AvatarMC Soon™ - Issue 43: Special Themed Bending Tournament - Earn Free Cosmetics and More!

2018-10-09 12:11:23 +0000 UTC by FireLordIzumi

Event: Gaoling Bending Tournament: Dragon Themed Discord

Congratulations to Nanook for getting first place in the September tournament, with Porku getting a close second! It's time for our third iteration of the bending tournament! Please read below for more information:

  • When will it be?
    • The event will take place on Sunday October 28th at 5PM UTC. This is 1PM EST / 5PM GMT+1 / 8PM GMT+3 / 3AM GMT+10. 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.
  • 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, 1,000,000 in-game currency, a limited-edition dragon head and a dragon egg statue!
      -- Please note: You can NOT claim packages. Only single items. A free character slot, blue firebending, special hat, etc.
    • Second Place: 500,000 in-game currency.
    • 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 2 Cow heads, 2 Sheep heads, and 2 Pig 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 Sunday October 8th at 5PM UTC! Discord

The Gaoling Bending Tournament Report: September 2018

2018-10-01 18:39:11 +0000 UTC by QuietDove

Hello, after a brief hiatus last month, the tournament report has returned! The third of our monthly tournaments certainly didn't disappoint, with some classic fights being fought, and one of the tournaments biggest controversies to date.

Competitors Direct Link

For the first time in the tournaments history, there were no non-benders taking part, hopefully we see them return in October.

The other four elements were represented by:

Air - Vincebobogunoosh, Porku, Cheesesandwich, J_L_T, radostin04, SkeletonXF238, nanook4219

Water - Guru_, zcvn, Kidletz5

Earth - FireLordIzumi, Caljitsu, Sodie_Pops

Fire - MewRayquaza, Failbourgh, Creepreeck

Once again, air proved to be the most popular choice, especially after Porku's success with it in the last tournament. Perhaps it's popularity is a sign to even organisers that the competition may need levelling out.

First Round Direct Link

The first fight saw a tasty matchup between FireLordIzumi and Vincebobogunoosh, a pre-tournament favourite. The fight was something of a formality as Vince was able to comfortably dispatch Izumi, throwing down the gauntlet to the rest of the competition.

Another notable match was the surprisingly entertaining encounter between Caljtsu and Porku, the defending champion. Cal found more luck than his fellow earthbender, Izumi, in landing a few significant hits against his air bending opponent. However, the fight ultimately came down to a relatively easy victory to Porku.

The third fight was a confusing battle between Mew and Cheese. The fight had to be restarted twice, first due to Cheese using PEGM's (Performance Enhancing Game Modes), then Mew suffering an injury called "Random DC".
In the fight, Mew appeared to be the one with the advantage, Cheese appearing to be unable to land any significant hits. But then, in a twist, Mew appeared to forfeit the match, allowing Cheese to defeat her. This is believed to be due to an illness known as "Lag"

In the other fights:

  • Guru comfortably dispatched zcvn after a drawn out fight.
  • Radostin defeated J_L_T, despite some intriguing fighting techniques
    from the latter.
  • Sodie was victorious over Fail in an entertaining fight,
  • Skeleton and Creepreeck had an attritional battle that ended in a
    surprise victory for Skeleton. (Who has now regained some of his
    dignity after his horror show in the first tournament.
  • Nanook knocked out Kidletz, despite his stubborn and promising resistance.

Quarter Finals Direct Link

The headline fight in this round was undoubtably the fight between the tournament favourites, Porku and Vince. The fight did not disappoint as neither fighter left anything on the arena. It was an excellent display of air bending prowess from the pair, any aspiring fighter would do well to observe this fight.
Both competitors landed big hits and the lead changed hands several times early on. But eventually, Porku was able to land some decisive blows that saw him defeat his arch rival.

The fight between Guru and Cheese was another long fight, one for the purists of the sport. Guru made good use of his water bending and, in truth, he never really looked like losing.

Sodie and Radostin provided an entertaining, if slightly one-sided, fight. Sodie gave a perfect demonstration of earth bendings capabilities, with Rad unable to keep up (which is slightly ironic for an airbender...). The fight went to Sodie, as their excellent run continued.

The final quarter final bout was a slightly underwhelming affair between Skeleton and Nanook. Neither fighter seemed to be comfortable with air bending tactics, making for a slightly slow fight. Eventually, Nanook emerged victorious.

Semi Finals Direct Link

The first semi final, between Guru and Porku, was a cracker. Although there were few fireworks, the fight gave us a gripping battle of wills. Guru appeared to be landing most of the hits from the safety of his pool of water, but Porku was able to keep him honest using his speed and landing hits of his own.
In a fight lasting six minutes, it eventually came down to Porku knocking Guru out of the water and landing several significant hits. The fight was ended by a perfectly timed Air Burst from Porku, breaking Guru's defences. Porku advanced to his third successive final.

The second semi final was fought between Sodie and Nanook. This was another long fight, totalling nearly ten minutes, by far the longest of the tournament so far! Sodie took an interesting, and ulitmately misguided, approach to the fight.
The tactic of continually using Earth Wall may have been a masterstroke... Not this time though. The lack of attacking intent from Sodie allowed Nanook to eat and regain health, eventually paving the way for his victory.

Final Direct Link

The final match of this tournament promised much, both Porku and Nanook had fought well in the previous rounds, but it ended in controversy.
The fight began slowly, both fighters taking time to size each other up, with few punches thrown. As the fight developed both sides grew into it and started to land some hits. Porku had the slight advantage in the early stages, proving his skills. But, Nanook was able to come back into it and peg Porku back, this wasn't going to be easy for Porku. The bout continued in this manner for some time, with Porku able to hold a slight advantage.
However, as the fight headed towards its closing stages, we were presented with one of the tournaments biggest controversies yet. Porku began to use his air ball to travel around the arena, allowing Nanook to get a few hits, before his was blown up into the air. Making no attempt to break his fall, Porku hit the ground and lost the fight.

Initially, this appeared to be a major mistake from the defending champion, as airbenders are difficult to defeat with fall damage, but it later emerged that Porku had deliberately lost the fight.

With this information, the Board of Stewards decided to disqualify Porku from the tournament, citing a breach of the competitions spirit. The stewards are currently in the process of discussing further punishment, news of which should break in the not too distant future.

Despite this, Nanook was named as the champion and went away with the top prize. Congratulations to him!

Awards Direct Link

Best Fighter: Porku - Despite his underhanded tactics in the final, his excellent form must be acknowledged. He once again provided some memorable displays on his route to the final.

Best Battle: Porku vs Vince - An obvious choice. The best two fighters in the tournament were on display in their brilliant quarter-final bout. A true masterclass of air bending from the pair of them.

Worst Battle: - Skeleton vs Nanook - Sorry Skeleton, you're here again! I promise I'm not doing this on purpose... The fight was underwhelming to say the least, its long length didn't help.

Funniest Moment: - The slightly farcical Cheese vs Mew fight, which required three attempts to get started. It was ultimately ended by Mew's terrible internet connection, time to invest in fibre optic I think!

Last Notes Direct Link

Thank you to everyone who competed this month! You have a whole month to prepare for the next one, so get on the training ground!

Details about the October tournament will be released shortly, so keep an eye on the Discord for all the information.