To many players, the Engineer has gotten the short end of the stick in Team Fortress 2. Due to the fact that he was the last class to receive an update, he’s been at a disadvantage for some time now.
Fret no more. To the elation of all Engineer (and Spy) players, Valve Software has fully released the ninth class update, along with new Payload maps “Upward”, “Hightower”, and the intimidatingly-named “Thunder Mountain.”
While maps are fun, the reason a majority of the players were so excited was the fact that the Engineer’s toys were indeed fun to play with, and the community waited with bated breath to see what new gadgets and gizmos Valve would unveil. Let’s take a look:
This weapon has a 50% smaller magazine size than the standard shotgun and does not get random crits. Instead, it gets “Revenge Crits.” Engineers will get two guaranteed crits for each sentry kill, and one for each assist. When an Engineer’s sentry is destroyed in any way, he gets a bonus crit. This weapon replaces the shotgun.
The Gunslinger replaces the wrench, and gives the wearer 25 additional health. This weapon can perform a three-hit combo, and the third successive hit on the same enemy is a guaranteed crit. This weapon also lets the Engineer drop Combat Mini-Sentries instead of normal ones.
This sentry only costs 100 metal to place, and builds four times faster than a normal sentry. However, it cannot be repaired or upgraded, and does half of a normal sentry’s damage.
This device replaces the Pistol, and allows the Engineer to aim his sentries with a bonus to rate of fire. However, controlled Sentries will not select targets of their own accord, and will be deactivated for three seconds after switching away from the Wrangler.
Don’t think Valve forgot the tools the Engineer already had. His buildings have been upgraded, and the Engineer can now re-pack and move them about as he pleases.
These upgrades are, quite possibly, more than a lot of people could have hoped for. They definitely seem to be designed to encourage Engineers to move up to the front lines, instead of camping by their sentry nest, equipping the wrench, typing “+attack” into the console, and going to make a sandwich (don’t lie, you’ve done it before). This should create more active Engineers now that they have more toys to play with (and more targets for Spies to destroy).
Now get out there and shoot some REDs and BLUs!