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How to get the Dueler Community Hat
By SALAD-hime
After having to wade through a sea of speculation regarding the community hats, I decided to put together a definitive guide about what you actually need to do to get the Dueler.
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Starting Out

The first step in all of this, is accumulating minigames. After talking to the past 30 owners I found that average numbers of dueling minigames used to claim the Dueler was a little less than 400. For the sake of simplicity we will assume that you will only need 400 duels, but in reality this number varies greatly.

For those of you without calculators, 400 duels = 80 individual minigames. In the current state of the market, you can comfortably purchase an unused dueling mini game for 1 reclaimed metal[www.tf2outpost.com]. So, the total metal cost if you buy all 80 at 1 reclaimed each will be 26.66 refined, or 26 refined and 2 reclaimed. That translates out to around 8 keys, or $10.60.
Stockpiling Duels
There are a few routes you can traverse down in order to obtain your dueling minigames.

You can trade for your duels in the same way you would trade for anything else. It is sometimes possible to find sellers who sell in bulk, but more often than not you’re going to be looking at trading piecemeal for most of the items you need. While this initially may seem a bit daunting, I assure you it will go by fast. Post on trading sites (TF2Outpost[www.TF2Outpost.com], http://www.Bazaar.tf, TF2TP[www.TF2TP.com], etc) stating that you’re buying dueling minigames for 1 reclaimed, and just sit back and let other people do the heavy lifting.

If you value your time more than your pocket change, you could just buy all the dueling games you needed. Usually there is an undeniable amount of risk in There are many ways to go about doing this without putting yourself at risk. Using {LINK REMOVED - Please don't spam, and be wary of scams.}TF2Shop to buy dueling minigames in bulk will save you time and a potential headache. The advantages to using a web service are purely convenience. Not having to wait for a seller to be available saves time, and eliminating the potential risk of dealing with shady cash traders saves your peace of mind.

Do note that web stores do note that these web services do charge more than a cash trader. On average dueling minigames sell for 0.10 - 0.20, on Hexide and TF2Shop they can go upwards of 0.20 - 0.25.
Doing the Deed
Now for the best part. Once you’ve accumulated your duels, you’re going to need either a friend or an alt account to help you (it doesn’t need to be a premium account). Download the map Achievement_Duel[tf2.gamebanana.com] and create a server with it. Once the server is up, hit the ~ key and type in these commands in the order listed:

  • mp_timelimit 0
  • sv_password butts
  • sv_pure 1
  • sv_lan 0
  • map achievement_duel

These commands will turn off the level rotation, set the server to be an internet server, enable it to be VAC secured, and set the server password to “butts” so you won't have any unwanted guests. Once these are all done, have your friend (or alt account) connect, and kill him until you run out of duels. Aaand congratulations! Now just wait until 12am GMT to see if you outplayed your fellow hat wearing man and won the Dueler hat!
Important Info
  • All 3 hats use GMT. The hats are rewarded, and taken away at 12am GMT. Make sure to check what time 12am GMT is in relation to your own timezone, or you might end up splitting your duel total across 2 days.

  • The median number of dueling minigames needed to be awarded the Dueler is 400 (80 full 5-use minigames)
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Ce Jeu 8) Oct 28, 2013 @ 12:21pm 
For me, I bought them back when they were only a scrap each and started dueling pretty much every day. :o
Blaziken Sep 20, 2013 @ 6:06pm 
Thanks man <3 I got it :D
Patryk ܮ May 4, 2013 @ 8:54am 
I had this hat 2 times )
jeremy.329 Mar 2, 2013 @ 6:38pm 
awesome guide i have the hat right now :D
Shadowbox Feb 27, 2013 @ 11:22pm 
It's a big hat, that's bad. Snipers can headshot you better because the hat.
Hazardous Feb 27, 2013 @ 2:27pm 
Oh... so it's one of those one-day hats that I hate... Well damn.....
NPC DR dementedagst Feb 26, 2013 @ 5:40pm 
wow
Anarch3(road to bud) Feb 26, 2013 @ 12:25pm 
10.26 for a 24 hour hat seems legit
ADEPTadapter Feb 26, 2013 @ 12:49am 
Waste of a good head slot. Ugly hat, ugly means of attaining it...all it is is bragging rights. Bragging rights...for which you spent a shit-ton of money/metal/items...for a hat that only lasts 24 hours.

I'd love to see someone get it, who couldn't play TF2 the day they had it. Poor shmuck.
HR xexun Feb 25, 2013 @ 3:06am 
oh sorry didnt watch the vid