A few changes.
Picking Order Adjusted
Team picking order is now A-BB-AA-B-A-B. This means that the team that gets first pick will also get the last player remaining at the end of the picking process. This is intended to equalize the picking advantage between captains and provide more balanced games.
Amateur/Open Division Changes
The Amateur division has been renamed to the Open division. Open division will allow join of levels 4-10 and queue of levels 1-10. Essentially, anyone who has leveled out of Beginner or been allowed a division moveup may play in the Open division. Open division will be a place for players of all skill levels to mingle. It will be under the same strict behavior enforcement as Beginner division.
Join those divisions here: NA Open, EU Open
New Cooldowns, Bans, Rules
-Abandoner penalty has been increased to 1 week. Don’t leave games. We hope this change will make abandons much more uncommon.
-Permanent bans will be handed to any users that deliberately or repeatedly disrupt the experience of other players and the smooth operation of TF2PL.
-Any live matches with an abandoner (entire 5 minute grace period passed, outcome of match not clearly decided) can and will be canceled if an admin is informed. Any concluded matches with an abandoner that need Elo reverted now can and will be properly handled. We're implementing a new pathway of communication with FACEIT to ensure the reversion of Elo in ruined matches.
All reports with no specific evidence will be discarded. It is highly recommended that you provide screenshots, chatlogs or stream VODs of the situations you are reporting. All reports with specific evidence submitted will be evaluated normally.
Medic Prizing Adjustment
Medic prizes for the top 4 medics by ubercharges popped will be delivered in the form of Mann Co keys. Prizes will scale per division, with no ceiling, and no rounding, as follows: Beginner - 1 key/100 ubers, Open - 2 keys/100 ubers, Advanced - 3 keys/100 ubers, Invite - 4 keys/100 ubers
Prizes from S3+4, in accordance with these changes, will be posted tomorrow in the Discord. Be sure to check if you won anything.