Weekly Soon™ - Week 41: Recurring Bending Tournament: Earn Free Cosmetics!

2018-09-01 12:11:23 +0000 UTC by FireLordIzumi

Event: Gaoling Bending Tournament: Discord Direct Link

Congratulations to Porku for getting first place in the August tournament, with Benfro 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 Saturday Semptember 29th 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 send a complete a sign-up form here 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 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.
    • 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 Iron Block heads and 3 Coal 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, September 29th at 5PM UTC! Discord

August Bending Tournament

2018-08-16 23:40:29 +0000 UTC by QuietDove

Hello to all budding fighters! With the elements about to be rebalanced (or nerfed, depending on your point of view) it’s time for another tournament! As before, this event shall be held in the glorious Gaoling Arena.

When will it be held?

  • The event will take place on the 25th of August at 7pm UTC. This is 3PM EST / 8PM GMT+1 / 10PM GMT+3 / 5AM GMT+10. Please consult Google for your local time if it's not on that list.

Where do I sign up?

  • Please fill in this form.
  • If this doesn’t work, then feel free to reply to this post. Alternatively, contact Caljitsu or an admin, who shall then add you manually.

Can I have whatever bending style I like?

  • Yes, you can! This event takes place on the Event Server, so you can pick a style of take through the tournament. Please note that once you’ve picked, you can’t change.
  • Your level will also be boosted to level 25, so it doesn’t matter how strong you are on lobby!

What are the rewards?

  • Apart from eternal glory, and the respect of your fellow players, the winner will get to choose a free item from the server store. This includes bending focuses, hats, player slots, and much more! If you don’t want a free item, then you will receive 500,000 in-game currency (yuans).
  • Second place will receive 200,000 yuans.
  • There is also a participation prize of six cosmetic heads, namely, three diamond ore and three diamond blocks. Alongside this, you will also receive a tea leaf. So it’s well worth signing up!
  • Please note: If an admin or mod wins the tournament, second place will be able to claim the first place prize. This does not mean that second place wins the tournament, you’re still a loser (sorry).

How does the Tournament work?

  • The tournament will run on a public leaderboard that will be available to view once the tournament has started.
  • Players are seeded based on the length of time they’ve been on the server. This means that veteran players will face veteran players, and newer players will face newer players (wherever possible). This is designed to mix up the tournament and give everyone a fair chance of progression.
  • The time of day is controlled so that fire and waterbenders don’t receive their day or night damage bonuses. Waterbenders will also fight in a specific arena that contains water source blocks.
  • Participants will also be delighted to hear that QuietDove (the dude who wrote this and is currently talking in the third person) will, once again, be providing his expert live commentary!

I can't make this tournament, will you do one again?

  • Absolutely! We are planning to run these tournaments monthly, most likely on the last Saturday of every month. Who knows, we may mix up the prizes at some point?

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact Caljitsu or an Admin, either on the server or on Discord.

To sync your AMC account with Discord, follow these instructions:

  1. Perform the command /register on the server. This will walk you through how to create an AvatarMC Forum account.
  2. Go to the following link: https://discord.avatarmc.com/ . You will then be asked to log in using your forum login information.
  3. Accept the invitation.

We look forward to seeing you fight for glory on the 25th of August!

AvatarMC Soon™: Issue 40 - La La Lootbox

2018-08-15 14:26:08 +0000 UTC by Guru

Hello and welcome to the 40th issue of the Soon™! We're switching things up with the name a bit this time around, and I make absolutely no apologies for the awful choice of title. So, without any further ado, let's go over this issue's changes!

0.5.1, coming August 18th Direct Link

Daily Rewards
Yes, this is a thing now. Do the command /rewards in-game to receive neat items, free of charge - increasing in tier every consecutive day you use it. Note that these items consist of Yuans and Tea Leaves.

Discord Server
Additionally, the server now has an official Discord! If you're interested in joining, please click this link. It uses your forum login to assign the correct roles, so make sure that you remember your password!

Bending Balance

  • Fire Wall has an updated particle and an increased size, making it more Wall and less Square.
  • You can now break blocks from Earth Wall, Earth Cage and Ice Cage with projectile moves.
  • AOE moves no longer do damage through walls, marking a victory for supporters of immersion everywhere.
  • Earth Armor and Brace both now use stat points for protection, with healing removed for the latter.
  • Octopus Form now has a particle effect when no enemy is near, allowing the energy-conscious Waterbender to cancel it in a timely fashion.
  • Fire can no longer be used in water. If rain is predicted, Firebenders are encouraged to bring an umbrella.
  • Air can also no longer be used in water, though the effects will travel through it.
  • Wind Rush can now be used while gliding.

Misc Changes

  • The Stat Reset NPC has been updated - it no longer gives you an item with which to reset them, speeding up the process.
  • There is now a Hall of Fame for Bending Tournament winners in Gaoling's Earth Rumble Arena.

