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| class="small" align="center" valign="center" style="padding:0.5em" | [[Image:Scout.png|100x100px|link=Scout]]<br>[[Scout]]
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| class="small" align="center" valign="center" style="padding:0.5em" | [[Image:Scout.png|100x100px|link=Scout]]<br><span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Scout Scout]</span>
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| class="small" align="center" valign="center" style="padding:0.5em" | [[Image:Scout.png|100x100px|link=Scout]]<br>Scout
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| Combat with another [[Scout]] is an unpleasant encounter, because you cannot run away from one. If you are near a [[medkit]], keep it out of the enemy [[Scout]]'s line of sight, or he might take it before you do. When you are at low health, make sure it's enough to get to the medkit without getting killed.  
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| Combat with another <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Scout Scout]</span> is an unpleasant encounter, because you cannot run away from one. If you are near a <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/medkit medkit]</span>, keep it out of the enemy <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Scout Scout]</span>'s line of sight, or he might take it before you do. When you are at low health, make sure it's enough to get to the medkit without getting killed.  
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Avoid his shots while trying to move in close for a kill with your [[Scattergun]]. Try to get the jump on him if possible, as you both have the lowest health of any class and a close range shot from a Scattergun can pack a punch.
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Avoid his shots while trying to move in close for a kill with your <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Scattergun Scattergun]</span>. Try to get the jump on him if possible, as you both have the lowest health of any class and a close range shot from a Scattergun can pack a punch.
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If the enemy Scout uses his [[double jump]] to evade your fire, wait until after his second jump or when he lands before shooting him. This gives you a better chance of predicting where he will be and hitting him. Running away from another Scout in the middle of a firefight is inadvisable, considering that you both have the same speed and he can stay on your tail and blast you full of scatter shots. Continuing to deal damage to him however while retreating to health kits or backup from the team will often give you an advantage. Combat against a Scout who has the unlockable weapons is generally easier, however that works the other way around too. With the [[Force-A-Nature]], Scouts can't fire in the air without being sent back. Also, when using [[Bonk! Atomic Punch]], a Scout has limited his gun choices to his [[Scattergun]] or his [[Force-A-Nature]] only. If he attempts to flee using Bonk!, simply stay on his tail and fire only when it wears off. Take advantage of this by using your [[Pistol]] and keeping out of his range. If you have the unlockables, try to hit him with the [[Sandman]]'s baseball to [[stun]] him. This is very hard to achieve, but if you do, he is at your mercy. The [[Force-A-Nature]] is also great ambush weapon to Scouts who don't see you coming, being able to instantly kill them in a second if you are close enough by firing both shots consecutively. On some maps the [[Force-A-Nature]] can earn kills by firing at mid-range simply due to the knockback inflicted by the shots.
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If the enemy Scout uses his <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/double%20jump double jump]</span> to evade your fire, wait until after his second jump or when he lands before shooting him. This gives you a better chance of predicting where he will be and hitting him. Running away from another Scout in the middle of a firefight is inadvisable, considering that you both have the same speed and he can stay on your tail and blast you full of scatter shots. Continuing to deal damage to him however while retreating to health kits or backup from the team will often give you an advantage. Combat against a Scout who has the unlockable weapons is generally easier, however that works the other way around too. With the <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Force-A-Nature Force-A-Nature]</span>, Scouts can't fire in the air without being sent back. Also, when using <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Bonk%21%20Atomic%20Punch Bonk! Atomic Punch]</span>, a Scout has limited his gun choices to his <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Scattergun Scattergun]</span> or his <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Force-A-Nature Force-A-Nature]</span> only. If he attempts to flee using Bonk!, simply stay on his tail and fire only when it wears off. Take advantage of this by using your <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Pistol Pistol]</span> and keeping out of his range. If you have the unlockables, try to hit him with the <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Sandman Sandman]</span>'s baseball to <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/stun stun]</span> him. This is very hard to achieve, but if you do, he is at your mercy. The <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Force-A-Nature Force-A-Nature]</span> is also great ambush weapon to Scouts who don't see you coming, being able to instantly kill them in a second if you are close enough by firing both shots consecutively. On some maps the <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Force-A-Nature Force-A-Nature]</span> can earn kills by firing at mid-range simply due to the knockback inflicted by the shots.
The use of the environment, which varies by map, can lead to a huge advantage when engaged with a Scout. Pulling fakes or jumping over objects instead of circling around them can often land a shot in surprise or lead to a more compromising position.
The use of the environment, which varies by map, can lead to a huge advantage when engaged with a Scout. Pulling fakes or jumping over objects instead of circling around them can often land a shot in surprise or lead to a more compromising position.
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| class="small" align="center" valign="center" style="padding:0.5em" | [[Image:Scout.png|100x100px|link=Scout]]<br><span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Scout Scout]</span>
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| class="small" align="center" valign="center" style="padding:0.5em" | [[Image:Soldier.png|100x100px|link=Soldier]]<br>[[Soldier match-ups|Soldier]]
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| class="small" align="center" valign="center" style="padding:0.5em" | [[Image:Soldier.png|100x100px|link=Soldier]]<br><span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Soldier%20match-ups Soldier]</span>
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| A Scout is most effective at close range. So is a [[Soldier]], but the Soldier has a [[Rocket launcher]]. If you do end up in a frontal assault with a Soldier, try to get behind him while staying at medium range in order to avoid the deadly splash damage from his rockets (the splash damage from a rocket [[Critical hit]] will take you out in one shot, as will a direct [[Direct Hit]] shot very often), and be wary if he switches to his more accurate Shotgun. Make good use of your [[double jump]] to confuse him. For instance, if you get shot into the air by a rocket, use your double jump to move yourself away from the area where the Soldier believes you will land, though this is unlikely to work against experienced soldiers. If you have enough health but need to retreat, attempting to jump from the splash damage of his rockets will give you a huge speed boost to let you clear the area quickly. If possible, try to get the jump on a Soldier by running up behind him to deliver a close range shot to his back before he notices you. This should weaken him enough that another shot should hopefully take him out before he reacts. Avoid use of your [[Bat]] in this situation unless the [[Soldier]] is already severely weakened. Make use of [[Weapon heckling]] tactics to disorientate him. The Sandman can be useful to Stun him (which is relatively easy since Soldiers are slow). Use his time stunned to get in a few hits. If you do manage to catch a Soldier completely off-guard, two point-blank shots from your [[Scattergun]] will kill him before he can react. The [[Force-A-Nature]] with it's high knockback can be a deadly force against soldiers through the use of hit-and-run ambushes. The [[Bonk! Atomic Punch]] can be used to damage Soldiers with the splash damage of their own rockets. Of course, this method of attack is less effective against keen-eyed soldiers that notice the blur which surrounds the scout.
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| A Scout is most effective at close range. So is a <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Soldier Soldier]</span>, but the Soldier has a <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Rocket%20launcher Rocket launcher]</span>. If you do end up in a frontal assault with a Soldier, try to get behind him while staying at medium range in order to avoid the deadly splash damage from his rockets (the splash damage from a rocket <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Critical%20hit Critical hit]</span> will take you out in one shot, as will a direct <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Direct%20Hit Direct Hit]</span> shot very often), and be wary if he switches to his more accurate Shotgun. Make good use of your <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/double%20jump double jump]</span> to confuse him. For instance, if you get shot into the air by a rocket, use your double jump to move yourself away from the area where the Soldier believes you will land, though this is unlikely to work against experienced soldiers. If you have enough health but need to retreat, attempting to jump from the splash damage of his rockets will give you a huge speed boost to let you clear the area quickly. If possible, try to get the jump on a Soldier by running up behind him to deliver a close range shot to his back before he notices you. This should weaken him enough that another shot should hopefully take him out before he reacts. Avoid use of your <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Bat Bat]</span> in this situation unless the <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Soldier Soldier]</span> is already severely weakened. Make use of <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Weapon%20heckling Weapon heckling]</span> tactics to disorientate him. The Sandman can be useful to Stun him (which is relatively easy since Soldiers are slow). Use his time stunned to get in a few hits. If you do manage to catch a Soldier completely off-guard, two point-blank shots from your <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Scattergun Scattergun]</span> will kill him before he can react. The <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Force-A-Nature Force-A-Nature]</span> with it's high knockback can be a deadly force against soldiers through the use of hit-and-run ambushes. The <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Bonk%21%20Atomic%20Punch Bonk! Atomic Punch]</span> can be used to damage Soldiers with the splash damage of their own rockets. Of course, this method of attack is less effective against keen-eyed soldiers that notice the blur which surrounds the scout.
