Enemy Spotted

Since CS:GO’s release in 2012, some of the most common feedback we’ve received has been about the challenge of spotting characters in the world. Because every map in the game features significant variety of lighting and detail, even characters designed to read well in a map might get lost when viewed from a particular angle in a particular location.

We’ll continue to address feedback about specific problem spots by making adjustments to maps, but today we’re also shipping several new improvements to the way characters are rendered.

Boosting Player Contrast

To improve character read across all maps and locations, we’ve added a new graphics setting called ‘Boost Player Contrast’ which is enabled by default. It’s a special post process filter that applies to stationary characters, creating local contrast so that characters stand out from the background.

This is now enabled by default and you can find the new setting in Video->Advanced Video->‘Boost Player Contrast’.

Here’s what it does:
— Increases the character’s contrast against the background at far distances.
— Strengthens edge pixels for characters at far distances.
— Creates a small blur around a character to reduce background noise.
— Creates a small contrasting halo around a character when there is no color difference between the character and the environment.

In addition to the changes above, we modified the textures of some character models (and custom-authored the coarse mipmap levels in some cases), and adjusted fog.

In CS:GO, fog is applied separately to characters and the rest of the world. To help characters stand out from the background at longer distances, we’ve decreased the fogging on characters across all maps (and slightly increased the world fog in Dust 2).

Map changes

In addition to the ‘Boost Player Contrast’ setting, we’re continuing to improve visibility by changing specific areas of maps.

A Closer Read

Jump into a server and see how the characters look!

Today’s update should improve character read in most cases, but we know that there’s more to be done. If you identify specific situations where you think the new tools aren’t helping you, please contact us at CSGOTeamFeedback@valvesoftware.com using the subject line “Agent Read”. Include an explanation of what happened and a link to a screenshot.

Hammer Time


Today we’re releasing the Warhammer 40,000 Sticker Capsule, featuring 17 unique stickers from the 40K universe. From the paper Full Buy sticker to the foil Chaos Space Marine, collect and apply them to your weapons today; the Capsule is now available in-game!

A Change of Scenery


The next time you launch CS:GO you’ll find a new Video Setting which allows you to change your main menu background. Whether you prefer a light or dark feel, Anubis or Phoenix Facility, there’s something for everyone.

Small Details


Lastly, we’ve recently added kill feed icons for blind kills, kills through smoke, flash kills, and no scope sniper kills. Today we’re adding a new kill feed icon when players die from C4 explosions. Look for these the next time a CT forgets their Defuse Kit!

CS:GO Regional Major Rankings

CS:GO Regional Major Rankings

To ensure that the upcoming Major features the top teams in the world, we will require that current Legends and Challengers demonstrate that they are still in top form.

All teams participating in the next Major will earn their invites through regional rankings, which will be updated based on their performance in upcoming Regional Major Ranking competitions.

Teams competing in an RMR series will receive Major Ranking points based on their placement. The 2020 RMR competitions in all regions will have the following point distribution:

2020 Event Point Distribution
Place Berlin 2019 RMR 1 (May) RMR 2 (Summer) RMR 3 (Fall)
1 800 1600 2000 2500
2 600 1500 1875 2344
3 600 1400 1750 2188
4 600 1300 1625 2031
5 600 1200 1500 1875
6 600 1100 1375 1719
7 600 1000 1250 1563
8 600 900 1125 1406
9 300 800 1000 1250
10 300 700 875 1094
11 300 600 750 938
12 300 500 625 781
13 300 400 500 625
14 300 300 375 469
15 300 200 250 313
16 300 100 125 156

Major Invitations

24 teams will be invited to the Major from six different regions based on their Regional Major Ranking.

In total, there are 8 Legend, 8 Challenger, and 8 Contender invitations available.

Each region will be allocated invites to the Major based on that region’s performance in the preceding Major. Based on the results of the 2019 Berlin Major, the invitations for each region are as follows:

November 2020 Rio Invitation Distribution

November Rio Invitation Distribution
EUR CIS NA SA AS OC
Legends 3 2 3* 0 0 0
Challengers
(formerly Returning Challengers)
6 1 1 0 0 0
Contenders
(formerly New Challengers)
2 2 1 1 1 1
Total Invitations 11 5 5 1 1 1

*Teams currently unable to travel to their native region are invited to defend their invitations in the region where they are currently situated.

