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EU vs NA 2023 Highlander Showmatch

September 13, 2023 - TF2 Team

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For fourteen long seasons of ETF2L Highlander, one team has claimed victory over all others - SDCK! No longer content with European glory, they are coming for your American jobs! Can two-season RGL Grand Finalists, Fast Forth, put pay to these visions of world domination?


Find out on Sunday, September 17th @ 1pm PDT / 22:00 CEST live on KritzKast's twitch channel.


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Operation Galvanized Gauntlet

September 12, 2023 - TF2 Team

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The ever-persistent hordes of possibly late and definitely murderous robots have banded together for one sole purpose: delivering high-yield explosives to random locations all across the badlands! Unfortunately for them, murderous robots aren’t allowed to enjoy explosions, so they’ll be blown up for our enjoyment instead!


Operation Galvanized Gauntlet is a charity event created and hosted by Potato.TF. Fight your way through more than two dozen community-created maps and missions to finish off the summer and complete at least 12 missions to receive an in-game medal! Servers are available in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Click here to get started!


Feeling generous? Potato.TF is also hosting a charity fundraiser supporting Direct Relief's efforts to help those affected by Hawaii's wildfires. Donate as little as $5 to receive an in-game medal! Have the link to your steam profile ready and click here for more information.


Destroy those robots while you can! The event will run through October 10th, 2023.


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TF2Maps 72-Hour Jam 2023

August 31, 2023 - TF2 Team

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The temperature is low, but the spirits are high! The annual 72 Hour Jam is back once more!


This year, the Jam’s charity drive is supporting Gamers Outreach. Anyone who donates $5 or more to the drive is eligible to receive this year’s in-game charity medal. Donate here!


Starting Friday, September 15th, at 5pm UTC, you have 72 hours to make whatever Team Fortress 2 creation you can think of! Whether it be a Map, Model, Artwork, or even another game entirely, anything goes as long as it's Team Fortress 2 related!


Additionally, you are able to earn another medal simply by participating!


For more information, check out the thread on TF2Maps or join the TF2Maps Discord. Be sure to also follow @TF2Maps on Twitter and Twitch for live coverage over the weekend, as well as any future events!


Happy Jamming!


Insomnia 71

August 28, 2023 - TF2 Team



Team Fortress 2 is once again back at Insomnia Gaming Festival, featuring some of the best teams from around the world competing for their chance at a £3000 prize pool! The event takes place from Friday, September 8th, to Sunday, September 10th. EssentialsTF will be streaming three days of content hosted live at the NEC in Birmingham, UK!


Sign-ups for the tournament are here. The action will be streamed both at the event and online from 12pm BST (1pm CEST / 7am EDT) each day by EssentialsTF over at their Twitch page, so you can watch the event in-person or in the comfort of your own home!


For the latest information, be sure to check out LAN.TF and the EssentialsTF Discord.


ozfortress OCE Highlander S4 Premier Grand Final

August 23, 2023 - TF2 Team

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Things are done a little differently down under, so you won't want to miss this!


If you have ever been unsure about wanting to watch or play competitive TF2 in OCE, then witnessing the head-to-head matchup of the two best highlander teams in the region should be all the convincing you need!


Catch it live Thursday, August 24th, at 8PM AEST / 3AM PDT / 12PM CEST on KritzKast's Twitch channel!


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AsiaFortress Invite Season Finals

August 16, 2023 - TF2 Team



Attention, Maggots! Prepare for the AsiaFortress Invite Season Finals! – That's an Order!


Listen up, you sorry excuses for mercenaries! AsiaFortress is storming back into action, and this time, they're unleashing the mightiest invite season finals you've ever seen! Asia's elite teams are locking horns, all hungry for victory and a whopping $800 USD prize pool. That's right, cold hard cash!


Imagine Soldiers rocket jumping like they're defying gravity, Medics healing with the precision of a surgical strike, and Spies...well, they'll be lurking around, just like you'd expect!


Tune in on Twitch on the 18th of August @ 8pm SGT / 2pm CEST for their lower bracket finals and on the 20th of August @ 8pm SGT / 2pm CEST for their grand finals!


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One in the Chamber Tournament

July 28, 2023 - TF2 Team

(Trailer credit: Dennis Bateman, SomeDudeNamedAyat, SwitchySFM, happyrain, Kraftec, Requim_HD, agrastiOs, kevin supermarket, Herwork, Tiftid, AlrexX, Tom Yamaza, SordidCaper, Benefactor, IVG, Zythe, OxOOOOOED, Omid)

Gentlemen, this is a mission of utmost importance. Succeed, and you will be rewarded handsomely - you will still be alive by the end.


