Competitive item restrictions

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Within some competitive leagues, competitive item restrictions during matches are employed to ensure balanced gameplay. If players do attempt to use a restricted item, it is replaced with the stock item for that slot.

If new weapons are released in midst of a competition season, they will typically become restricted from play unless given approval by the league's administrators and team leaders. No items are restricted in Valve Competitive Matchmaking.

Item Whitelist

The item whitelist is a simple text file, item_whitelist.txt by default, with a simple binary switch after each value to determine whether it is enabled or not.

Weapon bans during a match are usually enforced by the use of an item whitelist (although some leagues use an honor system instead of a whitelist).

To enable a whitelist, simply define its name and location using the mp_tournament_whitelist command.

Example: mp_tournament_whitelist "cfg/item_whitelist.txt"

In order to restrict a weapon from being played, simply set the value to "0" next to the weapon's name.

Example: "The Shortstop" "0"

The same goes for allowing a weapon to be used, changing the value to "1" instead.

Example: "The Shortstop" "1"

One also has the ability to enable or disable all unlisted items on a whitelist by using the following paramater:

"unlisted_items_default_to" "0" or "1"

Using this command, one can easily build a whitelist adding only items they want allowed or banned, depending on the above parameter's value.

To obtain a full list of items that can be added to a whitelist, use the item_show_whitelistable_definitions command in the server console. sv_cheats "1" must be set on the server in order to use this command.

Here is a sample whitelist with all current definable items: Item_whitelist_stock.txt

