June 16, 2014
The Highlander Open Cup
Reminders: Rosters can only have up to 1 player with experience in Division 5 and higher (HL & 6v6) as that person is your ‘buddy’ and can only play as a medic. Everyone else on the roster must be new to competitive or be in Division 6. Updates:
- The Conga taunt if used at the end of a round can glitch hitboxes for the next round. Therefore it will be banned.
- All the new weapons will be allowed.
The whitelist for 9v9 has been updated and can be found here.
So here we are with just over 1 week to go until the closure of signups on The Highlander Open after 2 whole friggin’ months!! If you are not too sure about how to enter, check out the guide here.
I just want to mention briefly about coverage. Certain matches will be casted LIVE on BlackOut TV so those of you who are not playing a game on some days or who weren’t able to participate because of other issues can enjoy the action as much as the participants!
For those of you who can’t wait to see the medals, here is a sneak preview of the 1st place medal in development! Ain’t that pretty so far? Well if you want to get that tip-top medal you should be setting your eyes upon that 1st place position. I digress though with all these special things, the main purpose of writing this post now is to clarify any problems or questions you, the players, may be facing. If you want to check out some of the other bits and bobs, scroll down to the bottom. Here we go:
Information pertaining to matches:
Is there banned unlocks?
Yes. Check the bottom of this post for specific details.
What’s all this stuff about needing a private server for the games? How do we communicate with each other? How are servers configured?
You have a few options in regards to servers. You could purchase a server from hosting companies such as PurePings for your games. Another way is via the brilliant serveme.tf service courtesy of Arie where you can rent a server for a couple hours completely free for all competitive TF2 uses. The final option, our lovely folks over at PurePings have given us a range of European servers that you can use. Just contact an admin here and ask for a server for your match.
Also, your team needs a way to communicate with one another right? Well in the competitive scene we mainly use Mumble as our voice chat client so to benefit you lovely players more we have a 10,000 slot mumble server set up (courtesy of Team Colonslash) for you to join and have a channel for your team, it couldn’t be easier! IP: mumble.highlanderopen.org Port: 9004
Your server will need to have a special Highlander config file and weapon whitelist (9v9 ones here) on the server used to set the competitive environment. If you rent a server from serveme.tf, you will only need to select the right ones from the drop down menus. If you are provided a server from ETF2L for your match, the configs will already be set and an admin can help you in regards to map changes and more.
The cup will be in 2 main parts, the Group Stage and the Single Elimination Playoff Stage with finals at the end.
- Signups close: Thursday 26th June
- Final divisions announced: Sunday 29th June
- Schedule deadline for Group Stage Week 1 matches: Friday 11th July at 23.59 CEST
- Week 1 start: Sunday 13th July (scheduled by Friday 11th July)
- Week 2 start: Sunday 20th July (scheduled by Friday 18th July)
- Week 3 start: Sunday 27th July (scheduled by Friday 25th July)
- All Group Stage results will need to be submitted by 23.59 CEST on Sunday 3rd August
- Tiebreaker Week: Sunday 3rd August to Sunday 10th August
At this point the top 2 in each Group of 4 (or top 1 if you’re in a Group of 3) will be placed into the Single Elimination Playoffs (starting Monday 4th August) where each round half of the teams previously will be knocked out of the cup. These matches will need to be played promptly.
- Round 1 of playoffs start: Sunday 10th August
- Round 2 of playoffs start: Sunday 17th August
- Round 3 of playoffs start: Sunday 24th August
- Round 4 of playoffs start: Sunday 31st August
- Quarter-Finals week start: Sunday 7th September
- Semi-Finals week start: Sunday 14th September
- Grand Final to be played between: Sunday 21st September and Sunday 5th October
The map pool is as follows:
The map schedule for each week is as follows:
- Group stage Week 1 – cp_process_final & pl_upward
- Group stage Week 2 – pl_badwater & cp_granary
- Group stage Week 3 – cp_gullywash_final1 & koth_lakeside_final
- Tiebreakers are played best of 3 maps from the pool above
- Round 1 playoffs – koth_viaduct & cp_gravelpit
- Round 2 playoffs – cp_granary & pl_upward
- Round 3 playoffs – koth_viaduct & cp_process_final
- Round 4 playoffs – pl_badwater & koth_lakeside_final
- Quarter Finals, Semi Finals and the Grand Final are all played Best of 3 maps from the pool above. Details will be listed on your match page
I’m a team leader, how do I schedule my matches? What do we need to do on match night?
kKaltUu is writing a guide about this too! Keep checking this post here!
How do we show proof of the score when we submit results? What’s this ‘P-REC’ thing?
At least one person during the match will need to take a screenshot of the output of the ‘status’ command from the console window as well as taking screenshots of the final score of every map in every official match.
P-REC is a tool which you can install onto your TF2 client. It can automagically record a POV demo of your competitive matches as well as automatically taking screenshots of the status command output and the final score. You can find more out about it here and how to use it. kKaltUu will also be covering this in the next guide.
Can we have more people on our team roster as subs? (more than 9)
Absolutely. But make sure there is no more than 1 player who has played in Division 5 or higher as such people count as ‘buddies’ and that there isn’t more than 20 on your roster in total as that is the limit.
What if my team isn’t available to play one (or more) of our games?
What if the enemy team doesn’t show up for the match?
What if we cannot access or rent a server for our match?
What if I need to find out about something that’s not here?
