There’s a lot to learn in every version of Counter-Strike, and GO is no exception. To get players up to speed quickly, the Counter-Strike community has produced a broad set of resources aimed at both new and experienced players.
Learn from the pros in our weekly CS:GO Pro Tip series, featuring strategies from some of the best CS:GO players in the world. Or visit one of the several community resources below. Are you developing resources to help other Counter-Strike players? Let us know and get listed below!
Professional CS:GO teams have come together to produce a series of videos aimed at boosting the play of competitive Counter-Strike players. We’ll be releasing their videos frequently, so don’t forget to check back later and see what’s new.
A broad introduction to the ‘backup’ role in competitive play
Neutralizing common CT camping spots on de_nuke with pre-aiming and smoke
CT and T support roles on de_inferno
Inner strats on de_nuke
Positioning and Scoping with the AWP
sapphiRe discusses early rounds economy.
TM gives an overview of the bomb-carrier’s role, and details strategies for attacking and holding a bombsite.
Area 51’s Semphis explains proper firing technique with the AK-47, and identifies useful flash and smoke locations on de_inferno.
Starting today, CS:GO container keys purchased in-game can no longer leave the purchasing account. That is, they cannot be sold on the Steam Community Market or traded. Pre-existing CS:GO container keys are unaffected–those keys can still be sold on the Steam Community Market and traded.
Why make this change? In the past, most key trades we observed were between legitimate customers. However, worldwide fraud networks have recently shifted to using CS:GO keys to liquidate their gains. At this point, nearly all key purchases that end up being traded or sold on the marketplace are believed to be fraud-sourced. As a result we have decided that newly purchased keys will not be tradeable or marketable.
For the vast majority of CS:GO users who buy keys to open containers, nothing changes; keys can still be purchased to open containers in their inventory. They simply can no longer be traded or transacted on the Steam Community Market.
Unfortunately this change will impact some legitimate users, but combating fraud is something we continue to prioritize across Steam and our products.
If you have feedback or concerns about this change feel free to email us at CSGOTeamFeedback [at] valvesoftware.com with the subject “Key Restriction”.
Today’s update includes new ways to find teammates, follow your favorite CS:GO tournaments, and track your enemies in Danger Zone!
Looking to Play
Looking for a few teammates before you enter matchmaking? Click the ‘Looking to Play’ button, and you’ll be added to a list of players who are ready to team up. Need a fifth for your own lobby? Just check the list and invite anyone you think is up to the job!
Follow Your Favorites
It’s never been easier to follow your favorite CS:GO events. In the Watch menu, click on the Events panel and you’ll see a list of ongoing and upcoming CS:GO LAN tournaments. Add any events you like to your favorites, and you’ll be notified in the Main Menu whenever those events are live.
Not sure what to watch? All players will automatically be notified of the most-favorited event each month.
Track from a Distance
The latest drone technology has arrived in Danger Zone. Take control of a nearby drone with the Drone Pilot Upgrade and use it to spy on your enemies, scout for resources, or carry items across the map!
Introducing Danger Zone — a fast-paced battle royale game mode built on CS:GO’s tactical gameplay where players use their wits, skill, and resources to fight to the finish. Play solo, or work together as a squad of two or three!
CS:GO is now FREE TO PLAY
So there’s never been a better time to bring in your friends.
All players who played CS:GO before today’s update will receive a commemorative Loyalty Badge they can display on their profile. You were there from the beginning, so show it off! Additionally, all existing CS:GO players have had their accounts upgraded to Prime Status.
As before, Prime Status matches you with other Prime Status players. Additionally, your Prime Status will give you access to the new Souvenir MP5-SD | Lab Rats (available by earning XP while playing Danger Zone matches) and the all new Danger Zone Case.
Danger Zone Case
A new game mode, a new case, and CS:GO is free. What are you waiting for? GO! GO! GO!
Normal Mapped Finishes
We have added support for normal maps on Custom Paint Job, Patina, and Gunsmith finish styles. The CZ75-Auto | Victoria has been updated with this feature, see the before and after images below.
Normal maps always use the weapon’s original UVs, since the lighting calculation requires them to be authored to fit the weapon. As always, the weapon meshes and UV sheets are available here.
Where supported, the alpha channel of your color texture may still be used to affect the durability of the paint (see the weapon finishes guide). You can use this technique to create paint that wears off the peaks of your normal map faster than the valleys.
We look forward to seeing your creations. Happy skinning!