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Posts Tagged ‘keys’

Stats Contests for Week of June 13-19

Posted on: June 13th, 2016 by Obey

Server #04 has been rockin’ and plenty of keys and hats have been given away!


Here’s the Stats Contests for TF2Newbs’ 2Fort servers for this week:

  • “Fisting King”: most Heavy “Fists” kills
  • “Give It a Little Blow”: most Pyro extinguishes using the Flame Thrower
  • “Defender of the Flag”: most flag defenses (killing the enemy carrying your flag)

Click here to check the stats, and read the forum post for more info.


[N] Obey

Stats Contests for Week of June 6-12

Posted on: June 8th, 2016 by Obey

Don’t forget: There are three weekly stats contests each week, counting the stats from all TF2Newbs’ 2Fort servers. Winner gets a KEY for owning the highest spot for that stat each week. Contests change every week.

Bullet Buzz

Here’s the 2Fort Stat Contests running thru June 12th:

  • “Garden Graves Dug”: most Market Gardener kills
  • “Samurai Swipe”: most Half-Zatoichi kills
  • “The Short Circuit”: most Short Circuit (!!) kills

Click here to check the stats; note that these stats are measured over an entire week and not just one day. Ignore any admi{N}s as they aren’t eligible for prizes. Check back on Monday for next week’s stats contests too!

Read the forum post for more info.  Happy killing!


[N] Obey

Newbs June 2Fort Event Starts Today!

Posted on: June 1st, 2016 by Obey

Click back to the previous post for more information on how to win hats, keys, and more in the month of June for playing TF2Newbs’ 2Fort servers! Also, TF2 patched last night. As always, here’s the short version:

  • A “Demo Support” feature has been added to auto-record matches with increased replay options
  • Fixed energy weapons not reloading when auto-reloading is turned ON
  • Some hats updated
    • Co-Pilot is now all-class
    • Added styles for Fear Monger, Big Elfin Deal, Bootie Time, Patriot’s Pouches, Tough Stuff Muffs, and Toowoomba Tunic
  • TF2Newbs: |N| Octo is resetting HLStats for all of our servers today for the contest


2Fort Contest thru the Month of June

Contest is now live! Play on any of Newbs’ 2Fort servers, and HLStats will turn on when at least four players are active. You can earn rewards for being the first to reach point total thresholds, winning weekly stats contests, or having played more Newbs’ 2Fort than anyone else! You can also earn rewards for jumping in to server-starting events on #04 “Haley’s Octo-land” every day when they’re announced.

hats etc.

The first set of weekly stats contests begins Monday, June 6th. Try to earn the most backstabs, or reflected rocket kills, or buildings destroyed, or whatever stats will be announced for that week, over all of our 2Fort servers! You can access these stats, as well as our forums and check our current server population, via the TF2Newbs’ main page by clicking on the “Stats” link.

NOTE: Servers #11 and #27 no longer exist, so they aren’t part of the contest. Servers #01, #04, #05, #09, #11, and #21 are the six 24/7 2Fort servers for TF2Newbs.


TF2 Patch, May 31, 2016: Patch 1

Undocumented changes

  • Updated the Weight Room Warmer to be equippable by Scout and Demoman.
  • Updated the Toowoomba Tunic to be equippable by the Demoman.
  • Updated the Co-Pilot to be equippable by all classes.
  • Added styles to the Fear Monger, Big Elfin Deal, Bootie Time, Patriot’s Pouches, Tough Stuff Muffs, and Toowoomba Tunic.
  • Updated the equip_region for the Scoped Spartan.

Patch 2

  • Fixed pink error textures appearing on heavy(sic) fist weapons

[N] Obey

TF2 Item Price Updates: Sept 10 2015

Posted on: September 10th, 2015 by Obey

News Bits

  • The Gun Mettle Campaign Pass has been removed from the Mann Co. Store. The Gun Mettle Season ends September 30th.
  • Have you read TF2 Comics #5 yet? Published on Aug 31, it follows Miss Pauling as she continues to recruit the nine mercenaries, following the orders of the Administrator in its typical nonsensical fashion.
  • I neglected to mention earlier that The Saxxy Awards are coming. Submission rules are here.

TF2 Item Prices


 1 ref = US$0.13


Market: $2.35 to $2.45 (was $2.40 to $2.50)

Backpack: 16 ref

Keys had been trading for around 19 ref until the Gun Mettle update launched in mid-July. Since then, the price dropped and has been slowly rebounding.


Market: $8 to $9 (was $9 to $10)

Backpack: 3.5 keys and falling (was 4 keys)

With the rise of the Steam Market to facilitate currency trading, perhaps fewer users bother to trade for buds, although plenty of users still desire the accessory. Be aware of this, if you’ve have a standing sell price for an unusual valued in buds.

Gun Mettle Keys

Market: $2.75 and up (was $2.50)

Backpack: 1.1 keys or 1 key + 2 ref

With each patch, the price will spike into the $2.90 ranged on the Market, then slowly fall back toward $2.50 once more. Users without Steam Funds generally trading with a key plus some metal. Also, Powerhouse cases are trading for about $0.15, and Concealed Killer cases for $0.06.

