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  1. Join us this Friday for the Preliminary Stage of the ELEAGUE Boston 2018 Major Championship! Watch live as eight Challengers advance to the Major Championship Group Stage. Starting this weekend and throughout the Major, viewers will have a chance to receive Souvenir Packages as they watch live matches. Each souvenir features a weapon from the collection of the map being played, golden stickers of the event and teams that were playing, and a golden signature of the MVP from the round where the souvenir dropped. To be eligible for a souvenir package, all you have to do is watch live streams of the event! If you’re watching GOTV or in the main menu, you’ll automatically be eligible for souvenirs. If you’re watching the stream on Twitch, make sure you link your Steam and Twitch accounts to be eligible. There’s still time to set your picks for the Preliminary Stage, so don’t miss your chance to pick up some points toward a Pick’Em trophy! View the full article
  2. An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include: Fixed not being able to apply the Civilian Stat Clock to Civilian-grade weapons View the full article
  3. An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include: Fixed Festivize Woodsy Widowmaker not drawing the lights Fixed the main menu being muted if clients disconnect from a server while in freezecam Updated festivized items to use "Festivized" in the name instead of "Festive"This will help disinguish the original Festive weapons from weapons that have had a Festivizer applied to them Updated Strangifiers so they can no longer be applied to War Paint items Updated the equip_regions for the The Koala Compact, Pocket Saxton, and Pocket Yeti Missed note from the Smissmas update:Australium weapons can now be Festivized View the full article
  4. Based on information we’ve recently confirmed regarding new government regulations for esports players entering the Philippines, we have decided to rescind the tournament’s Major designation, including the Pro Circuit qualifying points, for the Galaxy Battles 2018 tournament. This is based on what we feel are unreasonable infringements on the privacy of the players, as a condition to enter the country. The tournament itself may still proceed, but without any involvement of Valve or the Dota Pro Circuit. This isn’t a reflection on how we feel about fans in the Philippines, and we are sorry for those that were planning on attending the event. As a result, we’re talking to tournament organizers to try to find a way to run a Major with the invited and qualifying teams, including the Pro Circuit points that would have been available in Galaxy Battles 2018. View the full article
  5. An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include: Fixed missing War Paint icons in the Steam Community Market and Steam Inventory Fixed The Hot Hand not displaying the item level in its description Fixed Steam Workshop file uploads applying filesize limits before compression, rather than after Updated materials for the Dovetailed War Paint to fix a problem with the alpha channel Updated materials/models for The Snowmann and The Nuke Updated the localization files View the full article
  6. Prepare yourself, the UGC League Winter Season is about to start! Come join the thousands of players that played last season for some competitive TF2 action! The first week of matches starts January 19th for 4v4, January 22nd for Highlander and January 24th for 6v6. UGC has divisions across North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia/New Zealand. Players from any of these regions are encouraged to sign-up and join the fun! (Remember, February 1st is the last day that teams can sign up.) Visit the UGC website for more information. View the full article
  7. An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include: Fixed missing sounds for the new taunts Fixed a bug that prevented already-Festivized weapons from drawing their lights Updated materials/model for the Blast Blocker Updated the Heals for Reals medals so they can be painted View the full article