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| class="small" align="center" valign="center" style="padding:0.5em" | [[Image:Scout.png|100x100px|link=Scout]]<br><span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Scout Scout]</span>
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| class="small" align="center" valign="center" style="padding:0.5em" | [[Image:Pyro.png|100x100px|link=Pyro]]<br>[[Pyro match-ups|Pyro]]
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| class="small" align="center" valign="center" style="padding:0.5em" | [[Image:Pyro.png|100x100px|link=Pyro]]<br><span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Pyro%20match-ups Pyro]</span>
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| A [[Pyro]] can be one of the more deadly opponents you can face, depending on the area around you. In general, however, they are very easy to deal with. Just stay out of range (which is easy as you are faster) of the flamethrower and blast away as much as possible. Enclosed areas and narrow corridors make the Pyro a much larger threat. If you are caught in such an area with a Pyro closing in, retreat into a more open space. If he sets you on [[fire]], you are almost certain to die without any healing, so always stay out of the range of his [[Flamethrower]]. If you are set on fire, immediately retreat to a [[Health]] pickup or body of water. Do not try to fight the Pyro unless he has very low health; just stay out of his range and kill him with your [[Scattergun]] or [[Pistol]]. If he's alone, [[Scout_strategy#Weapon_Heckling|weapon heckle]] him. Note: the Flare Gun extends his range (but the flares are very easy to dodge) but lowers his mid-range capabilities somewhat. The best way to kill a Pyro is actually under water. If under pursuit by an enemy pyro the [[Force-A-Nature]] is the better choice for escape as fan-jumping can widen the distance and height from the pyro's flames or be used to repel the pyro, buying perhaps the crucial seconds needed to survive afterburn. The [[Bonk! Atomic Punch]] may also be used for escape, but only guarantees death if not a good distance from the pyro and his/her flamethrower.
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| A <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Pyro Pyro]</span> can be one of the more deadly opponents you can face, depending on the area around you. In general, however, they are very easy to deal with. Just stay out of range (which is easy as you are faster) of the flamethrower and blast away as much as possible. Enclosed areas and narrow corridors make the Pyro a much larger threat. If you are caught in such an area with a Pyro closing in, retreat into a more open space. If he sets you on <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/fire fire]</span>, you are almost certain to die without any healing, so always stay out of the range of his <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Flamethrower Flamethrower]</span>. If you are set on fire, immediately retreat to a <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Health Health]</span> pickup or body of water. Do not try to fight the Pyro unless he has very low health; just stay out of his range and kill him with your <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Scattergun Scattergun]</span> or <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Pistol Pistol]</span>. If he's alone, <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Scout%20strategy%23Weapon%20Heckling weapon heckle]</span> him. Note: the Flare Gun extends his range (but the flares are very easy to dodge) but lowers his mid-range capabilities somewhat. The best way to kill a Pyro is actually under water. If under pursuit by an enemy pyro the <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Force-A-Nature Force-A-Nature]</span> is the better choice for escape as fan-jumping can widen the distance and height from the pyro's flames or be used to repel the pyro, buying perhaps the crucial seconds needed to survive afterburn. The <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Bonk%21%20Atomic%20Punch Bonk! Atomic Punch]</span> may also be used for escape, but only guarantees death if not a good distance from the pyro and his/her flamethrower.
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The Pyro's [[compression blast]] ability negates the Sandman's stunning ability if the Pyro can reflect such a fast projectile, and may even stun you. Without the pistol, you cannot weapon heckle as well, and due to the large spread of the Force-a-Nature, a Pyro may be able to out range you. If the Pyro sees you coming, run!
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The Pyro's <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/compression%20blast compression blast]</span> ability negates the Sandman's stunning ability if the Pyro can reflect such a fast projectile, and may even stun you. Without the pistol, you cannot weapon heckle as well, and due to the large spread of the Force-a-Nature, a Pyro may be able to out range you. If the Pyro sees you coming, run!
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A common strategy used by Scouts is to backpedal and pick the Pyro off with his Scattergun, where the Pyro can't hit him with his flamethrower/Backburner, as his Shotgun is less effective, and the flare gun's accuracy screws up due to the Pyro being in motion, however for an experienced Pyro this may not be an issue, especially with the critical damage dealt by the [[Flare gun]] past mid range.
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A common strategy used by Scouts is to backpedal and pick the Pyro off with his Scattergun, where the Pyro can't hit him with his flamethrower/Backburner, as his Shotgun is less effective, and the flare gun's accuracy screws up due to the Pyro being in motion, however for an experienced Pyro this may not be an issue, especially with the critical damage dealt by the <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Flare%20gun Flare gun]</span> past mid range.
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| class="small" align="center" valign="center" style="padding:0.5em" | [[Image:Demoman.png|100x100px|link=Demoman]]<br>[[Demoman match-ups|Demoman]]
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| A [[Demoman]] is a dangerous foe as his weapons can take you out in one single hit. If using his grenade launcher he can be a fairly easy target. Just dodge like mad and make good use of your double jump to avoid getting a lucky grenade to the face or simply stay at medium range while pelting him with the pistol. If he is hiding behind a carpet of sticky bombs, your best bet is to use an alternative route to get him from behind or to destroy them with your weaponry. If you can get in close range and avoid grenades, you should be able to take him down with a combination of accurate shots and [[Scout_strategy#Weapon_Heckling|weapon heckling]].
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| A <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Demoman Demoman]</span> is a dangerous foe as his weapons can take you out in one single hit. If using his grenade launcher he can be a fairly easy target. Just dodge like mad and make good use of your double jump to avoid getting a lucky grenade to the face or simply stay at medium range while pelting him with the pistol. If he is hiding behind a carpet of sticky bombs, your best bet is to use an alternative route to get him from behind or to destroy them with your weaponry. If you can get in close range and avoid grenades, you should be able to take him down with a combination of accurate shots and <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Scout%20strategy%23Weapon%20Heckling weapon heckling]</span>.
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Despite the high damage range and radius of [[Sticky bombs]], many Demomen will not expect a Scout to run directly at them while using the weapon, and will attempt to kill you by planting stickies around to try and trap you.  If you can get in close, your job of killing the Demoman becomes far easier, as it is much harder for him to kill you, especially without damaging himself.  Occasionally a suicide rush to make a Demoman kill himself via splash damage can be effective if trying to discourage an enemy team from pushing into an area. It becomes much more difficult when facing a Demoman which utilizes both grenades and sticky bombs (since alt-fire explodes the stickies regardless of the weapon equipped) due to the space to dodge and avoid splash damage becoming lessened.
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Despite the high damage range and radius of <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Sticky%20bombs Sticky bombs]</span>, many Demomen will not expect a Scout to run directly at them while using the weapon, and will attempt to kill you by planting stickies around to try and trap you.  If you can get in close, your job of killing the Demoman becomes far easier, as it is much harder for him to kill you, especially without damaging himself.  Occasionally a suicide rush to make a Demoman kill himself via splash damage can be effective if trying to discourage an enemy team from pushing into an area. It becomes much more difficult when facing a Demoman which utilizes both grenades and sticky bombs (since alt-fire explodes the stickies regardless of the weapon equipped) due to the space to dodge and avoid splash damage becoming lessened.
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In the case of the [[Chargin' Targe]] and [[Eyelander]], merely keep your distance and blast away at him with your [[Scattergun]], or whittle him to death with your [[Pistol]].
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In the case of the <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Chargin%27%20Targe Chargin' Targe]</span> and <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Eyelander Eyelander]</span>, merely keep your distance and blast away at him with your <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Scattergun Scattergun]</span>, or whittle him to death with your <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Pistol Pistol]</span>.
It may also be a wise idea to bait the charge from the demo to prevent being struck by a guaranteed critical hit.
It may also be a wise idea to bait the charge from the demo to prevent being struck by a guaranteed critical hit.
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| class="small" align="center" valign="center" style="padding:0.5em" | [[Image:Scout.png|100x100px|link=Scout]]<br><span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Scout Scout]</span>
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| class="small" align="center" valign="center" style="padding:0.5em" | [[Image:Heavy.png|100x100px|link=Heavy]]<br>[[Heavy match-ups|Heavy]]
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| class="small" align="center" valign="center" style="padding:0.5em" | [[Image:Heavy.png|100x100px|link=Heavy]]<br><span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Heavy%20match-ups Heavy]</span>
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| The sheer resilience of the [[Heavy]] makes him a tough target for a Scout, as his [[Minigun]] can cut you down faster than you can pump him full of [[Scattergun]] shots. Avoid direct combat with a Heavy from all ranges unless you have the sandman, since if the Heavy has his minigun spun you cannot win reliably. The Heavy is an intimidating class to fight but a Scout with enough patience and persistence can take down a Heavy in combat, or with the element of surprise can kill a Heavy in 3 Scattergun shots point blank range. At medium range, the Heavy also makes a prime target for the [[Sandman]] stun, due to his size and slow gait. This can give you the time to cut into his health or make an escape.  
