Posted by Khaos - Bobo the Monkey Boy
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Thanks for all the opinions. I'm fairly surprised that blue seems to win most of the time where you are playing though. Up until this newest version today red literally wins about 9 out of 10 times here by destroying the strider and this is on three different servers with different communities of players.
I think part of the reason might be hinted at in your post, you mention pyros not damaging the strider, which is true, but no one damages the strider by shooting the legs. Only the shielded head area registers damage (that was part of the reasoning behind making the shield visible in newer versions, to give players an idea of where to shoot).
Pipebombs don't explode on contact, but that's unfortunately unavoidable, I believe stickies not adhering to the strider is intentional (they still do damage when exploded in the air near the strider however).