Team Fortress 2
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Signups for Ready Steady Pan Season 4 are finally open! We're very excited for all the frying pan action throughout the season, but one thing you may be asking yourself is "where do I signup?". The website is open for team and user registration over at Pan.tf, where you can also look for teams and players on the forums. Signups end on July 2nd, so be sure to get your teams ready for the ultimate pandemonium that is Ready Steady Pan!


NOTE: Preseason matches start during the week of July 25th.


For those who are new: Ready Steady Pan is a semi-competitive league involving the frying pan as the only damage dealing weapon allowed, as well as food and jumper weapons. If you want to connect with others participating in the season or want to get in contact with the many helpers that are volunteering, you can check out our Discord server on our website.


Team Fortress 2

By way of speedrunning, roleplaying servers and performance subcultures, I love communities that tailor games to suit their own esoteric interests. To this end, Team Fortress 2's annual trick jumping competition The Beginnings is underway.

As reported by Rock, Paper, Shotgun, The Beginnings 5 hosts contests in trick jumping, speedrunning and a live race. "Do you have what it takes?" asks this Reddit post. "Beginnings 5 is an organized event for competition within TF2 jumping. This year we will be holding three separate competitions, a speedrun competition, a trick jumping competition, and a live race. 

"There are in-game medals to be won. To be eligible for a participant medal you must send in a run that's faster than the showcase time of the map you submit a run on, send in a trickjump that isn't obviously bad, or participate in the live race."

The Reddit post points those interested this way, and notes that the race will be held on  June 23 and will be streamed on Twitch here. 16 racers for each class will take part, this post explains, with racers going head-to-head till two jumpers meet in the grand final. To enter, players are required to submit eight demos—four in POV, and four in SourceTV. 

The following map showcase is impressive all told, but I was particularly taken by the moves from five minutes onward.

More information on The Beginnings 5 lives here. Here's Evan's words on how Team Fortress 2 changed FPSes forever.

Team Fortress 2 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Matt Cox)

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I love discovering subcultures that occasionally spawn from videogames, and trickjumping is a wonderful example. Give Quake players the ability to propel themselves through the air by firing rockets at their feet and a momentum-building jumping bug, and what do they do? They make custom maps and challenge each other to perform feats of aerial ballet, of course. Delightfully, that scene is still going strong nearly 20 years on in Team Fortress 2.

The Beginnings 5 TF2 jumping competition began last week, and features three different events. There’s a speedrun competition on set maps, a trickjumping competition that involves doing something impressive on any map, and – perhaps most excitingly – a live race. (more…)

Team Fortress 2


LuckyLukeTF2 is back with the Top 10 Plays from the Copenhagen LAN 2018! The Top 10 Plays is a monthly series and you can catch up on all of the episodes here.


DanishActionHero has also created an exciting video of the best frags and moments!


Team Fortress 2 - Valve
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:

  • Several fixes to address exploits and stability issues
  • Fixed server crash related to the CTriggerAddTFPlayerCondition map entity
  • Fixed client crash when playing Mann vs. Machine
  • Fixed client crash on exit
  • Fixed Scouts not being able to pick-up the Sandman's baseball
  • Fixed broken Unusual effects for the Exquisite Rack, the Stainless Pot, and the Universal Translator
  • Fixed broken Strange Filter store images for Brimstone, Maple Ridge Event, and Pit of Death
  • Updated r_screenoverlay command to accept '0' as well as 'off' to disable overlays. This fixes some community mods that were incorrectly expecting 0 to disable the overlay, resulting in unexpected behavior.
  • Added "Reset All Achievements" button to the Achievements dialog
    • A small number of achievements are based on player stats and will be awarded again when Team Fortress 2 is restarted unless the player stats are also reset
    • Resetting achievements will not allow you to receive achievement-based items multiple times
  • Players who consistently demonstrate a pattern of negative behavior in-game (based upon excessive reports from other players and several other factors) will now receive a temporary matchmaking ban
  • Added RGL.gg tournament medals
  • Added Copenhagen Games tournament medals
  • Added PURE League tournament medals
  • Added Beginnings 5 tournament medals
  • Added ozfortress Season 22 tournament medals
Team Fortress 2
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:
  • Several fixes to address exploits and stability issues
  • Fixed server crash related to the CTriggerAddTFPlayerCondition map entity
  • Fixed client crash when playing Mann vs. Machine
  • Fixed client crash on exit
  • Fixed Scouts not being able to pick-up the Sandman's baseball
  • Fixed broken Unusual effects for the Exquisite Rack, the Stainless Pot, and the Universal Translator
  • Fixed broken Strange Filter store images for Brimstone, Maple Ridge Event, and Pit of Death
  • Updated r_screenoverlay command to accept '0' as well as 'off' to disable overlays. This fixes some community mods that were incorrectly expecting 0 to disable the overlay, resulting in unexpected behavior.
  • Added "Reset All Achievements" button to the Achievements dialog
    • A small number of achievements are based on player stats and will be awarded again when Team Fortress 2 is restarted unless the player stats are also reset
    • Resetting achievements will not allow you to receive achievement-based items multiple times
  • Players who consistently demonstrate a pattern of negative behavior in-game (based upon excessive reports from other players and several other factors) will now receive a temporary matchmaking ban
  • Added RGL.gg tournament medals
  • Added Copenhagen Games tournament medals
  • Added PURE League tournament medals
  • Added Beginnings 5 tournament medals
  • Added ozfortress Season 22 tournament medals
Team Fortress 2


