Today’s update includes an adjustment to the Active Duty map pool as well as some weapon adjustments.
For starters, we’re making changes to the Active Duty map pool, which will determine which maps get played at the 2023 Paris Major.
Anubis is being added to Active Duty and Dust II is being removed. But both maps are still available in Casual, Deathmatch, and Competitive modes.
We’re also making some adjustments to weapons. The AWP has had its magazine size reduced to five bullets (so make them count!), and the M4A1-S now does less damage at long ranges.
Try the changes out and let us know what you think!
And thanks for the blog post title, Ryan (@Schaffurr)!
Over the past two weeks Rio de Janeiro has been the center of Counter-Strike, where 24 of the best teams in the world fought to become IEM Rio Major champions. In the end, only one team was left standing as Outsiders bested Heroic on Mirage and Overpass to secure their first Major championship!
To celebrate our new champions, today we’re releasing the champions autograph capsule, featuring autographs from FL1T, fame, Jame, n0rb3r7, and Qikert in paper, glitter, holo, and gold.
A New Path to the Majors
Starting with the 2023 Paris Major, we’re going to change the way we invite teams to the RMRs.
Previously teams entered the RMRs by direct invitation, or through a series of open qualifiers. For Paris, some teams who aren’t directly invited will get to skip the open qualifiers–teams that consistently perform well in Valve and third-party events will be directly invited to a closed qualifier. There, they’ll compete against teams that enter from an open qualifier.
In the coming weeks we’ll reveal more detail about the new Regional Standings process.
Congratulations to Outsiders, and we’ll see you in Paris!
After two unforgettable stages eight teams have survived and advanced to the Champions Stage of the IEM Rio Major.
Congratulations to Cloud9, FURIA, Fnatic, Heroic, Outsiders, MOUZ, Natus Vincere, and Team Spirit; they will compete in front of 18,000+ CS:GO fans at the sold out Jeunesse Arena to become Major Champions.
Champions Stage matches begin Thursday, November 10th, so lock in your picks for the Pick’Em Challenge! There’s still time to support your favorite teams with team and player autograph stickers, earn (or purchase) Souvenir Tokens, and get ready for the conclusion of one of the most unpredictable Majors ever.
50% of the proceeds go to the players, teams, and organizations participating in the IEM Rio Major.
Good luck to all!
Today’s update includes several quality-of-life improvements for storage units, and a bunch of visual adjustments to Rio 2022 team and player stickers. Check them out and let us know what you think!
Looking for an easy way to complete your sticker collection while supporting all of the teams and players? Rio 2022 Storage Units are now available. Purchase your storage unit with Paper stickers and you’ll get a commemorative storage unit containing all 145 Paper tournament stickers–the IEM Rio 2022 sticker, every team logo, every autograph. If you’re in the mood for something with a little more sparkle, you can also pick up a storage unit filled with every Glitter sticker!
The first CS:GO Major in Brazil. Live audiences from start to finish. The IEM Rio Major starts October 31st, are you ready?
The IEM Rio Major is fast approaching, and you can show your support–team stickers, player autographs, and the Rio 2022 Viewer Pass are all available for purchase now! 50% of the proceeds go to the players, teams, and organizations taking part in the Major.
Viewer Pass, Stickers, and more
Pick up a Rio 2022 Viewer Pass and you’ll get an upgradable Rio 2022 Event Coin, access to the Pick’em Challenge, team graffiti, Steam.tv flair, and exclusive access to Rio 2022 Souvenir Packages.
Every time you upgrade your coin, you’ll receive a Souvenir Token that can redeemed for a Souvenir Package of the match of your choice. Souvenirs feature gold stickers of the teams and map of the match you selected.
You can earn up to three Souvenir Tokens by playing the Pick’em Challenge, but you can start with more–purchase the ‘Viewer Pass +3’ and you’ll get three Souvenir Tokens right away. And of course, you can purchase as many Souvenir Tokens as you’d like once you’ve activated your Pass.
Looking for your favorite Team or Player? Check out the Team and Player Autograph capsules, featuring paper, glitter, holo, and gold stickers. And shortly after the Grand Final concludes, Champions Autograph Capsules (feature autographs of players on the winning team) will be available for purchase.
Something Spooky in Today’s Update
Today’s update features several community map updates, including a special Halloween version of Ember. Jump into a Danger Zone match and give it a try, if you dare!