Some of us may remember end-of-the-season division award articles piloted by london calling
from way back in the day. Well, it's time to bring it back. Given how crazy competitive Div-2 was this season, I wanted to do some awards to showcase how incredible players from various classes and rosters were. These were all voted on by the players, for the players. As you will soon see, there was plenty of love and respect all around. Please keep in mind these are for regular season performances only, as the initial ballots were sent out around the conclusion of week 8.
Ten of the twelve teams submitted candidates (usually accompanied by a second pick) for each award, whether it was by their leader or a team vote. Naturally, the player with the most votes takes home the gold. I was gonna try and make scuffed little medals but that's beyond my abilities. Any statistical data will come courtesy of a spreadsheet that louster200, JMaxchill, and ire worked on throughout the season (some data may be weird off incomplete logs). And so we have the Season 4 Div-2 Awards! Eight categories and eight prestigious recipients, let us meet them posthaste.
Runner-up: golden - The Box Tap
After his first season at a higher level, it's safe to say that golden
impressed. He routinely put up ridiculous statlines on logs, and was a very high-impact player overall. golden
boasts one of the highest average kills per match among eligible players (as in ignoring people who only have a match or two). Not only that, he sports a 2:1 K/D ratio on top of it all. This means he was always alive to help protect lucrative
. Really interested in seeing how golden continues to improve and progress.
Winner: owib - Jelqers
were dominant during the regular season, it should come as no surprise to see their Scout owib
here. Simply put, he put up insane numbers on a consistent basis. His 283 average DPM was the best among all Scouts, with only golden
being in the same ballpark at 263. Whether through his own sheer DM or following up on Juju
's damage output, owib
was collecting frags like trading cards. Want a beast uber? He's there. Want to kill two Soldiers bombing your Medic? He's there. Jelqers
as a whole were very solid on their fundamentals, and owib
was a huge part of that.
Runner-up: yam? - Jelqers
In only his second season of TF2, yam
has come out of nowhere and easily made a name for himself among the Div-2 Scouts. From the very beginning of the season, he put up insane numbers, had huge impact plays, and...turns out he's a cheater. This means that the de facto runner-up now falls into the hands of the player with the next highest votes. And that honor goes to zanda
from BLANC Esports
. He made plays across the board throughout Season 4, whether solo salvaging a fight or as part of a double sack with his flank partner Crasian
had one of his best statistical seasons ever, and his time here isn't quite done just yet.
Winner: mak - RHDP
After playing with Rodney & The Stangers
in Main last season, mak
entered Div-2 as part of RHDP
. He had himself a solid showing and his peers agreed, as four different teams voted him as their first choice for this category. Originally it was a secondary vote that gave mak
the push over yam
, but with the latter being disqualified it's a comfortable win here for the bird lover. Fun fact: mak
were the only other Scout pair (besides the Jelqer
Scouts) to score multiple votes each from the crowd, and it is mak
who reaps the benefits here.
Runner-up: KTB - Rat Party
This category needed not one but two tiebreakers to settle things between these leaders. In second, we have everyone's favorite rocket wizard. The ex-Invite Pocket Soldier still commands the respect of his opponents. KTB
had some fantastic solo ubers for his team and coordinated big bombs with both liam
. Sometimes he'd even bring out the shotgun for some nostalgic moments, too. KTB
's performance was a huge boon for Rat Party
, who fought and clawed their way in nearly every match this season.
Winner: Muse - BLANC Esports
All the way back during ESEA S18 Open, Muse
quietly had a very solid season as Pocket of Squid Squad
. Five years later, he returned to the class for his final two seasons of TF2 and had himself quite the run in Season 4. Muse
played a very loose-leash style of Pocket that let him show off his flexibility and creativity, even though at times it would lead to some stats that weren't pretty. But you know what stat is very pretty? Airshots. And Muse averaged a whopping 4.6 airshots per map, which lands him top three in the entire division. As he rides off into the sunset, Muse
can rest easy knowing he had the respect and support of his peers in the end.
Runner-up: voosh - KOTH & Ball Torture
Despite not playing since Season 2, voosh
returned to be a formidable Roamer once again. He reunited with ScrewB
, pairing up on the Soldier class with him for the third time in four seasons. While I don't have the precise stats to back it up, let's just say he was very efficient at giving his team uber advantage by killing Medics. As his team went through some roster shuffling throughout the season, voosh
's consistent presence on roamer certainly helped offset some of those player and class changes.
