Team Fortress 2

Team Fortress 2

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Entering the Highlander Open
By kKaltUu and 2 collaborators
In this guide I will show you what you have to do to sign up for the Highlander open, as a player or a team.

Signing in
After navigating to either or you will be presented to the ETF2L website. All players playing in ETF2L matches or the Highlander Open have to be registered on

At the top right hand side of the website, you will see the familiar green Steam Sign On button.
Clicking this for the first time, steam will provide your steam account information to ETF2L. The only additional information you will have to enter is a username and your e-mail address. This is to make sure we can notify you of any match dates, warnings or team invites. We have never and will never use this for commercial purposes.

The dashboard
After signing in, you want to edit your profile, add a country flag, favorite classes. As well as join or create a team.
If you want to change your profile, you can hover over the top right hand side where your avatar is. Clicking Edit My Profile will take you to the profile tab.


After setting up your profile, you might want to join or create a team. This can be done by visiting the Team Admin section:
Joining or creating a team
After you're done with the set-up, you need to join a team to compete in the cup. This means you're either going to find 8 friends that you want to play with, or joining a roster as a member.

By going to the dashboard, you can see the section called My Teams[]

After following the link, you can click on Create Team:


Joining a team is rather simple. You will recieve an email with the URL to the invitations page. This can be found on the dashboard under My Teams called Invitations[]

After joining a team, wait 24 hours before you're verified and able to play matches. This won't affect the teams' ability to sign up for the cup.
Finding a team or players (recruitment)
Now that you know the basics, you might want to create a recruitment post for your team or for yourself as a player. Other players can comment on these posts and vouch for your skills, friendliness or overall quality.

Navitage to the forums and scroll down until you see The Highlander Open #2.

You can leave a comment in the appropriate sub forum for your team. Make sure to stay friendly and report any unacceptable behavior to the administrators.
Signing up (Leaders only)
Now that you've had the hard part behind you, it's time to add your team to the competition.

If you are not a team leader you will get a notification saying that "You do not have sufficient permissions to access this page.". If you are a team leader and still getting this message contact us on IRC[] and we'll try to help you further.

You can do that by navigating to the main website.

The above image will link you to the competitions page on your dashboard.
Look for the Highlander Open #2 category and click Join Now!

You will be asked to select a division (select any, all teams should be equal, the divisional system is for the regular seasons).

After all is done, you will see that your team has been signed up to the competition:
If you are stuck on any part of the guide or the site, I advise you to go to the ETF2L support page[] , wait for the webchat to load, and type in !admin [reason] in the IRC channel that you've been redirected to.

If you find any inconsistency in this guide, you can contact me (kKaltUu) on IRC or !
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J_cob Sep 5, 2016 @ 8:47am 
do i really need to change my profile picture and stuff like that?
Hi5TBone Jul 8, 2016 @ 2:38pm 
Nevermind. we're in!
Hi5TBone Jul 8, 2016 @ 1:16pm 
When I go into the "My Competitions" page, it says my team is still waiting. Final Divisions are announced tonight since sign-ups closed yesterday. Will they change the "waiting" when divisions are announced?
Aoshi |  [author] Jul 6, 2016 @ 2:25am 
by going to irc [] and making an admin request. The explanation how to make an admin query is written out on top. After you've made a request an admin wil answer it as soon as he has the time.
vision Jul 6, 2016 @ 1:49am 
Hey,I have an issue,I played hl open 1,I think,a long time ago and my username was something including rekt,and in the options it says only a adming can change the nickname,so how do I contact an admin to change my nickname to 'vision
Aoshi |  [author] Jul 3, 2016 @ 11:17am you can look for open/fun 9v9 teams that are looking to participate in the HLO, if they are interested they will state so in the discription of their recruitment post. Otherwise you can also look here but keep the date of the comment in mind.
A Humble Whiskey Merchant Jul 3, 2016 @ 10:54am 
Thanks! Sadly, I haven't been able to get recruited, and I'm not sure how to directly ask a team for an invitation...
Aoshi |  [author] Jul 3, 2016 @ 2:20am 
Fun teams can participate in certain cups, this can be either 6v6 or 9v9. highlander teams can participate in highlander cups and highlander seasons. There is a distinction due to some players not wanting to leave their highlander teams' roster for this event and can just make a fun team to participate instead.
A Humble Whiskey Merchant Jul 2, 2016 @ 7:54pm 
What's the difference between a fun team and a normal team?
Aoshi |  [author] Jul 2, 2016 @ 4:54pm 
Both will get merged once the signups end, its just due to both fun teams and normal teams being allowed to sign up. So no matter which of the 2 you sign up for it's the correct one!