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| The sheer resilience of the <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Heavy Heavy]</span> makes him a tough target for a Scout, as his <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Minigun Minigun]</span> can cut you down faster than you can pump him full of <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Scattergun Scattergun]</span> shots. Avoid direct combat with a Heavy from all ranges unless you have the sandman, since if the Heavy has his minigun spun you cannot win reliably. The Heavy is an intimidating class to fight but a Scout with enough patience and persistence can take down a Heavy in combat, or with the element of surprise can kill a Heavy in 3 Scattergun shots point blank range. At medium range, the Heavy also makes a prime target for the <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Sandman Sandman]</span> stun, due to his size and slow gait. This can give you the time to cut into his health or make an escape.  
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Try to stay in his face and [[circle strafe]] to avoid his fire or jump over him entirely to confuse him while delivering close range Scattergun shots; he's such a big target that it's difficult to miss. Throw a few double jumps into the mix to confuse him. If you are feeling lucky, try to land on his head, as he will wonder where you disappeared to and will continue to look around, long enough for you to finish him. It's always funny if you manage this.
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Try to stay in his face and <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/circle%20strafe circle strafe]</span> to avoid his fire or jump over him entirely to confuse him while delivering close range Scattergun shots; he's such a big target that it's difficult to miss. Throw a few double jumps into the mix to confuse him. If you are feeling lucky, try to land on his head, as he will wonder where you disappeared to and will continue to look around, long enough for you to finish him. It's always funny if you manage this.
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If he is paired up with a Medic, it's generally a good idea to just run. If that's not an option go solely for the Medic first, since if you do die you've at least caused some lasting damage. You can then leave the Heavy to be dealt with by your team or you could try to finish him off using the above strategy. The [[Heavy]] often being a prime target for an ubercharge can  be stopped with the [[Bonk! Atomic Punch]] due to his slow movement speed and large size. Simply moving erratically in front of the ubercharge will block it's path which is made easier if they're in tight or small locations.  
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If he is paired up with a Medic, it's generally a good idea to just run. If that's not an option go solely for the Medic first, since if you do die you've at least caused some lasting damage. You can then leave the Heavy to be dealt with by your team or you could try to finish him off using the above strategy. The <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Heavy Heavy]</span> often being a prime target for an ubercharge can  be stopped with the <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Bonk%21%20Atomic%20Punch Bonk! Atomic Punch]</span> due to his slow movement speed and large size. Simply moving erratically in front of the ubercharge will block it's path which is made easier if they're in tight or small locations.  
Alternatively, blast him when he has his minigun powered down and get behind cover as soon as he revs his gun up. When you hear him stop spinning his minigun, get in and do damage. Repeat this until the Heavy is dead. If he doesn't power down his Minigun while going after you, try to pop up and attack him from unexpected angles and retreat before the Heavy starts firing at you.   
Alternatively, blast him when he has his minigun powered down and get behind cover as soon as he revs his gun up. When you hear him stop spinning his minigun, get in and do damage. Repeat this until the Heavy is dead. If he doesn't power down his Minigun while going after you, try to pop up and attack him from unexpected angles and retreat before the Heavy starts firing at you.   
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If you have the Sandman, use it! The stun will allow you to kill him easily, though you should keep moving erratically or he may have enough time in the delay it takes for you to get close to spin up and take you out.
If you have the Sandman, use it! The stun will allow you to kill him easily, though you should keep moving erratically or he may have enough time in the delay it takes for you to get close to spin up and take you out.
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Another strategy if you have a little bit of height and surprise on the Heavy is to jump on his head. Since players on opposite teams don't pass through each other, his large size acts as a perfect platform from which to bash in his skull with your bat or scattergun. (Don't use the Force of Nature for this, the knockback will push you off his head.) Usually you can kill him before he figures out what's going on. This works the best when the Heavy's minigun is spinning or when he's standing near a wall. Valve are bound to patch this eventually, so make the most of it while you still can. But, avoid combat with the Heavy at all costs unless you get a long stun with [[The Sandman]] on him.
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Another strategy if you have a little bit of height and surprise on the Heavy is to jump on his head. Since players on opposite teams don't pass through each other, his large size acts as a perfect platform from which to bash in his skull with your bat or scattergun. (Don't use the Force of Nature for this, the knockback will push you off his head.) Usually you can kill him before he figures out what's going on. This works the best when the Heavy's minigun is spinning or when he's standing near a wall. Valve are bound to patch this eventually, so make the most of it while you still can. But, avoid combat with the Heavy at all costs unless you get a long stun with <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/The%20Sandman The Sandman]</span> on him.
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You can also try to kill a heavy by help of 3-6 other scouts, remember to Stun him with the [[Sandman]] and go ballistic rage on him for being an pain in the ass for your team.
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You can also try to kill a heavy by help of 3-6 other scouts, remember to Stun him with the <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Sandman Sandman]</span> and go ballistic rage on him for being an pain in the ass for your team.
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An alternative which requires team coordination is the use of the [[Crit-a-Cola]] with the help of a medic. Guaranteed mini-crits and guaranteed invulnerability results in a guaranteed disposal of heavies due to their low speed. However, do be aware that the mini-crit effect does wear off 2 seconds before the uber-charge which should act as a signal to either run or pursue any weakened enemies.
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An alternative which requires team coordination is the use of the <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Crit-a-Cola Crit-a-Cola]</span> with the help of a medic. Guaranteed mini-crits and guaranteed invulnerability results in a guaranteed disposal of heavies due to their low speed. However, do be aware that the mini-crit effect does wear off 2 seconds before the uber-charge which should act as a signal to either run or pursue any weakened enemies.
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| A lone <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Engineer Engineer]</span> is a straightforward but rare target. Tactics for an Engineer without a sentry are obvious, dodge his shots and put in your own.  Watch out for his shotgun of course, it can deal a lot of damage.  
However, combat with an Engineer becomes more difficult if they are utilizing unlocks. If faced with an Engineer who plops down a sentry/mini-sentry during the middle of the fight, decide right then on whether you'll destroy the sentry or the Engineer as attempting both will often result in death.  
However, combat with an Engineer becomes more difficult if they are utilizing unlocks. If faced with an Engineer who plops down a sentry/mini-sentry during the middle of the fight, decide right then on whether you'll destroy the sentry or the Engineer as attempting both will often result in death.  
If the sentry is deemed to be higher priority to you, try to destroy it before it fully builds and remember to move erratically to dodge the Engineer's attacks. Also be aware that if the sentry is moved not built or has gained kills during your fight, the Engineer will gain revenge crits upon the sentry's destruction. The bullet-spread of shotgun fire and rapid fire-rate of pistols coupled with revenge crits will often not guarantee your survival due to the scout's low health.  
If the sentry is deemed to be higher priority to you, try to destroy it before it fully builds and remember to move erratically to dodge the Engineer's attacks. Also be aware that if the sentry is moved not built or has gained kills during your fight, the Engineer will gain revenge crits upon the sentry's destruction. The bullet-spread of shotgun fire and rapid fire-rate of pistols coupled with revenge crits will often not guarantee your survival due to the scout's low health.  
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If an Engineer decides to help build his sentry faster it is advised to run. The most you could do in such a situation would be killing the Engineer but almost always die by the sentry. If facing an Engineer who wrangles his mini-sentry at close-quarters, chances of survival are also slim.
If an Engineer decides to help build his sentry faster it is advised to run. The most you could do in such a situation would be killing the Engineer but almost always die by the sentry. If facing an Engineer who wrangles his mini-sentry at close-quarters, chances of survival are also slim.
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If the Engineer is with a [[Sentry gun]] however, he becomes a very high threat to your well-being. If possible, try to avoid any routes covered by Sentry guns altogether and check around corners before rushing into new areas - or you could be taken down in seconds. If you are quick, you can run past a Sentry gun before it target locks you but placement does not usually allow this. With luck you may be able to take out the Engineer, in which case you can stay out of the Sentry's range while taking shots with your [[Pistol]] until you destroy it (don't use your Scattergun to do this, as its spread makes it less effective). In certain placements, like right around corners, you may be able to run circles around a Sentry gun while attacking it with your bat or Scattergun until it is destroyed, as the Sentry rotates slower than you can run. Do not try this on a Level 3 sentry, the rockets will probably get you as you try to circle strafe.
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If the Engineer is with a <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Sentry%20gun Sentry gun]</span> however, he becomes a very high threat to your well-being. If possible, try to avoid any routes covered by Sentry guns altogether and check around corners before rushing into new areas - or you could be taken down in seconds. If you are quick, you can run past a Sentry gun before it target locks you but placement does not usually allow this. With luck you may be able to take out the Engineer, in which case you can stay out of the Sentry's range while taking shots with your <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Pistol Pistol]</span> until you destroy it (don't use your Scattergun to do this, as its spread makes it less effective). In certain placements, like right around corners, you may be able to run circles around a Sentry gun while attacking it with your bat or Scattergun until it is destroyed, as the Sentry rotates slower than you can run. Do not try this on a Level 3 sentry, the rockets will probably get you as you try to circle strafe.
