Normally, without hesitation, as soon as a soldier launches a rocket my way, I (as a Pyro), (try to) deflect the rocket back at him.

As a Soldier, if ever there's a chance that one of my rockets will be deflected by a Pyro, I won't bother launching a rocket at him (I'll use the shotgun or rocket-launch his feet).

Now, today, I (as a Pyro) was up against a Soldier and a Pyro (the Pyro being in front). The Soldier launched a rocket at me, and, out of instinct, I didn't bother deflecting it, for fear of the Pyro in front of me deflecting it again. Is this a sensible thing to do? Could the Pyro have deflected my deflected rocket? Is there any limit to how many times a rocket can be deflected?

Long story short: Can rockets be deflected multiple times by Pyros? If so, then where does it end (could two Pyros keep deflecting the same rocket back and forth until one of them eventually runs out of ammo?)?

  • Deflecting uses ammo(gas), and I think that there was 200 gas and a deflect used 50 gasses. So, I guess if you had unlimited ammo, you'd have that chance but I believe that 200/50 = 4 times/per pyro (if haven't used any gasses yet) is the answer. – Ave Nov 20 '14 at 23:27
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    If this were possible we'd see 'Pyro-Pong' as a minigame :P – Robotnik Nov 20 '14 at 23:28
  • @ardaozkal Oh, yeah. I forgot about it using ammo! Apart from the ammo, could two Pyros keep deflecting the same rocket? – alexqwx Nov 20 '14 at 23:29
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    @Robotnik I take it you've never heard of the Dodgeball game mode. – Powerlord Nov 21 '14 at 0:31
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    ardozkal: Airblasts for all flamethrower except the backburner cost 20 ammo! – private_meta Nov 21 '14 at 9:48

Yes, a deflected projectile can be deflected again. With enough pyros or if the pyros are somehow getting more ammo, the same rocket can be deflected ad nauseum.

This video demonstrates a rocket being deflected this way:

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    Note that this video was edited. Check out this one. – Abraham Zhang Nov 21 '14 at 5:48
  • @EpicGuy Ooh, I like that one. – Studoku- Reinstate Monica Nov 21 '14 at 8:44
  • @Studoku Awesome! Thanks! Since deflected rockets mini-crit (+35% damage), does this damage accumulate every time the rocket is deflected, or does the damage remain at 35% of the damage of the original rocket? – alexqwx Nov 21 '14 at 18:12
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    @alexqwx It stays at +33%. Multiple mini-crit effects don't stack. – Studoku- Reinstate Monica Nov 21 '14 at 21:08

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