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Well, it's December again, assuming you adhere to the Gregorian Calendar, there's an etching of frost on the ol' window panes, unless you live somewhere temperate, and the lights are shining brightly on the ol' tree you may or may not have, depending on religious affiliation and stance on deforestation. That can only mean one thing: It's Smissmas, everybody! It's a holiday we invented that we'd love you to celebrate with us.




We're of course shipping the usual Smissmas celebrations, including new festive weapons, new winter-themed community cosmetics, and a great big sale in the Mann Co. Store. And starting this year, we're also giving everyone who plays during the event a Stocking Stuffer full of goodies. Click here for a full list of changes, fixes, and new content.




2013's been a great year for Team Fortress 2, and next year's looking to be even better. We've got some truly big surprises planned for 2014, and since nobody wants them delayed until 2015, we'd better get back to work.



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:


Happy Smissmas 2013!
  • All Players who play TF2 during the event will receive a Gift-Stuffed Stocking! Stockings contain goodies for good little Mercenaries.
  • Added community-contributed winter event items
  • Added the Giftapult, which can be used to launch gift items to randomly-chosen online players
  • Added Naughty and Nice winter keys to the Mann Co. Store
  • Premium Players will receive a Secret Saxton to give to another player
  • Item grants from previous events (including the Spirit of Giving and the Winter Holiday noise maker) have been re-enabled for all players, including those who deleted their earlier grants
Weapons
  • Battalion's Backup
    • Added +20 max HP passive for the wearer
  • Concheror
    • Added +2 health per second passive for the wearer
  • Crit-a-Cola
    • Reduced consumption penalty from +25% extra damage to +10%
  • Diamondback
    • Now also gains a critical attack on successful backstab kills
  • Flying Guillotine
    • Alt-Attack now also throws the Guillotine when active
  • Short Circuit
    • Attack sped up greatly
    • Ammunition cost has been lowered to 5 metal per attack
    • Players and Buildings are only targeted if in range and in front of attacking player
    • Improved visual effects
  • Soda Popper
    • Hype no longer grants mini-crits
    • Added Hypemode which grants up to 5 extra air jumps when active
    • Hypemode is triggered by Alt-Attack when hype is full
  • The Beggar's Bazooka has been updated to use the same taunt as The Direct Hit
  • Professional Killstreak Mantreads, Splendid Screen and The Chargin' Targe now generate proper effects when on a killstreak. These effects do not stack if another killstreak effect weapon is active.
Cosmetics
  • "Head" and "Misc" slots for player loadouts have been converted to Cosmetic slots. All items that were previously Head- or Misc-slot-specific can now be equipped in any Cosmetic slot.
  • Unusual effect positioning can now be adjusted for all Cosmetic-slot items
  • Unusual Circling Effects have been given a new origin
  • Unusual effects for all Cosmetic-slot items are now visible in the loadout panel and character HUD
  • Fixed the Wiki Cap clipping with the Demoman's head
Mann vs. Machine
  • Fixed being able to inspect Blue-team bots
  • Fixed the mission victory screen not always showing the correct information for each player
  • Fixed some clipping issues with the stats in the scoreboard
General
  • Fixed an exploit where players could move around while using a taunt to attack enemies
  • Fixed an exploit related to the Rocket Jumper and the Soldier's grenade taunt
  • Fixed killstreaks attained via healing not being considered for round-end win panel
  • Fixed the killstreak hud indicator position in minmode
  • Fixed Taunt Kills strange scores not incrementing properly for the Strange Scorch Shot
  • Fixed strange scores on cosmetic items sometimes failing to increment
  • Fixed gift-wrapped items not showing their interior item to the wrapping player in some conditions
  • Fixed Steam Sale items granted from Snow Globe crafting not being listable on the Steam Community Market
  • Improved bot navigation in cp_gorge
  • Improved bot navigation in pl_upward
  • Updated several materials to fix issues caused by mat_picmip
  • Updated the backpack to filter to automatically filter for valid items when using a tool
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:


Happy Smissmas 2013!

