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Onward VRML Season 12 is Underway!
by Leeloo |

With over 100 teams from North America, Europe, and OCE/Asia participating weekly, this is gearing up to be our biggest Onward season yet!


Prizing

So far, HyperX, ProtubeVR, and VRML have contributed over $5,000 USD in cash and gear for the season 12 prize pool! Stay tuned, we'll be announcing more contributing sponsors and increases to the pool during the season.


We're Back on Horizon Venues!

VRML is happy to announce that we will continue having Venues showcases every week! Horizon Venues is a social viewing app available on the Quest and Quest 2. It's a great way to watch Onward matches with friends on the big screen!

However, we would like everyone's help when doing this. Listed below is the showcase times. If a team is interested in being features on Venues and can schedule their match at that time, then do it! Then, based on who is available at that time and which matches seem to have the most hype (match upvotes on the website), casters will choose which matches to be featured. You can view the complete Horizon Venues schedule here.

Showcase 1 - Saturdays 1800 PST | 2100 EST | 0200 UTC

Showcase 2 - Sundays 1200 PST | 1500 EDST | 2000 UTC

This app is available on the Quest and Quest 2. Showcases will also be featured on Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook!


New Moderators & Casters!

Join us in welcoming our new mods: ICWoods, Shiba, Typic, and ImDonnie! They will be joining Fitz in organizing and moderating the season. If you have a question or just want to say hi, join the Discord!

There are also new faces on the casting team! Grenade Magnet, Nomad, and Lord Visceral will be commentating matches on our official Twitch channels (OML1, OML2, OML3, VRML). Be sure to join the streams to cheer them on! More casters might join the team before the season is done. If you're interested in applying, find the registration from here.


Season 12 League Format

Much like in previous seasons, league operates with a ladder format. Eligible teams will be assigned one (1) match and have the opportunity to play an additional challenge match. Winning matches will improve a team's rank, climbing the ladder. Matches are generated every Monday around noon EST. Make sure your team is active before then to receive a match!

This season is fifteen (15) weeks long with an additional three (3) weeks for post-season events such as the Challenger Cup (an Open Qualifier Swiss Tournament), the Close Qualifier Round-Robin Tournament, and the Finals. Climb the ladder to qualify!

If you're a new team, you will need to play three (3) matches to reveal your matchmaking rank (MMR). Subsequent matches should reflect skill level more accurately and as the season progresses. So, if your 1st three matches were tough, don't worry! The ladder will place you against teams of similar strength.

If you'd like to sign up as a reservist (league substitute), sign up here.


Season 12 Map Pool

Based on the results of our recent captain votes on how many total maps were wanted to be in the active pool and which custom maps to include, the map pool will include five (5) DPI native maps and three (3) Custom maps for a total of eight (8). The ban process will be the same as previous seasons, resulting in six (6) maps left to choose from for any official VRML matches.

The map pool for Weeks 1 to 5 will be as follows:

Customs: Shipyard, Sand, USS Quest

DPI (native): Cargo, Subway, Abandoned, Snowpeak, Quarantine

For Weeks 6 to 10, the map pool will be:

Customs: Arctic (Day & Night), Paradise, The Hook 2.0

DPI (native): Bazaar (Day & Night), Downfall (Day & Night), Suburbia (Day & Night), Subway, Tanker

The 3rd map pool will be confirmed and announced no later than 2 weeks before the Monday of Week 9, and we will again have the Team Captains vote on what custom maps will be included in it.


Rules

In the off-season, the moderators made some tweaks to the rules based on community feedback. Make sure to review them in detail here. Thank you to everyone who filled out the Season 11 survey!


Good luck to all participating players! Happy to see you in chat and on the battlefield!

Congrats to Our Echo Arena VRML Season 4 Champions!
by Leeloo |

OCE: Leviathan

EU: Team Gravity

NA: New York Kings

Congratulations to these teams for winning the championship this season!! Great job to all teams that participated in the Finals, and to all the teams throughout the season!

Season Report

75 Suspensions

5 Bans

Max number of teams competing in a week: 407

Max number of matches played in a week: 444

Number of players participating: 4,518

More stats can be found here.


