Today we are removing two weapons from Competitive Matchmaking (the R8 Revolver and the Negev) as we make significant changes to them, and we are shipping some new features to help you build your social network as you play CS:GO.
For you Five Year Veteran Coin holders, there’s also an opportunity to preorder a physical coin to add to your collection.
We’re making changes to the R8 Revolver and the Negev, and for the time being those weapons will not be available in Competitive Matchmaking. Now players can have fun with them in the game without impacting competitive play.
R8 Revolver – The firing delay on the Revolver has been significantly reduced, but otherwise the weapon has the same high-powered shot with great mobility.
Negev – The Negev has received a more significant rework, receiving traits that promote suppressing the enemy. Wild at first, the Negev’s shots settle over time into a deadly controllable beam.
Five Year Veteran Coin
Collectors, if you’ve got the Five Year Veteran Coin in your inventory, you’re eligible to pre-order a physical version of the collectible coin!
The Collectible Five Year Coin is made of die cast zinc alloy and comes in a wooden display box with a magnetic closure. Display it in the box (ready to hang on your wall) or standalone with the included acrylic display stand.
Join your friends and make some new ones. The Friends Panel on the Main Menu has been updated to provide a bit more information about your incoming and outgoing friend requests, along with an all new panel displaying the teammates you’ve encountered during your recent matches.
Canals is a brand new map for CS:GO, set in a historic Italian city. Two important tourist attractions are under threat by an international group of terrorists known as the Phoenix, and SEAL Team 6 has been deployed to stop them.
The map is based on real-world environments that give each area its own architectural style as well as gameplay, and produce an unconventional layout. The CT side is composed of a large, wide open area while the T-controlled territory forms a crescent of smaller spaces around it and provides multiple approaches to each bomb site.
The bombsites require different tactics and weapon choices for each team. Site A is set in the open CT territory and rewards the use of smoke grenades as well as rifle skills, while site B is located in the interior where submachine guns and shotguns will prove most useful.
While the map is based on a real-world location, the aesthetics are intentionally clean and uncluttered for good player visibility. In addition, many of the environmental models are built in a modular fashion so they can be easily re-used by community map makers.
Today we’re shipping a visual upgrade to the Phoenix Terrorist player model. Like the recent upgrade of the SAS Counter-Terrorist model, the adjustments are focused on preserving character legibility and improving overall visual fidelity.
The Spectrum Case
Introducing the Spectrum Case, featuring 17 Community-designed weapon finishes. In the Spectrum Case, the rare special item will be the second generation of knives in Chroma finishes.
Today we’re excited to announce the 2017 Krakow CS:GO Major Championship Series, hosted by PGL.
The eight week event will span June 1 to July 23, beginning with the Asia Regional Minor Championship and culminating in the Major Championship Grand Final Match in the Tauron Arena, Krakow, Poland.
Representing Their Region
It all starts on June 1, with the Regional Minor Championship in Asia, with the Americas (June 8), CIS (June 8), and Europe (June 15) to follow. At each Minor, eight teams will compete for the chance to win their share of a $50,000 prize pool and advance on the road to the Major Championship.
Finding the Challengers
On June 29th, the top two teams from each Minor will head to the LAN Qualifier, where they’ll face off against the lower eight teams from the Atlanta Major. Over four days, these teams will battle it out to determine which half will become Major Challengers, and which half will go home.
The Final Showdown
This past January, in Atlanta, Astralis triumphed over 15 teams to become the reigning CS:GO Major Champions. They and the other 7 finalists became Legends and secured a direct invitation to the Major in Krakow.
The PGL 2017 Krakow Major Championship begins July 16th with Legends and Challengers fighting for their share of a $1,000,000 prize pool and a chance to become Major Champions in front of fans and viewers worldwide.
From July 16th to July 19th, all sixteen teams will compete in a group stage to advance to the playoffs. On July 21st, the new Legends will take to the main stage at the Tauron Arena for the playoffs, with the Grand Final taking place July 23rd.
The PGL 2017 Krakow CS:GO Major Championship Series:
June 1-4 – Asia Regional Minor Championship
June 8-11 – CIS Regional Minor Championship
June 8-11 – Americas Regional Minor Championship
June 15-18 – Europe Regional Minor Championship
June 29 – July 2 – Major Championship LAN Qualifier
July 16 – 19 – Major Championship Group Stage
July 21 – 23 – Major Championship Playoffs
For more details on the PGL 2017 Krakow CS:GO Major Championship Series, visit: major.pglesports.com
In the wake of the ELEAGUE Major (congratulations Astralis!), we’re making a change to the map pool: Inferno has returned to Active Duty, replacing Dust II, and will be featured at the next CS:GO Major. As in the past, the updated Active Duty pool is automatically selected when you enter Matchmaking.*
And in Casual and Deathmatch game modes, it’s now a bit easier to play your favorite maps. Map groups have been separated into additional categories: Active Duty, Hostage, Reserves, and Dust II.
*(don’t worry, it’s just as easy as ever to play Dust II. It’s now front and center on the Competitive Matchmaking map selection screen)
Congratulations to Astralis, the winners of ELEAGUE Atlanta 2017! They take home $500,000 of the $1,000,000 prize pool. This is their first Major title.
Astralis won the best of three against Virtus.Pro, winning on Overpass(16-14) and then on Train(16-14). If you missed any of the matches or want to watch the highlights, you can download all the games from the ELEAGUE Atlanta 2017 tab in the WATCH menu.
We’d like to thank all the teams, everyone at ELEAGUE , and most of all the Counter-Strike community for making this tournament possible.