Big CS: GO update adds shorter matches, riot shield, and fixes Dust 2’s biggest issue


Everyone salutes the developers of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for, yes, they listened to our calls. Lo, it was written that CTs moving to Site B on Dust 2 always have to go through the double doors, which the T’s shoot through while begging RNGesus, and often times you will take a hit and sometimes even a headshot, and that sucks the fat one. But from the mountaintop in Seattle come the holy new words: “Blocked visibility of the middle of T spawn in Dust 2. Really!”

Truly! Yes Valve, I’ve always loved you: even when the bad guys said you weren’t listening, I kept the faith. Seriously, this is a massive change from Counter-Strike: GO’s most popular map, and long overdue. It never made sense to me that one of the best cards in the game had that touch of roulette at the start that can hamper TCs considerably, and now it doesn’t.

You can see a short video of how Dust 2’s new T-side spawn looked below.

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Maybe that’s what got me excited, but Operation Riptide, true to its recent form, offers more than what gamers probably expected (there’s no doubt that the emergence of serious competition was good for CS: GO).

There is an overhaul of the missions, challenges that are unlocked weekly and reward stars at the end: as with Operation Phoenix, these stars can then be spent on items of the player’s choice, including new avatars. and weapon skins. New skins include CT Frog Men from the SEALs and the French Gendarmerie. They also come with some great videos: Valve’s sense of humor is still going strong.

Operation Riptide adds a new way to play competitively: Short matches are 5v5 but now a best-of-sixteen (i.e. first to nine wins) match, which Valve says should last on average about 25 minutes (I generally expect a “normal” competitive match to last twice as long). Players can now also set up private matches in Premiere mode with a code, entering as a team, or letting the matchmaker take care of the issue.

Important gameplay changes include the ability to drop grenades for teammates, and a buff for the CT Go-to rifle the M4A1-S, which now does more body damage, and a nerf for the Deagle, which now does a little less personal injury (yes!). Double berettas are now also a little cheaper, but still rubbish.

There are also four new weapon collections, among which is perhaps the most hideous golden AK-47 I have ever seen, which will no doubt soon be traded for more than my annual salary.

Finally, there’s a Riot Shield, the return of a little-known piece of equipment from the old Counter-Strikes. Don’t worry, competitive players: this unbalanced item is currently only available on the Casual Hostage Mode maps.

Operation Riptide will run until February 20, 2022 and the Operation Pass costs $ 15 (although all players will receive balance changes). The release notes are here and here is Valve’s Operation Pass FAQ. Finally, if you enjoyed the lead role of the chicken in any of the launch videos, take a look at the surprisingly complicated history of the chickens in Counter-Strike.


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