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Top 10 TF2 plays of the DECADE TeamFortress Blog
2 months ago



The Top 10 TF2 plays of the month series has been going strong for over 10 years, so LuckyLukeTF2 has put together a special Top 10 plays of the Decade video! Check it out here! Which clip was your favorite? Want to be featured in a future episode? Find the link in the video-description to submit a clip!



Team Fortress 2 Update Released TeamFortress Patches
2 months ago

An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Added missing 'No Glasses' style for The Dapper Dickens
  • Added missing strings for koth_krampus
  • Fixed name typo in map credits for koth_krampus
  • Fixed the Wanderer's Wool not being paintable
  • Updated cp_carrier to fix some visual issues
  • Updated Selfless Sensation to fix a rendering/brightness problem
  • Updated the Permafrost Essence Unusual effect to fix transparency issues in bright areas
  • Updated pd_galleria to fix broken cube maps
  • Updated pl_camber to fix a problem with RED spawn camping
  • Updated pl_emerge to fix missing .nav file
  • Updated cp_gravelpit_snowy to fix missing custom sounds
  • Updated pl_phoenix
    • Reduced Blu respawn wave time on A and C from 5 to 4
    • Increased Red respawn wave time on A and C from 6 to 7
    • Rollback zone on C now reduces the payload push speed by 50%
    • Locked door connecting B and C now opens when A is captured instead of B
    • Added a failsafe to prevent a case where the payload cart could get stuck at the base of the elevator finale
    • Various visual fixes and adjustments
    • Various pickup size adjustments
    • Various clipping adjustments
    • Performance improvements
    • Updated checkpoint names

2 months ago

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TF2 Coaching Central is back with their sixth North American Newbie 6s Cup, a learning experience and friendly competition for people who are new to competitive 6v6.


Players with no to minimal competitive experience will sign up to be placed on a team of six, led by a coach who will teach the basics of how to play the 6v6 format and help you learn the maps. Teams have three weeks to learn and train together before facing off in a tournament with a prize pool of 18 keys for the winners and runners up. Their previous Newbie Cup events have successfully prepared many players and teams to continue competitive play in RGL, the biggest North American TF2 league.


Sign-ups are open now, and the deadline to apply to be placed on a team is Monday, December 11. Team and coach assignments will be made by Friday, December 15. Tournament matches will be the weekend of January 6-7, 2024.


Check out their Discord for more info. Whether you're looking to dip your toes in competitive TF2, a more experienced player looking to mentor newbies, or even a fresh install, feel free to join the community - all skill levels are welcome!




Team Fortress 2 Update Released TeamFortress Patches
2 months ago

An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

Happy Smissmas 2023!

  • All players who play TF2 during the event will receive a Stuffed Stocking as a gift! Stockings contain goodies for good little Mercenaries.
  • Featuring 10 new community maps: Snowtower, Krampus, Haarp, Brew, Hacksaw, Turbine Center, Carrier, Galleria, Emerge, and Camber
  • Added the Winter 2023 Cosmetic Case
    • Contains 23 new community-contributed items
    • The Festivizer can be found as a bonus drop when opening the case
  • Added 3 new community-contributed taunts to the Mann Co. Store
    • Taunt: Cheers!
    • Taunt: Mourning Mercs
    • Taunt: Foul Play
  • Added 31 new community-created Unusual effects
    • 17 new effects for Unusual hats
    • 14 new effects for Unusual taunts
  • All cosmetic and taunt cases will grant Smissmas 2023 Unusual effects instead of their normal Unusual effects during the event. This does not include crates.
  • Mann Co. Store winter sale!
  • Smissmas runs through January 7th, 2024

General

  • Fixed missing normal map and variables for Festivized weapons (community fix from Woshee)
  • Fixed broken lighting for viewmodels in tight spaces (community fix from Stuffy360)
  • Fixed missing BLU team skin for the B.A.S.E. Jumper
  • Fixed Taunt: Roar O'War removing health after taunting with an honor bound melee weapon equipped
  • Fixed not always hiding floating health bars when the player has the hide_enemy_health attribute
  • Updated pl_corruption to fix trigger_teleports not enabling correctly
  • Updated koth_sawmill_event to fix missing material
  • Updated cp_gravelpit_snowy to improve performance
  • Updated several maps to fix localization issues


TFConnect 2023 TeamFortress Blog
2 months ago

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TFConnect returns this snowy December 16th-17th!


