CSGO April 23 patch notes: Cache update, new Warmup maps, Vertigo fix

Published: 24/Apr/2020 2:16

by Andrew Amos


The Counter-Strike battlefield is changing ⁠— well, at least the maps are. Six maps have come under the microscope in CS:GO latest update, including an update to Cache, and two new Warmup maps for Overpass and Nuke in Wingman.

With weapon balance in a seemingly good spot after April 10’s update, Valve has been targeting maps in the recent patches for CS:GO.

April 16’s update shipped optimization changes for nine of the active maps, and April 23’s rendition is following on from that, with changes to another six battlegrounds.

Cache lighting fixes

A number of visibility and lighting fixes have been shipped for Cache, raising suspicions about the map’s possible return to the Active Duty Pool.

The map’s visual update back in October 2019 added a lot of greenery to the map, but made visibility with some of the new Agent skins close to zero. These changes have helped reduce the blending in some areas, especially in mid.

Both of the bombsites, and the main entrances to them, have undergone lighting updates too. This is on top of some fixes to certain textures and elements, and an overall optimization update to the map.

Cache CT Spawn in CS:GO
Cache will be noticeably less green after the update.

Nuke and Overpass added to Wingman Warmup

Nuke and Overpass join Train and Vertigo as the next two maps to receive 1v1 arenas in CS:GO. The Wingman Warmup zones have proven to be a hit with players, and Valve is looking to roll them out across Wingman, and possibly other modes too.

There was also a small clipping fix for Overpass pushed through in the update, so you won’t have to worry about getting stuck on the dumpster at A site.

Vertigo received a couple of small map fixes, including squashing visual bugs and removing some gaps in textures.

Vertigo B Site in CS:GO
Vertigo received some minor bug fixes after last patch’s major update.

Anubis and Chlorine were also touched up in the latest patch, although it’s nothing game-changing. Chlorine will now use different default CT models, while Anubis has had its radar updated after last patch’s changes.

You can find the full CS:GO April 23 patch notes below.

CS:GO April 23 patch notes



  • Changed default CT faction to FBI.


  • Latest version of radar.


  • Improved visibility map-wide.
  • Brightened hiding spot near sandbags.
  • Brightened A Main.
  • Brightened B Main.
  • Brightened target placed in corner under B Heaven.
  • Reduced visual noise.
  • Reduced foliage clutter.
  • Speculative fix to ragdolls floating on the A Bombsite.
  • Optimizations.
  • Adjusted HDR settings.


  • Added 1v1 mode to warmup when playing Wingman.
  • Fixed clipping on dumpster at A site.


  • Added 1v1 mode to warmup when playing Wingman.
  • Radar now uses new graphical style.


  • Fixed gap under box on B site.
  • Added ramp-clipping to side of box.
  • Fixed some minor graphical bugs.

How to watch IEM Global Challenge 2020: stream, teams, schedule

Published: 3/Dec/2020 1:52

by Andrew Amos


CS:GO is back on LAN, baby. The IEM Global Challenge 2020 marks the long-awaited return to offline events, and we’ve got all you need to know about the huge eight-team tournament right here.

CS:GO hasn’t had a big LAN since the IEM Katowice Major back in February 2020. The Rio Major was postponed again and again, before inevitably being cancelled due to the current global situation.

However, after months of waiting, a safe LAN is now on the menu, and it feels like Counter-Strike is back. The IEM Global Challenge features eight of the best teams from NA and Europe, duking it out over a huge $500,000 prize pool.

If you were doubting the results of the online era, and want to define a true champion of CS:GO in 2020 on LAN, this is one event you won’t want to miss.

IEM Global Challenge 2020 stream

The IEM Global Challenge 2020 will be streamed live on the ESL CS:GO Twitch channel. We’ve embedded the stream below for your convenience.

IEM Global Challenge 2020 teams

Eight teams from across the globe have descended on Europe for the IEM Global Challenge 2020. While there won’t be any crowds, the promise of LAN action is tantalizing enough for most fans watching along at home.

The usual suspects have climbed their way to the top, including world number one Vitality, 2020 breakout stars Heroic, and four-time Major winners Astralis.

That doesn’t mean there’s not new talent to keep your eyes out for. FURIA has had a stellar 2020 over in North America, and will be looking to prove that Brazilians have a team to rally behind come 2021. Chaos will also be looking to go out with a bang, after the organization announced they will be pulling out of CS:GO after the event.

Group A Group B
Team Vitality Heroic
Complexity FURIA
Astralis Natus Vincere
Chaos Team Liquid

IEM Global Challenge 2020 schedule & results

Tuesday, December 15

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Opening Match Chaos vs Vitality 3am 6am 11am
Group A Opening Match Astralis vs Complexity 6:30am 9:30am 2:30pm
Group B Opening Match Na’Vi vs FURIA 10am 1pm 6pm

Wednesday, December 16

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group B Opening Match Liquid vs Heroic 3am 6am 11am
Group A Elimination Match TBD vs TBD 6:30am 9:30am 2:30pm
Group A Winners’ Match TBD vs TBD 10am 1pm 6pm

Thursday, December 17

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group B Elimination Match TBD vs TBD 7am 10am 3pm
Group B Winners’ Match TBD vs TBD 10:30am 1:30pm 6:30pm

Friday, December 18

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Decider Match TBD vs TBD 7am 10am 3pm
Group B Decider Match TBD vs TBD 10:30am 1:30pm 6:30pm

Saturday, December 19

Match Game PT ET GMT
Semifinal 1 TBD vs TBD 6:30am 9:30am 2:30pm
Semifinal 2 TBD vs TBD 10am 1pm 6pm

Sunday, December 20

Match Game PT ET GMT
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 8am 11am 4pm

IEM Global Challenge 2020 final placements

Placement Team Prize Money (USD) BLAST Points
1 TBD $200,000 3000
2 TBD $100,000 1500
3-4 TBD $50,000 938
3-4 TBD $50,000 938
5-6 TBD $30,000 375
5-6 TBD $30,000 375
7-8 TBD $20,000 188
7-8 TBD $20,000 188