Archive for the 'Sniper' Category

26 Jan / 9:57 am

Shoot Through Teammate, Shoot Through Doors

A while back, Valve updated the sniper rifle to have the ability to shoot through teammates. Apparently they never tested if you could shoot through doors AFTER shooting through a teammate, and that leads to this fun little video. Thanks to DirtyDave for sending this one to me.

14 Sep / 5:52 pm

Taunt Kills

21 May / 8:19 pm

Sniper Spy Update Released!

Updates to Team Fortress 2 have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The specific changes include:

Maps

  • Added new map, Pipeline. Pipeline is the first map in a new game mode named payload race, which uses two carts in each map instead of only one like traditional payload maps
  • Added new arena map Sawmill
  • Added new arena map Nucleus
  • Added new community payload map Hoodoo
  • Updated Dustbowl to fix not being able to jump into the window in the first building of the second stage

Sniper Changes

  • Added new sniper rifle replacement, The Huntsman. Instead of a sniper rifle, you have a bow that allows you to move around faster while firing, and fire more quickly than the sniper rifle. Works better at medium range than the standard rifle
  • Added new SMG replacement, Jarate. If thrown on an enemy they will take more damage for short period of time. Also extinguishes flames on yourself or allies
  • Added new SMG replacement, The Razorback. Will protect you against a single spy backstab, and stun the spy for a short period of time. Comes with a 15% move speed penalty for the wearer
  • Standard sniper rifle now shoots through friendly players
  • Added 54 new Sniper voice lines
  • Added 35 new Sniper achievements

Spy

  • Added new revolver replacement, The Ambassador. First shot is very accurate and will cause a critical hit if it hits an enemy’s head. Accuracy is poor for a period after that
  • Added new watch replacement, the Dead Ringer. When armed, you will appear in all ways to die to the first damage you take from an enemy. You’ll be cloaked for 8 second after taking this damage. Upon de-cloaking you’ll make a loud, distinct sound
  • Added new watch replacement, the Cloak and Dagger. Your cloak meter is only depleted when you move, so you can stay invisible indefinitely if you’re standing still
  • Spy name tags now show up properly when disguised as their own team
  • Fixed a bug that would cause spectators to see disguise weapons incorrectly
  • Fixed a bug where enemy spies disguised as friendly spies would have cigarettes that didn’t burn
  • Fixed a bug where overhealing disguised spies would show the wrong overhealing amount to the medic
  • Made it more obvious on first person view model when your motion cloak is out of juice and you are partially visible
  • Also made it more obvious on first person view model when you’re bumped while cloaked
  • Improved the way your disguise weapon is determined to make it clearer and fix a couple of rare issues
  • Spies disguised as enemy spies now get a random mask to help complete the disguise, and their target id will be set appropriately
  • Spies disguised as medics now have an Ubercharge: line in their disguise target info
  • Spies outward facing “disguise health” now matches their disguise target when they first apply the disguise
  • Spies can now pick up health kits for their “disguise health”, even when uninjured
  • Disguise UI doesn’t show up in minimum UI mode (hud_minmode)
  • Spies that disguise as a player using an unlockable now show that unlockable in hand
  • Spies can now use enemy teleporters
  • Added 70 new Spy voice lines
  • Added 34 new Spy achievements

Scoreboard changes

  • Dominations no longer get wiped when teams switch sides
  • Dead players draw slightly darker in scoreboard
  • Converted class labels to class icons
  • All players now display the total number of people they are dominating

