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Tip of the Hats 2014

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March 29th Announcement


Arie — This weekend, the second edition of the Tip of the Hats livestream event takes place. Last year, $35000 (€25000 in real money) was raised in just 36 hours. This year things might get crazier still, with over $15000 worth of items (as of today) to be raffled off: last year for every $1 in prizes, $7 was donated.

Over the two days of streaming you’ll get to see nearly every aspect of TF2: pub, highlander, 6v6, ultiduo, MGE, surfing, jumping and crate unboxing simulator 2k7. At the same time you get to enter continuous raffles for prizes, and there’s some really interesting ones. Like the chance to win every craft and promotion hat in the game, or the contents of 200 crates.

I was going to paste a Eurofied time schedule of the event here, but since daylight savings time ends in Europe this weekend my brain broke trying to convert the timezones. So take a look at the official schedule here and figure it out for yourself, or trust my time conversion skills.

Day 1 schedule

 

Mar. 29Time CET/CESTTime EST
Intro17:00 CET12:00 PM
Highlander NA vs EU18:00 CET1:00 PM
Pub20:00 CET3:00 PM
1v1 MGE Tourney21:00 CET4:00 PM
Pub22:00 CET5:00 PM
2v2 BBall Tourney23:00 CET6:00 PM
Pub00:00 CET7:00 PM
Ultiduo Tourney01:00 CET8:00 PM
Randomizer Pub03:00 CEST9:00 PM
Surf04:00 CEST10:00 PM
Day 1 Wrap Up06:00 CEST12:00 AM

Day 2 schedule

 

Mar. 30Time CESTTime EST
Intro18:00 CEST12:00 PM
6v6 NA vs EU19:00 CEST1:00 PM
Pub21:00 CEST3:00 PM
2v2 MGE Tourney22:00 CEST4:00 PM
9v9 RTD23:00 CEST5:00 PM
Jump00:00 CEST6:00 PM
Pub02:00 CEST8:00 PM
Uncrating03:00 CEST9:00 PM
Dota Fortress04:00 CEST10:00 PM
Day 2 Wrap Up06:00 CEST12:00 AM
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It certainly doesn’t look like Sweet Harmony in Prem

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March 29th News


SuddenlyStarMia — What better catalyst is there for a new article than fresh drama? With Highlander interest in the EU reaching higher levels (article to come out later), and Prem being a hotbed of upsets this season while we are only three weeks in! It has rejuvenated my motivation for writing gossip articles, and it’s time to recap it for the first half of the season. I apologise in advance for unintentionally upsetting any players or teams with my awful puns.

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TF2 by the Numbers – Season 17 Playoffs Round 1

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March 22nd News


Gentleman Jon —ETF2L Season 17 regular season has drawn to a close and we now face the blood and guts, do or die, go-home-with-your-shield-or-on-it playoffs to decide who will bathe in the rarefied glow of ultimate victory. I’ll be doing a little preview of the matches as they come along, starting with Dotter vs Awsomniacs. After that for the terminally short of anything better to do there’s some ramblings describing how I calculate the rating.

Before we begin, no logs involving the dropped team now known as Bonne Ambiance 2k14 have been used.

Awsomniacs vs Dotter

There’s very little to separate Dotter and Awsomniacs during the regular season, the Frenchies only finishing one point ahead in the final standings. Their individual match went the way of Awsomniacs but only by the narrowest of margins via a golden cap win on Process and a 3-2 victory on Viaduct. It seems from their league records that Awsomniacs have a miniscule edge.

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Top 5 TF2 bloopers – Dec 2013 & Jan 2014

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March 10th Movies
Tagged: bloopers Duder eXtelevision eXtv Lucky Luke


Lucky Luke — This is the 7th edition of the Top 5 TF2 bloopers of the month, with  Duder on the mic! Make sure you submit your bloopers for this series via our clip submission form!

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ETF2L Premiership: Curiouser and Curiouser

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March 8th Gossip
Tagged: etf2l Gossip premiership Season 17


Admirable — I wrote a few words about the recent goings-on in the division they call Premiership outlining all the juicy gossip you need to be aware of in the lead up to the ETF2L Season 17 Playoffs.

“With two weeks until ETF2L’s Season 17 powered by Tt eSports Premiership Playoffs begin I felt it would be timely to research and report on a few recent movements and mishaps that have taken place amidst one of the closest seasons we have witnessed in Europe since some bright spark thought it would be a good idea to put numlocked, Mike and Stefan on the same team. Bear witness to the fruits of my labour below.”

