Hello everybody! Before I begin, please allow me to briefly introduce myself: I’m OneSky, the newest admin on the Fuck Yeah TF2 Tumblr and server. I have been playing TF2 for well over a year now, and I always try to improve my gameplay which leads me to the main purpose behind this post…
Let’s talk MGE!
What is MGE? MGE is an acronym for My Gaming Edge which was website created by CB. The website was designed for pros to provide premium content to its subscribers—giving them an edge in competitive gaming…in TF2. Hoho, get it? The bad news is that the website shut down back in December 2011. The good news is that all of their videos are now free to the public and archived on YouTube.
What is MGE mod/training? MGE mod is a Sourcemod plug-in created by Lange, and mge_training is a map created by CB and swaty. Now, most players frequently refer to “MGE” as a specific game mode. For those completely unfamiliar with it, MGE is simply a game mode that simulates a 1 vs. 1 death match scenario. Two players enter an arena, spawn in random locations with overheal, and typically, the first player to reach 20 points wins. Points are rewarded to a player whenever the other player dies or switches class.
Within mge_training, there are different arenas in which you can play in. The default ones are:
- cp_granary middle
- cp_granary last
- cp_badlands middle
- cp_badlands spire
- koth_viaduct middle
- cp_waste middle
- cp_gullywash middle
- cp_snakewater middle
In addition to the arenas that simulate actual maps, there are also arenas that feature other game modes which include:
- endif: A game mode from Quake. When two players enter this arena, they are both given unlimited ammo with no reloading and seemingly infinite health. While one does not take any damage on the ground, any explosive damage above the red line is instant kill. You see, the purpose of this map is to practice airshots…although the environment is far from realistic.
- bball: This could be an entirely separate topic, but to keep it relatively short: two soldiers enter an arena that simulates a basketball court with the intelligence in the middle. The intel is essentially a basketball, and to cap it, you have to rocket jump into the hoop. While this game mode is hilariously fun, I think it doubles as a great way to practice rocket jumping. Don’t believe me? See for yourself.
- ammomod: This arena is flat and circular. You spawn with a large multiple of your base health.
- MGE ammomod: Essentially the same arena as ammomod except you spawn with overheal instead.
- directs: Similar to arena to ammomod in terms of the map and health. However, only direct hits will do any damage. Splash damage does absolutely nothing in this arena, so you can’t even rocket/sticky/pipe jump.
With all of this said, I love playing MGE, because it is incredibly fun. It is also one of the best methods of improving your death matching (DM) abilities. Needless to say, DM is extremely important in TF2. However, as with any other type of training, take it with a grain of salt. It’s not always about “winning” in MGE. Use it as tool to improve your positioning and aiming!
“You’ve convinced me, OneSky! So where can we do this thang?!” Well, the easiest way to find an MGE server near you is to type in “mge_” while searching for maps on TF2.
All you have to do is join a server, and then type !add into the chat box.
Then simply select an arena. The number in parenthesis indicates the number of players in an arena. There can only be two players per arena. If you add into a “full” arena, then you will be added onto a queue to play the winner.
I personally like to play in UGC’s MGE Server (IP: 184.108.40.206:27015) because it allows every class except for heavy. Feel free to let us know what your favorite MGE servers are, and I’ll be happy to update this post with a list. Please include the server’s IP address and location.
One last word of warning is that most players who frequent MGE servers have decent to exceptional DM capabilities, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t do well your first time playing MGE.
I highly recommend anyone who wants to improve to give this a go, whether you want to begin playing competitively or you want to do some next-level pub-stomping.
Try joining a server with a friend if random opponents do not suit you. Better yet, I invite anyone to play with me or any of the TF2 admins who are down. I know Oppa is. ^___^
tl;dr: 1v1 death match practice in TF2, come get some!
This needs a little more exposure than it received.