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Look at the next few seconds of this video, demonstrating the phlogistinator in action:

As you can see, the effective range of this flame thrower extends surprisingly much further than the graphical effect does, and this is pretty much a fact. On the other hand, the range is so surprisingly longer, it begs the question — is the Phlogistinator's range actually longer than the other flamethrowers'?

Some YouTube comments seem to agree, but we know that doesn't mean very much. On the other hand, the relevant wiki article mentions nothing about this.

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I tested this on 1/17/12 - results may change in the future.

A friend and I went out to the bridge on 2fort. We used a teleporter as the marker, and a dispenser as the target. I incrementally moved the dispenser closer and closer to the teleporter, while he puffed at it with the Phlog. When the dispenser started taking damage, I left it there, and he switched to the standard flamethrower.

When he got back, the flamethrower blast didn't reach the dispenser, but, when I moved it one more step forward, it did.

Since a teleporter is more than one step wide, and we probably didn't get the positioning exactly correct, I am going to put this down to measurement error.

Results: There is no practical difference between the range of the Phlog and the standard flamethrower.

(With more accurate measurements, I am certain we would find that there is no actual difference either.)

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I think you should look at the stock Flamethrower's video before you start making assumptions about the Phlogistinator's range being bigger. These are the two shots of the maximum range shown by the two videos:

Flamethrower vs. Phlogistinator

Note the position of the hazard stripes on the floor; the position of the Pyro in the Phlog's video is not significantly farther away than the one in the Flamethrower's (could be closer, could be about the same, it's hard to tell exactly).

So while there may be a difference in range, the video you're pointing to can't prove anything about the Phlog having a longer range.

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I know it doesn't prove anything, that's why I'm asking. :) –  badp Jan 16 '12 at 20:23

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