Guy Wins At Team Fortress By Distracting People With Puzzles

Turns out playing a Spy is a piece of cake if you simply rely on what will now be known as the "puzzle gambit". It's weirdly, uh, ingenious? I guess?

In Team Fortress 2 players can apply sprays — that is, images of their choosing — to surfaces on various servers. Uncle Dane decided to become a tactical tagger, graffiti-ing walls with a basic visual puzzle that got unassuming players to halt their panicked war-charging for a couple seconds. At that point he skulked in, put a knife in one of the many parts of the human body where knives don't belong, and gallivanted off on his merry way.

The strategy was not, shall we say, unanimously successful, but it did actually work in a number of cases. If nothing else, I find that pretty hilarious, given that I don't think Valve ever planned for anybody to use sprays this way. I doubt this trick will change the face of Spy play forever (or even really have much of an impact at all), but oh to live in a world where it does.

What are the most off-beat Team Fortress 2 strategies (or gags, since this straddles the line) you've seen?


    People used to do this in CounterStrike: Source but with porn instead of puzzles.

    My favourite though was a spray that looked like a crouched awper, always tricked people.

    Well, it is funny but in all fairness that strategy is only ever likely to work once, twice at the most.

    This has been going on for years, but with hardcore porn.

    Used to use sprays of a crouching player looking at them. Put at end of hallway.

    Fun fact - every spray in every TF2 (and probably any Source game) match you play is stored in your Steamapps folder. After a couple of years, I ended up with several gigabytes worth of 256kb sprays.

    You can also install an extension to view them (they're in .vtf format). There's been some...interesting...sprays in games I've played.

    Welcome to 2007.

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