Playing your first season in ETF2L? Consider looking at the ETF2L Match Guide on Steam to learn how matches will be organized and played!

Highlander Season 15 Preseason Cup

Date February 19, 2018

etf2l-logo-banner_small

With the dust settled on Season 14, let’s start the preparation for Season 15! This cup will focus around testing maps for the upcoming season to see if they’re still fit to be of same quality as most of the current maps played in Highlander.

Edit: It has been brought to our attention that there is currently a bug with the Gas Passer allowing it to be thrown through walls, because of this it will be kept banned from this cup. The new whitelist can be seen at whitelist.tf

>>>Signup now!<<<

 

Each tier is divided into round robin groups of four teams meaning there could be multiple groups for each tier, teams that sign up sooner will be prioritized in getting a spot in the cup, so do not wait until the last minute to sign up! Keep in mind that there will not be any elimination rounds for this cup.

  • Signups close: March 2nd at 21:00 CET
  • Group stage round 1: March 4th 19:00 CET – pl_borneo
  • Group stage round 2: March 4th 20:30 CET – koth_warmtic_b6
  • Group stage round 3: March 4th 21:15 CET – cp_gravelpit

Both pl_borneo and cp_gravelpit will be played as a bo3.

Highlander Season 14 – Wrap-up

Date February 13, 2018

Highlander Season 14 – Wrap-up

The playoff games have ended and the winners have been crowned. The main season of Premiership was shown to be very promising and competitive, and in the end it was proven to witness former champions reclaiming their throne back.

We want to give big congratulations to gold medal European Strong Opinions as the winners of Premiership once again! With silver medal Poland Feila eSports finanzieren durch DROPS improving on previous seasons by claiming second place. And finally we see bronze medal Luxembourg Super Dickmann's KANNONEN! claiming third place after getting dethroned.
Read the rest of this entry »

Highlander Season 14 Awards Show

Date February 7, 2018

Created by Mr.Light

Written by Germany Domaytoe

The Highlander Season 14 Awards Show

Prepare your expectations and bury your sense for democracy, because it is on it’s way!

We are not talking about some sort of horror clown here but definitely something equally as scary. It is that time again to tensely wiggle about on your chair to witness the great showdown of more or less deserved awards based on a wide variety of popularity based votes in something that could be considered a Schrödingers gamemode at this point.

The Highlander Season 14 Awards Show is about to (be a) hit tonight, as we are crowning the well justified winners of each category while exactly these players have to sit quietly in tears as 6s players take away their awards on paper.
Read the rest of this entry »

Tuesday Night Bans

Date February 6, 2018

Bans

The following players have been caught cheating by our Anti-Cheat team. They will be banned from ETF2L for one year:

The following players have failed to upload demos twice, and have been banned from the league for two weeks:

The following players have been caught with VAC bans affecting TF2, and will be banned from the league for one year:

+ 48 inactive ETF2L accounts.

As these players have not been caught cheating by our staff, their match results are not affected.

The following players have been caught disrupting a cast/match and will be banned for the remainder of S29 (until April 8th):

Season 29: More Updates, Staff Changes and ETF2L Recruiting!

Date February 6, 2018

Season 29: More Updates

With the re-introduction of Open tier as our season equivalent of the Fresh Meat Tier, we will be applying a new general rule affecting exclusively the lowest tier in the league. Low is not affected by this rule

3.6.1 All previous experience will be taken into account in the Open/Fresh Meat tier

If a player has previously participated in a higher tier, all of their previous experience will be taken into account in the lowest skill tier. This rule applies to the Open/Fresh Meat tier, given that a Low tier is currently in play.

Furthermore, we’re also publishing a list of known bugged spots on various maps that will be added to the already existing Bug-Using rule. If players find any ulterior spots that could be considered illegal to use then we strongly recommend contacting an admin for clarification.

6.1 Bug-Using is not allowed
Any kind of “Bug-Using” is not allowed. Player using bugs will be punished.

Most commonly seen banned map spots include:

  • Upward: Teleporter in dropdown spot on 3rd point
  • Gullywash: Last point shutter shoot through
  • Gullywash: Taunting through the ceiling of elbow
  • Product: Skybox bugged spot

If you are unsure about the legality of any sneaky spot on a map, please contact an admin to clarify the situation and prevent complaints from your opponent.

EDIT: Removed the general angled wallsticking ban applied to all maps.

Both of these rules will come into effect immediately in Season 29.

Season 29: Playoff information

Additionally, with the addition of Div 1 and Div 2 replacing High tier, here’s a quick explanation as to how playoffs will work.

With Premiership and Div 1 we will have 4 teams playing in a double elimination format as it has been done previously.
In Div 2, however, we’re going with 3 teams from each group, with a total of 6 playoff teams in a single elimination format. The top seed of each group will start in the semifinals, while the third seed from Div 2a will be playing against the second seed from Div 2b and vice-versa.
All other tiers will have 8 teams playing in a single elimination format as usual.

Regarding promotions, not all teams that reach the playoff stage will be guaranteed to play in the division above the following season. Only the semi-finalists in Mid are guaranteed to be promoted to Div 2, while only the finalists of Div 2 will secure a spot for Div 1.

Staff Changes

Due to his long duty as an admin and the dedication put towards the league, we’re happy to announce that we’ve promoted Finland Bloodis to the role of Head Admin, joining Germany Stinson_Out and Belgium Aoshi.

ETF2L recruiting!

We are also once again looking for more volunteers to help run and maintain the league, mostly on the look for Highlander oriented League Admins but if you have another offer in mind that ETF2L would benefit of, feel free to also follow the following lines.

League Admin

Among other things league admins take admin requests on IRC, deal with match conflicts, handle the setting of Default Dates and the verification of played matches. They also create and oversee cups.

The role of a League Admin is not particularly time-consuming, however it is important for admins to be able to plan their availability for routine tasks and pre-scheduled activities, such as cup nights, Season preparation/wrap-up, etc. Additionally providing support during match times has grown in importance, therefore we cannot really employ admins who have team commitments every four to five times per week (especially but not limited to Thursdays). Same goes for creating and overseeing cups. It is always easier said than done, having the idea and setting up a cup is only a small part of actually running a cup. Being there when the cup is under way, providing match support, dealing with conflicts, lending out servers, seeding further rounds, verifying finished matches and many more tasks have to be handled, while possibly over 100 matches are going on simultaneously, you may not be alone, but you will be part of it.

Also something we want to adress is our interest in self-managed admins, we will not take you by the hand and lead you through everything there is to do. YOU have to show interest, YOU have to ask what you can do, YOU have to prove you really want to be an admin. There are plenty of admins around almost all the time, who are happy to help you and show you the ropes, but at some point routines will have to be dealt with without someone telling you that they need to be done. At the same time, communicating with other admins is very important, to avoid certain tasks being done twice, conflicting results in decisions or even decisions overwriting previous ones.

If you are interested in supporting the administrative backbone for the league, you should also check out the details on the respective application page, this will tell you which information we need from you at the very least. With an emphasis on THE VERY LEAST, most applications that cover only the very basics will not go very far. Additionally this general page may provide you with some more information.

If you are interested in any of the roles on the Staff mentioned above, send an email to [email protected] with the following information:

  • Name
  • ETF2L profile link
  • Country of residence
  • Age
  • Previous experience (optional)
  • Special skills or contacts that may help the league (optional)
  • Available free time