Another thing to consider when trying to best Sentries is the knock-back of its fire. Sometimes you can aim your trajectory to land out of its range by double jumping strategically into its fire, taking some damage but getting pushed past it by the Sentry itself.
Another thing to consider when trying to best Sentries is the knock-back of its fire. Sometimes you can aim your trajectory to land out of its range by double jumping strategically into its fire, taking some damage but getting pushed past it by the Sentry itself.
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If there is no route around or past the Sentry, you can use the invulnerability granted by the [[Bonk! Atomic Punch]] to run past it, or distract it long enough for a teammate to demolish it.
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If there is no route around or past the Sentry, you can use the invulnerability granted by the <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Bonk%21%20Atomic%20Punch Bonk! Atomic Punch]</span> to run past it, or distract it long enough for a teammate to demolish it.
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If you attempt to destroy one of his buildables with your bat, he may notice you and [[wrench]] your face in, which will kill you in 2 hits, although the wrench also has an incredibly high crit rate. Keep this in mind.
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If you attempt to destroy one of his buildables with your bat, he may notice you and <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/wrench wrench]</span> your face in, which will kill you in 2 hits, although the wrench also has an incredibly high crit rate. Keep this in mind.
Beware of lone Engineers as they may be attempting to lure you into their sentry or mini-sentry range. Both are dangerous.
Beware of lone Engineers as they may be attempting to lure you into their sentry or mini-sentry range. Both are dangerous.
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| A [[Medic]] is usually a very easy target for a [[Scout]]. When battling a lone Medic, simply strafe at close range to avoid his [[Syringe gun]] shots and [[Bonesaw]] and give him a few blasts with your Scattergun. He should go down fairly quickly. If he has a [[Medic buddy]], taking down the buddy is next to impossible. If you do come across a medic deploying an ubercharge, the [[Bonk! Atomic Bonk]] can be used to physically block him and his [[Medic Buddy]]. If the Medic is healing an enemy, approach from behind without being noticed and take him out while he is busy healing. Two shots from the Scattergun at point blank range will kill him. After killing the Medic, you should run before his former healing target can react. Medics commonly revert to the [[Bonesaw]], try [[Scout_strategy#Weapon_Heckling|Weapon heckling]]. If they don't see you coming, use the [[Force-A-Nature]] to sneak up and blast the Medic, to either kill him or separate him from his [[Medic buddy]]. Avoid going point blank to a Medic, however, as the syringe gun will do very high damage (and heal a lot if he's using the [[Blutsauger]], as all the hits will connect). In fact, if he is carrying a Blutsauger it is recommended you run, unless he does not see you coming or is especially aiming-impaired.
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| A <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Medic Medic]</span> is usually a very easy target for a <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Scout Scout]</span>. When battling a lone Medic, simply strafe at close range to avoid his <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Syringe%20gun Syringe gun]</span> shots and <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Bonesaw Bonesaw]</span> and give him a few blasts with your Scattergun. He should go down fairly quickly. If he has a <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Medic%20buddy Medic buddy]</span>, taking down the buddy is next to impossible. If you do come across a medic deploying an ubercharge, the <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Bonk%21%20Atomic%20Bonk Bonk! Atomic Bonk]</span> can be used to physically block him and his <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Medic%20Buddy Medic Buddy]</span>. If the Medic is healing an enemy, approach from behind without being noticed and take him out while he is busy healing. Two shots from the Scattergun at point blank range will kill him. After killing the Medic, you should run before his former healing target can react. Medics commonly revert to the <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Bonesaw Bonesaw]</span>, try <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Scout%20strategy%23Weapon%20Heckling Weapon heckling]</span>. If they don't see you coming, use the <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Force-A-Nature Force-A-Nature]</span> to sneak up and blast the Medic, to either kill him or separate him from his <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Medic%20buddy Medic buddy]</span>. Avoid going point blank to a Medic, however, as the syringe gun will do very high damage (and heal a lot if he's using the <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Blutsauger Blutsauger]</span>, as all the hits will connect). In fact, if he is carrying a Blutsauger it is recommended you run, unless he does not see you coming or is especially aiming-impaired.
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Medics are very rarely alone, however, so when you see one go for him straight away then run, so his <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/medigun medigun]</span> target drops down to 100% (from 150%) health, then attack again.
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| At long range, zigzag, jump, crouch, and strafe constantly to make yourself as difficult a target for the [[Sniper]] as possible. [[Bonk! Atomic Punch]] or the [[Sandman]]'s stun can also allow you to cross otherwise Sniper-friendly corridors. [[Pistol]] fire can also be used to disrupt a sniper's aim to create a chance to approach. A fully charged shot from a [[Sniper rifle]] or an uncharged [[headshot]] will always kill you if it connects. If you are able to get up behind a Sniper who is in scope, you should be able to take him out with your Scattergun before he can react, or if you feel like conserving ammo, beat him to death with your bat. When meeting a Sniper on the move or one that has noticed you, attack in the normal way, strafing at close range with the Scattergun. Chances are he will either die or attempt to get you with his [[SMG]] or [[Jarate]]. A Sniper using the [[Huntsman]] is deadlier when his arrows are ignited, you are almost guaranteed to die from a single charged arrow if it is lit on fire.
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| At long range, zigzag, jump, crouch, and strafe constantly to make yourself as difficult a target for the <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Sniper Sniper]</span> as possible. <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Bonk%21%20Atomic%20Punch Bonk! Atomic Punch]</span> or the <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Sandman Sandman]</span>'s stun can also allow you to cross otherwise Sniper-friendly corridors. <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Pistol Pistol]</span> fire can also be used to disrupt a sniper's aim to create a chance to approach. A fully charged shot from a <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Sniper%20rifle Sniper rifle]</span> or an uncharged <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/headshot headshot]</span> will always kill you if it connects. If you are able to get up behind a Sniper who is in scope, you should be able to take him out with your Scattergun before he can react, or if you feel like conserving ammo, beat him to death with your bat. When meeting a Sniper on the move or one that has noticed you, attack in the normal way, strafing at close range with the Scattergun. Chances are he will either die or attempt to get you with his <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/SMG SMG]</span> or <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Jarate Jarate]</span>. A Sniper using the <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Huntsman Huntsman]</span> is deadlier when his arrows are ignited, you are almost guaranteed to die from a single charged arrow if it is lit on fire.
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Something you should watch out for when at close range is the sniper's [[Kukri]], or even worse, [[Tribalman's Shiv]].  Both of these items can deal massive damage to you in a relatively short space of time, so despite your dodging abilities, you have to be careful at close range.  Especially when a [[Jarate]] and Shiv combination will kill you in one hit via "bleed" damage.
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Something you should watch out for when at close range is the sniper's <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Kukri Kukri]</span>, or even worse, <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Tribalman%27s%20Shiv Tribalman's Shiv]</span>.  Both of these items can deal massive damage to you in a relatively short space of time, so despite your dodging abilities, you have to be careful at close range.  Especially when a <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Jarate Jarate]</span> and Shiv combination will kill you in one hit via "bleed" damage.
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| You are one of the deadlier classes for a <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Spy Spy]</span>, since you're usually too fast to Backstab unless you are standing still (which as a Scout you shouldn't be), and your Scattergun is good for up close <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Spy%20checking Spy checking]</span>. Be careful when retreating though, because if you back into him you're going to feel a large, deadly prick. When in a firefight with a Spy, simply strafe as usual while taking shots at him with your Scattergun. If he runs away or you see a <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Cloak Cloak]</span>ed Spy at any time, use the spread of your Scattergun to reveal their location then try to predict his movements while continuing to fire. Similiarly, if they are using the <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Dead%20Ringer Dead Ringer]</span> and you can tell you have triggered it, run in the direction he was running when it happened, or to the nearest ammo kit to cut him off should he make a beeline for it. Be wary of his <span class="plainlinks">[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Revolver Revolver]</span> at close range, it can take you down in 3 shots if he has good aim (2 shots at close range if you carry the sandman).
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Class Strategy
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Scout
Combat with another Scout is an unpleasant encounter, because you cannot run away from one. If you are near a medkit, keep it out of the enemy Scout's line of sight, or he might take it before you do. When you are at low health, make sure it's enough to get to the medkit without getting killed.

