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Operation Madness vs Machines!

November 25, 2019 - TF2 Team

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Operation Madness vs Machines is finally here!


Brought to you by the same group behind Titanium Tank, Canteen Crasher, and Memes vs Machines, Operation Madness vs Machines features 98 new missions across 45 community maps, including 13 new maps! Five new gem medals and two new charity medals are up for grabs!


Madness vs Machines throws a new cooperative twist into the mix: Instead of working individually on your contracts, all participants work together as a massive team to complete the global co-op community contracts! A stockpile of precious gems ripped from robot arms (with their hands included, mind you!) awaits those who prove themselves in the war against the metal menace!


To top it all off, there's a charity drive to raise money for Extra Life!. All funds go straight to the cause, so while you battle the robot horde at the frontlines, you can help save children's lives back at home! Click here for instructions on how to donate and earn the prestigious heart gems!


This event is open to players of all skill levels. Official servers are available worldwide in Asia, Australia, South America, Europe, and North America. Free private servers are available for groups that wish to play together.


No registration is necessary to participate. Click here to start playing!


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RGL.gg 6s Grand Finals

November 18, 2019 - TF2 Team



Tomorrow, the biggest match of the season will be taking place... The GRAND FINALS for the North America 6v6 RGL.gg league. With a $9,500 prize pool on the line, these teams will be fighting tooth and nail to claim the crown for the first season. Froyotech has continued their streak of dominance, not dropping a single match all season. However, the closest they came to losing was at the hands of :) in the final week of the regular season!


Now, these teams will meet again in a Bo5 series! Everything will be on the line this Tuesday night starting at 10:30pm EST. Join Marmaloo, FrickMyNick, and sigafoo as they cover the match with the help of DolphiN on camera.


Watch the match live @ http://twitch.tv/RGLgg!


If you're not able to catch the match live, a VOD will be on the RGL YouTube Channel!


Russian Highlander Season 4

October 31, 2019 - TF2 Team

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What's the point of a Cold War era standoff if you can't bring your own group of mercenaries to participate? There isn't any, and that's why Russian Highlander is coming back for its 4th season!


Russian Highlander is a competitive Team Fortress 2 event featuring the Highlander format for players of all skill levels. Players from all around the world are welcome, but keep in mind the event is planned around European time zones. Are you interested in participating? Sign up your mercenary squad on their Match.TF page or join their Discord server.


Everyone knows there's no point in risking your life if there isn't a sweet reward for your effort, and that's why RuHL offers a 50+ keys prize pool as well as some premium serveme codes. And let us not forget there are some sweet, sweet in-game medals!


TFNew Cup #5 - Get Into Competitive 6v6

October 18, 2019 - TF2 Team

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TFNew is a European competitive 6v6 TF2 event intended to help players new to competitive TF2 learn the basics and prepare them for league play. You don't need a team to participate, simply sign up as an individual (or with 1 friend) and you'll be drafted onto a team by their Staff when the sign-ups are done. You'll then spend the next week and a half receiving coaching sessions and playing scrims (practice games) with other teams. When the preparation period is over, you'll participate in Cup #5 and have a chance to prove yourself as an up-and-coming TF2 talent!


Rewards include in-game medals as well as entries into a raffle of TF2 items! There's also a chance your matches will be featured on Twitch! To participate, join the Discord server where you can find a lot more information as well as instructions on how to sign up.



Cap That Charity

October 11, 2019 - TF2 Team



Tell Scout to bring his best running shoes and Engineer to get out of his favorite chair because it's time for another season of Cap That Cup!


CTC is a competitive league that uses CTF as a competitive format. After a successful first season they're back with new rules, new maps, new settings and a brand new charity twist for all the philanthropic people who feel bad about always taking other people's stuff!


You can sign-up here. As for the cup itself:

  • It will take place during the weekend on the 19th and 20th of October, starting at 18:00 CEST.
  • It will be limited to 24 teams and for skill levels below mid-level ETF2L.
  • The finals will be streamed and casted by the talented eXtine and Jakeowaty on the Kritzkast channel.
  • Riches await the top 3 teams!


For more information, interaction, news, or questions you can visit their Discord server.


The charity being supported is the Pink Ribbon Foundation. An in-game medal will be given to anyone who donates €5 or more and adds their SteamID to their donation message. The charity page can be found here and will be active from the 14th to the 28th of October.