The details to Fortress Faceoffs' newest covert operation have just been declassified! Teams of five avant-garde assassins will be brought to a new, top-of-the-line training course to perfect their fundamental skills of deadeye accuracy. To raise the stakes, all agents will only have one bullet in their revolvers at all times, and can only earn a new one through eliminating the enemy and confiscating their contraband! And yes, the documents really do contain this much alliteration in them.


Dare you miss your target, and you will be left with only your knife and your bravery. If you succeed in slashing your opponents to submission, you will also earn your bullet back. If you manage to backstab or headshot them, your next shot will be greatly improved with the power to pierce through multiple players! You can reserve these piercing charges for as long as you'd like, but don't get too cocky... or else you may not live long enough to use it!


Sign up today and wire the details to the top men in your secret circles! The games begin on August 11th @ 11:59 PM / 23:59 BST for all regions and will continue for roughly 2 weeks, though you do NOT have to actively participate this long! The top 8 teams will have their talent shown off live, proving once and for all that our tax dollars might actually be good for something! For more information about event rules, prizes, and more, join the Fortress Faceoffs Discord and try not to leave any traces behind!


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hugs.tf 2023

July 26, 2023 - TF2 Team



hugs.tf officially returns for its first live event since 2018! Join a range of charity-loving hat enthusiasts for a weekend full of pubs, show matches, creative segments, jumping and The Big Fat TF2 Quiz. Raising money for nearly a decade, this year's donations will once again go to SpecialEffect to put fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games!


The two-day livestream will take place on July 29th and 30th, starting at 11am BST / 12pm CEST / 6am EDT and won't stop all day! Donations are now open over at the hugs.tf donation page!


And it doesn't stop there as the famous hugs.tf medals are back to be claimed! Any donations of at least £10 GBP or more will receive an in-game medal reward, with different medals offered for higher donations.


You can catch all the action over at the EssentialsTF Twitch channel.


To donate and find out more information, head to the hugs.tf website and join the hugs.tf Discord server!


Charity Cup 3: Summer Time

July 25, 2023 - TF2 Team

(Image credit: SFM - Bishop, Compositing - Deputy7)

Summer is finally here! Time for snow cones, sunglasses, and a chaotic clash of content creators in a 9v9 Highlander aimed to raise money for charity!


The Charity Cup brings a whole new spin on what would otherwise be a standard competitive highlander event! Content creators around the TF2 community have banded together in the name of charity and to beat the crap out of each other for your amusement! When donating during the live event, you can affect the game in many silly ways that affect both teams and may sway the odds during the match!


The event will support Starlight Children's Foundation. Bringing happiness to seriously ill children and their families, Starlight supports kids and families at more than 800 children’s hospitals and other health facilities in the US. They bring gaming stations to kids stuck in hospital beds, hospital wear for families that otherwise couldn't afford to have them, and so much more.


Spread the word and tune in on the 29th and 30th of July, @ 12:00pm / 3:00pm EDT for this two-day event representing creators from NA and EU! The event will be hosted live on Deputy7's Twitch channel! More information about donating can be found here!


LAN Downunder 2023

July 3, 2023 - TF2 Team



Get ready for the epic showdown at LAN Downunder 2023! Teams from all across Oceania are gearing up to compete for the coveted title of the greatest team downunder. Tune in live on Twitch from July 8th to 9th, starting at 11:30am AEST, to witness the intense battles for glory and a prize pool of $2,000!


The competition kicks off with a thrilling six-round Swiss stage, followed by exhilarating single elimination playoffs on day two. It's going to be an action-packed event that TF2 fans won't want to miss. So, mark your calendars, rally your friends, and prepare for the ultimate display of competitive gaming!


ETF2L Highlander Spring 2023 Premiership Grand Final

June 24, 2023 - TF2 Team

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You might be thinking that it's summer right now but you're wrong, it's still spring. And it will stay spring until the last corpse has been smeared across the last control point in the last game of the ETF2L 2023 Spring Highlander Playoffs. Luckily for you, that's coming up on Sunday, July 2nd, at 12:15pm PDT / 21:15 pm CEST. And what's more you can watch it live on KritzKast's Twitch channel!


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Operation Voltaic Violence

May 26, 2023 - TF2 Team

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It’s summertime! If you think that means visiting exotic islands and sipping dry martinis, you’re sorely mistaken: the only drink you’ll be sipping is battery acid. Gray Gravel Co. has taken their robot menaces from the rainforests of New Mexico and shipped them to every corner of the earth to destroy our facilities.


Operation Voltaic Violence is a new Mann vs. Machine charity event brought to you by Moonlight MvM featuring 6 intermediate, 9 advanced, and 6 expert missions across 16 maps. Destroy the robots to earn up to 2 in-game medals! Event servers are available worldwide in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South Africa.