Contact an admin via the #etf2l IRC channel with ‘!admin HLO typemessagehere’. Whatever the problem, an admin will be happy to help you.
What is The Highlander Open?
Visit the Highlander Open Homepage to learn everything you need to know in detail. In short, it’s a Highlander Tournament specifically for players new to competitive TF2. This tournament is meant for people who are new to competitive play, a competition to find the very best pub team essentially. That said, we understand that many Division 6 HL teams are community teams, so they will be eligible to take part and those that have played in Division 6 6v6 aswell. Anyone who has played Division 5 or higher are only eligible to be ‘buddies’.
How can I find a team to play with?
You can search for a team to play with by creating a thread here.
I have a team…but we need some more players! Where can I recruit players to play for my team?
You can find players looking for teams here.
What is a buddy?
‘Buddies’ are people with Division 5 and higher experience in ETF2L or equivalent in other leagues (6v6 & HL) who may only play as a medic in the HLO team they are participating with.
Can my player play in this tournament, or does he have to be a buddy?
If the player has experience in Division 6 or lower (6v6 & HL), they are eligible to play. If they are experienced in Division 5 or higher (6v6 & HL) they may only participate as a buddy and optionally play as a medic. If you are unsure whether a player counts as a buddy or not, please contact an admin here.
This is the end of the FAQ now Below is all the information not mentioned above from the original post:
- Comprehensive competitive highlander guide written by kKaltUu and Wiethoofd. Russian version translated by irfx
- Play some TF2Center lobbies and gain great insight and experience in highlander gameplay
- Find more out about Competitive TF2 as a whole at comp.tf
- ETF2L - Hosting the cup with their extensive back-end system
- Hypernia.com - Providing the massive amount of servers required to let the event run smoothly
- TF2Pickup.net & Whitelist.tf - Donating TF2 items for prizes
- TF2Center - All-round service for those new to competitive to be able to partake in mix matches
- Team Colonslash - Providing the gigantic mumble server and a few extra TF2 servers
Players that complete all their games will receive participation medals and those that finish in the top 3 at the end will receive:
- 1st Place – Medal + 9 class-specific Killstreak kits.
- 2nd Place – Medal + 9 class-specific Strange weapons.
- 3rd Place – Medal + 9 class-specific Cosmetic items.
The full list of banned items is as follows:
- The Vita-Saw
- The Enforcer
- The Pomson 6000
- The Phlogistinator
- The Holiday Punch
- The Cleaner’s Carbine
- Pretty Boy’s Pocket Pistol
- The Red-Tape Recorder
- The Jingle Belt
- The Bootie Time
- High Five Taunt
- Darwin’s Danger Shield
- The Crit-A-Cola
- The Short Circuit
- The Diamondback
- Baby Face’s Blaster
- The Reserve Shooter
Huh, ETF2L?! How does this work?
For those of you who are new to the ETF2L site, to sign up for the tournament you will need to be part of a complete Highlander team of at least 9 players. Your leader can then sign your team up for the tournament. We will be adopting ETF2L’s ruleset for General and Highlander rules as well as the Highlander server configs and weapon whitelists. The FAQ section will explain everything about making accounts, teams and signing them up for tournaments in conjunction with the guide written by kKaltUu.
The Forums are a great way to talk about TF2, competitive play and the upcoming tournament. Don’t have a team yet, or are you looking for more players to join your team? Be sure to check out the Recruitment Section. Even though this is a European centered event, we will welcome players from other regions with open arms. We will even try to place you into the same groups to ease the process of scheduling matches with your opponents. Against European opponents however, you will have to play on European servers at European times. The usual playing time for ETF2L matches is Sunday’s from 19:00-21:30 CEST however you can still play any other day during the week as long as the rest of your team and your opponent’s are available.
Make sure you are willing to (and can!) play at such times and on European servers before you sign up. If you still can’t find the answer to a question or if you have any problem, then the quickest way to get into contact with an admin is to join the QuakeNet IRC channel #etf2l, and type “!admin highlanderopen <messagehere>” to get hold of someone who will help out. You can use the webchat plugin to connect to the IRC channel here.
Where you can help
You can help us with advertising too.
- Do you run a TF2/gaming news website? We’d love it if you announced the cup to your readership.
- If you’re a creative type with ideas for promoting the tournament – be it propaganda posters, a competitive play survival guide for new teams, etc – feel free to contribute.
If you’re an easy-going person who cares about helping the TF2 scene, we’d like to invite you to become a HLO buddy!
- Buddies will be the representatives between HLO and the community teams. You’ll join their roster, be responsible for answering their questions, making sure they schedule their matches properly, and depending on how good a buddy you are, organising and helping them out with practising and tactics.
- Buddies will also be eligible to play in the Highlander games themselves. But you can only play medic to keep it fair!
- Buddies will also be awarded with a medal like the rest of their team.
- You can put yourself forward to become a buddy simply by joining the new Highlander Open Buddy Group. Please make sure that your Steam page has the correct country information posted on it.
Many people have assisted in making this great tournament possible by supplying us with advertisement, images and many other things. We would like to express our thanks to all of them. A special highlight goes out to the following people who have put a lot of time in releasing this tournament:
- Queenie – Organising logo creation, SFM stills and promotional video
- nabique – Designer and creator of the medals
- Permzilla – Supporting the tournament with ETF2L’s back-end and overall guidance
Have fun and good luck to all that participate! – Jon