A new Counter-Strike: Global Offensive operation seems to be on the horizon according to the game’s SteamDB page.
It has been 220 days since the conclusion of Operation Shattered Web and players have been looking forward to new content ever since.
CS:GO Skin Maker & Level Designer Julien ‘Hollandje’ Heesterman noticed a new entry in the database that appears to be almost identical to one released right before the announcement of CS:GO’s last operation.
Picture 1: 18 hours ago on CSGO's steamdb page, 1 day before Operation 10?
Picture 2: Last year, 1 day before Operation Shattered Web was released (19 November)
Picture 3: End of Operation Shattered Web (13 March 2020)
Considering it has been a long while since the release of the last big update, we are hopeful that Valve will feel the holiday spirit and introduce something larger in scale than Christmas-themed chickens roaming around maps.
Using previous operations as reference we could receive anything from new game modes to changes in the competitive map pool.
Shattered Web interestingly added Jungle, a new map to CSGO’s own battle royale mode: Danger Zone. It is possible that in a new operation Valve could introduce one of the two high-profile winter-themed maps present in the Steam Workshop: Artic and Frostbite.
In the last operation Valve introduced a battle-pass format ( $14.99/€13.25) that provided players with a series of quests and rewards such as weapon skins and for the first time, agent skins. CSGO has a tradition of important updates being released before the holidays and, hopefully, we will be able to get our hands on a new operation just before December.
There is more CSGO on the horizon, with Intel Extreme Masters Beijing-Haidian 2020 starting on November 6, pitting together the best teams in North America and Europe for a spot in the IEM Global Challenge.
Two regional tournaments will take place and both promise to deliver some great Counter-Strike, Europe is looking to provide the majority of the top-quality gameplay while North America will provide a really interesting look at new teams and their up-and-coming talent.
The prize pools that teams will be looking to take home are $150,000 (EU) and $70.000 (NA) with the winners securing a spot for the IEM Global Challenge.
IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 stream
All games will be streamed on ESL’s Twitch account. There will be only one match playing at any time so it will be easy to keep up with.
IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 Europe preview
The European branch is hosting the continent’s elite teams with the Heroic, Vitality, and Astralis looking like the favorites but we cannot ignore the potential challenge from OG and a NiKo-powered G2 Esports; especially after the great form showed at last Premier: Fall Series, with both teams topping their respective groups.
BIG and the Complexity juggernaut will also be at the event, with both teams having proved their capacity to win tournaments in the online era.
The top teams from earlier in the year will also attend the event with Fnatic, NaVi, and Mousesports looking to regain form and consistency.
FaZe Clan will also be attending, with the international roster not yet announcing a replacement for Olof ‘olofmeister’ Kajbjer, it is likely that the former world number one will remain with the team.
NIP, Spirit, North, ENCE, and MAD Lions complete the European line-up.
The 16 teams have been divided into two, double-elimination groups with every match being a best-of-three set. The top four teams from each group will then advance into playoffs and the now traditional BO5 final.
IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 Europe Group A
IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 Europe Group B
IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 North America preview
The two teams to watch out for in NA are obviously Evil Geniuses and Team Liquid. With Furia and MiBr currently residing in Europe, it is up to the two NA giants to conquers this event.
Chaos Esports Club, Triumph, Team One, and New England Whalers have upset opponents in the past meaning we should be keeping an eye out for them to take a map or two off the big teams.