General

  • You now find new and old items as you play, instead of through achievements
  • Fixed a bug that would cause the scout’s ball to regenerate at inappropriate times
  • Demomen can now detonate their stickies while taunting
  • Flamethrower’s air burst now extinguishes fire on friendly targets
  • Grenades and rockets deflected by a pyro under the effects of Kritzkrieg will now be criticals
  • The Heavy and Sniper now have new custom death animations
  • Fixed payload HUD not updating properly if you join in the middle of a match and the cart isn’t moving
  • Engineer’s dispensers now give 20%, 30%, or 40% of player’s max_ammo (for each ammo type) on each use, based on the level of the dispenser
  • Added -sillygibs commandline parameter which will allow the non-violent gibs to be enabled
  • Added a new taunt for the Kritzkrieg, which also heals for 10 points
  • Improved the deathcam camera handling used when a player plays a custom death animation
  • Added missing chalkboard and serverbrowser images for community maps shipped in previous updates
  • Removed “Final” from map names in the serverbrowser quick list

Servers

  • Added “sv_allow_voice_from_file” convar, which defaults to 1. When set to 0, it’ll prevent clients from using the “voice_inputfromfile” feature to broadcast wav files over voice
  • Enabled “sv_allow_wait_command” convar, which defaults to 1. When set to 0, it’ll prevent clients from using the “wait” command
25 Sep / 9:00 pm

Auto Aim Sniper Movie

Saw this movie over on OnlineGamer.se and was disturbed that they would display a movie that involved cheating. After posting a comment on the site calling it a disgrace, I was informed that auto-aim, -AA-, was a sniper guild and that it actually didn’t involve cheating. Thanks to Max Collins for clearing it up with the following comment.

Hi Lunk. I saw that you’ve made a comment on the “Auto-Aim”-movie on Onlinegamer.se, believing it was a movie about using cheats. The name “Auto-Aim” is the name of a group of snipers from various European clans. No cheats were used in that movie.

Just to make that clear. I would never post anything related to TF2 cheating.

26 Jun / 10:30 am

Most Lethal Classes: QWTF vs TF2

The following post stems from a series of e-mails to our internal mailing list. The discussion, started by hein, was so interesting and nostalgic from all the old members coming out of the woodwork, I had to share. I will break the posts up by sender and try to keep them in chronological order. Please keep in mind, we are discussing lethality and not importance to the team. Otherwise the medic would be the hands down winner for TF2.

Please submit your opinions, I’ll be sure to publish all the comments.

heineken
Lets do this on an overall basis.
QWTF:
1st.Soldier – shotgun/double shotgun/rocket launcher/grenade/nail grenade
Reason: Combos – A combo would kill almost any class with a finisher of a single shotgun. Juggling was epic. Could hold down entire rooms by yourself if you had height advantage (val/2f5 rr, ss/cp6, combo on 32s). Locked down.

2nd.Medic – shotgun/double shotgun/super nailgun/gren/conc
Reason: All around – If you ever faced a solid medic you learned to run away unless you were a top soldier. He can get anywhere to any height with a conc jump, heals himself, conc effect is short so dbl’s dont take long. And in a battle he can juggle you around with his super nailgun and instantly switch to dbl barrel if you get to close to finish you off. Check out demos of a guy named ChaosLord, dunno if you’ve heard about him.
Honorable mention.Demoman (piping up hallways and contacting anyone around with great D strength) and Sniper (in the hands of snipers like newby and Chaosfiend, your enemy will duck into the water as fast as possible).

TF2:
1st.Demoman – contacts/stickies/moonshine bottle of justice
Reason: Perimeter Creator – If you need a door locked down, they will not get through it without blowing an uber. Facing demos like grog/stingray/george will make you back up and make you question if you really want to wait to spawn for 20 seconds if you fail at killing them. Hiding stickies is a stealth hold of a door, showing is a deterrent to make them waste ammo and show their cards. His moonshine bottle of justice keeps him surly and mean (true to his irish roots)

2nd.Soldier – shotgun/rocket/shovel
Reason: Rocket splash – He’s no where near as lethal as he was in QWTF, but still with his rockets as they are he does a good deal of damage. No one but the demo has the directed fire and standalone independence to own on his own.
Honorable mention.Scout (you’re only going to kill him if he gets close enough to let you. Watch your medics/demomen/snipers like they are gold or soon they will be dead in short order) and Hwguy (he can move and spin and spray death. If he is quick he can 180 fast enough to kill a spy as the animation is moving up to stab him down. Can also pretty easily go 45-0 on Dustbowl *wink*)

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ZillaBunny
I agree with the QWTF ones but the scout is pretty frigging vicious in TF2… or atleast he was the last time I played.

