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We are delighted to invite you to participate in our first RFC event (Ravens Fighter Championship).
RFC series will be organized in association with our new DCS partner The 59th ‘Ravens’ VFS, who will host this competition on their DCS dedicated servers.
In this first event, we invite you to hop into a modern fighter jet to test your skills against other fellow pilots in a 4v4 single elimination tournament.
Best contestants will receive ranking points (SA points) that will count toward our next event, which will feature an exciting prizepool so make sure you bring your A game in this one to reserve your slot in our main event planned for the Summer!
- 4v4 Fight, Red Team based at Sochi, Blue Team based at Kobuleti (total Distance 125nm – Range to bulls – 62nm)
- Each team will have 6 light ground targets at BE to defend.
- Take off at referee’s call
- First team to destroy all enemy ground units OR all enemy air units wins the round; If both teams run out of fuel and crash/land, the team with most ground kills wins
- Best of 3 rounds (first team to win 2 rounds wins)
– Round 1: BVR (Only 4 ARH missiles are allowed per aircraft)
– Round 2: Guns Only
– Deciding Round: Maximum of 4 short Range heat-seeking missiles (no R-27T/ET) + Guns
- Ground pounding is allowed using guns only.
- No refuel/rearm but one could bug out and land if unable to fight (to avoid loss in pilot stats)
- 1 life per pilot per round
- Disconnection before reaching the target area is eligible for a re-spawn, otherwise counts as a loss.
- Disconnection while being under fire or threatened by the enemy counts as a loss.
- Crash, teamkill and mid air collision are all valid losses.
- Both teams captains need to submit their choice of plane just before the match and at the same time to the referee to avoid picking according to opponent’s choice.
- You have to stick to one aircraft throughout the match.
- Possible rides are F15, Su27 /Su33, Mirage 2000, Mig 29 or Mig 21
- Teammates could choose different aircraft.
- A Ping limit of 300 will be applied, any one over the limit will be removed to ensure a smooth event.
- April 15—> 1900z: Server 1 hosts quarter final 1 and Server 2 hosts quarter final 2
- April 15—> 2030z: Server 1 hosts quarter final 3 and Server 2 hosts quarter final 4
- April 16—> 1900z: Server 1 hosts semi-final 1 and Server 2 hosts semi-final 2
- April 22—> 1900z: server 1 hosts finale.
- This event is open to both lone wolves and squadrons.
- There is space for 8 teams. 4 slots will be allocated on first come first served and 4 slots will be allocated based on SA Rankings.
- Lone Wolves can sign up individually if they don’t have teammates or sign up as a team if they have already agreed to team up together.
- Squadron leaders can reserve a team slot then come up with their pilot list at least 10 days before D-day. Squadron can include up to 10 pilots on their list but only 4 players can fly at a time. Pilot substitution is possible only after a round is over. Only one team is allowed per squadron.
- A pilot whose squadron did not sign up can still post own application or as part of a team with other pilots.
- Template for registration:
Callsign (Please use same one if you are SA-ranked to avoid scattering your points across multiple aliases)
Nationality (for country rankings)
Current location (for ping assessment)
Squadron name (for squadron rankings)
Squadron website (to retrieve info)
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How to watch the fightsThis competition will be broadcast LIVE! Subscribe to make sure you get a reminder before the show kicks off.
Burning Skies’ first PvP event offered some great action with eight Me-109 pilots squaring off for a chance to win a Tacview Pro license and bragging rights!
This competition ran on a double elimination format, meaning that each participant had a chance to play again after loosing first match. The roster was a mixture of western and eastern pilots with the participation of reigning DCS air-to-air world number one, Stuge.
We had also Croncat in the house, recent MVP of the last F-5 vs MiG-21 Grudge Match event.
The Me109, also called Bf-109 is a German World War II fighter aircraft that was the backbone of the Luftwaffe’s fighter force. It was interesting to see how DCS pilots would handle her in a 1v1 scenario.
Stuge was obviously the man to watch after winning the last two Top Gun tournaments in an emphatic fashion aboard his dreaded black F-15C Eagle from the 104th fighter squadron. With that being said, The Eagle and the Me109 are very different machines, and wondering whether Stuge would pull it off in a prop plane tournament was therefore a valid question.
