March 13, 2017
Announcing Highlander Season 12.
As Season 11 is over with Strong Opinions claiming the crown once again, we are pleased to announce our next Highlander Season. All the information regarding the coming Season can either be found in this newspost, or will be released shortly!
Due to the slow decline of signups to highlander seasons we are shortening the regular season length from seven weeks to five. Not only will this allow us to return to all three tiers of High, Mid and Open but it will allow for three highlander seasons a year on top of a summer event such as a nations cup. This will mean that the number of teams competing in the Premiership tier will be reduced to six.
The map pool and whitelist for the season are still undecided and will be announced soon
- Signups: March 12 – March 24, 21:00 CET (Premiership signup deadline is March 18)
- Publishing of Provisional Divisions: March 24
- Publishing of Final Divisions: March 25
- Pre-Season Playoffs: March 19 – March 25
- Main Season: March 26 – April 27 (5 Weeks)
- High/Mid/Open Playoffs: April 30 – May 14
- Premiership Playoffs: TBD
The structure of the premiership playoffs will be decided in collaboration with premiership team leaders once the six premiership teams are known.
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 March 18 21:00 CET. Additionally we expect teams without a guaranteed Premier Division spot to be able to play all of the days mentioned above.
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)
Season 12 Promotions
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. inVision will face off with Super Dickmann's MALLCOPS! the winner will be promoted to the Premier Division with the loser being demoted to the preseason playoffs. While this is unorthodox it is to ensure that we get the best 6 teams in the Premiership tier.
Preseason Cup Structure
In the knockout stage of the cup all teams from the Premiership and High groups will go into their respective single elimination brackets. For Mid the top two teams of each group will go into a single elimination bracket and for Open the top two teams will advance to playoffs.
However due to lack of time in Open there will be two separate single elimination playoff brackets of six team each with two random top seeded teams receiving a bye into the semi finals. This is not an ideal solution however there was not enough time in the schedule to have a large combined single elimination bracket.
If you have any feedback about the cup please leave in the forum thread not in the comments of this news post.