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Epic Mann vs. Machine tales

primesuspectprimesuspect HumanGarbageDisposalDetroit, MI Icrontian
edited Aug 2012 in Team Fortress 2
This game is five years old.

I didn't really intend to sit down and play for seven hours straight, really.

But it just sort of happened like that. We started a six man, ranked, surplussed match, and we starting killing robots.

Wave after wave of robots. We fought tanks. We killed giant heavies. We slaughtered robosnipers.

We prevailed through seven rounds of utter terror, despair, and joy.

We lost a war of attrition, as six adults cannot simply continue playing a game this intense for such a prolonged length of time.

@Midga, @CrazyJoe, @PirateNinja, @Cola, and @Mantequilla : We will win. We will do this again. And we shall have hats, my brothers in arms.. Oh, the hats we shall have.

It will be glorious.

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  • BobbyDigiBobbyDigi ? R U #Hats ! SoCal Icrontian
    That wave 8...

    Joined a solo Mann Up and got an amazing set of players. Put in almost 4 hours. We strategized, we communicated, but ultimately we failed.

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    27000+ damage

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    I hate these guys:

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    -Digi
  • primesuspectprimesuspect HumanGarbageDisposal Detroit, MI Icrontian
    Wave 8 is insane. We almost had it. I'm convinced that if we hadn't already been on hour seven, weren't all tired and pissy and frustrated, we could have won. We came so close, had only a couple bots left to kill and we derped. NEXT TIME, GRAY MANN, NEXT TIME.
  • SpencerForHireSpencerForHire Clawson, MI
    edited Aug 2012
    It took the PUG I was with quite a bit of time to beat it. The first three times on wave 7 of Coal town we were down to the last tank and we just had a constant stream of Giant Soldiers pushing the point. Finally the last time we pushed all of the Giants back to spawn and were able to just focus fire the Tank... We ended up getting it (the map and the tank) with another ramp of time to go before it would have been another loss.


    Two things I have learned so far: Pyros are by far one of the best classes on the map. You can air burst Sentry Busters and whomever bot is holding the bomb (assuming it not a giant).

    Second, You probably don't want to ever double up on a support class (Medic, Engi, Sniper). You can seemingly get away with Heavy, Demo or Soldier but we found the most success when we all ran unique classes.

    Also, didn't get a rare hat, a bunch of moderately uncommon weapons was all.
  • ErrorNullTurnipErrorNullTurnip Illinois Icrontian
    I set up a private server like Thrax posted in the other thread. Got 3 friends to join and finally managed to make it through wave 8 on Decoy. It was certainly tough, though! After that, we found the currency_give command which was awesome to mess around with.
  • midgamidga "There's so much hot dog in Rome" ~digi (> ^.(> O_o)> Icrontian
    The game supplanted dinner. The game took precedence over beer. The game told my bladder it could fucking wait and shut the fuck up. I haven't had that much cooperative fun with that many people for that many hours since my last orgy, and that wasn't nearly as intense as last night was. All in all, worth every cent of nine dimes and nine pennies I spent on it, and I didn't even actually spend it on that cause I'll get to use that ticket again.
    And it will get used again. And next time, it will be consumed.
    Ilriyascola
  • RahnalH102RahnalH102 the Green Devout New Mexico Icrontian
    edited Aug 2012
    My brother (Enembis), Best Friend (Zealock), and I joined a PuG que. Our team was Soldier (me), Medic, Pyro, Spy, Engie (Enembis), and Heavy, (Zealock). We had fun, were challenged, and some hilarity happened, namely my brother running around with his toolbox with a Sentry Buster on his tail as well as Spy-bots around.

    But the hands down highlight of the mission was on the final wave. We had failed it a few times, 5-6 I'm not sure, but every time we made it a bit farther. Then it came down to the wire SO HARD. Only 1 tank was left after 3 other tanks and 4 Reflector Giant Heavies. We're burning it down as fast as we can at the bomb site. It gets so far as to DROP THE BOMB. At that millisecond I had lost all hope. Then big and red in the center of the screen, VICTORY.

    OH the relief!

    Edit: Got the "Balls-E" achieve from it. The icon for it sums it up.
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  • KoreishKoreish KCMO Icrontian
    edited Aug 2012
    Scout so OP in MvM health on cash collect is amazing.
  • BobbyDigiBobbyDigi ? R U #Hats ! SoCal Icrontian
    edited Aug 2012
    @Ilriyas, @midga, @Thrax, @Theironhand, @RahnalH102 and Myself just Manned Up all over MannWorks

    We came...
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    We Played...
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    We strategized...
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    We Won...
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    And then this happened...



    Rare Drop for Midga. Grats dude. #Hats

    -Digi
  • IlriyasIlriyas Magician, Sunbro, Grossly Incandescent Toronto, Ontario Icrontian
    edited Aug 2012
    @RahnalH102 taking a pre-round drink
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  • BobbyDigiBobbyDigi ? R U #Hats ! SoCal Icrontian
    edited Aug 2012
    We regrouped and Manned Up straight in Coal Town's face:

    Purchased another ticket:
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    The Group:
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    Ready to defend!
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    SO MUCH FUN!
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    Unfortunanly Theironhand disconnected from Steam between the 6th and 7th round. We recieved a random, a Healthkit and on the second try after that:
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    Look closely...
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    Again!

    Midga got another rare drop!

    Epic night. 2:2 Mann Up mode.

    -Digi
    IlriyasErrorNullTurnip
  • RahnalH102RahnalH102 the Green Devout New Mexico Icrontian
    edited Aug 2012
    Sorry Ironhand couldn't finish with us. :(

    Edit: lol me too slow. Bobby uploaded before me.

    Also the Tag & Taunt shot is glorious!
  • TheironhandTheironhand Centerline, Michigan Icrontian
    Yeah sorry guys, the power went off in my neighborhood, and the DTE didn't fix it until 5 hours after I left :(.
  • IlriyasIlriyas Magician, Sunbro, Grossly Incandescent Toronto, Ontario Icrontian
    edited Aug 2012
    Mann-ing up all day erry day with @TiberiusLazarus, @Preacher, @Rexxar, and @Pragtastic
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    Both @Preacher and @Rexxar got some rare hats

    Despite it being completely useless to the team's efforts I finally got a screencap of myself riding the back of a tank.
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    RahnalH102BobbyDigi
  • BobbyDigiBobbyDigi ? R U #Hats ! SoCal Icrontian
    It was time to take on Decoy's Data Demolition:

    Meet The Team
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    And by our powers combined!
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    Was good time!

    -Digi
  • BobbyDigiBobbyDigi ? R U #Hats ! SoCal Icrontian
    edited Aug 2012
    The second mission on MannWorks is labeled endurance and it is just that.

    We had a good team:
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    Wave One easy enough:
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    Wave Two we pushed through:
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    Wave Three on the other hand...
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    Hate...
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    They made it too far...
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    And while after many tries we could make it to the last wave of heavies...
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    ...I have no victory shot for you :(

    Next time you robotic bastards! Next Time.

    -Digi
  • brightbright Wind Tunnel Member
    It was a lot of fun. :D
  • colacola the dick man himself Right behind you Icrontian
    Midga and I rolled a MvM today, the second option for Coal Town to be exact, we managed to get a decent group of pubs and pushed through wave after wave.

    The MVP of the match award goes to out pyro who managed to reset the bomb at least once every single wave.

    I ended up getting the Pyrobotics Pack out of it all without using a surplus ticket XDD
  • BobbyDigiBobbyDigi ? R U #Hats ! SoCal Icrontian
    edited Aug 2012
    Dream Team. It started because the IC TF2 server was being fail and randomly restarting. A few of us dropped off and started to put together a team to pop Lynx's MvM cherry.

    Soldier @UPSLynx
    Demo @cola
    Medic @Midga
    Pyro @Thrax
    Engi @primesuspect
    Heavy @BobbyDigi

    And we got to work...
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    Thrax got disconnected so we fell back and regrouped.

    The first two rounds went pretty easy once we got into the groove but the third eluded us. We were not even making it to the tanks. The first wave of Giant Soldiers were grouping up on us at the point. It was bad. There really is no time to think about anything but robot killing while the waves are going, let alone move your hand to take screenshots. I will try to get a shot or two of the action in the future though.

    Side note: I had a pretty awesome trading day and used some of my trade fodder to get a new gun in between waves:

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    Isn't she purdy?

    Ok back to Dream Team. Cola prepares for the next go:
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    Lynx salutes, he is ready
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    Thrax, Midga and Prime's nest

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    Pinklestia tries to help but she is afraid of the new Mini Gun

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    Midga went to get Salsa, we banded together as Team Salsa...
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    As Team Salsa something clicked. We all found the perfect groove all at the same time and we took out the final wave with the power of over nine thousand Scoville units.
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    No Rare Drops but prime picked up a sweet Sniper Bucket Hat.
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    It really is unexplainable that last wave. We all knew it shortly after we started. It was no contest. We won Mann vs Machine.

    -Digi
    RahnalH102
  • primesuspectprimesuspect HumanGarbageDisposal Detroit, MI Icrontian
    WE MAKE GOOD TEAM. Also, salsa.
    BobbyDigicolaUPSLynxmidga
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    That was a frigging blast. This mode RULES.
  • primesuspectprimesuspect HumanGarbageDisposal Detroit, MI Icrontian
    I GOT A HAT, MAMA!
  • colacola the dick man himself Right behind you Icrontian
  • midgamidga "There's so much hot dog in Rome" ~digi (> ^.(> O_o)> Icrontian
    edited Aug 2012
    I loves my new medipack :D The sniper hat was a cool bonus, though I don't snipe often. Really wanna get my hands on the medigun =o

    And tonight was salsa. At first it wasn't salsa, but then salsa and we just salsa. It was delicious.

    I just can't wait for the next. [f4]
  • BobbyDigiBobbyDigi ? R U #Hats ! SoCal Icrontian
    edited Aug 2012
    I just noticed that Lynx took out the final Giant Heavy with The Original. Fitting.

    -Digi
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    edited Aug 2012
    BobbyDigi said:

    I just noticed that Lynx took out the final Giant Heavy with The Original. Fitting.

    -Digi

    yeeaaaahhhhh boooyyyeeeeeeeee!

    I just remembered that I still don't know what loot I got. I hate when the TF2 UI bugs out and fails to load things.

    *edit* I just realized that's what that final screen on Digi's post is. Looks like I got a gun for the heavy. Might be cool.
  • RahnalH102RahnalH102 the Green Devout New Mexico Icrontian
    I believe this is relevant to some people.
    midga
  • midgamidga "There's so much hot dog in Rome" ~digi (> ^.(> O_o)> Icrontian
    Last night was pretty awesome. There were a few rough rounds, but when we found our groove we were in it. There were some spectacularly close endings, both directions, and the final verdict was a good number of rares all around. I'd post pics, but I can never seem to remember to take good ones while the game is on...
  • primesuspectprimesuspect HumanGarbageDisposal Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited Aug 2012
    Good runs. I completed two missions. The first group was Midga, Thrax, Preacher, TheIronHand, Cola, and myself.
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    The damned deflector heavies
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    Second group was Midga, Cola, Preacher, Quake101, Bandrik, and myself. It got a little hairy for a minute, but we pulled through:
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  • KoreishKoreish KCMO Icrontian
    So @Rexxar, @Preacher, @Pragtastic, @Pacifisto, and I got an A+ Rank all the way through seven waves and didn't get our achievement for it. We are le sad.
  • colacola the dick man himself Right behind you Icrontian
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    We came, we saw, we stuck our dick so far up Decoy's ass it's not gonna be able to sit down for weeks.
  • primesuspectprimesuspect HumanGarbageDisposal Detroit, MI Icrontian
    F that map. I wouldn't mind if I never played it again
  • primesuspectprimesuspect HumanGarbageDisposal Detroit, MI Icrontian
    Congrats to @FreshyP on breaking his MvM cherry on the hardest map of all. It's all cake from here, son.
  • BobbyDigiBobbyDigi ? R U #Hats ! SoCal Icrontian
    edited Aug 2012
    Tonight was Epic... Hence the name of the thread. I've got quite a bit to share with you so sit back and enjoy.

    Round 1: Coal Town CPU Slaughter

    @Primesuspect as Engineer, Notice the brand spankin' new Botkiller Wrench
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    @Mertesn as Heavy
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    @RahnalH102 as Soldier
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    @Thrax as Pyro
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    @Cola as Drunk Demo
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    And yours truly as Medic
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    I'm starting to get the hang of Medic in MvM:
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    The Jarate Snipers are a pain!
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    Wave 6 came...
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    and Went...
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    And spoiled us. Soli hat for Mert and Demo Batteries for Prime:
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    And I only had one more map to go for my first Mann vs. Machine Tour.

    To be continued...
  • BobbyDigiBobbyDigi ? R U #Hats ! SoCal Icrontian
    edited Aug 2012
    Coal Town went fast so most of the group decided to go another.

    Round 2: Decoy Disk Deletion, Arguably the hardest of the missions to complete and the final piece in my very first Mann vs Machine Tour of Duty.

    Thrax wanted to head back to the opening weekend of Guild Wars 2 so...

    @Preacher joined us as Medic
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    So I switched to Pyro
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    Rah returned as Soldier
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    Cola as Demo
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    Mertesn as Heavy
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    And Prime as Engi
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    The Huntsman wave didn't treat use to well
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    Trying for a Haduken Screenshot, came out a bit dark...
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    This one would have been better but I got Photopaned
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    We're ready for the next wave
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    And we would mess around a bit in between waves
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    Oh Noes! Cola got disconnected. Timed out while taking a weewee. We agreed to start over as our only option to give it a go together.
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    Cola played a bit of Scout collecting that Money Ball
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    Sparkly Heavy Weapons
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    Purple Rain
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    What's that Sasha? Mertesn's HL2.exe has crashed?!
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    And with that... Preacher had to leave us.

    To Be Continued...
  • BobbyDigiBobbyDigi ? R U #Hats ! SoCal Icrontian
    edited Aug 2012
    Now we are without Preacher... So we start over

    With @FreshyP stepping up as Soldier
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    Mert returning as Heavy
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    Huntsman Snipers returning as pains in the neck, face and eye
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    Cola setting up a sticky trap
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    When you see it
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    Some shots of the other team
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    The dreaded Wave 8 begins
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    A little uber fun
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    Rolling out for crit stickies
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    Even better than before
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    And after many, many exhausting tries, everything fell into place
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    And the loot was good. For completing my tour I was awarded a Botkiller Medi Gun. Prime got lucky again with a Scout hat and Rah pulled 2 rares, The pyro backpack and spy fedora.
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    I leave you with a tip for future Decoy Disk Deletion Wave 8 players. This is Key weapon + sentry placement combo
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    Good night all.

    -Digi
  • RahnalH102RahnalH102 the Green Devout New Mexico Icrontian
    edited Aug 2012
    Dang that was so annoying yet so good at the end. It's what gets ya hooked man. Also I got soooo many duplicates Xhibit would be proud.
  • primesuspectprimesuspect HumanGarbageDisposal Detroit, MI Icrontian
    Dat Wrangler. Changed the game.
  • BobbyDigiBobbyDigi ? R U #Hats ! SoCal Icrontian
    Mammworks: Machine Massacre is best for quick matches. We just destroyed 7 waves in about 45 minutes.

    The Team
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    @Notezee as Soli
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    @Pacifisto as Brass Beast Heavy
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    @cola Quick Fix Medic
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    @ErrorNullTurnip as Engi
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    @Preacher Demoed
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    And I returned as Rainbow Pyro
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    We were not so organized at spraying
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    But we did very well at grabbin da money balls
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    Our wave 7 Glitched, the bomb appeared before any of us were ready and kept warning us that it was about to be deployed! In reality it just hung out behind this rock. It did not effect the game play during the waves at all.
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    Damn Deflector Heavies kept taking me out right before they went down
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    Pacifisto wants to be a Giant Deflector Heavy so bad.
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    Team Work prevailed!
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    Dem Turnips each got a Rare! A Medic pack for Pacifisto and Spy hat for Error
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    Still no rares for Digi though the clean Hue Long Heater makes me happy :-D

    Rock on,

    -Digi
  • colacola the dick man himself Right behind you Icrontian
  • IlriyasIlriyas Magician, Sunbro, Grossly Incandescent Toronto, Ontario Icrontian
    edited Aug 2012
    This is the only pic I got before I got sick and had to leave.
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    @RahnalH102 decided to turn me into a human pincushion.
  • RahnalH102RahnalH102 the Green Devout New Mexico Icrontian
    I do so love that crossbow. Hope you feel better.
  • midgamidga "There's so much hot dog in Rome" ~digi (> ^.(> O_o)> Icrontian
    Sounds like great games :D Sorry I had to miss out on all of them. And Digi, dat medigun...so jelly XD

    @cola @BobbyDigi @Preacher Way to medic it up! :D I'd like to hear y'all's takes on strategy, loadout and upgrade path.
  • colacola the dick man himself Right behind you Icrontian
    Heh, you wouldn't like mine, I guarantee it :P
  • midgamidga "There's so much hot dog in Rome" ~digi (> ^.(> O_o)> Icrontian
    Cola, almost everything you do is bizzare and totally fucked up, but somehow it works (sometimes) and is definitely worth review. :P
    cola
  • primesuspectprimesuspect HumanGarbageDisposal Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited Aug 2012
    We tried a lot of things different tonight, but it ended up not working out. Team was @Cola, @Bandrik, @Midga, @Ilriyas, @Signal, and myself. I decided to try my hand at demo while Cola went Engie. We lost a ton of money in the first few waves and it set us up for a bad and time-consuming, very frustrating Wave 5 of Coal Town's CPU Slaughter. By the time we got to wave 6, we knew our roles and had gotten a lot better, but time and fatigue worked against us. We got into our groove and nearly beat it, but a stupid mistake cost us the round. After that, it was frustration town and we gave up after two more quick failures. Sigh.
  • primesuspectprimesuspect HumanGarbageDisposal Detroit, MI Icrontian
    Cola maxed out his pistol, though, and it was hilarious. Machine pistol FTW!
  • BobbyDigiBobbyDigi ? R U #Hats ! SoCal Icrontian
    @midga I focused on Heal rate and Uber build rate grabbing share bonus asap. Every credit went towards the Medi Gun and Crit Canteen.

    On a side note my Festive Medi Gun is not strange and I do not have a Strange Medi Gun. Now that I have the Botkiller (Strange by default) I probably won't use the festive outside of MvM. From what I can tell, stranges do not level in MvM.

    While there are definitely Botkillers I would prefer to have, being my first Tour reward, I can't see bringing myself to trade my Botkiller Medi Gun.

    -Digi
  • midgamidga "There's so much hot dog in Rome" ~digi (> ^.(> O_o)> Icrontian
    edited Aug 2012
    BobbyDigi said:

    @midga I focused on Heal rate and Uber build rate grabbing share bonus asap. Every credit went towards the Medi Gun and Crit Canteen.

    Okay, that's pretty much exactly what I do, except with a Kritz and Uber canteens. Sometimes I'll buff resistances if I have a lot of extra cash. Fire resistance on some of those stages is amazing (especially when you're following around a Thrax).
    BobbyDigi said:

    On a side note my Festive Medi Gun is not strange and I do not have a Strange Medi Gun. Now that I have the Botkiller (Strange by default) I probably won't use the festive outside of MvM. From what I can tell, stranges do not level in MvM.

    Stranges don't get kills on bots. They don't care who you're killing when you're counting Ubers ;) [dibs on the festive :3 ]
    BobbyDigi said:

    While there are definitely Botkillers I would prefer to have, being my first Tour reward, I can't see bringing myself to trade my Botkiller Medi Gun.

    You'd better not. It's too cool for skloo. [and if you do, I call dibs there too ;3 ]

    Wanna get my hands on a golden so bad, though... I don't typically like gold, but GODDAMN that's shiny!
  • colacola the dick man himself Right behind you Icrontian
    Oh, and for my Quick Fix medic, I maxed uber charge rate, heal rate, and Uber length making whoever I was healing completely unstoppable (till they ran out of ammo so I carried ammo refills to share)
  • midgamidga "There's so much hot dog in Rome" ~digi (> ^.(> O_o)> Icrontian
    Oh holy hell, I hadn't thought about that, but with a heal boost upgrade the QF would be sick as shit. Kinda wanna give this a go, now...
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