The competition proved to be very stiff and Stuge had to work hard from the very first rounds. He almost lost against a relentless Maler in the big finale as score was 2 rounds a piece when both men squared off for a tie breaker.
Maler seemed to have the upper hand, getting almost his guns to bear before both Messerschmitt’s collided, which forced the round to be replayed! It’s hard to say whether the mid-air collision was an accident or provoked by Stuge as a last ditch effort to stay in the match but in all cases, what an unbelievable twist that was as it gave Stuge an unexpected recovery.
Now with the fight restarting on neutral terms, Stuge appeared more determined and aggressive from the initial merge, gaining angle by angle in the grueling nose-to-tail turning fight that ensued; Under increasing pressure, Maler ended up making a costly mistake after he went vertical while Stuge was pressing for the kill.
Stuge did not miss the opportunity and took out his adversary after scoring direct hits with his cannon, literally snatching one of the biggest victories of his career from the jaws of defeat and most importantly, brought his new BFM winning streak to 16 victories against no losses since his first appearance in Top Gun 2.
Very few other players could really threaten Stuge in past BFM events but just like Maler, they could not emerge victorious no matter how tight the margin was at the end – it seemed like Stuge was always one step ahead and able to prevail even when the odds were stacked against him.
Video of the FINAL FIGHT: Stuge vs MalerThis is a breathtaking fight for survival between two highly skilled DCS pilots that know how to push the 109 to the edge of the enveloppe. It’s also nerve-wracking as both players need to stay aggressive but cool-headed at the same time with almost each round exceeding the 5mn mark.
The proficiency of Stuge and Maler in the 109 are closely matched and there is simply no room for error! Let me have the pleasure to invite you to feast your eyes on it and maybe share your thoughts with us in the comment section below!
If you’re keen to watch other fights, you’ve got to head over to Eekz’s Youtube channel, there were some other really intense battles that are definitely worth a watch!
CreditsAmazing and flawless organization from tournament director and Burning Skies server provider and manager, Eekz. If you own a WW2 DCS module and would like to take her for ride, try Burning Skies server; Eekz is running some interesting missions in there and he is also very responsive to feedback from the community so if you have suggestions, let him know on ED forum. Eekz is also one of the very few DCS server owners that runs a live player statistics page that enables you to track all kinds of relevant data when you fly on Burning Skies server.
Many kudos go to Virtuoz for providing free Tacview Pro licences to the top 3 participants. Tacview is a must have for every flight simmer, it’s being constantly upgraded with new features and it has now the ability to feed you with live data as the mission unfolds. The interface and 3D objects have also been dramatically improved to the point where you can almost think you’re watching a game of its own rather than an ACMI track.
There are currently 3 different versions: the Free version, Home edition then the Professional edition, make sure you check out all 3 before you decide which one suits you. Obviously if you want total access to all features, then the Pro version is the way to go! if you havent got Tacview yet, you’re denying yourself a valuable tool that would help you analyse your sorties in great depth and make your flight simming experience 10 times better.
Tacview RecordingsSpeaking of Tacview, here is where you can download the ACMI of every single fight of the tourney!
Player ScoresThis shows the score of every participant.
Ranking points are awarded to those who have won at least one round. Withdrawing from the competition also means forfeiting all points regardless of whether there were victories or not.
|Pilot||Stage Reached |
SA Points Eligibility
|Match Won/Lost||Round Won/Lost|
Eligible for Ranking Points
|4 / 0||12 / 4|
|FF*MALER*10||Runner up |
Eligible for Ranking Points
|3 / 2||10 / 9|
|159BAG_Mamba||Third Place |
Eligible for Ranking Points
|2 / 2||8 / 7|
|FF*McLOUD*74||Semi Finalist |
Eligible for Ranking Points
|1 / 2||4 / 7|
|Croncat||Round 1 |
Eligible for Ranking Points
|0 / 2||2 / 6|
Did not meet requirements
|0 / 1||1 / 3|
Did not meet requirements
|0 / 1||0 / 3|
Did not meet requirements
|0 / 0||0 / 0|
SA points AllocationNow we need to reward top performers (eligible to ranking points). Click any row to unveil more data and for a comprehensive explanation about how rankings points are allocated, click on the FAQ button below.
