That was the great season of the anti-quickfix mafia in IM, probably my favorite season of tf2.
I still remember watching the cast of the IM finals that season where I believe it was Seanbud queried as to why we didn't use it - and his co-caster said that we were weirdos who had blackballed the item and we were also accused of "being afraid of changing the meta" if only we had been listened to! lol.
When Killing announced it would be legal, John Milter was the first person I contacted with the idea of blackballing it and it grew from there to include every team in the division for the most part :D Although apparently nobody told Mangachu's team - they still didn't use it out of the interest of keeping TF2 good. It helped that most of us had been playing with or against each other (and rays pugs and norcal/Milk pugs!) for years. The crusade wouldn't have been possible without the Rent-a-Homies, Chill2good ratio, Dragonball Jav, Meat Market, -=eGO=-, HURRICANE, 6cuties, Playground Tactics, and Sal's Canal's support.
We nicknamed Servo the "chaos pocket" because he constantly showed up at times and places you never expected.
This is my best memory of s14 though lol https://imgur.com/a/KGjSF
I also tried to find that cast and couldn't, but I did find one I did over the July 4th break of Sal's Canal vs. Rent-a-Homies ... Unfortunately our friend Sal does not appear :( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbe88nic8xE
Collected s14 stories:
That was also the season where we had to cut Sinner (our pocket) because an old lady blew through a red light and ran over him with her car and broke his arm in two places, but that hero STILL showed up for scrims that night after getting out of the hospital and demanded to attempt to play because it was just his keyboard arm that he couldn't use. We ended up stealing Kermit (of HRG and Pandemic fame) from Mason's team - and he was easily one of the funniest people I've ever met.
We also had to cut our original roamer (SkaBOSS) because he went out to a club on a Friday night, and in a freak case of mistaken identity, was arrested on suspicion of being a cocaine dealer named Sanchez, and despite his protests to the contrary, and his identification stating he was another person, he was beaten by police and refused medical care while waiting in jail. The Air Force, for whom he worked, eventually intervened and got him out, and he ended up suing the bar owner and the police department, and bought his own bar with the settlement money. But he couldn't play due to his injuries (concussion and stitches in his head) and legal needs. So we got Frio, who had twice won IM only to be cut at the end of each season :D
That was also the season where my house flooded completely at the start of the off season and resulted in me not performing over well in my tryouts to try to get on Rick_ and Marmaduke's invite team (due to having to completely gut my house all day for weeks) - although they did take my ol' buddy Sezco, who conspired to get me on the team anyways. After a poor start, so the story goes, Marmaduke confided in Sezco that changes were going to have to be made if they didn't improve, so Sezco decided to start throwing to get me on the team, but instead, his plan back fired because he threw so hard that Marmaduke cut both their original medic AND Sezco! Sezco would go on to play with me for the remainder of the season lol.
Also this: https://youtu.be/RlHvKvwNPgM and Chriz's frag show from that season: https://youtu.be/SqsTRVbdgs8
I miss those days it was my favorite time in TF2 :(