  8. An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include: Happy Smissmas 2017!All players who play TF2 during the event will receive a Stuffed Stocking as a gift! Stockings contain goodies for good little Mercenaries.Event runs through January 10th, 2018 Added the Winter 2017 War Paint CaseContains 15 new community-contributed War Paints Randomly dropped for players who have activated a Jungle Inferno Campaign Pass Added the Winter 2017 Cosmetic CaseContains 20 new community-contributed items The Festivizer can be found as a bonus drop when opening the case Added 6 new community-contributed taunts to the Mann Co. StoreTaunt: The Skating Scorcher Taunt: The Bunnyhopper Taunt: Runner's Rhythm Taunt: Luxury Lounge Taunt: Surgeon's Squeezebox Taunt: The Trackman's Touchdown Expanded the list of weapons that can be Festivized!Ubersaw, Dragon's Fury, Amputator, Air Strike, Back Scratcher, Scotsman's Skullcutter, Bazaar Bargain, Black Box, Claidheamh Mòr, Crusader's Crossbow, Degreaser, Loose Cannon, Persian Persuader, Detonator, Brass Beast, Holy Mackerel, Loch-n-Load, Powerjack, Iron Bomber, Reserve Shooter, Disciplinary Action, Family Business, Shahanshah, Scorch Shot, Shortstop, Soda Popper, Rescue Ranger, Tomislav, Panic Attack, Winger Mann Co. Store winter sale! GeneralWar Paints can now be used for Mann Co. Trade-Ups Fixed a rendering issue with the Misty Skull unusual effect Fixed a case where it was possible to use the Thermal Thruster twice in one launch Fixed the inspect animation for the Shortstop Fixed the Festive Sandvich not showing the bite mark when eaten Increased the maximum number of backpack slots to 3000 (from 2500) Added the UGC Highlander Season 21, Highlander Season 22, Highlander Season 23, 6v6 Season 23, 6v6 Season 24, 6v6 Season 25, 4v4 Season 10, 4v4 Season 11, and 4v4 Season 12 tournament medals Added Ready Steady Pan Season 3 tournament medals Updated cp_mercenaryparkAdded a forward spawn for BLU when attacking the final control point Added a connecting stairwell to the mid-structure of the final control point Fixed area portal rendering issues between the first and second control points Updated pd_watergateRespawn times of the teams will change dynamically based on the difference in scores. This should help balance any extreme differences in the team skills/scores.<50% difference in scores: 8s for leading team, 4s for trailing >50% difference in scores: 12s for leading team, 0s for trailing Equal scores: 6s for each team Relocated the player beer pickup counter on the HUD to the lower left, but made it slightly larger Updated the soundscape to have more alien-y sounds in the main areas Adjusted detail in the center and spawn rooms Adjusted clipping around the map View the full article
  9. The Boston ELEAGUE Major is just weeks away. On January 12th, watch as the top teams in CS:GO battle for the title of CS:GO Major Champion! You don’t have to wait to start supporting your favorite teams and players. Team stickers, player autographs, and team graffiti are all available for purchase in-game or from the Steam Community Market, with 50% of the proceeds going to players and organizations. Team Pick’Em Challenge You can use Team Stickers as game pieces in the Boston 2018 Team Pick’Em Challenge. For the first time you can make picks for the Preliminary Stage, predicting the teams that will advance to the Group Stage, as well as the most (and least) successful teams. You can make your second set of predictions before the Group Stage begins on January 19th. Then, put together your bracket and make your Playoffs picks before January 26, predicting the Quarterfinal, Semifinal, and Grand Final winners. Follow the tournament and see how well your predictions turned out as you earn points toward an Boston 2018 Team Pick’Em Trophy. Get in the spirit! Make your picks and show off your favorite teams, the next CS:GO Major is just around the corner. View the full article
  10. Brad Pitt

    [Official Blog] Frostivus Arrives

    For too many seasons have the horrors of The Greeviling and Wraith Night kept our formerly festive heroes huddled near the warmth and safety of an Ancient’s glow. But this year a handful of heroes have gathered to ensure the true Frostivus spirit emerges from the traumas of the past. To kick off the season, today’s update unveils an all-new Frostivus Treasure, filled with 18 community-created item sets and offering the chance to unlock a Rare Batrider set, Very Rare Wraith King set, or Extremely Rare Puck set. And what would Frostivus be without a return of the Season of Givening?! This year, every player has the chance to earn one free Frostivus Treasure gift simply by going about business as usual. It’s easy — just win three games of Dota to claim your present. Now to truly foster the holiday spirit and resurrect the tradition of the truce, everyone is invited to partake in the Frostivus Festival Special Event. Queue up to enter the fray and compete against friends and strangers alike in a madcap series of mini-games (randomly selected from a larger pool for each match) that will test your skills but never diminish your holiday cheer. Please join us in offering a hearty congratulations to VicFrank, the Workshop contributor who created this winning entry and has secured the $30,000 grand prize. Thank you to all of the contributors who worked hard to help make this contest a resounding success. View the full article
