A note to long-time readers: as of this post, I’m ending the Top Tier Tips column. While it’s certainly been fun, I think it’s time to transition to a slightly more genuine conversation between us (the T3 writers) and you (Roger Feldstein of Austin).
What’s replacing it? Why, the T3 Mailbox. If it sounds simple, that’s because it is – we’ll post any catch-all queries that merit sharing with the readership here as long as they’re comin’ in.
With formalities out of the way, let’s get started, shall we?
Guns, guns, think about guns (you know what it is)
I’m pretty decent at TF2, but I am downright baffled by the plethora of weapons available. Unfortunately, a lot of them seem fairly underwhelming or side-grades at best. So with that in mind, what are your favorite loadouts for general effectiveness, your favorite sidegrades, and of course, your favorite loadouts for goofing off for fun.
I’ve consulted with the other writers to compile our favorite loadouts for your perusal. We hope this ensemble adequately answers your question.
Favorite loadout: With my main class, Spy, I’d go with the standard setup. Revolver, invis watch and butterfly knife. On larger servers, I’ll change for Dead Ringer, but the Revolver and standard Butterfly Knife are the best. Favorite sidegrade: I go for the Saharan set as I mentioned in my article. It’s a more satisfying way to stab, even if it’s sometimes rage inducing. Favorite fun loadout: If I want to just mess around, I’ll switch to Cloak and Dagger, Ambassador and Butterfly knife. Then I’ll go into 2Fort, sneak into the enemy base, and troll the turtling engineers.
Favourite loadout: Stock Soldier but change the shovel out for Equaliser. That thing has saved my ass many a time. Favourite sidegrade: Probably the Gunslinger purely because of the complete change in Engie utility (I hoe I interpreted just what exactly a sidegrade is). Fun loadout: Persian Demo or Huntsman Sniper. THE RAGE! SO MUCH RAAAAAAAAAAAGE! That or constantly airblasting Pyro. EVEN MORE RRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGE!
The Direct Hit is the answer to all three questions. I don’t care what you say about “effectiveness” or “practicality,” I don’t care, I don’t care.
Favorite loadout: M416, M16A4, or F2000 with holo scope, bipod, and suppressor. Favorite sidegrade: Underbarrel smoke grenade. Great for insta cover, passing armor, and reviving team mates. Favorite fun loadout: Sprint specialization + C4.
I’m so badass I transcend which game this is from.
Favorite loadout: I don’t think anything comes close to the fun of a Degreaser, Detonator, and Axtinguisher. You’ve got close range chaos, mid range damage, and one hit lulz-fueled kills. Perhaps Gunslinger Engineer is a close second. Favorite sidegrade: I’m definitely a fan of switching off to the Huntsman from time to time. Sure, it’s not as good as the Sniper Rifle, and it doesn’t require as much skill, but it’s also very effective for shutting down chokepoints/crybabies. Favorite fun loadout: Much like Binerexis, I can’t get enough of the Demoknight. I run a more traditional Eyelander, Targe, Launcher loadout, though I occasionally switch shields or try my luck at the Loch n Load.
Thanks again for writing in – now go try out your new Direct Hit, Dead Ringer, M416 loadout, B.
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