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Master League Season 2

What passing-bells for those who lose like cattle?
— Only the monstrous clicking of the mice.
Only the stuttering keys’ rapid rattle
Can bring them to paradise.
Many mockeries of them; and prayers and bells;
But one voice rises above the choirs,—
The shrill, demented choirs of AEcoh;
Cheering on destruction and all the vic’tries.

What champion will rise to honor the call?
Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of the challenge.
The victories of Isildur were their pall;
Now they must fight to defeat the master
Lest their records declare further disaster!

"Anthem for Doomed Gamers" — Wilfred Owen, 1917

Master League 2

Master League Season 2 is coming to your screens very soon! First announced after the grand finals of resRachel’s Autumn Open, A_E fired up the Patreon and Discord boilers so we are full steam ahead as the S.S. Master League sails towards RelicHQ. Expected arrival is Q4 2022 as CoH3 goes live!

What’s new?

The Master League is overhauling its funding scheme. Gone are the bourgeois hierarchies that separated patrons based on their socioeconomic class. It has been replaced with a new totalitarian Soviet model where everyone contributes $10/month and is treated equally (just don’t ask why your neighbor’s family is gone). Everyone will have an equal vote on tournament formats and, as always, we encourage you to contribute your own ideas. This is a community-funded program and we want to see what YOU want to see!

This time the tournaments will have even more variety. Previous ideas like commander terminator, faction swapping, and lower Victory Points will be elevated to new heights while new features and mechanics will be introduced to turn things upside down. We’re moving beyond strict 1v1 events; a 2v2 event is in the pipeline and we might, under the right circumstances, have larger tournaments in the future. Customized options such as larger maps, lower upkeep/higher popcap, and custom commanders (as seen in The Angry Dutchman’s summer tournament) are just some ideas that are floating around out there.

Finally, if you were a Patreon supporter of the Master League, thank you. You should have received an email and a Patreon feed update a couple weeks ago (24-25 October) about the changes. If you want to sign up as a patron, welcome aboard!

The Tournament of Tournaments

The first event in this new season of the Master League is the Tournament of Tournaments. Patreons will be in a tournament of their own to decide which format will win out. The winning format will feature in the very first event of this new chapter of the Master League. For more details, watch the video linked above!

The Autumn Open

resRachel’s Autumn Open came to a brisk end a couple weeks ago. There were some great matches, some nail-biting upsets, and a spectacular steamroller over of a grand final match. You can read more about it by visiting the announcement post or check out the brackets by following this link.

About the Master League

The Company of Heroes Master League is a community-driven project that showcases CoH’s competitive scene. It features frequent tournaments and is broadcast live on Twitch. The prize pool is funded by members of the community chipping in small dollar amounts every month. By becoming a patron, anyone can have the chance to vote on a variety of things that affect future tournaments and events via the exclusive Discord channel that brings together fans, players, and the organizers. In addition to the regular tournaments, the Master League is a living history of Company of Heroes. Detailed statistics of past tournaments are documented and results from the most recent events are used to seed players in upcoming tournaments. This is to ensure that the Master League stays as competitive as possible while providing an archive of past achievements. The best part about this is that the data is free to access and available to the public! Check it out in the Master League spreadsheet. For more information about the CoH Master League, read the announcement post and, if you’re interested in getting involved, visit the CoH Master League Patreon page.

Additional Links

  • Become a patron at the CoH Master League Patreon page!
  • Catch the best action of the Master League tournaments via Twitch.
  • Tournament of Tournaments announcement.
  • Autumn Open Grand Finals/ML season 2 video.
  • Check out A_E's YouTube channel here.
  • For a history of competitive CoH tournaments and to see how seeds for the Master League are calculated, click here
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