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On my server stats page, there's a kill category that is called "telefrag". I don't have any. What is this, and how is it done?

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Here's a practical use for the otherwise rather uncommon event, specific to the TF2 setting. It uses the fact that a disguised spy can use enemy teleporters and perform telefrags on the opposing team when coming out of them. Doesn't work that well on experienced engineers, but can catch inexperienced ones off guard.

This only works if the engineer is near the teleporter exit, turtling behind a sentry that has the exit near it.

As a spy, work your way to the enemy teleporter entrances. They're usually right outside the spawn. Make sure you're disguised and that the teleporter is charged and ready for use. Sap the teleporter and stand over the sapped teleporter before the sapper is removed. If the engineer is standing over the exit as he's removing the sapper (as inexperienced engineers often are), you will immidately teleport through the teleporter as the sapper is removed and will perform a telefrag on the engineer. This strategy also has the added benefit of leaving you disguised and ready to sap all the buildings of the now dead engieer that happen to be near by, including the teleporter you just used.

Some inexperienced engineers might also build these tight clusters of buildings, where the teleporter will be right behind the sentry. In these nowadays rather rare cases you can perform the telefrag without even using the sapper, altough there is a risk of the engineer not holding his place all the time.

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You can also kill enemies that happen to be walking over your teleport exit, but it requires some good timing or a clumsy enemy. –  user929 Aug 19 '10 at 19:59
    
True. I wrote this answer rather as a suppliment to all the others, so I left that part out. Now that it's a selected answer, I might edit it to include the basic info of telefragging as well. –  DJ Pirtu Aug 20 '10 at 10:08
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Just wanted to add that the term originates with Doom. What they found was that if a player used a teleporter and teleported inside another player, it would frag the second player, hence telefrag (teleport frag). –  indyK1ng Aug 20 '10 at 16:59
    
Of course, if the Spy isn't careful, they can also get telefragged. I saw this a few days ago on freight when a Spy sapped my Sentry and Dispenser, then ran backwards from me while shooting at me, and ran into a wall... where my teleporter was, and a demo teleported through it. :D Strangely, the engineer gets the kill, not the person who teleported, unless it's a Spy teleporting through an enemy teleporter. –  user2974 Aug 25 '10 at 19:38
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A telefrag happens when a player stands on or near a teleporter while an enemy player uses the entrance. What happens then is that the player on the exit dies and the teleport goes through successfully.

It stops spawn-camping very well. It is not possible to telefrag allies unless FF is on.

Note: Even übercharged players can be telefragged.


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This is actually a common term in gaming, not only related to Team Fortress 2.

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@ArdaXi lol at simultaneous answers. –  Mechko Aug 19 '10 at 12:37
    
How did y'all get exactly the same answers? Should y'all mention the source where you got the input from? –  C. Ross Aug 19 '10 at 13:16
    
In TF2 it is not necessary for the teleporter to be an enemy teleporter, only for the player being teleported to be an enemy - disguised spies can telefrag players that are on the same team as the teleporter. –  Oak Aug 19 '10 at 13:17
    
@Oak - So then potentially, could a spy get to the enemy spawn, sap the entrance, stand on it, and wait for the engineer to remove the sapper from the other end? Would the engie be close enough to the exit in most cases to get fragged? –  Jeffrey Aug 19 '10 at 13:27
    
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There are two different ways this can happen in TF2:

Case 1: An enemy stands on your team's teleporter exit and is telefragged by someone on your team using the teleporter.

Case 2: Someone from your team is standing on your team's teleporter exit, and is telefragged by a disguised enemy spy using the teleporter.

What you should remember: Standing on top of a teleporter exit is a bad idea, regardless of whose team it belongs to. If you're camping a teleporter exit, avoid using melee weapons, as they may cause you to get too close to it. Longer-ranged melee (Eyelander / Scotsman's Skullcutter / Shovel) is slightly safer.

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Telefragging is when you kill an enemy by stepping on the teleporter.

IF you are at the exit and an enemy uses the entrance, then you die.

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Since normal enemies cannot take you teleporters, I guess this is limited to disguised spies? –  Jeffrey Aug 19 '10 at 12:40
    
It's actually kinda reversed. The enemy is on the exit. –  user56 Aug 19 '10 at 13:07
    
@ArdaXi sorry, I swapped subject and object in the two sentences :-p. –  Mechko Aug 19 '10 at 13:17
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