Avoid his shots while trying to move in close for a kill with your Scattergun. Try to get the jump on him if possible, as you both have the lowest health of any class and a close range shot from a Scattergun can pack a punch. If the enemy Scout uses his double jump to evade your fire, wait until after his second jump or when he lands before shooting him. This gives you a better chance of predicting where he will be and hitting him. Running away from another Scout in the middle of a firefight is inadvisable, considering that you both have the same speed and he can stay on your tail and blast you full of scatter shots. Continuing to deal damage to him however while retreating to health kits or backup from the team will often give you an advantage. Combat against a Scout who has the unlockable weapons is generally easier, however that works the other way around too. With the Force-A-Nature, Scouts can't fire in the air without being sent back. Also, when using Bonk! Atomic Punch, a Scout has limited his gun choices to his Scattergun or his Force-A-Nature only. If he attempts to flee using Bonk!, simply stay on his tail and fire only when it wears off. Take advantage of this by using your Pistol and keeping out of his range. If you have the unlockables, try to hit him with the Sandman's baseball to stun him. This is very hard to achieve, but if you do, he is at your mercy. The Force-A-Nature is also great ambush weapon to Scouts who don't see you coming, being able to instantly kill them in a second if you are close enough by firing both shots consecutively. On some maps the Force-A-Nature can earn kills by firing at mid-range simply due to the knockback inflicted by the shots. The use of the environment, which varies by map, can lead to a huge advantage when engaged with a Scout. Pulling fakes or jumping over objects instead of circling around them can often land a shot in surprise or lead to a more compromising position.

