Today's update includes an adjustment to the Active Duty map pool as well as some weapon adjustments.
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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 and Dust2 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 on Twitter (@Schaffurr)!
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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!
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The 2022 IEM Rio Major is almost here and you can start supporting your favorite teams now! The IEM Rio Major Viewer Pass, Souvenir Tokens, Team, and Player Autograph sticker capsules are now available for purchase.
50% of the proceeds go to the teams and organizations taking part in the 2022 Rio Major.
With a Viewer Pass, you will receive a Rio 2022 Event Coin, Pick’em challenges to complete, all-you-can-spray team graffiti, Steam.tv flair, and exclusive access to Rio 2022 Souvenir Packages.
Upgradeable Event Coin
Activate the Viewer Pass and you will receive a Rio 2022 Event Coin that you can upgrade by playing the Rio Pick'Em Challenge. Complete enough challenges and upgrade your coin from Bronze to Diamond!
Team and Player Autograph stickers
Team and Player Autograph sticker capsules are now available. Both sticker types feature paper, glitter, holo, and gold sticker finishes.
The first matches of the Rio Major begin on October 31st, so get your items and picks in now!
It's CS:GO's 10th birthday, and we're celebrating with stickers, maps, and cupcakes!
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10 Year Birthday Sticker CapsuleThe community pulled together for the 10th anniversary sticker competition, and the results speak for themselves--the 10 Year Birthday Sticker Capsule contains over 60 community submitted designs, including an all new animated 'Lenticular' quality. Congratulations to the winners!
MapsYou've been patient, and it's finally here. Tuscan is available in all game modes, so jump in to this classic map and put it through its paces!
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And that's not all: we've brought back Anubis and Breach to competitive matchmaking, and added Primetime and Blagai to Wingman!
Cake!It wouldn't be a birthday without some cake... specifically, a cupcake topped with a birthday coin! For the next week (until Monday, August 22nd), CS:GO players with Prime status can grab their birthday coin by earning enough XP for their first in-game drop of the week.
Ten years. It's a big number, yet CS:GO is stronger than ever. Over the past 12 months alone, we've seen more players than ever before (averaging over 20 million monthly unique players), record viewership for Majors (2.7m concurrent viewers), and massive community support with over $70 million raised for professional organizations, teams, and players. The future could not look brighter.
Happy Birthday, CS:GO.
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Today we are excited to ship the Recoil Case, featuring 17 weapon finishes from community artists and including the Broken Fang Case Gloves as rare special items!
The Recoil Case is dropping in-game now!
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This weekend, thousands of screaming fans in Antwerp and millions of viewers around the world witnessed the crowning of a new Major Champion. Congratulations to FaZe Clan who proved to be an unstoppable force, taking the Grand Final 2-0.
Today we’re releasing the champions autograph capsule, featuring autograph stickers in paper, glitter, holo, and gold. Celebrate rain, karrigan, broky, ropz, and Twistzz by supporting them in style–50% of the proceeds are shared with the players and organizations taking part in the Major.
And so the Antwerp Major comes to a close. Onward, to [location redacted]!
The Challengers Stage of the PGL Antwerp Major has concluded and 8 teams have advanced to the Legends Stage.
G2 Esports and Team Vitality went undefeated and faced the minimum number of opponents needed to advance. ENCE, Outsiders, and Team Spirit finished 3-1, and Bad News Eagles, Imperial Esports, and Team Liquid needed wins on the final day to book their ticket to the Legends Stage.
The Legends Stage begins Saturday, May 14th at 12:00 CEST. Watch the action live on Twitch[http://www.twitch.tv] or https://steam.tv/csgo as the final 16 teams compete for 8 spots in the Playoffs.
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To celebrate CS:GO's upcoming 10th birthday we are accepting entries for another CS-themed sticker capsule.
This time, the theme is “CS:GO” (and CS:GO only). Over the last ten years CS:GO game has evolved from a beta to the most popular game on Steam, and we are excited to look through submissions to find great stickers that celebrate all things CS:GO! The sticker designs may be created in any style and all designs must be original with the exception of Counter-Strike logos or icons.
To help sort these themed submissions, please tag them with "CSGO10" in the title on the workshop (e.g. "CSGO10 | Sticker Name"). Previous workshop submissions are eligible for the capsule, just make sure to tag them so we can find them more easily.
