Congrats White Ink and Slinky, winners of the Harmony Cup

Slinky’s hat is already in production.  Ink’s is near completion.  You can see Slinky’s on the right.  I’ll post Ink’s hat once we get the design finalized.  A huge thanks to Becer, AD, and all of our experienced players and newcomers for making this a great event!

Our next tournament will be a standard FFA this Thursday..  Thanks to Truffulaseed, I have a prize for the winner of Thursday’s game.  He is generously giving away the following two games:

  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
  • WarHammer: End Times – Vermintide

Also, be on the lookout for a few special casual events.  We may make announcements soon just to get people together in a setting outside of a tournament.  Think “1v1 me bruh” or “8 player madness hour”.  Sometimes being spontaneous can be fun :}

The December Donation Drive is still in full effect.  Thanks to your generosity, we have been able to pay for domain hosting and all prizes.  We are still accepting donations and awarding badges to those who do.  Even a little bit helps!

Be on the lookout for an impromptu event outside of our regular tournaments.  We have some plans that should make things super fun for every level of player, from the new guy to the This Guy.

Edit:  Ink’s hat is also on the way!  Check it out on the left!  Classy.

Harmony Cup Rules

The Harmony Cup will have most of the same rules that we have for our FFA matches.  There are a couple key differences I want to highlight:


The top seeded team will host the game and invite the rest.
Settings:  15 rounds, 5 round rests, 0% custom maps or random maps.
The host will announce in chat when everyone is in the lobby and ready to get confirmation before starting the game.
After the round has concluded, all players will report to chat and announce who advances. Typically players will wait until the round has ended to proceed unless an officer specifies otherwise. Officers will use Challonge to advance players to the next round.  You can view the bracket and progress at

Since this is a double elimination tournament, the losing team in the winner’s bracket will still advance in the L bracket.

Double elimination.
Top scoring team advances.
Uphold the league values of fun, competition, and mutual respect.

If all players in a lobby agree that a player needs to be disqualified, they will alert an officer, who will handle the situation. Reasons for disqualification include, but are not limited to: unplayable ping/frame dropping, obstruction of gameplay, and disrespectful conduct in chat.

A player may choose to withdraw from the tournament at any time.  If the forfeiture occurs during a game, the game proceeds without that player.  This may result in a 1v2 match.  When a winning team withdraws after scores are posted, the opposing team automatically wins the next round.  Swapping of positions, players, or “filling in” for a winning player or team are prohibited.

Falsification of results, tampering with the tournament outcomes or brackets, and obstruction of tournament progress are strictly prohibited and will lead to being banned from the event or group.

As a guideline, courtesies such as waiting for AFK and talking players are not expected. Anyone who goes AFK or chats does so at their own risk.

Hats Unlocked

I have been asked on many occasions how to get a FWF logo hat. Now there is an avenue to do so. Anyone who donates a cumulative sum of $50 to FWF in the December Donation Drive will receive a gift of a custom hat with their choice of FWF logo and color shipped to any address in the USA.  Hat choices are one-size-fits-all and can be seen by clicking this link.

I want to stress here that FWF is not in the business of selling Duck Game Merchandise. The hat unlock tier nearly matches the “Ur The Best” tier for the total net amount that goes to FWF’s paypal account. This, as always, will be used to pay for prizes, hosting expenses, and if we do well enough, to reward those who donate their time and effort to make the group great.

A few people have commented recently how quickly we have developed as a community. This is thanks to the efforts of many contributors, whether through special gifts of time and talent, cash donations, promotion, or taking an active role within the community. I am thankful for the contributions, as well as the culture of respect we have for one another.

The Hat Unlock donation tier will only be good through December. Consider it a test, like the Alpha 2v2 that led to the Harmony Cup. If it works, maybe we can use it to grow and refine our operations.


Donate to Feathers Will Fly

Saturday FFA Tournament

We are hosting their next edition of our EU-friendly Saturday FFA Tournament!

The tournament will be hosted at 9:00 PM GMT, AKA 21:00 UK time.
In US time, that’s 4:00 PM EST and 3:00 PM CST.
Everyone can participate, no matter what region you’re from.

You will be able to register starting at 8:30 PM GMT, half an hour before the tournament begins.
Like always, you can register by joining the FWF Steam Group chat when the registrations start.

If you’re having trouble calculating the time for your own time zone, this webpage should help you out:

We hope you join us tonight!
Good luck and have fun!

