Newcomer Tournament and Season 7 Signups+plans

Newcomer Tournament:

Are you bored by the chaos of public games?
Have you ever wondered how this game plays in a 6 man team willing to speak and work together? Ready to try something new?

Join the Newcomer Tournament!

Bring your friends, or find new ones, and fight in a competitive 6v6 environment against other newcomer-teams to be crowned the best new NS2 team of 2015. All of this will be streamed by our experienced shoutcasters. Our previous one was a huge success so we’re hoping to see a lot of new teams signing up again.

When is the Newcomer Tournament?
The tournament itself will be played on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th of September.

But the fun starts when you are ready!
We strongly advise that all players who wish to take part start attending training and scrimming sessions hosted by experienced NS2 players every Sunday and Wednesday (see below for more information). This will give you the feel and the buzz of fast-paced competitive 6v6 NS2 before the tournament!

Saturday (Group Stage):
Start: 19 CEST* / 1 PM EST*
At most 3 matches, with 4 rounds each
All games, if not finished earlier, will end at 00:00 CEST / 6:00 PM EST

Sunday (Finals):
Start: 19 CEST* / 1 PM EST*
Half-Finals and Finals, played in a best of 5 format

* Depending on registrations these times might change.

Do I need a complete team?
No, you don’t! Everyone can register. It doesn’t matter if you register only yourself, with a few friends or a complete team.

During training sessions we will give you the opportunity to find other players. Also, we have an infrastructure in place in which you can actively search for a team or complement your roster.
Even if you don’t find a team before the day of the first match, we have some ideas for how you can participate.

Who can register?
All players who have not played in any of the Natural Selection Leagues (NSL/AusNSL) can participate.
If you have played only a partial season, you may still be able to participate. Just contact us (see below).

Where do I register?
Registration is run by the ensl.org homepage. This video explains the process. It is also the page where you can find teams, players, and your results. See our Help Document for more information!

Also please fill out this form if you wish to participate to make it easier for captains to sort out teams!

The Help Document and Steam Group
We provide much more information in our Help Document. Check it out for more information about anything related to the Newcomer Tournament. 

Don’t miss any news about the Newcomer Tournament by subscribing to our Steam Group.

Contact
If you have any questions not covered feel free to message us on steam: infamous and Kmacg Or you can email us at newbietourney (at) gmail.com

Also a special thanks to tudy who organised the previous newcomer tournament, his notes and previous work have been a big help.

Season 7:

Here we go again. It's almost time for another regular NSL Season, Season 7. We have been thinking hard to make it better than ever and we thought it would be best if seasons are compact, coherent across all divs, and focused. In other words, short and sweet. The season will have several steps in which it's planned and played out.

  1. Before the season starts, signed up teams will be seeded into one big list.
  2. That list will be cut to divisions of 5 or 6 teams.
  3. Teams will play out group stage as classic round robin we are all used to.
  4. Playoffs will consist of 2 top teams duking it out in the finals.
  5. After that the top team will switch place with bottom team of the higher division.
  6. New seedings are done according to rankings from group stage/finals and up/down switches.
  7. Before the next season starts, we crop the disbanded teams and insert new teams and are ready to cut into divisions again.
  8. New season, goto #2.

If we keep the div sizes to 5 or 6 teams, we will be able to run 1 season in about 7 weeks, including makeup and finals week. There will still be plenty of matches to play. There won't be disparity in season length in different divs. No downtime for teams. Teams will know that they are committing to exact time window and we might see less disbands/forfeits.

Some could say that if we mercilessly cut the seedings like this, some teams might wind up stomping or getting stomped. But that's the competitive life where we struggle to be the best (and have fun). This might force some team to practice against better teams and they might see quick rise in their skill. But honestly, you saw the last season, we cannot accommodate everyone to give nice equal matches and equal chances at getting to the playoffs. It's just not possible.

Organizational bits

Signups deadline: September 25th

Season start: September 27th

How to create a team and sign up
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 7 Signups
  5. Check the Contest page for your team name to see if you've done it correctly.

Good luck and have fun everyone!

