With the offseason occurring for RGL during the winter holidays, there were plans to have a separate article to discuss major offseason rule edits heading into the Spring 2021 seasons. In particular, this article will go over the RGL Conduct Survey #3 survey results and global rule changes.
RGL Global Rule Changes
Previously, [1005.2] - Region
contained a maximum capacity of two players who are not from the player's respective region. This rule will be updated to only affect players that exceed a 150 ping threshold.
Players from Peru and Colombia have connections below 150 ping to the North American primary server region locations. In contrast, players from these two countries have a much higher ping to Brasilia (over 150+), where the primary leagues for South America are located in. With Colombia and Peru not having leagues in these respective locations, RGL believes it would be fair to not restrict the players from the region who have a reasonable connection to North American servers.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic led to the cancelation of the RGL LAN
, RGL had a rule in place regarding live coaching
, where live coaching from individuals to the respective teams was prohibited while matches are active. Any coaching would be strictly prohibited prior to games, during half-times, pauses, or after games. With the shift of TF2 being played in an online environment, the topic of whether or not "online coaching" would be allowed became a bigger topic. This relay of information, often given through an individual watching from a player's stream (often through Discord) gave an unfair and unearned acquisition of information, similar to ghosting. With international TF2 LANs, as well as the RGL LAN, preventing the use of live coaching during games, [1003.7] - No Live Coaching
will be applied to online events to make this rule consistent.[1008.5.1] - Invite STV Demos for RGL matches must be uploaded
is a new rule addition going into effect for our 2021 seasons. Invite teams for all RGL formats must upload the STV demo for all maps played in an RGL match
. This is to be uploaded on demos.tf and be linked to the match comms page. The failure of the team responsible for providing a server to upload the STV demo for the match will incur a minor team penalty.
The above conduct survey questions were asked in the RGL Conduct Survey #3. In particular, the questions ask the community on the possible rule additions regarding permanently banned players participating in scrimmages. With a sizeable majority of the individuals believing that there should be penalties on the individual(s) that were responsible for their inclusion, [1002.4.2] - Permanently banned players in a scrimmage
will be added.
The above question refers to the inclusion of banned players that are serving ban lengths from 6-months to less than a permanent ban. A majority of players do agree with a penalty on the inclusion of these players, who continue to commit further infractions (e.g. A banned player uses a slur and has a past history of being penalized for this in the league) while banned. [1002.4.1] - Using a banned player in a scrimmage
will be updated to reflect this.
This has been added to [1003.3] - Game Exploits
. The above exploit has largely been an unwritten rule throughout its stage of existence but will be explicitly written to be clarified that this exploit is not allowed.
If you are unsure about the legality of certain in-map actions or exploitive weapon usage, please contact an admin to clarify the situation before playing. Usage of map or weapon exploits may result in the overturning of games or rounds or possible league bans.
For map/weapon exploits, each case will vary based on the intent and impact that it has during the match, which will affect the form of penalty issued.
This has been added to [1003.3] - Game Exploits
.[1002.4.8] - Admin Support Abuse
is a new rule addition. This refers to the concept of "admin shopping", where after an individual receives a response from an admin -- said individual contacts, other admins, with the intention of a different answer/decision.[1002.4.7] - Appeals
outlines the requirements of the appeal process, as well as what admins are reviewing in an appeal. This does not add anything new but serves to allow us to publicly outline how this process is done.
*This has since been further clarified to include different lengths for other cases.[1007.2.3 - Fraud
outlines examples of fraud that is not allowed in RGL. [1010.1.4] - Casted Matches Cancellations
is a new casting rule addition that covers the event that a casted match is rescheduled less than 12 hours beforehand of when the scheduled match is to occur.[1008.4.6] - Match Configs
has been updated to clarify what happens if a player uses a banned weapon during a match.[1009.3.3] - No Permanent Ringers
has been updated to include a clause that would lead to an exception of this rule. These exceptions must be for legitimate and concernable reasons, such as real-life events that may affect a player's continued play in a season.[1004.2.1] - Penalties during Playoffs
has been updated to include minors resulting in prize pools being docked. Forfeits will now lead to a 50% reduction in cash prizes.Forum Thread