Top Notch

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How's that feel, ya blockhead?
The Demoman

The Top Notch is a one-of-a-kind[1] headwear item, wearable by all classes. It is a painted cardboard box, adorned with several smaller cardboard pieces, capped by a black fedora. When worn by the Demoman, a patch covers the left eye.

The hat adopts the likeness of Markus "Notch" Persson's personal avatar, a drawing of himself in the artistic style of Minecraft, which he created and was the lead developer on until the game's official release.[2]

Update history

November 23, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The Top Notch was added to the game.

Trivia

  • The name and description of this item reference Markus Persson's internet alias "Notch" and game project "Minecraft", respectively.
  • The idea for the Top Notch originated when Notch complained on twitter saying nobody believed he was Notch when he was playing Team Fortress. A reply to this tweet suggested Notch should tell Valve to make a special hat for him to prove it.
  • Robin Walker joked during the TF2 Mix-Up Match 4 that "[Notch] doesn't know, but it makes him take 20% extra damage" when asked about the reason for giving Notch the hat.

Gallery

References

  1. Blog post by Notch on November 26th, 2011.
  2. Blog post by Notch on December 2nd, 2011.