Highlander Season 11 powered by Tt eSPORTS and Preseason Cup Announcement.

Date October 17, 2016


Announcing Season 11 powered by Tt eSPORTS and The Experimental Highlander One-Night-Cup #8

After wrapping Season 10 powered by Tt eSPORTS up and crowning European Strong opinions as champions, we are happy to announce our next highlander Season. All the information regarding the coming Season can either be found in this newspost, or will be announced in the future!

However before Season 11 gets underway we will have a new One Night Cup featuring cp_hadal_b9a, an attack/defend map reminiscent of cp_steel. The cup will consist of groups of 4 teams playing 3 matches as Bo2 stopwatch, this means draws on stopwatch are an allowed result for this cup. It will take place on Saturday the 22nd of October at 19, 20 and 21 cest. The cup will use this whitelist where the only change from the season 10 whitelist is the addition of the phlogistinator, also weapon pickups are now allowed. Highlander or Fun Teams may sign up for this cup however be aware this is a 9v9 cup despite fun teams being listed as 6v6. Signups will close on the 21st of October at 21:00 CEST

Please leave any feedback on the cup in the relevant thread which can be found here, not on the news post comments.

Sign up for the cup here

Open the full post for details on Highlander Season 11 powered by Tt eSPORTS

Sign-up Process

Make sure to choose your desired tier when signing up. If you created a new team, feel free to apply for the tier you believe you deserve you should be in. To prove you are capable of the tier you applied for, we require you to submit screenshots of results from your recent practice matches or tournaments where you scored decent results against teams that play on the level you aim for. The quantity is not the most important factor in this case, it’s more of a helpful measure for us to figure out if your team will be able to keep up with the pace. There is no magical, minimum or maximum number of screenshots that you have to submit.

Sending links to logs on logs.tf or similar are fine if you include a short explanatory comment for each linked log, e.g. who your opponents are supposed to be and where they played last seaseon. We will not accept plain lists of logs without any comments!

If you want to be more specific about a tier you request, send an application to [email protected](details listed below) with a suitable subject. Emails with subjects like “Hello”, “Hi” or anything else that cannot be identified as a team applying for a tier by mail may be ignored.

Additionally since it happens time and time again, you do not sign up by mail, you sign up on the site and apply by mail if you are a newly formed team playing in anything higher than Open.

Please note that the success of your request also strongly depends on the free slots in the tier you aim for. Established teams will be favoured over new teams or teams that request to jump a tier. The screenshots have to be uploaded to an online image storage service (for example, you can use imgur or Dropbox). Keep in mind that if you opt for a zipped archives with tons of pictures attached to an e-mail, your application will be ignored. Keep it clean.

Also helpful for us, but not a must however, is adding who the opposing team is in each screenshot (and maybe even the division they played in the last time). That makes it easier for us, because sometimes it can be quite hard (especially in the lower tiers) to figure out who the teams in the screenshots are.

If you are applying for Open (which is our entry division), you do not have to provide any proof that you are capable of playing at that level.

Please send your application to [email protected]. The tier assignment request has to include the following information in order to be considered. Incomplete applications will be ignored!

  • Do not use HTML in your e-mail. If you want to add a link, just paste the link in the e-mail as you would enter it in your browser.
  • Team name
  • Team link on ETF2L.org
  • Tier/Division you apply for
  • Link to the online photo album
  • Reasons why your team deserves to be placed in the tier you applied for (optional)

>>>>>>SIGN UP NOW<<<<<<

Season 11 Promotions/Demotions

All Open and Mid playoff teams will receive a promotion to the next highest tier, unless their starting roster changed by more than half of their players. LuxembourgSuper Dickmann’s KANNONEN! will be promoted to the Premier Division after winning the High Tier in Season 10.

Additionally the bottom 20% of the remaining teams in the High and Mid Tier will not have a guarantee to stay in their respective Tier. This affects the places 12-14 in the High Tier and the places 19-23 in the Mid Tier. The Open Tier does not have demotions.

Season Schedule

  • Signups: October 15 – October 28, 21:00 CEST
  • Publishing of Provisional Divisions: October 28
  • Publishing of Final Divisions: October 29
  • Pre-Season Playoffs: October 26 – October 29
  • Main Season: October 30 – December 15 (7 Weeks)
  • High/Mid/Open Playoffs: January 2 – January 19
  • Premiership Playoffs: TBD

If you intend to sign up for the Premier Division we encourage you to do so as soon as possible due to the Pre-Season Playoffs. We will only consider teams for the Pre-Season Playoffs that signed up before October 25th 23:59 CEST. Additionally we expect teams without a guaranteed Premier Division spot to be able to play all of the days mentioned above.

Premiership Playoffs

The system used for premiership playoffs will be double elimination with 4 teams, the exact schedule for the playoffs will be determined in a discussion with the premiership teams after preseason playoffs have concluded.

Banner Contest

For the upcoming Season 11 we have decided to have a banner contest. This means that your artwork will be featured on our hub page, as well as every newspost related to Season 11 on our Facebook page and every official post related to it.
Here is what you have to do:

    • Create a banner with the dimensions 590×295
    • Include our and our sponsor’s logos which can be found here
    • Send your creation to [email protected] and put “[ETF2L] S11 banner contest” as subject
    • Send it to the above mentioned email until October 25th 23:59

If we will choose your banner to be the official Season 11 banner, please be ready to modify it if need be, e.g. if more sponsors get added. If your banner is not chosen to be used for Season 11, we may get back to you in one of the following seasons.

 News writer

A reminder that we are still looking for a newswriter to handle 6v6 newsposts. Users that have already attempted applying can always re-apply. Please don’t be intimidated to apply, it’s a position that you can really only improve on with real experience. For some additional information you can look at the Join us! page. When writing an application

Send an email to [email protected], and make sure that the subject is proper like “Newswriter Application”, 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: how often would you be able to look into writing newsposts? What other commitments may affect your availability?


