Gorge Event is a single-stage 2CP Attack/Defend Control Point map. The first point is on the bridge over the gorge and the second is in the great hall inside Redmond Mann's mansion. Redmond has escaped Hell and has reconnected to his Life Extending Machine — BLU must capture his mansion to send him back.
While similar to Attack/Defend style maps like Dustbowl and Egypt, Gorge Event features a single large stage, as opposed to three smaller stages. The map's layout allows for more attacking choices for BLU and fewer high-traffic choke points.
Like all Attack/Defend maps, BLU plays the attackers while RED plays the defenders. The goal of the attackers (BLU) is to capture both control points in sequence. The goal of the defenders (RED) is to defend these points until the time limit is reached. The timer is increased if BLU captures the first point; once this point is captured, it is locked and cannot be retaken by the defenders.
Gorge Event was contributed to the Steam Workshop.
This Event map has some changes from the original, while most are minor or subtle, a few have significant effects on gameplay and are described in the Locations.
- Some rooms have modestly changed shapes.
- All chemical drums are removed and most are replaced with pumpkin props, somewhat increasing fire angles and decreasing cover.
- Traffic cones and other cosmetic industrial props are removed.
- Evergreen trees are replaced with dead hardwoods, reducing visual cover in the gorge.
- Water in the gorge, a new flank and battlement over the front of the RED Base, a Hell Pit, and a Witching Hour of Skeleton spawns are all added to the Event Map.
Capturing the first point triggers a Witching Hour. The Game Clock stops and the earth shakes. The clocks on the Tower and over the Great Hall turn green, the clockworks rumble and quickly step the hand from IX to XII and then chime 5 times. A total of 15 Normal Skeletons and the Skeleton King begin to spawn with the shaking. Around the first point, 9 Skeletons spawn in 3 waves of three Normal Skeletons. Around the second point, the Skeleton King spawns and 6 Normal Skeletons spawn in 2 waves of three. As about 50 seconds of time runs out, the Witching Hour ends: the clocks chime once and return to white faces and the Game Clock resumes. The Skeletons remain in play until destroyed.
Note: If you are having trouble with finding the locations listed here, you can scroll down to the Helpful overview section to see their exact position marked on the map.
Directions are described from BLU's (attacking) perspective.
- Entrance Yard: The entrance yard is located outside of BLU's initial spawn area. It is entered by BLU from three different exits that are all respectively located at the far left, right, and center of the BLU spawn mountain wall. The entrance yard is mostly open without any cover except for the toll booth and a small wall on one side.
- Toll Booth: The toll booth is the small building to one side of the entrance yard. Inside is a large ammo pack, and the roof can be accessed by a ladder leaning on it. Engineers often like to camp here and place Sentry Guns, especially on the roof of the booth.
- Checkpoint Building: The checkpoint building is the large building separating the gorge area and the entrance yard. From the front, it has one main entrance walled off leaving entrance from two sides. The building's interior is mostly empty except for a few barrels and water tanks lined up on the walls. There are two exits on the far walls each of which exits out to the far sides of the gorge. The main exit is atop a twin staircase that exits out in front of Control Point A. The main room is a common location for Engineer nests, usually under or near the twin staircase. A secondary nest location is the nook behind the single large tank on the BLU side of the room and even on top of the tank itself.
- Upper Deck: A second-floor route with two rooms and staircases at each end gives defensive battlements to RED and a flank to the gorge to BLU.
Control Point A
- Bridge: Control Point A is located on a level bridge over the map's titular gorge. The gorge landmark itself is accessible from various entrances from all directions.
- Gorge: With water just deep enough to extinguish burning players, the gorge runs through the entire capture point area, from wall to wall and under the bridge. There is a large health kit underneath the bridge in the gorge. BLU's side of the gorge generally slopes to the water while the RED side has some defensive walls that block classes that cannot jump. The far right wall has more defensive cover.
