CSGO code found in Dota 2 hints at smoke grenade fix in Source 2 port

Published: 26/May/2020 3:53

by Andrew Amos


A long-awaited fix to the smoke grenade outline bug could be on its way to CS:GO after the Source 2 port, after strings of updated grenade particles were found in a recent Dota 2 update.

Source 2 is coming to CS:GO soon. The new engine is set to modernize the almost-decade-old FPS title, and help improve the game in the long run.

Players shouldn’t expect a drastic change from the Counter-Strike they know and love. However, it should iron out some kinks and, most notably, there’s reason to believe a major bug with smoke grenades is going to be left in Source 1.

The code shows some new lighting and particle effects for CS:GO being added in the recent Dota 2 Battle Pass update. The four string they uncovered are as follows:

  • “csgo_show_indexed_light_indices”
  • “csgo_show_lod_origin”
  • “csgo_show_nonfogging_cached_lights”
  • “csgo_single_light_fast_path_sun_cascade_vignette”

All of these point towards possibly fixing some of CS:GO’s lighting issues, as well as implementing an entirely new system for shadows. However, dataminers like ‘wickedplayer494’ have told players to be somewhat skeptical of the ‘new’ commands.

“It’s more likely that these were systems adapted from CS:GO itself forward into Source 2 versions in Dota 2,” they said on Twitter.

There were also some changes to grenade particles. New effects were added for all grenades ⁠— from molotovs to smokes.

This has gotten the community’s hopes up for a possible fix to a long-standing bug with smoke grenades in CS:GO. In some occasions where you are standing on the edge of the smoke, you can see the outline of enemies in the smoke.

This makes for an easy kill, and there’s nothing much the enemy can do about it. While the source of the bug is unknown ⁠— it could be lighting, or the smokes themselves ⁠— a new particle update could squash it for good.

However, what it will entail remains a mystery until it actually gets ported into CS:GO. While there’s no set date for the Source 2 engine port, it’s expected to be in the coming weeks, or even days.

Players shouldn’t expect the game to completely shift on its head right when it drops. However, in the long run, it’ll make CS:GO a lot nicer to play.


LIVE: BLAST Premier Global Final – s1mple takes over Nuke

Published: 19/Jan/2021 23:36 Updated: 20/Jan/2021 17:12

by Albert Petrosyan


BLAST Premier Global Final is finally underway! The grand finale of the 2020 BLAST season is going to see the best and most prestigious teams in the world compete for the chance to earn $1 million. Here’s the event schedule, stream and results. 

  • Liquid are not ready to give up Nuke 14-14
  • Team Liquid secure Inferno 16-6
  • Vitality defeat Complexity 2-0

BLAST Premier Global Final: Stream

As with all other BLAST competitions, the 2020 Global Final will be broadcast live on their official Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded above for your convenience.

The tournament will likely also be live-streamed on BLAST’s YouTube channel, which is also where the VoDs for all the matches will be uploaded, so feel free to check that out if you missed any games throughout the event.

BLAST Premier Global Final: Schedule & results



Day 2 — Wednesday, January 20

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Vitality 2-0 Complexity 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R1  Na’Vi vs Team Liquid 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R1 Evil Geniuses vs FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 3 — Thursday, January 21

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R1 Complexity vs TBD 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R2 Astralis vs G2 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R2 Vitality vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 4 — Friday, January 22

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R2 TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R2 TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 5 — Saturday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners Final TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers Final TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 6 — Sunday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Consolidation Final TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 1 — Tuesday, January 19

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Astralis 2-1 Evil Geniuses 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R1 G2 2-1 FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Astralis & G2 edge through to semi-finals

Astralis opened by taking on Evil Geniuses in a three-game series, with the first map (Inferno) going the way of EG (16-14). The North American’s ability to convert pistol rounds was not enough to guarantee a second map, as both Overpass (16-8) and Vertigo (16-6) were claimed by the Danes. Xyp9x’s AUG proved too hot to handle on Overpasss — will we see it again?

G2 Esports vs FURIA was a much closer affair. G2 took the initiative on Inferno (16-12), snatching FURIA’s map pick. After falling short on Mirage (14-16), G2 bounced back on Nuke (16-10) to clinch the series. NiKo shined, as he clocked out with +20 frags, going 70-50 in three maps.

Blast Premier Global Final: Teams & players

Eight total teams will be in attendance at this year’s BLAST Global Final, all of them qualifying through a variety of competitions, such as the Spring Finals, Fall Finals and BLAST Premier Circuit.

Lots of eyes will be on Team Liquid, who will be with their new star acquisition, FalleN, after the Brazilian legend joined their ranks to replace Twistzz.

Team Qualified via Players
Astralis Fall Finals device, dupreeh, Xyp9x, gla1ve, Magisk, Bubzkji (s), zonic (C)
Complexity European Spring Finals blameF, RUSH, k0nfig, jks, JUGi, keita (C)
Evil Geniuses American Spring Finals Brehze, CeRq, Ethan, tarik, Stanislaw, zews (C)
FURIA Esports BLAST Premier Circuit yuurih, arT, VINI, KSCERATO, honda
G2 Esports BLAST Premier Circuit kennyS, AmaNEk, nexa, huNter-, NiKo, maLeK (C)
Team Liquid BLAST Premier Circuit ELiGE, NAF, Stewie2K, Grim, FalleN, moses (C)
Natus Vincere BLAST Premier Circuit flamie, s1mple, electronic, Boombl4, Perfecto, B1T (s), B1ad3 (C)
Team Vitality European Spring Finals apEX, RpK, ZywOo, shox, misutaaa, Nivera (s), XTQZZZ (C)

BLAST Premier Global Final: Final Placements

Eight teams are battling it out for their share of $1 million… Additionally, BLAST are gifting the winners an exclusive TW Steel watch to complement the $600k in cash.

Placement  Team Prize
1 TBD $600,000
2 TBD $200,000
3 TBD $80,000
4 TBD $50,000
5-6 TBD $20,000
7-8 TBD $15,000