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I am currently looking for a team in TF2. I've look on different forums, and I have noticed that people often speak about "bronze, silver" etc... when they present themselves for joining a team.

I was wondering what is the meaning of this ranking?

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Iron and Silver are two of the divisions used in US competitive play. The full list, from best to worst goes:

  • Platinum
  • Gold (Only in Highlander)
  • Silver
  • Steel
  • Iron

Teams in competitive leagues will play teams from the same division. This means teams will mostly play teams of a similar skill level. Different leagues have different rules for what division a new team can start in but all will bump teams up or down if they perform well or poorly.

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  • OP mentions bronze, but this answer does not contain it. Is there a reason for that? – Batophobia Jul 25 '14 at 14:27
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    @Batophobia Bronze isn't an actual division, at least not in any leagues I know of. – Studoku Jul 25 '14 at 14:33
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    I could be wrong, but I think the metallic leagues are unique to UGC, not US competitive play in general. – Austin Mohr Jul 25 '14 at 21:21
  • These divisions are specific to UGC. There's not really a standard. For example, CEVO has Open (equivalent to the higher UGC leagues), Main, and I think they were considering Professional? This may be out of date but it's just an example. – Rosa Jul 31 '14 at 14:34

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