TF Spy Strategies
The Spy in Team Fortress is what
I believe to be the COOLEST class. The Spy does not
have the raw killing power of some of the other classes, he makes up for
this in his stealth
abilities. Additionally, the Spy has what I think is the most satisfying
weapon in TF, the knife! Although its a tough weapon to use, because
it forces you to be at close range, it has the ability to take out an enemy
with one (or two on the highly armored classes) swift and correctly placed
blows. There is nothing like taking out a superior armed and armored
class (can you say Heavy Weapons Guy!) with the simplest weapon in the
game. Although the Spy is not a very good defensive player, he does
have several modes of play on offense. He can gather intelligence
on the enemy defenses, he can take out any unsuspecting enemy forces and
he can go for the flag. Below are some strategies and tips that I
have found useful when playing as a Spy.
Spy Strategies by
The name is Bond, James Bond
Intelligence gathering is what
the spy can do the best! Change your skin to any other TF class,
except the Heavy Weapons Guy and the Soldier (the extra speed of the spy
will give you away!) and the change your skin color to the opposing team.
With this done, you can sneak into the enemy base easily and check out
what type of defenses the enemy has. This intelligence gathering
is invaluable when the enemy team has set up a couple of
sentry guns placed to mow anyone down who comes near, or a Heavy Weapons
Guy who is hiding in the shadows near the flag. Although you don't get
the glory of a flag capture or the satisfaction of a kill, your teammates
will greatly appreciate it.
This guy is pretty friendly for the enemy!
The Easy Kills
If the intelligence gathering
gets a little old, and you crave the taste of blood, you can use the spy
to do some creative and sometimes easy kills. Once again, change your skin
and color and sneak into the enemy base. However don't be tempted
to use any of the projectile weapons the spy has or you'll be a red stain
on the floor. The Knife is the best weapon for the
spy! For maximum effectiveness, I recommend that you change into
the enemy medic or engineer, otherwise the other team may have suspicions
on why you're running around with the axe! The advantage of the medic
skin is that people will come up to you and beg for your medicine.
(A healthy dose of steel will serve them nicely! HeHe!) Then while
in the enemy base, come up from behind on an enemy, and stab him in the
back. (The knife does maximum damage in the back, 6X the normal damage
of an axe!) A really easy class to kill is the sniper, since they
are usually "distracted" away from the immediate surroundings! (The
spy can take out a whole nest of snipers without one of them firing a shot!)
On the other enemy classes, your kills need to be made in an area without
a lot of activity. If the enemy sees you stab a teammate, you're
toast because your skin reverts back to normal after you use your weapon.
Lastly, don't forget to change back into the medic after a kill!
This mistake will cost you your life, and it will make the other
team aware that a spy is on the loose. (Which can make your next assault
a little tougher...)
Snipers make easy targets! Don't look
behind you pal!
Nothing' like a knife in the back! HeHeHe!
Going for the Gusto
Capturing the flag is the best
way to rack up the points against the enemy. The spy can do this
as well. Once again, change into an enemy skin and infiltrate their
base. This is a fairly easy task to do with the spy. But before
you take the flag, find the best way out of the base. (You
have all the time in the world, so do it!) Otherwise, you probably
won't make it out alive with the flag. . (Remember, your skin changes
back once you have the flag!) Find the soft spot in the base. (Can you
go underwater? Is the front door unguarded?) Then get the flag and
RUN LIKE HELL! You may want to change your weapon to the
tranquilizer gun and shoot anyone that you pass on the way out. But no
matter what -- DON'T STOP! (The tranqs don't kill, but are annoying
to the enemy) The spy is no match for any class once out of his disguise.
Here are some general tips when playing as a spy:
- Don't change your skin color while in your own
base. Two main reasons: (1) a smart enemy sniper may wonder
why a "teammate" is running out of the enemy base, and (2) you don't want
to confuse your own teammates! If you can, change your color
at the wall that separates the two bases on The Well, or a dark corner
near the entrance to the enemy base on 2 Forts and other levels.
- The spy is a difficult class to play on The
Rock. The spotlights will give you away all the time! Try to
run in with a teammate and let him get killed by the snipers!
- Use the enemy health and ammo if you can.
A great spot for this is in the loft area on The Well.
- Don't be lured to use the projectile weapons.
They will betray you.
- Use the Knife & stab the enemy in the back.
- Don't let the superior armor, health, and firepower
of other classes keep you from taking them on. The Knife is a great
weapon at extremely close range, use it to your advantage. (Heavy Weapon
Guys can be stabbed to death)
- Use your speed. Don't stop running when
you have the flag. Circle strafe around the tougher enemies while
you stab them.
- Don't forget the "feign death" skill...
Copyright 1997 by Jeff Case and [KoQ]
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