  11. An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include: Fixed a client crash related to viewing notifications Fixed being able to interrupt taunts using the ConTracker commands Fixed a bug with the Medi Gun not staying attached to players Fixed a bug with the Backburner using its owner's angle to determine whether the attack is behind the victim Fixed a rendering issue with the Spectral Swirl unusual effect Fixed not being able to fire the Dragon's Fury in some areas (e.g. the control point on Nucleus) Fixed not being able to light Huntsman arrows with the Dragon's Fury Fixed Dragon's Fury projectiles not fizzling when hitting water Fixed not being able to detonate stickybombs when switching to melee with secondary attack held down Fixed the charge sound for the Stickybomb Launcher not stopping if the player switches weapons while charging Fixed Quick-Fix Medics not properly following/mirroring the Pyro after launching with the Thermal Thruster Fixed being able to shoot flares through objects like setup gates Fixed the Pretty Boy's Pocket Pistol always giving 7hp per-hit Fixed the Winger not counting towards the Scout achievement "Gun Down" Fixed the Festive Sandvich not counting towards the Heavy achievement "Konspicuous Konsumption" Fixed the Rescue Ranger not counting towards the Engineer achievement "Texas Two-Step" Fixed the Genuine version of the Flying Guillotine having no taunt Updated the Vita-Saw so victims spawn random internal organs on hit Updated the Atomizer damage penalty vs players to -15% (from -25%) Updated the party system so invites are shown to all party members Updated the Thermal Thruster stomp damage on other players to be 3x the base fall damage - not the reduced fall damage of the owner Updated the "With Friends Like these..." achievement to check for five friends instead of seven Added the Heals for Reals 2017 community medals Added the "Philanthropist's Indulgence" community medal for Random Acts of TF2 Added the "Spectral Snowflake" community medal for the Nightmare Before Smissmas 2017 community showcase View the full article
  12. Brad Pitt

    [Official Blog] Heals for Reals

    The Portland Burnsiders have teamed up with KritzKast and USAopoly to create a weekend of entertainment in benefit of AFSP! The live stream starts at 9:00am PST Saturday, December 9th, on Twitch. Donations are already open via Scrap.tf and Just Giving. Donations of $10 or more receive the 'Heals for Reals' in-game medal. Copies of TF2 Monopoly® and Gravel and Gargoyles puzzles all signed by the Valve TF2 dev team are also up for grabs during the weekend. Image by sanatorium, logo by Teleportato, medal by NeoDement View the full article
  13. Shapeways has announced the winners of their Valve Design Contest! Head over and check out the winners! View the full article
  14. It's time to announce the Saxxy Awards for 2017, and we couldn't be more excited! We can't wait to see what variety of amazing videos you create! Don't forget that all Valve universes are available for use, and SFM shorts that were submitted to the Dota Short Film Contest are also eligible for this year's Saxxy Awards. The submission deadline is March 8th, 2018, but as always, we'd like to remind you that you can upload non-final versions up to a week in advance of the final deadline, to guard against last-minute computer failures, internet outages, YouTube login problems, etc. Check out the guidelines for details on the rules and deadlines, and get your entries ready! View the full article
  15. An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include: Added the Chapelaria 6v6 Season 3 tournament medals Contract loaner items no longer have an expiration date Players viewing their ConTracker can no longer move or attack Fixed the main menu not updating its layout after a resolution change Fixed the Engineer's ConTracker animation Fixed the Medic, Sniper, and Engineer not un-hiding their weapons at the end of the ConTracker animation Fixed item collections sometimes incorrectly marking items as owned Fixed rendering issues with the Infernal Flames, Infernal Smoke, Cloudy Moon, It's A Secret To Everybody, Ancient Eldritch, Eldritch Flame, and Death by Disco unusual effects Updated the materials for Mandrew's Munificent Mug View the full article
