AvatarMC Soon™ - Issue 45: Bending Tournament v.4 - Earn Free Cosmetics and More!

2018-11-01 12:11:23 +0000 UTC by FireLordIzumi

Event: Gaoling Bending Tournament 2 vs 2 (hopefully): Discord Direct Link

Congratulations to _Guru for getting first place in the October tournament, with lemur68 getting a close (?) second! It's time for our fourth iteration of the bending tournament! Please read below for more information:

  • When will it be?
    • The event will take place on Saturday November 24th at 5PM UTC. Time-zones are funky and I don't want to convert that into 500 time-zones factoring in whether or not their clocks changed yet. Please use your trusty friend Google to find exactly what time this is in your time-zone. We understand that some people may not be available during this time and will make an effort to have them at varying times in the future.
  • How do I join?
    • Please join the discord (link at top) and sign up in the Tournament Chat or message a moderator / chat moderator in-game. If you can not get in contact with one, you can send FireLordIzumi a message on Skype (FireLordIzumi) or Discord (Mako#2066).
  • Am I limited to the bending I chose?
    • No! This event will take place off the main server by doing "/server event" once the event is open for joining. You will be able to select any bending you wish and change it at any point before the tournament officially starts. The event server will be open 30 minutes before the tournament starts to allow players to have time to pick.
  • Will there be elytras?
    • At the moment we have decided to not provide elytras for players to use. These can be used to avoid combat completely by Airbenders and serve no purpose in combat since they are disabled after taking damage.
  • 2 vs 2? How will that work?
    • Assuming there are enough players and an even amount of sign-ups, the tournament will be in a 2 v 2 format. We will try our best to make the teams Newbie + Veteran vs Newbie + Veteran.
    • You will be able to damage your opponent, so make sure you pick elements that complement each other and ones you know how to control.
    • Thanks to FireLordIzumi and his generous donations, each first place winner will get the first place prize. Each of the second place winners will get the second place prize as well.
    • If there are not enough participants to make a fair tournament, we will revert to the normal 1 v 1.
  • Will there be stats and levels?
    • Just like on the main server you will have stat points to allocate using "/c". You will be automatically set to max level and have all moves available from the moment you select a bending. You can reset your stats throughout the tournament to change your build based on the bender you will be fighting by speaking to the stat spirit near spawn.
  • Will there be rewards?
    • First Place: A choice of any single item from the donation store or 500,000 in-game currency. Winner chooses which.
      -- Please note: You can NOT claim packages. Only single items. A free character slot, blue firebending, special hat, etc.
    • Second Place: 200,000 in-game currency.
    • Third Place: The joy of knowing you're nearly better than everyone, but not good enough to actually win a tangible prize.
    • Participation: Everyone who signs up for the tournament and participates in it without missing any matches will receive a participation prize. This will consist of 6 cosmetic heads and a tea leaf. The cosmetic heads will be 3 Ender Pearl heads and 3 Slime Block heads. First and second place winners will receive this as well.

  • How often will these tournaments be held?
    • These tournaments will be held on the last Saturday of every month. The times of the tournament will vary so make sure you're available before signing up! Sign-ups are closed once the tournament starts; however, if someone doesn't show for their match in round one we do accept subsitutes. There will be an announcement similar to this every month for it!
  • How do I join the Discord?
    • First, you need to create an AvatarMC Forum account by performing "/register" while on the server.
    • Once you have the forum account set up go to discord.avatarmc.com and log in with your forum information. This will link your account to your Discord account.
    • If you already have an AvatarMC Forum account but don't remember your log-in information please contact GuoKao.
  • Various notes on how the event will function below:
    • The tournament will operate off a public leaderboard that you can request the link to at any time (after the tournament has started.)
    • Veterans will face veterans in the first rounds and newer players against newer players. Veteran players will fight first. This is the give the new players an opportunity to watch and learn from the fights before and give them a better chance at beating a veteran player.
    • Time will be controlled so that Firebenders and Waterbenders will receive their day or night damage boosts throughout the fight for only part of the fight. High noon bonus and full moon bonus will not occur in any fight.
    • This tournament is not only a way for you to earn free cosmetics, but also a way for us to gain balancing opinions on the elements. After the tournament do not be afraid to share your opinions on the server discord or on the forums!

