January 9, 2018
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Announcing Season 29!
First of all congratulations once again to Season 28 winners SVIFT sponsored by STN.TF! However, there is going to be only a short break in the TF2 calendar with Season 29 signups open until 26th of January at 21:00 CEST.
Premiership signups will close on the 20th of January at 21:00 CEST.
While we sadly don’t have a sponsor yet, we do have a prize pool thanks to our ad revenue and affiliate programs. This amount is not on the same level as what a sponsorship could have provided but is definitely better than nothing. Meanwhile, we are already starting preparations to make season 30 a great season for all participating teams.
Here are the prizes for next season’s Premiership division.
– 300 Euros
– 120 Euros
Unlocks and Map Pool
The whitelist used for this season will be published after our Global Whitelist Test Cup will be wrapped up in order to establish which of the weapons tested will be allowed in the season.
Meanwhile, the map pool is undergoing a few changes compared to Season 28.
Reckoner will not be played in Season 29 anymore, as the map was seen as a new project that we had taken into our map pool for the purpose to improve it further on with community feedback. However, it had not seen many changes nor updates towards the past seasons that it was played in the league. While in the newest version of the map changes have been implemented, they’ve not been received positively in the off-season, thus leading us to the decision of not choosing the map for Season 29 anymore.
However, with Reckoner going out, we are bringing back Granary for more diversity to the map pool, as the map is less Scout-centered and still retained its original popularity from when we removed it. We couldn’t separate ourselves from Granary for too long anyway.
- Week 1: cp_process_final & cp_prolands_b3b
- Week 2: cp_prolands_b3b & cp_granary_pro_rc8
- Week 3: cp_granary_pro_rc8 & cp_gullywash_final1
- Week 4: cp_gullywash_final1 & koth_product_rc8
- Week 5: koth_product_rc8 & cp_snakewater_final1
- Week 6: cp_snakewater_final1 & cp_sunshine
- Week 7: cp_sunshine & cp_process_final
Make sure to choose your desired tier when signing up for the season in the sign-up process. 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 or logs of results from your recent practice matches or tournaments where you scored decent results against teams that play on the level you aim for, 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.
The quantity of screenshots or logs 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 or logs that you have to submit.
When sending links to logs on logs.tf or similar it is highly recommended that you include a short explanatory comment for each linked log, e.g. who your opponents are supposed to be and where they played last season. Also helpful for us, but not a must, however, is adding who the opposing team is in each screenshot or log (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. We will not accept plain lists of logs without any comments!
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 favored 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 zipped archives with tons of pictures attached to an e-mail, your application will be ignored. Keep it clean.
If you are applying for Open tier (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 you are applying for
- Link to the online photo album with comments
- Reasons why your team deserves to be placed in the tier you applied for (optional)
Season 28 Promotions/Demotions
All Open and Mid playoff teams, as well as the winner of High, will receive a promotion to the next highest tier unless their starting roster changed by more than half of their players.
The bottom two teams in the Premiership will be demoted and will have to compete with any potential premiership teams in the preseason playoffs if they wish to stay in the Premiership.
- Signups: January 9th – January 26th, 21:00 CEST (Premiership signups will close early, on the 20th of January at 21:00 CEST)
- Publishing of Provisional Divisions: January 26th
- Publishing of Final Divisions: January 27th
- Pre-Season Premiership Qualifiers: January 21st – 26th
- Main Season: January 28th – March 16th (7 Weeks)
- High/Mid/Open Playoffs: March 18th – April 8th
- Premiership Finals: April 1st
If you intend to sign up for the Premiership Tier we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Due to the Pre-Season Qualifiers happening while signups are still open, we will only consider teams for the Pre-Season Qualifiers that signed up before the 20th of January at 21:00 CEST. Additionally, we expect teams without a guaranteed Premier Division spot to be able to compete on the provided Pre-Season Qualifier dates.
We expect all aspiring Premiership Tier teams to send either us an email or directly contact a league admin on Steam or Discord with at least your intended roster. You must also include evidence of your ability to compete with premiership level teams.
Teams that do not send an email risk losing their spot in the Pre-Season Premiership Qualifiers.
We are running Double Elimination as our format of choice for Premiership Playoffs again.
The games will be played between the March 18th and April 1st. We will allow some flexibility with dates, but the grand final must be played on the April 1st at the latest.