Onward Invitational at VRML Con 2024!
by Leeloo |

Pay Your Way (PYW) tournament "Onward Invitational" is an exciting opportunity open to anyone holding a VRML Con 2024 ticket.  Mark your calendars for the online matches starting June 22nd culminating with the finalists taking the stage at VRML CON July 20-21. Please note, that the tournament's format will adapt based on the number of teams, and we're unable to offer refunds should a team be eliminated. MMR Calculations will be manually calculated for teams of mixed players with the finalist playing on stage!

Registration closes June 17th!

 

 

What is the format of the Onward Invitational?

The Onward Invitational will be played in 2 stages, an online elimination stage, and a live Championshiphip. Up to the first 32 teams registered will be entered into the online elimination stage of the tournament. The top 2 teams from the online stage will move on to play in the Championship match live on stage in Denver!

 

How are teams for the Onward Invitational made?

Anyone attending VRML Con can form a team and enter into the Onward Invitational. The team does NOT have to be the same roster as your official VRML team and VRML won't be restricting the rank of players allowed on each team. MMR of Mixed teams will be calculated manually to decide tournament seeding. All players on the team must be attending VRML Con and provide proof with a ticket.

 

Why doesn’t Onward have a season final at VRML Con?

Hosting season finals at LAN is not cheap and was made possible by the generous support of Triangle Factory, Aexlab, and Thirdverse who agreed to fund the travel of their respective finalists. Unfortunately, VRML was unable to acquire support to fund Onward’s season finals at the LAN. But we are hoping to still provide a place for the Onward community to come together at VRML Con with the Invitational.

 

VRML CON 2024 Tickets Are Up For Grabs!

Secure your tickets now HERE and be part of the most thrilling VR esports event of the year. We Want Your Input! If you're planning to attend VRML CON 2024, don’t forget to fill out the Census Survey. Your feedback is crucial. Also, if volunteering at VRML CON excites you, join the conversation on Discord here. Applications are now open!

Goat's Legacy VR Charity Tournament - LESS THAN 24 HOURS TO SIGN UP!
by Leeloo |

SIGN UPS CLOSE MAY  4TH AT 8 PM EDT!!

 

It deeply saddens to announce Shaun Hensey, AKA Catholic Goat, passed away at the age of 18 in a single-car accident on February 22nd, 2024. Many of those reading this have heard of Catholic Goat or even played with him in Onward. He was among the most energetic, optimistic, and determined Onward players many have met. His life was tragically taken from this world too soon. Shaun loved and excelled in football and baseball and would have graduated this year. Shaun was an amazing brother, always playing with and helping care for his younger siblings Eli and Noel and he looked up to his older brother Vincent. He had many friends that meant so much to him. At VRCT, they want to help celebrate the life that Shaun had and show just how much of an impact he has had in our community.

This will be their first tournament that won't require any donations for participation. They want everyone to feel welcome to show support in Catholic Goats' name. If you want to take a step further and offer more support, you can donate to the family go-fund-me linkedbelow. These costs will help the family take time off to mourn.

The VRML would like to recognize Catholic Goat for his contributions to the Onward community. Not only was he recognized in-game, but he is recognized in the VRML for his high dedication to the competitive scene and ensuring a playing field was level and inviting for all players, vetted or new. The news of his loss was a shock to all in the community and we send the family of Catholic Goat our heartfelt condolences as they work through the hardship that has overcome them.

This will take place on May 5th, 2024 at 3pm EST It will be a 5 map Swiss Style Tournament for the game mode Uplink in ONWARD
More info in:
https://discord.gg/ptbjwEQgM2
http://vrcharity.net/

Teams Recruiting, Are you Locked In?
by Leander |

Attention Onward players!

 

Still searching for your perfect team you want to spend season 16 or more with ? Look no further! Our new blog highlights teams actively recruiting new members. Get ready to find your matching team! We've interviewed captains from teams worldwide just for you.


Dive into our blog and discover in-depth profiles of each team, including their playstyle, goals, and team culture!

The first team we are presenting to you is a brand new European team called Swedish Fish (EU). They currently have six rostered players, and active vrml players might remember one: Whiteknight, a past member of Fireteam Inferno.



This team seems to be brand new and does not have a lot of experience because of that. Which means it's a perfect fit for new players. Experienced players are also welcomed!
But let’s hear what they have to say! We interviewed Noelphilip for you:

Q: What aspirations do you and your team have set your sights on?
A: I would like to say that our goals are to become better players and people while also having a ton of fun and climbing the ranks as time goes.

