Welcome to ESO Community, a community site for Age of Empires 3. The ESO Community strives to create a community site for AoE3 players a place to come together to discuss the game, share replays, stream the game and hang out. Tournaments are hosted seasonally with cash prizes. Check out the news posts below to see what's been going on recently.

We invite you to check out ESOC and join our forums.

The ESOC Community also develops and supports the ESOC Patch, which intends to make the game more fun to play without greatly altering it by including the following features:
  • Addition of several new exciting maps, as well as resource-balancing for classic maps
  • Balance changes which make all civilizations competitive in Supremacy games,
  • Anti-cheating countermeasures,
  • Quality of life improvements
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Hey everyone!

2016 has been a great year for ESOC. We hosted several successful tournaments, some community-made which is awesome to see, and we've already financed the entirety of tournaments in 2017. We hosted two seasonal tournaments in 2016 and even as we succeed, we are always looking for ways to improve. We have a few ideas planned for the next events rules and wanted to share with the community where we are heading. Feel free to leave your opinion in a post, at our facebook, or tweet us at @ESOCommunity

Maps

The tournament admins have selected the map pools for all our events. We don't see that changing as the tournament admin needs to be empowered to provide a diverse competitive event. Maps are one of our biggest levers in keeping AOE fresh.

Now that our ESOC map pool has grown quite large we feel that we can start to layer some player choice into the process in the form of a map veto. We believe this will give players the right level of impact on the map pool without impacting the tournament admins ability to keep the community and viewer interests in mind. More details will be released as soon as the signups to the ESOC Spring Championships 2017 open.

Furthermore we have decided to release the map pool for the entire tournament as soon as the signups open to allow players to prepare their matches and strategies optimally. This, along with the veto system, should give our players a better feeling about the map pools and their role in the process.

The Group Stages

The group stages will remain unchanged for now. We discussed a double elimination system but determined that a double elimination system is an overkill for our already very small player base and that a double elimination system won't work due to the amount of players who actually play after signing up. The group stages will remain as they are right now, we will however moderate if games are being played much more strictly.

The developers of ESOC are currently working on a personal page which should function as your scheduling and tournament hub. We hope this will be ready for the next tournament. As soon as it is ready it will make scheduling a lot easier, and will hopefully result in more games being played.

Media Team

Unfortunately, our dear friend @Jerom has decided to depart both the media team and the moderation team to put his focus on drinking alcohol his real life. He will still be active in game and on the forums for now, but he won't work for ESOC anymore. Jerom was an amazing asset to have on this team and website, and a great friend in times of personal need. Most of the news posts which ESOC tournaments are known for were written by him and he always chimed in with various problems within the team. I think I can speak for the entire team if I say that we will miss Jerom and all of his knowledge about consuming alcohol.

Organizing tournaments, managing the twitch channel, arranging casters and players, uploading and maintaining the youtube channel.. It can get hard sometimes. That's why, along with our recent search for casters, we're now also searching for a trainee or two within the Media Team. We'll teach you the ropes of managing the most successful Age of Empires 3 competitive scene and all of its assets. Interested in applying? Send me (Mr_Bramboy) a PM! There are no specific requirements, but having a little bit of experience and being active in the community greatly helps. (but is not needed!)

Once again, please leave your thoughts about the tournament reforms in a post!

The Road Ahead by n0eL

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With another successful tournament in the books in which LordRaphael slew the beast many of course are wondering, what's next? Well, good news...the ESOC team has a lot planned. But first, we cannot do anything without the support of the community. Again a great big THANK YOU!!! to all of you who donated during the last tournament. We raised 1520.08$ during the event, which has given us a jump start to the next set of events coming up in 2017. Thank you especially to the top donators:
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2v2 Invitational Event:
We have consistently seen in polls and forum posts that there is a strong desire for a team tournament. With that we are bringing you the ESOC 2v2 Invitational, which is targeted to begin in early 2017. This event will feature some of the the top team players and pit them off in a small bracket for a cash prize. If you have a teammate and have interest in participating, please PM @_H2O or @n0eL with your information. Please note, we are being highly selective with the teams allowed to enter in order to promote a high level team event without scheduling conflicts and a grueling schedule. Should this event enjoy the success we are expecting, we will look forward to doing more and larger events in the future.

Caster Applications:
Every great ESOC event is helped along the way by our great casting base. We are always looking to add talent and given the number of events we hope to run this coming year, we certainly will need it. If you are interested in joining the team, please see this post and contact @MCJim with the required information.

ESOC Patch:
As we saw in the recent tournament, the balance and the meta of the ESOC patch is changing. In efforts to better understand where the balance lies and what the perception of the community is with regards to balance, @Goodspeed has posted a poll asking for player feedback. Please take a moment to participate in the poll if you haven't done so already and voice your opinions in the ESOC patch forums. The team will take the information into account while discussing any potential changes going forward.
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The ESOC Autumn tournament has concluded! What a successful tournament it was! Congratulations to @lordraphael ! The amount of one-sided series was really low. Partly because of this, the tournament was even more enjoyable to watch. We at ESOCommunity find it really important to show as many games to the community as possible! However, there were a few moments during these 9 weeks of tournament action that were very stressful to us. Arranging casters, managing players to play at certain timeslots and making scheduling threads requires a lot of effort. But fortunately, we can feel satisfied!

I’d like to give all casters a big shout-out. Below is a graph that shows the amount of casted series done by specific casters (including groupstage). Without our casters, ESOC wouldn’t be as big as it is today. The tournament wouldn’t even have been interesting! A big thanks to @chrisie @EAGLEMUT @edeholland @Mr_Bramboy @AraGun @Jerom @sircallen @umeu @Interjection @Zutazuta @Aizamk @tibia @WickedCossack @n0eL @_H2O @Rikikipu and @Hazza54321 :flowers:
Click to see casting stats

The way we manage streams and casters has been improved due to our new policy. New casters have been given chances and the ability to stream on ESOCTV requires a lot more to ensure the best quality. Due to this we managed to cast 40% of all series played from RO128 to finals with a maximum of about 10 series per weekend (RO32 lasted 2 weeks).

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We really want to improve this! It’s way easier to manage a tournament with a large pool of casters. Therefore we need your help! Did anyone know Chrisie10101 before the Starvation tournament? The answer probably is no. Right now, Chrisie has casted 36 series in this tournament alone! He went from unknown to one of the most-seen casters in the biggest tournament AoE3 is able to host!

We would like to give you this chance too! Would you like to cast some games, solo or with a co-caster, do not hesitate and send us a sample! This is your chance to grow your casting skills and to be able to speak to a lot of people at the same time. You can even send a sample with a friend if you feel uncomfortable doing it alone. We will listen to it and give you our fair opinion, along with tips to improve. Keep in mind that we will select our casters for tournaments based on availability, casting skill and game knowledge. In case we have a positive feeling about these factors, you have a possibility to become a main caster of ESOCTV! From that moment, we can ask you whenever we want to cast a series. You can, however, always decide not to cast, we will never force you to cast a series. Everything is completely voluntary based. Is this something you would like doing? Send me a message including your ESO name and a sample of a casted match. You can either send a file to us or upload it on YouTube. If you have any questions, contact us!
We hope to hear more from you in the future! :biggrin:

- The ESOCommunity team