FAQ

Q. Will there be Minors for the November Rio Major?

A. There will be no Minors ahead of the November Rio Major. Regional Major Rankings will be used to determine all 24 teams participating in the November Rio Major. There will not be a separate path for teams to qualify.

Q. What happens to teams who were invited to the May Minors?

A. For the first Regional Major Ranking series in May, teams qualified for the May Minors (and/or qualifiers for those Minors) will be invited to participate in their respective region’s competition. For later RMR competitions, participants will be invited based on their regional ranking, with additional slots available to teams determined by qualifiers.

Q. What happens to the Minor prize pool?

A. Valve will sponsor the May and Fall Regional Major Ranking series. Each of those events will feature a prize pool of $255,000, divided across each region based on the number of Legends and Challengers invitations available for that region. The minimum prize pool in a region will be $10,000.

Q. What determines what region a team competes in?

A. Given the circumstances, teams’ regions are determined by their current location.

Q. What happens if a team changes region?

A. Regional Major Rankings only represents a team’s performance relative to other teams in the region. Therefore, any region change by a team will result in a reset of the team’s Major Ranking points.

Q. Can a team change their roster before the event? [UPDATED]

A. Prior to each RMR event, teams can change up to two members of their roster at a cost of 20% of the team’s points, per player. Replacing three or more players between events will result in a points reset.

E.g., if a team registers for the summer RMR competition with 3/5 of their May roster, their RMR points will be reduced by 40%.

Q. Can a team change their roster during an event? [NEW]

A. Yes, at any time a team can make a one-time substitution of their registered coach for a player at a cost of 20% penalty to points earned at the event.

In the case of online portions of a competition the substitution is reversible, however each time a coach is swapped in or out the team suffers a compounding 20% penalty to points earned at the event.

E.g., a team that fields a coach will receive 80% of the points earned at the event. If the original player returns to the lineup during the event, they will receive 80% of the remaining points (64%) for that event.

Q. If a team changes their roster during an event, what is the roster that earns them points? [NEW]

A. Substitutions during an event do not affect the roster.

E.g., a team wants to make their substitute a permanent member of their roster. They would lose 20% of their earned points at the current event, and an additional 20% of their total points when they register for the next event with an updated roster.

Q. When does a team get invited to an RMR event (or Major)? [NEW]

A. After a team registers their roster of five players and one optional coach, their points are evaluated. After all teams register, invitations are sent to the top teams by RMR.

Q. What happens if an invited team declines an invitation? [NEW]

A. If a team declines an invitation to an RMR event or the Major, the next-highest ranked team by RMR receives their invitation.

Q. Who earns points at an RMR event? [NEW]

A. In May, since all teams arrived through the normal Major qualification process, all teams will earn RMR. For other RMR events, only the top N teams will earn points, where N is the number of teams invited by RMR.

E.g., an event that invites top 4 teams by RMR and 12 teams by other means will only generate RMR points for top 4 places. An event that invites all 16 teams by RMR will generate RMR points for all 16 places.

Q. How many points do teams earn if they tie for a position? [NEW]

A. If teams tie for a position, they receive the average points available for those positions.

E.g., if a summer event does not tie-break 3rd and 4th places, both teams get 1687.5 RMR points.

Change Your Tune

Today’s update includes an experimental warmup mode, a way to view (and copy) players’ crosshairs while spectating, a new set of Music Kits, and more!

The Masterminds Music Kits

Introducing the The Masterminds Music Kit Box, featuring music kits from seven composers. Standard and StatTrak music kit boxes are now available for purchase.

Warming Up


Get a few reps in before the match begins with an experimental 1v1 warmup mode! The experimental warmup is currently limited to Wingman matches on Train and Vertigo, and may be added to other maps and Competitive Matchmaking in the future.

Share Your View

Wondering how your teammates see the world? As a spectator you can now view other players’ crosshairs.

