This month’s Red Bull Wololo tournament made for some truly amazing Age of Empires II action; now, after two weeks of qualifiers and a four-day main event, a champion has been crowned in an undeniably decisive victory!
A Quick Recap…
The Red Bull Wololo was played using a modified version of ‘Empire Wars’: a game mode unique to Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition which—until now—had not been used in a large-scale tournament setting. Players skip the Dark Age entirely and begin each match in the Feudal Age: with 27 Villagers already collecting resources, several resource drop points, a Barracks and a Blacksmith. Loom is also unlocked automatically to account for the Feudal Age start, and the standard Scout is replaced by two Horses.
Each game in the Red Bull Wololo was also set to a 700-year time limit—or roughly one hour of game time.
The mode was selected by Red Bull and tournament host Nili_AoE due to the instant action and fast paced gameplay, creating a more engaging viewer experience.
Setting the Playing Field
Two 256-player qualification brackets were played over the two weeks leading up to the main event. The top four players from each qualifier earned themselves a place in the $20,000 tournament, as well as several veterans who received an invitation directly:
With the brackets set, these talented individuals prepared themselves as the Redbull Wololo finals commenced! April 30th marked the first of a four day spectacle with intense battles and fantastic, quick-paced plays!
If you missed any of the Red Bull Wololo and want to watch spoiler free, you can watch the entire event over on the Red Bull Esports YouTube channel or in the videos below!
Day One – Round of 16
Day Two – Round of 16
Day Three – Round of 8
Day Four – Semi-Finals and Grand Final
The road from the round of 16 to crowning a grand champion had plenty of surprises in store. If you don’t care about spoilers, you can catch up with the full story by expanding the spoiler, below.
We would like to send a special thanks out to everyone who made this event possible! Thanks to Red Bull for sponsoring the tournament, to the amazing community hosts who shoutcasted or rebroadcasted the tournament all around the world, and to everyone who tuned in, cheered for their favorite players, and helped make this tournament a huge success!