How to Spy Guide
How to Spy Guide: Basics
Welcome to Backstab!
So you've decided to play as a Spy, and are looking for tips on how to actually play well. This is good.
The skills required to play such a crafty class are not as intuitive for many players, and typically
results in suffering and frustration without practice. Do not lose heart—most Spy players don't become
gods overnight, except for those very rare few who should be ignored for the sake of self-motivation.
- Check Your Corners
One of the more general mistakes by new players is to forget to check their own backs
in case someone's walking behind them. Keep your eyes open for people who might
discover you simply because you forgot to make sure you were in the clear.
- Disguises Aren't Lasting
While you're prowling about, keep in mind that your disguises will only fool people who aren't
paying attention. While some techniques allow a Spy to further trick players, your lack of
being able to attack their enemies will become clear the longer you're around. To address this, use
your spywatch often! If the charge duration is a concern, try to keep an eye out for locations
you could calmly recharge your cloaking with, memorize the locations of ammo boxes, or consider using
the Cloak and Dagger watch. The CaD is motion based, and will let you recharge while
standing still, preferably where enemy players won't blindly walk into you.
- Stay Calm and Run Away
The last thing you should ever do when in a sticky situation is panic, and the same carries to playing
as a Spy. If you've been discovered, attempt to run. If you've been cornered, attempt to outmanuver
your foes or otherwise get out of reach. Immediately cloak if you've not been set on fire, as you'll need
the edge to avoid being eliminated. Above all, do not run backwards: you'll travel slower and likely walk
into some form of hazard.
- Pick Your Targets Well
While the impulse to backstab every enemy in front of you may be strong, remember that a Spy is an
inherently fragile class that will be blasted apart if you blow your cover over peanuts. Count how many
allies an enemy has around, double check that you won't be caught off guard or be discovered when running
up to them.
- Avoid disguising as Medics, Engineers, Scouts, and Heavies. These disguises give themselves away easily.
- Don't run towards the enemy base uncloaked, teammates running from battle are suspicious.
- Use your disguises to check enemy equipment, just swap weapons and reload your disguise to see what they're packing.
- Remember that your decloaking and backstabbing makes noise, depending on what equipment you're using.
- Stab Engineers behind sentries, not in front of them. Unless of course you're using an Eternal Reward or other varient.
For more information, check the
official TF2 wiki, this guide for a general overview of the class,
and this guide for a deep look into mechanics.
Have any questions that can't be answered with a quick google search?
Send me an email.