success in bringing us more matches and events in the upcoming months. Stay tuned and also join the NSL's Steam group, to be informed about Season 6, which will be on its way very soon. We hope you will all enjoy what we have planned for the future of the NSL.

Pelargir on 07 March 15 19:25
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