All submissions for this event must be completed and submitted to the workshop by July 21st, 2022, and the capsule will release on or around CS:GO's 10th birthday (August 21, 2022). All items submitted for this event will still be eligible for future sticker capsules.
Good luck and have fun; we are excited to see what the community comes up with!
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Today we shipping the Dreams & Nightmares Case, featuring 17 weapon finishes selected from the CS:GO Steam Workshop as part of the Dreams & Nightmares contest and the Gamma Knives from the Operation Riptide case as rare special items!
The CS:GO team reviewed over 15,000 entries from artists around the world and selected 17 weapon finishes to ship in the case. Each winning entry received $100,000 USD, for a grand total prize pool of $1.7 million.
The winning submissions were produced by 24 different artists, of which 14 were first-time contributors to the workshop. We want to thank everyone who submitted entries and took part in the contest.
The case is now available as an in-game drop and from the Steam Community Market!
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Back in July we announced the Dreams & Nightmares Workshop Contest, a $1 mil art event offering the ten winning entries $100,000 each for their dream or nightmare themed weapon finish for CS:GO.
By the time the deadline for submissions hit in October, we had received over 15,000 entries.
The CS:GO team reviewed the amazing work from artists and teams from all parts of the globe, and decided that ten winners wouldn’t be enough. So, an additional seven winners were selected (17 winners total) for a grand total prize pool of $1.7 million.
Sebasteter & Kuch
Sparkwire & Druida
Madara & Blazer
Anbu & kasim.tattoo
hook & KvaHu
Jerry & zlo
Catmagen & b3d
The winning submissions were produced by 24 different artists, of which 14 were first-time contributors to the workshop. We’re currently contacting the winners, and will work with them over the coming weeks as we prepare their items to get shipped in the game.
We want to thank everyone who took the time to contribute their work. We hope to see more from you in the future.
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Today we are releasing the Battlefield 2042 Sticker Capsule, featuring 12 unique stickers from EA's incoming shooter, Battlefield 2042, releasing November 19th on Steam!
So get your Wingsuit and be Ready for Battle; the stickers are now available in-game!
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After nearly two years, CS:GO has finally crowned a new Major Champion. In front of a roaring Stockholm arena and with record breaking viewership, NAVI took the grand final from G2 in dramatic double-overtime fashion and closed out the series 2-0.
Today we're releasing player autograph capsules to celebrate the champions and other finalists from the PGL Stockholm 2021 Major. You'll find s1mple, electronic, Boombl4, b1t, and Perfecto in the Champions Autographs capsule, with autographs in paper, holo, and gold.
All of the other finalists can be found in the Finalists Autographs capsule, also with autographs in paper, holo, and gold.
Ready to show your support for these legends of CS:GO? 50% of the proceeds are shared with the players and organizations taking part in the Major.
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Hot off their live performance at the Major, you can grab the Verkkar's Flashbang Dance Music Kit (featuring Counter-Strike icon Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert). Grab a music kit and give their ears a ring!
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24 of the world’s best teams have been reduced down to the final eight as we enter the Champions Stage of the 2021 Stockholm Major.
G2 and NaVi went undefeated in the Legends Stage, comfortably earning their playoff spot, while FURIA and Heroic began with a loss but responded with three straight wins. Team Vitality also won three straight wins but only after a rocky 0-2 start. Virtus.pro battled their way to a 3-2 finish and Ninjas in Pyjamas needed overtime in their nail-biting decider match to earn their place as a finalist in front of the Avicii Arena home crowd.
Watch live coverage beginning 4 November on Steam.tv, in GOTV, or on one of several other streaming partners to see which team will become the next CS:GO Major Champions.
Don’t forget to make your playoff picks in the Pick’Em Challenge before the matches begin, and if you haven’t picked up a Viewer Pass yet, it's not too late! You can find the Viewer Pass, along with Team Sticker Capsules and Team Patch Packs on the 2021 Stockholm Major Steam page.
Good luck to the remaining teams!
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The Legends Stage of the PGL Stockholm Major has concluded and the Champions Stage teams have been decided!
Of the 8 teams advancing to the Champions Stage 2 are Challengers—Heroic and Virtus.pro:
Ninjas in Pyjamas
The Champions Stage begins Thursday, November 4th and Pick'Ems are due prior to the first match starting. Team items are available here with 50% of the proceeds going to teams and organizations taking part in the Major.
