Highlander S12 Preseason Cup

Date February 26, 2017

Please dont judge the banner, it just felt empty without one.

Here we go boys, its time for another preseason cup! Here’s how it’ll play out. Signups close on March 12th at 18 CET.

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  • Groups are divided over their signup tiers
  • Every group should consist of 4 teams
  • Top 2 in each group advance to the knockout stage
  • Each knockout bracket contains 8 teams
  • Single elimination knockout stage.

The format might differ or change depending on the signup number.

  • Signups close: March 12th at 18 CET
  • Group stage & knockout stage: March 14th-16th

The default times for each round will be set as follows (All times are in CET):

  • Group stage round 1: March 14th 20:00 (Tuesday)
  • Group stage round 2: March 14th 21:15
  • Group stage round 3: March 15th 20:00 (Wednesday)
  • Knockout stage quarter finals: March 15th 21:15
  • Knockout stage semi finals: March 16th 20:00 (Thursday)
  • Knockout stage final: March 16th 21:15*

*We expect that games will be able to start around this time. This is only possible once all semi finals are done. In the case semi finals take a bit longer the finals will start as soon as the semi finals are over. Otherwise we’ll look for another solution.


During the group stage the Attack/Defense maps will be played BO2. During the knockout stage this will be BO3.

Map Pool:

Map Rotation:

  • Group stage round 1: pl_badwater
  • Group stage round 2: cp_gullywash_final1 & koth_coalplant_b7
  • Group stage round 3: pl_vigil_b2
  • Knockout stage quarter finals: Team Choice
  • Knockout stage semi finals: Team Choice
  • Knockout stage final & consolation final: Team Choice


The list of allowed unlocks can be found over here on whitelist.tf.

Changes from Season 11’s whitelist are unbanning:

  • Diamondback
  • Red-Tape Recorder
  • Short Circuit
  • Air Strike


  1. DuMmTm: woofwoof - COGU said:

    Ascend to win the in high

  2. Clark: SDCK! said:

    – Each knockout bracket contains 4 teams
    – Knockout stage quarter finals: March 15th 21:15

    I might be wrong, but how can there be quarter-finals in a bracket with 4 teams?

  3. Mr British said:

    Diamondback? I might actually see 102 now :O

  4. Aoshi: (Head Admin) - tavi - m a s o n said:

    Thanks for pointing it out Clark, changed it.

  5. Divine: (ETF2L Donator) - Wiki said:

    jesus Clark, tek it ez

  6. Adje: MV!!?? said:

    Unbanning the Diamondback? What lol.

  7. Cronk: ︻芫═一☺ - Lucrosa said:

    Group stage & knockout stage: “Match” 14th-16th

  8. Jan: (League Admin) - |FV| said:

    Fixed! Sorry for mistakes, it was really late.

  9. Gannex: -=LMDP=- said:

    cant wait to pwn all of u noobs :)))))))

  10. Nightmare: MV!!?? said:

    Unbanning the red-tape recorder and diamondback? This cup is going to be engineer massacre :D

  11. Included_Middle: :) said:

    This is quite possibly the worst whitelist I’ve seen in any etf2l cup ever. We tried short circuit in s10 and it was awful, nothing has changed since then it doesn’t need to be tested again. As for the others I’m up for testing them but I don’t think what they add will be near how much they take away.

  12. Toast: S-O said:

    Good stuff, might as well test the darwins as well when we are at it and see how big a difference these unlocks really make in game.

    Keep it up admins.

  13. I stole your bees.: (honey daddy) - officer - WCS said:

    Thank God we tested these new unbans in the experimental cup! Keep up the good work admins!

  14. Zamparonie: NoA!m - Muss Los said:

    since opeen sq enjoyt the last cup bans we are looking forward for some new unlocks keep it up etf2l team : )

  15. parkingturtle: lil said:

    “unbanning diamond back, red-tape-recorder” pls stop bullying engis ;-;

  16. HartzFartz: (ETF2L Donator) - opa! - ᴏғᴏ said:

    Please put a higher class limit on demo and sniper.
    Cheers Byte

  17. Nightmare: MV!!?? said:

    Nice banner :-)

  18. Teriyaki Sauce said:

    Why doesn’t ETF2L uses Ashville instead of Coalplant? It’s way more beautiful, cleaner and overall nicer to play

  19. Brian: catfish - MV!!?? said:

    Coalplant plays better imo, more open than ashville and is more enjoyable to play just in general

  20. draltoady: EU said:

    coalplant trades a slightly better designed lobby for massively increased sightlines, a lower that’s basically a deathtrap, and generally makes flank classes even more powerful at the cost of combo classes

    you’re probably a soldier main

  21. scrambled: (ETF2L Donator) - OPFOR - ᵍaₑtᵃ said:

    Coalplant plays better imo, more open than ashville and is more enjoyable to play just in general

  22. Steve!: S-O said:

    Does this mean neither Razorback nor DR are getting banned next season? If they were it would make sense to include them in the changes to test all the changes’ effect on each other.

  23. woolen: BoyBrigade said:

    was the diamondback banned?