Q:How many players are you looking for?
A:We are looking for for 2 players at the moment so we can have a full team.

Q:What qualities are you eagerly anticipating in potential new players to join your team?
A:We are looking for players that are striving to have fun while also keeping a competitive mindset we also want them to be respectful and kind to the other players of the team, we want players that are willing to learn and take or give feedback from other players of our team the player must also be a team player wanting to listen and give his thoughts and opinions.

Q:What makes your team special?
A:I think that personally we are a very new team of course and we want to give new players an opportunity to join they’re first team to learn and play with us along the journey to become better.

Q:What makes your team the go-to choice for players seeking an exciting gaming journey?
A:Why people should become players of our team is because we want to learn more and gain experience together so we can grow as not only a team but as friends, meanwhile we will try our best to climb the ranks and have a great time with eachother.

That's it! If this team looks attractive to you, checkout their teampage HERE
And if not, there are still others to come!

 

Season 16, HERE WE GO!
by Leeloo |

Matches have been generated for our 16th season! So, if your team is still inactive, make sure your captain checks the "Active" box in the "My Teams" portion of the website. There will be more matches next week!

 

NEW to VRML?

If you're new here, we play Uplink 5v5. Matches are generated every Monday after noon EDT. Every week during the regular season, teams will get assigned 1 opponent. We use "flex-scheduling", meaning that teams agree on a date and time to play their match within the week. An extra challenge match may be played with a team within your skill-level. Check the standings to find teams within your range.

To be considered eligible for a weekly match, a team must fulfill both requirements before matches are generated on Monday:
(1) Have "Is active and participating weekly" checked in the My Teams page.
(2) Have at least five rostered members on the team that are verified.

If you need help creating a team or recruiting players, scroll down to "ARE YOU READY?" or let us know in Discord. Community members and mods will guide you through it.

New teams will not have a visible MMR score right away. They will need to play 3 matches to be placed on the ladder and perhaps a 4th or 5th to determine the color of their star. More information about the ranking system and the divisions can be found in the Rules and in Discord.

 

OFFICIAL MAP POOL

Large:
- Abandoned
- Downfall
- Quarantine
- Snowpeak

Medium:
- Bazaar
- Subway
- Egress
- Shipyard

Small:
- Cargo
- Suburbia
- Arctic
- USS Quest

 

WHAT'S NEW?

Rounds of 5 or 6 Minutes?
Players decided rounds should be 6 minutes long. During the custom map tournament, roundtimers were set to 5 minutes. We've taken note of the criticism from the community through a poll. 6 minutes got the most votes. 

New Jiggle-Peak Rule
Just a quick note to avoid confusion: the new jiggle-peek rules tested inthe custom map tournament will be used in Season 16. They worked out well! Refer to the Rules page for details.

And, Reminder
VRML Onward broadcasts moved off of Twitch and is now on Youtube! You can find all the action at https://www.youtube.com/@OnwardMasterLeague Be sure to subscribe to the channel so you will get notified of all the streamed match ups!

 

ARE YOU READY?

Here is your Squad Up Checklist:

1. Are you in the Discord server? If not, right this way https://discord.gg/jXEjffwx5P
2. Are you looking for a team? Check out the recruitment channels in Discord and contact team captains in your region. https://vrmasterleague.com/Onward/Recruiting
3. Already got a squad? Create a team! https://vrmasterleague.com/Onward/Register Make sure you've assigned your team captain and co-captain their roles and that at least one of you is in the Support Server https://discord.gg/48JWECFQy7
4. Have your teammates read the rules? Make sure to read them and then read them again here: https://vrmasterleague.com/Onward/Rules Any updates to the rules will be announced in Discord. Feel free to ask questions!
5. Is your team set to "Active"? Make sure your team is activate to get matches. The admins put all teams as "inactive" last week to make sure there are no false starts when matches are generated.
6. Have fun! 

 

STAY CONNECTED!

Last but not least, follow us on all our social media to not miss casted match announcements, clipped plays, and general VR esports goodness!
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Onward_VRML
Facebook: https://facebook.com/@VRMasterLeague
Instagram: https://instagram.com/@VRMasterLeague
TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@vrmasterleague
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/OnwardMasterLeague

 

See you on the battlefield!