Season 4 Badges/Tags/Banner

Currently the release date is unknown. We are actively working on getting those out, but it may take a few weeks.. Please read through the #season-4-badges channel in Discord. That is where updates and more information about badges will be posted. If your username on the VRML website does not match your Oculus username, you may not receive the badge.


Season 4 Connoisseurs

Echo Arena Bracket Winners

OCE: esxx has a perfect score (20 pts)

EU: beaver_ (32 pts, perfect is 36 pts)

NA: Ow (26 pts, perfect is 36 pts)


Top Season 4 Connoisseurs

1st place is Novius (92% success rate, 193 guesses)

2nd place is Tambaa (94% success rate, 79 guesses)

Honorable mention to… MadThrasherXXI (88% success rate, with a whopping 355 votes!)


Season 5

Currently there is no start date for Season 5, and there is no estimated start date. The planning of a season does not happen until the previous season is over, so it may take us a few weeks before we have more details. However, we do have a Season 4 Feedback Form for you all to fill out. After the feedback form is filled out and the Moderators have reviewed it, then a 'Season 5' channel will be opened for discussions.


Applications

If you are interested in being a Moderator, Governor, or part of the production team - fill out an application! The links for all applications are in Discord.

Echo Arena VRML Season 4 Championships Underway!
by Leeloo |

Here we go!

Top North American, European, and OCE/Asian teams are playing for glory and $10,150 USD in cash and prizes! For full details about the tournament and prizes, visit the Championship Page.

If you have a Quest, you can view all the hype in VR with the Oculus app, Venues:

OCE Day 1, OCE Day 2

EU Day 1, EU Day 2

NA Day 1, NA Day 2


Or, catch the games on our other streaming platforms, including JukedGG!

YouTube

Facebook Gaming

Twitch

JukedGG


Bracket predictions will close at the start of matches for each region.

The players are ready to go - join us in cheering them on in chat and in Discord! Good luck to all participating this weekend!

Details Released for the Zombieland Invitational
by Giligin |

The details you've been waiting for are here! Get ready for the Zombieland VR Invitational!


Four chances to qualify, $10,000 cash prize pool, and a whole lotta zombie heads to pop!


Maps will be announced on the day of each event, with 12 hours to put in your best time. Be faster than everyone else and win yourself a spot in the Finals!


More details can be found on the Zombieland landing page.


Finals on October 2nd will be live on Venues, Twitch, Facebook, and YouTube!

Announcing The Zombieland VR Invitational
by Giligin |

In collaboration with XR Games, we're bringing you four chances to win a portion of the $10,000 prize pool!

Top 4 players from the leaderboards will qualify for the Finals, on October 2nd

Zombieland VR: Headshot Fever is available on Quest, Rift, & SteamVR!

More details to come. Better start practicing!

Cheers to Our Pavlov VRML Season 8 Winners!
by Leeloo |

Announcing Pavlov VRML Season 8 Winners!


Congrats to Billabong Bogans, Royalty, & REKT on winning in their respective regions! Congrats as well to all participating teams!

VODs: youtube.com/channel/UCvFZPtHVNsvryELC4zzySjQ

Thanks to the volunteers casting & moderating! If you want to get involved, application forms are available in Discord: discord.gg/G6T5JR9


A feedback survey will be released soon to prepare for Season 9. Make your opinions known!

Thanks to Davevillz & Vankrupt Games! Join the official Pavlov Discord for game updates and community events: discord.gg/pavlov-vr


Thanks to our Season 8 sponsors HyperX, ProTubeVR, & Asterion Products for your unwavering support and contributing to the $5,760 prize pool and over $600 in giveaways!

See you next season!

Onward Season 11 Championship Finals Are Almost Here!
by Leeloo |

Raptors, Vikings, Beginners, & Peacekeepers made it through to the Onward Season 11 Semi-Finals!! Congrats on making it to the top 4 and securing a portion of the $14,000 prize pool!


Saturday, they will fight in a single-elimination tournament where Raptors will face Peacekeepers followed by Beginners vs Vikings. Winners of each match will move on to the Grand Finals on Sunday. Details about the format, schedule, and prize pool, can be found on the Championship Page.

Who do you think will be this season's champion?