Happy plundering to all!


Tip of the Hats 2019!

October 8, 2019 - TF2 Team



Tip of the Hats returns this weekend, live 11am-11pm CDT from October 11th through the 13th!


Since 2013, Tip of the Hats has raised over $1,000,000 for Camp One Step, a charity providing camps and other programs allowing kids with cancer to enjoy being just kids. Tune in for three straight days of TF2 and a variety of other games, with a truly phenomenal lineup of special guests. This year's event is going to be better than ever, but if you're not able to watch it while it's live, you can still join in on the giving; donations are open now. The event will be streamed live on the tipofthehats Twitch channel, and you can keep up with the production by following their Twitter.


Ready Steady Pan Season 5

September 30, 2019 - TF2 Team

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The ultimate place of competitive pandemonium has returned! The place where you can show off your mad skillets! The one and only: Ready, Steady, Pan!


Ready Steady Pan is a semi-competitive league involving the frying pan as the only damage dealing weapon allowed. As both a fun (and loud) format, and a way of introducing players to the 6v6 format and mindset, the basic requirement is for every player to have a Frying Pan equipped. Classes that cannot equip the pan are banned, i.e. Engineer and Spy, alongside Heavy and Medic for their high health and health regeneration abilities respectively.


You can find several links such as rules, help articles, and the map schedule on their website, pan.tf. You can also join their Discord server at discord.pan.tf.


Signups for Season 5 started September 27th, and the season officially starts October 21st!


Particle Mayhem

September 23, 2019 - TF2 Team



Attention all Wizards, Witches, and Mad Scientists! Welcome to Particle Mayhem! Your time to shine is now, and Particle Mayhem wants the best Unusual particles and protective clothing!


Particle Mayhem is a brand new TF2 community event and contest where content creators can come together and make crazed Unusual effects, wacky cosmetics, and dangerous experiments that may or may not harm another living being.


Visit the Project Mayhem website for more information!


The 72-Hour Jam 2019 Showcase

August 25, 2019 - TF2 Team



Earlier this month, the TF2 creative community wrapped on another annual creation jam - and now, you can check out the showcase of all the finished works! All made in the timeframe of 72 hours, this year's jam brought in 387 entries and raised over $6,500 for The Trevor Project!


You can check out the Showcase thread HERE! For those looking to donate - cash donations have been extended until August 27th! Want to get involved next year or just looking to get into the thriving content creation community? Join the TF2Maps Discord!


Scream Fortress Highlander Tournament

August 12, 2019 - TF2 Team



Scream Fortress is coming early! You're used to News posts about competitive events, but this will probably be the last post you were expecting! Beginning September 16th, there will be a community-run, competitive, Highlander, Halloween tournament fully loaded with bosses, spells, pumpkin bombs and best of all: real life medals for every participant! (You can view the medals HERE!)


The goal of this event is to enjoy all of the Scream Fortress Halloween maps. It should be treated as a very casual event with the intention of just having a good time! While the event is primary North American for the time being, all players of every region are welcome to join.


More information can be found using the links below:

Moscow LAN 2019

August 5, 2019 - TF2 Team



The Moscow LAN is an annual TF2 6v6 competition and it's back to shake-up the community one more time!


The event will take place in Moscow at the Winstrike Arena on August 10th-11th. It will feature the best players from all around the country as they come together to make their way through two days of intense competitive gameplay.


It's free to watch, both "physically" and "virtually"! If you can't go and visit them, they'll be broadcasting all the action live on KritzKast's Twitch channel!


For more information, head over to the LAN website or Discord server.


Update on The Crate Depression of 2019

August 2, 2019 - TF2 Team

On the evening of Thursday, July 25th, a bug was introduced that allowed some older crates to grant an Unusual hat on every opening. We fixed the bug the following morning and decided to trade-lock the hats from the bugged crates while we evaluated the situation.


Over the past week, we have been discussing ways to address this situation with the goal of minimizing the impact on the TF2 community as a whole, while preserving the experience of customers who had simply opened a crate, made a trade, or purchased from the market on the 25th, unaware that a bug produced their item.


