The update, which Valve conducted beta testing for earlier this year, will add a ranked competitive mode to the game in addition to quickplay matchmaking with opportunities to rank up from titles like "Fresh Meat" all the way to "Death Merchant. In Competitive Mode, as Valve notes, "every win and every loss counts. It's a serious affair, at least more so than usual, and competitive mode won't simply be open to every single player who downloads the game until you tie your account with a phone number and purchase a special item to earn premium status. But as this is still Team Fortress 2 , one of the silliest multiplayer diversions out there, even the fact that you're playing for keeps sometimes is still a little chilled out.
After over a year of building excitement, Team Fortress 2 received its official matchmaking update last Friday. It hit alongside a community-focused Pyro vs. Heavy metagame, a large change to quickplay servers , and a patch which rebalanced weapons for 6v6.
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