Valve updated Team Fortress 2 once again and even though the patch wasn't major, it brought some sorely needed changes such additional communication restrictions for toxic teammates.
Team Fortress 2 is suffering from some prolonged issues as Valve didn't pay much attention to the game over the last few years, such as bots and toxicity. While the company addressed bots partially in a different patch, they are now coming down on the toxic players.
Accounts that were chat restricted in matchmaking will now be restricted from sending voice chat as well so the toxic players will no longer have that workaround to utilise.
Furthermore, vote kick process has been updated to automatically vote yes for anyone who hasn't voted already, in case the target of the vote leaves the server. On top of that, the Mute Player menu will have the same information as the Report Player one, which should provide a better overview of who is genuinely toxic.
A matchmaking badge has been added and tied to the Report Player dialogue which should hopefully encourage a more responsible nature with the feature. Additionally, matchmaking badges that were displaying incorrect tier in the scoreboard have been fixed.
Not everything in this patch was tied to curbing toxicity though and players gained quality of life changes that were based on community fixes from Andrés S, commonly known as rabscootle.
In case you found your cosmetic items in second and third equip slots unequipped before, you will be relieved to hear this issue has been fixed as well. There also some minor updates such as updated tournament medals and localisation files.