There’s a lot to digest in today’s update, which includes some new maps, positional audio settings, and gameplay. Click here for more details!
Entering the Rotation
Two new maps have entered the game, Biome and Sub-Zero, and they’re currently available to play in the Casual Sigma map group. We’re measuring playtime on these (and other) maps in CS:GO, so vote with your bullets and let us know which maps should stick around!
There are other changes to the map pool. Austria has been a popular Casual map, and is now available for Competitive Matchmaking (and has been moved into the Casual Delta map group), while Canals has been moved out of Competitive Matchmaking. Additionally, today we’ll be saying goodbye to Shipped and Insertion.
Today we’re shipping a change to the start-of-half economy aimed at reducing the immediate impact of losing a pistol round. In Competitive Matchmaking, both teams are now considered to start the half with a one-round ‘losing streak’ that is reset following a round win. Instead of $1400, the Round 1 loser receives $1900, then $2400 for a subsequent loss, etc.
We’ve also made some gameplay changes to the CZ75a and the Tec9, as well as a price cut to the SG553 and AUG.
So take a deep breath, dive into a match, and see what’s new!
Today’s update introduces some fresh new faces to the FBI–the characters have been updated to improve overall visual fidelity while preserving legibility. You’ll find them deployed in Nuke, Office, and Agency.
There’s more! The MP5-SD is available in Competitive Matchmaking. And the new 2018 Inferno and 2018 Nuke collections are now available as rank-up drops.
Jump into a competitive match, or jump onto a teammate’s head in Casual, where boosting has been activated.
Go! Go! Go!
Congratulations to Astralis, winners of the FACEIT London 2018 CS:GO Major Championship!
Astralis have won their second Major Championship, beating NaVi 16:6 on Nuke and 16:9 on Overpass to take home $500,000 of the $1,000,000 prize pool. If you missed any of the action or want to watch the highlights, you can download all the games from the FACEIT London 2018 link in CS:GO’s Watch tab.
We would like to thank all of the teams, everyone at FACEIT, and the Counter-Strike community for making this tournament possible.
Congratulations to NaVi and Astralis who will face off in Sunday’s FACEIT Major Grand Final!
NaVi swept the morning semifinal, beating MIBR 16:10 on Overpass and 16:5 on Dust II. Astralis took the second semifinal 2-0, beating Team Liquid 16:8 on Nuke and 16:7 on Mirage.
On September 5th, 24 teams began their pursuit of a CS:GO Major Championship. The Challengers Stage reduced the field from 24 to 16 and the Legends Stage determined the eight teams that will advance to the Champions Stage at London’s Wembley Arena. Complexity and Liquid finished with 3-0 records; Astralis, Big and Na’ Vi moved on at 3-1; and Faze, Hellraisers, and mibr made the cut by going 3-2.
Now, the eight Legends prepare for the final stage of the FACEIT London Major. Watch live coverage beginning Thursday at 14:15 UTC+1 on Steam.tv, on the official Twitch stream, and in-game on GOTV to see which team will become the next CS:GO Major Champions.
Don’t forget to make your Playoff picks now in the Pick’Em Challenge before the matches begin at 14:15 UTC+1!
If you need it, here is a link to a time zone converter.