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Product Update - Valve
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:

  • Temporarily disabled HTML MOTD support for Mac OS X and Linux clients pending upstream fixes
TF2 Blog
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:


  • Temporarily disabled HTML MOTD support for Mac OS X and Linux clients pending upstream fixes
Product Update - Valve
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:

  • Fixed Linux and Mac clients not being able to launch the game
TF2 Blog
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:


  • Fixed Linux and Mac clients not being able to launch the game
Product Update - Valve
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:

  • Fixed rockets colliding with other projectiles and getting stuck in the world
  • Fixed a bug with the Soldier's Fresh Brewed Victory taunt and the Power Up Canteen
  • Fixed the Demoman not being able to equip The Grandmaster
  • Fixed a bug where Professional Killstreak items were being displayed as Specialized
  • Market Listings for Specialized Killstreak kits for the following items have been removed and will need to be relisted
    • Stickybomb Launcher, Minigun, Direct Hit, Huntsman, Backburner, Back Scatter, Kritzkrieg, Ambassador, Frontier Justice
  • Fixed character audio being cut short when characters clap during the Conga taunt
  • Unusual taunts that are tradable can now be listed on the Steam Community Market
  • The Classic can now accept Enemies Gibbed strange parts
  • The Manmelter can now accept Allies Extinguished strange parts
  • Added mp_spectators_restricted server convar
    • Prevents players on Red/Blue from joining team Spectator if it would exceed mp_teams_unbalance_limit
  • Updated the HTML display in the MOTD to use shared Steam browser control
  • Updated the materials for The Dalokohs Bar
  • Updated the equip_region for the Soldier's Stash, Exquisite Rack, The Pencil Pusher, and Antlers
  • Updated the localization files
  • Updated pl_cactuscanyon
    • Stage 1
      • Reworked the geometry of the back stairwell route leading to the final cap
    • Stage 3
      • New design of back yard underpass area
      • Added new building and route near the underpass
      • New geometry for Red battlements and spawn exit by the first cap
      • Added new exit from Red spawn leading to the raised middle rock outcrop by the barn
      • Reworked Red spawn exit by capture point 2
      • Removed rocks and added a new structure by the final cart push
      • Cart now takes longer to pass through the building at the end of
      • Adjusted spawn times
      • Adjusted Health and ammo packs
TF2 Blog
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:


  • Fixed rockets colliding with other projectiles and getting stuck in the world
  • Fixed a bug with the Soldier's Fresh Brewed Victory taunt and the Power Up Canteen
  • Fixed the Demoman not being able to equip The Grandmaster
  • Fixed a bug where Professional Killstreak items were being displayed as Specialized
  • Market Listings for Specialized Killstreak kits for the following items have been removed and will need to be relisted

    • Stickybomb Launcher, Minigun, Direct Hit, Huntsman, Backburner, Back Scatter, Kritzkrieg, Ambassador, Frontier Justice

  • Fixed character audio being cut short when characters clap during the Conga taunt
  • Unusual taunts that are tradable can now be listed on the Steam Community Market
  • The Classic can now accept Enemies Gibbed strange parts
  • The Manmelter can now accept Allies Extinguished strange parts
  • Added mp_spectators_restricted server convar

    • Prevents players on Red/Blue from joining team Spectator if it would exceed mp_teams_unbalance_limit

  • Updated the HTML display in the MOTD to use shared Steam browser control
  • Updated the materials for The Dalokohs Bar
  • Updated the equip_region for the Soldier's Stash, Exquisite Rack, The Pencil Pusher, and Antlers
  • Updated the localization files
  • Updated pl_cactuscanyon

    • Stage 1

      • Reworked the geometry of the back stairwell route leading to the final cap

    • Stage 3

      • New design of back yard underpass area
      • Added new building and route near the underpass
      • New geometry for Red battlements and spawn exit by the first cap
      • Added new exit from Red spawn leading to the raised middle rock outcrop by the barn
      • Reworked Red spawn exit by capture point 2
      • Removed rocks and added a new structure by the final cart push
      • Cart now takes longer to pass through the building at the end of
      • Adjusted spawn times
      • Adjusted Health and ammo packs

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title="Permanent Link to Three Lane Highway: why Culling Blade is Dota 2′s most entertaining skill">Axe







Three Lane Highway is Chris' column about Dota 2.



Ultimate abilities are a good place to start whenever you're tasked with explaining why Dota is cool. They're silly, diverse, exciting to watch. If you're staring at an unconvinced game designer, show them how Chain Frost interacts with Chronosphere. Show them how Wraith King's Reincarnation power is both a safetynet and a mobile psychological deterrent. Show them almost any great Echoslam, but probably this one, because it's a tragedy and a comedy at the same time.