Player Spotlight: This Guy

When I started playing online Duck Game, the first truly big name – the first unstoppable force – I heard about was This Guy. I had no idea who This Guy was, frankly, and I questioned whether he really was as good as the few people that brought him up claimed that he was, because I did only just start playing online, and, I have no problem admitting to it: I was terrible. Everyone good seemed like a mountain I couldn’t overcome.

After a few weeks of playing randoms I ran into Lucid, who, after some time, asked me to participate in his Feathers Will Fly competition. I had no illusions that I would lose, but I thought, “Hey, why not? It could be fun.” That was the tournament on the 17th of November (remember, remember), where by some cruel joke or malign miracle I made it into the quarterfinals to find myself pitched against a familiar name: This Guy – and he lived up to his name after planting my duck face firmly on an undisclosed rock somewhere between Mars and Jupiter.

If you are a part of Feathers Will Fly, you might be familiar with This Guy.

This “Won More Tournaments Than Anyone Else” Guy, or

This “He’s a Camper” Guy, or, most famously,

This “R.I.P. I’m In the Same Bracket as This Guy” Guy.

With the record amount of 11 Feathers Will Fly victories (not including his team victory with the help of Goat-on-a-stick), he sits atop the Feather Throne (this one goes out to all of you Game of Quacks people) with the most won tournaments of them all, and by a wide margin; the first-runner-up, or the second-place position, has three different people with 2 gold medals each. That’s a 9 tournament lead.

At this point, you may be thinking that I am here solely to praise this duck, but you would be severely mistaken. I am not here to praise This Guy; on the contrary, I am here to roll him in tar and cover him in all of his own ripped-out feathers.

Let’s get to the point, then, shall we? What makes This Guy a force to be reckoned with?

Sitting at 707 Steam hours and 20 tournaments, Guy has developed a competitive style that, frankly, is difficult to counter. I am going to pull it apart, so that you, too, can try to take him down. A word of warning, though: Bring a saltshaker for the salt.

This Guy is more defensive-minded than most players that you see. If he sees the chance, he will set up a camp complete with a grill, a tent and a mosquito lamp just to keep you out. Of course, this makes approaching him difficult, which gives him control of the situation, and that is exactly what he aims for. This usually involves him sitting at a higher ground with either a gun or a crate, leading his opponent back and forth until there is an opening.

When without a weapon, he oftentimes runs around with a crate for defense and slides into corner with it when necessary. He can disarm his opponent and steal their gun
for a lethal counterattack.

At the beginning of most maps, he will grab the nearest or second-nearest weapon and rush for the gun he sees as best on the map; this could be a net gun, a virtual shotgun, or a laser rifle (the one that you hate), and then the onslaught begins – because now you have to deal with that gun, not him.

As any top-tier Duck Game player, This Guy has his basics down. He can shoot diagonally with a high rate of accuracy; his timing with grenades is more often than not on point; he exploits the map layout to his advantage.

He has developed a style strictly optimal for competitive gameplay, utilizing the available resources to his best advantage. This might seem like an unstoppable force, however that is not the case; there are a few key weaknesses that this style has available to exploit.

If his opponent gets to the gun he wants first, he will recede to a defensive position and stop his blitz. If pressure is put on him, he begins to lose ground, and so the general strategy for dealing with him is to rush him down when he tries to find a defendable position on the map. Knock his grill over; trample his tent; smash his mosquito lamp, and keep the pressure on.

With all this taken into account, it seems that the Feathers Will Fly 12-time winner has forgotten how to tie his shoelaces recently.

In the 21st and 22nd Feathers Will Fly tournaments, This Guy was eliminated in quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively, consequently getting violently thrown off the back of his high horse.

With an hour of play every other day, not including tournaments, our duck has fallen behind the meta. As an example, while he has learned how to wall-shoot, he has not learned to watch out for others wall-shooting. The meta has somewhat changed over the past weeks and players have taken to new pathfinding on maps with more elaborate strategies of dealing with their opponents.

This Guy has gotten his feathers ruffled more than a handful of times due to just this, and if he does not keep closer watch on his opponents, he may just find himself losing his title in a few weeks, as the challengers keep arriving, and the bar only keeps on rising.

Whether or not he keeps up with that evolving meta, This Guy has left an impact on this tournament. With 12 victories and 20 tournaments under his belt (which is three more than the founder of Feathers Will Fly himself has attended), almost every duck participating in Feathers Will Fly has heard about him referred to with sugar, spice and salt, as the duck that just keeps on going.

Until we see more of him, we are left with such memorable quotes as, “I’m grossed out you said that with proper grammar,” or, “That’s a bad name for a dog.”

Ah, and if you happen to find yourself in a bracket with him these upcoming tournaments, then I have only one thing to say to you:



Make sure to check out This Guy’s Twitch channel here.

