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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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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