What is prolander?
Prolander, the newest competitive format in TF2, is a 7v7 one-class-limit format conceived on the idea of minimizing player count while maintaining class diversity and dynamic gameplay.
It focuses on Payload, Attack/Defend, and King of the Hill maps.
Why should I play prolander?
If you want to play a format where all classes are viable, but you can change classes to fit how you play, and don’t like being stuck on a single class, Prolander is for you!
It allows teams to be dynamic and reactive in their lineups, for example running a Pyro to counter a powerful Spy, running an Engineer on defense for extra tank ability, and other such reasons.
Fortunately, there is no strict meta on what classes are run at what times; while certain mainstay classes that are almost always run like Medic or Sniper are there, even the top teams have their own unique lineups and playstyles, using their creativity to its fullest.
Due to the lower player count than Highlander, the game plays more smoothly and faster paced.
After a tournament, we did a survey to find out if the people who tried Prolander enjoyed it over 90% of players responded that they enjoyed it, some for the following reasons:
"Yes it was fun to constantly guess which off class they are using."
"Yes! 7s is my favorite format. More dynamic than 6s, less clunky/congested than HL."
"Yes, it as fun to play competitive for the first time, and I liked that you could class switch."
"Prolander is my favorite format to watch competitive TF2, and it was fun to play."
"It was an interesting take on highlander that really mixes it up. There was a lot of discussion on my team on what maps we needed certain classes on for strategy purposes."