New Pyro Updates

June 20, 2008

It seems like the release of the new “Meet the Sniper” video was quite strategic, as the video contained shots of the new pyro gun, though you really have to watch for it!

Will the new pyro gun and abilities greatly change the dynamics of a typical TF2 match? I am curious, and very excited to find out. Before pyros were seen as the weak character that was used mainly for griefing, but the new gun and abilities summarized below give the pyro an all-new advantage.

Summary of the updates (Valve):
* Added alt-fire compression blast to the basic flamethrower
* Added The Axtinguisher, The Backburner, and The Flare Gun
* Hadouken taunt now kills people it hits
* Tuned the flamethrower hit detection to improve detection versus retreating opponents
* Removed Flamethrower’s damage falloff (was falling off to 25% by the end)

Valve’s TF2 team clearly puts an emphasis on quality throughout the game, even with the new achievements, as they are nothing short of hilarious. My personal favourite is “OMGWTFBBQ” and my buddy Johnny aka Freezerburn was stoked to see “Freezer Burn” on the list :).

It seems like they went a bit nuts with updates yesterday ! There are also new friends icons that you can see when you’re in-game:

One of the updates that I am not crazy about is the fact that they “removed Soldier’s 40% damage reduction from his own rockets. Does not affect rocket jumps.” This will make it take longer in a typical match for a medic to reach an uber, so I guess we’ll have to rely on the demos !

AND two new maps! I scrimmed for a bit on cp_fastlane yesterday, and the colours reminded me of Dustbowl and Goldrush. I’d like to see maps with a different motif, like Well. Speaking of Well, there was a new route added to the game. I always loved Well, so I’m not really sure why it was changed, but maybe it was to make things a bit easier for snipers. The route is goes “from the forward central foyer up to the battlements.”

9 Responses to “New Pyro Updates”

  1. bax said

    The whole ranged flare gun thingy is a bit much though. Do I really need to be lit on fire from a distance? I hope one of the sniper unlocks is a flame douser, allowing one to douse thine flames.

    Or maybe I just wanted to use the word douse. In my opinion, the word doesn’t get the respect it deserves.


  2. fragwagon said

    I’m lovin’ the new Well. LOVE IT!

  3. Rambo said

    The backburner is freakin broken. Absolutely OP. I’m really displeased with the patch for that reason alone. Everything else was warranted and within reason, but I’ll probably be breaking from TF2 till the pyro class whoring dies down. If it ever dies down that is, given how OP it is now. It’s too bad, I really thought they made an excellent move with the compressed air blast.

  4. prettypinkninja said

    I’m always finding it difficult to find a full Well server, but I want to try the new version out ASAP! I’m glad you like it Pad 🙂

    Yeah, the pyro class whoring is extremely annoying right now. On Thursday I complained about it when I was playing fastlane, and someone said that there was “only 3 pyros” – but we had no scouts and only 1 demo and soldier. I was the only soldier, and I’m a pretty big n00b when it comes to that class, so it was pretty much a big fail for our team.

  5. prettypinkninja said

    ps I enjoyed your tribute to the word “douse” haha 🙂

  6. bax said

    4 days without an update, tsk tsk tsk 🙂

  7. prettypinkninja said

    I’m sick 😦

  8. bax said

    aww 😦 sorry to hear that.

    Have you tried changing teams to the immune system team and going pew pew pew pew all over the sickness team?

    If that doesn’t work, then the drugs you must be taking to think you can FPS as your immune system should make you feel better at least.

    Get well soon Ms. Ninja.

  9. prettypinkninja said

    Thank-you 🙂 I will be switching teams ASAP

    pew pew pew !

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