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TF2 Update - April 1st, 2014

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We're getting ready to release a mandatory update for TF2. It should be ready in 10-15 minutes. This is not an April Fools' joke.



See below for patch notes.


Areas of interest:

All crates are now rare-ish drops. Far cry from salvaged but still rare.


All of the contents from the new crates are either strangifiers, strange parts, or killstreak kits. Kits can be specialized or professional, albeit rarely.


New chemistry sets dropping, they have an expiration date and cannot be partially completed. They appear to be strangifiers for all strongbox cosmetics.


The backpack UI has changed to page numbers rather than left/right arrows, and when looking through numbered-page lists or dragging an item, the list wraps (so you can right-arrow from page 8/8 to page 1/8, for example)


Thief promos are craftable, and I'm happy to report that the compound bow drops, not just craft-only.


Below post contains patch notes.

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264.8 MB update is live.  Nooter's out to supper, so here's the notes.

An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Improved the Backpack UI
    • Added page buttons for all pages
    • Removed prev/next buttons
    • Updated the drag/drop behavior to interact with the page buttons
  • Strange quality items can now be placed on the Steam Community Market
  • Added a "Show Untradable Items" checkbox to the recipe UI.
  • Added the smoke effect to The Soldier's Stogie
  • Added the InfoShow 2014 community event medal
  • Added Crate #82 and Crate #83 to the drop list
  • Crate drop rates have been significantly lowered
  • Removed Crate #60, Crate #75, Crate #76 and Crate #77 from the drop list
  • Virtual Reality mode
    • The game will now start in VR mode if it is launched from Steam while Steam is running in VR mode
  • Updated the equip_region for the Humanitarian's Hachimaki, The Special Eyes, The Blazing Bull, Master's Yellow - Belt, The Lucky Shot, and The Deadliest Duckling
  • Updated The Gunboats so they can be used in Medieval mode
  • Updated the Wrangler so Strange parts can be applied to it
    • Strange parts only increment if a Wrangler-controlled Sentry does the scoring
  • Updated Chemistry Sets[1]
    • Started dropping Series 3 Chemistry Sets with an expiration date
    • Retroactively added Series tags to older Chemistry Sets
  • Fixed a client crash related to killstreak effects
  • Fixed seeing the incorrect cosmetic items on players when the server has been running for a long time
  • Fixed hats not dropping into the world when players are killed
  • Fixed the Jarate effect not being displayed on some cosmetic items
  • Fixed framerate affecting player turn rate while using the Demoman's shield charge[2]
  • Fixed flashlight shadows projected on players for Linux and Mac clients
  • Fixed seeing the fire texture on Runner's Warm-Up and the Tiny Timber in DirectX 8
  • Fixed The Doe-Boy using incorrect team materials
  • Fixed some Strange parts not being counted properly when attached to wearable weapons like the Mantreads and Demoman's shields
  • Fixed Spies speaking their payload cart forward/backward response_rules lines while disguised
  • Fixed Mann vs. Machine Giant Heavies not playing the correct override sounds for their Miniguns
  • Fixed the Huntsman charge bar being misaligned
  • Contents of the new crates, which do not require a special key to open:
    • Mann Co. Supply Munition Series #82:
    • Pretty Boy's Pocket Pistol Strangifier
    • Phlogistinator Strangifier
    • Cleaner's Carbine Strangifier
    • Strange Cosmetic Part: Kills
    • Strange Part: Full Health Kills
    • Strange Part: Headshot Kills
    • Private Eye Strangifier
    • Big Chief Strangifier
    • Mann Co. Supply Munition Series #83[3]:
    • Rocket Launcher Killstreak Kit
    • Scattergun Killstreak Kit
    • Sniper Rifle Killstreak Kit
    • Shotgun Killstreak Kit
    • Ubersaw Killstreak Kit
    • Gloves of Running Urgently Killstreak Kit
    • Spy-cicle Killstreak Kit
    • Axtinguisher Killstreak Kit
  • Series #3 Chemistry Sets supposedly expire at 2014-04-22 06:00:00.

[1] It appears to only be applied to Cosmetic Strangifier Chemistry Sets.  Collector's Chemistry Sets are currently not tagged by series.

[2] Nerfed overall.  Other Targe quickturning methods remain unpatched, so there's that.

[3] Killstreak Kits unboxed from #83 are also capable of being Specialized or Professional Kits.

Edited by nosoop

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oh my gosh man a update on april fools that isnt just a joke

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#82 is strangifiers only

#83 is killstreak kits only

"Phlogistinator Strangifier"

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Hah, they changed the targe turn rate. Someone at Valve watches STAR_'s videos.


Anyway, here's hoping my game doesn't crash on map loads, randomly during games and literally every single time I click the options button. It's really god damn irritating.

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A pocket Robo-Heavy was subtly* added to the game as well.


*subtly as in is was literally on the front page of the blog off to the right


Edit: Other items that had their Equip regions changed are Hero's Hachimaki (from Hat to Glasses), Soldier's Stash (again), Gaelic Garb, Sangu Sleeves, Whiskey Bib (all got the Arms group, to prevent Targe clipping most likely), Trash Toter (from Shirt to Belt, can be worn with other shirts now), and Soldered Sensei (to match the Master's Yellow Belt). Why this was all hidden I don't know.

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Judging from the steam market listings, the third series of chemistry sets is strangifiers for all of the strongbox cosmetics.


Also looks like all the recipes are 3 strange weapons (any) and 3 refined metal.


Also also updated OP with relevent information.

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