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Soldier
A Scout is most effective at close range. So is a Soldier, but the Soldier has a Rocket launcher. If you do end up in a frontal assault with a Soldier, try to get behind him while staying at medium range in order to avoid the deadly splash damage from his rockets (the splash damage from a rocket Critical hit will take you out in one shot, as will a direct Direct Hit shot very often), and be wary if he switches to his more accurate Shotgun. Make good use of your double jump to confuse him. For instance, if you get shot into the air by a rocket, use your double jump to move yourself away from the area where the Soldier believes you will land, though this is unlikely to work against experienced soldiers. If you have enough health but need to retreat, attempting to jump from the splash damage of his rockets will give you a huge speed boost to let you clear the area quickly. If possible, try to get the jump on a Soldier by running up behind him to deliver a close range shot to his back before he notices you. This should weaken him enough that another shot should hopefully take him out before he reacts. Avoid use of your Bat in this situation unless the Soldier is already severely weakened. Make use of Weapon heckling tactics to disorientate him. The Sandman can be useful to Stun him (which is relatively easy since Soldiers are slow). Use his time stunned to get in a few hits. If you do manage to catch a Soldier completely off-guard, two point-blank shots from your Scattergun will kill him before he can react. The Force-A-Nature with it's high knockback can be a deadly force against soldiers through the use of hit-and-run ambushes. The Bonk! Atomic Punch can be used to damage Soldiers with the splash damage of their own rockets. Of course, this method of attack is less effective against keen-eyed soldiers that notice the blur which surrounds the scout.
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Pyro
A Pyro can be one of the more deadly opponents you can face, depending on the area around you. In general, however, they are very easy to deal with. Just stay out of range (which is easy as you are faster) of the flamethrower and blast away as much as possible. Enclosed areas and narrow corridors make the Pyro a much larger threat. If you are caught in such an area with a Pyro closing in, retreat into a more open space. If he sets you on fire, you are almost certain to die without any healing, so always stay out of the range of his Flamethrower. If you are set on fire, immediately retreat to a Health pickup or body of water. Do not try to fight the Pyro unless he has very low health; just stay out of his range and kill him with your Scattergun or Pistol. If he's alone, weapon heckle him. Note: the Flare Gun extends his range (but the flares are very easy to dodge) but lowers his mid-range capabilities somewhat. The best way to kill a Pyro is actually under water. If under pursuit by an enemy pyro the Force-A-Nature is the better choice for escape as fan-jumping can widen the distance and height from the pyro's flames or be used to repel the pyro, buying perhaps the crucial seconds needed to survive afterburn. The Bonk! Atomic Punch may also be used for escape, but only guarantees death if not a good distance from the pyro and his/her flamethrower.