These abilities and the anecdotes they create are the soul of the game. They're why many people play. Faceless Void is popular because of the chance however unlikely that this time it'll be you that lands that perfect, game-turning Chronosphere. That glittering stasis bubble is symbolic of a pub metagame largely defined by players wanting to be lone-wolf superstars, a protected space where nobody can get between you and your rampage. I love the little double fist-pump Void does as the Chronosphere goes down it makes me think of that moment at the end of The Breakfast Club. Don't you forget about Void.



I've been thinking a lot about what makes certain ultimates work as part of the life of the game. This has nothing to do with how powerful or viable they are it's about the effect they have on the tone of a given match. As fun as Chronosphere is for the solo player, it's also an example of a spell that drains fun from the game for everybody else. Nobody other than Void wants to be inside that bubble. The same is true for Song of the Siren in fact, the only reason Chronosphere isn't the most frustrating ult to screw up is because a bad Song of the Siren is capable of ruining Naga Siren's plans along with everybody else's.



The best skills make the game more exciting for everybody, and that's why I submit to you, strangers from the internet, that Axe's Culling Blade is secretly the best ability in the game. This stems from the argument that Axe is secretly the best hero in the game, which I earnestly believe but will save for another time because I'd rather not have that argument.



For the unaware, Culling Blade allows Axe to insta-kill any enemy hero who drops below a certain health threshold. If you use it above that threshold, it goes on cooldown and merely does damage. Do it below the threshold and thanks to one of the best ability tweaks of all time it has no cooldown and can immediately be used to cull somebody else. The animation is this great leaping slam-dunk, accompanied by a sound like somebody smacking the world's most self-satisfied watermelon with the ringing hatchet of justice.



The last time I wrote about Culling Blade it was in the context of a tongue-in-cheek article about Dota's most meaningless numbers. I learned that day that many people do not want your tongue anywhere near their cheek, and they'll rush to call you an asshole if you ever suggest seriously or not that your right to Culling Blade somebody is more important than someone else's right to get kills or farm or whatever. Of course it isn't. A good Axe player knows among other things that there's a time when your team really does need you to dunk (a Shallow-Graving Dazzle, Abaddon just after Borrowed Time triggers) and a time when yes, maybe Ember Spirit can do more with those kills.



That's all well and good. The reason it's so heartbreaking to have your dunks denied is because the ability is so well designed. It feels incredible, and every successful dunk promises another. Like the dream of getting a rampage inside a Chronosphere, it's a selfish urge but where Void's glory-or-not occurs inside of a couple of seconds, an Axe rampage is this delirious, free-roaming thing. You get a movement speed boost whenever you cull somebody, as if the game is saying go, go! Go get the next one. Once you chop, you can't stop.



And here's the kicker: it's actually kind of fun for everybody else, too. Culling Blade is the only spell I can think of that regularly gets a cheer from allies. Yes, you probably stole their kill. But you did it with style, and Axe seems really happy about it, and who can blame him? He's from a mission from god to welcome whole teams to the space jam. I'd rather be dunked by Axe than picked off with pedantic precision by Sniper, because everything about Culling Blade communicates manic glee. It's a direct injection of energy and silliness into a battle in a game where most ultimates have the opposite effect Global Silence, Chronosphere, Primal Split and Doom are all good examples of stop signs. Culling Blade isn't a stop sign. It's that moment at the beginning of a motor race when the lights turn green. It is systematically impossible for it to be an anti-climax.



Has there ever been a better first blood, or a more entertaining gank turnaround, or a better start to a tournament than Pajkatt's double dunk at the beginning of ESL One Frankfurt? I don't think there has and I don't think there's another ability in the game that could get that reaction of a football stadium full of people. Because Culling Blade is secretly the best ability in the game.



To read more Three Lane Highway, click here.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Philippa Warr)

Part of a miscellany of serious thoughts, animal gifs, and anecdotage from the realm of MOBAs/hero brawlers/lane-pushers/ARTS/tactical wizard-em-ups. One day Pip might even tell you the story of how she bumped into Na’Vi’s Dendi at a dessert buffet cart.>

Confession: I have spent approximately $357.38 on a free videogame. Three hundred and fifty seven dollars and thirty eight cents.

Second confession: Actually it’s a little more than that.

The figure Valve gives you is related to the badges you earn by collecting sets of trading cards in the game. To find out how much you’ve spent in Dota 2 just go to the badges section of your profile, look at Dota 2 and then click on “How do I earn card drops?” The card drops in free-to-play games are linked to the money you spend in-game and so Steam will tell you how close you are to earning your next card drop. It also tells you how much you’ve spent but only in the period since they introduced card drops.

For me that’s just north of 215 and I’m going to try to answer the question “Why?”

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TF2 Blog




The i49 TF2 Fragumentary was officially released yesterday! The film takes viewers on a journey through Team Fortress 2's biggest LAN Tournament ever, Insomnia49. You can watch the whole thing on YouTube here.


Announcement - Valve
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