  16. Today’s update reworks the Ranked matchmaking system, as our inaugural six-month Ranked Season is ready to begin. Entering the season, all players will be able to earn a new Rank Medal on their profile that represents their highest performance level for the current season. A Seasonal Rank Medal never decreases in rank once you’ve achieved it. Initial calibration games will be seeded roughly based on your previous skill. There are seven levels of Rank Medals, and within each level are five stars of progress to earn towards the next Medal. These Medals are: Herald, Guardian, Crusader, Archon, Legend, Ancient, and Divine. Your performance in both Party and Solo games is considered when evaluating your skill and determining when your Medal gets upgraded, with Solo games having a bigger impact. In order for players to achieve either the Ancient or Divine Medals, only Solo-game performance is considered. This update also expands the Leaderboard system to include many more players. Players with 5 stars on the Divine Rank Medal (the highest rank) will now have a leaderboard number listed with the medal that broadcasts their position amongst other players. This leaderboard position will always be displayed alongside the Medal, and will be visible to all players in the game and on your profile. View the full article
  17. An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include: Added Jingle Jam 2017 community medals Due to fraudulent use, temporarily untradeable giveaway gifts (e.g. Pallet of Crates, Secret Saxtons, key gifts) cannot be used until their tradability restriction has expired View the full article
  18. An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include: Fixed the scoreboard not displaying the proper images for Jungle Inferno Campaign Pass owners Fixed a Pyro animation bug related to jumping Fixed the Spy-cicle not giving the Spy fire immunity Fixed the animation for The Second Banana plate Fixed a Scout bug where mini-crits were granted to weapons other than The Atomizer while jumping Added the Titanium Tank Participant Medal Updated the Mann Co. Store to support the new foreign currencies added to Steam Updated the localization files Updated pl_enclosure_finalFixed a buildable area in BLU spawn for stage 1 Updated materials for foliage props Updated plr_bananabayThe train will now pass at its maximum frequency after both payloads make it up the large hill Fixed players getting pushed into the underwater tunnel and ceiling over right spawn exit Fixed spawn gates trapping enemy players Amplified train engine sound Reworked left spawn exit Added small barrier near final cap Improved performance in some areas Reduced push force near outer rocks Updated cp_mossrockFixed small area where Engineers could build in initial BLU spawn Fixed area where you could fall in the pit and not die Fixed cases where you could block the train without dying The train now doesn't kill you if your toe touches it Optimized FPS around the last point. Should be significantly better. Brightened the underside of last point slightly Improved clipping around the ramp to last point Fixed a case where your view would glitch out on the sign near cap A View the full article
  19. We’ve refreshed our merchandise line with new t-shirts, drinkware, hats, a packable jacket and backpack, and a CS:GO-themed ZOWIE mouse. Browse the new Core Collection at the Valve store, and let us know what you think! View the full article
  20. Brad Pitt

    [Official Blog] The Best of Hydra

    Today, we’re launching a new and improved method for matchmaking players who are likely to have a good experience playing together. For more detail click here. Today also marks the end of Operation Hydra. As the operation comes to a close, we’re making several changes to CS:GO: Wingman Wingman was the most popular Operation Hydra Event, and will remain available for players with a few changes. Wingman matchmaking will feature community favorite Wingman maps from Operation Hydra, and players will now be able to select individual maps instead of having one randomly selected. Additionally, players will now have a Wingman skill group that will be used exclusively when matchmaking in Wingman. War Games With the War Games format, players were able to select their desired game mode and could select a new experience after a few rounds. We’re keeping the War Games format, and folding in some of CS:GO’s alternative game modes into that category. In the War Games tab, players will be