Lambo on 23 August 15 08:28
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Farewells and Reorganization For Season 7

Today, I lay down my work for the NSL and resign from the Admin team. This post is to explain my reasoning and tell a bit of my experience in my tenure as League Admin.

My time as admin is rather short, but it was overall a nice trip. I had the pleasure of meeting many people and had the opportunity to peek behind the curtains of the NSL. Even more exciting, however, was the hands-on work of bringing ideas to concepts and concepts to action.

In my brief shift as League Admin I pressed for trying new things. Some of these events turned out poorly in hindsight while others had been quite entertaining. Ultimately, I leave that judgement up to you. The sense of responsibility when directing the "Main Event" and creating off-season activities can be very challenging. People within the NSL are very sensitive when it comes to NS2, and I think that is great, as it shows how much people care about this niche-game and its competitive branch.

Despite carrying this responsibility, my work was very fulfilling and, yes, actually fun. I would do it again. Sadly, this brings us to the point of why I'm not doing it again. Some might think I'm finished with the game or that there had been disagreements between me and other admins, but that is absolutely not the case.

The reason I've decided to step back from the NSL is partially for reasons outside the NSL and also because of events outside of NS2 - aka real life.  There comes a time when a person has to rebalance their priorities and in this case it comes at the cost of my position in the NSL staff. If you want to know more details, feel free to message me personally.

I'd like to thank the current NSL staff for helping me in many, many ways over my term. Furthermore I want to thank Pelargir and Zefram for drawing me into an Admin-Position in the first place. Pelargir especially deserves credit, not only for being a long-time admin over the years, but also for recruiting a completely new admin team single-handedly after Season 5.

As written above I liked trying out new ideas as an admin, and in my opinion the NSL needs to constantly adapt to circumstances and explore its possibilities. My wish is that the Staff continues to be open-minded and has the courage to turn their ideas into reality. For the League itself I hope that we keep going and have many more entertaining games in the future!

See you on the field :)

- tudy

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On the same wave, I have also decided to leave the NSL staff, and accordingly, resign from my position as Head Admin. I'll make it short as to not bother you with too much content on a single news.

I don't play NS2 anymore or barely. Contrary to a few former NSL admins, I don't feel fit to lead a league in a game I don't actively play anymore. I believe if someone is no longer passionate and motivated they shouldn't be the one making decisions at the top, especially when more qualified and enthusiastic people are available. I've been doing work for the NSL for about 2 years, and even if I keep an eye on what's going on, I don't feel entitled to the decision-making and direction of the future of this league.

Another cause for my retiring is also due to what is currently happening in NS2. You must know that once Zefram left his admin position months ago, the NSL lost its CDT relationship somehow. Unfortnately, this parternship has never been recovered. The NSL would love to commit a working relationship with the CDT (in order to extend and increase the NS2 community), but it seems this way of thinking hasn't been shared. Sadly this has devolved into the non-representation of the NSL in direct business of NS2 due to personal preferences of the CDT itself. I won't go further into this subject because, as a whole, I believe the CDT has done a really nice job, but there have just been some downsides bound to the group in the form of bias and subjectivity.

Finally, my other reasons are related to real life stuff - mainly my studies which I wont bore you with.

Aside from this, the years I've enjoyed playing NS2 and being a part of the NSL were incredible. It has been a huge journey participating in this competitive community. Every aspect has been absolutely gratifying. Really! I wouldn't be able to thank everyone that I've met, those who have left, and those who have stayed but yes, thanks!

In case you don't know, the other admins have been told about our retiring a week ago to have plenty of time to organize what will follow. Having recruited most of them, I decided to have no voice for the guy who will replace me, as I trust them to find someone to fit the role and keep providing entertainment for this commnity.

Again, thanks everyone and good luck to the new staff.

- Pelargir

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Both Pelargir and Tudy will be missed after working as admins for a long time, but this won't mean the league is gone. After discussing with the other admins we have come to a conclusion on what to do with the two missing members of our team. First and foremost, Yaluzan will be replacing Pelargir as Head Admin.

The job of the League Admin will be replaced by loMe (NA) and Lambo (EU) as Contintental Admins, with some help coming from Yaluzan. Additionally Feathermonster's role as Caster Admin will be consolidated into Prommah job as the Social Media Admin. The remaining positions will be held by the same people. 

