Death & Taxes

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Hello? Who opened the blinds? How long did we sleep for? What year is it, and who are all you people? Update, what update? Oh good God, where did all this content come from!?

Death & Taxes blog announcement

The Death & Taxes update, also known as 2.0.0, was the first major update for Team Fortress 2 Classic, released on July 4, 2020.

The update focused on cut content from Team Fortress 2. Its flagship feature is the VIP game mode, in which the BLU team must escort the new Civilian class to the end of the map while the RED team has to assassinate him. To highlight this new game mode, four VIP maps were included: Trainyard with a single capture point and a one-life VIP, Mineside with a VIP-exclusive briefcase that must be delivered to unlock the capture point, Harbor with three capture points and no special gimmicks, and a VIP version of Badwater Basin with four capture points (later reduced to three) and a nighttime atmosphere.

Another major feature was the addition of Four-Team mode, shattering the previous paradigm of RED and BLU by introducing GRN and YLW. The new Four-Team maps were the Arena map Flask, and a Domination version of Hydro - which itself is a new game mode, with Oil Canyon as a two-team exemplar. The update also brought back 9 new weapons based on unreleased Team Fortress 2 content, as well as 6 weapons and 31 maps that already exist in TF2.

In addition, most mechanics were rebalanced based on Team Fortress 2 updates, and the vast majority of the game was refactored in design, interface, and content. The prior "deathmatch" game mode was removed entirely, as were numerous weapon concepts and aesthetic choices. Finally, the update also included improved bot support for offline play, a new achievement system, nametag medals for developers, contributors, and beta testers, and many, many exclusive settings, console commands, and weapon attributes.

In total, the update included 3 game modes, 38 maps, 15 weapons, 15 achievements, 2 new teams, and 1 new class. For the full patch notes, see 2.0.0.


The Death & Taxes page officially began on July 1, 2020, as announced on the Team Fortress 2 Classic Website.



Main article: List of maps
Name Picture Game mode File name
Flask Flask 1.jpg Arena arena_flask
Hydro (Domination) Hydro 3.jpg Domination dom_hydro
Oil Canyon OilCanyon.png Domination dom_oilcanyon
Badwater (VIP) VipBadwater.png.png VIP vip_badwater
Harbor Harbor.png VIP vip_harbor
Mineside Vip mineside.jpg VIP vip_mineside
Trainyard Trainyard 2.jpg VIP vip_trainyard



Weapon Kill icon
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Nail Gun
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Killicon rpg.png
Backpack Gunboats.png


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Backpack Flare Gun.png
Flare Gun
Killicon flaregun.png


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Dynamite Pack
Killicon mirv projectile.png
Backpack Mine Layer.png
Mine Layer
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Backpack Sandvich.png


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Backpack Coilgun.png
Killicon coilgun.png


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Backpack Kritzkrieg.png
Backpack Shock Therapy.png
Shock Therapy
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Backpack Überspritze.png
Killicon ubersaw.png


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Hunting Revolver
Killicon hunterrifle.png
Backpack Huntsman.png
Killicon huntsman.png
Backpack Fishwhacker.png
Killicon fishwhacker.png


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Tranquilizer Gun
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  • The name of the update is a reference to a quote from Benjamin Franklin: "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."