September 8th 2018, 13:23
by catfish
ozfortress news

Welcome back everyone! After the Revival Cup 2018, ozfortress season 23 is upon us, the flagship competitive TF2 event for the Oceanic region returns for the third and final time in 2018. As usual, the league will be run using the highly successful Warzone. Whether you are a hardened veteran of the scene or a newcomer to 6v6 TF2 there will be a place for you in ozfortress season 23 and we hope to see you there!

ozfortress season 23 also marks the return of cp_logjam. Logjam was last seen on Australian servers in 2015 and we're excited to see it make its ozfortress seasonal league debut! It will take the place of cp_granary_pro_rc8 in the active map pool.

OZF 23 will feature 3 brackets: Premier, Intermediate and Open. Premier will have a round robin group stage while the lower two brackets will consist of a Swiss group stage. All brackets will continue using the Page Playoffs format. Grand Finals for Premier shall be played as a no-advantage best of 5, while Open and Intermediate Grand Finals will be a best of 3. Premier will have 8 teams while Intermediate's bracket size is pending signups. Open will have an unrestricted number of teams.

All server booking will continue to be done through ozfortress discord. Simply join the #bookings channel in the ozfortress Discord and type /book and details of your server booking will be PM'd to you. To view more commands, type /help in the #bookings channel.

In Warzone, Captains can create Teams using the "Start Team" button on the Teams page. Once created, Captains can invite players to the Team. Team invites are shown on a player's profile, which can be accessed by clicking on your name next to the bell on the top right hand corner of your screen. Teams provide a pool of players that can be signed up for a tournament. Players may be in the pool for multiple teams but only one Roster for any given tournament. Captains may sign up a Roster for tournaments under the League page.

If you're new and not sure how to get started, don't fret! Check out the #recruitment section of the ozfortress Discord where you can express your interest in joining a team, or peruse potential players to form a team of your own. Teams are normally comprised of 1 Medic, 1 Demoman, 2 Soldiers and 2 Scouts. If you're new to the competitive scene, click here for an introduction to ozfortress!

Please ensure you have enough backups to last the season; teams are allowed a maximum of 10 players rostered for any single tournament.

With a host of experienced casters and expert producers, TFLIVE remains your number 1 destination for ozfortress coverage. Catch live coverage on the TFLIVE Twitch channel and find VODs of previous games on the TFLIVE YouTube.

You can sign up for ozfortress season 23 from Saturday the 8th of September up until Wednesday the 19th of September. We aim to have seeding out by the 22nd, with the season starting on the 23rd . This gap between the closing of signups and the start of the season is to give the administration team more time to seed, ozfortress season 23 will begin on Sunday the 23rd of September.

Continue the discussion here: https://warzone.ozfortress.com/forums/threads/80
September 2nd 2018, 21:21
by catfish
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September 2nd 2018, 00:09
by catfish
ozfortress news

Thank you to all teams who played in the ozfortress Revival Cup 2018! It was exciting to see the return of many of our old favourites. Make sure you all stay tuned, OZF 23 is right round the corner!

Placements are listed below. Congratulations to all winners!

1st - nefarious
2nd - League of Super Evil
3rd - Cut For ( essence! )

1st - back 2 the bones
2nd - Plan Z
3rd - goobermensch

1st - Bully Squad
2nd - [Low Open]
3rd - The Big Monstrosity

Continue the discussion here: https://warzone.ozfortress.com/forums/threads/78
September 1st 2018, 17:04
by catfish
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5ft wang
Cut For ( essence! )
Damage, Re-inc
League of Super Evil
ad hominem attack
milk delivery can
3 mongs
Moronic Interrogative
Plan Z
Winx Club
back 2 the bones
[Low Open]
Bully Squad
Divided AUssembly
Drop Bear
The Big Monstrosity
Uber Beets
lau restricted from every class but Medic.
john the asian restricted from Soldier.

[Schedule] [Unlocks] [Rules]
[Server Configuration] [FAQ]

Continue the discussion here: https://warzone.ozfortress.com/forums/threads/77
August 22nd 2018, 22:38
by catfish
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For the majority of its existence, ozfortress has been self-sustaining and has never relied on or asked for community donations in order to keep the site and its competitions running. Over the past couple of days however, ozfortress has experienced some hosting issues related to our servers and infrastructure that may cause this to change.

The ozfortress game servers for both Team Fortress 2 and Team Fortress Classic are currently located on physical server known as heavy.ozfortress.com that is owned by ozfortress. This server was being kindly hosted by infinite free of change, however now it is looking like this deal will come to an end. ozfortress is still in possession of the physical server for heavy.ozfortress.com, however now we may not have a location to host it.

