Note: This schedule is subject to change at any time. We always try to stream as much as possible, however, matches in this schedule may not be casted due to the lack of casters available at specific times. Series which are stricken through are being played, but not streamed. Want to get your match casted? Schedule a specific (GMT) time and tag the media team. This schedule will be updated as more matches are scheduled. Every match will be streamed on

All times are in GMT.

Saturday 27/05
loloekie10 vs faulo9 (Was rescheduled to sunday)

n0el vs fearfuloatmeal

Runtius vs iamturk

NekoBerk vs RSY

Flontier vs. MacacoAlbino

QueenofDestiny vs MASTERDutch

KINGofOsmane vs KickAss_OP (Showmatch)

Sunday 28/05
_NT_sven vs. star9

loloekie10 vs faulo9

JorisIV vs. bwinner

Victor_swe vs. hleung


Semifinals Preview by sircallen

A duolckrad and SirCallen collaboration
Mitoe – Mancl’s fist

Principal practice partner of the legendary _H2O, Mitoe’s claim to fame in the ESOC tournament era has been in his ability to come up short when it matters. After falling in the Ro8 in both Summer and Winter 2015, Mitoe showed promise during the ESOC Invitational and Starvation tournaments, but ultimately disappointed with an early Ro16 exit in Autumn 2016.

With his advancement into the semifinals, this is the furthest we’ve seen him yet. It hasn’t been an easy road – Mitoe took a close 3-2 series against The_LastSamurai in the Ro32, and an even-closer reverse sweep against PrinceofKabul in the Ro16. But with a convincing 4-1 victory over snowww, Mitoe looks to be in great form, and a strong contender for the gold.

Though mechanically sound, Mitoe’s greatest strength is in his clever builds and thorough preparation. Often devising builds around specific features of the map and crafting civilization picks matched to his opponent, he is one of the smartest players around.

BlackStar_OP – Return of the king

Two years ago he toppled the mighty _H2O in the enthralling finals of ESOC’s first ever, highest turnout tournament, ASC Spring 2015. Absent from tournament play in the subsequent year, BlackStar_OP has now come back to find his throne under new management, though he looks eager to reclaim what might rightfully be his. Thus far he has smashed through Couprider, Hazza54321, and Tit without dropping a map, and shows no signs of slowing down.

Blackstar’s detractors could argue that his bracket so far has been of an easier orientation, that his absence from tournament play has rendered him weak against an improving field, and that his relative lack of preparation compared to his opponent will catch him flat-footed. But make no mistake: this is not a player to underestimate.

Virtuosic in all of AoE3’s many facets, it’s difficult to say where his weaknesses lie. A strong opponent moving forward, his fellow competitors would do well to prepare for his oncoming tyrannical crusade.

LordRaphael – A throne under siege

The talented StarCraft II player and old-school legend forever cemented his name in Age of Empires history after handing _H2O (a player of such high stature he is mentioned more in this semifinals preview - a tournament he did not enter - than any one competitor) his most decisive defeat yet, claiming the title and winning ESOC‘s Autumn Championship 5-1 in unprecedented and unlikely fashion!

However, is this impressive display the truest performance we can expect from our current throne master? In his four-series trek to the semifinals LordRaphael has shown himself vulnerable, barely eking out a win over meta-master Goodspeed and dropping games to the good-but-not-great cramper and Stanley_Winston along the way.

Yet do not be fooled! In his triumph over _H2O, he sported similarly close series on his path towards victory, taking ageofkiller and goongoon each into the final map for their respective matches. Indeed, with a lone exception in Winter 2015, LordRaphael has dropped at least one map in every single post-Ro64 series that he’s played in. At this point, we could call his tendency to drop games a style more than a weakness.

Look to see long wait times between games as LordRaphael wisely contemplates the correct civilization pick and warms his hands with the nearest hair dryer, ready to showcase his tight, mechanical play.

Kaiserklein – Wildest of cards

It is fair to call Kaiserklein the underdog of his semifinals series and, should he win here, his matchup in the finals. His name does not often share the same sentence with the likes of BlackStar_OP, LordRaphael, and Mitoe, but nevertheless he finds himself seated at the decisive table of four in ESOC’s largest ever prize pool event.

And indeed, Kaiser has proven himself worthy of his placement. The Germans expert has been improving immensely over the past year and is a serious contender for a first-place finish. Kaiser has put together an impressive showing this tournament, taking down ESOC’s favorite staff member Pezet, aspiring bailbondsman Tedere12, the one and only SoldieR, and team game master Knuschelbär.

An important milestone in Kaiser’s AoE3 career, a victory over LordRaphael will embed his name among the top players and earn him a mention in every tournament prediction thread to come. But for the present, he need only stay focused on the match ahead, select his civilizations carefully, and avoid succumbing to the specter of tilt.

As Kaiserklein sets his sights on LordRaphael, and as Mitoe and BlackStar_OP prepare to go head-to-head, it’s still anyone’s game. It’s anyone’s throne.

Hey everyone!

As you have undoubtedly noticed thanks to our friendly Nightbot spam service twitch bot, the Media Team was actively looking for new members to join the ESOC Team. Over the past few weeks we have received a lot of great applications for the Media Team, and today we will announce the candidates that succeeded. If you applied and were not accepted, do not be sad and try to use the feedback we gave you and try again next time.

Without further ado, let's announce the new Media Team members!


Congratulations guys! We hope that you will assimilate in the ESOC Team quickly and we hope you enjoy your stay. These three will mainly be responsible for the future tournaments, so please give them a warm welcome! They will begin during the next small tournament. What kind of tournament? That's confidential.

I would also like to use this opportunity to announce some staff changes in other teams. Some new members weren't ever announced before! In the development team, we're happy to re-introduce @Rikikipu and @Ashvin in the team. They both left around the same time a few months ago but have decided to come back and they're already working on great things! Though unknown in the community, @AresS6 has joined the development team and he will be helping @tilanus with designing new badges, banners, and tournament overlays. In the community team, @kami_ryu joined the team a month ago and he has been happily working ever since. Meanwhile, @Papist has returned from a very long break and he will join the rest of the community members.

Speaking about the development team, @musketeer925 worked on two exciting new features in the past few months. The first feature that I am personally very pleased with is the thread creation tool, which allows us to create scheduling threads with one click of a button. This might seem irrelevant to you, but it saves us time and, more importantly, it allows us to store these threads automatically so we can use them for other things, namely the second exciting feature: My ESOC. My ESOC is your personal homepage. It displays your pending tournament games, map pool, and scheduling thread. It also automatically converts the GMT time to the time in your country, to avoid problems with converting timezones. Note that in order to see your pending tournament games, the results of your previous series have to be submitted first. You can find your My ESOC page by clicking the link down below. note: my esoc is currently not working due to a bug. this will be fixed soon.