If you have any questions regarding the event, you can ask in our discord, announcement on the forums, or message a moderator in-game.

We hope you join the fight on Saturday, November 24th at 5PM UTC! Discord

The Gaoling Bending Tournament Report: October 2018

2018-10-29 20:49:11 +0000 UTC by QuietDove

Welcome back to the Tournament Report! It's me, QuietDove, back with another round up of the best of the action from this months tournament.

If you want me to sum this month up in one word, it would be "Long". The tournament took over two hours to complete. I came out of the womb faster than that!

Anyway, here's the report!

Competitors Direct Link

I am delighted to say that this was one of the biggest tournaments we've ever had, with 20 competitors taking part. And with defending champion Porku unavailable, the tournament was wide open.

After their absence last month, it was nice to see a non-bender taking part this time around, new build team member Sabb_ was the brave soul taking that role. The other elements were represented by:

Air - Vincebobogunoosh, J_L_T, mastrgamr, Cheesesandwich, radostin04, lemur68, lolcreator8000,

Water - _Guru, TheSirDoc, YaguraKaratachi, Greeniac916, zcvn

Earth - martdamp, Sodie_Pops, TurboClicks,

Fire - FireLordIzumi, Creepreek

As in previous tournaments, air is the favourite choice for most competitors. It is the most successful bending style in all the tournaments so far, with two victories.

First Round Direct Link

As we had 20 competitors, the tournament ran slightly differently. Rather than everyone playing the same number of matches, some played an extra round to make up for it. This resulted in four (or three in this case, but we'll get to that later) matches in the first round.

To make a change, let's start with two humble underdogs. J_L_T has barely recovered from his devastating loss to Radostin last time out. This time is up against a late replacement, the newly coronated build team leader Turbo, a man with no fighting experience what so ever! If J_L_T was going to get his first win, surely this is the best chance. The fight is not a classic display of bending prowess, if we're being honest, but both fighters showed plenty of heart and gave it their all. J_L_T does prove victorious in the end, not even a restart could stop him! Turbo, however, gave a good account of himself on his debut.

In the other fights:

  • Vince and FireLordIzumi played out an odd fight, with Izumi wanting to test some new tactics. Vince easily prevails and advances to the next round.
  • TheSirDoc vs mastrgamr was next on the agenda. Doc provided a professional and efficient victory over mastrgamr, despite the latter seeming to forget about assigning stat points.
  • Guru was given a bye to the next round, after Caljitsu somehow mixed up Sunday and Friday.

Second Round Direct Link

There is only one place to start with the second round. The fight between Vince and Mart. Let's just get this out there, this is possibly the best fight we've ever had in these tournaments.

Vince went in as the favourite, particularly as Mart had underwhelmed in previous tournaments. Mart needed a good performance here, mainly for his own reputation, but also because Vince is one of the best benders on the server.

The fight was brilliantly tight, both fighters landed good hits on one another, and neither gave the other an inch. It was a terrific display of bending prowess, Vince showing his obvious skill, and Mart blowing away the cobwebs on his talent. As the fight came into its closing stages the tension was palpable, you could cut it with a blunt penknife. It was oh so close, Mart landed with a shockwave that nearly hit Vince, but he was wise to it and landed a perfectly aimed Air Spear that finally knocked Mart out. But how close did Mart come to victory?

5hp.

That's all that was between Mart and one of the best victories we may ever see. Well played by both, it was a privilege to watch.

Elsewhere this round:

  • Cheese and zcvn (may the lord bless him) fought a one sided bout that ended with zcvn (blessed be his name) suffocating himself in a wall...again.
  • Sabb marked non-bendings' return to the tournament with an excellent win over lolcreator, as he made good use of his long range attacks.
  • Creepreek was soundly beaten by Lemur, who rarely looked like losing this one.
  • TheSirDoc continued his promising start by defeating radostin in efficient fashion.
  • J_L_T couldn't carry his momentum through to this round after he was, eventually, beaten by Greeniac.
  • Sodie was given a bye into the quarter finals after Mew failed to show. She was buying a kebab or something...