Harmony Cup Registration is live!

To register, two steps are required. The first is to choose your partner and desired hat. This can be done using the link above. The second is verifying your plan to participate, including your chosen partner. Both participants will need to post their intended partner and hat here.

Keep in mind that registration agreement supersedes hat selection in our registration above. In other words, if a participant wants jazzducks but their partner has not yet confirmed in our forums, another set of teammates may claim jazzducks and grab that hat. It’s all about teamwork, and honestly this is a bit of a race. That said, when you register, you commit you will do your very best to be there.

This will be our first double elimination tournament. Each team that loses, gets entered into a “losers bracket” that competes to be the final competitor of the winner. See here for an example.

Right now we are at $57.68 of our goal of $60 and stretch goal of $80 to fund this drive. The $60 is for hats and shipping. The extra $20 is “cold beverage money” for site developers and tournament hosts.

Donate to Feathers Will Fly
If anyone wants to “upgrade” to the next trophy up, you can. It is simply a cosmetic thing, but you have to admit … it’s kind of fun 😀 and it helps out our group immensely.  Additional funds will be used for future prizes, site infrastructure, and really what the donors and community wants to see out of the league.

Lastly, another preview of a few hat options. Winners will get to choose the pattern.


2v2 Tournament. Dec. 18th. Prizes.

Most ducks wear hats.  Sometimes people wear hats.  I wear a hat on occasion.

The winning teammates in our 2v2 tournament coming up on the 18th will probably wear hats.  They may be similar to the one below.  Right now there is only one hat like this in existence.  After the winners of the 2v2 get to choose their pattern, there will be a total of three.

Duck Beanie

I expect a full bracket of 64 players for this one.  We have been consistently filling our brackets of 32.  We will pre-register just like we always have in the past.

I am hopeful that you are enjoying our league, tournaments, and community.  If you feel this is a good cause, I am accepting donations to help cover the cost of the prizes and hosting (mostly prizes.)  The total expected cost to make and ship these hats will be about $60ish, assuming one of them has to go overseas.  We have a donate button on our web site, and will be recognizing those who donate.  People can remain anonymous as well.

We will continue to run our Thursday and Saturday tournaments until then.  This special event will take place Sunday the 18th at 2:00pm Eastern time.  It is also on your Steam calendar.  Be sure to show up a half hour early in chat to lock in the registration.

Saturday FFA Tournament

We are hosting the next edition of our EU-friendly Weekend FFA Tournament!

The tournament will be hosted at 9:00 PM GMT, AKA 21:00 UK time.
In US time, that’s 4:00 PM EST or 3:00 PM CST if you live near the east coast.
This means that you will be able to register for the tournament starting at 8:30 PM GMT, half an hour before the tourney begins.
Like always, you can register by joining the FWF Steam Group chat when the registrations start.

If you’re having trouble calculating the time for your own time zone, this webpage should help you out:

We hope you join us tonight!
Good luck and have fun!

12/1 Update: The Snowball Effect

Hi League members and guests!  Our efforts seem to be growing at an accelerating pace.  What was once a tiny snowball has rolled into a … well a bigger snowball 😀    I have a lot to cover with this update:

  • Web Site Update
  • Ease of joining our group and chat
  • Consistent Saturday tournaments

Site Update

Thanks to the PHP and SQL sorcery of Becer, along with a generous donation of his time and expertise, you may notice the site looks slightly different.  Behind the scenes, there were dramatic changes that will make edits and posts by our group leadership much simpler.  Additionally, our posts will be archived as you can see on the right.  This is not a final design, but a significant step in the direction of a robust site to fulfill the needs of the community.  Not all functionality is present yet, but Becer and I (mostly Becer) are working on improvements in our spare time.

Joining our group and chat

We have discovered two very simple ways to join our chat rather than sifting through your other steam groups.  I will be linking two methods here.  One is as simple as dragging this link to your desktop:  Feathers Will Fly Chat.  The other is editing your steam shortcut to include this text in the target field.  Make sure to include the quotes when you copy and paste.  This will launch FWF chat instead of the “Steam News” advertisements.

“C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steam.exe” steam://friends/joinchat/103582791455237656

Our group chat is an important part of building our community and finding friendly, respectful, and skilled players at any time of the day or night.

Consistent Saturday Tournaments

Thanks to Mage Legend, we will now host tournaments each Saturday at 4:00pm EST.  Since I have always hosted based on the time I am, residing in Indianapolis, Indiana, people have to convert to their local time zone.  The site linked makes this simple.