  • All Players who play TF2 during the event will receive a Gift-Stuffed Stocking! Stockings contain goodies for good little Mercenaries.
  • Added community-contributed winter event items
  • Added the Giftapult, which can be used to launch gift items to randomly-chosen online players
  • Added Naughty and Nice winter keys to the Mann Co. Store
  • Premium Players will receive a Secret Saxton to give to another player
  • Item grants from previous events (including the Spirit of Giving and the Winter Holiday noise maker) have been re-enabled for all players, including those who deleted their earlier grants

Weapons

  • Battalion's Backup

    • Added +20 max HP passive for the wearer

  • Concheror

    • Added +2 health per second passive for the wearer

  • Crit-a-Cola

    • Reduced consumption penalty from +25% extra damage to +10%

  • Diamondback

    • Now also gains a critical attack on successful backstab kills

  • Flying Guillotine

    • Alt-Attack now also throws the Guillotine when active

  • Short Circuit

    • Attack sped up greatly
    • Ammunition cost has been lowered to 5 metal per attack
    • Players and Buildings are only targeted if in range and in front of attacking player
    • Improved visual effects

  • Soda Popper

    • Hype no longer grants mini-crits
    • Added Hypemode which grants up to 5 extra air jumps when active
    • Hypemode is triggered by Alt-Attack when hype is full

  • The Beggar's Bazooka has been updated to use the same taunt as The Direct Hit
  • Professional Killstreak Mantreads, Splendid Screen and The Chargin' Targe now generate proper effects when on a killstreak. These effects do not stack if another killstreak effect weapon is active.

Cosmetics

  • "Head" and "Misc" slots for player loadouts have been converted to Cosmetic slots. All items that were previously Head- or Misc-slot-specific can now be equipped in any Cosmetic slot.
  • Unusual effect positioning can now be adjusted for all Cosmetic-slot items
  • Unusual Circling Effects have been given a new origin
  • Unusual effects for all Cosmetic-slot items are now visible in the loadout panel and character HUD
  • Fixed the Wiki Cap clipping with the Demoman's head

Mann vs. Machine

  • Fixed being able to inspect Blue-team bots
  • Fixed the mission victory screen not always showing the correct information for each player
  • Fixed some clipping issues with the stats in the scoreboard

General

  • Fixed an exploit where players could move around while using a taunt to attack enemies
  • Fixed an exploit related to the Rocket Jumper and the Soldier's grenade taunt
  • Fixed killstreaks attained via healing not being considered for round-end win panel
  • Fixed the killstreak hud indicator position in minmode
  • Fixed Taunt Kills strange scores not incrementing properly for the Strange Scorch Shot
  • Fixed strange scores on cosmetic items sometimes failing to increment
  • Fixed gift-wrapped items not showing their interior item to the wrapping player in some conditions
  • Fixed Steam Sale items granted from Snow Globe crafting not being listable on the Steam Community Market
  • Improved bot navigation in cp_gorge
  • Improved bot navigation in pl_upward
  • Updated several materials to fix issues caused by mat_picmip
  • Updated the backpack to filter to automatically filter for valid items when using a tool

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:

  • Added new promo items
  • Updated the localization files
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:


  • Added new promo items
  • Updated the localization files
TF2 Blog
Asiafortress.com's AFCMASH

December 21st-22nd

A "Mashed Potatoes" Competitive 6's Event that mixes TF2 veterans with amateurs.

Sign up here





MEFortress.com's Ultiduo (2v2) Tournament

December 27th-28th

Soldier and Medic Pairs battle on a special King of the Hill map that tests both teamwork and strategy.

Sign up here


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:

  • Added Crate #75, Crate #76, and Crate #77 to the drop list
  • Removed Crate #57, Crate #59 and Crate #71 from the drop list
  • Added new Strange parts that can be applied to Strange cosmetic items
  • Fixed a client crash related to the Mann vs. Machine mission victory panel
  • Fixed players being able to level-up some Strange items when playing on servers with only bots
  • Fixed some cases where Halloween spell effects on items would not appear when they were supposed to
  • Fixed robot Engineer head not looking correct for the Botkiller Sniper Rifle Mk.II
  • Fixed killstreak notices being stuck on the screen when the map is changing levels
  • Fixed Team Shine killstreak sheen effect not displaying properly for the Blue team
  • Updated several backpack images to fix issues caused by mat_picmip
  • Updated Killstreak Kits to work on Festive and Botkiller variants of target weapons
  • Updated pl_upward