The Pyro's compression blast ability negates the Sandman's stunning ability if the Pyro can reflect such a fast projectile, and may even stun you. Without the pistol, you cannot weapon heckle as well, and due to the large spread of the Force-a-Nature, a Pyro may be able to out range you. If the Pyro sees you coming, run!

A common strategy used by Scouts is to backpedal and pick the Pyro off with his Scattergun, where the Pyro can't hit him with his flamethrower/Backburner, as his Shotgun is less effective, and the flare gun's accuracy screws up due to the Pyro being in motion, however for an experienced Pyro this may not be an issue, especially with the critical damage dealt by the Flare gun past mid range.

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Demoman
A Demoman is a dangerous foe as his weapons can take you out in one single hit. If using his grenade launcher he can be a fairly easy target. Just dodge like mad and make good use of your double jump to avoid getting a lucky grenade to the face or simply stay at medium range while pelting him with the pistol. If he is hiding behind a carpet of sticky bombs, your best bet is to use an alternative route to get him from behind or to destroy them with your weaponry. If you can get in close range and avoid grenades, you should be able to take him down with a combination of accurate shots and weapon heckling.

Despite the high damage range and radius of Sticky bombs, many Demomen will not expect a Scout to run directly at them while using the weapon, and will attempt to kill you by planting stickies around to try and trap you. If you can get in close, your job of killing the Demoman becomes far easier, as it is much harder for him to kill you, especially without damaging himself. Occasionally a suicide rush to make a Demoman kill himself via splash damage can be effective if trying to discourage an enemy team from pushing into an area. It becomes much more difficult when facing a Demoman which utilizes both grenades and sticky bombs (since alt-fire explodes the stickies regardless of the weapon equipped) due to the space to dodge and avoid splash damage becoming lessened.

In the case of the Chargin' Targe and Eyelander, merely keep your distance and blast away at him with your Scattergun, or whittle him to death with your Pistol. It may also be a wise idea to bait the charge from the demo to prevent being struck by a guaranteed critical hit.

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Heavy
The sheer resilience of the Heavy makes him a tough target for a Scout, as his Minigun can cut you down faster than you can pump him full of Scattergun shots. Avoid direct combat with a Heavy from all ranges unless you have the sandman, since if the Heavy has his minigun spun you cannot win reliably. The Heavy is an intimidating class to fight but a Scout with enough patience and persistence can take down a Heavy in combat, or with the element of surprise can kill a Heavy in 3 Scattergun shots point blank range. At medium range, the Heavy also makes a prime target for the Sandman stun, due to his size and slow gait. This can give you the time to cut into his health or make an escape.

Try to stay in his face and circle strafe to avoid his fire or jump over him entirely to confuse him while delivering close range Scattergun shots; he's such a big target that it's difficult to miss. Throw a few double jumps into the mix to confuse him. If you are feeling lucky, try to land on his head, as he will wonder where you disappeared to and will continue to look around, long enough for you to finish him. It's always funny if you manage this.

If he is paired up with a Medic, it's generally a good idea to just run. If that's not an option go solely for the Medic first, since if you do die you've at least caused some lasting damage. You can then leave the Heavy to be dealt with by your team or you could try to finish him off using the above strategy. The Heavy often being a prime target for an ubercharge can be stopped with the Bonk! Atomic Punch due to his slow movement speed and large size. Simply moving erratically in front of the ubercharge will block it's path which is made easier if they're in tight or small locations.

Alternatively, blast him when he has his minigun powered down and get behind cover as soon as he revs his gun up. When you hear him stop spinning his minigun, get in and do damage. Repeat this until the Heavy is dead. If he doesn't power down his Minigun while going after you, try to pop up and attack him from unexpected angles and retreat before the Heavy starts firing at you.

If you have the Sandman, use it! The stun will allow you to kill him easily, though you should keep moving erratically or he may have enough time in the delay it takes for you to get close to spin up and take you out.

Another strategy if you have a little bit of height and surprise on the Heavy is to jump on his head. Since players on opposite teams don't pass through each other, his large size acts as a perfect platform from which to bash in his skull with your bat or scattergun. (Don't use the Force of Nature for this, the knockback will push you off his head.) Usually you can kill him before he figures out what's going on. This works the best when the Heavy's minigun is spinning or when he's standing near a wall. Valve are bound to patch this eventually, so make the most of it while you still can. But, avoid combat with the Heavy at all costs unless you get a long stun with The Sandman on him. You can also try to kill a heavy by help of 3-6 other scouts, remember to Stun him with the Sandman and go ballistic rage on him for being an pain in the ass for your team.