Watch it live in Venues, Twitch, YouTube or Facebook by following these links:

Semi-Finals Venues https://ocul.us/3y03yqd

Finals Venues https://ocul.us/3iOoxI5

Twitch https://twitch.tv/vrmasterleague

YouTube https://youtube.com/c/onwardmasterleague

Facebook Gaming https://fb.gg/vrmasterleague


Also, check out our amazing sponsors: Downpour Interactive, HyperX, ProtubeVR, VR Cover, Rebuff Reality, Cybershoes, bHaptics, and FiXT!

Dream Homepage Contest Begins NOW!
by Giligin |

Hi VRML!

We are always looking to expand and improve upon our existing architecture and tools based on your feedback. One of the areas we know we could improve is the user-facing interface of the website! While the function of the site is intact, we also recognize that visually, it could be improved. While our focus right now is on performance and stability, we're looking for ideas to make the front-end better.


That is where YOU come in. We would like to announce the VRML Dream Homepage contest! 


We want to tap into the vast resource of our various VRML communities and see if any existing (or aspiring) UI designers would like to take a crack at revitalizing the landing page of the VRML to fit with their vision of what the next iteration of the site should look like! The winner (chosen by the VRML Board), in addition to having the honor of all or part of their design implemented directly to our site, will receive $250, a Discord role, bragging rights, and their name will be credited on the website, news posts, and casts! 


How to participate?

Front-end designers will know best how to approach this. Each submission can include 2 different packages:

 1) Sketches (can be hand-drawn) of the various pages (can be Home page, Standings pages, Matches pages, etc)

 2) A stand-alone css file (stylesheet) to apply on the website to change its look without requiring functionality overhaul changes.


Requirements:

The pages MUST include all existing elements/functionalities in some form or fashion but the style is entirely up to you!


Deadline:

Designs must be submitted by midnight PST on September 30th to:

[email protected]


Good luck!


*Disclaimer - By participating and submitting your ideas or designs as part of this contest, you grant VR Master League a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty free, license to use, reproduce, modify, translate into different languages or formats, and publish your provided content.

And, The Snapshot VRML Season 1 Winners Are...
by Leeloo |

Congrats to our Season 1 Winners!

First place, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Second place, Serial Thrillerz 

Third place, Mean Girls

Get the full details here! Re-watch the Finals on YouTube!


Congrats to the all the participants! It was a great season and an exciting tournament! Hope to see you in Season 2!


Thanks to our casters and mods! Thanks to our sponsors VR CoverViveportHyperX, and ProtubeVR for your support and your generous contribution! Thanks to Giant Scam Industries! Have you see what they produced for the championship and season winners? Check it out!

VR Master League is One of HTC Vive's 2021 VR Global Innovators!
by Leeloo |

We're incredibly honored to be among such impressive company as nominees in this year's HTC Vive VR Global Innovators!

Thanks to HTC Vive and everyone who nominated us! Congrats to our fellow Innovators!

Read about it here and check out the other candidates: https://blog.vive.com/us/2021/07/05/vive-vr-innovators-2021/

Echo Arena VRML Season 3 Winners!
by Leeloo |

Congrats to Team Gravity, Jokr, and Leviathan on the win!

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GG to all the participating teams! That was one killer series of matches and the games were so close, so fun to watch! What a great way to end the season!

In case you missed it, check out the Championship Details and the VODs.

Thanks to all the players that signed up this season! We hope to see you all back in Season 4. Lookout for the feedback form. We'll be taking the community's pulse on a variety of topics.

We had record viewership & participation, all thanks to the entire VR community, so thank you for your support!

Thanks to all the volunteers! As NightFiree put it, incredible job!!

Thanks to our sponsors ProTubeVR, HyperX, VRWear, Asterion Products, VR Cover, and FiXT! $8,200 USD was our biggest Echo Arena prize pool yet and we distributed $1,000 USD & 10,000 Echo Points in giveaways!

Last but not least, an IMMENSE thank you to Ready At Dawn Studios for their continued support. Your team is a pleasure to work with and we hope to continue to showcase your awesome game and give it the #HYPE it deserves!

Cheers and see you all in the arena soon!

-- VRML Team

Announcing Echo Arena's Season Prize Pool!
by Leeloo |

VRML is proud to unveil a prize pool of $7,000 USD in cash and prizes! Join us for an exciting next couple of weeks as we crown the Champions of Season 3!

Mark your calendar with these upcoming broadcasts! Full details to come, so stay tuned.

