It is a reskin of the Machina introduced during the Invasion update
- +15% damage buff when fully charged
- when fully charged can go through multiple enemies
- cannot fire unless scoped
- fires easy to see lasers
Play Style Edit
The Star is a very reliable sniper rifle and therefor will fit nicely in the hands of an aggressive sniper. Not being able to fire unscoped is not to much of an issue as you shouldn't go for no-scopes very often anyway. Because of the tracer rounds, enemies will be able to track you down and find your location a lot easier and that shouldn't be taken lightly, because of this you must move often or enemy Snipers and Spies will have you in no time. With this weapon you will want to stay just a little behind your team but not way in the back, with the increased body shot damage it is a lot easier to be aggressive as a fully charged body shot has a MUCH greater chance of killing in one shot. 173 damage can be expected from fully charged shots, that's insane. That can kill a Scout, Sniper, Engineer with Gunslinger, Medic, and a Demo man or Pyro that's even slightly injured will die. The damage bonus is also helpful for taking out sentries as the Sniper is already the second best class for killing them and because they don't have a head you can only ever do body shot damage, the fully charged shot from the Star will one-shot level ones and bring level twos to less than ten health for an easy non charged sentry kill, the extra damage also helps when killing level threes because the large initial damage plus the several non charged followup shots should be enough to overwhelm the Engineers healing. This is by far my favorite sniper rifle in the game please don't ever change it Valve, thank-you.
Best Classes Edit
My personal loadout with the Star has it paired up with the Darwins Danger Shield and the Shahansha. The Danger shield will allow you to survive headshots from enemy Snipers which will constantly be after you because of the tracer rounds and I use the Shahansha on all my aggressive loadouts beause if I am pulling out my melee than i'm probably about to die so the extra damage helps. This loadout allows you to not be terrified of Snipers all the time and focus on taking out assets to the enemy team.