Winner: Crasian - BLANC Esports
The Best Roaming Soldier was a hotly contested topic, so let me break down the results for you. Nine out of the twelve roamers in this division received votes. Out of those nine, six roamers received multiple votes. But only one Soldier had three, and that distinction goes to Crasian
. This man is an enigma. From waddling around on Viaduct to solo bombing out of his own last, his gremlin powers know no bounds. His only predictable trait is his unpredictability. Combined with the range of his Pocket partner Muse
, both BLANC Esports
Soldiers narrowly take home the gold.
Runner-up: Juju - Jelqers
Even though he has played off and on over the last two years, Juju
still got it. As previously mentioned, Jelqers
had a fantastic regular season run and Juju
was at the center of it all with his high damage, low death output. Just a very solid performance in all aspects, there really is not much more you could ask for from a Demo honestly. Both Juju
and this category's winner were the clear candidates from all submissions, easily monopolizing this category by themselves.
Winner: artist - Honey Bacon Club
Absolutely no surprises here, as this award wasn't even close. Seven of the ten ballots had artist
as the best Demoman in Div-2 and one needs only to look at a random scrim or match log of his to see why. In the Demo pool, he was #1 in frags, #2 in assists, and #1 in damage while being #12 in deaths. Simply put, artist
painted maps with the blood of his enemies. He averaged 350+ DPM per match. The only two Demomen to break past the 300 DPM mark were him and lucrative
, with the latter barely making the cut at 304 DPM. artist
was one of two players to receive a majority of the votes in their respective category. We'll get to the other person momentarily.
Runner-up: Dank - Jelqers
Only four out of the twelve Medics received votes in this category, showing their separation from the rest of the pack. Of the three that didn't end up winning the title, Dank
notched one extra vote overall to land him here. And even though he started playing a couple weeks after the season started, Dank
put on a clinic of excellent Medic gameplay. His extremely low deaths per map combined with high ubers were a fantastic asset to the Jelqers
all season long. Dank
also ranked #1 in frags for all Medics. Who said that this was a support class?
Winner: rasta_ronald - Honey Bacon Club
Similar to his teammate artist
took this category and promptly ran away with it. He received six nominations, which were the second most by any player of any category - only outdone by artist
himself who took home seven votes. Survivability was the name of rasta
's game as he had the 2nd lowest average deaths of all Medics. His situational awareness was key to keeping himself alive and therefore keep his team in position to take fights with heals and uber. As part of a team that would overwhelm you with aggression and momentum, having rasta_ronald
on Medic meant that their heals were almost always on the field.
Runner-up: zanda - BLANC Esports
NATF2's most eastern-situated gamer snags the silver medal for Best Offclasser this season. zanda
was one of the premier Sniper players in Div-2, and would often open the door for BLANC Esports
with a Medic frag or help a last hold with a defensive pick prior to an enemy uber. Now most people know him for his Sniper, but he was also the primary Engineer offclasser on his team as well. However, I think it's safe to say his performances as the Australian is what launched him into the #2 spot.
Winner: gungon - Goon Squad
Sometimes all you need is one legendary match to win an award. Case in point: gungon
. This dude utterly destroyed The Box Tap
during their Viaduct meeting, dropping a disgusting 472 DPM on Sniper and ripping off 26 headshots to go alongside his 25 kills. That performance alone catapulted him to the top of everyone's list, earning votes from half the submissions. As a certain Canadian ex-Invite Medic put it: "Have not been decimated by a sniper more than by this guy in my 13 years of playing the game." Fear this man.
Runner-up: Pont - KOTH & Ball Torture
As one might expect, having the division come to a consensus over a most improved individual was the opposite of shooting fish in a barrel. A whopping 11 players were nominated for this category, though only three of them got multiple votes. Pont
's Scout was an unknown quantity heading into Season 4, as prior to that he only had one full season of experience under his belt. But he wreaked havoc on opposing flanks over the weeks en route to a 9-7 finish, just barely missing the playoffs.
Winner: je'mond - Big Melanin Gaming
With a three-way tie for this category, I had to ask the division for a redo. On the runback, je'mond
received the majority of support, taking 50% of the tiebreaker votes. After playing in Intermediate during Seasons 2 and 3, he and Big Melanin Gaming
made the jump into Div-2. Despite their record, the team was competitive from start to finish, grabbing rounds in all but three of their matches. je'mond
made huge contributions as both a player and leader, so make sure you give this man the RESPECT he deserves.
From start to finish, top to bottom, this season of Div-2 was one of the most competitive and exciting of any division of any season in the RGL era. Breakout stars, upsets, crazy matches, the whole nine yards. It will all end in a glorious finale as Honey Bacon Club squares off against The Box Tap tomorrow night in Grand Finals. You won't want to miss it, and thanks for reading.