Experimental HL Cup

   exa_   - 11/28/2018

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As the first ever season of RGL HL has concluded, we are now preparing for the second season! This preseason cup will focus on testing potentially new and viable maps that could be played during the season. It is a 2-day tournament for teams / groups of friends of ANY skill level to play. It is also completely free.

We are looking into rewarding participants with medals. Please note that this is an experimental cup for potential maps that could be played during the season. If you are in favor or not of a map being played, we encourage you to signup, play the cup, and voice your opinions on the forum. This is a way for us to gauge community opinion on the map list. Thanks.

Map Pool and Schedule


Each division will have divided into round robin groups consisting of four teams, which can lead to multiple groups for each individual division. Teams that sign up earlier will have priority in terms of placement and getting a spot into the preseason cup, so please sign up as soon as possible instead of waiting until the deadline.

  • Sign-ups end: December 13th
  • Group stage round 1: December 15th @ Saturday 8:30 PM EST - koth_synthetic_rc2
  • Group stage round 2: December 15th @ Saturday 9:30 PM EST - cp_vanguard
  • Group stage round 3: December 16th @ Sunday 8:00 PM EST - pl_millstone_v2

Millstone will be played best of 3, Synthetic played bo7 (first to 4), and Vanguard being played first to 5.

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Possible FAQ

Q: What skill levels can play in the Highlander Experimental Cup?

A: All Skill Levels are welcome! Teams will not select their division to play in, but Admins will look at the teams past comp experience and place you with three other teams of similar skill. This will help against teams purposefully sandbagging and help make a fun competitive environment for new competitive players, as well as highly experienced players.

When we are deciding what divisions to place teams in. We will weight a team’s skill level more heavily on their best players and less on their worst.

Q: What does the Experimental Cup mean in relations to the divisions in the standard HL?

A: Although this is a map testing cup, results of returning and potentially new teams for Season 2 will be looked at to help determine division placement. We encourage all teams to try their best to not only help generate feedback for the new maps, but also to help practice for the next season.

Q: I'm looking for a team to join

A: You can place an ad on our Looking for Team (LFT) section of our website. I suggest you also check out and continue to check out the Looking For Players (LFP) section. This is where teams will post if they are looking for players to join their team.

Q: How do we get server info?

A: RGL HL servers will be reserved for the Invite/Advanced matches. Any remaining servers can be used for other divisions. Please contact an admin in advance if you do not own a server or do not have access to renting a server.

We recommend players and teams use na.serveme.tf or cpu.tf to rent a server if they do not own a server. A note about cpu.tf is that it may take upwards of 18 to 25 minutes for the server to wind up, so make sure you rent your server early. These services should have the maps installed and the latest version of the RGL HL configs and whitelists.

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