Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around
hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

How to not look like an idiot in Team Fortress 2: general tips

12:29 PM on 10.10.2007 // Anthony Burch


Welcome to the last entry in our "blah blah blah Team Fortress 2 blah" daily series. The Orange Box came out today, so if you can be arsed to read this, I shall be truly surprised.

Having tackled every class individually, it's time for some general tips which should helpfully answer such questions as,

-What's the best way to get myself healed?

-How can I encourage team cooperativity?

-Will I ever be loved for who I am?*

Hit the jump for some general tips and the completion of our epic, ten-days-in-the-making serial saga.



-Bind "taunt" to a different key

G is far too close to the other keys you need, especially if you're a Spy who needs to rely heavily on the "last disguise" key (B). I've never been more humiliated than when I stabbed an enemy Sniper on a 2fort battlement, then tried to go back to my old disguise, only to engage in a long and unexitable taunt, giving an incoming enemy Medic all the time he needed to kill me with his syringegun.

As of now, I have "taunt" bound to my P key.


-Be annoying

If you're playing with strangers, don't be afraid to nag them into switching to Medic, if your team really needs one. Team Fortress 2 is a team-oriented game, and if your fellow players are too stupid to realize that they aren't helping the team, don't hesitate to bitch at those idiots until they see it your way. If you're on your last control point and five of your six companions are still Snipers, there's no harm in yelling at them. Or, perhaps more preferrably, transferring to a different server with a higher intelligence quotient.


-Play with your friends

If you play with your friends, you probably won't have to be annoying; you'll heal each other as a matter of principle rather than as an obligation, you'll be far more likely to take suggestion, and your team will have a general cohesiveness that you just don't get when playing with strangers. I'm not saying everyone should start clans or anything, but you'll do a hell of a lot better if you're communicating with people close to you, who will listen to and respect your ideas.





-Building destruction and point capture are just as important as kills

Destroying structures and capturing points can help your team just as much, if not more, than killing one or two people, and they still net you points. Most multiplayer FPS games tend to prioritize one's ability to massacre others far above legitimate teamwork or strategizing, so it's understandable that many gamers might have a hard time giving "property destruction" and "murder" equal importance. Once you do, though, you'll be a much better asset to your team.


-I forgot to mention the Soldier's secondary weapons in his article

His shotgun is adequate if you run out of rocket ammo, but his melee weapon is not a bonesaw

by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, it isn't even close to a bonesaw

. It'll do the trick if you've literally got nothing else to use against your enemies, but the Soldier's shovel seems to be made of Play-Doh in comparison to some of the more effective melee weapons found in the game.


-Be ready to switch classes depending on the situation

Team Fortress 2 is a very dynamic game, focusing more on clashing strategies than twitch aiming and fast reflexes. As such, the landscape of a round can change multiple times as a game progresses. 

First, a team might just have one or two Engineers. Then their flag gets stolen. Now they've got four or five Engineers. With this in mind, you might want to consider switching to Spy; if you're a Sniper, you've now got significantly fewer people to shoot, and are therefore helping your team significantly less by just standing around and praying for someone to walk into your line of fire. Be fluid, and don't tie yourself down to one class, even if it's your favorite.


-A balanced team is a successful team

Generally speaking, no team ever needs five Snipers or six Spies. Generally. The classes in TF2 complement each other, so try not to have too many of the same class on one team at one time; you don't want your team to have one large weakness which can be exploited just because you're all short or long range fighters. Mix it up, baby -- get Medics, Heavies, Engineers, Demomen. Variety is the spice of etcetera, and all that. 


-The respawn room is your friend

It refills your health, ammo, and, if you're an Engineer, metal. Don't be afraid to spend the extra time necessary to run back to your respawn room and stock up again -- that is, unless your team is winning and you feel that the subsequent shortened respawn times make death a quicker solution to fully recharging yourself versus spending all the time it might take to run to the respawn point, and then run back to where yo uwere.

Oh, it also allows you to switch classes on the fly without dying or having to wait for a respawn time. This is goddamned invaluable if you suddenly find an Engineer sentry you need to take out, but you don't want to stay as a Spy for very long.


-During the 50 seconds of prep time in cp_well, don't stand so goddamn close to the doors before they open

From a certain angle, you can be shot at and killed. There's nothing more idiotic than getting shot to death before the round even starts.


-Get a headset

It's a hell of a lot quicker than voice commands or typing, and is by far the best method of communicating with your team. However, if you do all your communication through the headset, ignore the earlier "be annoying" suggestion; the absolute last thing you want is for people to mute you and not listen to your suggestions just because you were repeatedly yelling "SOMEONE GO MEDIC" at the top of your lungs.