Valpurgius
I think snipers were more powerful then soldiers personally. For example, [CP] ChaosFiend won games on 2fort5r almost single handledly. I know this because when I clan hopped up until DJedi I witnessed it numerous times.

Well6 is another example of wtf I hate myself.

heineken
HAH its funny cause what i had at the top of the post was “Lets not make our choices by one player dominating one map with a class” and then had cf on 2f5, newby on well6. hehe

Valpurgius
I never minded getting owned in the face by CF bullets because I knew he had walls. When newby killed me though I was always like hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…..gay. I would feel the same way when I would walk around a wall and get gren/rock’d in the mouth by sinister, then have him call me a fag (for having walls?).

breathe
yeah i dont think this comparison can be made because there were always maps/players/classes that dominated. and the wallhacking in qwtf was awful too

so here’s my opinion

tf2: scout, demoman, medic
qwtf: sniper, soldier, demoman

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SoulFly
I won’t comment on TF2 but here’s my list for qwtf:

Soldier – A good soldier could take on any class 1on1 in close to
mid-range fights and a great one could take on multiple foes and still
come out on top. The only class that is troublesome are snipers from
afar. And we all know that grenades could make a decent soldier good
but we all know the best, like Val/Sling could dominate without them.
With a lot of armor, a lot of firepower, and probably the most
complete set of weapons the soldier had everything it needed to handle
just about any situation.

Sniper – Likewise snipers could dominate anything from ranged but a
good sniper could also handle themselves 1on1 in close range if they
were quick to react. No other class has the power to pin down an
enemy’s offense (or defense on some maps) like the sniper.

Medic – I’m going to agree with Toby on this one. CL was an obvious
example on 32smooth (quad whore) but they also played key defensive
roles on maps like well6 where they could hold down the water pipe
almost by themselves. Medics were also great support classes on
offense being able to heal teammates while making offensive pushes. I
would say the medic is somewhat of a hybrid between the quickness of a
scout with the burst firepower of a soldier in close range (grenade
and super nailgun/dbl shotgun).

Honorable Mention:
Demoman – Generally a defensive class and often the last line of
defense. A great demoman could hold off multiple enemies with the
variety of grenades and could create havoc with grenade spam on
offense (with risk to both friend and foe). I think spam was invented
with the creation of the demoman.

breathe
Yeah it’s true, the problem with evaluating these classes is that if you took the best at each you probably would find someone able to dominate for a long long period of time.

but i think sniper has to win overall for qwtf because they were in shortest supply. plus a dominant sniper was more likely to be an excellent soldier than a dominant soldier was to be an excellent sniper.

Tendril
I think sniper would have to be #1…was always a re-assuring feeling
when you didn’t have to worry about getting sniped because you knew
the other teams sniper had no chance.

Wilson
Sniper was definitely a dominant class in qwtf, no doubt about it, one of the worst matches [WM] ever played was [GT] on canalzon when they posted 4 .K snipers on our base.

On the other hand, [WM] rarely if ever had dominant snipers and we still managed some big wins against clans like GT, M, IC etc. who did

TF2 is more balanced than qwtf was, so its even harder for any one player to make a huge difference. Your whole team has to perform.

ZillaBunny
I remember when UVM played OSKI and they ran 4 snipers on 2fort4, final score was like 9-1 the one coming from when we sent 9 guys (it was a 10 on 10) water ;)

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ChaosLord
All great response here. But let me please weigh in on this subject.

