Balance the Chargin' Targe sign now

Valve, the Targe needs a fix.

Why?

- Targe + Grenade Launcher has amazing synergy - and, as most bullet weapons have reduced effectiveness at ranges while the Grenade Launcher can still be very effective - it can be imbalanced. The Grenade Launcher actually is used more with the Targe than the Eyelander among skilled players, as it has so many benefits (such as 2-shotting Soldiers).

- The Targe overrides pre-existing game balance - and counters the Soldier and classic Demoman, who I believed did not need counters.

- The Targe drastically affects the unlocks used in game, for example, the Soldier will always pass up on the Buff Banner and the Gunboats as he needs the Shotgun to kill Targe Demos. Pyros now abandon the Backburner, Fire Axe and Flare Gun so they can ensure they have the Airblast > Axtinguish combo, and the Shotgun as backup. It even gets to the point where, when there are a couple of Targes on the enemy team, Soldiers and Demomen start dropping in favour of other classes. The Targe limits players, forcing them to play in ways they may not want to.

- The Targe ruins one of the most basic principles in TF2 - the way that your weapon deals a set damage and you can kill anyone with that damage given the right circumstances. I loved the way that even a Heavy could kill a Sniper if he got the drop on him.

- The Targe takes no skill, but gives significant reward. This is especially a kick in the nuts (pardon the expression) to Pyros, who were heavily countered by explosives before their update, and whose only defence is the Airblast which takes skill to use.

- The loss of the Sticky Launcher isn't big enough, as the Demoman's power is distributed more evenly across his Stickies and Grenades, when compared to the Soldier (I'm fairly sure you guys talked about this in the Developer Commentary). When you compare the secondaries, this becomes even more apparent, as rather than getting the average Shotgun - the Demoman got a very powerful Grenade Launcher.

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Estelle CoxBy:
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