Standard competitive format
- This article is for competitive play.
The standard competitive format is a set of customs and rules accepted by most Team Fortress 2 leagues. No league is required to follow these rules, but most major ones do, and most competitive players practice with them on. Settings not listed here are either left as default, do not impact gameplay, or significantly vary by league.
Most who play in leagues that follow the standard competitive format use the standard lineup as well.
Teams are limited to six players each. Most leagues allow teams to start with less players if they are unable to field a sixth (though it is common practice to give opponents some extra time to find all of their players if they are having trouble). Teams unable to field more than four players generally incur a forfeit loss.
Classes are limited as follows:
- 2 Scout players or fewer at any given time
- 2 Soldier players or fewer at any given time
- 1 or 2 Pyro player(s) or fewer at any given time (varies by league)
- 1 Demoman player
- 1 or 2 Heavy player(s) or fewer at any given time (varies by league)
- 1 or 2 Engineer player(s) or fewer at any given time (varies by league)
- 1 Medic player or fewer at any given time
- 1 or 2 Sniper player(s) or fewer at any given time (varies by league)
- 2 Spy player(s) or fewer at any given time
Random crits are disabled.
All non-random crits still function - for example, headshots from a Sniper Rifle will still deal critical damage. Backstabs do not critical hit, but still deal 200% of the targets current health.
Damage spread is disabled.
This means that damage randomization is removed, but damage ramp-up and falloff based on distance still occurs.
Fixed weapon spread is enabled.
This means that pellet-style weapons (Shotgun, Scattergun, Force A Nature, Shortstop) fire pellets in a defined pattern. The pattern is composed of 9 hitscan paths spaced like a 3x3 grid, with one extra pellet going down the center (or, for the Force-A-Nature, two extra going down the center and one extra going down the middle-right path).
Attack/Defend and Payload maps use stopwatch scoring.
This means that if both teams capture the same number of points when on offense, the team that did so faster wins that round. There are cases, for example, if a team caps three points on a Payload map, but they didn't complete the full map, then the other team is able to use the default game time to cap one point high than the other team. They may also still win if they are able to get the three points faster than the other team.
Capture the Flag Time Limit
Capture the Flag matches are played to a specific time limit as opposed to capture goal, though there may be a mercy rule.
This means that a given half of a match will continue playing until the timer runs out. Most leagues tally points from all halves into final scores (assuming there is more than one half) to determine the winner. Some leagues enact mercy rules, which end the game early if one team gets an insurmountable point lead over the other. Crits on capture is disabled.
Teamtalk is enabled, but a large majority of players use an external program such as Mumble or Discord for voice communication.
This means that team members can use in-game voice and text chat with each other even while dead. Unfair ghosting is prevented by only allowing dead players to spectate allies, with third-person and free-roam spectating disabled.
All game models, textures, and particles are forced to default via
wait command may or may not be disabled. Most other scripts are allowed.
Custom HUDs are allowed in full.