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Highlander RGL's Harassment Policy, Bans, and Invite Registrations
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Important Details

Region
North America

Experimental Cup #2
April 13th - 27th

New Team Registration Ends & Placement of Teams
May 28th

Roster Locks
July 8th

Regular Season
3 June - 15 July

Playoffs
22 July - 5 August

Default Match Day
Monday @ 9:30 PM EST**

Cost
All non-Invite division are free


Invite Registration

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Invite players must have the paid status to be eligible to participate in the match. Players that have played in a match and did not pay are not considered legitimate players in the match.

For Season 3, registration costs will be cheaper as the season goes on. In following seasons, we plan to implement a payment structure, where players can pay for games, instead of paying the full price for only substituting for a single match.

As such, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Invite Admin cinder.

Bans

These bans were enacted before the release of this article.

The following player has been caught cheating by the RGL team and will be banned for one year:


This was the alt account connected to Luc, which has also now been banned:


RGL’s Stance on Harassment and Toxicity

Considering a recent harassment case, we find it appropriate to make an official statement regarding our position on this sort of behavior, both in and out of league-sanctioned activity. As representatives of the league they participate in, players are expected to uphold the sportsmanlike integrity that RGL encourages. As such, we want to enlist clear guidelines with examples, as well as place an importance on understanding the context and intent of a player for each case.

Comments made on public platforms (i.e. forums, league-run Discord servers, match comms) and during scrims and matches, if reported by another player, will be looked at on a case-by-case basis. Because of this rule, context and circumstances are extremely important factors to uncover when investigating such reports.

Conversely, comments made on private platforms (i.e. Steam messages, private Discord servers, Mumble, etc.) will, simply put, not play a large factor in acting against players accused of harassment. RGL does not believe it is fair to police the words and actions of players in a private setting and therefore will not apply much scrutiny to these reports, lest we suspect a genuine intent to harm or threaten another player.

Some examples of what harassment is:

  • Any unwelcome comments made towards a player (through any medium) that makes them feel uncomfortable or threatened
  • Threatening to dox/harm another player
  • Stalking

Some examples of what harassment is NOT:

  • In-game “trash talk” (ex: being called bad)
  • Being spammed in private messages
  • Gossip in private discords

Again, each case is viewed individually, and attempting to circumvent these guidelines will not help one’s case should they dispute an accusation made towards them.

Harassment in games will result in league-based punishments. Each case can vary, with admins issuing formal warnings -- with this leading to suspensions if the players do not cooperate. Examples of this are included below:

This player was found to be the main perpetrator with harassing players in-game. As such, this player will be receiving the longest suspension, covering the current season as well as the offseason:


The following players were also found to be partially responsible for the comments made. They will receive bans until after the Season 3 roster lock and until then, will not be permitted to participate in any RGL-sanctioned matches, even as a ringer:

The following player will be banned for the remainder of the season for their highly derogatory and racist comments made in a RGL match server:


Joining these players will be tj and tmp who will be banned from RGL for two weeks for their derogatory comments made in a match server.

The following player will be banned for 2 months for continually using racist aliases during official RGL matches. This is their second offense:


The following player will be banned for 2 weeks for using a racist alias during an official RGL match. This is their first offense:


The following player will be banned for 2 months for using racial slurs on RGL platforms:


We strive for a good-natured competitive environment and urge our players to help us achieve that in the best way possible.
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danny o finally got banned, sad about tj and austin though might hurt bruh team and Rayman5000 a bit losing their engi and med respectively even just for a bit.
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#3
I'm gonna miss Austin this season. We'll find another engie, but still sucks to have to scramble.
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#4
mr chubbz is dead
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#5
Come on, Focks... players don't those aliases...
Avoid doing that horrible funny...

For Austin, TMP, tj and hypedad, u guys should done better approaches to problems...
Kegasignature~
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#6
Completely understandable in my case, I said things I should not have said in the heat of the moment. I'll see you guys on upward week.

As an aside on clarifications, where would twitch streams or vods lie in terms of where you make comments? Would they be considered private or public statements?
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#7
I’m assuming they would consider private unless it’s stream for scrims and matches
I will always be a pyro main <3
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#8
so I don't have to pay up if my team goes winless?
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#9
please stop banning chubbz
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(06-21-2019, 05:44 PM)TMP Wrote: Completely understandable in my case, I said things I should not have said in the heat of the moment. I'll see you guys on upward week.

As an aside on clarifications, where would twitch streams or vods lie in terms of where you make comments? Would they be considered private or public statements?

Twitch would be considered a private platform, just as how Discord is and how we do not place much scrutiny in comments made on team Discord servers.

For Invite in particular, it is a casted division and thus is a representation of the league. If your top players in the league are openly being racist on Twitch by making racist comments, that does not settle well -- as players on the outside will associate the player with the league.

(06-21-2019, 05:51 PM)dope Wrote: so I don't have to pay up if my team goes winless?

Cinder should have messaged your team leaders. Unpaid players that have participated in past matches will not be able to participate in future matches, with future punishments being pressed.
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#11
so there isnt going to be a punishment for the players that have already played in invite matches without paying up
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#12
They should be paid up immediately or they should face consequences. To avoid all this I propose a team fee instead of by players because HL are more likely to use subs and last minute ringers compared to 6s. Especially we don’t normally reschedule matches if mains can’t play.
I will always be a pyro main <3
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As far as paying up is concerned, we will not be punishing teams if they pay for those players by tomorrow at 11:59 PM.

We cannot punish them previously as we had made an oversight and not included it into the rules until recently, thus it would be unfair to punish teams who didn't know they were rule-breaking.

That being said, punishment will be handed out if those individuals aren't paid up for by tomorrow at 11:59 PM.
You felt something warm inside your heart.
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(06-21-2019, 06:32 PM)Arzt Hispanian Wrote: They should be paid up immediately or they should face consequences. To avoid all this I propose a team fee instead of by players because HL are more likely to use subs and last minute ringers compared to 6s. Especially we don’t normally reschedule matches if mains can’t play.

Regarding the payment structure, I am in favor of listening to all feedback and seeing what we can do differently for following seasons. The point is being able to be receptive to feedback and change accordingly, so the playerbase is happy.
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#15
Say I'm needed last second on a monday night, but I haven't paid yet, I'm allowed to pay after I play the match right?
Dog is my supplier, talk to him if you want the stuff
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(06-21-2019, 08:32 PM)fruitcup Wrote: Say I'm needed last second on a monday night, but I haven't paid yet, I'm allowed to pay after I play the match right?

Just make sure you contact cinder, so there is not any confusion. I am sure they would understand.
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#17
i think the best action would be for a team payment structure where each player can pitch in to reach the goal, so it would still equal 10$ per main, but also allow subs and last minute ringers to play should they be needed without needing to drop the money for 1 match
hh brother
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#18
Agreed ^
I will always be a pyro main <3
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#19
can i get an unban please, it will not happen again. i have learned my lesson . why do u admins have to publicly humiliate banned players im just wonmdering lol
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(06-23-2019, 01:14 AM)CHUBBZ Wrote: why do u admins have to publicly humiliate banned players im just wonmdering lol

What you call public humiliation is considered normal in other regions of TF2 and other games as a method of transparency to ensure everyone gets the same story on why individuals were banned. Other leagues in NA have been called out for their shady dealings for years now. Publicly announcing bans shows the community that nothing gets swept under the rug and displays the reasoning behind each and every ban.

Being transparent proves do the community that:
1) rules are created to be enforced, not to just be on display
2) every player is held to the same code of conduct regardless of their popularity or notoriety
3) serving as a warning so players understand that similar behavior will also result in bans
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