Gun Mettle Cosmetic Cases

Market: $0.80 steady

Backpack: 4 ref


Gun Mettle Weps


Factory New*  or Well-Worn*

any G1 Civilian wpn:                             $0.15 – $0.25   $0.05 – $0.07


Shot in the Dark G2 sniper rifle:           $1.40 – $1.80  $0.15 – $0.20

Country Crusher G2 scattergun:            $0.70 – $1      $0.10 – $0.15

other Grade 2 Freelance wpn:              $0.40 -$0.65  $0.08 – $0.10


Bogtrotter G3 sniper rifle:                           $2.50             $0.40

Night Owl G3 sniper rifle:                             $4                 $0.25

Homemade Heater G3 pistol                        $4                $0.25

Barn Burner G3 flame thrower                    $3                $0.20

other Grade 3 Mercenary wpns: $0.50 – $1.50; $0.12 – $0.15

 Strange Grade 3 wpns                           $0.75 and up


War Room G4 minigun                                $12             $0.80

Bovine Blazemaker G4 flame thrower      $11             $0.90

Lumber F D U G4 rocket launcher            $9                  $1

Night Terror G4 scattergun                         $6              $0.65

Tartan Torpedo G4 scattergun                  $11                 $1

other Grade 4 Commando wpns    $2.00 – $4.50   $0.40 – $0.50

Strange Grade 4 wpns                                 $3 and up


Sudden Flurry G5 stickybomb launcher       $6.50          $2

Pink Elephant G5 stickybomb launcher      $8.50           $1.80

Psychedelic Slugger G5 revolver                      $10              $2

Current Event G5 scattergun                           $20             $3.50

Purple Range G5 sniper rifle                           $21           $2.75 rising

Shell Shocker G5 rocket launcher                  $25                $2


Liquid Asset G6 stickybomb launcher          $23             $3.50

Red Rock Roscoe G6 pistol                             $26                $4

Sand Cannon G6 rocket launcher                  $50               $6

Thunderbolt G6 sniper rifle                            $55              $7.50

*Average Market sale price in the last two weeks 

Price Comparison

As I observed before: Factory New is worth five to ten times as much as other grades, and is what collectors are keeping.

Since Gun Mettle ends September 30th, these weapons will be Limited and no longer obtainable afterward. It is not known whether the cases can be opened, or if the weapons can still Traded Up afterward. Trade Ups have removed a lot of weapons from the Market; few Grade 5 or Grade 6 weps are even for sale on the Market.


P.S. Previous TF2 Prices Blogpost: Aug 8

[N] Obey

Changes in Recent TF2 Trading Prices

Posted on: January 26th, 2015 by Obey

It’s been a slow news cycle for the TF2 world. So in surfing around for something to write about,  I made some observations about the trade value of some TF2 items.  If you haven’t traded anything in a while, you may or may not learn something here:


1. The Price of Keys is Too Damn High

Keys are about 14 refined metal.  Each.  Yes.  FOURTEEN.

Yes, they went up to 7-8 refined last summer.  Yes.

You may remember before that they were 4 refined, and then 3 refined before that.

Actually, this price has stabilized, since keys had spiked to 17 refined last Christmas (12/25/14). You can contemplate why that would be. See for yourself here.


Which means in Steam Market Value, 1 refined is worth roughly 15 cents. And while a Mann Co. Crate Key is purchased for US$2.49, the price has bounced over the last year from $2.20 to $2.45 depending on demand.

Keys aren’t moving in price; demand for metal is going down. When newer items become craftable, demand for metal will go back up some because people will buy metal and hats to try to craft them. The “End of the Line” and Smissmass 2014 items are not yet craftable, so of course demand for keys is spiking. Naughty 2014 Crate Keys are almost $3 in trade value; people without the money to buy them direct are trading items to acquire these keys.


2. Varieties of Botkiller Weapons Are Not Priced By Tour Difficulty

Now that the chance of dropping an Australium weapon has been spread to all Mann Up Tours, there are more Botkiller weapons that ever on the market.  This means that in most cases, a common BK weapon is cheaper than a standard strange version in many cases.

strange mini 1

strange mini 2

  • Rust BK (intermediate, common): 2 – 5 ref
  • Silver BK Mk. I (expert, common): 2 – 6 ref (Rocket Launcher for 8 ref)
  • Silver BK Mk. II (expert, common): 3 – 7 ref
  • Carbonado BK (expert, common): 2.33 – 6 ref (Scattergun for 12 ref)
  • Blood BK (intermediate, rare): 1.5 – 4 keys
  • Gold BK Mk. I (expert, rare): 1.5 – 4 keys
  • Gold BK Mk. II (expert, rare): 1.5 – 3 keys
  • Diamond BK (expert, rare): 2 – 3 keys

3. Got Any of This Rare Loot?

If you’re not playing TF2 anymore, but you want Steam Wallet funds to buy new games, you can always sell these items on the Market! I listed a few oddball items here; it is always worth checking or the like to make sure a random item doesn’t happen to be rarer than you think it is.

Oh, and as of this writing, exactly 55 golden frying pans exist.  They trade for 100-125 buds (or about US$3,000.).


4. What TF Items Can I Get for US$0.25 on the Market?

Because why not? (All of these snips taken 1/26/15.)










This is just a few of the many items available in the Market.


For more information on TF2 items and their item qualities, see A TF2 Newbs Guide to Getting More and Better Items.

[N] Obey

P.S.  All prices on this blogpost from, except when quoting the Steam Market.