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Competitive TF2 Update

July 28, 2011 - TF2 Team

Ashkan fired us an email with some info on a couple of upcoming matches:

  • We've got some exciting matches waiting for you! In the competitive community, there are only a handful of Grand Finals played each year, but this week, we happen to have three of them in two days! As you already know, we had UK and Germany duking it out in the ESL Country Championship Finals yesterday. Today, we have the ESL Finals between team SG-1 and team K1ck. We've got something for everyone though, as you can catch the CommFT European Highlander Finals today as well. Head over to VanillaTF2 for more info on that.
  • Maybe even more noteworthy, the first Free-2-Play Invitational Cup – challenging top teams from other shooters to battle it out in TF2 – will be played today. We've got competitive teams from Counter-Strike Source, Left 4 Dead 2, Brink and Call of Duty 4, all meeting on the battlefield of Team Fortress 2 to try their luck in an exciting clash. The winner of this cup will go on to play a show match at a later date against a Valve/All-Star team joined by TotalBiscuit himself. Make sure you don’t miss it, check out Cadred for more information.
Since a couple of us at Valve will soon be playing the winners of the Free-2-Play Invitational Cup, we've also started ramping up the amount of time we spend thinking about ways to cheat win creatively. In completely unrelated news, if you see any TF2 updates in the future that have no changelist, don't worry, there's absolutely nothing going on.

Community Medieval Update

July 26, 2011 - TF2 Team

A group of 38 talented community members have begun to lift the veil off their fine creation, the most elaborately crafted fake TF2 update we've seen yet: The Medieval Update. With over 70 new custom models you can download and try out in Medieval mode, there's got to be something in there for everyone. In fine TF2 update tradition, they're releasing the details over the next few days, so keep an eye on the page.

Dr Ether's Guide to TF2's Voice Actors

July 26, 2011 - TF2 Team

Dr Ether over at Ethercast fired us an email to let us know that he's finished his Meet the TF2 Voice Actors! playlist, containing 35 minutes of amazing footage covering the many roles that TF2's voice actors have held in the past. Note that there's some strong language in there, so you might want to avoid the Scout & Medic videos if that's not your cup of tea.

Cows need guns

July 26, 2011 - TF2 Team

Tablecloth and Chaoughkimyero dropped us a line to show us their neat custom made Cow Mangler 5000. Check it out!

Nations Cup Grand Final

July 26, 2011 - TF2 Team

The ESL Nations Cup Grand Final will be played this week, with live shoutcasting in four languages. The UK team managed to beat out Spain to win the losers bracket, and are back for a rematch with Germany. Head over here for the details.

Good luck to both teams!

The Soldier Invades Comic-Con

July 21, 2011 - TF2 Team

The larger-than-life Victory Pack Soldier has been a major hit so far at the Weta booth during day one of Comic-Con 2011. If you're attending the show, stop by and check out the awesome collection Dr. Grordbort's replica space guns and ask for one of the special coupons that'll get you the Righteous Bison for FREE! Coupons are limited so get them while they last!

Screw hats, help sick children!

July 15, 2011 - TF2 Team

The Lo-Fi Owners Group have teamed up with Child's Play to ensure those kids in hospitals around the world get have some fun with video games while they wait their turn to be Ubercharged. They are looking to raise $1000 from your donations. The 30 most generous donators will receive a Lo-Fi Longwave hat from KritzKast, and will be invited to play a few rounds with our very own Robin Walker.

Full details and rules of the event may be found in the forum. The charity match is tomorrow, so you're running out of time. Head over here to chip in some cash for the worthy cause. And please, if you find Robin in your crosshairs, don't hesitate for a second - take him out. Don't worry if you're out of practice, he's crap at TF2.

Airshots for everyone!

July 12, 2011 - TF2 Team

Torn Productions dropped us a line to show us their latest work, a frags video from last season's ESEA champions Checksix Gaming, featuring the soldier duo of TLR and Dave__AC. Many Medics & Scouts died to bring you this video, not to mention a large number of enemy soldiers just hanging about in the air.

The Scout makes a move on Miss Pauling

July 8, 2011 - TF2 Team

And who wouldn't? We all got a kick out of this video by MaxOfSD2.

Waiting For Medic!

July 8, 2011 - TF2 Team

Kassie N over at Tumblr dropped us a line to show us how she and many others in the Tumblr TF2 community spent their time while waiting for Meet the Medic. From June 10th to June 23rd, they drew and painted Medics of all shapes and sizes, and collected them into a massively Medictastic collage. In the end, they had over 160 images, created by over 50 different artists.

Kassie then sent that massive collage to us, and we promptly brought down the Valve network trying to download it. After that, Kassie took mercy on us and broke it into individual images, and our IT staff took mercy and stopped trying to have us fired.

Go check it out!

Craftier? You decide!

July 6, 2011 - TF2 Team

The chaps over at Will it Craft? fired us an email to say their crafting tool is just as crafty as any previously posted crafting helper, so we crafted up this post to let you know.

Tournament Recap

July 5, 2011 - TF2 Team

The fine folks over at VanillaTF2 dropped us a line to tell us that one of the best games in competitive TF2 history wrapped up on the weekend, when Team Thermaltake met TCM Gaming in the ETF2L Season 9 Premiership Final. If you haven't seen it already, you're in for a treat. You can watch the shoutcast over here (match starts at the 0:53), or the firstperson view over here (match starts at 0:43:30).

Torden also sent us a this breakdown of various other upcoming events in competitive TF2:

  • Ozfortress's Capping for a Cause 2: An online charity event, where ingame caps = money donated to fighting cancer. Australia, June 26th - beginning of August.
  • ESL Nations Cup: The Spain vs England loser bracket final (last before grand final) is scheduled for Thursday July 7th, 21.15cest (eu), 15:15 edt (na), 05:15 est (aus).
  • Summer Assembly: A TF2 tournament at one of the biggest LAN parties in EU (about 5k participants) - Helsinki (Finland), August 4-7th, 3'650 Euro prize pool.
  • Insomnia 43: With regards to TF2, the biggest LAN tournament we have, with some 300+ participants for our game, and something similar for CS and a few other games - August 26th-29th, 5000+ Pounds prize pool.
  • Stagelan: A new tournament, using one of the most prominent esports locations there is - Kiev (Ukraine) November 12-13th, 4-20'000 Dollar prize pool.


July 4, 2011 - TF2 Team

If you haven't seen it yet, Thomas 'King2500' Schulz has released his nifty Crafting Advisor, which will analyse your backpack and figure out what you could potentially create out of all the junk you've got lying around in your backpack. Once you select what you want to craft, it'll lay out the set of blueprints you should follow to arrive at it.

Time to Fight!

July 4, 2011 - TF2 Team

Yesterday the folks over at Community Fortress opened up registrations for their first ever 6v6 Tournament, sponsored by Zalman. Head over there and check it out.

Team Fortress 2 Update Released

July 1, 2011 - TF2 Team

Updates to Team Fortress 2 have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include: Source Engine Changes (CS:S, DoD:S, TF2, HL2:DM)

  • Fixed a Mac client crash in vphysics
Team Fortress 2
  • Fixed an exploit with the Heavy's Buffalo Steak Sandvich
  • Fixed the Summer Shades hiding the hat/headphones body group