Rambling about the Scorch Shot

So, last night, Medic passed me the prizes on Steam (Thanks Medic!). Then with a swish of her lab coat she disappeared into the night, leaving me alone with a game and a TF2 key. I decided to use that key to unbox a crate, a #77 to be exact. And I told myself I’ll write an article about the item I unbox. Is it a hat? Or an Unusual hat? Or is it… Now, excuse me as I prepare to jump off a building. On the bright side, the Scorch Shot is one of my most favourite weapons in… [Continue Reading]

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Scarecrow

One of my most favourite Spy cosmetics, the Scarecrow, came out during the 2012 Halloween update. It turns the Spy’s head into a voodoo doll head. What I love about this is just how unsettling this looks. The button eyes with some of the stuffing poking out from the back of the buttons, the stitches across the mouth, the seams and patches on the Spy’s head (or rather, his balaclava), it just gives that uncanny valley vibe to the Spy. And it also reminds me of Coraline. Must be the eyes. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure at first… [Continue Reading]

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Spiral Sallet

In general, hats that you can earn (or “earn” if you are one of those lazy sc rather busy people that uses Steam Achievement Manager) without needing to trade for, get in a drop, or even being premium in TF2 tends to get a bad rep. It ties in with the prejudice some people have towards the F2P players, since they are the ones that normally wear them as that is all they get. However, that doesn’t diminish my liking towards the Spiral Sallet. The Spiral Sallet was added in a small patch in June 14 2011, a day before the… [Continue Reading]

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Frontier

There is one map in TF2 that I really, really love, despite how everyone I ever play with immediately wants to switch over to play pl_upward. Seriously, what’s the deal with that bloody map, the last point on that thing always have like 10 Level 3 Sentries on it. Anyways, my most favourite map in TF2 is pl_frontier. When we talk about Frontier, we’ll have to talk about the map’s most recognizable feature, and also one of my most favourite things in TF2. Ladies and gentlemann, may I present to you … Lil’ Chew Chew. Lil’ Chew Chew is the… [Continue Reading]

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Russian Rocketeer

It really sucks that Pyro, a class with tremendous close-range capabilities and otherwise pretty good for ambushing, doesn’t have any form of advance mobility except for Detonator/ Scorch Shot jumping, which is like rocket jumping with every bit of potential and most of its usefulness tossed away. This irks me a lot because it is my preferred way of playing Pyro, since weapon combos requires a bit too much dexterity for me and playing Pybro gets boring. To console myself, I got myself this: The Russian Rocketeer is a promotional cosmetic for the game Awesomenauts, based on the jetpack of Yuri the… [Continue Reading]

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Loadout: We Have Nudes!

Today, while I was browsing the Daily SPUF thread as usual, I came across this: It intrigues me that nudity-related posts are the most read posts followed by Overwatch-related ones. Also, it provides me a clear method of selling out. Now, I could do a feature article about nude OW characters, but I’m pretty sure that will get the full icy wrath of Blizzard coming my way, so I guess not. Besides, that’ll make my Internet browsing history look very, very suspect (“I’m not entertaining myself, it’s for research! I swear!”). So this time round we’ll just do a nudity-related article. We’ll… [Continue Reading]

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A little heart to heart

With all my assignments and upcoming mid-terms, as well as a workload designed to produce the best graduates by killing off whoever that can’t survive working 18 hours a day, I wasn’t going to write an article this weekend. However, one day while lurking on the Daily SPUF post on … well, SPUF, I saw this: I realized, after a bunch of hat-related posts, I didn’t really introduce who I was aside from being a hat-loving TF2 player, or just a stereotypical TF2 player to most people. Sorry about that, I suppose that’s kinda rude. However, before I do that, I suppose… [Continue Reading]

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The Bacteria Blocker

As anyone who had read my posts knew, I like cosmetics. More specifically, the lesser-known and less popular cosmetics. That’s because a) I can stand out without needing to shell out for an Unusual since not many people wear them, b) they’re normally quite cheap, and most importantly, c) they are still very solid choices in most cases and are nicely modeled, so I still get to look OK wearing them. In most cases, I can find some niche for it, build a loadout around it and get some karma at r/tf2fashionadvice. But then, some cosmetics are beyond redemption. Ladies… [Continue Reading]

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Mask of the Shaman

First up, I just want to make it clear: I really like the Mask of the Shaman.   Now that I established that fact and my TF2 cosmetic hipster cred, let’s move on. The Mask of the Shaman was added in an unnamed July 2011 patch as a promotional item for the game From Dust. Less than a week later, a patch replaced the old model with the one we know and most of us hate today. There is a very good reason this cosmetic is unpopular within the community. It’s a weird plaster slab with plastic strips sticking out… [Continue Reading]

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Spectre’s Spectacles

The Spectre’s Spectacles was added during the Manniversary Update and Sale. To be honest, I doubt people actually noticed this misc since it’s released alongside some really fun cosmetics like the Ball-Kicking Boots and the Flair!, which is one of the most enthusiastic cosmetic names I’ve seen so far because of the exclamation mark at the end. In fact, I doubt people will notice this cosmetic anyway because it’s just so damn small. I bought this myself pretty much just to complete a loadout. It’s not something most people will actively look for to wear. I can completely describe this cosmetic… [Continue Reading]

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