    • Fixed players getting stuck in the initial Red spawn room after control point 2 is capped
    • Improved bot navigation
  • Updated cp_gorge
    • Improved bot navigation
  • Updated Mann vs. Machine
    • Fixed players who join in the middle of a mission not receiving the Upgrade Refund credit if it has been earned by the team
    • Fixed Romevision hats conflicting with gatebot hats in Mannhattan
    • Fixed an exploit that allowed purchasing upgrades for weapons other than what they were intended for
    • Updated mvm_rottenburg
      • Fixed a bug where the bomb could get stuck out of reach in the corner near the cap
      • Fixed a bug where bots could be instantly killed by being pushed into the tank tunnel once opened
      • Fixed a bug where money could get stuck in the tank barricade when it was rebuilt, preventing collection
    • Updated mvm_mannhattan
      • Rebalanced Empire Escalation
      • Fixed credits not always being collected when they fall into the grinder
      • Fixed a bug that allowed the gates to be captured out of order
      • Fixed a lighting bug related to lower graphics settings that cause the map to be too dark
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:


  • Added Crate #75, Crate #76, and Crate #77 to the drop list
  • Removed Crate #57, Crate #59 and Crate #71 from the drop list
  • Added new Strange parts that can be applied to Strange cosmetic items
  • Fixed a client crash related to the Mann vs. Machine mission victory panel
  • Fixed players being able to level-up some Strange items when playing on servers with only bots
  • Fixed some cases where Halloween spell effects on items would not appear when they were supposed to
  • Fixed robot Engineer head not looking correct for the Botkiller Sniper Rifle Mk.II
  • Fixed killstreak notices being stuck on the screen when the map is changing levels
  • Fixed Team Shine killstreak sheen effect not displaying properly for the Blue team
  • Updated several backpack images to fix issues caused by mat_picmip
  • Updated Killstreak Kits to work on Festive and Botkiller variants of target weapons
  • Updated pl_upward

    • Fixed players getting stuck in the initial Red spawn room after control point 2 is capped
    • Improved bot navigation

  • Updated cp_gorge

    • Improved bot navigation

  • Updated Mann vs. Machine

    • Fixed players who join in the middle of a mission not receiving the Upgrade Refund credit if it has been earned by the team
    • Fixed Romevision hats conflicting with gatebot hats in Mannhattan
    • Fixed an exploit that allowed purchasing upgrades for weapons other than what they were intended for
    • Updated mvm_rottenburg

      • Fixed a bug where the bomb could get stuck out of reach in the corner near the cap
      • Fixed a bug where bots could be instantly killed by being pushed into the tank tunnel once opened
      • Fixed a bug where money could get stuck in the tank barricade when it was rebuilt, preventing collection

    • Updated mvm_mannhattan

      • Rebalanced Empire Escalation
      • Fixed credits not always being collected when they fall into the grinder
      • Fixed a bug that allowed the gates to be captured out of order
      • Fixed a lighting bug related to lower graphics settings that cause the map to be too dark

Community Announcements - jaypinkerton
http://www.teamfortress.com/tf02_unhappy_returns/

When we last left our gripping ongoing tale, Saxton Hale had lost Mann Co. to the scheming Gray Mann and disappeared to parts unknown. The TF2 mercs, now out of jobs, had scattered to the winds—until six months later, when Miss Pauling started reassembling the team under orders from an in-hiding Administrator. With Demo, Soldier and Pyro on board, our team heads to Teufort to rescue Spy and Scout from the hangman's noose. Find out what happens next in Part Two, titled "Unhappy Returns".
TF2 Blog




We've been busy these last few months, trying to settle a longstanding debate as to what "bimonthly" actually means. Some members of the team are convinced it means "once every two months." Others maintain even trying to define it would ruin the enchanting mystery of reading. Anyway, three months later we're no closer to an answer. However, we are close to releasing the second issue of Team Fortress Comics, this time as a tri-monthly publication. How close? It's here.




When we last left our gripping ongoing tale, Saxton Hale had lost Mann Co. to the scheming Gray Mann and disappeared to parts unknown. The TF2 mercs, now out of jobs, had scattered to the winds until six months later, when Miss Pauling started reassembling the team under orders from an in-hiding Administrator. With Demo, Soldier and Pyro on board, our team heads to Teufort to rescue Spy and Scout from the hangman's noose. Find out what happens next in Part Two, titled "Unhappy Returns".


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