|Callsign||Event||Period||SA Points||Squadron at the time of the event||Type||Tournament Grade||Event Position||SA Points||Bonus Position||Leverage||Total SA Points||Drop Date||Event Victory|
|104th_Stuge||BS-109 1V1 OPEN||10/2016||1000||104th Phoenix Squadron||STTL||D||1||500||1||100%||1000||2017-11-01||yes|
|FF*MALER*10||BS-109 1V1 OPEN||10/2016||656||Firmament Fighters Squadron||STTL||D||2||375||2||75%||656||2017-11-01|
|159BAG_Mamba||BS-109 1V1 OPEN||10/2016||375||159 BAG Squadron||STTL||D||3||250||3||50%||375||2017-11-01|
|FF*McLOUD*74||BS-109 1V1 OPEN||10/2016||200||Firmament Fighters Squadron||STTL||D||4||200||0||0%||200||2017-11-01|
|Croncat||BS-109 1V1 OPEN||10/2016||150||Independent Pilot||STTL||D||5||150||0||0%||150||2017-11-01|
Milestones and BreakthroughsNot only Stuge is still firmly in the lead of the SA air-to-air Rankings but he has widen the gap after his victory in Burning Skies’s 1v1 Open as well as a positive performance during Round 2 of the GM series.
With now over 7000 points lead over the competition, Stuge is almost certain to dethrone his fellow squadron mate, Maverick in the race for the longest stay at the top of the A2A Rankings as only one month separate the two at the moment…
Stuge is also top 104th squadron player as well as top Finnish player. Needless to say that it’s mostly because of Stuge’s outstanding performances that both his clan and country comfortably lead respectively in the Squadron and Country rankings.
Other players have also been in the spotlight lately; Croncat is now in the top 15 DCS players after giving the best performance of GMS2. Croncat is also now the leading German DCS player.
Maler, the man who gave Stuge a run for his money in the finale of the Me109 1v1 competition moved up to the 24th place in the rankings and alongside McLOUD, brought the Firmament Fighter squadron to the 7th place of the Squadron rankings.
After the successful Shahdoh’s WWII campaign and in a constant effort to promote WWII air combat events for DCS World, we are proud to announce our new partnership with Burning Skies.
Created and managed by “eeks”, Burning Skies features a dedicated server that hosts WW2 online battles for the DCS community alongside a live statistics software that renders the performances of the pilots in real time.
Burning Skies will be organizing and hosting their first Bf109 1v1 Dogfight Tournament between October 8th and 16th, and as the name implies, the only eligible plane for this tourney will be the Bf 109 K-4 Kurfürst ! So no dissimilar air combat tactics will be required, just pure BFM skills and talent will determine who is going to emerge as the Bf109 DCS champion and walk off with valuable SA points counting towards the World PvP Rankings for DCS World!
- Format – 1 vs 1 duels
- Eligible plane(s) – DCS World Bf 109 K-4 Kurfürst
- Amount of participants Min 16, Max 32
- Leaderboard format – Double Elimination
- Tournament starts on October, 8th 2016 (*organizers retain the right to shift the date in case of any reasonable obstacles)
- Tournament ends on October, 16, 2016
- Duels will occur:
Weekends – from 17:00 till 22:00 FET
Weekdays – from 20:00 till 22:00 FET
- DCS Server – Burning Skies Open: Bf 109 K-4 Kurfürst
- teamspeak – FF.TS3SERV.NET
RegistrationParticipants should create a post in https://forums.eagle.ru/showthread.php?t=174503 and specify the following details:
1. ED forum nickname
2. A link to his (her) profile on the forum.
3. DCS nickname (the one that will be used in the tournament “Burning Skies Open: Bf 109 K-4 Kurfürst”)
4. Confirmation that they’re in.
Registration will last until 6/10/2016 23:59:59 FET. No requests past this date will be processed.
