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What does it mean when the Spy Callout is wrong?

Sometimes when I look directly at a certain class such as a demoman, and press "X-2" the command to say "[class] is a spy!" my character will say the wrong class. Example: Looking at Demoman Press ...
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What is the best strategy for a Deadringer and a “Your Eternal Reward” spy on 2Fort?

So here is the scenario, I'm a spy on 2Fort and the match starts. My load out is the Deadringer with Your Eternal Reward. When I try to get past enemy lines undisguised (I have eternal reward),but I ...
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Can you choose who you disguise as when disguising as a class with more than 2 players?

In TF2, when I'm trying to sneak up on an enemy's sentry nest, my favorite thing to do is disguise myself as a friendly engineer, so that they expect me to help them fix the place up, before breaking ...
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How can I take out a Heavy using the Huo-Long Heater?

I was wondering if there was any way for a spy to stab a heavy who had the Huo-Long heater deployed without getting set on fire. The ring of fire seems to come out at intervals of flame no-flame, but ...
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Is it possible to stab an enemy before the hand goes into the ready position?

As stated in the title is it possible to stab an enemy before the hand goes into the ready position? For those who don't know already: This is the "ready" position that the hand goes into before you ...
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What is a 'crab', and how does one perform/obtain one?

Ok, so there I was playing TF2, as a Spy (and doing quite well, at least by my low standards). When the other team begins with the usual friendly greetings, racial/sexual orientation slurs, as well as ...
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What different backstabbing techniques are there?

I'm sure most people know about backstabs, where you run up to people's backs, and you....well, stab them. In the back. But I've heard about other stabs as well, and since I'm trying to be a lot ...
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What is a Strafe-n-Snap?

In this video, Stabby stabby (a very famous comp spy player in TF2) mentions a technique called the strafe and snap. How do I execute this technique? Is there a diagram or video that can show me what ...
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How much damage does a backstab do?

I was playing TF2 and I turned on a setting so I can see exactly what damage I am doing. I noticed after back stabbing a few enemies the number ranges from 100 to 1000. So why does the game say I am ...
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Do spies get damage resistance when cloaked?

I've noticed often that as a Dead Ringer spy, when I'm cloaked, damage that should kill me instead doesn't, and often I'm left with enough health to get to a nearby health kit. That being said, is ...
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Is there a way to disable scrolling to the Spy-disguise & Engineer Build/Demolish menus?

With most other classes I can quickly switch between weapons easily with the scroll-wheel (with the option to Auto-switch instead of menu-switch turned on), and this is quite helpful. However, when ...
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Why disguise as scout?

I've seen quite a few videos on Youtube where spies repeatedly switch to a scout disguise after each kill. Slow scouts seem like obvious spies. Why not choose a Pyro, Engineer, Medic, or Sniper?
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Does a crit boosted backstab do more damage against giant robots?

Backstabs do massive damage in the normal game, only an uber or play dead watch can allow someone to survive a backstab. Another feature of the backstab is that it is often described as an automatic ...
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Does a sapper affect a large robot beyond disabling his allies?

The spy's sapper can be a fairly decent fair to disable a large group of robots, though usually only have to leveling it up. It's also great for holding targets still for back-stabs. The only ...
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What is the purpose of disguising yourself as your own team?

In Team Fortress 2 as the spy, when you change to your Disguise Kit, you are presented with an option to change the team you are disguised as. Why would you ever want to disguise yourself as someone ...
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How is my disguised loadout determined if I disguise as a class that's not in play?

Say RED has no sniper. I'm a BLU spy disguised as a RED sniper. This means my apparent nick will be determined at random. IIRC, I might even get my own nick. What about my loadout? Will I be using ...
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With proper aim can an Ambassador always one-shot a sniper?

I'm working on my Skullpluggery achievement for Spy. For a while I thought it was straight-forward -- just point, pause (for accuracy), and fire. Worked everytime, until lately, where my lucky streak ...
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Should I sneak before stabbing?

The following graph is representative of my experience when playing spy in Team Fortress 2. In English, sometimes when I play spy I notice some people seem distracted (say, a demo or a heavy ...
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Can you manually change your health as a disguised spy?

I just got the Dead Ringer, and one of its effects is that you cannot cloak on demand. What I like to do to get behind enemy lines and start backstabbing my way forward is to run screaming medic, in ...
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How to reach the area right outside BLU's final spawn point in Barnblitz as a RED spy?

I've had multiple times my teleport entrances sapped when I built them on BLU's final spawn point, but when I play spy, there's no obvious way to get there, so I have to resort to the revolvers. While ...
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How wide is the arc which the Spy can perform a backstab?

Can anyone provide facts or stats on how wide at the back of an enemy player which a Spy can perform a successful backstab? Personally, I manage to inflict one at the side (90 deg, side-stab?).
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What determines the weapon a spy disguise uses?

I'm trying to learn how to be a better spy, and I notice that my disguise seems to have different weapons at different times. My health also seems to change at times. Does the spy disguise copy the ...
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Can a spy reach the shack outside the second spawn point in CP Granary?

While discussing sentry jumping and the ethicality thereof, Transall claims that… There's a bunch of junk to the side of [Granary's second spawn point] ledge that [spies] can use to jump ...
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What use is the Conniver's Kunai and strategies used with it?

As a long time player of the Spy class, I value my knowledge of the Spy and how I can change my strategy to suit my situation. With the addition of the Conniver's Kunai, I've been trying to find when ...
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Plan B for spy (What spy revolver?)

Many times, I have had to go to Plan B: The Revolver. But there are 3 to choose from! The standard revolver seems to be the all rounder, however the Ambassador is like a long range assassination ...
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Avoiding cheap deaths in TF2

Often when I play TF2 (usually as spy/scout, but sometimes as other classes), I'll find myself suddenly blasted/incinerated/pick your own favorite way to die by something I never saw coming. Many ...
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What are the pros and cons of the spy knives?

I really want to know what the pros and cons of the spy knives are. The normal knife gives you all your health, disguise kit, and backstabby goodness and all, but YEH (Your Eternal Reward) is perfect ...
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Cloak and Dagger, what's the catch?

Cloak and dagger has 100% generation rate, besides you remain half-invisible even if the cloak is depleted. This looks like it has lots of advantages over Invisibility Watch but not any shortcomings. ...
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What was “cloak blink time”?

An old item set for the Spy, the Saharan Spy, was added to Team Fortress 2. The set bonus said: Reduced decloak sound volume 0.5 sec longer cloak blink time What does "cloak blink time" mean? ...
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Tips for playing Spy in low player count matches

In trying to get practice for the upcoming 9v9 TF2 competition, I'm interested in seeing if there's any insight on how to play a spy against a lower number of players. Spies tend to work better the ...
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Under what circumstances should I be using the Ambassador in Team Fortress 2?

When I play spy, it always seems that when I have to go to my gun, it's always a desperate situation. I have a real hard time getting head-shots under pressure, and I can't imagine willingly trading ...
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How do you avoid bumping into players as a spy?

Every now and then when playing TF2, I see a spy who seems to be able to stand right in the middle of a small group of enemies, whether in disguise or in stealth, and doesn't seem to have any problems ...