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CS:GO update finally nerfs AUG, adds bizarre sticker kit for Counter-Strike’s 20th birthday

Published: 19/Jun/2019 8:47 Updated: 19/Jun/2019 9:12

by Joe O'Brien

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Valve celebrated the 20th anniversary of Counter-Strike with a CS:GO update that includes a much-requested nerf to the AUG, a “retro” version of Dust II, and a new ‘Chicken Capsule’.

As Counter-Strike hits 20 years old, Valve have taken the moment to address one of the biggest criticisms in the current game – the power of the AUG – with nerfs to its rate of fire and unscoped accuracy.

For many pro players, who have spoken out about the power of the AUG, the nerf will come as a welcome change, and a fitting way to celebrate a Counter-Strike milestone by reducing the prominence of scoped rifles that feel less like classic CS.

For FaZe Clan’s Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač, however, the change might have evoked some slightly mixed emotions. NiKo was one of the last top pros holding out against the AUG, but finally acquiesced and used the weapon to great effect in FaZe’s opening match at the ongoing ESL Pro League Finals, only for the nerf to then arrive on that very day.

Even Valve themselves poked fun at NiKo for the timing, tagging him personally in their tweet announcing the change.

In addition to the AUG nerf, players can also celebrate the anniversary by playing on a retro version of Counter-Strike’s most iconic map, Dust II, that veterans of 1.6 will be sure to recognize. Retro Dust II is available in the Casual Dust II playlist.

ValveExperience classic Counter-Strike with a retro version of Dust II.

Aside from the balance change and classic Dust II, the only other new content Valve released to mark the occasion was a new ‘Chicken Capsule’, which features a variety of chicken-themed sprays and is now available for purchase in-game.

ValveThe Chicken Capsule will offer chicken-themed sprays.

CS:GO June 18 update release notes:

[20TH ANNIVERSARY]
– Celebrate 20 years of Counter-Strike with a retro version of Dust II, currently available in the Casual Dust II map group.
– The Chicken Capsule is now available for purchase in-game.

[GAMEPLAY]
– Adjustments to the AUG to bring its utility more in line with other rifles.
— Slightly reduced rate of fire.
— Reduced accuracy while unscoped.

[DANGER ZONE]
– Fixed an exploit involving duplication of items dropped by disarming another player.
– Players in warmup spawn closer to their teammate.
– Players in warmup now spawn with a random pistol.

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How CSGO caster Anders dealt with mental health issues I The Richard Lewis interview

Published: 27/Oct/2020 1:25

by Alan Bernal

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Renowned Counter-Strike caster, Anders Blume, sat down with Richard Lewis to talk about his bout with mental health issues and how he was able to cope with it all throughout the years.

Blume has been the gold-standard for on-air talent in esports. Whether it’s the amount of events he attends or the game’s he casts, his career has been a great example for others who want to follow.

Unfortunately, life doesn’t come without its hardships. Whether it was personal matters at home or a packed schedule of responsibilities, Blume was hit with a flurry of stresses that seemed to pile on at times.

This is something that Blume and Lewis recognized affects everyone, but something many don’t talk about – or even admit to themselves.

On the job, there are some times when people can invest too much of themselves into the craft, which can start to have adverse effects on their health. Outside of the job, influences from social media or the internet just adds to the mess if you let it consume you.

While there aren’t glamorous or catchy solutions to these issues, Blume found respite in everything from diet, exercise, and even meditation to start dealing with the issue head-on.

Self-control in practicing good habits and having the mental strength to cast aside negativity doesn’t come easy for all people, but it could be something everyone can work on.

Through years of practice, Blume eventually found a routine that works for him even when life gets thick, and is hoping more people can find a way to do the same for themselves.