Upon reaching 32 participants registration will be shut prematurely. In case if the amount of participants doesn’t match exactly 16 or 32, “missing” opponents will be compensated by virtual “placeholder pilots” in the tourney grid, who will automatically lose a match to any live pilot they get paired against. The latter one progresses in the grid as a result.
DrawingOn October, 7th 21:00 FET all submitted pilots will undergo lot drawing via http://challonge.com/ that will be followed by relevant link in the tournament thread (ED forum).
Primary toss-ups will run for 3 times, under mandatory presence of referee and linesmen. Presence of participants is welcome. The event will include streaming and recording.
Meet up1. Opponents appear at the time specified by the tournament organizers; a linesman is present in the teamspeak.
2. Maximum amount of rounds – five
3. Getting 3 victories in a duel recognizes you as a winner.
Rules of Engagement1. The battle starts upon a verbal command from the referee: “Three, two , one, START!”
2. Once the latter command sounds, players join the flight in the pre-selected modules.
3. Duel lasts as long as both planes hold up in the air, leaving to briefing menu is allowed only as per request from the referee.
4. Landing (voluntary or forced) is accounted as a loss.
5. Along with an opponent downed, victory assignment requires no fatal damage dealt to the second plane (such as: missing wings, pilot killed, open flame etc.); it should be able to controllably fly for at least 20 seconds after the other plane met the ground.
6. In case of both planes go down or both frames get fatal damage (ramming etc.) a rematch is assigned.
7. If one of the players gets disconnected in the fight, he automatically loses the round (not the entire duel).
8. If one of the players gets disconnected even before the initial heads-up approach will occur, a rematch is assigned.
9. Empty fuel tanks or gun barrels do not imply the battle is over.
Strictly prohibited1. Any DCS mods
2. Head-on shooting at the initial approach
3. Bailing out
4. Leaving back to briefing before you hear an approval from the referee
5. Passive behavior, that is >1,5 min straight flight (away from the opponent)or continuous climb without tactical purpose of attacking the opponent
6. Skipping your turn, unwarranted expending of the catch up / duel time
7. Deliberate gap before getting airborne after “START” command.
8. Exceed the flight direction – 45° from a line connecting two planes at the first approach.
*Violations result in a warning or a disqualification (DQ). 3 warnings = DQ.
AwardsBest performers and their respective squadrons and countries will be granted SA points therefore, will feature on the World PvP Rankings for DCS World!
Additionally, Tacview will be providing each of the top 3 performers with a Tacview Pro licence! for those who don’t know, Tacview is the go-to solution when it comes to analyzing live and past sorties, a must have for any flight simmer.
So, if you’ve got the 109 module, some free time and the heart to compete, don’t think any further, hop in and join the competition for a chance to win a Tacview Pro license and bragging rights!
I opened fire when the whole windshield was black with the enemy . . . at minimum range . . . it doesn’t matter what your angle is to him or whether you are in a turn or any other maneuver.Erich Hartmann (all-time Bf-109 Top Ace with 352 victories)
What DCS Version?
DCS VERSION NEEDED IS 18.104.22.168417
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OFFICIAL 2v2 BRACKETS (DOUBLE ELIMINATION)
TIME AND PLACE
CURRENT ZULU TIME
ORDER OF BATTLE
|Time(Zulu)||TAW Server 1||TAW Server 2||104th Server||51st Server|
|17:30||Match 2||Match 10||Match 11||Match 12|
|Followed by||Match 9||Match 20||Match 25||NOT ASSIGNED|
|Followed by||Match 24||Match 13||NOT ASSIGNED||Match 14|
|Followed by||Match 26||Match 27||Match 15||NOT ASSIGNED|
|Followed by||Match 28||NOT ASSIGNED||NOT ASSIGNED||NOT ASSIGNED|
|Followed by||Match 29||NOT ASSIGNED||NOT ASSIGNED||NOT ASSIGNED|
|Followed by||Match 30 (FINAL)||NOT ASSIGNED||NOT ASSIGNED||NOT ASSIGNED|