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Christmas VACation

Date December 18, 2014

E-Mail addresses

Recently, we’ve been making more and more use of our E-Mail system. This already includes Admin/Leader challenges and will now include any necessary moments where we need to get in contact with players (NOT just leaders). Please make sure your E-Mail address is one that you check frequently. If you want your E-Mail address changed, you can do so by contacting our Support through IRC.

Alt accounts

We, the AC staff, have been running into a lot of cases where people were reported for reasons such as having few hours logged in TF2 and already being high division. Given that reason, we are required to immediately request the player’s demos and further investigate. Recently, however, most of these cases have been turned out to be either people evading bans or people that abandoned their older accounts for various reasons.

Players’ reasons for alt accounts have mostly been: abandoning their old account because of VAC bans (not just TF2), trade bans, bans from pubs, being banned from steamrep.com or sold Steam accounts.  While your reason doesn’t interest us  (except if the VAC bans were recently issued for TF2), please note that alt accounts are strictly forbidden in ETF2L.

2.6 No account sharing and multi accounts

Every player is limited to only one ETF2L account at any time. A person creating multiple accounts or multiple players using one account is not allowed. Multiple players from the same household (family, close friends, roommates, …) that may be sharing the same IP address must notify admins and use seperate ETF2L and Steam accounts.
Players caught creating multiple ETF2L accounts or allowing use of their Steam account to a third party in official matches may face punishment ranging from deactivation of the account to reversal of match results and a major warning for fraud or a league ban. Each case will be reviewed individually and penalties will be assigned based on severity of the offense and its impact on the competition. If you wish to change the attached Steam ID of your ETF2L account, contact admins and they will change it for you.

Bans

Some players have been spotted with recent VAC bans affecting Team Fortress 2 and thus are now banned from ETF2L for 1 year:

The following player has been spotted with a second VAC banned account, and will also be banned for 1 year:

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

The following players have been caught cheating by our Anti-Cheat team. They will be banned from ETF2L for 1 year:

The following player has not provided a requested demo for the second time in a row. They are banned from ETF2L for 2 weeks.

ETF2L Highlander Season 7 powered by Tt eSPORTS: hePPa vs PremTech @ 20:45 CET

Date December 18, 2014

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Week 5 can’t let go right? Fuel up on your Badwater viewing pleasure tonight with Norway Heavy Is GPS & UK Bulow on BlackOut TV as we all watch Finland hePPa vs USA PremTech with anticipation. How would this affect our beloved division? Well a win for Finland hePPa is slim but if they can pull it off, they’ll find a home in 6th place, away from potential relegation. However, if we turn the tables with a victory landing in for USA PremTech, they’ll see the light at the end of the tunnel drawing with Ireland Stacked in the 4th place spot.

So who will be victorious? Tune in at 20:45 CET to find out!

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A New Year, A Different ETF2L.

Date December 17, 2014

ETF2L is going Swiss, and we don’t mean we are moving into making time pieces or holey cheese! This January is going to mark the beginning of the biggest experiment the modern ETF2L has seen. We are excited to announce that we will be experimenting with the Swiss-Style tournament system. The aim of this news post is to guide you through the big changes in brief. Additionally ETF2L’s very own England Permzilla will be featuring on a dedicated Fully Charged EU airing Monday the 22nd of December, where you will be able to ask any questions on the change.

What does this mean exactly? What is a Swiss System?

All teams will now be seeded into one of four different tiers. Roughly speaking, Premiership will have its very own tier; division 1&2 will combine to have its own tier as will 3&4 and 5&6. Based on 6v6 season 19 signups we have produced this example division of tiers:

  • Tier 1 (Premiership) – 8 teams
  • Tier 2 (1&2) – 32 teams
  • Tier 3 (3&4) – 72 teams
  • Tier 4 (5&6) – 184 teams

Premiership will remain relatively untouched by this change; it will still be run in a round robin style where every team will play every other team once. However the other 3 tiers will witness the bulk of the changes because not every team will face off against one another, instead your team will play a set number of games against teams with the same points or similar match records; it’s important to bear in mind you can’t play the same team twice .

The names of the tiers have not yet been decided, we are open to suggestions but were thinking of following the ESEA/CEVO trend with Premiership/Main/Intermediate/Open.