Twitch

Facebook

Venues EU Cycle 3 Challenger Cup

Venues NA Cycle 3 Challenger Cup

Venues OCE Semi-Finals

Venues EU Semi-Finals

Venues NA Semi-Finals

Venues OCE Finals

Venues EU Finals

Venues NA Finals

Onward Season 11, Weapons Hot!
by Trip |


Hey everyone!

Onward released for the Oculus Quest on July 30th of 2020, and since then the VR Master League has seen explosive growth in its community. It has been so encouraging to see how helpful and receptive the Onward veterans have been to all the new players joining the league. In February, everybody welcomed the new player base into the competitive scene with the largest ever Onward Rookie Bootcamp Tournament.



The first few rounds of the Onward Rookie Bootcamp Tournament were commentated over by a handful of dedicated community casters, most of whom you can look forward to hearing in Season 11 VRML broadcasts. What was truly inspiring to watch was how skilled these new players and teams were. The ORB Tournament Finals proved to be an amazing series resulting in Hell From Above, a brand new dedicated NA squad, taking the ORB Tournament title. You can look forward to seeing every team that competed in the ORB Tournament, including Hell From Above, compete in Season 11. 



With 16 weeks between Season 10 and 11 the VRML community found creative ways to stay active and competitive. The Custom Map Tournament over the break gave us an excellent opportunity to battle-test some truly jaw-dropping custom maps made by the incredibly creative and imaginative VRML community. You can expect to see some of those maps in the map pool rotation in Season 11.  



If you want to catch more videos of the Custom Map Tournament you can head over to the Onward VRML Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/OnwardMasterLeague

After almost 4 months of no regular season play, Season 11 finally launched this week! The regular season will be 15 weeks long and end with the highly anticipated postseason, August 7th to the 22nd. Week 1 is off to a great start with 90 active teams registered, 1,320 registered players and 47 matches to be played. There is a lot to look forward to like some significant changes to the rules and gameplay meta. Smoke grenades and C4 are being unbanned. Seasoned and new teams alike will have to adjust their strategies for Season 11 and with the addition of new tools comes the removal of others. Teams will have to also adjust to the shield and volk drone being banned in league play for this season.

Alongside the meta changes comes a rotation of fresh maps. Every 5 weeks, the competitive map pool changes, adding an all new element to strategic gameplay that we have never seen in Onward VRML. The standard pick/ban procedure remains unchanged but with the introduction of new maps throughout the season comes the added challenge of the unknown! We can’t wait to let everyone loose on the battlefield for an undoubtedly gripping and exciting spring-summer season of Onward play!

  • Map Pool 1 (Weeks 1-5): Suburbia, Sand, USS Quest, Bazaar, Subway, Downfall, Quarantine, Snowpeak 
  • Map Pool 2 (Weeks 6-10): Sand, Cargo, [Small Sized Map TBD], Shipyard, Subway, Downfall, Quarantine, Snowpeak 
  • Map Pool 3 (Weeks 11-15): Suburbia, USS Quest, [Small Sized Map TBD], Bazaar, [Medium Sized Map TBD], Downfall, Quarantine, Snowpeak


Last but not least, we have a whole new team of creators across all VRML games, working to bring you all kinds of new content, from interviews and articles to highlight reels and posts across our social media. Now is the perfect time to share the experience with your friends and family. You can tune into Twitch to catch matches being broadcast live by our talented VRML casting team and follow the Youtube channel to be kept up to date with past broadcasts, team interviews, and highlight reels.  

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/OnwardMasterLeague

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/Onward_VRML

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Onward_VRML

Facebook: https://facebook.com/VRMasterLeague

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/VRMasterLeague

Zombieland Headshot Fever Invitational with VRML
by DaKinMan |

We're very excited to collaborate with XR Games to celebrate the launch of their game Zombieland Headshot Fever with some action packed competition!

Behold the Zombieland Headshot Fever Invitational!

More information and details to come


VRML Celebrates Women in VR
by Giligin |

VRML is proud to support women in VR gaming!


To celebrate and bring awareness to Women's History Month and the International Women's Day for equal rights, we're giving away an Oculus Quest2 and HyperX coupons to the awesome women who help build the VResports community.

Check it out here!


Other helpful links:

https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

https://womenshistorymonth.gov/