- BLU Forward Spawn: Once BLU captures Control Point A, their spawn room moves to the top of the building overlooking the Gorge and the main building. Also when Control Point A is captured, Control Point B remains locked (so both points are locked) for a short time while the Skeleton King and his minions spawn in the Witching Hour.
- Porch Roof: The porch roof at the front of the mansion and the roof next to it are playable surfaces, giving RED a wide, but exposed elevated battlement. It gives BLU jumpers a shortcut to the second floor and BLU non-jumpers a long flank to that opening.
- Main Hallway: The main hallway is the long hallway connected to the main entrance nearest the bridge. It runs through the building from the entrance to the choke room. It is connected to the flank hallway and has a set of stairs at the end that leads up to platforms above the hallway and choke room.
- Flank Hallway: The flank hallway runs through the building nearer the entrance perpendicular to the main hallway. It connects near the entrance of the main hallway, and to the side entrance to the building. There is a staircase at its far end that leads to the second floor.
- Second Floor: The second floor runs all through the hallways and choke room. It is accessible from a set of stairs at the end of the main hallway and a set at the end of the flank hallway. It runs above the flank and main hallway. From the flank, it leads to a drop-down to the choke.
- Choke: The choke is the room before the final point, which is often heavily contested. The sheltered areas under the second-floor balconies in the four corners of the room are common locations for RED Engineer nests, particularly the two corners that were occupied by tanks on Gorge (the arrow and the piano). The small far corner room on the balcony is a common forward BLU Engineer nest location. Most of the fighting just before capture the final point will go on in this room; this room must be controlled before the final defense of the second point can be attacked. There are six entrances/exits: one from the main hallway, one above that from the second floor (closed until the first point is captured), two from the second floor flank, and two exits to the final point room. In the middle of the room is a pit to Hell, presumably how Redmond escaped Hell.
- Flank Room: This far flank between the choke and the final room is closed off until the first point is captured.
Control Point B
- Final Room: The final room is marked by a grand hall in the center where the point is located. Surrounding the grand hall are walkways on the walls that curve around the area.
- RED Spawn: RED spawn is located to the right of the final room.
- Spawn Flank: From RED Spawn, a flanking hallway runs all of the way around the control point, left and right, and has a number of locations from which to fire into on the control point and into the choke. The stone chimney provides additional cover for RED firing onto the point or into the choke. Redmond and his coffin can be seen in separate rooms off of this hallway.
- Control Point: The final capture point of the map is situated in the heart of the mansion. The point itself is set in a deep grand hall, putting BLU at a height disadvantage when attempting to capture. In one corner of the room is the RED spawn room, and in the other is a similar overlook to the point. Beneath the overhanging ledge within the hall is a popular place for RED Sentry Guns, as it can only be attacked from within the hall itself or from the far walkways.
Hallway that leads to point B
Red/blue diagonal lines: Red/Blu first spawn
Blue double diagonal lines: Blu second spawn
Green circle: First control point
Yellow circles: Second/final control point
Control Point timing
|Control Point 1
|Control Point 2
October 28, 2015 Patch (Scream Fortress 2015)
- Added Gorge Event to the game.
November 6, 2015 Patch
- Fixed two of the Gorge Event Merasmission's objectives not working properly.
- Demomen can place stickybombs on the exterior side of the setup gates, causing them to float in midair after the gates have opened.
- Outside the BLU Team's base there is a door that reads "RESTRICTED AREA authorized personnel only". Inside there is a hidden room containing a Jimi Jam poster, a table with a TV, a bookshelf, and Zepheniah Mann's ghost "sitting" on a couch.
- It is possible to hear the Team Fortress 2 version of Michael Jackson's Thriller (used on one of Merasmus's spells on Ghost Fort) played very quietly by the TV.
Steam Workshop thumbnail for Gorge Event.
The Redmond Cycle:
- Helltower, Redmond is taken to Hell.
- Gorge Event, Redmond has escaped from Hell with his coffin; BLU assaults his mansion to send him back.
- Brimstone, Redmond is taken back to Hell.