During our investigation we discovered that a small number of accounts acquired these hats and a smaller portion of those accounts acquired an exceedingly large number of them. Based on this, we've decided that if you currently own one of these Unusual hats, the first one added to your account will be made tradable. Any other Unusual you have received due to the bug will remain permanently trade locked. If you decide that you would rather not have these trade-locked hats on your account, you may instead elect a full refund on any number of them.


The number of Unusual items being made tradable represents about one month of the regular Unusual drop rate.


A few of you were concerned that you had done something wrong by opening a bugged crate, and proceeded to delete your hats. While we appreciate the concern, you didn't do anything wrong, so hats from bugged crates deleted before the tradable date will be restored to your accounts with the same restrictions described above.


Item tradability, restoration, and the refund support page will be made available in about a week's time. Refunds will be the full price paid for any hats, crates or keys bought on the Steam Community Market or Mann Co. store. We will post an update when that exact date becomes available.


We apologize for the inconvenience of this incident, and we’ve added safeguards to prevent incidents like this in the future.


Update Aug 16: One unusual per account has been made tradable as described above. Affected users should visit the following support page for information about affected items and to submit refund requests if eligible: https://help.steampowered.com/en/wizard/HelpWithItemBug


BlapBash 2019

July 24, 2019 - TF2 Team



The BlapBash charity livestream, a two-day TF2 charity event (12 hours each day), begins this weekend! Starting on Saturday, July 27th, at 2pm CEST, familiar TF2 personalities & communities will gather to raise money for Special Effect! The BlapBash medals return, and you can claim one for yourself with a minimum $5 donation. They're bringing events like Competitive TF2 and TF2 trading, as well as some brand-new surprises during custom community servers and more!


The stream will be broadcast live on the Essentials.TF Twitch Channel. To donate cash, visit the BlapBash donation page. You can also donate in-game TF2 items through Scrap.TF. Donating at least $5 worth of items will also earn you a medal!


RGL.gg Traditional Sixes Season 6

June 12, 2019 - TF2 Team



The largest competitive League in North America is about to get a bit bigger. The longest running format in competitive TF2 history will have a new home this Summer. RGL.gg is starting up a traditional 6v6 on July 23rd. We are happy to announce that we are expecting a prize pool of $8,000 and already have a starting Invite team list of Froyotech, Ascent, Ford Gaming, Kings Crew, Dunk Masters, and more...


But don't worry, you don't have to play against Froyotech. We are expecting to have 5-6 divisions based on skill. So everyone can play in a match which is fair and competitive. Doesn't matter if you're brand new to competitive TF2 or a seasoned veteran. Everyone has a place in our league!


For players who are playing in our Open division (players who are newer to comp), that division is completely free to play! For all of the divisions above, they all will have a prize pool with a reasonable division entry fee. You can find more information about that on our registration page. Open will play once a week on Wednesday nights and most other divisions will play twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


If you need help finding a team, go to our registration page and click on the tab "Need help finding a team?" for information on how to find a team to play with.


Don't miss out up signing up for the first season of RGL.gg Traditional Sixes - Register Now @ Sixes.RGL.gg.


League Links

RGL.gg Prolander Grand Finals

May 31, 2019 - TF2 Team



Forget your scrims, forget your homework, this is what you need to be doing this Sunday night! The Sixth season of Prolander will be concluding Sunday night at 9:30pm Eastern. Cat Noises is the current reigning champions of Prolander from Season five, but Froyotech is back and looking to have the crown return to their head again. These teams met earlier in the season on borneo in, arguably, one of the best regular season matches in tf2 history. (You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3rIyROpzgE)


Every round was so competitive and close, with victories, at times, coming in the last moments of the game. This was the first time that a Froyotech team was defeated, ever, in a Prolander match. However, this is not a one map series. Cat Noises will need to win two of the three maps to be able to keep their spot on the top. That'll be a tall order with how well Froyotech, lead by b4nny, adjusts their gameplay mid-series. During the semi-finals this season, Froyotech lost the first map against Prevail in a tightly contested 2-3 match. However, in the following maps Froyotech dominated Prevail on Ashville and Upward.


So that is the question that will be asked this Sunday. Will Froyotech continue their streak of having never lost a Grand Finals in Prolander? Or will Cat Noises be able to gain another victory over Froyotech to win in back to back seasons?


Find out this Sunday at 9:30 pm Eastern on http://twitch.tv/RGLgg


You can also subscribe to our youtube channel to watch the VOD if you cannot see the match live.