Aabicus: When I first started playing TF2, I didn’t have the patience for regular Pyro, and I was well aware that I sucked at the airblast. So when the Pyro Grordbort set came out, I had my first experience trying to craft with tokens, as they didn’t have proper blueprints and I thought they never would. Several refined metals worth of drops later, and I had enough flare guns and backburners to equip an angry mob.
I finally got my Phlogistinator and Manmelter once the normal blueprint came out, and rocked it with my Homewrecker, because I never got melee kills so I figured removing sappers was a free utility. And I played that for a really, really long time…
Another loadout I really liked was Loch-N-Load/Chargin’ Targe/Persian Persuader, because I’d seen this video by STAR_ but had a deathly fear of lowered base health. I remember was a randomizer server that gave me Spy with Black Box, Sticky Jumper, and Spycicle, that I fell in love with the Sticky Jumper. Honestly, the very last demoman secondary I tried was the Stickybomb Launcher.
Medic: Being someone who had no idea what they were doing when they first started playing Team Fortress 2, imagine the look on my face when I first find a Kritzkrieg. With all that positive blue text, I didn’t realise at first that the Kritzkrieg DIDN’T make you invulnerable. Thankfully, I learned what the Kritzkrieg actually did after the third Uber. Unfortunately, I didn’t learn the downsides of the Blutsauger and the uselessness of the Bonesaw until waaaaaay later. The Blutsauger in particular followed the trend of “Oh! It’s new! It MUST be a better weapon!” that I went through for a few weeks. Eventually, when I realised that I was dying much more often to Pyros, I switched back to the Syringe Gun.
The other weapon that has always convinced me was amazing was the Direct Hit. Considering that, in the beginning, I couldn’t hit people standing right in front of me with the shotgun, it’s weird that I was so fond of the one rocket launcher aimed at highly skilled players and Sniper wannabes. These days though, I know I still can’t aim, so I use the Original.
Sad thing is, I still have my Achievement items.