able to select Arms Race, Demolition, or the most popular War Game of Operation Hydra, Flying Scoutsman! Competitive Map Pool Today we’re adding Agency to the Competitive map pool, and making some additional adjustments. The Competitive Matchmaking map pool previously contained every map in CS:GO, making it difficult for new or recently updated maps to stand out among the crowd of available options and generating poor matches as a result. To address these problems, the least-played maps will no longer be featured in official Competitive Matchmaking. Over time, promising new or updated maps will enter the map pool, and less played maps will continue to be removed. Casual Map Groups To give players’ favorite maps a better chance of winning the vote, maps in the Casual game mode have been redistributed into new groups based on overall playtime. Some of the least-played maps have been removed from the pool, and some new maps have been added: Austria, Shipped, Agency, and Insertion. As with the Competitive Matchmaking map pool, the Casual map pool and map groups will be updated over time. View the full article
  21. An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include: Fixed a bug related to The Fortified Compound and lighting arrows Updated the RGL.gg Pick/Ban Prolander Participant tournament medal so it can be painted Updated the localization files View the full article
  22. TFCL has announced three new seasons starting in November! Get ready for 6v6 Season 3, Ultiduo Season 4, and Highlander Season 1! Registration for all three tournaments has already begun! Matches start on November 25th. Visit the TFCL website for more information. View the full article
  23. An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include: Fixed an exploit where players were getting out of bumper-car mode and ghost mode on Halloween maps Fixed a rare client crash related to community server mods Fixed not seeing the new flamethrower effects on some machines Fixed not being able to jump after zooming with The Classic Fixed the bite bodygroup for The Second Banana Fixed The Rescue Ranger not drawing its attached screen properly Fixed The Saxton not cloaking properly Fixed a Pyro melee animation bug Fixed a client hitch related to the backpack Added new drop plates for The Fishcake, The Dalokohs Bar, and The Buffalo Steak Sandvich Updated the Taunt Unusualifier 'Inspect' screen to display the unusual effects it will roll against when used Updated the localization files View the full article
  24. An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include: Fixed a client crash related to the Mann Co. Store Fixed server crash related to the ConTracker War Paints directly purchased with Blood Money in the Mercenary Park Gift Shop and the Dragon Slayer come as Factory New againExisting War Paints and weapons affected by yesterday's change will be fixed-up in the coming days Fixed the bite bodygroup for The Fishcake and The Dalokohs Bar Fixed the Festive Jag not drawing the lights Fixed a bug related to the Razorback and touching a resupply closet or respawning Fixed the Mantreads description for reduced airblast vulnerability Fixed bots constantly respawning during Training mode Fixed bots constantly respawning when tf_bot_force_class is set Fixed a case where bots would constantly respawn if tf_bot_spawn_use_preset_roster was disabled Added tf_bot_reevaluate_class_in_spawnroom convar to allow servers to disable bot reselecting their class while in spawn rooms Fixed a bug with the Phlogistinator's attack distance so it matches the other flamethrowers Fixed the War Paint icons in the Steam Community MarketKnown issue: War Paints still show as blank and with zero quantity in search results Fixed a bug related to the Medi Gun overheal upgrade in Mann vs. Machine War Paints now have individual listings on the Steam Community Market Outgoing party invites now get a notification panel Updated cp_badlandsDisabled collision on a bunch of props (mainly lights/lamps) Reduced attackers' spawn advantage by 1 second when working on final control point Upgraded the small ammo pack to medium in the yard (on the porch) View the full article
  25. An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include: Fixed an issue with how Flamethrowers were determining range after recent fixes to close-range hit detection Updated the Taunt Unusualifier to draw from a pool of previous years' Halloween Unusual effects during the Scream Fortress IX event Updated War Paints purchased from the Mercenary Park Gift Shop so they use all wear levels View the full article