the huntsman bow

*For patch notes look at Team Fortress 2: Sniper/Spy Update Notes . A post explaining the new system check Team Fortress 2: New Unlock System.

The day we’ve all been waiting on is finally upon us! Team Fortress 2: Sniper Update has officially started.

Just like all the previous class updates this one will be broken down into seven days. Next Tuesday will be the official release of the TF2 Sniper Update.

Day 1 describes the first weapon to be revealed. The Huntsman is a bow and arrow with 18 arrows and a one-second charge to full power. Headshots, like the sniper rifle, can give you an instant kill.

One of the more interesting features this bow will include is the ability to stick people to the wall. I can just picture all the scouts jumping and being arrowed mid air and stuck to the wall. Here’s the official text from the TF2 blog:

The Huntsman –

You will shoot them and they will stick to the wall and they will die

“Any experienced sniper will tell you how irritating it is when your targets keep moving around. The question is how to stop these cheaters from wind-sprinting around like they own the place. And the answer is to pin them to a wall. How? With arrows!

“Now, hold on,” you might be thinking. “I’m strong, but no one could throw an arrow that hard.” Introducing the Huntsman longbow, which solves that age-old throwing problem.

“Now, hold on,” you keep saying. “Aren’t bows and arrows primitive and harmless?” Why don’t you ask the dinosaurs? Except you can’t, because the cavemen bow and arrowed them to death. One headshot from the Huntsman can mean an instant crit, in addition to a bolt-riddled corpse hanging from a wall that’s gruesome and funny.

And even if you don’t kill them, they’ll carry around a certain arrow-shaped something as a living testament to your awesome archery skills and their frankly unawesome dodging skills. Comes with 18 arrows and a one-second charge for full power shots.”