Competitive Team Fortress 2 can be an extremely rewarding and enriching experience, but if a player is starting from scratch, it can be also a bit difficult to grasp the amount of information you will come across. This page aims to help you being integrated into the competitive community and knowing the basics of the game.
Where to start
First of all, consider choosing a primary competitive format or class you want to start learning. While it is not obligatory to stick to one format or class, and there are numerous players that play different classes and formats, it is advised for a beginner to stick with one until you grasp the basics of the game.
It is recommended to be familiar with the metagame, how it works, what you should do and why you should do it, you can consult our Mechanics page which has a very comprehensive explanation of these. Our glossary page also has a very detailed compendium of expressions used commonly in the game.
These casts provide a valuable resource for newbies eager to learn the game, so it is also recommended you watch VODs or casts of high level games.
Some popular channels that cover matches are:
Leagues and Tournaments
Depending on your location, there are various different leagues, even for the different formats. Some areas even have as many as 2 or 3 leagues, with choices between free to play or pay to play leagues, as well as community run leagues (i.e.: ETF2L) or professional leagues (i.e.: ESEA). Some of these organizations also run periodic cups for these gamemodes or even for other gamemodes such as bball or ultiduo. Currently RGL has a newcomer division for both HL and 6v6 specifically targeted towards newer players. They also host prolander pugs within their discord.
Game Customization / Optimization
If you want to adjust the game to your needs, you should take a look at those pages.
There are some existing guides made by other community members or organizations that also cover some of the basics of competitive TF2. They also contain very relevant information, so it would be wise to take a look at these:
- Cadred Getting Started Guide
- Noob's Guide to Finding Competitive Teams
- ETF2L 6v6 Newcomer Guide
- AsiaFortress Getting Started Guide
- AsiaFortress Setting Up and Game Costumization Guide
- Introduction to European Highlander
- Guide to getting into competitive TF2 by Cocktorpedo
|General||Getting started · Glossary of terms|
|Formats||6v6 · Highlander · Prolander · 4v4 · Ultiduo · BBall · MGE|
|Customization||Configs · Custom HUDs · Third-party programs|
|Mechanics||Movement · Rollouts · ÜberCharge · Calling · Pushes|
|Settings||Useful console commands · Servers|
|Competitions||ETF2L · RGL · ozfortress · UGC · Brasil Fortress · Insomnia Gaming Festival · ESEA · CEVO · Vanilla Fortress · IGL ·Wireplay · Esports Arena · The Round Robin · ESA · LBTF2 · TFCL · AsiaFortress · ATF2L · NZFortress · TFCups · LAN events|
|Organizations||BlackOut TV · CappingTV · EssentialsTF · EVL TV · eXtv · Just Play! · MyGamingEdge · TeamFortressTV · TFLIVE · VanillaTV|