The state of the competitive community

It was just over one year ago that the last TF2 soldier competition was held, at the time there were a lot of decent soldiers and a few top soldiers, the gap was rather big in terms of solid skill. This time around I think that it will be totally different. TF2 players in general have become much more skilled and the amount of good soldiers are much higher than in the previous competition, obviously there are still a outstanding soldiers who really are a cut above the rest, but this time around those top soldiers will have to fight really hard to prove to the TF2 community that they still have it.

The big influence on the increased skill level has come about due to the amount of Pickups that have been played so far in 2009, this has really helped increase player skills and the understanding of what it means to be competitive in our community. Thanks has to be given to the guys that have tried to make the Pickup community work and get better, but more thanks are in order for the players that participate in them as without them there would be no Pickups at all. The Big problem with pickups is that you get some really skilled players that are not willing to teach the lesser players how the game should be played and these are the type of things that hurt the community the most. You get some guys that get extremely angry and swear the newer so called “Noobs” that play the game, some of these guys disappear from pickups forever, some stay. It’s very hard for a player that has been used to dominating the whole public scene to come into a pickup and be told that he is not good enough. Yes they may not know what to do initially as it is a different ball game, but to them TF2 has always been like that and in my opinion it should be like that. So What needs to be done for TF2 in SA to become one of the best online games this country has seen?

In my opinion, the ego’s of the competitive players, or some of them, need to change. If they really want to help, then do it. Saying that you have done so much for the community means nothing and just proves to everyone that you ego is way too big. You can’t expect public players to play competitively if you don’t show them what it take to become a part of the competitive community.

There are a group of guys that really try to help the community grow and want to see TF2 develop into a great online game, but these guys need the support of the community. The TF2 1v1 Soldier competition registrations have gone live and so far the feedback has been simply awesome. With the support of the community I really hope that we can make this competition into a success and then move on to other Fun TF2 things like a 2v2 BBall weekend league, maybe even some prizes to go with it, but nothing will ever happen unless you, the community, make it happen.

miNt & Equilibrium Team Fortress 2: Soldier Rebirth Competition

Over the last few months there has been an influx of new Team Fortress 2 players in South Africa, this has been the trend in the relaxed, less serious form of the game, known to most as pubs. This has become a huge problem for the competitive side of TF2 as not a lot if not any of them have tried to get themselves into the competitive side of Team Fortress 2 and start new clans. We do tend to see a decent amount of new guys playing in pickups, but still this is not helping the competitive community in any way.

The existing Clans in Team Fortress 2 are all lead by players that have experience from when Team Fortress 2 first hit South Africa. In an attempt to try and give a boost to the Team Fortress 2 competitive scene miNt Gaming and Equilibrium.TF2 have teamed up with IS Gaming to host a 1v1 Soldier competition. The main objective is to get all those new players that enjoy playing on the public servers to be more involved with the competitive side of the Team Fortress 2 community. This will not only help nurture young talent, but will also help players looking to join a team be more recognized whilst showing everyone how much fun Team Fortress 2 can really be if players are committed. This competition will be free to enter and will have no prize at the end, but players will be able to gauge their skill compared to other Team Fortress 2 players in South Africa. I think we owe it to ourselves to show other gamers that Team Fortress 2 is not just a comic strip, but more a complete game that requires great skill and a lot of dedication and time to get good at. Register Here

miNT Equilibrium TF2 1v1 Soldier Competition

1v1 Soldier Competition: General Information

The miNt Gaming Organization has teamed up with Equilibrium TF2 with the support from IS Gaming are hosting an online 1v1 Soldier Competition allowing TF2 Players to demonstrate their skill, showcasing South Africa’s individual talent and ultimately sorting the best from the rest. The Tournament will be held over a period of 6 weeks, with the first two stages being 2 weeks each. The registration process will be done via the miNt Gaming forums. To take part in the competition you will need to register on the website filling in all the appropriate fields, making sure all your information is correct.

All matches in the Cup will be played on the all new arena maps released by Valve. The player who reaches a certain number of rounds first will be the winner and will move through to the next round of the Cup. The number of rounds required to win will depend on the stage of the Cup.

Stages

Stage 1

» 1 Map Only per match

» Map will be chosen per stage

» Stage one consists of 3 Matches and will last 2 weeks

» Fixtures will be randomly chosen

» Must be played on IS 1v1 Soldier Comp Server

» First player to reach 10 rounds wins, no time limit will be used

» All matches must be recorded by the individual, to ensure no hacks are being used

» Rocket Damage will be on during this stage of the competition

» Results must be posted by one of the participants immediately after the match in the results score thread

» There will be no Spectators allowed on the Server, all spectators must use STV

Stage 2

Rocket Damage will be removed during this stage

» Double Elimination

» 1 Map Only per match

» Map will be chosen via a Vote system for this Stage

» Fixtures will be randomly chosen

» Must be played on IS 1v1 Soldier Comp Server

» First player to reach 10 rounds wins, no time limit will be used

» All matches must be recorded by the individual, to ensure no hacks are being used

» Results must be posted by one of the participants immediately after the match in the results score thread

» Stage two will last 2 weeks

» There will be no Spectators allowed on the Server, all spectators must use STV

Registration Process:

To Play in the competition you will need to create an account on the miNt Gaming website. Once you have registered it is vital you read through the General Information post, as well as download the Ruleset, just to clarify any questions you may have.

Once you are happy with the Ruleset please head on over to the following and ensure all your details are filled out correctly.

*note If you have any queries about the competition please feel free to reply to the topic with your question. Your question will be answered by  Xt3rMinator as soon as possible.

Unfortunately the miNt website is down until further notice, but if you’d still like to enter the Soldier 1v1 competition e-mail your name, surname and nickname to danielbalusik@live.co.za