If we are talking about which class dominated which map, I am going to have to give this one to……the dogs from 2fort5. Those bastards would give you a disease man, a fucking disease. Think about it.

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My Ranks
1a. Sniper
1b. Solder
2a. Medic
2b. Demoman
3. Engineer
4a. Spy
4b. Scout
12a. Hwguy
12c. Pyro

Spy and Scout were weaker at fragging, but totally vital to playing the game on alot of maps. Sniper was awesome on any map with space. Name one other class that has had 200 frags on one map. One thing I hated near the end of TF was the heavy use of soldier because of BH. A lot of classes became less and less useful aka medic.

breathe
yeah once the bunnyhop started it became really a 5 class game – scout/sniper/soldier/engineer/demoman

spy had already become less effective because there was a legalized program you could run to show the bodies of feigning spies but remove all other dead bodies. i always hated that – it made spy so much less important. i LOVE the tf2 spy.

medics were still impt, but after the bunnyhop became situational – well6 water defense, quad camping 32smooth offense, talk about a change in tf2!!

hwguy was always situational in qwtf, but i love the tf2 hwguy’s effectiveness

pyro threatened to be effective during their prior updates, the class they left us with on their final update was weakened beyond usability.

Chief
you asses are making me miss TF. it’s not fair because it’ll never come back, it’s gone…

Wilson
Havent you heard? It is back. Its called TF2.

Slingshot
Reading about all this “reasoning” behind which tf class was the most dangerous, or useful, or unbalanced makes me want to reiterate an opinion about qwtf that I’ve held for a very long time, which is that the awesomeness of the game was almost entirely ACCIDENTAL.

Flawed game design: half the classes were actually useless or so much less effective than others that to play them was pointless. The other half all changed drastically from their original form through gameplay evolution and “exploiting” aspects of the game that could not possibly have been planned.

Rocket jumping is the classic example, then you add grenade jumping, scout trimping, conc jumping, dispenser detting, the obviously overpowered sniper gave way to maps where offensive sniping was a key strategy, even wall sliding meant you could suddenly fall great heights without making noise or taking damage.

To make the success of the game even more improbable, all of these so-called exploits took skill to cultivate and master. Think how unlikely it is for all of these things to be UNINTENDED and NOT OVERPOWERED. There was a learning curve and innovation did not mean a newbie was suddenly flying and fragging with ease all over the place.

Of course, you know where this is going. Bunny hopping ruined the game because it tipped the skill to power scale. A trimping scout is harder to hit and accesses places he shouldn’t normally be able to get, but you forgive him because you know how hard it is to pull those moves off and it doesn’t give him a totally unreasonable advantage. Bunny hopping was too easy to learn and too powerful to be tolerated by players who had spent years developing multiple skills that were now trumped by a single one.

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SoulFly
I’ll agree with you Sling. The game definitely went beyond the
boundaries of what the original creators probably had in mind. At the
same time the community kind of adopted a rule set of what was
acceptable and what wasn’t. Sadly bunnyhopping was something that
destroyed the delicate balance and really reduced the game’s playable
classes to soldiers and snipers (with 1 demoman and 1 engineer on
defense).

Wilson
Unfortunately the ruleset was that anything that isnt a blatant hack is acceptable. I remember that WM decided as a clan bunnyhopping was unacceptable so we didnt do it, which resulted in us losing matches on maps like h4rdcor3 to clans with BH scripts and ultimately deciding to retire.

