Just a week after Outsiders hoisted the IEM trophy on the Rio main, Valve has dropped a bombshell on CS: GO followers with a couple of huge adjustments to the sport. Map switches in the energetic obligation pool and even some gun modifications await CS: GO followers in the brand new update.
Another titan of Counter-Strike is leaving the energetic obligation pool of maps. After watching maps like Cache and Cobblestone benched for the likes of Vertigo and Ancient, it was solely a matter of time for Dust II. Starting in the present day, Anubis will step into the limelight to exchange one of the most iconic CS maps of all time. Many followers speculated in regards to the departure of Dust II, particularly after the map obtained less-than-stellar critiques for its update over a 12 months in the past. What’s fascinating in regards to the change is that Valve teased the concept of Anubis getting into aggressive play earlier in the day. Valve additionally made it clear in their publish that the upcoming 2023 Paris Major was in thoughts when making this variation. Dust II will nonetheless be accessible in aggressive modes, however will not be in the map pool for any skilled CS: GO tournaments.
This will not be the primary time Dust II has been pulled from the energetic obligation map pool. Back in late 2017, Valve yanked the basic map for the likes of Inferno, a map now regarded extremely among the many Counter-Strike neighborhood. The departure of Dust II was short-lived although, because the map returned to aggressive play simply half a 12 months later in April of 2018, changing Cobblestone. Dust II obtained a visible update throughout its time exterior of energetic obligation earlier than its return. Players must wait and see if that sample will repeat itself as soon as once more.
The different large adjustments coming to the Nov. 18 updates contain gun updates. For starters, evidently Valve is definitely taking a web page from Riot Games’ guide with its adjustments to the AWP. The large inexperienced will now solely maintain 5 bullets per journal, much like the Operator in VALORANT. This change will clearly power sniper gamers in Counter-Strike to be far more aware of each shot taken going ahead.
The different gun to obtain adjustments is the M4A1-S, which is getting a slight nerf. The A1-S has lengthy been the popular weapon over its louder brother, the A4, regardless of holding ten fewer bullets per journal. Part of that was because of the A1s’ accuracy, particularly from lengthy distances. That long-range accuracy is precisely what Valve are altering, making the silenced M4 much less dependable from a distance.
It’s a small update in measurement from Valve, however one that may have a monumental influence on CS: GO heading into 2023.