Why can’t I play (pyro/sniper/heavy/engineer/spy) all the time in some formats?
The four main 6s classes are played because they are effective under most circumstances.
The others, “offclasses” or "specialists" are less effective except under specific scenarios, most
having to do with pushing/defending last. Playing a specialist class full time will usually
result in your team being less effective than it could be.
How do I get better at aiming?
Just like getting good at anything, you have to intentionally practice. You can do that
in pubs, but you can get faster results using an MGE (1v1) or DM (deathmatch) server. Here
is a list of training servers:
How do I get better at movement?
The answer is similar to aim. You can intentionally practice your movement mechanics on
any TF2 server. If you’re trying to get better at rocketjumping or stickyjumping, you can
play on jump servers.
How do I get on a team?
Once you’ve gotten reasonably confident in your movement and aim mechanics, you can join a team.
In NA, newbie.tf offers new player team drives, where all you have
to do is sign up. In other regions and at higher levels, you’ll have to find a team on the forums or
Newbie Mix FAQ
When are mixes held?
Mixes are active between 9 and Midnight Eastern time. Whenever we have enough participants
(12 newbies spread correctly across the main classes and 2 coaches) an admin will draft teams to
play a mix. Each mix is intended to last between 1 and 1.5 hours, but may fall outside that range.
This includes discussion time with your coaches in addition to up to 30 minutes of play time.
How do I play these?
Just join the mumble server (mumble.newbie.tf:64738) while mixes are active. Once there, join a
channel in the “ADD UP HERE” area based on what class you would like to play and what experience you
What experience level are these intended for?
We don’t have a set minimum skill requirement, however if you don’t understand the basics mechanics
of your class or are completely unfamiliar with the 6s format then you may struggle a bit. If you’re
unsure then you can spectate a Mix without participating to see if you can follow what’s happening.
On the maximum skill side, it generally comes down to whether your skill unbalances a mix sufficiently
that others can’t learn effectively. Ideally players find teams to practice with and stop needing Newbie
Mixes on their own, but sometimes admins need to give a little push. If we believe you’re outgrowing
Newbie Mixes we may restrict you from certain combat classes or “graduate” you entirely.
How does a draft work?
An admin will go class by class and call for volunteers to play. Generally a restriction will be
included such as asking for “people who have never played Newbie Mixes before.” These restrictions are
to help prioritize players who have less experience or haven’t had a chance to play that night. If a
newbie meets the stated restriction, then they should respond with their name as it appears in mumble.
Why can’t I use (kritzkrieg, banners, etc)?
There are a few unlocks that are allowed in league and play and are viable, but significantly change
how a team plays. Since this is a learning environment, oftentimes with players with very little
experience, we prefer to limit things to the basics to make it easier to understand.
When am I allowed to offclass?
We ask that you only offclass when holding or pushing the last points. If you would like to offclass
during those times, please ask your coach for permission beforehand to coordinate and make sure your team
knows what you’re doing.
What map will we be playing?
The first round of mixes each night is on cp_process_final. In our experience this is the easiest map
to learn. Later in the night, mixes may be held on cp_gullywash_final1 or cp_snakewater_final1. If we
have more experienced players we may play on cp_sunshine or cp_metalworks. We try to ensure that if you
play multiple Mixes a night then you will play each on a different map.
When is the next mix going to start?
On mix nights (Fridays), mixes begin as soon as we have 12 players, 2 coaches, and 1 server readily
available. Unfortunately, it is hard to guess the answer to that question.