Weekly Schedule

One of the main features of the Swiss system is a stricter schedule. Therefore the week will now be divided into different segments:

  • Sunday – Thursday: All available playing days for the week.
  • Thursday 23:59: Result submission deadline.
  • Friday & Saturday: Days reserved for potential replays and/or matches where Match Complaints are involved.
  • Saturday 23:59: Fixtures created and default dates set.

The Thursday deadline is absolutely strict unless permission is granted for a replay/ match complaint by the admins. Matches without submitted results will be nullified.

The Premiership tier will also run alongside this schedule, however there will be slight differences since it continue to be run in a Round Robin format. Obviously the fixtures for all 7 weeks will be available in advance, the same as it is currently. Scheduling will run the same method for Premiership as any other tier.

How are the fixtures decided?

Fixtures will now be created by matching teams with a similar points total where possible, ignoring teams that have played each other already. This is intended to create closer matches throughout the season. Another benefit of the division tier system is that there is much less seeding to do for admins which reduced admin workload and also reduces the chance of poor seedings (which do happen).

Before the season the admins will seed the top 50% of each tier who will receive imaginary points. These imaginary points will be used in addition to any earned points in the first two weeks to create fixtures. In other words it will ensure that the matches in the first two weeks are closer while not compromising the fairness of the standings. More detail can be found here. Once imaginary points have been discarded in Week 2, fixtures will be continue to be created by matching teams with similar point totals.

In addition to this any new teams will now be added into the next available week of fixtures as soon as they sign up for the season. Instead of being added to the bottom of the pile, the new team will be given real match points from imaginary games based on a team rating given by the ETF2L team, however this will never place them in the top half of their tier and will usually be set to a low bound. It will still have a deadline of adding new teams into the season, but that is yet to be decided when.

Default Dates

Every Saturday default dates will be automatically created at the same time as fixtures. In order to accommodate this, each week a team will pick 3 days out of the possible 5 playing days (Sunday-Thursday) which they would prefer to play on. An overlapping day will then be chosen by the automatic scheduler.

Teams will also select a preferred time AND a time window in which they can start the fixture. If the preferred times match, that time will be chosen. If they do not, the time window will be looked at. If the time windows do not overlap, then a compromise will be set between the time windows. The deadline for selecting your playable days is Friday at 23:59. Thursday has been chosen as the new default date for matches with no days submitted, it was chosen as it had the highest number of ETF2L games, when ignoring Sunday.

Wildcards

An unfortunate necessity of this system is the elimination of wildcards. There are no Wildcards allowed in the Swiss-System, because in order to function it must adhere to strict deadlines. However in our opinion this minor drawback is vastly outweighed by the benefits of this new system.

Tiebreakers&Playoffs

Another by-product of the new system will be an increase in ties, particularly in the bigger tiers. To solve this issue ties will automatically be sorted within the table by round difference (rounds scored subtract rounds conceded). This applies to all ties, including ones that affect any playoff positions. Tiebreakers will therefore no longer be used.

Playoffs would now take place in all tiers . This system makes it much easier to run playoffs in all tiers, just one look at some of the playoff trees from Season 19 should make it clear.

Summary

ETF2L is excited to be able to implement this system and experiment with it. There may be some hiccups but this system offers great benefits and we believe it will create a more enjoyable league for the community. Once the system is complete we will test it internally and make sure it’s in working order, if everything goes smoothly it will be available for implementation for 6v6 Season 20.

We hope we have covered most questions regarding the details, but no doubt we will have missed something out. There will be a Fully Charged EU featuring England Permzilla to answer any questions or issues regarding the planned changes on Monday 22nd December. We have created a thread here for you to ask your questions about the Swiss System. Make sure you tune in on the 22nd!

Cooperation with TF2Pickup.net: Testing s20 unlocks!

Date December 14, 2014

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In cooperation with TF2Pickup.net  & whitelist.tf and in preparation for the upcoming season 20 we are pleased to announce a test run featuring a bunch of unlocks currently banned in ETF2L 6s.

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ETF2L Highlander Season 7 powered by Tt eSPORTS: Fair Enough vs Kill Switch @ 20:15 CET

Date December 14, 2014

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Join Norway Heavy Is GPS & Spain CeeJaey on BlackOut TV for the long-awaited Week 6 fixtures featuring our new map koth_resovoir. First match up for casting is European Fair Enough sponsored by TF2Pickup.net vs European Kill Switch, our 5th and 6th placed contenders. With the entire division closely matched on points, 6 points swinging either way will bump one of them up into a tidy 3rd place position. Who will win? Tune in at 20:15 CET to find out!

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