Since 2018, TFConnect has raised over $80,000 for charities including this yearâs cause, SpecialEffect. This charity has a profoundly positive impact on quality of life, confidence and rehabilitation of disabled gamers. TFConnect is back with a live, in-person event bringing all kinds of streamers, content creators and cosplayers together. There will be TF2 themed game-shows, Tabletop games, hot-sauce challenges, painting and gaming, and more giveaways than ever in the Smissmas spirit. Participating online are some big personalities, voice actors and content creators!


The event stream on December 16th-17th will start at 12pm CET (11am GMT / 6am ET), and will be live on the KritzKast channel!


You can join in on the giving as donations are open now on the TFConnect website. Be sure to enter the sweepstakes, too!


The event will be streamed live on KritzKastâs Twitch channel, and you can keep up to date with the team by following TFConnect and KritzKast on Twitter / X.


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TFConnect 2023 TF2Maps news
2 months ago
TFConnect 2023 has officially launched! We've been hosting a contest for them already so you're all well aware, but the site and official dates have landed.

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Operation Firmware Frenzy TeamFortress Blog
3 months ago

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The snow is falling, and holiday cheer is in the air. To celebrate the holiday season, Gray Gravel Co. has unleashed global robot hordes that are leaner, meaner, and probably also machiner than before. Get ready, because this party is going to be EXPLOSIVE!


Operation Firmware Frenzy is a new Mann vs. Machine charity event brought to you by Moonlight MvM featuring 4 advanced and 4 expert missions across 7 maps. Complete 5 missions to earn an in-game star medal! Event servers are available worldwide in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.


If the expert missions are too easy for you, then test your mettle on the brand-new master difficulty mission. WHAT?! Thatâs right, Moonlight MvM has released a new highest difficulty for only the most daring. Assemble a team to see if you have what it takes to be the best.


If this impossible challenge didnât shrink your heart, you can also donate to The American Heart Association to help treat and prevent heart disease around the world. Up to 4 in-game medals are up for grabs for donating $6, $12, $18, and $24 USD. Click here for more information on how to donate.


Interested in making your own custom MvM content? New submissions are already open for the next event! Check out the guide for MvM content creation or join the Moonlight MvM Discord for more information. All contributors will earn a special in-game creator medal!


Good luck, and be fast, as this tour will end on January 2, 2024!


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3 months ago

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Get ready to melt away the competition! The United Dodgeball League is starting its 2023 Winter Cup! There will be in-game medals for all participants, along with special in-game medals for the first, second and third place winners! The first place winners will also receive a bonus of 100 keys!


The 2023 Winter Cup will be held for two days in the EU region, December 16th - 17th. Everyone is welcome to participate, even if they're outside of the region!


Does your team have what it takes?! Sign-ups for the tournament can be found here. Team captains should also join the Discord server, where they'll receive instructions on when to play as well as who they'll be competing against.


For more information, check out Dodgeball.TF!


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3 months ago

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The leaves are falling, and it's time for the 2023 Jam Showcase! TF2Maps is showing off 90 of the most interesting, most mind-blowing creations made for this year's Jam! They received 556 entries, with 516 of those being eligible for medals, placing it comfortably in the exact middle of past Jams in terms of participation. In terms of donations, this year placed second with a grand total of $11,020.46 raised for Gamers Outreach Foundation!


