When is a capture point being contested and when is being captured in Team Fortress 2? Whenever the announcer announces that a control point is being threatened by the other team, how is the determination made? It doesn't seem like there's much of a difference as there doesn't seem to be criteria for either. Is there a difference or is just random?


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The Administrator has multiple voice lines for the same events, and in this case, I don't think it makes any difference which word she's using.

  • Because there's a difference between voice lines and some of the technical terminology used elsewhere.
    – rosuav
    Nov 29, 2017 at 12:56

According to the TF2 wiki page on Control Point:


Control points are captured by standing on top of them.


If players from both teams are on the same, unlocked control point, that point is said to be contested, which means no progress is made toward the point changing team control.

So if you/your team are the only ones on the point, you will capture. A point is contested when both you and the enemy team are trying to capture the same point.

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    I'm pretty sure it is not possible to capture a control point if there is an enemy player on the point. Regardless how many players of your own team are there.
    – eee
    Oct 25, 2017 at 19:06
  • @eee You are correct. You will not be able to capture if there are any enemy players on the point. It even says it in the quoted text for “contested”
    – Stevoisiak
    Nov 29, 2017 at 15:09

rosuav is correct. Although the wiki defines the terms "captured" and "contested", in actual gameplay the Administrator uses both words interchangeably regardless of whether any defenders are on the control point at the time the attackers walk onto it. It is completely random, and the game doesn't make any distinctions at all.

  • Really? That's weird how the wiki makes a distinction but it doesn't reflect in the voice lines. If this is true, I'll go ahead and accept Rousav's because he answered first, but if there was maybe some reference material that be better.
    – Andrew Li
    Dec 5, 2017 at 5:49
  • @Andrew Li: Yeah, I'd upload some footage to support the answer but I'm not about to make a YouTube account just for some one-off videos. Perhaps something changed over the years, or perhaps it was an oversight from the very beginning.
    – BoltClock
    Dec 5, 2017 at 5:51
  • Okay. I'll go ahead and trust this because it does seem a bit random in my own experience. Thanks.
    – Andrew Li
    Dec 5, 2017 at 5:53

If a point is contested, it means that at least one of your own teammates is standing on the point at the same time as at least one enemy. In this case, the point can not be captured by the enemy until your teammate leaves the area or dies.

If a point is being captured, it means that at least one enemy stands on the point and makes progress towards capturing it for his team.

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