An alternative which requires team coordination is the use of the Crit-a-Cola with the help of a medic. Guaranteed mini-crits and guaranteed invulnerability results in a guaranteed disposal of heavies due to their low speed. However, do be aware that the mini-crit effect does wear off 2 seconds before the uber-charge which should act as a signal to either run or pursue any weakened enemies.

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Engineer
A lone Engineer is a straightforward but rare target. Tactics for an Engineer without a sentry are obvious, dodge his shots and put in your own. Watch out for his shotgun of course, it can deal a lot of damage.

However, combat with an Engineer becomes more difficult if they are utilizing unlocks. If faced with an Engineer who plops down a sentry/mini-sentry during the middle of the fight, decide right then on whether you'll destroy the sentry or the Engineer as attempting both will often result in death. If the sentry is deemed to be higher priority to you, try to destroy it before it fully builds and remember to move erratically to dodge the Engineer's attacks. Also be aware that if the sentry is moved not built or has gained kills during your fight, the Engineer will gain revenge crits upon the sentry's destruction. The bullet-spread of shotgun fire and rapid fire-rate of pistols coupled with revenge crits will often not guarantee your survival due to the scout's low health. If you decide to kill the Engineer, it is best to run and then take down his sentry at range with your pistol. Another tactic, made more effective if against a building level 3 sentry, is to position yourself to circle strafe the sentry. Sentries that are dropped to allow the Engineer to engage in combat are often done during surprise encounters. This often results in the perfect situation for circle strafing as the sentries are not surrounded by walls. If an Engineer decides to help build his sentry faster it is advised to run. The most you could do in such a situation would be killing the Engineer but almost always die by the sentry. If facing an Engineer who wrangles his mini-sentry at close-quarters, chances of survival are also slim.

If the Engineer is with a Sentry gun however, he becomes a very high threat to your well-being. If possible, try to avoid any routes covered by Sentry guns altogether and check around corners before rushing into new areas - or you could be taken down in seconds. If you are quick, you can run past a Sentry gun before it target locks you but placement does not usually allow this. With luck you may be able to take out the Engineer, in which case you can stay out of the Sentry's range while taking shots with your Pistol until you destroy it (don't use your Scattergun to do this, as its spread makes it less effective). In certain placements, like right around corners, you may be able to run circles around a Sentry gun while attacking it with your bat or Scattergun until it is destroyed, as the Sentry rotates slower than you can run. Do not try this on a Level 3 sentry, the rockets will probably get you as you try to circle strafe.

Another thing to consider when trying to best Sentries is the knock-back of its fire. Sometimes you can aim your trajectory to land out of its range by double jumping strategically into its fire, taking some damage but getting pushed past it by the Sentry itself.

If there is no route around or past the Sentry, you can use the invulnerability granted by the Bonk! Atomic Punch to run past it, or distract it long enough for a teammate to demolish it.

If you attempt to destroy one of his buildables with your bat, he may notice you and wrench your face in, which will kill you in 2 hits, although the wrench also has an incredibly high crit rate. Keep this in mind.

Beware of lone Engineers as they may be attempting to lure you into their sentry or mini-sentry range. Both are dangerous.

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Medic
A Medic is usually a very easy target for a Scout. When battling a lone Medic, simply strafe at close range to avoid his Syringe gun shots and Bonesaw and give him a few blasts with your Scattergun. He should go down fairly quickly. If he has a Medic buddy, taking down the buddy is next to impossible. If you do come across a medic deploying an ubercharge, the Bonk! Atomic Bonk can be used to physically block him and his Medic Buddy. If the Medic is healing an enemy, approach from behind without being noticed and take him out while he is busy healing. Two shots from the Scattergun at point blank range will kill him. After killing the Medic, you should run before his former healing target can react. Medics commonly revert to the Bonesaw, try Weapon heckling. If they don't see you coming, use the Force-A-Nature to sneak up and blast the Medic, to either kill him or separate him from his Medic buddy. Avoid going point blank to a Medic, however, as the syringe gun will do very high damage (and heal a lot if he's using the Blutsauger, as all the hits will connect). In fact, if he is carrying a Blutsauger it is recommended you run, unless he does not see you coming or is especially aiming-impaired.

Medics are very rarely alone, however, so when you see one go for him straight away then run, so his medigun target drops down to 100% (from 150%) health, then attack again.

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Sniper
At long range, zigzag, jump, crouch, and strafe constantly to make yourself as difficult a target for the Sniper as possible. Bonk! Atomic Punch or the Sandman's stun can also allow you to cross otherwise Sniper-friendly corridors. Pistol fire can also be used to disrupt a sniper's aim to create a chance to approach. A fully charged shot from a Sniper rifle or an uncharged headshot will always kill you if it connects. If you are able to get up behind a Sniper who is in scope, you should be able to take him out with your Scattergun before he can react, or if you feel like conserving ammo, beat him to death with your bat. When meeting a Sniper on the move or one that has noticed you, attack in the normal way, strafing at close range with the Scattergun. Chances are he will either die or attempt to get you with his SMG or Jarate. A Sniper using the Huntsman is deadlier when his arrows are ignited, you are almost guaranteed to die from a single charged arrow if it is lit on fire.

Something you should watch out for when at close range is the sniper's Kukri, or even worse, Tribalman's Shiv. Both of these items can deal massive damage to you in a relatively short space of time, so despite your dodging abilities, you have to be careful at close range. Especially when a Jarate and Shiv combination will kill you in one hit via "bleed" damage.

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Spy
You are one of the deadlier classes for a Spy, since you're usually too fast to Backstab unless you are standing still (which as a Scout you shouldn't be), and your Scattergun is good for up close Spy checking. Be careful when retreating though, because if you back into him you're going to feel a large, deadly prick. When in a firefight with a Spy, simply strafe as usual while taking shots at him with your Scattergun. If he runs away or you see a Cloaked Spy at any time, use the spread of your Scattergun to reveal their location then try to predict his movements while continuing to fire. Similiarly, if they are using the Dead Ringer and you can tell you have triggered it, run in the direction he was running when it happened, or to the nearest ammo kit to cut him off should he make a beeline for it. Be wary of his Revolver at close range, it can take you down in 3 shots if he has good aim (2 shots at close range if you carry the sandman).


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