The competitive Age of Empires scene continues to boom as we leap into August! It seems as though a new tournament pops up every other day in which our community can take part; and whether you’re participating as a player or cheering on your favorites as a spectator, there’s plenty of Age of Empires action for everyone to enjoy!
Let’s take a look at some of the upcoming highlights of the esports scene!
Current and Upcoming Tournaments
August is already shaping up to be a full month with numerous competitions for all skill levels, as well as the return of a major tournament for another installment in the series! Below, you will find a list of details, brackets, and schedules where you can tune in to all the action; we hope you’re ready for an exciting month!
Red Bull Wololo 2
The Red Bull Wololo is back!
Following a short break, the Red Bull Wololo is returning for its second installment. A mammoth qualifier has been announced for players to earn their place in the main event alongside the pros and the returning Red Bull Wololo champion, Mr_Yo!
Join our host, ZeroEmpires, and some of your favorite community casters—T90Official, Nili_AoE, and DaveAoE—as they oversee the action of the premier Empire Wars tournament.
- Player Qualifier 2: Saturday, August 15th – Sunday, August 16th
- Main Event Day 1: Thursday, August 20th: 1300 GMT / 9AM EDT / 6AM PDT
- Main Event Day 2: Friday, August 21st: 13GMT / 9AM EDT / 6AM PDT
- Main Event Day 3: Saturday, August 22nd: 13GMT / 9AM EDT / 6AM PDT
Main Event Day 4: Sunday, August 23rd: 13GMT / 9AM EDT / 6AM PDT
Leveling Up for Sick Kids with LilTrouble__
This month join LilTrouble and fellow Age of Empires 2 enthusiasts in the #14forStarlight Fundraising Campaign! From the 13th to the 30th of August, a range of AoE2 themed events will be hosted at www.twitch.tv/LilTrouble__ all in the aims of raising funds for the Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia. To look into how Starlight is brightening the lives of seriously ill children and their families, head to www.starlight.org.au
The highlight of the campaign is a set of three Showmatches held between some of our favorite AoE2 Pro players! Over three different days, TheViper will face Hera, Slam will take on F1re, and MBL will be up against Nicov. However, these are not regular Showmatches! Across the 5 games played in each set, viewers and those who donate to Starlight will have the power to control the games via a bidding process.
- TheViper vs Hera: August 18 – 20 UTC
- Slam vs F1RE: August 22 – 04 UTC
- MBL vs Nicov: August 30 – 12 GMT
Also tune in for AoE Bingo, Jackbox, Truth or Dare, Live Music, and more!
Ornlu's Big Nomad Cup
The BIG NOMAD Cup—the first tournament hosted by OrnLu_AoE—is a 4v4 event that features eight teams competing on nomad-style maps! With a prize pool of $900, teams will need to coordinate the starting locations of their Town Centers and adapt to their randomly-assigned civilizations if they want to ascend from the chaos and achieve victory.
The event will be streamed on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout August, with the final matches taking place at the end of the month:
- Semifinal 1 – Tuesday, August 25th
- Semifinal 2 – Thursday, August 27th
- Grand Final – Sunday, August 30th
You can watch all the games live with your host, OrnLu_aoe, over on twitch.tv! All streams start at 16:00 GMT
Allies for Better Mental Health
The issues surrounding mental health, depression, and anxiety have been close to our hearts for a long time, and since the outbreak of COVID-19 across the globe, these issues have only become worse. Considering the difficult situations facing many people suffering from poor mental health, we would like to raise awareness within the online community through a 24-hour gaming stream on Twitch.
The stream will be taking place on August 22nd and will be raising funds for the Anxiety and Depression Association of America—a charity dedicating their time and money to raising awareness of and helping those affected by depression and anxiety.
During the stream, we will be diving into some exciting AoE II: DE content: ranging from show matches between several of AoE II: DE’s top players, as well as a 3v3 Empire Wars tournament and much more!