For more information, check out the showcase thread on TF2Maps! You can also join the TF2Maps Discord and follow TF2Maps on Twitter!





Team Fortress 2 Update Released TeamFortress Patches
3 months ago

An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Updated koth_sawmill_event
    • Fixed missing model and material
  • Updated pd_farmageddon
    • Fixed instances where players can get stuck when leaving the cap zone (Thanks Lo-fi)
    • Added custom announcer lines for gargoyle spawn
  • Updated zi_atoll
    • Significantly reduced strength of trigger_push in water
    • Adjusted trigger_push entities on trees
    • Improved clipping/collision on wood plank structures
    • Adjusted distribution of health and ammo pickups to make structures easier for Red to hold
    • Reduced file size of map

Team Fortress 2 Update Released TeamFortress Patches
3 months ago

An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Added an extra HIDEHUD flag for vscript maps (HIDEHUD_TARGET_ID)
  • Fixed using the extendfreeze client command to continue spectating enemy players after being killed
  • Fixed Arena mode player count HUD layout problem (community fix from Funicular)
  • Updated zi_atoll to sync the particles file with other the Zombie Infection maps
  • Updated zi_woods
    • Added props to aid scouts in getting up to the roof on the boathouse
    • Added trigger_push entities to the tops of trees
    • Implemented an optimisation pass
  • Updated koth_sawmill_event
    • Added spells to the Underworld Forest to encourage players to travel there
    • Added trigger_hurts to prevent spawn camping in the Underworld Forest
    • Added the Skeleton King to randomly spawn after cap
    • Added an additional Skeleton Consort for him as well
    • Reduced the amount of particles in the Underworld Harvest
    • Removed a custom texture since it wasn't needed
    • Minor clipping changes
    • Added an ammo pack to the cave
    • Removed a few pumpkin bombs since they hurt player movement too much
    • Added a loss-coverage program for Red team
    • Cleaned up some waste


Seasonalander Fall 2023 TeamFortress Blog
4 months ago

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Seasonalander has arrived for the Fall of 2023! This season will be raising funds for the British Red Cross, a global humanitarian organization whose work includes helping people in the UK and overseas when emergencies happen, preventing or easing human suffering around the world, supporting victims of modern slavery and trafficking, and protecting people in armed conflict. Seasonalander has set an initial goal of £1,000 with funds going directly towards immediate relief like food, support, equipment and shelter. More information on the British Red Cross can be found here!


Seasonalander is a Highlander-based 9v9 tournament that uses community-created maps based on the current season of the year, which is currently Fall/Autumn! This season will feature over 72 talented creators from across the Team Fortress 2 community in both North America and Europe in hopes of bringing the Team Fortress 2 community together for several various causes! Come see your favorites entertain by throwing hands and raising funds for those in need!


Help get the word out and be sure to tune in on the 21st and 22nd of October! European games will start at 3pm GMT / 10am EDT on both Saturday & Sunday. North American games will start at roughly 8pm GMT / 3pm EDT on both Saturday & Sunday.


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Team Fortress 2 Update Released TeamFortress Patches
4 months ago