By default you will see crosshairs of your friends and party members, but you can change your settings to view everyone (or just your own). See one you like? Click a player on the scoreboard to copy their crosshair.

There’s more in today’s update, view the release notes for details!

The Road to the November Rio Major

Update 4/17/2020: Regional Major Ranking has been updated, visit this page for up to date information: Regional Major Ranking.

Update 4/8/2020: The invites have been updated to reflect C0ntact’s return to the EU.

The Rio Major will take place in November and, as the only Major of 2020, the prize pool will be $2,000,000.

It will have been more than a year since the last Major. To ensure that the Rio Major features the top teams in the world, we will require that current Legends and Challengers demonstrate that they are still in top form. Due to the difficulty in travel for the foreseeable future, we’re going to do that regionally.

Regional Major Rankings

All teams participating in the November Rio Major will earn their invites through regional rankings, which will be updated based on their performance in upcoming Regional Major Ranking competitions.

Teams competing in an RMR series will receive Major Ranking points based on their placement. We will have more details on the point distribution once we have a final list of the Major Ranking competitions between now and the Rio Major.

The first RMR series will be in May, and we intend to have one more RMR series in the Fall. Additionally, if tournament organizers are interested in modifying their previously planned 2020 events to be RMR competitions, they should reach out to us.

For us to consider an event for Major ranking, it must invite the top RMR teams in the region and hold qualifiers for the remainder. The event can be of any format, any prize pool, any duration, and either online, LAN, or a combination of the two.

November Rio Invitations

24 teams will be invited to the November Rio Major from six different regions based on their Regional Major Ranking.

In total, there are 8 Legend, 8 Challenger, and 8 Contender invitations available.

Each region will be allocated invites to the Major based on that region’s performance in the preceding Major. Based on the results of the 2019 Berlin Major, the invitations for each region are as follows:

November Rio Invitation Distribution
EUR CIS NA SA AS OC
Legends 3 2 3* 0 0 0
Challengers
(formerly Returning Challengers)
6 1 1 0 0 0
Contenders
(formerly New Challengers)
2 2 1 1 1 1
Total Invitations 11 5 5 1 1 1

*Teams currently unable to travel to their native region are invited to defend their invitations in the region where they are currently situated.

The 2020 May RMR Series

The first series of these RMR competitions will be in May and will be hosted by ESL. All teams that would have been invited to the May Rio Major or the May Rio Minors will be invited to compete for position in their region. Current Legends and Challengers will start with some Regional Major Ranking points.

FAQ

Q. How are the Regional Major Rankings calculated?

  • The Regional Major Rankings will be points-based, and the value of events closer to the Major will be greater than earlier events. However, we won’t have a detailed breakdown before we’ve finalized the RMR events for the year.
  • Q. Will there be Minors for the November Rio Major?

  • There will be no Minors ahead of the November Rio Major. Regional Major Rankings will be used to determine all 24 teams participating in the November Rio Major. There will not be a separate path for teams to qualify.
  • Q. What happens to teams who were invited to the May Minors?

  • For the first Regional Major Ranking series in May, teams qualified for the May Minors (and/or qualifiers for those Minors) will be invited to participate in their respective region’s competition. For later RMR competitions, participants will be invited based on their regional ranking, with additional slots available to teams determined by qualifiers.
  • Q. What happens to the Minor prize pool?

  • Valve will sponsor the May and Fall Regional Major Ranking series. Each of those events will feature a prize pool of $255,000, divided across each region based on the number of Legends and Challengers invitations available for that region. The minimum prize pool in a region will be $10,000.
  • Q. What determines what region a team competes in?

  • Given the circumstances, teams’ regions are determined by their current location.
  • Q. What happens if a team changes region?

  • Regional Major Rankings only represents a team’s performance relative to other teams in the region. Therefore, any region change by a team will result in a reset of the team’s Major Ranking points.
  • Q. Can a team change their roster?

  • Teams can change up to two members of their roster in the lead up to an event at a cost of 20% of the team’s points, per player. They can adjust their roster prior to the roster lock for each Regional Major Ranking competition.