Ayre Age League Season One
Introducing the Ayre Age League: Season One. This is the first installment of the Ayre Age League, hosted by Jasent_aoc. 8 players will qualify from the starting group of 32 to fight for their share of the $500 prize pool.
This tournament will feature a unique map drafting system that draws inspiration from other esports titles. Players will ban and pick the maps from the map pool until there is one map remaining. This should make every match exciting as the strategy conforms to the deciding maps.
- Round One: August 22nd – 15 GMT
- Round Two: August 29th – 15 GMT
- Round Three: September 5th – 18 GMT
- Day One: September 11th – 15 GMT
- Day Two: September 12th – 15 GMT
- Day Three: September 13th – 15 GMT
- Finals: September 13th – ~19 GMT
Hera has excitedly announced the first Hera’s Dojo tournament, which is open to all members of Hera’s Discord!
The tournament is designed to help mid-level players (1v1 RM DE Elo: 1500 to 1700) improve with a specific match up against other players—all while having fun with the community.
This first run is only open to members of Hera’s Discord, so join here to sign up for future events!
- Round 2 Matches End: Wednesday, August 19th
- Grand Final: Wednesday, August 26th
The Finals will be streamed live by Hera, which you can watch on twitch.tv!
Battle of the Four
Battle of the Four—brought to you by fenrir5—invites four of the world’s best Brazilian Age of Empires players together in a round robin event. The four participants, F1re, Miguel, St4rk, and dogao will be battling it out for the lion’s share of the $900 prize pool.
- Day 1: Saturday, August 29th
- Day 2: Sunday, August 30th
It is expected that the players will stream their PoV during the tournament, so you can check each of their streams out, below!
The Crystal Cup—hosted by ShadowCrystall and ZeroZabias—is a single-elimination, 1v1 tournament designed to highlight up-and-coming players between 1200-1700 Elo. The tournament is offering a combined prize pool of $150 between the runner-ups and winners of each bracket.
Participants will be sorted into three brackets of skill with room for 32 players in each. Seeding is based on the average between your current and peak Ranked 1v1 Elo:
- 1200-1349 Elo Range
- 1349-1499 Elo Range
- 1500-1700 Elo Range
Sign-ups are open now!
Battle of the North
The Nordic countries will be battling it out in August to claim the title of Superior Nordic Country […at Age of Empires II random map team games]!
The informal mini-event, Battle of the North, includes players from Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark below 1700 Elo. Countries will play each other once in a BO3 series followed by a BO5 Grand Final between the top two nations. This for-fun tournament promises to offer balanced and friendly matches, as each team will be encouraged to sub in players between games in an effort to create the fairest match-ups possible!
The tournament will be streamed live by host your host, Akkalno, on twitch.tv!
Last month, several tournaments crowned their champions, including The Clown Cup 3 and The Death Match World Cup 3! If you plan on catching up spoiler free, we suggest you turn away now; spoilers ahead!
Death Match World Cup 3
The Death Match World Cup 3—hosted by Nili, Robo, and True—was a blast of fast-paced action! Last year in the Death Match World Cup 2, it all boiled down to TheCode vs. TheViper.
A year later, we find ourselves in the same situation: wondering if TheViper can hold his crown or if TheCode will be our new Death Match Champion. TheViper is well know for his adaptability and impressive skill across every Age of Empires settings. TheCode however, has been sharpening his Death Match skills, and is regarded as one of the best Death Match players in world.
Clown Cup 3
The Clown Cup 3 Arena Tournament, hosted by JonSlow, was a massive success! The popularity of Arena truly shined from the event, and we were treated with a unexpected gameplay and tactics throughout—some successful and others…less successful! With a community-funded prize pool of $1,375, players were motivated to compete and be crowned King of the Clowns.
The Arabia Invitational invited TheViper, Mr_Yo, Hera, TaToH, Liereyy, MbL, Daut, and TheMax together for an ultimate showdown!
As the name implies, every match was played on Arabia—a community favorite map—along with a draft system to promote some interesting match-ups and strategies on the classic battlefield!