By now, you probably are aware that the CSGO community has received the long-waited Counter-Strike 2 Beta Test – which allows players to dive into the game and give some feedback to Valve.
Throughout the last few months, the Beta Test has been updated for bug fixes, map testing, and much more, but this might have been the biggest change when it comes to the in-game experience. Ready to hear all about what’s new with CS2?
If you’re a CSGO player and you’ve played competitive matches, you should know that long matches are played in the form of a “Best of 30 Rounds” – meaning that there are 15 points up for grabs on the CT side and 15 also on the T side. In other words, the maximum amount of points available on each half is 15.
However, with the addition of MR12, the competitive games will now be played in a “Best of 24 Rounds, with 12 points available for each side – which explains the name MR12 (Max Round 12). According to Valve, this should bring a new rhythm to the game while also keeping matches more dynamic and fast, which should allow players to optimize their playtime – more games, and more fun.
Remember the raking on CSGO and how people picked off-meta maps like Office to boost their way to Global Elite? Well, that’s over now. To replace that, Valve has announced that players will have different rankings for each map, meaning that you can be a Global on Nuke and a Silver on Inferno at the same time.
Also, if you play your matches in Premier Mode, you’ll have access to the Ranking features. These will show you, based on points, how you fare against other players in the game. Aside from Global Rankings, you’ll be able to see how you stack against players in your region and even against your friends.
One of the best maps in the game, at least according to community opinions, is Inferno. Due to that, everyone was waiting to see what Valve would come up with to fit such an iconic map into CS2. Well, the wait is over…
Many changes were made to Inferno, including texture changes, wall additions, and more – too many for us to fit within this article. Besides that, you’ll definitely find some reviews and videos on the new map, so go check them out.
Also, you might be able to see it for yourself. If you have not received the CS2 Beta Test yet, you may have a surprise when you join the game. According to Valve, they have invited as many players as possible to these last few phases of the test, and you might be in that inviting pool.
Well, that’s all we have time for today. Of course, we were not able to fit everything here, but you can get the full rundown on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s blog post on Steam. Also, check out some other reviews and game analysis at Strafe.com, we’re currently going over the first matches on ESL Pro League Season 18, so don’t miss out on that!
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