United Gaming Clans
|United Gaming Clans|
The United Gaming Clans, commonly abbreviated as UGC, is a world-wide free competitive gaming organization, hosting multiple tournaments to areas such as: North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Austrailia/NZ. UGC is one of the three competitive TF2 bodies which Valve co-operate with, as such giving out various medals for tournaments.
UGC hosts three different Team Fortress 2 competitive formats: Highlander, 6vs6 and 4vs4. Each league is divided up by major world areas (e.g. North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Austrailia/NZ). All leagues inherit UGC's parent game-play operations and policies.
6 vs 6
United Gaming Clans hosts 6vs6 leagues three times a year, with two standard seasons (January-April, September-December) and one summer season (June-July).
The UGC 6v6 item blacklist is similar to that of the ESEA item blacklist.
Previous Season Winners
|Season||NA Platinum||NA Silver||NA Steel Red||NA Steel Blue||NA Iron||European||South American|
|Season 1||Deathblade blackscythes|
|Season 3||Team Unrestricted|
|Season 4||Carnal Gaming|
|Season 5||Crump's bros are ill||Avoided||Notoriously Twisted|
|Season 7||Get Burnt Son||Ess Two|
|Season 8||YDSC||EdgeGamers Organization|
|Season 10||Octo-Pussy||The POMs|
|Season 11||MAX4heads Next Door||OH THE HUGE MANATEAM||The Show||Long and the Neck Turtle||team_gg|
|Season 12||Game of Throws||The Fatkids||My Pet Alt||Upper Level Gaming||Assorted Sad Souls||Love Me Tenderly||Squishers e-Sports|
|Season 13||Lonely Hearts||Bobbys Boobys||Epileptic Strobe-light Operators||The Agency||All Hail based god||team_gg||Squishers e-Sports|
UGC is currently in Season 12 of their Highlander league. UGC runs three Highlander seasons each year: Spring, Summer and Fall. It currently has five different regions catered to for their Highlander league: North America (NA), Europe (EU), Asia, Australia/NZ and South America. There are also different skill-based divisions for the NA and EU leagues, with the latter three leagues not having enough participants as of yet to have more than one division and the EU lacking enough participants to create all five divisions. The NA divisions also have Steel and Iron split into Red and Blu factions due to a lot of player interest in the league. Registration for teams is open and free during the offseason, but team leaders may want to consider purchasing their own dedicated TF2 server as UGC does not provide servers for every team in the league.
UGC runs three Highlander seasons a year. The Spring season usually starts in January, the Summer season in June and the Fall season in September. The Spring and Fall seasons usually run for 12-14 weeks, with 8-10 weeks of regular season and 4 weeks of playoff brackets. The Summer season usually comprises of 8-10 regular season week with no playoffs or Tournament Medals (usually deemed as the "fun" season) and comprising of a more experimental maplist than the standard Spring and Fall seasons. During the regular season, teams are placed versus teams with a similar win:loss and matchpoint score for each week and a rankings table is slowly formed from it. Before playoffs begin, rosters are locked so no more players can be added and brackets are created from the current team rankings in the league. During playoffs, single- or double- elimination knock-out brackets (depending on the region/division) mean that the finals played in the last week determine the top three ranked teams for each division.
In the order of the highest skill division to the lowest*:
Platinum - Top tier. This division is for players considered to be at the top of their Highlander game. This division arguably requires the most time, dedication, coordination, and skill to compete in.
Gold (NA only) - 2nd Tier. Competition is more fierce. This is for players who have the time and dedication to practice 3-4+ scrims a week and strive get into the prestigious Platinum division.
Silver - 3rd Tier. This is for people who can list more than a couple seasons of experience and who are more committed to the upward path towards Gold/Platinum.
Steel - 4th Tier. This is for people with a little competitive experience to people who have at least a couple of seasons under their belt.
Iron - Bottom Tier. Entry-level aimed at players with very little or no prior competitive experience.
UGC Highlander rules permit most weapons, except for new weapons and those that are considered buggy or disruptive to the flow of competitive play. The current ban list as of Season 12 are as follows:
- Pomson 6000
- Holiday Punch
- Bootie Time
- Jingle Belt
- Red-Tape Recorder
- Bazaar Bargain
- High-Five Taunt (To prevent from getting into unauthorized areas, etc)
- Short Circuit
By default, weapons released after a tournament starts or after a whitelist is updated, are not allowed by UGC's tournament config files (until staff review).
Previous Season Winners
|Season||NA Platinum||NA Gold||NA Silver||EU Platinum||EU Silver||EU Steel||NA Steel||NA Iron||NA Tin|
|Season 1||Archaic Brotherhood of Lasting Evil|
|Season 3||Classic Mixup||Death Marked Soldiers||Turbopoop e-Sports||Psycho Qillaz||Into the Limbo|
|Season 4||Classic Mixup||CommanderX and The Sex Kittens||Desolation Angels|
|Season 5||Gangsta Gang Gaming||Proprietary Nine||Turbopoop e-Sports||Land Before Time||Into the Limbo|
|Season 6||Looking Handsome||tangerine||Turbopoop e-Sports||Sandviches are Forever||Classica||No Love Lost||Fallback||bEnt|
|Season 7||Looking Handsome||Exodus Society||Simply The Best||Kill Switch||Hard Ass||sRIro|
|Season 8||The Syndicate||Chain Reaction||Max-Play Highlander Team||Sexy Internet Redheads||CrySomeMore||The Alliance||Tyro Raid|
|Season 9||Ginyu Force||Top Gluttons||Nine In A Million||Sookie Doin' Work||bubz||It's Mostly About The Gibus||BEST WAIFUS||Speisrocket|
|Season 10||MenaceToSociety||Self-Sustaining Mexican Cat Ranch||Animal Farm||Team Poland||Unpoppable||Nine Days||Turdlords of the fifth dimension||11th Robotic Platoon|
|Season 11||Street Hoops eSports||Aces and the Gamers||Scifi Channel Originals||Kill Switch||[W.A.S.P.]||sBoob Team||Nothing Personal||Pantastic Friends|
|Season 12||Gentlemen's Club||Pregame Tryhards||Smokin' Trees and Strokin 3's||Stacked||Max Play Highlander Team||Accurate Luck||All Is Dust||Shylanders|
This is a list of active admins for the UGC league:
Fornaught - Owner, League Manager, Website Manager
BlazingBoy - 6vs6 and 4vs4 General Manager
snowblindfrog - Highlander General Manager, HL Plat and Gold Division Manager, News Writer & Website Manager
RedRum - League Manager, Promotion Manager
Infinite - Community Fundraising, TF2 Advisor
Firefly - HL NA Silver Manager
Ms. X3na - HL NA Steel Manger
Kumori - HL NA Iron Manager
MB - HL EU Platinum Manager
Reda - HL EU Steel Manager
Quantic - HL South America Manager
Durzo Blint - HL AUS/NZ Manager
Hell Evolved - HL AUS/NZ Manager
Herty - EU 4vs4 Manager, EU 4vs4 Silver Scheduler, 4vs4 news
Sylon - TF2 Disputes Team Member
Blindsight - TF2 Disputes Team Member
Roman_Anderson - Website & Technology Development, Statistics
radio! - Graphics
Hein - HL Articles & Guides
- As of Autumn 2012 UGC Highlander is the world's largest collective competitive TF2 format, encompassing well over 7,000 players on 450 teams on 5 continents.