Weekly Soon™ - Week 39: Balancing Feedback and Tournament Report

2018-07-15 12:11:23 +0000 UTC by QuietDove

We need your feedback! Direct Link

Hello everyone,

Congratulations to user Kaaldr for placing in first during the bending tournament. Runner-up was Porku somehow.

Users that participated in the tournament, or people who just have opinions, can post their ideas and opinions on how the elements should be further balanced on our forum post. With that said, below is a lovely piece written by the glorious QuietDove detailing each round of the tournament.

Gaoling Bending Tournament Report Direct Link

When people ask me about this edition of the Bending Tournament, I will simply tell them that they had to be there! Over the course of two hours, we were gifted with some terrific displays of fighting prowess in the newly released Gaoling Arena, the perfect backdrop to a perfect event.

Twenty-one fighters entered the event, with representatives of all five elements thanks to the addition of non-bending in the last release. Due to the odd numbers, some players had to go through an extra round, with others getting byes into the second round.

Round One Direct Link

It was in that first round that we got out first major upset when pre-tournament favorite Martdamp (earth) came up against his fellow tournament organizer FireLordIzumi (water). It was Admin vs Mod in this most highly anticipated first fight. The battle of brutal as both made good use of their chosen elements environment and are attacks. Spectators were treated to a truly memorable battle that ended when Izumi made use of the Water Octopus to end Martdamps hopes of victory at the first hurdle. It was a highly impressive victory and a massive shock to those who had backed Martdamp.

The first round also saw JustThePanos (fire) overcome zcvn (water) in the very first fight of the tournament, with zcvn suffocating in his own ice cage.

SidesRoi (air) was impressive in his win over vadimuzhya (fire), with the latter never really threatening.

PowerfulPig (nb) showed off the potential of non-bending by defeating Dragon_Girl_1 (air) in routine fashion.

Finally, Skeletonxf (air) was put straight through to the second round after his opponent failed to show.

Round Two Direct Link

Round two saw some big names enter the draw, with a tasty matchup between FireLordIzumi and MewRayquaza (fire) being a big highlight, especially after Izumi’s impressive victory in the first round. With Izumi now a favorite to win the whole thing, Mew was up against it to get through to the quarterfinals. The match was a nailbiter as both parties landed good hits on their opponent. Nothing was held back as Mew gained the upper hand and carried that form throughout the rest of the fight and eventually defeated Izumi in a big shock.

A special mention must go to Skeletonxf and Palsjuegs (water) as they played out the longest and most boring fight, potentially, in the history of bending! Neither fighter was able to land a significant hit for the whole ten-minute ordeal. People in the crowd started to wonder if they’d ever see the sun again as the fight continued for a length that Wimbledon would be proud of. To the relief of absolutely everyone involved, and I include the fighters in that, Skeletonxf decided to forfeit the match.

The other matches in round two were as follows:

Porku (fire), another pre-tournament favorite, easily overcame forkspork123 (air) to progress to the quarterfinals.

CheeseSandwich (earth) could do little to prevent defeat against JustThePanos (fire), who put in another impressive and efficient performance.

NeutrinoBoys (fire) and Kaaldr (nb) played out an entertaining fight, as non-bending once again showed its potential. Kaaldr triumphed, but NeutrinoBoys would’ve been encouraged by his own performance.

PowerfulPig (nb) made it two non-benders in the quarterfinals as he ended earthbender interest in the tournament by defeating Sodie_Pops (earth) in a routine victory.

Brilashy (fire) put in a highly impressive performance whilst defeating sivertehbomb (air), who never really got a look in.

Lastly, SidesRoi was put straight through to the last eight after his opponent failed to appear.

Quarter Finals Direct Link

The quarterfinals produced some memorable bouts, with the exciting matchup of Porku and MewRayquaza the biggest draw.

Both fighters had become the hot favorite for the title after their victories earlier on, but most still backed Porku to come out victorious. Spectators were presented to a truly memorable display of firebending from both players, one of the best ever seen. The start of the fight was evenly matched with neither giving too much away. The pendulum swung both ways as both fighters gained the upper hand at various points. Mew seemed to be pulling head as she landed a number of good hits and seemed to have Porku on the ropes. But Porku was able to show his class and reel in his opponent to take a spectacular victory. Both participants came out of the fight with a lot of credit, but it was Porku who advanced to the final four.

SidesRoi overcame JustThePanos with a professional performance that was evenly matched for much of its duration. Sides’s experience with airbending was likely a big contributor to his victory. His win set up a duel with Porku for a place in the final.

Palsjuegs and Kaaldr battled out an attritional bout in their last eight tie. The fight was another slow one as neither fighter seemed willing to commit to close combat, something that both water and non-bending should excel at. Eventually, Kaaldr was able to use his non-bending to record a relatively routine victory and advance to the quarterfinals.

The final quarterfinal was between non-bender PowerfulPig and firebender Brilashy. Another tight fight that eventually resulted in PowerfulPig becoming the second non-bender to enter the semi-finals, where he would meet Kaaldr, the first one! The success of the non-benders in this tournament will be a wake-up call in future tournaments, as people try to figure out their weaknesses.