RGL.gg is back for the one year anniversary of its Pick/Ban Prolander league! This time the North American league boasts a prize pool of $4,000! The league is broken down into 4 divisions, so you can easily play against people of your skill level. Whether you want to try to take down froyotech or if this is your first time playing competitively, there's a place for everyone in this friendly, welcoming community!


It's also free to play for all divisions outside the Invite division. If you need to find a team to join, try posting in the Players Looking For Team section of the RGL website. New team registration ends on June 14th and the league starts on June 21st. Join this growing, fun and fresh new competitive format.


Register today at RGL.gg website.


Team Fortress 2 - Valve
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 a server crash related to Flamethrower particles
  • Fixed a client crash related to matchmaking parties
  • Fixed a client crash related to the ConVar tf_flamethrower_boxsize
  • Fixed a memory leak in the main menu
  • Fixed some languages having missing characters in the ConTracker menu
  • Fixed the voicemenu command being used to lag servers
  • Fixed a rendering issue with Unusual effects for the Antarctic Eyewear
  • Fixed some War Paint weapons not being valid trade-up items for the Civilian Stat Clock
  • Fixed an animation bug related to the Thermal Thruster and changing class while holstering it
  • Fixed matchmaking players being able to sit at the MOTD so they can't be kicked by players in the match. They will now show in the scoreboard on their assigned team and will be valid vote-kick targets by members of their team.
  • Updated the Autobalance system to skip asking/waiting for volunteers. Instead, it will go straight to switching candidates to balance the teams.
  • Updated model/materials for the Valhalla Helm to fix some clipping issues
  • Updated the localization files
  • Updated pl_enclosure_final
    • Fixed players being able to get stuck in closing dropdown door in stage 3
    • Fixed missing team filter for small resupply room in stage 3
    • Removed unnecessary env_wind entity messing with env_dustmote entities
Team Fortress 2
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 a server crash related to Flamethrower particles
  • Fixed a client crash related to matchmaking parties
  • Fixed a client crash related to the ConVar tf_flamethrower_boxsize
  • Fixed a memory leak in the main menu
  • Fixed some languages having missing characters in the ConTracker menu
  • Fixed the voicemenu command being used to lag servers
  • Fixed a rendering issue with Unusual effects for the Antarctic Eyewear
  • Fixed some War Paint weapons not being valid trade-up items for the Civilian Stat Clock
  • Fixed an animation bug related to the Thermal Thruster and changing class while holstering it
  • Fixed matchmaking players being able to sit at the MOTD so they can't be kicked by players in the match. They will now show in the scoreboard on their assigned team and will be valid vote-kick targets by members of their team.
  • Updated the Autobalance system to skip asking/waiting for volunteers. Instead, it will go straight to switching candidates to balance the teams.
  • Updated model/materials for the Valhalla Helm to fix some clipping issues
  • Updated the localization files
  • Updated pl_enclosure_final
    • Fixed players being able to get stuck in closing dropdown door in stage 3
    • Fixed missing team filter for small resupply room in stage 3
    • Removed unnecessary env_wind entity messing with env_dustmote entities
Team Fortress 2
(Image credit - SirDuck)

An influx of fresh talent made for interesting Highlander Premiership Playoffs in the 15th Season of ETF2L. As with any conflict, many have fallen before the final fight. On a pile of defeated players stand two teams. First seed, :elephant: a new team comprising some already legendary players. Facing them, after a preseason roster shake-up, is the new form of Feila eSports.


We can't tell you who to root for in the Grand Finals, but we can be certain it'll be a close and furious battle in a best of 3 map series.


Watch it Live on KritzKast, today, from 21CEST | 20BST | 12PDT | 14CDT | 15EDT


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