If missing your federally-mandated vacation days doesn’t sound appealing to you, you can also donate to The ALS Association to help fund research for treating and curing ALS. Donating $5 USD will net you an in-game donator medal! Click here for information on how to donate.


Interested in making your own custom MvM content? New submissions are already open for our next event! Check out our guides for content creation or join the Moonlight MvM Discord for more information. All contributors will earn a special in-game creator medal!


Have fun, but don’t delay, as this tour will end in 2 weeks on June 12th, 2023!


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Mann O' War Tournament

April 14, 2023 - TF2 Team

(Image credit: SFM - kevin supermarket, Typesetting/Compositing/Logo/Banner SFM - Requim, Feedback - agrastiOs, happyrain, Shippy, Banner Paintover - YLR)

Fall in, men! As the sun creeps over the foggy horizon, so does the adrenaline of war! You know the rules: last one alive, lock the door!


Fortress Faceoffs is prepared to kick off 2023 with Mann O' War, a new all-inclusive event (and they don't just mean skill level)! In this battle, you and four friends may assign yourselves to any of the nine positions a mercenary can occupy! Prove that your team knows war like no other by topping the Group Stage in the tournament bracket, then proceed to the prestigious Top 16! Though you may have already gotten used to senseless violence without benefit, there is a new art of war that Sun Tzu has yet to consider: MONEY!


With the brand-new, state-of-the-art implementation of VScript, the impossible has just been made possible! For each kill confirmed during your enlisting, you gain a cash reward in return! Put these ferocious funds to use at the upgrade stations inside your spawn rooms and enhance your armaments with the same power-ups used to blast steel into shrapnel for the last 10 years (except now, it's more like blasting guts into gibs)!


Sign up today and tell your friends to mention your name for a referral bonus, which will be awarded to each team member in the form of a raffle ticket to fight a silverback gorilla!* The games begin on May 7th @ 11:59 PM / 23:59 BST for all regions and will continue for roughly 2 weeks, though you do NOT have to actively participate this long! The top 8 teams will progress to make live history as leaders command their squadrons to certain victory... or more likely, death! For more information about event rules, prizes, and more, join the Fortress Faceoffs Discord and bring your shiniest badges of honor from home since they do not have any right now!


*Gorilla not included as potential event prize opportunity - they have all been mysteriously exterminated by an unknown maniac. This has instead been replaced by a variety of event-themed in-game items.


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TF2 Coaching Central Newbie Cup

April 11, 2023 - TF2 Team



TF2 Coaching Central is back with their fourth North American Newbie 6s Cup, a learning experience and friendly competition for people who are new to competitive 6v6.


Players with little to no competitive experience can sign up to be placed on a team of six, led by a coach who will teach the basics of how to play the 6v6 format and help their team learn the maps. You'll have four weeks to learn and practice together as a team before facing off in a tournament. Prizes include keys and a month of free private server hosting. Past Newbie Cup events have been stepping stones for many players and teams to play in RGL, the biggest North American competitive TF2 league.


Sign ups are open now, and the deadline for applying to be placed on a team is April 14. Team and coach assignments will be made by April 19 and tournament matches will be the weekend of May 20-21.


Whether you're looking to dip your toes into competitive, you're a more experienced player looking to mentor newbies, or you're a fresh install, feel free to join the community - all skill levels are welcome! Check out the TF2 Coaching Central Discord for more info!


Operation Last Laugh

March 31, 2023 - TF2 Team

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The month of April has come once again, accompanied by the familiar sounds of overused memes, ear-shattering screams, and incomprehensible inside jokes. This can only mean one thing: The “Meme Machines” are back to cause chaos, misfortune, and calamity amongst our various facilities. Their nonsense-spouting algorithms can only be shut down by one thing: violence. Grab your clown costumes, makeup, and guns, and don’t let them get the last laugh!


Operation Last Laugh is an April Fools Mann vs. Machine tour brought to you by Moonlight MvM featuring 7 new missions on 7 maps, each filled with the latest mind-boggling, grin-forcing, Humor Suppression Pump-melting content. Complete 6 missions to receive an in-game medal! Event servers are available worldwide in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.


In addition to laughing your sides away, you can donate to the charity fundraiser for Food For The Hungry, an organization that elevates vulnerable communities from extreme poverty. Up to 4 in-game medals are awarded for donating $5, $15, $25, and $35 USD, respectively. Click here for more information on how to donate.


Interested in creating content for future MvM events? Well, you’re in luck! Moonlight MvM is accepting new map and mission submissions for their next event. Check out the submission rules or join the Moonlight MvM Discord for more information. All contributors will receive a special in-game content creator medal!


Have fun, but don’t dawdle, or else the meme machines will conquer the universe by April 17th!


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