For the first time in two years a CS:GO Major will be played in front of a live audience. Avicii Arena in Stockholm, Sweden will host the 8 finalists all competing to become Major Champions.
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The Challengers Stage of the PGL Stockholm Major has concluded and 8 teams have advanced to the Legends Stage.
The Legends Stage begins tomorrow, October 30th. Be sure to lock your picks before the first match begins for credit in the Pick'Em Challenge.
Team items are available here with 50% of the proceeds going to teams and organizations taking part in the Major.
Good luck to all the teams in the Legends Stage!
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After two long years, the Major has finally returned. Join us for the next two weeks as 24 teams battle for their share of a $2,000,000 prize pool and the chance to be crowned CS:GO’s next Major Champion!
There’s still time to support your favorite teams at the Major by picking up a Viewer Pass or some team stickers and patches. And don’t forget to make your picks in the Pick’Em challenge before the first matches begin!
It’s been a while, so here’s a quick recap on how the Majors work:
First, teams are sorted through Regional Major Ranking events, and the number of teams invited from each region depends on how well that region performed in the last Major. The top 8 ranked teams are invited as Legends, the next 8 as Challengers, and the last 8 as Contenders.
Then, the Major begins with the ‘Challengers’ stage where Challengers and Contenders compete in a Swiss format (three wins and you move on, three losses and you’re eliminated).
Next is the ‘Legends’ stage, where Legends face off against the top 8 from the prior stage, again in a Swiss format.
Finally, the top 8 teams reach the Playoffs, a single-elimination bracket where the winner takes all!
Click here for more information on the PGL Stockholm 2021 Major.
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The 2021 Stockholm Major is almost here and you can start supporting your favorite teams now!
The 2021 Viewer Pass, Team Sticker Capsules, and Team Patch Packs are now available for purchase. 50% of the proceeds go to the teams and organizations taking part in the 2021 Stockholm Major.
With a Viewer Pass, you’ll get a Stockholm 2021 Event Coin, Pick’em challenges to complete, all-you-can-spray team graffiti, Steam.tv flair, and exclusive access to Stockholm 2021 Souvenir Packages.
Every time you upgrade your coin, you can redeem a Souvenir Package of the match of your choice. Souvenirs will feature gold stickers of the teams and map of the match, so watch the Major and make your choice!
Want more? Purchase the ‘Viewer Pass +3’ to start off with three Souvenir Tokens, or purchase as many Souvenir Tokens as you’d like once you’ve activated your Pass.
Team Stickers and Patches
Team Sticker Capsules and–for the first time ever–Team Patch Packs are now available for purchase. Team Sticker Capsules feature paper, holo, foil, and gold stickers, while team Patch Packs feature regular and gold patches.
Finalist and Champion Capsules
Introducing the Finalists Autograph Sticker Capsule and the Champions Autograph Sticker Capsule, containing the autographs of the champions and other finalists! These capsules will be available for purchase after the Major, so make sure to root for your favorite teams and give them the fan support they need to make it to the playoffs!
Finally, Release Notes for today are below:
[STOCKHOLM 2021 CS:GO MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP]
– The “Stockholm 2021 Viewer Pass” and the “Stockholm 2021 Viewer Pass + 3 Souvenir Tokens” are now available for purchase. 50% of the proceeds go to the teams and organizations taking part in the PGL Stockholm 2021 CS:GO Major Championship.
– With a Viewer Pass, you’ll get:
— An upgradable Stockholm 2021 Event Coin.
— Access to the Stockholm Pick’Em Challenge.
— Unlimited team graffiti for the duration of the event.
— Steam.tv team flair.
— Access to Stockholm 2021 Souvenir Packages.
– Team stickers and patches are available for purchase.
– Enabled grenade donation purchases from the buy wheel.
– Fixed a bug where spectators sometimes wouldn’t correctly see donated weapons.
– Fixed a bug where disconnected and reconnected players could exceed grenade purchase limits.
[AI – BEHAVIOR TREES]
– Added the following nodes: decorator_game_event, action_drop_active_weapon, action_inspect_current_weapon, action_standup, action_custom_buy.
– Added variables: BombIsBeingDefused, AccountBalance, IsBlind, BlindnessPercentage.
– Fixed a bug where node “condition_owns_item” wouldn’t work with “item_defuser” / “item_cutters”.
