TF2 update, 12/03/15

So, we’ve actually had a TF2 update. First off… THE CRIT GUNSLINGER BUG HAS BEEN PATCHED. Yeah. Only took them since the Gunslinger was made to fix that. In other news, the Strange Kritzkrieg was re-released, but the chance of unboxing one is the same as the chance of unboxing an unusual. We also got a Strange Buff Banner, Strange Cloak and Dagger and Strange Bison. Interesting. A couple of bug fixes here and there too.

This update announces the start of the Taunt Workshop, so people can finally submit all their taunts, the same way they do hats. Three taunts, one for Scout and two for Sniper, were released into the Mann Co. store. Still nothing for Heavy. Also, still no map workshop. Boo.

There’s also a bunch of Mannpower changes, including a Revenge powerup that appears when teams are imbalanced, but I don’t know if that means the stomping team can pick this new powerup too. Also included is the Knockout powerup, which is the Buffalo Steak on steroids.

The new projectile. Possibly reused from the Rescue Ranger
The new projectile. Possibly reused from the Rescue Ranger

The Grappling Hook received changes too. It now has a new projectile, no longer using the Medic syringes. It also causes bleed damage to enemy players if you grapple onto them, with the ability to be dragged along like an idiot. The bleed damage is minimal though, 2 damage per second, which means Medics will outheal the damage unless they use the Blutsauger.

No health lost.
No health lost. The bot is not amused.

Here’s the patch notes:

  • Announcing the Taunt Workshop!
    • Steam Workshop taunt submissions can now be “Certified Compatible” and are no longer tagged as Beta
    • Check out the blog post for more information
  • Added 3 new community-created taunts to the Mann Co. Store
    • Scout taunt: The Boston Breakdance
    • Sniper taunt: The Killer Solo
    • Sniper taunt: Most Wanted
  • Added Crate #92 to the drop list
  • Updated sound vo files to use .mp3 files instead of .wav files to reduce hard drive space
  • Fixed a bug related to jiggle bones and cl_jiggle_bone_framerate_cutoff
  • Fixed an exploit related to material .vmt files and playing on servers using sv_pure
  • Fixed the game not running for some dual GPU machines (Mac OS X)
  • Fixed a dedicated server crash caused by a Soldier with Mantreads landing on a player with the Warlock powerup equipped
  • Fixed an exploit related to Highlander mode and changing teams with instant respawn
  • Fixed a bug with the vote system UI when sv_vote_ui_hide_disabled_issues was set to 0
  • Fixed an exploit where clients could bypass the name change timer
  • Fixed a bug that caused some particles to not draw correctly
  • Fixed shadows drawing on some wearables while in first person
  • Fixed an exploit related to the Gunslinger and hitting teammates to generate a guaranteed third hit that is critical
  • Fixed the Killstreak icon not being positioned correctly in the HUD targetID panel
  • Fixed not being able to activate the Phlogistinator’s buff using alt-fire when ammo was below the cost of an airblast
  • Updated the Mann Co. Store and Armory to not display item levels
  • Fixed the Phlogistinator’s bottle not getting the crit-boost material effect
  • Added a “no helmet” style for the Antlers
  • Added the tournament medals
  • Added the Florida LAN tournament medals
  • Reduced the latency of voice audio
  • Updated the equip_region for the Black Knight’s Bascinet
  • Updated The Little Bear so it can get assists in Pyrovision
  • Updated weapons sounds for the axe_hit, blade_hit, and cbar_hit sound effects
  • Updated Mann Co. Store prices for foreign currencies to current USD equivalents
  • Updated the description for The Gunslinger to include the three hit combo
  • Updated the localization files
  • Mannpower update
    • Added new map ctf_thundermountain
    • Added new powerup: Knockout
      • Restricts the carrier to Melee and Grappling Hook only
      • Max health increased by 150
      • Immune to airblast and damage pushback
      • Melee weapon always crits and forcibly shoves the victim away
      • Melee hit forces the victim to drop their powerup or the flag if they have it
      • 4X melee damage to buildings
    • Grappling Hook changes
      • Added hook jump– hit the jump key while being pulled-in to detach and jump extra distance (jump velocity convar “tf_grapplinghook_jump_up_speed”)
      • Added support for hooking into enemy players
        • Release the fire button once the hook has hit an enemy player to draw yourself to them
        • Hooked victims will bleed for 2 health per second
        • Unhook at any time by switching back to the grapple, or firing it again away from your victim
        • Force detach if the hook is not in line of sight of hooked in enemy for more than 1 second
        • Sound cue added when hooked by an enemy’s grapple
      • Added new Grapple weapon sounds and grapple projectile
      • Reduced max firing distance to 4000 units (convar “tf_grapplinghook_max_distance”)
      • Increased hook re-fire delay from 0.2 seconds to 0.5 seconds
      • Re-enabled fall damage for the grappling hook (convar “tf_grapplinghook_prevent_fall_damage”)
      • Fixed grappling hook rope drawing as the wrong color for friendly disguised Spy
    • Added Revenge temporary powerup
      • Activates and spawns when a significant game imbalance is detected
      • Temporarily grants crits, increased fire rate and increased clip size
    • Added unique powerup pickup sounds
    • Random Melee critical hits are now enabled in Mannpower (ConVar “tf_weapon_criticals_melee 2”)
    • Strength: Fixed sentries inheriting the double damage multiplier
    • Reduced the time it takes a dropped powerup to become available for pickup by 0.5 seconds


Also known as Doctor Retvik Von Schreibtviel, Medic writes 50% of all the articles on the Daily SPUF. A dedicated Medic main in Team Fortress 2 and an avid speedster in Warframe, Medic has the unique skill of writing 500 words about very little in a very short space of time.

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