It would appear that Overwatch is not the only team shooter to take its first step into competitive modes in the month of July 2016. Team Fortress 2, VALVe’s well-known team shooter is finally getting a competitive mode.
First news of the Meet your Match system were made in the summer of 2015, so this has been a feature that fans have thoroughly waited for.
The feature is currently presenting 18 ranks, all appropriately named for the setting of the game.
The patch is also featuring a multitude of changes and tweaks, as well as some quality of life upgrades.
Following the new patch, players will no longer have a Quick Play option available. The new option has matchmaking integrated into it and it is simply called Casual Mode. This mode will be the official unranked mode for Team Fortress 2.
The main question on everybody’s minds, however, is in regards to the metagame. Team Fortress 2 is still played today not just because it is a fun experience in small doses but because it is also constantly getting updates.
Team Fortress 2 – Making People Shout At Their Keyboards Since 2007
With Competitive Mode taking the spotlight for itself, how will the metagame change? Players have a chance at fame and glory outside of streaming the game.
Scouts have always been centric to good winning strategies. Nevertheless, VALVe has added several news maps. In the first few days at least, players will be getting their bearings.
The Engineer also has a few common traits with Overwatch’s Thorbjorn, the latter being a high-frequency pick in low ranks.
Playstyle is also expected to shift to a strategy based more around turtling. Medics will be in high demand more than ever. The utility of a good Heavy could also
VALVe matchmaking in Dota 2 and Counter-Strike Global Offensive has proven to work in the past, but in both cases, the matchmaking system required about a month of constant testing and adapting.
Team Fortress 2, even with Competitive Mode, is still meant to be the fun and friendly experience. While Counter-Strike has a very different core gameplay, Overwatch demonstrated that character class first-person shooters could be just as competitive in the official e-sports scene as any other game.
Competitive Mode will require a premium Team Fortress 2 account. If the game is already installed, the patch should already be available for download on the Steam client or available for play if auto-downloading is enabled.
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