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#19 ETF2L bans the Loch-n-Load in 6s in TF2 General Discussion

Official ban reason (especially the initial one that mentioned "no downsides") does feel out of touch. The main upside is 25% faster pipes, and an argument can be made that the downsides don't compensate enough for it. Hitting a direct pipe on someone is a big deal and often decides the outcome of a fight or a hold. LnL allows demo to do the same but "cheaper", without exposing himself to danger as much. More people have become better with it and started running it full-time at high level, which makes it more apparent that the weapon is an upgrade rather than a sidegrade.

Iron bomber is also an upgrade in almost every scenario, but the difference is that it doesn't really push the demo's upper limit as a class like LnL does. I've never seen anyone say that they'd rather fight a demo with randomly tumbling pipes than IB, because people on both sides prefer a healthier / more consistent gameplay experience with less RNG.

When it comes to stuff like crossbow, gunboats and other straight upgrades, they should evaluated with regards to overall class balance. Before the auto-reloading crossbow, medic was considered to be the most boring and mechanically shallow class, and with it the class feels "in line" with the rest. People had been saying that soldier was the weakest class and scout is the strongest for some time in the past, but the gunboats plugin (a straight buff to soldier) seemed to fix this discrepancy.

I'd say people are more upset about the reasoning rather than the ban itself, and I think it's fair because stuff like that doesn't inspire much confidence in future decision-making process.

posted 7 months ago
#27 Hey, can we please ban wall bugs in tournaments? in TF2 General Discussion

Wallbugs were banned in the past and people decided to unban them, would be awkward to reverse on that now. They're cool to execute, but they still look janky as hell to any newbies or outsiders. I'd rather have an actual visible ledge somewhere high up instead, like the spots on gully 2nd, lamps on gully mid or vents on metal, something that is clearly communicated to everyone. Knowing wallbug spots shouldn't be some sacred right reserved for those who bother to read forums or check the maps with clip brushes on.

posted 10 months ago
#29 What can we do to stop the scene from dying in EU? in TF2 General Discussion

I think this section in the pinguefy's video describes the issue with the comp scene pretty well: https://youtu.be/iHtmqtsRi3I?t=1577

6v6 tf2 is like a separate game with zero marketing, barely anyone is talking about it in casual tf2 crowd, so it's actually a small miracle whenever someone learns about and becomes fully engaged with the game mode. Wouldn't say the scene is in danger of dying off though, unless the leagues say that they would pull the plug at some specifically low number of teams. Otherwise, current players wouldn't see much difference in how the game plays for them, whether the number of teams goes down to 50 or up to 200.

Most of what could be done has been done already, so now we can just wait for valve to make tf3 by 2035 or some eastern oil prince to fund etf2l out of enthusiasm.

posted about a year ago
#56 See your medic's uber% on hud in Customization
SamusIs it just a QOL improvement when it also removes the "element of team discussion/comms" if you never have to ask or look at your Medic for this info again because you have the exact % on your screen, wherever you are, and your Medic doesn't have to speak up about it anymore?

If the answer to this question is "no, it's not just QoL, it's an exploit", then you'd also have to ban medic's uber-related chat binds, because it effectively accomplishes the same thing by showing uber info on HUD and reducing reliance on comms. Except, in this case, medic is the one pressing buttons to give info, instead of the other way around. Also chat is not called "Spectator GUI" in the game files, so I guess it adds legitimacy. Many people use these binds and, from my experience, it's seen as a sign of competence, not as exploit abuse.

SamusTF2 leagues are left to decide what is an exploit that is still 'okay' and what isn't.

Yeah, it's tough, but that's the hand we're dealt. Adding more clarity and examples to the rules would definitely help, so that people wouldn't ask what is allowed as often. "Just ban exploits, gimmicks and all that shady stuff" is an attractive and easy solution, I just don't think it's always right for the game with bare minimum dev support.

posted about a year ago
#47 See your medic's uber% on hud in Customization
SamusI'll take the bait I guess.

Explaining your reasoning is a part of the communication process, it provides ground for discussion. People expect admins to justify their decisions in the first place, no matter how obvious or ambiguous the reasons are. Thanks for giving a response anyway.

Samusshould only be available to spectators

"It should be" is an opinion unless someone from Valve actually comes out and confirms what it really should be (don't think this ever happened).

Samusyou also need to keep activating it after dying

Yeah, it's buggy, but what can you do. A lot of mechanics in this game are janky to use. (wallbugs are still allowed, right?)

SamusWithout the edit you cannot see it on your HUD.

Fair, but you can hear it in your comms with very little effort on your medic's part, so this doesn't reveal any secret information that you didn't have access to before. Editing HUDs in general is not a part of in-game options and knowing how to do it already provides a tangible advantage.

SamusPeople who don't use this are at a big disadvantage compared to those who do

It's arguable how "big" this disadvantage really is, but I tend to trust admins to make these judgement calls. Would you say that teams with medics who don't use chat binds for ubers (50%, 100%, faked, used, etc.) are also at a big disadvantage compared to those who do?

SamusIf Valve intended for this to be just available they would have added this to the player HUD together with the team health, but they didn't.

If Valve intended for this to be available to spectators only, they would have fixed it years ago or restricted it with cvars, but they didn't. Valve also intended for 6v6 gamemode to be played within their matchmaking with default dx9 graphics. Valve forgot to fix Iron Bomber hitbox and only remembered recently, what if they also forgot to put uber % in match hud? It seems to fit there just fine. It's usually hard to tell what exactly Valve's intentions are, so I think this decision should be kept purely between admins and players.