Difference between bunnyhopping and the other exploits, in my mind, is that is destroys the class balance completely. One of the few handicaps of the soldier class (speed) was completely removed. Why play scout when you can move that fast and have a rocket launcher and twice the health?

breathe
yeah – tf2 eliminates the bh and grens, which i actually like. it makes the balance great.

one of the rules that the community had adopted was no fighting outside, or chasing as everyone loved to complain about. whenever i saw a bunnyhopper i conc’d or shot at them. even as a scout it irked people enough to chase after me and mm1 me. still, come the fuck on, you’re GOING FASTER THAN I AM WITH A ROCKET LAUNCHER, of course i’m gonna do something about it. haha.

lunk
QWTF:
1. Sniper, If you Don’t have one, your team loses
2. Soldier, can hold down the ramp room single handed on D. Soldier, can pull out caps on O with limited support.
3. Medic, Powerful repeating weapon combined with grenades and concs and the ability to heal teammates, made a lethal class.
4. Demo Man, Not as good against all classes, but required for any solid defense in CTF

TF2:
1. Soldier, the best all around destructor. Can kill all other classes equally well
2. HWGuy, no other class causes someone to turn and run as fast as they can
3. Sniper, While not as powerful as the sniper of old, a good one can make an entire team tentative about leaving the base
4. Spy, No one strikes paranoia into a team as much as an effective spy. The psychological warfare is an added bonus when a truly skilled player sits at the controls

23 Jun / 4:30 pm

DJedi over Rock on Badlands

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Round 1

Scouts ran low under the bridge and called incomings and handled their business and pulled out. They generally went all through the house and were stopped at the door by our spam. We held the middle fairly well. The medics called out incomings from everywhere and chatter was kept to a minimum. Wilson and Moop had some pretty sick air rockets which I hope can be turned into short .avi’s for us to post on here. Grog did an effective job of cutting off certain points so they had no way of attacking through that way without either blowing uber or wasting ammo knocking pipes out of the way. Soldiers rj’d to good spots and ran back to medics when they needed help. Our scouts pushed nicely from the spire and onward. The final point was taken by ubers. They always had a hw/medic on the last point and he never seemed to have uber. If he did, we forced him to blow it and went in. We noticed that sniper wasn’t as effective as it could have been so we had niko switch from sniper to soldier and saw an immediate speed increase in our caps. As medic, heiner went 2/3. Good protection from the soldiers made this a very nice match (and the blutsauger is great). Heiner pushed with a soldier or demo almost every time, and Polar pushing from the other way sandwiching them in. If hein’s uber push didnt clear the cap, Polar’s did. Good coordination round one. Moop finished up the round with 5 dominations, Grog had 4.
Round 1: DJedi 4 – Rock 1 GO team MOOP!

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Round 2 – Grog Dominates

We took a short break while Rock decided how to counter our pushes. Their response was pretty severe……only to hein. They ran a spy and on the first run he was able to backstab hein before he could blow uber. And then again a moment later. BUT NOT THREE TIMES!!!! After that DJedi had their eyes peeled. Lucky for us the spy (Linkletter) had a fondness for disguising as scout….even though there is a noticeable speed difference. So that made it easier to spot. We had a little more trouble staying focused this time through and the round lasted a few minutes longer. Wilson decided he wanted to switch with Polar and play some Medic while Polar Soldiered. Compared to r1’s 10 minutes, r2 took 15. We pulled it together and kept our pushes strong and ended the round just about the same. I got a screenshot of Grog’s 28-2 run with 5 dominations. Mad props.
Round 2: DJedi 4 – Rock 0

Final Score: DJedi over Rock 8-1

A special thanks to hein for this writeup. I told him to pin the tail on whatever he wanted. Too bad I can’t make her real bro.

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20 Jun / 2:15 pm

Meet The Sniper

Valve continues their “Meet The” series of videos with the Sniper. Enjoy!

In his former life as a tracker of dangerous game in the unforgiving Australian outback, the Sniper would spend months by himself. Prolonged isolation taught him a valuable lesson: You don’t have to rely on other people if you never miss.

24 Jan / 5:16 pm

2Fort Sniper Griefing

A guy named merhorse posted this wonderful video today. I would like to thank him for sharing griefing ideas for maps outside of Hydro and Dustbowl. Enjoy.

[youtube:http://youtube.com/watch?v=rrHojGbImsw]