Smissmas 2016 Is a Go!

Team Fortress 2, the popular team-based first-person shooter, has released their newest update that includes Smissmas 2016, Valve’s take on Christmas and other winter holidays. With this update comes brand new cosmetics, taunts, and, of course, some improvements. On top of this, everyone who plays during the event will be given a Stuffed Stocking which includes multiple items and, for the first time ever, the cosmetic case is completely key-less.

Here’s everything that’s been included:

  • Cosmetics (from rarest to most common)
    • The Snowmann
    • The Bomber Knight
    • The Head Prize
    • Pyro the Flamedeer
    • Snowwing
    • Woolen Warmer
    • The Electric Twanger
    • Bomb Beanie
    • Flammable Favor
    • Socked and Loaded
    • Santarchimedes
    • Sweet Smissmas Sweater
    • Elf Esteem
    • Packable Provisions
    • Brain-Warming Wear
    • Reader’s Choice
    • Handy Canes
  • Festivizer
    • Fire Axe
    • The Jag
    • The Kritzkrieg
    • Pistol
    • The Quick-Fix
    • Natasha
    • The Sandman
    • The Spy-cicle
    • Kukri
    • Shovel
    • The Scottish Resistance
  • Taunts
    • The Scotsmann’s Stagger
    • The Didgeridrongo
    • The Table Tantrum
  • Matchmaking Update
    • At the end of a Casual match, players are automatically formed into a new match with the same players and teams
      • Players get to vote on which map the new match will take place on
        • There are 3 maps to vote on, chosen based on the maps everyone in the match had selected when they began searching for a match. The current map is always the first option.
      • This replaces the Rematch system
    • Players can now set their maximum acceptable ping by clicking the new gear icon in the top right of the Casual and Competitive matchmaking lobby screens and choosing “Ping Settings”
  • New autobalance system to help with balancing teams when players leave a match. The system will ask players to volunteer to switch teams.
    • Automatically enabled for all Casual match servers
      • Players who switch will be able to earn bonus XP as a reward
    • Community servers can enable this new feature by using “mp_autoteambalance 2”
  • General Fixes
    • Fixed security issue reported by Justin G. (sigsegv) and Linus S. (PistonMiner)
    • Fixed not clearing the teleport condition for players who have their teleport interrupted before the teleport is complete
    • Fixed PASS Time exploit related to bonus points
    • Updated mat_monitorgamma so it can be adjusted in Competitive mode
    • Fixed the ShouldPreserveSquad flag not being parsed correctly in Mann vs. Machine mode
    • Fixed a bug related to bot Engineers and teleporters in Mann vs. Machine mode
    • Fixed not being able to transfer Strange stats between versions of Jarate and the Sapper
    • Fixed incorrect particle position for Unusual taunt effects when using the Racho Relaxo
    • Added the ESA Rewind tournament medals
    • Added the Winter Wonderland 2016 community medals
    • Updated the Dalokohs Bar to fix a bug related to the health buff
    •  Matchmaking
      • The Competitive maps list has been updated
        • Added cp_granary and cp_badlands
        • Disabled cp_snakewater and cp_foundry
    • Updated cp_metalworks to fix a texture problem
    • Updated pd_watergate
      • Respawn times will now change depending on which team is in the lead: 8 seconds to leading team, 4 seconds to trailing team
      • Moved the current beer amount to the center of the HUD
      • Added a jump to low spawn route to give respawned players something to do en-route to mid
      • Added a light to illuminate roof-snipers better
      • Adjusted some clipping

What do you think of the new update? What is your favorite item from the new cosmetics? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us at @BlazeKickTweet or on my personal Twitter, @GeminiTrinity.

Written by: GeminiTrinity

I'm a Communications major/Business major at New England College. I'm also an aspiring Director, Screenwriter, Editor, Producer, and Actor. I also make music videos, skits, and "Let's Plays" for YouTube.