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#16 Define your anti-sandbagging rules in TF2 General Discussion

So my friend, I get that the point of this topic is about sandbagging and rules being unclear.

I understand it is not very fun to login and play TF2 and get smashed by experienced/better players. I get that, however I do want to mention one specific thing on the topic of Sandbagging. As a concept it was born out of a massive desire from people in the community complaining about losing because "This team had a Higher level Scout".

This is a competitive league, we're playing competitive games, the objective of the game is to win, the reason teams might sign up is ultimately, to win. Nobody signs up to lose. Some people may care more about having fun, having close games than actually challenging your potential to be the best player in the division or the best team, I do not have any issue with this, just that if you think a league should be designed specifically to prevent sandbagging then you should just not play competitive TF2 and play in house PUGs or Lobbies.

There can only be so many teams in the Top divisions, I know I have spent a ton of time in the Top Divisions and a ton of time just outside it, plenty of times there have been players good enough to play at the top level within the right structure in 1 or 2 divisions lower, but these players prioritised fun over competition, but they are not allowed to compete at a lower level because they are "Too good?".

Leagues made moves to stop sandbagging specifically, to be honest I personally am astounded people sign up to competitive gaming leagues and not want to play against the best. I was (and still am) a Middie, trying to be the best I can be, I used to sign up to Cups and play highest level we were allowed because I wanted to play better players and improve.

Sandbagging is an overblown issue made up by people who are not good at the game and have no desire to improve, they just don't enjoy losing. Well guess what, that's gaming, nobody likes losing, I hated playing Sev7n most because they toasted us most the times we played, we all want close games and if you're not good enough, you'll get toasted - but if you sign up to a competitive league and don't expect to play against better players then you're living in a fantasy world. Tell me what is the point of competitive TF2 when people don't want to compete but rather play vs someone they know they can beat. Everyone can be beaten if you try hard enough, people who complain about it I bet you a sum of money they don't work as hard to be as good as the person crushing them in the game. I bet they don't sit there studying Demos of better teams, seeing what they do that makes them better. I'd actually rather these people don't even play the game, yes the game has been slowly shrinking but when I watch a TF2 game it's still of a very high standard mechanically, even if the scene is about 4x smaller than it was back in 2010, it's a ton better. Understand if you sign up to play in a league, you're signing up to get smashed. I knew that everytime I registered my team, I know a thing or two about being wrecked 5-0 in 10 minutes.

I am not advocating let Top level players go into Open and win every game 5-0 in 6 minutes. There should be measures in place to prevent the NEW players from being purposely targetted by higher skill groups that prefer to just roll worse players than test themselves competitively. At some point though, as a "New player" you got to climb and test yourself. You are NEW until you play your first game, then you're no longer new, simple as this. Also it's obvious but you should not allow a much better team to play together a skill level lower when the previous season they were doing well at a skill level above, these are common sense rules - However if you did allow such a thing, it has to be because there are so many good teams at a High level already, it is a great opportunity for the lower level teams to play the best - You only become better when you play against better, it's a rare opportunity.

But in the case of 1 former Invite or Premiership player off-classing isn't the same as a team delibrately going down. What this does will create a sort of economy of free agents, people can't drop down a level to find a new team to grow with because they're too good but cannot get on another team. Or force teams to disband before the season even starts.

Somewhere everyone forgot what they were actually doing was playing competitive TF2. I am glad I don't play anymore, but if I did, I have more experience than almost every player on ETF2L, even at a high level and if I played Demoman tomorrow in Div 3, majority, if not all of the players would be better than me. Experience isn't an edge, otherwise Pele and Maradona would still be playing football.

posted 5 months ago
#1 Remove Stream in Requests

Hi,

My channel: https://www.twitch.tv/hildreth1

I would like my stream to be removed from the sidebar, I do not stream TF2 anymore, just Poker and this community is probably not appropriate viewing audience for this. Enjoyed my time here, never will forget, love you all.

Thank you.