-Play at least one full round as every character

Not only will it net you an achievement, but it'll get you used to the innerworkings of all the classes -- not just so you can utilize their strengths when needed and understand how to play as them, but also so you know how to defeat them. Playing as a character is a great way of learning about their weaknesses, as well as their strengths.


-Get to know the maps

This'll probably happen whether you actively practice at it or not, but try to memorize the different routes in each map, learning where enemies tend to be and how to best approach capture points. This strategy obviously isn't specific to TF2, but if you're someone who hasn't been in on the TF2 beta since it began, be warned; most of us have been playing for two or three weeks, and we know the initial six maps like the back of our hand. This puts you at an immediate disadvantage, so see to that.


-CVG has fifteen extra things you need to know

Original article hyah.

-Don't be afraid of trying new stuff

Including ignoring absolutely everything in this series. As more maps are released and more players discover the nuances of these classes, these strategies might become antiquated and require tweaking, or a complete overhaul. Do not be afraid to experiment; Team Fortress 2 is a very strategy-oriented team multiplayer game, and the ways the nine classes interact with each other can make for some very original, compelling battle strategies. Hell, coming up with your own methods is half the fun -- lawd knows that a majority of the tips left in the comments of my posts have often been more informative than the info found in the posts themselves.


 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding * to your whitelists.

Status updates from C-bloggers

Parismio avatarParismio
Woot! I hit 8888 comments!
KnickKnackMyWack avatarKnickKnackMyWack
FEAR and Resident Evil 4 were great action/horror games. It's a shame that nowadays such ideas either go one way or another. I would like to see a resurgence of that style where it's a scary/tense experience but the player has power and control.
ThrillDyl avatarThrillDyl
Hey, Dyltheman here, just telling that it is just me who changed their username. That is all, go about your day.
BaronVonSnakPak avatarBaronVonSnakPak
I just got into a beta (the email didn't mention NDA) for a moba on xbox one. I know what I'm doing tonight.
ikiryou avatarikiryou
I just took the Pewdiepie Undertale Playthrough Challenge - I managed to get through 2mins 29sec before getting a migraine and escaping the page. Where is my trophy or Vicodin reward oddammit???
LinkSlayer64 avatarLinkSlayer64
Amna Umen avatarAmna Umen
Also I can't even see the comments anymore, anyone else having this issue...not that I will be able to see...I'M LOCKED INSIDE A BOX OF MY OWN THOUGHTS WITH NO ROCKET LEAGUE!
Amna Umen avatarAmna Umen
Rocket Leagues 1st Season just ended at 4PM EST. There aren't any ranked matches for right now...what am I going to do with my life?!?!
CoilWhine avatarCoilWhine
I GOT YAKUZA 3 IN THE MAIL! Gonna emulate 1 and 2 first but this is great news
TheBlondeBass avatarTheBlondeBass
Dragon Quest Builders seems to be selling well in Japan. Can we have a port plz?
Megas75 avatarMegas75
Ah, the good ol' wrasslin ads of old
OrochiLeona avatarOrochiLeona
OK you Streetfighting motherfuckers, Heres the scoop on which PS3 sticks/pads will work with the PS4 version of SFV, courtesy of the inventors of said tech, the marvellous people of Lab Zero
Solar Pony Django avatarSolar Pony Django
Waits for payment to go through so he can stream Bayonetta on Wii U this weekend. Any day now... Any day.
Alessa Leng avatarAlessa Leng
Been watching from the shadows for some time now. Time to Join in! Trying to finish Bravely Default in time to play Bravely Second... What are the games you're excited about for 2016?(even if it's just something u dream of...)
KnickKnackMyWack avatarKnickKnackMyWack
Been watching this show on hulu I feel like it would make for a kickass Platinum Game. Imagine playing through mostly as the supporting cast and beating the game on hard gives you Saitama for God Mode.
Mike Martin avatarMike Martin
Just saw Torchman's waifu... damn brah. Talk about shit...
Sir Shenanigans avatarSir Shenanigans
Inquisitive Ravenclaw avatarInquisitive Ravenclaw
In only 5 days, the most romantic Holiday of the year will be upon us...
Larxinostic avatarLarxinostic
So, the notion kept hounding me that the new Pokemon, Magiana, had existed long before its recent unveiling... Then it hit me. [img][/img]
Torchman avatarTorchman
Oh look, a picture of all your waifus in the place where they belong!
more quickposts



Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme

Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo

Back to Top

We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -