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Highlander Ruleset

Format Specificity

Rules within this ruleset are strictly for Highlander (HL), and though each ruleset may share the same rules, the contents of each are likely different if they are listed in one of the format rulesets and not the Global Ruleset.

1. Highlander Seasonal League

ozfortress' Highlander (HL) seasonal leagues are typically run for a total of eight (8) weeks, with five (5) weeks in the Regular Season and three (3) weeks in the Playoffs.

1.1. Regular Season Fixtures

In the Regular Season, each Weekly Fixture match or round features two sets (also known as maps) picked out of a nine (9) map pool (this can be found in our League Info). This map pool is chosen by the league administration prior to the start of the season, using mostly poll data. Each regular season fixture is typically expected to last an average of one hour, but team's should always be ready to play longer.

1.2. Playoffs Fixtures

In Playoffs, each match or round is a Best of 3 map scenario, picked and banned from the nine (9) map pool found in the Regular Season (this can be found in our League Info). Playoffs fixtures are almost always expected to last at least thirty minutes per map, for an average runtime of ninety minutes to two hours. Team's should ensure they allocate enough time and schedule accordingly.

1.2.1. Playoffs Map Selection (Pick/Bans)

Maps for playoff matches are selected by the captains of each team. This process must be completed at least 24 hours prior to the agreed upon match time. Highlander Pick/Ban Map Selection

The selection process for a nine map pool (BO3)in Playoffs:

  1. The higher seeded or home team will ban first.
  2. The lower seeded or away team will ban a map.
  3. The higher seeded or home team will pick a map.
  4. The lower seeded or away team will pick a map.
  5. The lower seeded or away team will ban a map.
  6. The higher seeded or home team will pick a map from the remaining pool.

Some players/captains may use a shorthand form of the pick/ban listing, so we've included it here to hopefully ease some confusion.

Ban Ban Pick Pick Ban Pick
Home Away Home Away Away Home

In the event of a disagreement, the home team will have a preference for team colour. In case of discrepancies between official rules and other sources, the most updated pick-ban order can always be found in match threads.

1.3. Bracket Systems used

1.3.1. Top Divisions

The regular season for Premier and Intermediate (depending on signup numbers, format and season length) will typically be run on a Round Robin system, where each team plays each other once. We will ensure that the format of the regular season is stated on the seasonal league page.

1.3.2. Bottom Divisions

The regular season for Main or Open (depending on signup numbers, format and season length) will typically be run on the Swiss system, where each round is seeded based on the previous records of teams. We will ensure that the format of the regular season is stated on the seasonal league page. See Rule 1.4 for further details on the Swiss system.

2. Teams

2.1. Rosters

2.1.1. Roster Size Requirements/Limits

  • Minimum roster size is nine (9).
  • Maximum roster size is fifteen (15).
  • Teams should look to have a least two or three substitute players in the event a core player cannot play.

2.1.2. Out of Region Player Limit

There are no current limits on the amount of out of region players on a roster.

2.2. Mercenary Limits

Please note, mercenary limits are the same for both seasonal leagues. Teams can only make use of mercenaries within four matches per season. Each match should not go above the standard two mercenaries per team allowed in each match limit.

2.3. Team Eligibility Requirements

Teams are expected to have a certain amount of players (does not include any mercenaries) ready to start or continue a match. This expected amount of players differs for each format, and can be seen below.

  • A minimum of seven (7) rostered players.

3. Format

Highlander teams are expected to play with nine player at all times within an official match. If a team cannot field field enough players from their roster and mercenaries, teams are permitted to play with seven players, with the opposing team permitted to keep their full nine player roster. Teams cannot play with fewer than seven players, otherwise they will be automatically disqualified and subsequently forfeited. Teams must still observe mercenary rules and limits.

3.1. Class Limits

The following class limits are required on all official match servers. Breaking these limits in any way that impacts a match is considered cheating, and depending on administrator discretion could lead to a match result overturn.

tf_tournament_classlimit_scout 1
tf_tournament_classlimit_soldier 1
tf_tournament_classlimit_pyro 1
tf_tournament_classlimit_demoman 1
tf_tournament_classlimit_heavy 1
tf_tournament_classlimit_engineer 1
tf_tournament_classlimit_medic 1
tf_tournament_classlimit_sniper 1
tf_tournament_classlimit_spy 1

3.2. Unlocks / Whitelist

The whitelist can be found on whitelist by clicking here, or under the ozfortress menu on

Changes to weapons or their mechanics, the addition of new cosmetics or taunts, or removal of certain properties will see the weapon / cosmetic / taunt banned for the remainder of that season. New items are automatically blocked by the whitelist, but in the event something is changed as stated above, ozfortress will post an announcement regarding it.

3.3. Server configs & usage

Configs for any seasonal league or tournament can be found on the Server Configs page, and any associated guides will be linked on that page.

Last update: 2022-09-04