Regards
Henry.

posted 6 months ago
#339 yomps has passed away. in TF2 General Discussion

Very sad to read, gone too young. Didn't know the man, but pay my respects to a great player all the same. RIP.

posted 8 months ago
#91 ETF2L Ban Policy in TF2 General Discussion

RIP Jan, you gave too much of your short life to these shitheads in this community.

posted about a year ago
#211 The nicest player? in TF2 General Discussion

Polk, Furbo, Marten, CeeJaey, CeeGee, Smirre, Caps, Extine, eMg Tyrone, Zesty, Garbuglio from my 1 LAN of speaking to him - So many old school people I met were super nice, too many to name.

posted about a year ago
#199 describe your tf2 career in 3 words or less. in TF2 General Discussion

Far too long.

posted about a year ago
#201 My Story With Dashner: A Thread in TF2 General Discussion

Finally what people I know have thought about Dashner for a decade being revealed to be true (that is a sociopath and fucked up in the head) sadly to be more fucked up then I ever thought, feel bad for people who had to interact with him.

Good luck TF2 community, enjoy the morality driven arguments in this thread from the useless forum dwelling children, I just hope good people left can recover from this and the BTS LAN cancelling and keep the community going.

posted about a year ago
#9 Breaking a Stalemate in TF2 General Discussion

Quit the game then you don't have to worry about breaking the stalemate.

posted about a year ago
#40 Would you kill if God asked you to? in Off Topic

Geniunely surprised this isn't a Sheepy thread.

posted about a year ago
#8 TFNew in need of coaches in Projects
sagenothing attracts newcomers to comp more than long maptalks
maybe allowing coaches to play medic like in previous newbie cups would help

If people have the right attitude it's not a big deal, my team have all been in every session with 1 or 2 extra subs, teams we scrim end up with 1-2 mercs. They listen to every word, they crush scrims. I think coaches being part of the roster just adds to the problem that if they have scrims they have to find a sub medic or have a totally seperate schedule in the ETF2L off-season.

Lay out ground rules about turning up, explaining why you're late - give the most dedicated / available (all of my team been dedicated but not all been available) the opportunity to play.

And coaching styles, I won't judge but I feel like some of the coaches speak about the wrong things in their sessions, mine are focused one what new players need the most. It's evident from the results of my scrims.

posted about a year ago
#62 what happend to tftv in Site Discussion
eevvHildretheevvwhat happen to tfv ?well.... personaly i think it s toxic ppl who down frag and make u feel like noob but there is plugin (chrome) to turn negative frag into positive and positive into positve and you can also turn of negative frag and positive frag and this way when yuo turn of positive + negative you dont see toxic and increase tftv lifespan (try it)
My friend if you get bothered by bunch of forum dwellers downvoting your posts, I fear for you in life, shit literally doesn't matter.
help

Every downvote is building your character my friend. In fact I think it is my duty as a human being to downvote every post you ever made. You'll thank me for it when you're CEO of Apple or whatever you kids are into these days.

posted about a year ago
#43 what happend to tftv in Site Discussion
eevvwhat happen to tfv ?well.... personaly i think it s toxic ppl who down frag and make u feel like noob but there is plugin (chrome) to turn negative frag into positive and positive into positve and you can also turn of negative frag and positive frag and this way when yuo turn of positive + negative you dont see toxic and increase tftv lifespan (try it)

My friend if you get bothered by bunch of forum dwellers downvoting your posts, I fear for you in life, shit literally doesn't matter.

posted about a year ago
#124 b4nny doesn't support iseries in TF2 General Discussion

Have to say with a few very minor exceptions, b4nny is the only one to have continously played this game since basically near it's release. Nice that the "endboss" still plays the game but if you do the same shit for 10 years you'll eventually get bored of it. I wouldn't return to play even if they offered real prizes, rather work a Job. Couldn't pay me to sit in another 10 minute stalemate waiting for a Sniper to get a kill.

