We use Discord bots to manage our match channels and reporting system. We have brand new versions of all bots being deployed for next season that should make interacting with them more fluid and efficient.
There are a couple features we’ve been curious to test to see how they affect matches and user satisfaction. These include:
- FACEIT point prizes for the Beginner and Amateur seasonal leaderboards. Offering prizes for top placements in division without ceilings has been challenging because as people climb the leaderboard they generally move out of the division they are climbing through. Despite this, we are going to put a small 1000 FACEIT point prize for the top 5 spots on the Beginner and Amateur leaderboards, just to see how it goes. This will only be conducted in NA TF2PL S2.
- Duo queueing for the Beginner division. Many have requested the ability to play with friends, especially when facing the intimidating prospect of diving into competitive for the first time. Our main concern is that this may lead to some players being boosted out of Beginner division too easily, but since duo queueing would not be enabled for any upper divisions, such cases may correct themselves naturally. We will be monitoring the situation closely to see how it affects user experience and match balance. This will be conducted in both NA TF2PL S2 and EU TF2PL S1.
Phasing Out Division Moveups
As stated earlier, the moveup process has been an incredibly useful tool for helping to populate all of the divisions to a point where they are all reliably active. However, now that the first season has passed and the divisions are populated it is time for us to begin phasing out the manual moveup process in favor of letting Elo and player results take over as the guiding principle for player’s divisional placements. As of the beginning of Season 2 we will no longer be fulfilling moveups from Beginner to Amateur division except in EXTREME cases. It is our belief that if after a month of playing on TF2PL players should have been unable to demonstrate the level of dominance in Beginner required for a moveup. If not, it is best if left alone to happen naturally. Practically speaking, level ups can also only be performed by FACEIT devs so there is a concern about the sustainability of this option, so it is best for us to not be dependent on it. We will still offer moveups for EU TF2PL S1 before similarly phasing it out there in following seasons.
Many of you are as enthusiastic about TF2PL as we are, and we appreciate that. We will be organizing some supporter campaigns that involve grassroots promotion as well as ways for you to contribute to TF2PL monetarily. Some of you are many steps ahead of us with this and have already subscribed to our hub on FACEIT by paying a small fee. We really appreciate it and will be working to flesh out our supporter perks as soon as possible, to be announced soon. As TF2PL grows this becomes more and more important as our costs scale as well. Our goal is to take significant strides towards becoming self sustaining by the end of the year through offering great value to our supporters and offering a service that people will feel confident in supporting. To be clear, TF2PL and its core features will always remain free, so don’t worry about paywalls or anything like that.
There are season-end prizes to be distributed. Upon the end of NA TF2PL S1, we will be able to evaluate the S1 stats in full to determine the winners, then contact the winners and fulfill the prizes ASAP. Winners will be on April 1st, for the following prizes:
Unusual Hat Raffles
Unusual Hats raffle entries are earned for every 10 matches each season.
- Invite: Orbiting Fire Bonk Boy
- Advanced: Miami Nights Reggaelator
- Amateur: Circle Heart Valley Forge
- Beginner: Circling TF Logo Tyrant’s Helm
Medic Cash Prizes
Medic cash prizes are offered to the top 4 medics in each division based on total Ubercharges popped
- Invite: $25 to each of the top 4 medics
- Advanced: $20 to each of the top 4 medics
- Amateur: $15 to each of the top 4 medics
- Beginner: $10 to each of the top 4 medics
Finally, we’d like to also acknowledge FACEIT for all they’ve done to help TF2PL thrive in these early days. FACEIT have been a great partner in kickstarting TF2PL by providing servers, their matchmaking platform and ranking system, and perhaps most important of all the support of their developer team to help make sure TF2PL has been running smoothly. Many of the changes listed above would not have been possible without FACEIT’s constant willingness to cooperate with us. When FACEIT first began exploring the Hub system (that has now revolutionized their platform), the TF2 community was one of the first to be approached to be included, even over massive CSGO and DOTA2 communities, because they saw a great potential in our grassroots community and appreciated the flexibility of our community to work together with them for the greater good. We hope that by working with them we can help to shape the Hub system for the better while also pushing competitive TF2 to greater heights. They, like us, are always open feedback and are committed to improving their services day in and day out. So now, together we are setting our sights to the future and bigger and better things.
Thank you all for your time and continued support of TF2PL!
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