|“Now I've seen everything!”
This page details content that is in Mann Co. Beta Testing.
As such, the contents of page are subject to frequent changes.
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|No. of Stages:||2|
|Setting:||Daylight (sunset), Sunny|
|Health Kits:||×<13 • ×<13 • ×2|
|Ammo Boxes:||×<11 • ×<15 • ×<8|
Cactus Canyon is a beta Payload map consisting of two stages.
As with other Payload maps, the BLU team's goal is to escort the cart through the map to the final terminus while the RED team has the task to stop them. Due to the map being in a developmental state; there are multiple incomplete fences around the stages, parts of the map appear blocky, some areas are unbalanced for particular teams, and some buildings don't have textures.
- Stage One – The cart starts in a small basin some distance away from the BLU spawn room gates. It goes through a building and up a hill. Then it comes to the first control point. Here, flanking options become available. There is a small building both teams can go through to get to the final point of stage one. The cart's tracks go around a sharp curve, and nearby is a cliff that players can fall or be airblasted off of. The final point area is wide open, with spaces for Sentry Guns. The small building, which is entered from near the first point, has windows overlooking the final point that Snipers, Demomen, and Soldiers can fire through.
- Stage Two – This stage of the map features almost no setup time, so both teams must rush as fast as they can to the cart. A major feature of this stage is the train that comes through frequently, killing players as normal. Unlike the trains on Well and Freight, however, this train has multiple boxcars behind it, which act as a temporary wall that neither team can pass through. Touching the boxcars as they pass will not do any damage, just the front of the train. There are also flatcars which a player can temporarily ride on and jump off, but if the player is still on the flatcar when it reaches the exit gate, the player will be instantly killed. There is a gate in the middle of the map on the tracks that only the train can pass through. When the Payload cart reaches the penultimate control point, it goes into a wooden shed, moves on its own inside up a small hill, and then comes to a stop on the other side waiting to be pushed onto the train tracks. When BLU is able to successfully push the cart onto the train tracks, the game will be won and the final point capped once the train next comes through and hits the Payload cart, causing it to explode, killing anyone nearby, but the train itself seems to be unaffected by the bomb, as it keeps moving through the explosion and will continue to kill anyone in front of it. Unique to this map, RED is able to push the cart back in the area near the train tracks on the final point, marked by the small red-colored lights on the Payload's tracks. The cart must also be held in place by the BLU team or it will roll off the tracks.
Prior to being removed in the August 27, 2014 Patch there was an additional stage between Stage One and what is now Stage Two.
- Removed Stage Two – The original second stage started near a small pool of water and went up a hill. The cart then turned left and went down a hill. It would then roll down this hill on its own if it was at the top. Turning right, it came to a shallow dip of water, and a final turn leading to RED's final point of the stage. The cart would have then need to be pushed up a hill, which in an even earlier update, could roll back down on its own.
- If a member of RED stays on the Payload at the last point of Stage 2, while in Overtime, the game will count this as the cart being pushed forward and will not allow the game to end until any player has been away from the cart for the usual 5 seconds.
- If stickybombs are launched at the gate in the middle of the map, which only the train can go though, the stickybombs will be suspended midair. They will not explode if the gate opens or if the train runs though it.
- In Stage 1 of this map, there are 3 areas under the map that are accessible and players that are in these areas can still fire onto enemies walking above them but cannot be fired upon.
- In Stage 2 of this map, occasionally the 2 Checkpoints will not be included, but the holographic logos will still appear.
- A cactus has been added to the map in each update. As of September 15, 2014 Patch, there are currently nine cacti.
- There are six cacti of various sizes on a pair of rocks to the right of the map, near the BLU team spawn in stage one. Five of them are visible from the cliff face, while the smaller sixth one is hidden behind a larger cactus.
- In the August 21, 2014 Patch, a cactus "wearing" the Milkman and the Dangeresque, Too? was added behind a fence between a rock and the building behind the first point, if following the route of the cart.
- In the September 10, 2014 Patch, a cactus was added to the side of the front car of one of the trains that go by in stage two.
- In the September 15, 2014 Patch, a cactus was added to the bottom of the resupply cabinet in the RED team's spawn room in stage one.