wolsneInstead of playing mixchamp, some guy named frkshw copy+pasted the source code for pugchamp and renamed it "Freak Pugs" and turned it into a Frankenstein version of Bear's poverty/aid pugs which is populated by mostly low open/ugc players.
I am the Head Admin / Owner of FreakPugs. I don't know what makes you think what you think but you should definitely try one of our pugs to see how it's really like, even multiple invite players were willing to try out freakpugs. Also, I did not make the Pug Site for Freakpugs, full credit goes to Minicircle for using PugChamp's open source code. And on the other hand, Mixchamp was not being played because of the number of donated servers that are dropping to an all time low, as said by tsc, which is why we recommend donating to them to help them out. We are also thinking about possibly donating our Dallas server to MixChamp if it is that big of a problem to the TF2 Pugging community. We prefer to keep freakpugs more like an in-house pug group than something bigger like PugChamp. As the whole purpose of freakpugs is to have fun in a competitive game mode, as freakpugs gives you more of an in-house pug feel to it.
So as ThorEatsWorms said, we do not and did not intend to compete with PugChamp, we really don't need another PugChamp and we have not advertised our own pugs except for recommending it to close friends on steam. However the reason why people think we are competing is because of the player base that has just recently blown up, which I believe came from our players telling their friends to join, who then asked their friends to join, and so on. As well as FreakPugs being mentioned in Newbie Mixes, which gave us more players.