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After accuiring my third 'Dead Ringer' in as many hours while playing tf2, I was wondering,

does the item dropped correlate with:

  • Absolutely nothing (completely random)
  • The class you have been using
  • The classes you have been most often killing/interacting with

If so this can be used easily to manipulate drops :) although I do doubt this is the case

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You can always use the crafting system to make items to the class you want. – Celta Aug 27 '13 at 14:59
@Celta i know but with scrap metal being made with two class items and me trying to get specific class items anyway it would have sped things up – DCA- Aug 27 '13 at 15:01
up vote 8 down vote accepted

The item drop system is a random process.

The class you are or the class you play most often have no effect on what item is dropped.


  • Allows new and old players alike to earn unlockable weapons by investing playtime
  • Allows players to play as any class


  • Many players receive unwanted duplicates
    • This issue was resolved by the introduction of the crafting and trading system

More information and source: Item drop system - Team Fortress Wiki

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hmm, this confirms my suspicions, and also explains why my server consisting of 15 scout bots didn't yeild anything interesting yesterday. Thanks :) – DCA- Aug 27 '13 at 14:53

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