April 27, 2013
The Provisional Divisions
The signup count for Season 15 powered by BlackOut Gaming is 312 teams with a few on the waiting list to compensate early drops. The divisions are still subject to change, there is no guarantee for anyone except those teams who earned promotion or stayed comfortably in the middle of their division.
If you are not happy with the division that your team has been placed in, please contact an admin in IRC as soon as possible. Keep in mind that much like during the signup process, you must provide evidence of your ability to perform at the level of the division you wish to enter. This means, at minimum, a screenshot album displaying performance of your team against other similar-skilled teams. These pictures can be taken from PCWs, scrims, cups, other leagues and so on.
The divisions will be finalized and divided into groups on Sunday night.
Reminder: Every team with less than 6 players by May 5th may get replaced. So make sure you have enough players in your roster and also make sure that everyone has their SteamID entered.
Much like in the previous two seasons, we had more applications than slots for our two top divisions. Because it worked so well in the past and to give you all some pre-season TF2 action, we will again host qualifiers for the Premiership Division and Division 1.
One spot is up for grabs in the Premiership Division. Furbo Pandas , Last Man Standing and Revoluzion la metagame will compete for this one slot in a Round Robin style tournament (2 matches à 2 maps each). You can play these matches from Sunday 28th – Wednesday 1st (Thursday 2nd is reserved for a tie-breaker if needed) The team with most points joins the big boys in the Premiership Division, the 2nd and 3rd team enter Division 1.
In Division 1, two spots are up for grabs. This means, only the loser of the Round Robin style qualifier between d-d-Did I Stutter?, feenix and Trick17 Black goes down to Division 2 and the other two teams get a shot to prove themselves in Division 1.
Map Update: cp_process
Scorpio Uprising has released an updated version of his map cp_process. In any Season 15 officials, teams will have to use the new version cp_process_rc3. Get it here!
Statement regarding Third Party Plugins
From now on, any third party client plugins that alter any game variables are banned in ETF2L, and their continued use will be will be treated as cheating. Server-side plugins that have gameplay-altering functionality can only be used if said functionality is disabled. Loading third party plugins on servers that change game settings to unusual values may lead to major warnings and forfeit losses (and possibly bans too?).
An exception from this rule is the plugin TFTrue by AnAkkk. Using a server that allows higher FOV values is allowed if, and only if both teams agree. The hosting team must inform the visiting team about the increased FOV before the match starts.