Semi Finals Direct Link

The first semi-final was between Porku and SidesRoi. By this point, Porku was considered to be the runaway favorite for the title with most of the big names out. SidesRoi provided little resistance as Porku gave another ruthless display of firebending. Sides could do little more than run away and struggled to land hits, meaning Porku had a relatively easy route into the final.

The second semi-final gave us a very intriguing fight between two of the surprise packages of the tournament, the non-benders PowerfulPig, and Kaaldr. Both of these had gone beyond the expectations set for them as their element proved to be highly effective against all elements so far. Their match was a predictably tight affair, with both fighters wanting to size each other up. The lead in the match changed hands multiple times as they took turns in coming forward to engage in close combat. Soon though Kaaldr was able to gain a significant foothold and defeat PowerfulPig in a tight matchup and set up a final with Porku.

The Grand Finale Direct Link

The tournament had thrown up a number of surprises, but none were quite as amazing as Kaaldr’s run to the final. A last minute entrant who very few had heard of before the tournament began, he now stood on the brink of immortality as potentially the first non-bender to win a bending tournament. Cynics may argue that he had an easy run to the final, but that would be unfair to his impressive run.

Porku’s run was undoubtedly tougher, he had to defeat two seasoned combatants in MewRayquaza and SidesRoi, and he’d done so in spectacular fashion. Porku now stood as the favorite to take the title, his performances to this point backed this up.

The final was a David vs Goliath story, the plucky underdog vs the seasoned veteran. Victory for Kaaldr would go down as one of the great sporting upsets, a victory for Porku would cap one of the most impressive performances ever in a tournament.

The final started off brightly for Porku as he aimed several blasts of fire at Kaaldr, with a few hitting. But soon Kaaldr found his feet and was able to use the non-benders superior speed to evade further hits from Porku. This set the tone for the rest of the fight, Kaaldr using the duck and cover technique to great effect, using bombs regularly to try and score hits on his opponent. Porku kept plugging away and was able to land hits semi-regularly, giving him a slender advantage overall in the fight.

Kaaldr spent much of the fight trying to get into melee range of Porku, as this was where his abilities would be most effective. Porku was successful in keeping him at arm's length for most of the fight, limiting him to using the bombs. But then, as it looked like we were in for a long fight, Kaaldr broke through Porku’s defenses and landed several melee hits on the firebender, giving him a big advantage.

From there, Kaaldr gained in confidence and broke through again, landing more hits. It looked like there was going to be a shock on the cards. Kaaldr eventually trapped Porku in a corner and struck the final killer blows, prompting cheers of adulation from the crowd, they’d got their wish.

Porku had fallen and a new champion had risen from his ashes. Kaaldr had shocked everyone and claimed the most unlikely of victories. Leicester City’s Premier League win, the Miracle on Ice, England winning a penalty shootout. These are just some of the sporting upsets that people will remember for much longer than this one, but that doesn’t matter! Kaaldr had done the impossible, he’d overcome all the odds claimed eternal glory!

By the time the next tournament comes around, he will be up there as a favorite. He’d shown improvement throughout and seemed to really get to grips with combat as he got into the final. Non-bending may well be a popular choice for the next tournament! (Just as long as Mart doesn’t nerf it…)

Tournament Awards Direct Link

Best Fighter: Porku - He may have lost in the end, but I don’t think anyone can deny that he produced some spectacular fights in his run to the final.

Best Battle: Porku vs Mew - One of the best fights we’ve seen, neither competitor gave an inch in this one and the fight could’ve gone either way.

Biggest Upset: Kaaldr beating Porku - Was there any doubt about this one? No one predicted this outcome at the start of the tournament. Honorable mention for Izumi defeating Mart.

Worst Fight: Palsjuegs vs Skeleton - zzzzzzzzz

Best Moment: zcvn suffocates in a wall - Just for pure comic value, getting stuck inside your own ice is very special!

Weekly Soon™ - Week 38: Event! Gaoling Bending Tournament

2018-07-10 12:11:23 +0000 UTC by FireLordIzumi

Event: Gaoling Bending Tournament: https://discord.gg/6X52rnc Direct Link

Hello benders and nonbenders alike! With our new update going live we've decided to start a new event for you all to enjoy. This event will take place in the newly release Gaoling arena!:

  • When will it be?
    • The event will take place on Saturday July 14th at 6PM UTC. This is 2PM EST / 6PM GMT+1 / 9 PM GMT+3 / 4AM 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) or send a message on our forum post here 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 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.
    • 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 Diamond Block heads and 3 Diamond Ore heads. First and second place winners will receive this as well.

  • How often will these tournaments be held?
    • Currently, this event has one goal in mind - to aid in the balancing of the elements. After we have received sufficient feedback for the elements we will begin to hold this event much more often on a regular, predictable basis.
  • 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 not receive their day or night damage boosts throughout the fight. High noon bonus and full moon bonus will not occur in any fight.

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

We hope you join the fight on Saturday, July 14th at 6PM UTC! https://discord.gg/6X52rnc