The ozfortress.com site is in a much more dire situation. It is looking extremely likely that ozfortress.com will go down and that the vast majority of history and content on the site will be lost. This is sad news for the community as ozfortress.com contains the history of ozfortress ever since its creation in 2001. A copy of the public areas of the site may still be preserved, however. While this is disheartening news, the forums on Warzone are able to replace the forums on ozfortress.com, so our main priority is getting the game servers back at this stage.

In the coming weeks, heavy.ozfortress.com and the game servers may go down, along with ozfortress.com. We are currently working on a fix. If any community member is in willing to help us find a new location to host heavy.ozfortress.com in any way, please contact an ozfortress administrator. It is possible that in order for ozfortress to continue hosting competitons we may need financial assistance from the community. This would potentially allow ozfortress to continue running for years to come.

In terms of the immediate future of ozfortress, the Revival Cup 2018 will continue as planned. We will keep the community updated on any developments that occur.

Thank you,
The ozfortress administration team
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Throughout the lifetime of ozfortress, we have seen many maps come and go. While some maps are still being played today nearly ten years on, others have been left to gather dust, until now. The Revival Cup will run as a One Night Cup on the Saturday the 1st of September, with signups opening on the 19th of August. Absent from ozfortress competitions for more than five years, the Revival Cup will see the return of many old and abandoned maps, including cp_yukon, cp_freight, and the infamous cp_gravelpit.

It is important to note that while this cup will feature classic maps, it will be played using modern configs and unlocks. The most recent edition of the Global Whitelist will be used, most recently used in OZF 22.

The Revival Cup will run using a similar system to our previous One Night Cups. Aiming for a fun and relaxed experience, there will be three brackets - Premier, Intermediate and Open. Premier and Intermediate will have 8 teams while Open will have 16, signups permitting. All brackets will be a single elimination bracket, over a single night.

Each match will be a best-of-one with maps being set, using a win-difference of 5 / 30 minutes format. Attack/Defend maps are played to a best of three format.

Please make sure you familiarise yourself with cp_gravelpit and its stopwatch format. More information about stopwatch and Attack/Defend can be found here.

Ties are not allowed and will be resolved by Golden Cap, in which one extra round is played, and the team that wins that round is declared the winner. If no one caps last at the end of 10 minutes, the team that owns the middle point will be declared the winner.

Unfortunately, as this is a One Night Cup, there will be NO badges for this event.

As the schedule for this tournament is tight, teams must be ready with at least 5 rostered players in the server by the round start time. If a team is more than FIVE minutes late, your bracket's league administrator MUST be contacted and a forfeit win will be recorded. DO NOT DELAY YOUR MATCH AS A COURTESY TO A LATE TEAM. ONE DELAYED MATCH DELAYS THE WHOLE TOURNAMENT. Note that 5CP matches can go for 40 minutes with a Golden Cap, so this must be followed closely.

ozfortress servers will be used for this competition, but they will be distributed by ozfortress League Administrators through Warzone. Be sure to be in the ozfortress Discord for ease of communication.

Since there are multiple brackets, all administrators will be separated into respective brackets like the seasonal league. League administrators and their respective brackets will be announced when signups have ended.

In Warzone, captains can create Teams using the "Start Team" button on the Teams page. Once created, captains can invite players to the team. Team invites are shown on a player's profile, which can be accessed by clicking on your name next to the bell on the top right hand corner of your screen. Teams provide a pool of players that can be signed up for a tournament. Players may be in the pool for multiple teams but only one roster for any given tournament. Captains may sign up a roster for tournaments under the league page.

If you are using an existing team, you do not have to recreate your team again! Simply sign up your already-existing team to The Revival Cup and you're ready to play.

The ruleset for ozfortress One Night Cups differ slightly from the ruleset used in the regular seasonal leagues. Be sure to have a read of the changes to make sure you are up to date. These have been outlined in the following posts and also in the FAQ.

If you're new and not sure how to get started, don't fret! Check out the #recruitment section of the ozfortress Discord where you can express your interest in joining a team, or peruse potential players to form a team of your own. Teams are normally comprised of 1 Medic, 1 Demoman, 2 Soldiers and 2 Scouts. If you're new to the competitive scene, click here for an introduction to ozfortress! Whether you're a veteran or new to the scene, get on a team and come play!

Know any older players looking for a nostalgia trip? Or perhaps a new player looking to experience the maps for the first time? Then why not head on over to Warzone and signup today! Signups are open now, right up until Thursday the 30th of August at 11:59 PM!

Continue the discussion here: https://warzone.ozfortress.com/forums/threads/75
August 10th 2018, 21:13
by catfish
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The August poll is here! Like always, we run a poll in between tournaments to see what the community wants. We've put in some key questions that we would like you to answer regarding whitelists, administration, important rule changes and maps.