An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Fixed floating 'Bonus' label in the middle of the screen while working on certain contracts
  • Updated the Clown's Cover-Up to fix some clipping issues, fix the LODs, and update the equip_region
  • Updated the Celestial Summit Unusual effect to reduce the particle count
  • Updated the Potion Explosion Unusual taunt effect to remove the delay when starting the effect
  • Updated glowing eye materials on Voodoo-Cursed Souls and Ãbercharged players with community fixes from Liam Stone (boba)
  • Updated the Carry-Van
    • Fixed the rigging on the straps to avoid clipping when running
    • Fixed misplaced ambient occlusion on the material
    • Fixed rim mask being black in places it wasn't supposed to
    • Fixed a hole in-between the window and top of the van
    • Fixed LODs to represent above changes
  • Updated the Dead Man's Party Unusual taunt effect
    • Added fades to hand sprites
    • Improved effect composition on fast-moving taunts
    • Fixed some particle sorting issues
  • Updated cp_lavapit_final
    • Fixed a skybox exploit in the underworld
  • Updated pl_spineyard
    • Fixed an exploit that allowed players to get outside of the map
    • Fixed missing cubemaps
  • Updated pl_corruption
    • Replaced some of the materials and models
    • Adjusted collisions near some wooden beams by point A
    • Adjusted prop fades
    • Fixed some minor texture issues
    • Fixed teleport trigger in one of the spawn rooms being too late to activate
    • Minor adjustments to improve your sanity
  • Updated cp_degrootkeep_rats
    • Fixed players getting stuck in the door when entering the Rabbit Hole at the same time as an enemy player
    • Fixed a hidden perch in the balcony overlooking C
  • Updated arena_perks
    • Replaced the Cloaking perk with the Patience perk (gain up to 7 health/sec)
    • Fixed missing barricades in the voting area
    • Fixed certain items having missing textures on the map
    • Removed crumpkins (with help from LizardOfOz)
    • Fixed stalemates causing extra rounds where no perks would appear
    • Added a new HUD, with an alive player counter
  • Updated zi_murky, zi_atoll, zi_devastation_final1, zi_woods, and zi_sanitarium
    • If a game is in progress and there are no players on BLU team or RED team the game will now end
    • Fixed a bug that allowed Dead Ringer spies to die without triggering a round loss
    • Fixed a bug that caused Zombies to not see combat text correctly
    • Fixed a bug that caused Rocket Launchers and Sticky Bomb Launchers to start with a low ammo
    • Fixed a bug that caused changing player loadout to kill human players (particularly on Murky)
    • Fixed an issue with missing particle effects for Medic's Heal ability
    • Adjusted the number of Zombies selected at round start for low player counts
    • Corrected unintended changes in the last update
      • Changed the damage dealt by Zombie Soldier's Stomp
        • In the previous update, Soldier would instantly kill his stomp target. This was not intended.
        • The new damage calculation is (10 + fall damage x 3). This is the same as the Mantreads.
      • Changed the Sentry Gun to deal 40% damage to Zombies
        • In the previous update, this was 35%. This was not intended.
      • Added a sound effect to Pyro's explosion of flames on death
      • Removed some debug print statements
    • Reworked Demoman's Blast Charge to fix several exploits and bugs
      • These changes should also make Blast Charge more reliable and less frustrating to use
    • Blast Charge is now triggered based on the player's velocity
      • When player's speed drops below a threshold while charging, they explode
      • Additionally, anything that would usually interrupt a shield charge will now trigger the explosion
    • Fixed a bug that caused ÃberCharge applied by Blast Charge to persist longer than intended
    • Fixed a bug that caused Blast Charge to fail to kill the player in situations where the player should be killed
    • Fixed a bug that caused Blast Charge to briefly display the player's first person view before detonation
    • Fixed a bug that caused the player to be unable to attack, jump or duck after surviving Blast Charge
    • Fixed many bugs that caused Blast Charge to fail to detonate
    • Fixed many bugs related to Blast Charge being cast at the same time as being converted to Zombie
  • Updated zi_atoll (additional changes)
    • Fixed the missing texture on the turbine building's roof
    • Added areaportals and occluders in and around buildings
    • Added extra nodraw brushes under the level and buildings to improve vis calculations
    • Added prop fades on bushes and rocks
    • Adjusted push triggers on trees
    • Minor clipping adjustments
    • Changed func_brush on roofs to func_movelinear so that corpses don't fall through
    • Added soul gargoyle spawns
    • Added a santa hat that spawns on the anchor when smissmas holiday is enabled
    • Fixed cubemap reflection issues
    • Fixed the seam between the 3D skybox and the playable level
    • Aar fed the spinning cat
  • Updated zi_devastation_final1 (additional changes)
    • Replaced sewer exit to the 2nd floor with a ladder
    • Changed sewer exits to no longer require crouching/prop jumps
    • Fixed missing respawn trigger in the sewers
    • Adjusted spawn positions of Zombies and Survivors
    • Fire now ignites players
    • Adjusted lighting in sewers to be slightly brighter
    • Reduced round timer to 3 minutes
    • Lit up 2nd floor car corner