Custom Map Tournament Starting on February 19th!
by Leeloo |

Dear Players,

We are excited to announce that the long-awaited Custom Map Tournament will kick off next monday/the 19th of february! It will be a Swiss-style best of 3 tournament with matches generated weekly every monday teams need to schedule. Registrations are open now! To register you have to go to the “My Team Page”(https://vrmasterleague.com/MyTeams) and click the "Check here to register in the Challenger Cup Group A" or B box. A is for EU, B for NA.

We have the goal to find the best custom-maps to be possibly added into the map-pool of season 16. That’s why we created a vote to find out your top 8 favorite custom-maps.These 8 maps will also be the map-pool for this tournament. Note that Shipyard and Arctic are excluded since they are well-known maps and do not make sense implementing. Map Pool:
1: Sand
2: Slums
3: Hook 2.0
4: Hangar
5: Paintball
6: Pestilence
7: Seastorm
8: Offshore platform

 

Other than that we are also thrilled to present you some rule changes that will be used in this tournament as tests to be possibly added into the season 16 ruleset:

- 5 Minute Round Timer instead of using 6 minutes.
- Changes on the jiggle rules.
The winner rule of the currently ongoing captain-poll will be the one used. That will be either:
Option A: Double Peek (Players may only quick peek two (2) times per three (3) seconds
Option B: Players may only quick peek one (1) time per two (2) seconds.

Announcement on that will follow!

Also, do NOT forget about the Between Realities Live Podcast where Nightfiree will do the biggest announcement in VRML’s history happening today at 4:00 PM EST! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdT7TXiWUhI 

Imperial are Season 15 World Champions!
by Leeloo |

Season 15 has finally come to an end, Congrats to Imperial on their victory in the World Finals!  Check out their latest interview with Chum.Bait

 

Congratulations to them and great job to everyone who battled it out. Thank you for a wonderful season and we can’t wait for the start of Season 16!! Your dedication, skill, and teamwork have truly set you apart. May this triumph be the beginning of more success in your gaming journey. Thanks to everyone who participated, watched, donated and subscribed to our youtube channel. Without our support none of this would be possible. 

Thanks to Downpour Interactive and the devs and community managers working on Onward!

Thanks to our sponsors and partners, ProtubeVR, VR Cover, Helga, ExclaimGG, and ARMAGG!

And, THANK YOU to everyone who participated, watched, donated and subscribed to our YouTube channel. Without our support none of this would be possible!

 

Make sure to take advantage of our promo codes!
Use "ILOVEVRML" to get 10% off ProtubeVR gear (for everyone)! Find their products here: https://www.protubevr.com/
Use "HXVRML23" to get 15% off on HyperX gear (for US only)! Use this link: https://hx.hyperx.gg/YmeYUemS

 

CATCH UP ON THE ACTION!

Miss of this season's matches or want to rewatch the awesome content that was produced? Everything is on the Season 15 playlist!
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2wUct1A3EGr54HD2cHawjfyBjCOFEzlk

 

Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming Off-Season tournaments and Season 15 feedback form!

Congratulations to Raptors and Imperial, World Finalists!
by Leeloo |

Yesterday's match was only a teaser of what excitement we will see Today.

WATCH HERE

Today at 1 PM EST, 1800 UTC
We'll have codes to BigScreen viewing in Discord. Join to celebrate with your buddies (but don't forget to keep a stream open on your PC ;) )

 

SPONSORS

Thanks to our sponsors ProtubeVR, Helga, & VR Cover!
Worldwide Champions will be rewarded with $500 from ProtubeVR and 1 VR Cover kit per team member! Regional Champions from NA and EU will be rewarded with a subscription to Helga!

Make sure to take advantage of our promo codes!
Use "ILOVEVRML" to get 10% off ProtubeVR gear (for everyone)! Find their products here: https://www.protubevr.com/
Use "HXVRML23" to get 15% off on HyperX gear (for US only)! Use this link: https://hx.hyperx.gg/YmeYUemS

 

Good luck to both teams! Happy viewing!

SEASON 15 WORLD CUP, COMING UP NEXT!
by Leeloo |

Top teams from APAC, Europe, and North America have qualified for the World Cup, held on January 5-7, 2024!

Congrats to K-FOT, Imperial, and Raptors! They each dominated their regions and now, we'll find out who will be our Season 15 World Champions!

