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ThreeWave CTF

Valve Corporation

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ThreeWave CTF is a cancelled official mod for Deathmatch Classic, originally leaked along side many of Valve's other files in 2003. It is a port of the popular ThreeWave Capture The Flag mods for Quake and Quake 2, originally created by David "Zoid" Kirsch.


The leaked build includes DMC versions of all of the official ThreeWave CTF maps from Quake (apart from ctf2m6, The Two Towers,) as well as modified versions of DMC maps to add CTF gameplay to them, including Quake Deathmatch and Campaign maps that weren't originally given a DMC version.


The movement and gunplay remains the same as DMC, apart from the inclusion of collectable Rune abilities and Grappling Hooks for quick navigation and reaching difficult areas. The collectable runes are Regeneration, Resistance, Strength, and Haste. Along side the Crowbar and Shotgun, the Grappling Hook is given to all players upon spawning in. Instead of Deathmatch, two teams of players must capture each other's flags to score points to win. Players holding their flag will drop it when killed. The flag will return to it's starting post after 40 seconds of being dropped or if a player from its team touches it.

Behind the Scenes[edit]

The message of the day text file refers to maps by different file name schemes. In the leaked build, the maps' file names are labeled by their level names, but the text file refers to them as their file names from the Quake mod but with the prefix dmc_ added. The file also references variants of maps and maps with inconsistent file naming compared to their original naming in the Quake mod.