It would be greatly appreciated if you take the time to express your views so we can make ozfortress better!

Continue the discussion here: https://warzone.ozfortress.com/forums/threads/74
August 8th 2018, 20:56
by catfish
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Continue the discussion here: https://warzone.ozfortress.com/forums/threads/73
August 6th 2018, 20:27
by obla
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It has been nearly three years since I began managing ozfortress competition. Over this period of time we've hosted eight seasons of the seasonal league, and many off-season cups. However, that time for me has come to an end, as effective immediately I will be stepping down as ozfortress League Director.

Over the last few months my priorities have changed as my new career kicks off. There was not enough motivation to justify me leading ozfortress, and I believe the community deserves a more dedicated League Director. Therefore, the time has come for me to give others a chance to better the league for the Oceanic community.

Despite this, I am proud of what ozfortress has become over the last three years. We have moved from matches being organised on a forum to a fully fledged tournament system (thanks to /dev/zero). TF2 is no longer played for only half the year, moving to a triannual system to keep up with the international leagues. Servers have also become easier to use, with the Discord booking system replacing the ancient IRC. The Global Whitelist also replaced the restrictive whitelist of seasons past.

Effective immediately, catfish is the new ozfortress League Director. I have full confidence that he will make ozfortress even better than it is today. This decision not a sudden change having been made months prior, and my successor has been briefed to make this a smooth transition. Nevertheless, I will still be advising or administrating where required and requested.

I am eternally grateful for the experiences I was able to gather, but most importantly the people I was able to meet, play and work with. With a grateful heart, I thank the entire community for the encouragement, cooperation and trust you have shown to me over the years. It's been fun hanging out with you all both online and in person. I'd like to thank all the ozfortress administrators both current and past for helping me through all the logistics, as well as those who have ever contributed, is still contributing or will contribute in the future to the competitive TF2 scene. The scene is small and self-driven, and it is those community leaders who keep the scene going forward. My role as League Director may end here but ozfortress and the competitive TF2 community will continue to advance without me.
July 30th 2018, 00:20
by catfish
ozfortress news

Congratulations Premier winners Pencil Case

Snakewater - 5 - 0
Granary - 2 - 3 (GC)
Gullywash - 2 - 0
Sunshine - 6 - 1

Congratulations to Pencil Case on winning the OZF 22 Premier Grand Final against Jasmine Tea.

The first map of the series was Snakewater, the pick of Pencil Case. Pencil Case quickly demonstrated their proficiency on the map, taking the first round in just over a minute. Pencil Case then carried their momentum though the rest of the map, with Jasmine Tea unable to put a stop to them, leading to Pencil Case taking the map with a convincing 5 - 0 scoreline.

Jasmine Tea chose Granary as their first map pick. While Jasmine Tea were not able to dominate on their map in the same way that Pencil Case did on theirs, they showed that they were able to push Pencil Case and compete with them despite a season plagued with roster changes. Both teams ended up trading round until the score was 2 - 2, leading to a Golden Cap round. Jasmine Tea ultimately proved victorious and took the Golden Cap, taking the map 3 - 2, and tying the series 1 - 1.

The third map of the series was Gullywash. While the first round was quickly taken by Pencil Case in just over 3 minutes, the next round was a grueling 25-minute affair. Pencil Case eventually took the round, leaving Jasmine Tea unable to catch-up to the scoreline with only 30 seconds on the clock, putting Pencil Case ahead in the series at 2 - 1.

The final map was Sunshine, Jasmine Tea's second pick. However Pencil Case were quick to put three rounds on the board in what looked like could be another repeat of Snakewater. Pencil Case were then able to extend their lead to 4 - 0, putting Jasmine Tea in a difficult position. Jasmine Tea were able to answer back with the next round putting the score at 4 - 1, but by then it was too little too late with Jasmine Tea out of time to get the rounds required to win. Pencil Case then took the next two rounds in just over four minutes, taking the map 6 - 1 and the championship 3 - 1.

Thank you to all the players and support staff that helped make this season possible! Stay tuned for off-season cup!

1st - Pencil Case
2nd - Jasmine Tea
3rd - xeno

Champions: Pencil Case
Best Demoman: Doge and redcoatzygote
Best Medic: lock
Best Pocket: ywl
Best Roamer: riot
Best Pocket Scout: AiShou
Best Flank Scout: Sam.
Best Utility: Elmo.

Most Improved Player: tay
Most Valuable Player: Sam.

Friendliest Team: xeno
Most Improved Team: xeno
Best Dressed Team: xeno
Best Caster: xander

Continue the discussion here: https://warzone.ozfortress.com/forums/threads/71