Now, last and most certainly least, was the fight between Guru and Yagura (henceforth known as Azog). One word to describe this one, LOOOOOOOOONG. It took 25, soul crushing, minutes to complete. I would like to formally apologise to both Skeleton and Shila, I never thought I'd see a fight reach the same level of tedium as yours in the first tournament, but I was wrong...

As the minutes started to pile up, I began to wonder if I would ever see the light of day again, or would I just be locked in the inescapable trap of an all waterbender fight until the heat death of the universe. I began to consider the meaning of life and stared out of my bedroom window. I saw a spider hanging there, outside, on the pane of glass. I began to ponder what this spider could be thinking about at this moment, is it thinking about eating flies? Terrorising me? Observing the beauty of the warehouse that you can see over the back hedge of my garden? What a dull life spiders must lead, hanging there day after day. If that spider can survive that, then I could surely survive watching this fight...

HOW MUCH HEALTH?!?

Ok, fine, back to the spider. God, I hate them, too many legs. At least it was safely on the other side of my window, which will remain firmly shut until I'm certain it's left, or is dead. Yes, I know they kill flies, and that's a good thing, but I just can't help it, they're horrid! Someone change my mind, help me see the beauty within!

What's that? You want to know about the fight? Ugh, fine... The fight ends once Izumi removes their healing, and Guru wins. NEXT PLEASE!

Quarter Finals Direct Link

The first semi final featured Vince, who now had momentum behind him, facing off against Sodie, who was about to take part in his first fight of the tournament! Sodie showed little sign of rustiness as he went toe to toe with Vince initially. The fight was tight once again, but Vince soon gained the upper hand and shook off that earlier close call with Mart, striking Sodie down and advancing to the semi-finals.

Cheese and Guru were the next into the ring. Guru was on top at the start of the round, landing several consecutive hits on Cheese. Cheese was unable to get a decent run of hits in, and was forced into defensive mode for much of the fight. One final flurry of hits proved to be Cheese's undoing, he was out as Guru advanced to his second successive semi-final.

The fight between Lemur and Greeniac proved to be a surprisingly entertaining affair. Both fighters were well up for it and attacked with little let up. It was certainly a long fight, there's no getting away from that, but the action was constant and it was enjoyable to watch. In the end, Lemur was just too much for Greeniac, and he prevailed.

The final quarter final was between SirDoc and Sabb. Sabb was able to keep Doc at arms length for most of the fight, preventing the waterbender from landing any significant hits. Once again, Sabb showed the benefits of non-bending in his victory.

Semi Finals Direct Link

Confession time, I had to leave about halfway through the first fight of the round, to eat dinner and to watch the Mexican Grand Prix (it was important, ok!). Izumi kindly provided me with his chat logs which give a broad overview of what happened, however, my patience only goes so far... Here's a brief summary of what happened:

Guru and Vince took ages to end their fight, but Guru won in the end. Happy with that? Good.

Lemur and Sabb took no time at all to finish theirs. Lemur seemed to win in about a minute.

Final Direct Link

Again, I was watching the Grand Prix at this time, so I can only go on what the chat logs say.

Guru won, I don't think it was a very interesting fight. But still, a waterbender won! Hooray!!!

Oh, and if you're wondering what happened in the Grand Prix, Max Verstappen won the race, but Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world championship! It was probably more entertaining than the latter stages of the tournament, let's be honest here...

Awards Direct Link

Best Fighter - Normally, this award goes to the winner of the tournament, but I'm going to give it to someone else this time. Turbo! After stepping in as a late substitute, he gave an excellent account of himself. It took courage for him to come in with absolutely no fighting experience at all, and it's exactly what these tournaments are about!

Best Fight - There is only one winner here. Vince vs Mart. Will we ever see a more closely fought bout? It would take a hell of a lot to dethrone this one as the best of all time.

The Cure for Insomniacs Award - Several candidates for this one today, but let's be honest, it was always going to be Guru vs Azog.
Don't make me think about it again....

Funniest Moment - zcvn. Just him...

Last Notes Direct Link

Once again, thank you to everyone for taking part! I hope you all enjoyed this special themed tournament. Also thanks to FireLordIzumi for organising it, MewRayquaza for building the dragon statues, and Martdamp, for making sure the server worked!

Details about the November tournament will be out in due course, so keep an eye on Discord for that.

Enjoy your Halloween. QuietDove, out!