Why you should buy a Strange Filter

So I just added some money to my Steam wallet. And, like every Hat Fortress player, I couldn’t resist buying a key or two to uncrate some of these new crates that just came out. I also bought a game, and a few other things from the Steam Market to calm my natural item addiction. A few minutes later (that’s how long it takes ┬áme to chew through ten Euros) I had a bit over a Euro left, enough for a Nametag or some other Tool Item That I Would Regret Buying. Somehow, I stumbled upon the “Maps” section of the Mann Co. store. I had visited it some time before to buy a map stamp, which I of course totally bought to support the map makers, and not to get the hat that comes with it when you buy a map stamp for the first time. But beside these map stamps, I saw these items that looked like strange parts, but with some kind of filter… Strange Filters! And now I’m going to tell you why you should buy one.

First of all, let’s look at the downsides. This tool, if applied to a strange weapon, will reset the kill counter of that weapon while also restricting future kills to one map. So basically, you are downgrading your weapon to only count kills on that one map you play once in a blue moon. And the official maps don’t even have strange filters, so no Dustbowl/Goldrush/Badwater weapon either. But still…

I’ve never seen a strange weapon in this game that had a filter applied to it. This makes your weapon unique. There are so many strange knifes. There are also a lot strange specialized knifes. And there are still too many strange specialized killstreak knifes with custom name and description. But if you have one that only counts kills on, say, Snakewater, your knife is even more unique than that Hale’s Own Professional Killstreak Festive Knife you get killed by so often. Why? Because now, your knife is venomous. Not really, actually, but your weapon has a new prefix added to it’s rank, which creates such awesome combinations as “Server-Clearing Efficient Sniper Rifle” (cp_process), or “Notably Dangerous Psychedelic Killing Gloves of Boxing” (cp_hoodoo), or even the infamous “Somewhat Threatening Sophisticated Professional Killstreak Carbonado Botkiller Rocket Launcher MK.II”. Yes, that is a thing. At the time of writing, there are 22 different prefixes that can be added to your weapon, one for each official not-Valve-made map in the game. So what are you waiting for? Grab a nametag and a filter and create your own themed weapon! Buying a filter also supports mapmakers, if that is important for you.

The inspiration for this article.
The inspiration for this article.

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