– Fixed a bug where bots would incorrectly include themselves when sensing other players.
– Added support for “team_filter” when sensing grenades.
– Node “action_wait” now supports “@convar” references.
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So eat ya veggies and pick up the new bbno$ Music Kit in standard or StatTrak versions, available now!
Release Notes from today are below:
- Added the bbno$ - u mad! Music Kit, available in regular and StatTrak™ variants.
- Danger Zone
— Respawning players are no longer able to select respawn locations that should have been prohibited by the spawnmask map.
— Smoothed camera motion when using ExoJump.
- Added new VO for Trapper and Trapper Agressor Agents.
- Adjusted ragdoll physics.
- Dust 2
— Re-tired visblocker from T spawn to mid
— Blocked unintended wallbang
- Insertion 2
— New glass texture for windows in office, to make it easier to see from inside if the glass is broken or not.
— other minor tweaks
— Fixed bomb stuck spot near spawn
— Clipping fixes
— Updated radar
— Added a reception desk to B Connector
— Added an additional window to Red Barn
— Removed railing on A for easier movement
— Visual upgrades to bombsite B
— Visual upgrades to Red Barn
— Added literature
— Added a fuzzy carpet
— Small visual upgrades across the whole map
— Disabled physics on window at creek house
— Removed possibility to set metal frame of the quarry building in motion
— Set proper scale on metal containers
— Improved cliff models collision
— Clipped cave ceiling and wooden roofs in order to prevent players from getting stuck while using exojump
— Fixed collision on aspen tree models to prevent players from getting stuck
— Fixed global sound on bunker doors
— Fixed all reported stuck spots while jumping
— Increased fade distance for corn field
— Clipped beach part of the map to prevent players from escaping the map with bump mines
— Extended watertower ladder
— Fixed reported floating barrels/turrets
— Made waterfall floor more shallow so that the items can be picked up
— Closed of some of the rooms in haunted mansion
— Renovated haunted mansion
— Removed killzone on the left side of the bridge
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New challenges await, with new maps, new game mode options, and the all-new Private Queues! The Operation mission system has gotten an overhaul--complete your weekly missions and choose from a variety of rewards including new agents, weapon collections, stickers, and patches.
Visit the Operation Riptide website to learn all about the Operation, and check out two new short videos below:
CS:GO - Operation Riptide, "Tomb Stone"
CS:GO - Operation Riptide, "Fowl Play"
Release Notes for the Operation Riptide update can be found below:
Introducing Operation Riptide, featuring new maps, new missions, and new ways to play your favorite game modes! Activate an Operation Riptide Pass and complete your missions to earn rewards including all new agents, weapon collections, stickers, and patches.
Private Matchmaking Queues
- Generate a Queue Code and share it with your friends to create a private Premier match on Valve servers
- Or, select one of your Steam Groups and play a match exclusively with other members of that group
- Added the option to select a preference for match duration in competitive Matchmaking: Short (MR 16), Long (MR 30), or No Preference.
- Added the option to select Classic Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch (first team to 100 kills wins), and Free-for-all Deathmatch (all players are enemies).
- Reduced max rounds to 10 and eliminated half-time team swap.
- Reduced round time
- Adjusted weapon progression
- Adjusted weapon progression
- Players now receive a health-shot after three kills
- Grenades can now be dropped just like weapons.
- Vision after death reduced from 3.0s to 2.0s (vision by headshot reduced from 1.0s to 0.5s).
-- Reduced body damage
-- Increased body damage
- Dual Elites
-- Reduced price to $300
- Ballistic Shield
-- Added the Ballistic Shield heavy weapon to the buy menu, currently purchasable by CTs in Casual Hostage map groups.
- County has been added to official matchmaking in Danger Zone game mode.
- Basalt and Insertion II have been added to official matchmaking in Competitive, Casual, and Deathmatch game modes.
- Ravine and Extraction have been added to official matchmaking in Wingman game mode.
- The following maps are no longer available in official matchmaking: Grind, Mocha, Pitstop, Calavera, Frostbite.
- Slight visibility tweak from T spawn through mid
- Improved visibility into B back site from upper tunnels
- Made gate at top of banana solid
- Revised 1v1 layout
- Minor bug fixes
- Increased size of plantable area in both bombsites
- Fixed bullet penetration on plywood surfaces
- Further optimizations
- Added 1v1 arenas