  1. stingHan: T - faketaxi said:


  2. Chronos: BMS said:

    so I heard a few people suggested a few reasonable and used koth and 5cp maps. I am sure a few otehr reasonable maps too. I can’t imagine anyone who wasn’t completely meming suggested this map. It’s awful af on so many levels (get it, levels!”?!?!?!)

  3. Forty-Two said:


  4. Chronos: BMS said:

    Also, we accidentally signed up to the cup before we checked the map and saw the invisible walls and other stupid things. If this is the map for the cup we don’t want to play, and would the kind admins remove our team from the cup :)

  5. Bloodis: (Head Admin) - (´・ω・`) - Leila+8 said:

    @Chronos, http://etf2l.org/support/

  6. Georgebaii: SELECTED. said:

    LOLHL <3

  7. Cronk: keɪkeɪkeɪ - Lucrosa said:


  8. Der_Milchmann: Gaston - S-O said:

    gg no dead ringer ban

  9. Steve!: S-O said:

    Generally we dont do cups on maps that were playtested thoroughly previously. They can still be considered for the regular season, though

  10. princess dvs: 4SKINGS - (°)> said:


  11. walters: 105 said:

    who cares about hl?

  12. Snuggles: $QUAD - op_sqd said:

    Probably no one, that way it would be the same amount of ppl that care about you :)

  13. mezzo: $QUAD - op_sqd said:

    “who cares about hl?” – playing 6s open smh

  14. snappe: half - ( ͡~ ͜ʖ ͡9 said:

    Burn <3

  15. Georgebaii: SELECTED. said:

    “who cares about hl”

    You should because you wouldn’t have rolled mid sixes without a certain highlander player :^)

  16. Brian said:


  17. Lurkki: >o_ - SEKS (me) said:

    I can’t believe razorback isn’t banned in the current year

  18. stingHan: T - faketaxi said:

    I can’t believe gay ringer isn’t banned in the current year

  19. Forty-Two said:

    This is not necessarily limited to HL but would it be an idea to start allowing gravetalk? I don’t really see any reason why your opponents should not be able to see your chat when you’re dead (unless there’s no convenient cvar for it and it would be a lot of hassle to enable or something).

  20. Bloodis: (Head Admin) - (´・ω・`) - Leila+8 said:

    @Forty-Two, http://etf2l.org/forum/customise/topic-25871/

    Unless if there has been a change to this in the past years we can look into allowing it, but if there’s no official cvar to enable gravetalk then we can’t allow it through plugins.

  21. ballzy: (ETF2L Donator) - officer - EF2L said:

    Personally don’t think there’s anything wrong with the provisional whitelist, only problem with the dead ringer is its ability to work very well with the amby on certain maps, giving the spy crazy good sightlines on the combo at long distance, with the ability to stay alive when chased. I think its a map problem.

    Razorback ban is only good for lower div teams that can’t properly focus the sniper, in which case I think they should learn rather than cry about it.

    I don’t think this map selected for the cup will be very good, looking around it I don’t see A, B or C having a viable hold, with B having the best hold and its very similar to Steel C, which is a throwaway hold. The last cap gets harder to cap as more points are captured which seems to be a very strange design choice and one that I don’t think lends itself well to a competitive setting. There’s also crazy amounts of height advantage on last and the flank route that opens up when B is captured, which I don’t think will be very fun to play anything but soldier on. Haven’t played any games on the map though, maybe I’ll be proved wrong in the experimental cup, but I think another map would have been better tested.

  22. ballzy: (ETF2L Donator) - officer - EF2L said:

    Though I do think it would be hilarious to watch a whole combo rotate through the vent thing into a sticky trap.

  23. cantar: kaban said:


  24. b33p: (ETF2L Donator) - -st- said:

    With only a week and a half until the season begins, where the hell is the map list?

  25. ballzy: (ETF2L Donator) - officer - EF2L said:

    I think they want to test this map to see whether they want to add it to the map list before they release the map list :)

  26. Steve!: S-O said:

    The S11 preseason playoffs will use S10 map list, regardless of what is decided for S11. This is because teams should play the playoffs on maps they know well to better reflect their skill level.

  27. SageLuke: ★GF - .-SRR-. said:

    Who can I report map bugs to?
    After capping B, this doorway doesn’t lower enough, and you have to jump-crouch to get through it.
    Has the creator of this map even tried running around in the map at all?

  28. Aoshi: (Head Admin) - PrettyGay - Twisted said:

    The S11 preseason playoffs will use S10 map list, regardless of what is decided for S11. This is because teams should play the playoffs on maps they know well to better reflect their skill level.

    Since when did this get decided then? This would give the option for teams to play on a map that they wont even play for the season. Which is more disappointing then them playing on a new map where they were capable of coming up with their own new strategies and showing why they should be considered for prem.

  29. TimTum: (ETF2L Donator) - LvG said:

    Good communication between league admins

  30. ballzy: (ETF2L Donator) - officer - EF2L said:

    if someone got in to prem from playing this map I would be very disappointed.

  31. Chronos: BMS said:

    I think it would be good for the season 11 map list to be used, the playoffs act as a warm up showcase for the season and thus it is only apt for season 11 maps and white list to be used

  32. ballzy: (ETF2L Donator) - officer - EF2L said:

    Also, being able to develop new strategies may help you become a good team, but there are other things which are much more important than that, I think those things should be the emphasis of whether a team should be in prem or not.

  33. ballzy: (ETF2L Donator) - officer - EF2L said:

    fuck chronos

  34. Foz: (ETF2L Donator) - OoO said: