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TF2: Pyro update released, details here

New maps and changes to both Soldier and Pyro

Team Fortress 2 players should boot up their Steam account right now, as the Pyro update is available and will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted.

For those not in a rush (or at work), Valve has released a nice summary of what exactly has changed.

The major refinements obviously apply to the Pyro class. As well as adding the alt-fire compression blast, the Axtinguisher, the Backburner and the Flare Gun, the Flamethrower's damage falloff has been removed.

That means your enemies will receive the full amount of damage from the flame even if they just clip its edge.

The Soldier class has changed too, as the 40% damage reduction from their own rockets has been removed. This doesn't apply to rocket jumping, thankfully.

Here's the full list:

Pyro

  • Added alt-fire compression blast to the basic flamethrower
  • Added The Axtinguisher, The Backburner, and The Flare Gun
  • Hadouken taunt now kills people it hits
  • Tuned the flamethrower hit detection to improve detection versus retreating opponents
  • Removed Flamethrower's damage falloff (was falling off to 25% by the end)

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  • Added a route from the forward central foyer up to the battlements
  • Redistributed health and ammunition throughout the bases

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  • Added a route from the forward central foyer up to the battlements
  • Removed central building, reduced overall map length
  • Redistributed health and ammunition throughout the bases

Other Notes
  • Removed Soldier's 40% damage reduction from his own rockets. Does not affect rocket jumps
  • In-game avatar images will now have a badge around them if the player is your friend
  • Fixed bug that allowed players to move around in a reference pose
  • Added custom death icons for unlockable weapons
  • The player join team message now specifies whether the player used the auto team option
  • Payload maps now support four control points per stage
  • Achievement dialog will stay open when you're moving in & out of the game and the main menu
  • Added full Russian localization, with both fonts & speech
  • Returned the "Report a Bug" option to the main menu

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