Posted by: zarnmonster | September 15, 2009

TF2 Update!

So, Team Fortress 2 got updated today with many positive changes (only a few nerfs)!

Just to mention a few of the big ones…

-Bigger Backpack! Now with 100 Slots and an auto sort function

-Heavy can now drop sandvich, heals teammates 50% of their health (om nom sounds for every class maybe?)

-Medic heal rate increased from 1hp/s to 3hp/s

-Blutsauger changed from “no crits” to “-2 health drained per second” (not actually one of the 2 the leaked beta versions)

-Fixed Halo glow effect not being hidden for cloak/disguised enemy Spies

You can check out the full update after the break

Updates to Team Fortress 2 have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The specific changes include:


  • If the installation is an HLTV relay we allow clients to connect as HLTV clients even if tv_enable is set to false. A recent exploit fix made it such that we ignore the flag indicating that the client is an HLTV client if tv_enable is false, but it is possible that relays won’t have this ConVar set

Additions / Changes

  • Backpack improvement
    • Added support for 100 slots in the backpack
    • Backpack can now be sorted by type
    • Multi-selection in the backpack is now done by holding down the Ctrl key
  • Alt-fire on the Sandvich now drops sandviches
    • A single sandvich can be dropped at a time. Dropping the sandvich removes it from the Heavy
    • A Heavy can regain his sandvich by collecting a healthkit while already being at full health
    • Eating a sandvich using the taunt method now heals a Heavy to full health
    • Dropped sandviches heal 50% of the collector’s health
  • Medic regen changes
    • Base regen amount increased from 1/sec to 3/sec
    • Regen amount increase since time of last damage decreased from 3x to 2x
    • End result of above: Old healing scaled from 1/sec to 3/sec based on time since being damaged (maxed out at 10 seconds). New healing scales from 3/sec to 6/sec
  • Blutsauger
    • Replaced “No critical hits” negative attribute with “-2 health drained per second on wearer”
    • Health drain stacks on top of the above Medic regen changes, lowering the base regen by 2h/sec
  • Added “mp_windifference” server ConVar (default to 0)
    • When set to X, matches will be considered won if a team gets X points ahead of the other team
  • Added a “Remember the active weapon between lives” option to the Multiplayer->Advanced options dialog
  • Added “Disable weather effects” option to the Multiplayer->Advanced options dialog
  • Added “Show non-standard items on spectated player” option to the Multiplayer->Advanced options dialog
    • If set (default), it’ll show non-standard items being carried by the player you’re spectating
  • Tournament mode changes
    • New item whitelist allowing tournaments to control what items can be used by players
    • Added “item_whitelist_example.txt”
    • Added “item_show_whitelistable_definitions” command to get a list of whitelistable items
  • Added Tournament mode Spectator HUD
    • Added “Use advanced spectator HUD in tournament mode” option to the Multiplayer->Advanced options dialog
    • Shows all the members of your team (or both if you’re a spectator) at the top of the screen, along with class/health/respawn time/charge level
    • Spectator indices are now shown on the team members, and hitting the corresponding weapon selection key (slot1-slot12 commands) will spectate them
  • Changed idle player check to include spectators & players who haven’t chosen a team

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed explosive radius detection using an axially aligned box instead of a sphere
    • Compensated by increasing the radius of grenades, pipes, and rockets to 50% of what they lost at the corners of the OBB
    • Grenades/Pipes radius change: 132->159 
    • Rocket radius change: 121->146
    • End result of above: Explosives have had their radius reduced at some angles, and increased at others. Radius is now consistent, angles are now irrelevant
  • Fixed Sniper using the reference pose if he has the Huntsman deployed when his team loses
  • Fixed Spies speaking their response rules lines after killing a player as the class they were disguised as
  • Fixed Medics getting MedicCallerPanels in their HUD for cloaked enemy Spies disguised as their team
  • Fixed the Huntsman not firing crit arrows when the Sniper is being CritBoosted
  • Fixed being able to fire the Huntsman under water if you jump into the water with the arrow charged
  • Added check to prevent clients using the “firstperson” command to get out of thirdperson view while they’re phasing, taunting or control stunned
  • Fixed Halo glow effect not being hidden for cloak/disguised enemy Spies
  • Fixed wearables not destroying their attached particles when they’re removed
  • Fixed several player & viewmodel simulation issues that occurred when the game was paused
  • Fixed a DX8-based exploit that allowed modified particle effects to work under sv_pure 2

Community Requests

  • Added the entindex() of the object being built to the “player_builtobject” game event
  • Added flag to allow CTF map authors to turn off the Overtime mode when timers expire
  • Added IgnitePlayer input to TFPlayer




  1. My favorite part of the update:

    The spy will no longer use the class he is disguised as for his Kill/domination audio clips. The only reason I ever play the spy is to hear his smooth, murderous boasting! I am very glad this is fixed, it has bugged me over, what, 3-5 patches now?

    And I am totally going back to the syringe gun. I miss having the little rotating needle-hop.

    • honestly… with the new regan regen rate even with the bleutsauger blutsauger, the medic is still buffed. im gaing gaining a regan regen tick every 1/2 second now. with the bleutsauger i go from 1/2 hp to full hp in like 15 seconds just standing there. i can’t even imagine how fast it is now with the needle gun.

      i was fearful of this update… but so far every change i’ve seen is more than welcomed. ESPECIALLY the sandvich change.

      valve…. ty for not nerfing the medic. i appreciate it.

      • I’ve been joking about the Heavy sharing his Sandvich for ages. FINALLY it became a reality. And at least the Heavy is nice enough to leave it on a plate.

  2. Me and Alder tested this update and found that wielding the Blutsauger does not cause you to lose health overtime, as it states. In fact it seemed that it improved your regen rate aswell, we couldn’t find a single negative attribute besides no crits. As for the Sandvich changes, they are a nice touch and provide an excellent way to help keep your Medic alive.

    • It is good to feed your medic, unless its Kimmy. DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!

      • never EVER feed bears. #1 danger in america

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