This "exploit" is not a fresh discovery either, so I guess it just hasn't been brought to admins' attention before. I can also claim that this is an "accessibility feature" for people who can't speak very much, and that we shouldn't discriminate against them (lol). Either way, this uber % on hud thing seems very negligible to me, so I'm fine with whatever the final decision is.

posted about a year ago
#39 See your medic's uber% on hud in Customization
Tholei think going off gut instinct for a lot of this shit is part of what makes tf2 so much better than its peers. tons of crucial information is not really just given to you 24/7. better players will have better gut instinct when it comes to uber ad/disad, enemy health, how many stickies your demo has loaded, etc. all part of the charm and skill ceiling.

Fair, but when things like match hud, player outlines and heal target's ammo count were added to the game, they were seen as welcome quality of life updates, and not as some crutches for bad players. Medics have been using chat binds with uber info for years, and this uber on hud thing kind of accomplishes the same thing.

I agree that using your "gut feeling" to anticipate enemy health and ubers is a part of the game's skill ceiling, but I don't think that in a serious comp setting people should ever rely on this feeling to figure out what their medic's uber is. Making a call that you have uber once you get it doesn't exactly take a lot of game mastery either, and to me it seems more like busywork, rather than good game sense.

posted about a year ago
#16 Offi: browser plugin in Projects
Tea* ETF2L names in logs

This is great, time to ditch the tf2 stars extension.

posted about a year ago
#20 #savetf2 in TF2 General Discussion

I'm glad that comp community is capable of keeping TF2 playable without relying on Valve to do anything. Not sure why some people still prefer casual over community servers, is leveling up your menu badge really that appealing?

posted about a year ago
#1 stream request in Requests

6s + hl + chess

posted about a year ago
#11 rahThread: Class nerf discussion in TF2 General Discussion
  1. Arrows heal for the same amount of hp, but over time (< 1 sec) instead of instantly
  2. Sniper's zoom charge gets reduced by a bit whenever he takes damage
  3. Reflected projectiles do normal damage instead of mini-crit
  4. Some kind of nerf / fix to resup bind (e.g., overwatch healing zone in spawn?), so that it doesn't feel like a gimmick to use or play against
posted about a year ago
#2 Teammate respawn timer location inconsistent in Customization

I also was trying to figure it out in the past as this timer has always bothered me. These animations are controlled by "event TeamStatus_PlayerDead" and "event TeamStatus_PlayerAlive" in hudanimations_tf.txt (https://github.com/Hypnootize/TF2-Default-Hud/blob/master/scripts/hudanimations_tf.txt#L1591). Changing "ypos" to the same value in lines with "respawntime" in both events will make respawn timer appear in the same location every time iirc.

posted about a year ago
#34 Russia Invades Ukraine in World Events
DCSIs this view popular amongst Russians or is it just young folks thinking like this?

2014 Crimea events did boost putin's approval rating amongst his core electorate, mainly because it was quick and bloodless, but right now the situation is completely different. The excuses that russian propaganda came up with (denazification of Ukraine) were so terrible that even zombified by tv putin fans have a hard time wrapping their heads around it.

The worrying part is that putin knows about the negative effects of waging war (lower ratings, hit on economy), and he invades anyway, without a care for any repercussions. The only conclusion seems to be that he acts out of pure imperial ambitions, pretending to be a 'unifier of russian lands', and nobody can tell where these ambitions will end. I hope that people of Ukraine stay safe and that putin forgets where he put the nuclear briefcase.

posted about a year ago
#84 iron bomber fix when? in TF2 General Discussion
Maki wna play tf2 not randomdiv2playerfortress2

Pretty sure that random div 2 players also take part in deciding what map pool and whitelist should be in all divs, and that admins are capable of taking separate feedback from prem players into account. But I agree that it's better to balance the game around the highest level of competition, even if something doesn't seemingly appeal to the majority of playerbase.

Maki think the point about keeping the game as true as possible to vanilla is more important than u may give it credit for

This is actually the reason why I prefer plugins to weapon bans, to keep as many vanilla mechanics in the game as possible. The plugin precisely removes one problematic upside of IB, but the ban cuts out both of its mechanics (hitbox + rollers) from the game, so I don't see how bans make the game more "vanilla" (unless by vanilla you mean 2011 tf2 without unlocks or something). Of course, I don't want to see etf2l turn into creators.tf with 100 new custom weapons, but if a plugin simply refines the game that we're already playing, then I can only welcome it.

posted about 2 years ago
#64 iron bomber fix when? in TF2 General Discussion
MakNot really playing tf2 if u can tweak things so massively.

How can changing one stat on a weapon be more massive than banning the weapon entirely? Plugin just makes IB hitbox same as stock, but the ban removes slow rollers mechanic as well, and I don't see as many people having problems with that as with the hitbox. If anything, seeing every demo switch to stock because of IB ban would make the game feel less like tf2.

Winger plugin was used on etf2l for however many seasons now, it doesn't fix any bugs, nobody made any petitions asking for it to be added, it's literally a balance patch for one weapon. There was zero controversy, I didn't hear a single person say that it's bad for the game somehow. A plugin made the game ever so slightly better, so I don't see how "whitelists are fine, but using plugins is a bit too far" argument has any ground. And at this point I trust twiikuu (and comp community as a whole) to make balance changes for tf2 many times more than anyone sitting at valve right now.

There was a similar discussion of IB ban about a year ago and nothing came out of it (no bans or plugins adopted). I hope this time admins take initiative to actually figure out what solution is better instead of sweeping the problem under the rug for another year.

posted about 2 years ago
#18 included middle ban in TF2 General Discussion

This ban looks like a joke the expense of league rules. Would middle still get a ban if admins saw the evidence of what happened but didn't get any reports from his teammates? If there is "other stuff", why isn't it mentioned in the ban reason? How long do you get banned for if you decide to eat sandvich in spawn instead of defending your last?

posted about 2 years ago
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