Big Changes in the Competitive CS: GO Scene (relating to the map pool)

Written by Dean ‘Dwan’ Steele

*Pro Players and Teams reacting to Ancient replacing Train amidst new CS:GO Update*

As the most recent operation ‘Broken Fang’ has come to an end, followed by release notes[05/03/2021], Counter Strike:Global Offensive has seen some major changes occur within the map pool. There is a divide between opinions on this latest update that sees the map Train removed from the Active Duty Group, as well as its replacement, Ancient being added to the Active Duty Group.

The main cause for concern that has brought on this divide between the community is that many players expected Mirage to have been the latest map to leave the Active Duty Group. Some players such as Jonathan ‘EliGE’ Jablonowski and Patrik “f0rest” Lindberg have expressed that they are excited to see what comes next as the introduction of a relatively unknown map could be seen as “super refreshing”. Some CS:GO organisations such as Ninjas in Pyjamas and Cloud9 have also welcomed the change.

‘EliGE’ states “CS:GO actually making a change to make me more excited these days with something new”. However, this was before he had played the new map in the rotation, and did have some complaints afterwards.

Chad ‘SPUNJ’ Burchill has also been accepting of the latest update and he feels that the community should give Ancient a chance before slating it.

Some professional players were not so interested in Ancient as the update was announced, such as Natus Vincere teammates Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev and Denis ‘electronic’ Sharipov who had shared a bug found soon after its release. This can be cause for concern, however, all maps in CS:GO have bugs here and there, and we do expect these bugs to be ironed out in the near future.

Among the changes in the Active Duty Group, a new ‘Snakebite case’ has been released, chicken models have been updated, and a new subscription is payable in CS:GO to help keep track of stats in Official Competitive and Wingman, among other bug fixes and stability improvements.

All in all, I believe that the new change should be accepted and that we as players should embrace this new map, giving it a chance to become a viable consistent map pick. However, we will have to look further down the line to find out whether Ancient was a worthy addition or a runt of the litter compared to the rest of the Active Duty Group.

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