List of restricted items

This list is currently not being regularly maintained. For more up-to-date information, please check the referenced links.
Class Slot Weapon 6v6 Global ETF2L Highlander
Season 15
UGC Highlander
Season 25
UGC 4v4
Season 14
Leaderboard class scout.png Scout Primary Scattergun Always
Force-A-Nature Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Shortstop Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Soda Popper Banned Allowed Allowed Banned
Baby Face's Blaster Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Back Scatter Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Secondary Pistol Always
Lugermorph Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
C.A.P.P.E.R Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Bonk! Atomic Punch Banned Allowed Allowed Allowed
Crit-a-Cola Banned Banned Banned Banned
Mad Milk Banned Allowed Allowed Banned
Mutated Milk Banned Allowed Allowed Banned
Winger Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Pretty Boy's Pocket Pistol Banned Allowed Allowed Allowed
Flying Guillotine Banned Allowed Allowed Allowed
Melee Bat Always
Holy Mackerel Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Unarmed Combat Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Batsaber Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Sandman Allowed Allowed Allowed Banned
Candy Cane Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Boston Basher Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Three-Rune Blade Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Sun-on-a-Stick Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Fan O'War Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Atomizer Banned Allowed Allowed Allowed
Wrap Assassin Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Cosmetics Bootie Time Banned Banned Banned Banned
Taunts Battin' a Thousand Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Deep Fried Desire Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Boston Breakdance Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Carlton Banned Banned Banned Banned
Runner's Rhythm Banned Banned Banned Banned
Bunnyhopper Banned Banned Banned Banned
Trackman's Touchdown Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Leaderboard class soldier.png Soldier Primary Rocket Launcher Always
Original Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Direct Hit Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Black Box Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Rocket Jumper Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Liberty Launcher Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Cow Mangler 5000 Banned Allowed Allowed Allowed
Beggar's Bazooka Allowed Banned Allowed Banned
Air Strike Allowed Banned Banned Banned
Secondary Shotgun Always
Buff Banner Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Gunboats Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Battalion's Backup Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Concheror Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Mantreads Banned Banned Allowed Allowed
Reserve Shooter Banned Banned Allowed Banned
Righteous Bison Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
B.A.S.E. Jumper Banned Allowed Allowed Allowed
Panic Attack Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Melee Shovel Always
Equalizer Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Pain Train Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Half-Zatoichi Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Disciplinary Action Banned Allowed Allowed Allowed
Market Gardener Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Escape Plan Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Taunts Fresh Brewed Victory Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Soldier's Requiem Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Fubar Fanfare Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Leaderboard class pyro.png Pyro Primary Flame Thrower Always
Nostromo Napalmer Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Backburner Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Degreaser Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Phlogistinator Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Rainblower Banned Banned Banned Banned
Dragon's Fury Banned Allowed Allowed Banned
Secondary Shotgun Always
Flare Gun Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Detonator Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Reserve Shooter Banned Banned Allowed Banned
Manmelter Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Scorch Shot Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Panic Attack Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Thermal Thruster Allowed Allowed Allowed Banned
Gas Passer Banned Banned Allowed Allowed
Melee Fire Axe Always
Axtinguisher Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Postal Pummeler Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Homewrecker Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Maul Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Powerjack Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Back Scratcher Allowed Allowed Allowed Banned
Sharpened Volcano Fragment Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Third Degree Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Lollichop Banned Banned Banned Banned
Neon Annihilator Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Hot Hand Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Cosmetics Jingle Belt Banned Banned Banned Banned
Infernal Orchestrina Banned Banned Banned Banned
Burning Bongos Banned Banned Banned Banned
Taunts Party Trick Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Pool Party Banned Banned Banned Banned
Balloonibouncer Banned Banned Banned Banned
Headcase Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Skating Scorcher Banned Banned Banned Banned
Leaderboard class demoman.png Demoman Primary Grenade Launcher Always
Loch-n-Load Allowed Allowed Allowed Banned
Ali Baba's Wee Booties Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Bootlegger Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Loose Cannon Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
B.A.S.E. Jumper Banned Allowed Allowed Allowed
Iron Bomber Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Secondary Stickybomb Launcher Always
Chargin' Targe Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Scottish Resistance Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Sticky Jumper Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Splendid Screen Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Tide Turner Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Quickiebomb Launcher Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Melee Bottle Always
Scottish Handshake Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Eyelander Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Nessie's Nine Iron Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Pain Train Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Scotsman's Skullcutter Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Claidheamh Mòr Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Ullapool Caber Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Half-Zatoichi Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Persian Persuader Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Taunts Spent Well Spirits Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Oblooterated Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Bad Pipes Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Scotsmann's Stagger Banned Banned Banned Banned
Leaderboard class heavy.png Heavy Primary Minigun Always
Iron Curtain Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Natascha Banned Allowed Allowed Allowed
Brass Beast Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Tomislav Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Huo-Long Heater Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Secondary Shotgun Always
