September 1, 2019
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This is quite a lengthy post so make sure you don’t miss anything!
Welcome to our 34th Season!
First Up, the Preseason Cup
We’ll be running a simple single elimination cup on cp_propaganda_b16. Teams will be split into brackets of 8 meaning that at the time of signups closing we’ll be rounding down to the closest multiplication of 8.
This is a one-night-cup on September 8th the time schedule is as follows:
- Round of 8: 19:00 CEST
- Round of 4: 20:00 CEST
- Finals: 21:00 CEST
Signups will close on September 7th at 20:00 CEST!
Next up, the Main Season
If your team is signing up for a specific tier that might seem out of place you can give us additional information. The way to do this is explained at the bottom of this newspost. Teams looking into playing in either division 1 or 2 will need to sign up to High tier when signing up for the season. If teams would want to specify to which of these Divisions they want to be placed in, we strongly encourage teams to send in an application to us with the said method below.
This season we once again thank everybody that helps out this league with the partnership links on the side as well as the ad revenue. Thanks to them we are able to host a small prize pool.
Here are the prizes for next season’s Premiership division.
– 300 Euros
– 120 Euros
That said, we are also looking for additional sponsors that would like to chip into Season 34. If you are interested or know a company, an organisation or an individual who is, do not hesitate to contact any staff member or send an email to [email protected]!
- Signups: September 2nd – September 20th, 20:00 CEST (Premiership signups will close early, on September 14th at 21:00 CEST)
- Publishing of Provisional Divisions: September 21st
- Publishing of Final Divisions: September 22nd
- Pre-Season Premiership Qualifiers: September 15th – September 21st
- Main Season: September 22nd- November 8th
- Playoffs: November 10th – November 24th
Whitelist & Map Pool
The whitelist for Season 34 will remain unchanged from the last season.
With the preseason cup happening on September 8th we can not just yet give out a full map list. We’re still going over our options as well as gathering feedback. However, as most maps have become staples, the following maps are already confirmed to be in the season so that teams can start practicing.
Season 33 Award Polls:
A little later than usual because of i65; but rather late than never! Here are the nominees as voted from the season 33 premiership players:
Season 33: Pocket Scout of the Season
Total Voters: 352
Season 33: Flank Scout of the Season
Total Voters: 349
Season 33: Pocket Soldier of the Season
Total Voters: 355
Season 33: Roamer of the Season
Total Voters: 342
Season 33: Demoman of the Season
Total Voters: 354
Season 33: Medic of the Season
Total Voters: 347
Season 33: Offclasser of the Season
Total Voters: 340
Season 33: Debut of the Season
Total Voters: 322
Season 33: Best Player of the Season
Total Voters: 345
Season 33: Caster of the Season
Total Voters: 325
Polls close Sunday, 8th september, 20.00 CEST!
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. Teams signing up for the high division are advised to send an email whether they have a preference to either play division 1 or 2. If no email is sent by a team signing up for high they will get placed by admins based on the roster of the team.
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 33 Promotions/Demotions
All Open and Low playoff teams, finalists of Mid tier and Division 2, as well as the winners of Division 1, will receive a promotion to the next highest tier unless their starting roster has changed by more than half of their players.
The bottom two teams in Premiership will be demoted and will not have a confirmed Premiership spot. This means that they might have to compete with any potential premiership teams in the preseason playoffs if they wish to stay in Premiership. Additionally, the bottom two teams of Division 1 and 2 groups will also be demoted to the next lowest Tier.
All promotions and demotions are open for admin discretion. This is in order to make sure the tiers are as good as they can possibly be. If you are uncertain about being promoted or demoted you can follow the above mentioned sign-up process to give additional information about your team.
If you intend to sign up for the Premiership Tier we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Due to the Premiership Qualifiers happening while signups are still open, we will only consider teams for the Premiership Qualifiers that signed up before September 14th at 21:00 CEST. Additionally, we expect teams without a guaranteed Premiership Division spot to be able to compete on the provided Premiership 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 or contact admins risk losing their spot in the Premiership Qualifiers.