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EDL #20
IRC: #EDL | Demos: http://demos.q2players.org
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Season #202022-08-16 15:40 | claire
Friends, it's time. After taking a year off, I'm hopeful we can all find new motivation and inspiration for the 20th season of EDL.

Unfortunately the playoffs of the previous few seasons resulted in a seemingly endless cycle of delays and finally unceremoniously fizzled out. I know I'm not the only person who was frustrated by this. The time off has refreshed me and I hope it did the same for many of you too. I think it's time to get back into it.

How can we prevent the mid-playoff burnout this time around? I'm not 100% sure, but I'm hoping that getting started a little earlier and shortening the timeline will help enormously. I'm hoping to have the group phase done in the fall and playoffs well underway by the winter. Depending on the interest level and number of signups it's possible we could have the whole season completed by the start of winter.

I'm also willing to put up a small cash prize to the winners as incentive to complete the season. I'm not talking about a lot of money here, but the old saying goes "money talks and bullshit walks." If anyone else in the community wants to donate a small amount we could possibly get a decent pot going. Let me know if you're interested.

As for maps, I'm open to anything. We can do the same old map pool, we can hold a vote and have players decide, we can scrape it and do all new maps. Let me know what you'd like to do.

Rules. I've started updating #19's rules for this season. Feel free to make comments and suggest edits right in the document. Please login to your Google account if you're going to though:

docs.google.com/document/d/1adBaNA7jdqhwzQqwI_-ABrrdq4CQ89BZAy9Xp8LM7jY/

If you have trouble logging into the q2scene.com website, don't remember your password, don't have access to the linked email account, or whatever, let me know. I'd rather get you into your old account than have you register a new one.

With that, I'm happy to say EDL season 20 is starting up. I wish you the best of luck and many spawn frags.

/claire
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Start Playing!2020-11-10 13:08 | claire
I moved dolarp to div2 which was way too big, so I had to split into 2a and 2b. Then all the matches had to be deleted and recreated. Unfortunately there is no automated process that can accomplish this, so it had to be done by hand. Meaning, if anything isn't right by now, too fucking bad it's staying that way.

So the schedule is set (complete with round date descriptions), start playing your matches!

You should familiarize yourself with the rules, you'll be expected to follow them: The Rules

General overview of how this all works (for newbs and oblivious veterans):
1 - Click on schedule and find your next match
2 - Click the "---" in the date column to get to the match page
3 - Post a comment with your availability. It is expected that you schedule your matches in the comments. If you schedule via some other method (discord, email, ICQ, whatever) paste the chat in the comments of the match. Admins can only see the comments, so we use that to decide on walkovers. No comments means you get no points if there is a walkover.
4 - Actually show up on time and play your match
5 - Start recording demos of each game before the start of the match. All Packetflinger servers force you to record, but other servers do not.
6 - Take a screenshot of every result during the intermission at the end of the match.
7 - BOTH PLAYERS ARE EXPECTED TO REPORT MATCHES to quake2edl@gmail.com with screenshots and a brief summary of who picked what or any other notable facts about the match.
8 - You'll receive an email with a URL to upload your demos after the match has been recorded.

You're more than welcome to play matches out of order or get them all played in a single weekend.

Group stage should last until just before Christmas. I would expect playoffs to start in early January.

Let us know if you have any questions

/claire
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Season 19 Groups2020-10-31 15:23 | claire
Happy Halloween! (not sure if this is an american-only thing or not)

Sorry I've been a little busy lately and haven't gotten this started yet. Initial groups are now up. I have 1 new player who contacted me via Discord about joining, so there might be an addition, but we'll see I haven't heard back from him yet.

Feel free to let me know if people should move around. I did take into consideration people wanting to be in high/lower divisions. I also tried to group people who are likely to flake out and disappear in the same group so only a single group per division might get ruined rather than both.

I added St1gmata at his request in the comments of the previous post and I removed Blaizz at his request due to time/IRL constraints.

Let's give this a couple days and then get started.

/claire
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Season 19 Open2020-10-04 09:43 | claire
It is my great honor and privilege to announce the opening of the 19th annual European Duel League!

First of all, I'd like to apologize for being so late with this. Life has been a little more busy than usual this year. For those of you who don't know, I work in IT for education and this school year has been like nothing I've ever seen as far as preparing for remote and hybrid learning and all the other craziness.

I know many of you have contacted me on Discord and email about wanting to join but having problems with your passwords or new accounts on q2scene. I'm hoping to get to all of those today.

Signups for EDL19 have been open for about 3 weeks now, and since I'm late with the official announcement, I think we'll keep them open until October 18. That'll give us a week to put groups up and get started on October 25. Last year we ended around March, which was a little later than I wanted, but I think that was my fault for letting things drag on (honestly I can't remember, it's all a blur).

My initial thought is to keep the map list the same as it was last year. Or at most swapping the one least-played map (ztn2dm3) for something else. Feel free to let us know in the comments what you think about this. There is no official vote or anything, but if a lot of players want a change we can do that.

If you're already signed up, thank you for participating in what I hope will be a good season. If not, I hope you consider joining and having some fun. If you are new to the scene you can sign up by clicking on the "Sign ups" link the navigation on the top left and then clicking the "sign up" button at the top of the list.
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Playoffs have started!2019-12-20 10:39 | claire
It's time for playoffs!

Groups and initial matches have been created. The deadline for your first playoff match is January 5. This extended deadline is to accommodate the holiday season where people are travelling and all that stuff.

Playoffs will be double-elimination, meaning if you lose once, you drop down to the loser's bracket. If you lose a match in that bracket, you're out. Generally speaking, the top 4 players from each group progressed. According to rule 2.C.iii.2., higher players from group A are matched with lower players from group B. The player with the higher frag count gets the home-team position as per rule 2.C.iv.1. Playoff matches are best of 5.

Now for the players: Division 3 was easy, simply taking the top 4 from each group.

Division 2 had a player from each group kicked out for inactivity. Division 2 didn't have enough players however, so two of the initial playoff matches for division 2 included the kicked players, but were automatic wins for the active player.

Division 1 is a little messier however. In division 1b, most obvious is the lack of PURRI. He informed ceba that he will be on an extended holiday throughout all of January. While it kills me to exclude a good player, I've seen too many EDL seasons drag on, fizzle and eventually die while waiting for players. We just can't put everything on hold for more than a month with the hopes that PURRI returns and plays his matches. Then fasadin contacted me saying he wasn't interested in playing in this season anymore. So 1b then includes 4bidden, aid, k1ra and GGG. Division 1a was more straightforward, but still had a point overlap between wst2 and Myrmidon^. The outcome of their match decided it as per rule 2.B.ix.1 and wst2 progresses.

Please start scheduling and playing your matches. Just because the deadline is a couple weeks away doesn't mean you have to wait until that Sunday.

Good luck!

Edit #1:
I missed that bo7asky and keizer also had the same number of points, and since bo7asky won their match that puts him in second place in 1a. That so I had to switch their matches. I also swapped match 2 and 3 in all three trees to prevent top players (point-wise) from playing each other too early.
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