Team Fortress 2 Update Released TeamFortress Patches
4 months ago

An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Fixed the Clown's Cover-Up always showing the Red team skin
  • Fixed hiding the Pyro's head when using the Friendly style for the Fiercesome Fluorescence
  • Fixed the Grounded style of the Power Spike using an incorrect LOD model
  • Fixed Celestial Summit and Stellar Ascent Unusual effects not following moving players
  • Fixed missing prefix when the Strange Filter: Sandcastle (Community) item is applied to a weapon
  • Fixed missing prefix when the Strange Filter: Lava Pit (Community) item is applied to a weapon
  • Updated The Masked Fiend to fix a problem with the materials
  • Updated the Dell Dynamic to fix issues with the materials, rigging, and LODs
  • Updated the Sapped Unusual effect to fix visibility issues in bright environments
  • Updated Blastphomet cosmetic to fix some a problem with the materials and some minor clipping
  • Updated the Taunt: Borrowed Bones to add missing sounds
  • Updated Taunt: Neck Snap animations to fix the MVM canteen flipping while taunting
  • Updated the Nightmarish Storm, Acidic Climate, and Otherworldly Weather Unusual effects to fix a problem with the lock rotation
  • Updated the Eldritch Horror and Deep-sea Devourer Unusual taunt effects to fix a problem with flickering
  • Updated pd_farmageddon
    • Updated .res file to work with custom huds (Thanks Aar)
  • Updated cp_lavapit_final
    • Updated the Underworld
    • Spells now spawn one per point, in a random location
    • Removed some exploits
  • Updated pl_spineyard
    • Replaced some of the materials and models
    • Fixed a missing material
    • Significantly improved skeleton navigation
    • Reduced the health of skeletons to 130 HP
    • Increased the weapon spread of skeletons to reduce their long range damage
    • Increased the number of pumpkin bomb spawns
    • Improved sound effects
    • Various detail fixes
    • Fixed being able to build in the first Blue spawn
  • Updated pd_mannsylvania
    • Added new custom voice lines of Merasmus Gargoyle Notifications
    • Better player clip and fixed players stuck in some areas
    • Placed more bat's models on entire map and randomised their animations
    • Improved 3d skybox
    • Disabled trigger_hurt in ending sequence after 15 second when game ends
    • Minor cosmetic fixes
  • Updated zi_murky, zi_atoll, zi_devastation_final1, and zi_sanitarium
    • These changes are aimed to make playing as a Zombie more engaging, and to weaken the Human meta of bunkering without hurting their ability to roam and fight
      • Zombie Spy is now passively cloaked, only losing his cloak for 3 seconds when attacking or using his "Reveal" ability
        • This change will allow Zombie Spy to circumvent sentry guns that are watching large areas, and allow him to sneak into or around strongholds
      • Zombie Soldier's "Pounce" ability is now significantly higher, and has a 5 second cooldown (from 8)
        • These changes will bolster Zombie Soldier's role as a recon pick and a roof buster, capable of launching through sentry fire
      • Zombie Sniper's "Spit" ability now damages buildables
      • Zombie Sniper now drops a puddle of spit on death
        • Both of these changes will make you feel like you're contributing more with your spit, and if that's not enough, you at least get to drop one on death to cause a small area of denial
      • Zombie Pyro no longer drops small health kits
      • Zombie Pyro's "Hellspawn" passive now releases a flaming explosion on death on top of the existing gas passer cloud
        • These changes should strengthen their afterburn capability, and make them a scarier threat if you let them too close
      • Zombie Heavy's "Tank" ability now adds the Battalion's Backup buff (immunity to critical hits, 35% resistance to regular damage, and a 50% resistance to Sentry Gun damage)
      • Zombie Heavy deals 20% increased melee damage
