In this guide, I've included some basic instructions for joining PUGs located at:
- #TF2Mix on GeeksIRC
- #TF2.PUG.NA on GeeksIRC
Entry-level pugs are for "the noobs" including pub stars, new players to competitive, and people fooling around with friends. You should have at least 40 hours played on your chosen "main" class before playing here, and you should know the rollouts well enough so that you don't embarrass yourself. If you need help with rollouts, I would check out the MyGamingEdge Video Archive
, which has a ton of videos from high level players that outline how to play the game. If you're looking for some live help, check out some of the competitive TF2 streams[teamfortress.tv]
-- perhaps one of the streamers or viewers there would be willing to give you some tips. You could also hop into any of the IRC channels listed below (i.e. #TF2Mix or #TF2.PUG.NA) and flag a player down for quick advice.
If you're looking to join a higher level PUG such as #TF2Mix, you should probably have some league experience and/or consistently outperform your peers in the TF2 Center games. Most players in this channel will have UGC, CEVO, and/or ESEA experience, and if you're the new guy in the channel, you may have a hard time keeping up. Make sure that you're prepared to play against players who know the game and have been playing for quite some time. In #TF2Mix you can begin building your network of players and friends who you enjoy playing with. Pugging here can help you to find a team, so be sure to make a good impression!
If you're going to try to get in on a #TF2.PUG.NA game, you better know some people in the community and have a reputation of performing well. Again, be able to outperform your peers in the #TF2Mix games, and be well-versed in the strategies for each map. The top players in North America frequent this channel, so you'd better know what you're doing lest you disappoint!