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Experimental HL Cup #5

   consta   - 8/25/2022

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As the twelfth season of RGL Highlander has concluded, we are now preparing for the thirteenth season! This preseason cup will focus on testing potentially new and viable maps that could be played during the season. It is a three-day weekend tournament for teams/groups of friends of ANY skill level to play. It is also completely free.

We are looking into rewarding participants with medals. Medals need to be accepted by Valve and shipped in a future TF2 update before we are able to distribute this. Please note that this is an experimental cup for potential maps that could be played during the season. If you are in favor or not of a map being played, we encourage you to sign up, play the cup, and voice your opinions on the forum. This is our best way to gauge community opinion on the map list, and your way to get early practice on maps that could very well be in this upcoming season.

Map Pool and Schedule


Each division will be divided into double round-robin groups consisting of four teams, which can lead to multiple groups for each individual division. Teams that sign up earlier will have priority in terms of placement and getting a spot in the preseason cup, so please sign up as soon as possible instead of waiting until the deadline.

  • Sign-ups end: Wednesday, September 7th
  • Group stage round 1: Saturday, September 10th @ 8:30 PM EDT
  • Group stage round 2: Saturday, September 10th @ 9:30 PM EDT
  • Group stage round 3: Sunday, September 11th @ 8:30 PM EDT
  • Group stage round 4: Sunday, September 11th @ 9:30 PM EDT
  • Group stage round 5: Monday, September 12th @ 8:30 PM EDT
  • Group stage round 6: Monday, September 12th @ 9:30 PM EDT


All king of the hill maps will be played first to four. The payload map will be played first to two halves. Specific versions of these maps will be finalized by Friday, September 2nd. This is to give players a chance to familiarize themselves with the maps before the cup.

koth_proot_b3b – This map is being tested as a potential replacement for a king of the hill map.
koth_ramjam_v2_b1b – This map is being tested as a potential replacement for a king of the hill map.
pl_eruption_b8b – This map is being tested as a potential replacement for a payload map.

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FAQ


Q: What servers do we play on?


A: If asked beforehand, we will be able to distribute a server to a match in the event that both teams do not have a server. This reservation must be made in a prompt manner to an administrator or moderator, as we have limited servers to hand out.

Otherwise, teams will need to locate their own servers. It is the responsibility of the home team to locate a server.

We recommend players and teams use na.serveme.tf or Qixalite to rent a server if they do not own a server. This service should have the maps installed and the latest version of the RGL HL configs and whitelists.

You can also rent your own server for only around $10 a month, here are a few different providers.
Nodecraft
Gameservers
Fragnet

Q: What skill levels can play in the Highlander Experimental Cup?


A: All Skill Levels are welcome! Teams will not select their division to play in, but Admins will look at the teams past comp experience and place you with other teams of similar skill. This will help against teams purposefully sandbagging and help make a fun competitive environment for new competitive players, as well as highly experienced players.

When we are deciding what divisions to place teams in. We will weight a team’s skill level more heavily on their best players and less on their worst.

Q: What does the Experimental Cup mean in relations to the divisions in the standard HL?


A: Although this is a map testing cup, results of returning and potentially new teams for the upcoming season will be looked at to help determine division placement. We encourage all teams to try their best to not only help generate feedback for the new maps, but also to help practice for the next season.

Q: I'm looking for a team to join


A: We encourage you to make a post in the websites Looking For Team (LFT) section and also post in our Discord #lft channel.

You should also contact leaders of teams who need a player. You can find them listed in the Teams Looking for Players (LFP) section and also the LFP section of our Discord #lfp channel.