        • Sentry and crit resistance will bring Zombie Heavy's effective hp up much higher, buffing his role as a tank that you really oughta stay away from. His slower speed is unchanged, so you're still able to run. The changes will just make bunkering much more difficult with him around.
      • Zombie Engineer's EMP no longer rolls on shallow surfaces, and now does 110 damage instead of fractional damage
        • This change will turn EMP grenades into a much more immediate threat, instantly breaking mini sentries, crippling level 1 sentries, and wounding other buildings
      • Zombie Scout's "Speed Demon" passive now comes and additional 25% jump height boost
        • Zombie Scout already has a triple jump, but increasing jump height will make him even more of a pest buzzing around your head, and better at climbing onto roofs once a hold is destroyed
      • 1/5 of the server will be converted to zombies at the end of setup (from 1/6), and will also round up
        • It's become clear that there simply aren't enough zombies selected at the start of the round. Initial pushes should be easier to perform with a couple more units.
      • Sentry Guns deal 40% damage to zombies (from 60%)
        • Engineers are simply way too oppressive. The dispenser is invaluable for the sake of ammo, and the sentry still has use as a knockback tool, but now should be significantly less frustrating to play against.
      • Demoman shield items no longer halve the damage taken by zombies
        • He was just too strong and incredibly unfun to duel. The extended reach of swords is already amazing against melee-only characters. His strong maneuverability is unchanged.
      • Zombie Medic Heal cooldown reduced to 7 seconds (previously 11)
      • All Zombies except for scout, heavy, and spy, now have +25 HP (from +10)
    • Fixed a bug where Zombie Demo could detonate himself before the charge had started
    • Fixed a bug where Bonk! Atomic Punch could persist through Zombie conversion
    • Fixed various issues caused by Zombie Demo surviving his own charge
    • Fixed issues with the Zombie HUD not correctly displaying certain strings
    • Fixed exploit related to adding additional time
    • Added additional HIDEHUD bits to remove irrelevant HUD elements when playing Zombie
    • Added an instructional video (Thanks Funicular!)
  • Updated zi_murky (additional changes)
    • All of the roofs have been covered in clutter such as vines and tires, and are no longer buildable
    • Added more trees for cover
    • Added small fence to RED spawn to make it easier for zombies to approach up the wooden stairs
    • Added a ramp leading to the yellow shack's roof
    • Added occluders to central shack
    • Improved fog
    • Improved skybox
    • Improved readability of chicken wire fences, and added more around the docks
    • Adjusted prop fades
    • Tweaked detailing
    • Fixed erroneous clip brushes
    • Fixed several stuck spots
    • Fixed missing television model
  • Updated zi_atoll (additional changes)
    • Added an extension to the roof of the turbine building
    • Added nobuild entities to debris that could potentially hide sneaky sentries
    • Added a broken window on the turbine building
    • Clipped the spiral stairs behind the lighthouse (thanks Aar!)
    • Reduced performance impact of water
    • Increased size of trigger_push entities on the tree tops
    • Improved collision on the displacement on the beach near the fishing house
    • The spinning cat has been fed
  • Updated zi_devastation_final1 (additional changes)
    • Added new route from second level zombie spawn to the top floor
    • Adjusted some zombie spawns
    • Made some zombie spawn exits easier to leave
    • Clipped off bottom floor stairs
    • Increased Round Timer to 3 minutes and 30 Seconds
    • Increased Reports of Gators
  • Updated zi_sanitarium (additional changes)
    • Replaced some of the materials and models
    • Fixed a missing material on a prop
    • Fixed a pixel walk in the skybox