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How to get the Dueler Community Hat
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.
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[]. 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[],, TF2TP[], 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 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[] 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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76561198089605530 May 5, 2017 @ 10:12am 
Well the hat was fun to show off in TF2Center lobbies for a few games after that the appeal kind of wore off, waste of 2 hours worth of duels but at least I got some screenshots of it and a medal i suppose
Strat0S Jan 4, 2017 @ 9:34am 
Now 26.66 ref is less than a key by a few refs lol!
|FV| Jan | Dec 27, 2016 @ 2:42pm 
26.66 ref = 8 keys. Oh, the old times...
HeavyBiceps 𝓢𝓚 ツ | May 21, 2016 @ 4:22pm 
I had this hat for around a week and a half once back in the day :D
Hacker Feb 22, 2016 @ 11:29am 
Anyone know where the hell i can find the history of this thing?
portello Jan 17, 2016 @ 2:17am 
First time took me 260 duels
who allowed that?? 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
Patryk ܮ May 4, 2013 @ 8:54am 
I had this hat 2 times )
pacman Mar 2, 2013 @ 6:38pm 
awesome guide i have the hat right now :D
Overlord Feb 27, 2013 @ 11:22pm 
It's a big hat, that's bad. Snipers can headshot you better because the hat.