For those who still want to play the game, good luck, if you want to see the game be more than it is you need to do radical changes, maybe not what b4nny wants but some drastic overhaul. I think the game been okay the time it's existed, a community game with a lot of passion - sure be nice to have a bit more to play for but overall been worth it.

posted about a year ago
#20 A follow up on opinion articles in News
BrockGetawhalesamifaceDear god anything that gets us talking about something other than the state of tf2 so i can stop being so tempted to drink the bleach i soak my hair in
u wont do it pussy

thats not funny.

also I'm all for more articles like this as long as they are unbiased and fact driven.

Biased articles are kind of bread and butter of journalism, fact driven matters yes but if we as a community are supposed to be responding to opinion articles, part of the point is to use your own intelligence to decide if the "facts" presented (if any) are correct, or if the opinion has merit. Lot of opinion is based off of personal experience, that said me having 11k hours of TF2 presenting an opinion about state of TF2 has a bit more merit than someone with 1k hours, isn;t to say the 1k hour guy can produce a better argument and use better facts to present their argument, nor they are wrong and I am right, in fact it can be completely the opposite but experience = merit and as a reader you need to understand if the merit outweighs what is presented. As humans for example we psychologically respond to politicians who say things to get elected but in reality we have no meaningful insight, I think a good example if people who voted for Brexit hating NHS waiting times liking what they hear about the 35 million a week or whatever sent to the EU, but economist know it isn't that simple from an equilibrium stand point, but if you like what you hear your mind is made up without questioning merit.

Disagreeing is fine, but having independent thought is main lesson you can gain from reading someone elses thought because if you don't you turn into a forum of sheep, which is one of the issues with TF.TV when it starts witch hunting people.

posted about a year ago
#19 A follow up on opinion articles in News
mustardoverlordIf anyone is interested in reading things about actual tf2 gameplay but that are nonetheless extremely opinionated and honest I’d prolly be down to try it

I don't really have same passion for TF2 anymore but back in the day these were some of my favourite things, starting back in like 2009-2011 or whenever with Power Rankings, pieces with contributions from lot of regular Prem players/commentators - Admirable was best at opinion pieces as he was unbiased and articulated well. VanillaTF2 was great to just put up an article about any topic, whether it was Prem 6s, Mid 6s, Highlander, etc etc.

They can also make a bigger difference then you think, one of the great compliments I had is I did a piece about "state of European HL and dominance of SNSD" where I criticised how EU HL had been managed compared to NA TF2 (though I was part of the management team so some of it was self-criticism) but also production and I remember being told by BlackOut Jon that it helped inspire BlackOutTV - Many other players tell me some articles I wrote inspire them to contribute to the community too. Though my content used to range from serious, to controversial to damn right silly or just trolling (UGC days in particular), some of it very immature but reflects my age really. It's embarassing to read now but at the time, people enjoyed it and I think making the point to directly criticise UGC Admins who were way out line at the time was important.

It does make me go back to 2009 and seeing likes of eXtine do eXtv and commentate and you think "I can do this" or "wouldn't it be great if we had more content like this regular, live streams and so forth?" Of course nowadays streaming is normal part of TF2, but back in the day every article / contribution was an influx of activity that allowed the community to be alive. I always think the day TF2 dies is the day there is an unlock discussion and everyone agrees or stops caring. I may be of the opinion adapting to unlocks is better than complaining about their effect on the game but it doesn't change the pure fact that disagreements = passion to the game. Everyone I ever argued with online was passionate about TF2, and that is the main thing. It's also why outside the competition, you can be friends with vast majority of people or at least share a drink and a conversation.

But the best articles were DJC when he wrote for MyGamingEdge, amazing mix of satire, comedy, opinion and it was mostly focused on performance of individuals. And speaking to DJC you'd learn he actually had a lot of respect for good players but man he did love to call it how he saw it. Admirable too. Even Kaidus back in the day. Good times for writing. Many more I forgotten but so many good articles, just remember to proof-read kids.

posted about a year ago
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