Sandvich Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Robo-Sandvich Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Dalokohs Bar Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Fishcake Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Buffalo Steak Sandvich Banned Allowed Allowed Allowed
Family Business Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Panic Attack Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Second Banana Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Melee Fists Always
Apoco-Fists Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Killing Gloves of Boxing Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Gloves of Running Urgently Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Bread Bite Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Warrior's Spirit Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Fists of Steel Banned Allowed Allowed Allowed
Eviction Notice Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Holiday Punch Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Taunts Proletariat Posedown Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Table Tantrum Banned Banned Banned Banned
Boiling Point Banned Banned Banned Banned
Russian Arms Race Banned Banned Banned Banned
Soviet Strongarm Banned Banned Banned Banned
Leaderboard class engineer.png Engineer Primary Shotgun Always
Frontier Justice Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Widowmaker Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Pomson 6000 Allowed Allowed Allowed Banned
Rescue Ranger Banned Allowed Allowed Allowed
Panic Attack Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Secondary Pistol Always
Lugermorph Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
C.A.P.P.E.R Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Wrangler Banned Allowed Allowed Allowed
Giger Counter Banned Allowed Allowed Allowed
Short Circuit Banned Banned Banned Banned
Melee Wrench Always
Golden Wrench Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Gunslinger Allowed Allowed Allowed Banned
Southern Hospitality Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Jag Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Eureka Effect Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Taunts Rancho Relaxo Banned Banned Banned Banned
Bucking Bronco Banned Banned Banned Banned
Dueling Banjo Banned Banned Banned Banned
Jumping Jack Banned Banned Banned Banned
Leaderboard class medic.png Medic Primary Syringe Gun Always
Blutsauger Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Crusader's Crossbow Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Overdose Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Secondary Medi Gun Always
Kritzkrieg Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Quick-Fix Banned Allowed Allowed Banned
Vaccinator Banned Allowed Allowed Banned
Melee Bonesaw Always
Übersaw Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Vita-Saw Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Amputator Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Solemn Vow Banned Allowed Allowed Allowed
Taunts Meet the Medic Allowed Banned Allowed Allowed
Results Are In Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Surgeon's Squeezebox Banned Banned Banned Banned
Leaderboard class sniper.png Sniper Primary Sniper Rifle Always
AWPer Hand Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Huntsman Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Fortified Compound Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Sydney Sleeper Banned Allowed Allowed Allowed
Bazaar Bargain Allowed Allowed Allowed Banned
Machina Banned Allowed Banned Allowed
Shooting Star Banned Allowed Banned Allowed
Hitman's Heatmaker Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Classic Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Secondary Submachine Gun Always
Jarate Banned Allowed Allowed Allowed
Self-Aware Beauty Mark Banned Allowed Allowed Allowed
Razorback Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Darwin's Danger Shield Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Cozy Camper Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Cleaner's Carbine Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Melee Kukri Always
Tribalman's Shiv Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Bushwacka Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Shahanshah Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Taunts I See You Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Killer Solo Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Most Wanted Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Didgeridrongo Banned Banned Banned Banned
Leaderboard class spy.png Spy Secondary Revolver Always
Big Kill Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Ambassador Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
L'Etranger Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Enforcer Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Diamondback Allowed Banned Banned Allowed
Melee Knife Always
Sharp Dresser Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Black Rose Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Your Eternal Reward Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Wanga Prick Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Conniver's Kunai Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Big Earner Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Spy-cicle Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
PDA2 Invis Watch Always
Enthusiast's Timepiece Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Quäckenbirdt Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Cloak and Dagger Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Dead Ringer Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Building Sapper Always
Ap-Sap Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Snack Attack Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Red-Tape Recorder Allowed Banned Allowed Banned
Taunts Buy A Life Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Box Trot Banned Banned Banned Banned
Disco Fever Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Luxury Lounge Banned Banned Banned Banned
TF2 crosshair orange.png All classes Weapons Botkiller weapons Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Festive weapons Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Melee Frying Pan[1] Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Conscientious Objector[1] Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Freedom Staff[1] Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Bat Outta Hell[1] Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Memory Maker[1] Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Ham Shank[1] Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Necro Smasher[2] Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Crossing Guard[1] Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Prinny Machete Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Saxxy Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Golden Frying Pan Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Cosmetics Bombinomicon Banned Banned Banned Banned
Pyrovision Goggles Banned Banned Banned Banned
Balloonicorn Banned Banned Banned Banned
Action items Noise Maker Banned Banned Allowed Allowed
Taunts Director's Vision Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Schadenfreude Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
High Five! Banned Banned Banned Banned
Shred Alert Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Conga Banned Banned Banned Banned
Square Dance Banned Banned Banned Banned
Skullcracker Banned Banned Banned Banned
Flippin' Awesome Banned Banned Banned Banned
Rock, Paper, Scissors Banned Banned Banned Banned
Kazotsky Kick Banned Banned Banned Banned
Burstchester Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Zoomin' Broom Banned Banned Banned Banned
Mannrobics Banned Banned Banned Banned
Second Rate Sorcery Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Victory Lap Banned Banned Banned Banned
Yeti Punch Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
Yeti Smash Allowed Allowed Allowed Allowed
  1. a b c d e f g This weapon cannot be used by either the Engineer or the Spy.
  2. This weapon cannot be used by the Spy.