Welcome to The Escapist's Team Fortress 2 Tournament sponsored by...Razer!

The Layout

This tournament is going to be 5v5 (5 people per team) with 2 different Parts of gameplay. The First Part will be a Round Robin, where you and your teammates will play against other teams to try and get the best record across multiple maps. Games will be live from May 27th through June 7th. The 8 teams with the best records will then move on to the Second Part and the beginning of the elimination bracket. All match-up times will be referred to in Eastern Daylight Time.

The final 8 teams advancing to the elimination bracket:

  • Flying Spaghetti Monster
  • Masters Lounge Crew
  • Raged Gaming
  • Soviet Galactic Union
  • The Welcoming Committee
  • wer so terble brah

Tournament Rules

Part 1 (Round Robin) - On May 26th, we will be dividing all of the teams up into divisions. Each team will have to play 7 match-ups in 12 days. The 8 teams with the highest scores will move on to Part 2.

Part 2 (Bracket Elimination) - This will begin in the second week of June, with the day dependent on replay match-ups and potential disputes from Part 1. This will be a bracket series, in which winners will move to the next round and losers go home. The Final Match will be played in a "Best of Three" - playing 3 full different match-ups. The team to win 2 full match-ups first will be the Grand Prize Winner. The runner up game for 3rd and 4th place will be one match-up only but will be played during the same week.


  • Bracket games:
    • Bracket tournament specific rules and play:
      • Pre-Match Combat and movement restrictions are gone
      • Party Mode is OFF
      • Unlockables are still NOT ALLOWED
      • Class Restrictions - 1 of each class
      • Playing the best of 9
        • First to 5 map wins versus their opponent will advance in the bracket
        • Map rotation will be: cp_badlands, cp_fastlane, cp_granary
        • Default times on the maps.
    • Game dates/times:
      • First elimination round: Friday, June 12th through Sunday, June 14th.
        Captains will be notified of their opponents, and must be in contact with each other to arrange times to complete their matches. All 4 servers will be available. Winners advance to Semi-final round.
      • Semi-final round: Tuesday, June 16th through Thursday, June 18th. Winners in the previous round will face off. Two servers will be available (remaining two will be set up to relay SourceTV for spectators).
      • Final and Runner-up round: Saturday, June 20th or Sunday, June 21st, play must be between 10AM and 10PM EDT. Winners of the Semi-final round will compete for 1st and 2nd place, while the other two teams will compete for 3rd and 4th place.
      • For all rounds: when you and your opponents have arranged your match time, you must notify [email protected] of the time you intend to face off.
    • Third party applications that modify game play are not permitted. Teams found using them will be penalized at the administrators' discretion. External voice chat programs are ok.
    • Scripts that use the available binds/aliases are ok. Anything that takes advantage of an exploit is not. If you think you might have to explain to us, in internet-rules-lawyerese, why what you are doing is not a hack, cheat, or exploit, then it's better you not use it.
    • Any team suspecting an instance of cheating should report it to [email protected] and include as much information as possile, like time, server, opponent, and description of event so we can easily find it in the logs. Screenshots, where appropriate/possible, would be highly useful.

Misc Rules and Guidelines

  • Must be 13 years of age or older to participate.
  • Competitors are not allowed to use global in-game chat in an abusive, offensive, vulgar or spamming manner at any point during a match. This includes pre-match, intermission and post-match periods as well.
  • Teams/Players should play all matches to completion; do not voluntarily disconnect or quit from a match underway.
  • Violators of these rules are subject to penalties at the administrators' discretion, which may include player suspension(s) or forfeiture of the match.
  • The Team Captain MUST be in touch with The Escapist Event Moderators which can be reached at [email protected] if there is any type of problem. If we don't hear about it, we can't fix it. This will include match problems of any sort, need of replay, etc.
  • The main server for this event is in Chicago. So, if you are not in the United States, you may receive some ping issues. We cannot control these issues and you are playing on your own accord.
  • We are not responsible for players being dropped during gameplay. If the match-up freezes or something else pretty nasty during gameplay in which both teams are affected, please contact The Escapist Event Moderators at [email protected]
  • There are always going to be possible alterations that will be dependent on our discretion. Please contact us with ANY problems.
  • If you are one of the lucky 4 teams to receive prizes, we will be contacting you for your shipping information after the tournament.
  • The team members to play in their final game are the ones who will receive the prizes, regardless of they were listed as a member or an alternate.


All of the tournaments Prize Packs are coming directly from our sponsor...RAZER! Each team member of one of the winning teams will be receiving a prize package (*See below for further details).
  • 1st Place Prize Pack: Deathadder, Lycosa, Carcharias, Golithus
  • 2nd Place Prize Pack: Deathadder, Golithus, Carcharias
  • 3rd Place Prize Pack: Lycosa
  • 4th Place Prize Pack: Golithus


Profile badges are big here at The Escapist, so we've decided to give some out. Everyone who participates (and doesn't get disqualified or removed) will get a TF2 Tournament Profile Badge. Once we have our set of winners, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place will be awarded different badges.

Legal Stuff

By participating in this tournament, contestants grant The Escapist the right to print, publish, broadcast and use worldwide in any media now known or hereafter developed, including, without limitation, the World Wide Web, at any time or times, the contestant's name, as news or for public information and education without additional consideration or compensation. Entrants surrender copyright and all interests therein to The Escapist with the understanding that the materials may be used for promotional purposes.

By participating in this tournament, you acknowledge that you have reviewed and agree to The Escapist's privacy policy.

Employees of The Escapist, and its subsidiaries or affiliates, and any family members and/or household members of these employees, are excluded from the tournament.

Entrants release The Escapist and its respective parent divisions, affiliates, officers, subsidiaries, agents, employees and all others associated with the development and execution of this tournament and against any liability with respect to or in any way arising from this tournament and the awarding and use of the prizes.

Tampering with the tournament or gameplay in any manner is prohibited. The Escapist reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to determine whether the tournament or individual match-ups have been tampered with. The Escapist reserves the right to disqualify any entrant it suspects or has determined, in its sole discretion, has tampered with the tournament, submitted multiple accounts or is in violation of any of the tournament rules or regulations. If The Escapist determines that the tournament or gameplay has been tampered with, it reserves the right to terminate the tournament without awarding any prizes. The Escapist shall not be responsible for any personal gameplay failures due to network outages; failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer transmissions; online failures; hardware, software or other technical malfunctions or disturbances; or any other communications or transmission failure.

Participation in The Escapist's Team Fortress 2 Tournament implies an understanding and acceptance of these rules and regulations.

Void where prohibited.