We will also be posting information about Season 7 next week with signups opening that weekend. 

- Yaluzan

Yaluzan on 17 August 15 19:23
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Build 275 + Showmatch on Derelict (replays)

 

While we didn't mean at first to promote CDT builds, we couldn't just ignore it after 6 months without any official update. This build brings lots of welcomed features and performances fixes. Enough to mention the first spectator view finally fixed. Hurray!
It's now live on Steam and you guys will be up to play and roam around the dark corners of Derelict for a moment. Whether you like it or not, your opinion will matter on this subject. Would you like to see it introduced in the next season? If so, please share any feedback you might have about this new map (downsides and advantages). If it's quite the opposite, still, go ahead. We'll be pleased to hear all your feedbacks.

Now comes the bunch of links:

Official News on UWE website

Follow the upcoming plans through the CDT Trello Board

For those who missed it, last week, a showmatch was organized by the NSL and Hugh from UWE. Both teams fought on Derelict before everyone else and had the opportunity to discover and approach in preview all the new arts and assets used to develop and design Derelict. The replays are now available on NS2HD, click on the following link to catch all the feedbacks from our two competitive teams that gloriously competed on this abandoned facility.

Enjoy the first ever 6 vs. 6 match on Derelict!

Pelargir on 29 July 15 15:53
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Custom Map Cup & NSLTV Revival

Custom Map Cup

As you may have noticed already, a Custom Maps Cup will take place on Saturday, 25th of July and will end on the following weekend, Sunday, 2nd of August. Gather up your team and prepare to fight in an incredible and thrilling event. Multiple maps will be at your disposal for this very specific tournament. We've picked them due to their creators still working on them so any feedback and opinions you have will be valuable. Here are the maps you will play on: CagedFractureDocking2 and Prison. If you know of a map that you feel should be played, feel free to say so.

Also note that depending on the next official NS2 update, we might add Derelict into the map pool. All these maps will be played to serve one goal: you will test them in a 6 vs. 6 environment and you'll be the ones who will decide if those maps should be added to the regular Seasonal maps rotation. Although we appreciate and take into consideration anyone's thoughts, teams and players who have registered for the Custom Maps Cup will be responsible for the decision of whether or not to make a map official. One last point: we will are going to handle Derelict like a custom map, when it comes to adding it into Season 7 or not.

Yaluzan is in charge of this event and the one you'll have to contact about the Custom Maps Cup. You can also have a look at the thread he has made already on the forums to get more information about what's going on (especially the scheduling of matches).

Finally, go and sign up your team. This cup will be very exciting!

 

NSLTV is back again!

The resurrection of http://twitch.tv/nsltv for the SwS tournament went well! Our plan is to broadcast anything official (ladder, season, tournaments) directly from there. If you want to do such a cast, contact PelargirTudy, or Prommah for a stream key.

Further we would like to see NSLTV live as often as possible. Henceforth we would love to host your streams on NSLTV, whenever you are streaming something related to NS2. Be it a random cast or recording of a match you found, a first person gather-session, a live-stream of your map-building or just messing around in SwS with some friends. As long as it is NS2 we will be very happy to host it. Contact the previously mentioned admins for this as well.

On top of that, if you tell us in advance, we put your stream into our calendar. Some might have noticed that extra tab "NSLTV" under "Match Schedule" yesterday. This is where you will see the upcoming streams on NSLTV and if it is live right now.

This thread explains and sums up everything about NSLTV.

Pelargir on 20 July 15 14:03
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Season Finale Tomorrow - Sunday 19th July

Yesterday the division 1 final was confirmed by both teams to be played on Sunday, 19th July at 17:00 PDT (click here to see what that is in your time zone).

We haven't pinned down all the details of casting this match yet but, assuming that someone is available to cast, you'll be able to watch the match at http://twitch.tv/nsltv.

If we confirm any more details before the match, we'll update this post. Good luck to both teams!

UPDATE: Short of any unavoidable issues, Feathermonster will be casting the match at http://twitch.tv/nsltv

Prommah on 18 July 15 17:17
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