Caution is advised when reading the gasoline soaked words over on TeamFortressTV. I won’t be held responsible for any singed eyebrows.

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TF2 Ultiduo tournament by Just Play! and TragicServers

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March 5th Announcement


wrech — Hello everyone!

Just Play! and TragicServers.com are pleased to announce our first-ever European TF2 Ultiduo Tournament! This tournament is being held to announce the grand opening of Just Play’s European MGE location connect eu-mge.justplay.tf:27015

When

Sunday, March 9th @ 6PM Central European Time (12PM EST, 9AM PST)

Where

Frankfurt, Germany.
Servers provided by TragicServers.com
Mumble: mumble.justplay.tf (port 64738)
Practice server: connect eu1.justplay.tf:27015

Tournament Information

Mode: Ultiduo (2v2)
Map: ultiduo_baloo by mkk - screenshots
Format: Single Elimination (live brackets will be provided by challonge)
Bracket Size: 16 Teams (32 Players)
Entry Fee: 1 KEY PER TEAM – All proceeds will be donated directly to TipOfTheHats.org!
Matches will be Best of 3 Rounds, Semi-Finals and Finals will be Best of 5 Rounds

Tournament Rules

  • Both team members must in mumble and ready to play by no later than 6:15PM CET
  • Allowed Medic weapons: Syringe Gun, Crusaders Crossbow, Medi-Gun, Ubersaw, Bonesaw
  • Allowed Soldier weapons: Rocket Launcher, Original, Shotgun, Gunboats, Escape Plan, Market Gardner, Shovel

Prizes

  • First Place: Three (3) months TragicServers.com TF2 server rental – Germany (each player)
  • Second Place: Two (2) months TragicServers.com TF2 server rental – Germany (each player)

Coverage

Coverage for this event is being provided by our amazing friends over at eXtv!!!

Signups

The signup form for this event is over on our website: http://justplay.tf/forums/topics/44

Use promo JUSTPLAY for 20% OFF LIFETIME Game Servers (16+ slots) and Virtual Private Servers!
Promotion available for a limited time, so act fast!

Good Luck!

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ETF2L Highlander Season 6 – Premiership Preview

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March 4th Announcement
Tagged: etf2l highlander NA tf2


Hildreth — Who would have thought this time last year when SNSD were adding shelves to their growing trophy cabinet that India would be the new superpower in European Highlander? Well I may be perhaps exaggerating the influence of the sub-continent country but alas, a team bearing the international flag with their long standing esteemed nayak Pancake took the ETF2L crown and established themselves as the current best team in Europe. I am of course talking about Kill Switch who claimed this accolade with a win over Highpander in a DDOS affected Final and earning themselves a hefty 500 Euros to convert into rupees and pay their multi-national roster. 3rd placed side Itsallgood arguably gave Kill Switch a harder game than the final itself as they narrowly lost the regular season playoff match with the champions, earning a respectable bronze whilst former champions DAROUTOUTOU and SNSD came 4th and 5th respectively. Former runners-up Parrot Gapers dropped after one match whilst, Legolas were relegated via playoffs losing to Division  1 runners-up Stacked who finished behind Chessclub Techniques, both securing a Premiership spot for this season. Finally Sookie Doing Work, finishing 6th place did secure themselves another season in the top flight however amid some roster troubles they have folded and this leaves one spot available in the Premiership for Season 6.

So there you have a quick recap of Season 5 and how it impacts season 6’s proceeding, ultimately we have seen a rise in a “new generation” of teams in Europe with some of the old guard being knocked off the top and the rest being succumbed to history. The result of this is nothing short of fantastic, as between seasons we have seen the new established top teams building, the former champions reshaping their rosters to rise back to glory and new additions to Prem coming in with ambitions beyond avoiding relegation. To make up the numbers, the newest addition to ETF2L Prem is a challenge like no other for our resident European teams, the challenge of the Americans in the form of current UGC Platinum leaders  Electric Temptations putting out a side to try and snatch the intercontinental cash monies. Speaking of money, the prizes they are all fighting over will be a €1000 prizepool thanks to another anonymous donation (this league is floating with charitable rich sponsors) and courtesy of TteSports by Thermaltake, nine sexy Tt BLACK Gaming Mice will be won and handed out to the winning team alongside their slice of €500, with second place settling for €350 and third place getting to share €150 euros.

Excited? No?! What if I told you Admirable was playing Medic this season for one of the teams? Convinced now? I thought so…onwards to the previews!

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