 

DETAILS & WHERE TO WATCH 

https://vrmasterleague.com/Onward/Championships/Season15
https://youtube.com/@OnwardMasterLeague

We also have content on YouTube!
This interview was released during the regional finals streams. Watch it now! More to come from our caster/creators, Chum.Bait and Leander. Make sure to tell them how much you like their videos in Discord!


SCHEDULE

Each match will consist of 2 maps. Whichever team finished higher in the season standings will start home and reversed for the second map. All teams will be ranked by the number of map-wins then by +/- points then by total points

- Raptors (NA) VS K-FOT (OCE), 9:00 PM EST (January 5th) /  0100 UTC (January 6th) / 1:00 PM AEDT (January 6th) 
- Imperial (EU) VS K-FOT (OCE), 8:00 AM EST (January 6th) / 1300 UTC (January 6th) / 0:00 AM AEDT (January 7th)
- Raptors (NA) VS Imperial (EU), 02:00 PM EST (January 6th) / 1900 UTC (January 6th) / 6:00 AM AEDT (January 7th)

Good luck to all!!

 

SPONSORS

Thanks to our sponsors ProtubeVR, Helga, & VR Cover!
Worldwide Champions will be rewarded with $500 from ProtubeVR and 1 VR Cover kit per team member! Regional Champions from NA and EU will be rewarded with a subscription to Helga!

Make sure to take advantage of our promo codes!
Use "ILOVEVRML" to get 10% off ProtubeVR gear (for everyone)!
Use "HXVRML23" to get 15% off on HyperX gear (for US only)! Use this link: https://hx.hyperx.gg/YmeYUemS

Gear Up for the Regional Finals!!
by Leeloo |

We've reached the Regional Semi-Finals and Finals! Top teams from APAC, Europe, and North America play to qualify for the World Cup, held in January 5-6, 2024!

 

DETAILS & WHERE TO WATCH 

https://vrmasterleague.com/Onward/Championships/Season15

https://youtube.com/@OnwardMasterLeague

 

SCHEDULE

APAC's finalists, K-FOT and JAMMINEZ, face off to rep their region!

Sunday, December 17th at 10:00 PM KST/JST (8:00 AM EST)

 

In EU, No Fun Intended will play Phantoms and Imperial will face The Newbies.

Don't miss it! Tune in at 19:00 UTC / 2:00 PM EST

Winners play the Regional Finals on Sunday at 19:00 UTC / 2:00 PM EST.

 

In NA, Mayhem battle Animal House and Dark Tidings will play Raptors.

Live the excitement, starting at 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST

Winners play the Regional Finals on Sunday at 6:00 PM EST / 3:00 PM PST.

 

Good luck to all!!

 

SPONSORS

Thanks to our sponsors ProtubeVR, Helga, & VR Cover!

Worldwide Champions will be rewarded with $500 from ProtubeVR and 1 VR Cover kit per team member! Regional Champions from NA and EU will be rewarded with a subscription to Helga!

Make sure to take advantage of our promo codes!

Use "ILOVEVRML" to get 10% off ProtubeVR gear (for everyone)!

Use "HXVRML23" to get 15% off on HyperX gear (for US only)! Use this link: https://hx.hyperx.gg/YmeYUemS

Round Robin Update!
by Leeloo |

We had an exciting day of Matches yesterday!

TO RECAP

K-FOT and JAMMINIZ are moving on to the OA Finals.

No Fun Intended and The Newbies are moving on to the EU Semi Finals.

Mayhem and Raptors are moving on to the NA Semi Finals.

Congrats!! And, thanks to all of you for participating and tuning in!

 

SCHEDULE FOR TODAY

First up in Europe with have EU Round Robin Group B:

Matches Start 12:00 PM EST / 1700 UTC

Watch Imperial, Slither, Phantoms and Schuldt.

Stream A https://youtube.com/live/5-n-qClrMog

Stream B https://youtube.com/live/ZO4IbNz9o5I

 

Finally we head across the pond for the NA Round Robin Group B

Matches Start: 3:00 PM PST / 6:00 PM EST

Watch Dark Tidings, Animal House, AfterHours, and Latin Force 

Stream A https://youtube.com/live/gmJBtiLeFx0

Stream B https://youtube.com/live/lGgL_45ksgo

 

If you didn't catch the Round Robin Trailer check it out here!