Mr-Jigsaw wrote:By that argument, the sniper shouldn't have even been given an SMG or a 'noife.' Because a sniper is meant to snipe from a distance, not engage in close combat with a melee weapon. Oh, but you may argue that he has those for personal defense, but is the shield not there for the exact same reason? And does the bow not reflect a sniper's skill, only for a smaller range? It's about accuracy, range, and power, just like the rifle. Oh, but I guess it doesn't have a scope, so it's not a sniper's weapon.
Let me take your argument to its furthest possible extreme then, based on class skill, a demoman shouldn't have a bottle as his melee weapon, but instead a stick with spiky bombs attached to it so enemies explode 5 seconds after you smack em with it.
The SMG is a secondary weapon that fits his adventurer aesthetycs, same goes to the machete. Jaratte was an idiot idea that came from all the 13 year old kids that found the meet the sniper scene, when he's waiting, like the best joke ever made. A tribal shield does not fit at all the original sniper aesthetycs. And the bow reflects his aniper skills as much as throwing a rock, using a slingshot or throwing a spear.
On your demoman argument, you're talking about an original weapon, the bottle, and you're wrong, because I'm not ranting about the original TF2, I'm rating about what they are making to it. The original demoman is a black scottish cyclop, he's an explosive master and a drunkard. That's his original character. And that's why he's got a bottle. A sword and a shield has nothing to do with a black scottish explosive master drunk cyclop.
To add to Jigsaw's statement, the Demoman is Scottish and the sword and targe combo were common weapons for Scottish soldiers a long time ago. It makes sense if you know the information behind them, even if that information is TF2's lore from videos and random documents.
All civilitations in the world used swords and shield.
Oh BTW, I think soldier's new rocket launcher is a good idea.