TFCL: Divisional Structure, Sandbagging, & Prizes

In an attempt to be as open and transparent as possible, we will be publishing various themed articles to further describe our league, and the direction we’re taking competitive TF2. You can view our Servers & Automation article here.

 

Divisional Structure

TFCL will consist of four divisions, three of which having a prize pool.

S Rank

What: This is our highest rank, and most comparable to ESEA Invite. This is where the best of the best come to play and compete, and has the highest prize pool in TFCL.
Fees: There is a one-time season registration fee of $50.
Prizes: To be determined on a season by season basis. Minimum prize pool is $3,000.
Medals: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and participation medals.
Teams: This division will have a maximum of 17 teams, and a minimum of 9 teams.

A Rank

What: This is our second highest rank, and most comparable to  ESEA Intermediate.
Fees: There is a one-time season registration fee of $30.
Prizes: To be determined on a season by season basis. Minimum prize pool is $2,000
Medals: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and participation medals.
Teams: This division has no maximum team limit, and has a minimum of 12 teams.

B Rank

What: This is our third highest rank overall, and most comparable to ESEA Open.
Fees: There is a one-time season registration fee of $15.
Prizes: To be determined on a season by season basis. Minimum prize pool is $2,000
Medals: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and participation medals.
Teams: This division has no maximum team limit, and has a minimum of 12 teams.

C Rank

What: This is our fourth highest rank overall, and most comparable to ESEA Open.
Fees: There are no registration fees. This rank is free to play.
Prizes: There is a small prize pool of $150, split up between the top three teams.
Medals: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and participation medals.
Teams: This division has no maximum team limit.

D Rank

What: This is our lowest rank overall, and most comparable to UGC Iron. This is an Open Registration rank, and is intended for teams and players with minimal prior competitive history. Nicknamed: Cadet Rank.
Fees: There are no registration fees. This rank is free to play.
Prizes: There is no prize pool.
Medals: Only participation medals.
Teams: This division has no maximum team limit.

 

Sandbagging Policies

As you may have noticed, both A Rank and B Rank are effectively the same. Teams and players of all levels can start in either of these two ranks, with them both being open for registration. However, these are just starting locations, and we will actively move the top teams up to the next appropriate rank.

D Rank

Policy: This rank is very heavily moderated, and intended only for new players and teams to try and learn the game, and improve together. If you do well in D  Rank, or if we believe you do not belong in this rank, we will move you up to C Rank. Every team that makes playoffs will also be forced up.

C Rank

Policy: This rank is loosely moderated, and is open-ended by design.
Division Change: The top 8 teams will be moved into B Rank, and given a free single-season pass to compete at the higher level.

B Rank

Policy: This rank is loosely moderated, and is open-ended by design.
Division Change: The top 4 teams will be moved into A Rank, and given a free single-season pass to compete at the higher level.

A Rank

Policy: This rank is loosely moderated, and is open-ended by design.
Division Change: The top 3 teams will be given an invite and free seasonal pass into S Rank, which they can optionally accept or reject. If they reject and continue to do well the next season, they will be given another invite into S Rank without the free pass, of which they must accept. Failure to do so will result in prize disqualification, and their team marked as dead and unable to compete in future seasons. A player ban may also be issued, preventing the team from reforming with its current members.

S Rank

Policy: This rank is invite-only, and doesn’t have a sandbagging policy due to it being the highest rank in TFCL.
Division Change: We may move teams down to A Rank if we feel that they no longer belong in S Rank. Teams will have the option of staying in S Rank if they believe they deserve it, but it’s ultimately up to administrator discretion.

 

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them below. This article was specifically for our divisional structure, prize pools, and sandbagging policies. We will be publishing more articles similar to this one over the next couple of days.