ETF2L Highlander Community Challenge

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The days of two Engineers, three Spies and six Snipers on your team are over. The European Team Fortress 2 League invites you to play TF2 like you've never played it before: competitively. Head-to-head against other communities. In front of hundreds of people. For shiny medals.

The ETF2L Highlander Community Challenge was a Highlander tournament hosted by the European Team Fortress 2 League (ETF2L) and supported by Valve. Aimed at bringing new players into competitive play, the tournament called for teams of non-competitive players to battle for prizes.

Standard competitive rules were used, such as no Critical hits and use of Tournament and Stopwatch modes. However, contrary to all other ETF2L events, every weapon other than those released in the Polycount Pack (with the exception of the Holy Mackerel) was allowed to be used during matches.

Timeline

  • August 9, 2010: Event announced.[1]
  • August 26, 2010: Signups are closed.
  • September 22, 2010: Finals division announced.
  • September 26, 2010: Match schedule deadline for week 1 matches.
  • September 27, 2010: Week 1 start. Maps played: Dustbowl & Upward.[2]
  • October 4, 2010: Week 2 start. Maps played: Badwater Basin & Granary.[3]
  • October 11, 2010: Week 3 start. Maps played: Dustbowl & Granary.[4]
  • October 28, 2010: Tie Breaker round. Maps played: Badwater Basin & Granary (Decider map: Upward).[5][6]
  • November 9, 2010: Knockout phase commences.[7] Cup Stage Tree.[8] Maps played: Upward & Gravel Pit[9]
  • November 23, 2010: Round 2 of the knockout phase begins. Maps played: Badwater Basin & Steel[10]
  • December 7, 2010: Round 3 of the knockout phase begins. Maps played: Steel & Gold Rush[11]
  • January 9, 2011: Round 4 of the knockout phase begins. Maps played: Gravel Pit & Upward[12][13]
  • January 17, 2011: Round 5 of the knockout phase begins. Maps played: Steel & Gold Rush[14]
  • January 31, 2011: Quarter finals begin. Maps played: Gravel Pit, Badwater Basin & Viaduct[15]
  • February 14, 2011: Semi finals begin. Maps played: Team choice by map elimination[16][17]
  • February 28, 2011: Finals begin. Maps played: Team choice by map elimination
  • March 6, 2011: Final match; SNSD versus Colony. Maps played: Upward, Badwater Basin, Dustbowl. SNSD won 2-1.[18][19]
  • August 30, 2011: Medals are handed out to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and all participants, Tournament Medal - ETF2L Highlander Tournament.


The Round 3 default map was changed to Badwater Basin as Steel was rendered unable to load after the Australian Christmas patch.

The decider map for matches played in the knockout phase was Viaduct.

Ladder

In addition to the Highlander Challenge, a Highlander Ladder was announced that ran prior to the tournament. Unlike the tournament, the ladder was open to all players, allowing teams the opportunity to practice against each other as well as competitive players before the event started. The ladder used an ELO ranking system.

Prizes

Tournament medals were distributed on August 30, 2011.

  • Players on the 1st place team earned a golden Highlander Community Challenge in-game medal.
  • Players on the 2nd place team earned a silver Highlander Community Challenge in-game medal.
  • Players on the 3rd place team earned a bronze Highlander Community Challenge in-game medal.
  • All players who complete their games earned a participation Highlander Community Challenge in-game medal.


Coverage

Matches allowed spectators, and the competition was covered by various competitive TF2 websites and communities including ETF2L Radio, PwnageTV and ExTV, TF2TV, Community Fortress, Cadred and VanillaTF2.

References

  1. The Highlander Community Challenge
  2. Highlander Challenge Fixtures
  3. Highlander Challenge Fixtures
  4. Highlander Challenge Fixtures
  5. Tie Breaker Round Newspost
  6. Highlander Challenge Fixtures
  7. Knockout Phase Commences
  8. Cup Phase Tree
  9. Highlander Challenge Cup Stage: Fixtures: Round 1
  10. Highlander Challenge Cup Stage: Fixtures: Round 2
  11. Highlander Challenge Cup Stage: Fixtures: Round 3
  12. Highlander Challenge schedule and deadlines
  13. Highlander Challenge Cup Stage: Fixtures: Round 4
  14. Highlander Challenge Cup Stage: Fixtures: Round 5
  15. Highlander Challenge Cup Stage: Fixtures: Quarter finals
  16. Map Elimination
  17. Highlander Challenge Cup Stage: Fixtures: Semi finals
  18. VanillaTF: Final match
  19. Highlander Challenge Cup Stage: Fixtures: Finals

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