How to Get all 3 Community TF2 Hats in the Same Day!
So lets paint a hypothetical picture. You’re a hard working contributing member of society. You work a 9 to 5 job but still manage to find time to dress your girlfriends cat in silly sweaters that you may or may not have stolen from Walgreens three weeks ago.
But you want more.
You decide one day, that you want to own all three of the community hats in Team Fortress 2. You don’t even know what Team Fortress is! You just know you want it.
The first steps here is preparing your backpack. Unfortunately, the standard backpack only has 300 slots. So unless you were to completely empty out your backpack of all the untradable achievement items, weapons, and hats that you already have; chances are you’re not going to have enough backpack space to facilitate the volume of items that you will need to accumulate.
The only way (currently) to alleviate this is to purchase backpack expanders. You can either buy them straight from the Mann Co. Store, from the Community Market, or from either of the recently launched “cash shops” that have sprung up (Hexide and TF2Shop).
So now you’ve got enough space for all the Secret Saxtons and Dueling Minigames that will be clogging up your inventory for the next few days. What is the best method of obtaining these items (in regards to time and money)?
Well, to start: Nothing should be bought from the Mann Co store unless you are buying stamps. The gifts and duels can be traded for easily. Even if you want to use money to sidestep the lengthy scavenging process, better deals are everywhere. Most gifts sell for 1 - 2 reclaimed (0.33 - 0.66), and most duels 1 reclaimed (0.33).
You’ll want to set up posts on TF2Outpost, r/TF2Trade, and Bazaar.tf (or any other trading site/community) indicating that you are buying Minigames and Saxtons in bulk.
Should I buy the items or trade for them?
All I can recommend here is to whatever suits you the most. If money is not a huge deal, go out and drop $15 on 90 individual dueling mini-games and save yourself the headache of having to deal with trading them one at a time. If money is tight, and you don’t care very much about your timetable; Just sit back and wait for trades to roll in. Make a bookmark folder with saved searches for people who have Saxtons and Minigames in their trade. It will take longer, but in the long run will be much cheaper than the alternate.
If you value your time more than your pocket change, I would recommend you to once again check Hexide and TF2Shop to see if they have Minigames or Secret Saxtons in stock. The price can range from $0.14 each to upwards of $0.28. If you can’t find a price you want to pay, post on some trading boards that specialize in cash trades (like SourceOP or TF2-Trader). Finding a seller who will be willing to sell you the items you need in bulk is difficult, and more often than not the sellers with bulk collections are only interested in quoting outrageous prices to “make up for the inconvenience” of not having to buy each item piecemeal. Collecting stock is arguably the most time consuming and frustrating part of this whole process.
- All three hat timers reset at 12:00am GMT. The hats are rewarded, and taken away at 12am GMT. Make sure to check what time 12am GMT is in relation to your own timezone, or you might end up splitting your gift / duel total across 2 days.
- The average number of duels needed to be awarded the Dueler is 400 (80 full 5-use minigames).
- The average number of gifts needed to be awarded the Gifting Man From Gifting Land is 90.
- The average number of stamps needed to be awarded the Philateler is 10. ***
*** These numbers were obtained after interviewing more than 50 of the previous owners. These numbers are not meant to be used as anything other than a VERY broad look at the general number of items needed to be rewarded each hat. Please do not give exactly 90 gifts and angrily message me that you did not receive a hat. Thank you.
Ok, you have all your items. You’re convinced that you’ve accumulated enough items to beat every single individual tf2 player’s daily total. So, what first?
I would recommend starting with your duels, then finding a good server and giving away all your gifts, then at the very end buying your stamps.
Step 1: Duels
Download the map Achievement_Duel. Either use Sandboxie to run dual TF2 clients or sucker one of your friends into letting you kill them 400 times. If you need help setting up a server, there are a ton of guides to help you out. Set aside about 2 hours to get your duels done. You’ll be looking at about an average of 200 duels per hour (dph). You might be able to squeeze out 300-350dph if you’re focused and get the rhythm down quickly.
Step 2: Gifts
You might want to pick a server in advance that you know will have a full 23 people on it if you’re using Piles o’ Gifts. Keep in mind, that even if you use the P.o.G. on a 32 player server, only the first 23 people to connect to the server will receive gifts. If you’re in a particularly miserly mood, you could stock up on Secret Saxtons and spam gift them all to an alt account in a private server. You might end up walking away with a nice little stash of hats, weapons, and miscs!
Step 3: Stamps
This one is either the easiest hat, or the trickiest depending on your financial situation. There’s pretty much no way around spending money in the Mann Co. Store. If you don’t have a debt/credit card you can use cash to purchase pre-paid Visas and Steam Gift Cards.
Step 4: Wait
Wait until 12:00am GMT to see if you outshined all your fellow hat-loving comrades!
This whole crazy idea was put together almost solely by Cassette (SALAD.babz). I run a gaming YouTube channel which should totally check out ;)! I would absolutely love your feedback on this guide, or any of the other guides (on YouTube or Steam) that I put out.
- 130 Secret Saxtons ($3.00)
- 3 Piles o’ Gifts ($0.00)
- 90 Dueling Mini Games ($6.00)
- 2 Stamp Booklets ($30.00)
Thanks for reading!