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CSGO contest could help determine the game’s next new map

Published: 30/Mar/2020 20:19

by Bill Cooney


The finalists in a prestigious Counter Strike: Global Offensive mapping contest could help determine the next new level officially coming to the game.

Valve has taken several community-created maps from the Mapcore Exotic Places Mapping Contest before and added them into CSGO, like Abbey, Biome, and most recently, Studio in Operation Shattered Web.

YouTuber and CS:GO content creator TheWarOwl was one of the guest judges for the 2020 competition and filled fans in on his choice for the top four maps, along with their chance of making it into the game in a new video.

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de_jingshen by El Exodus, Freyja, and Lefty, is set in a serene Chinese village, and took fourth place in the competition.

“Valve watches these contests, and even gives special prizes to the winners,” WarOwl revealed. “We are most likely helping to pick the next official CSGO map.”

To start things off, after the honorable mentions, in fourth place was de_jingshen, which has a peaceful Chinese hamlet as its backdrop, making for an ironic combination in a game like Counter Strike.

“The calming atmosphere of a simple rural life is the perfect backdrop to blood violence and death,” the YouTuber mused. “Seriously, it’s like mixing Animal Crossing and Doom.”

Jingshen itself is set up in a simple, four-square layout, but WarOwl thought it was “too simple,” with no way for teams to rotate other than backtracking through spawn.

Third place – and our personal favorite for its looks alone – was de_mutiny, a pirate cove-themed map by TanookiSuit3, Huvaligen, and JimWood.

Battling it out in CS:GO while surrounded by pirate ships and Caribbean ruins sounds amazing, but there were a few visual glitches that probably kept Mutiny in third, no matter how cool it looks.

Gameplay-wise, it’s “slightly more interesting” according to WarOwl, with plenty of options for the Terrorists and for rotations out of the middle of the map.

de_chlorine took second place, and is set in an Aztec-themed water park.

Second place went to de_chlorine from Lizard and TheWhaleMan, and it may take the cake for most creative setting, taking place in an abandoned, Aztec theme park.

Another four square map, WarOwl admitted that Chlorine would probably never work at the competitive level, but pointed out it does have a lot of charm.

“Really interesting idea, fun, different angles and gameplay possibilities, but too dark and grimy to see anything,” he pointed out. “Certain skins are virtually invisible on this map, and the last one (Mutiny).”

Anubis by Roald, Jakuza, and jd40 took the top spot in the contest and bragging rights.

Finally, in first place was Anubis by Roald, Jakuza, and jd40, which besides having the same name as an Overwatch map, also has the same Egyptian setting.

‘The whole point of the contest was to go to new and exciting locations, so we remade an OW map,” WarOwl joked. “It’s pretty obvious, this is the best-looking map.”

He added that in his opinion, none of the maps (Anubis included) were ready to be a competitive CSGO map yet, but didn’t completely count it out.

Other levels like Cobblestone and Overpass, faced similar issues when they were first released and WarOwl goes into much more detail about what each level needs to work, which definitely makes his video worth a watch.


ForZe under fire for signing CSGO coach implicated in cheating scandal

Published: 24/Oct/2020 21:30

by Alan Bernal


Russian esports org forZe are facing backlash for signing former Hard Legion coach Aleksandr ‘zoneR⁠’ Bogatiryev, who was banned by ESL for abusing a coaching bug that was found to compromise competitive CS:GO matches.

After the initial wave of backlash, forZe clarified that zoneR was brought on for a “testing coach period” to the ‘forZe School,’ a project that teaches and develops emerging CSGO talent. They do not recognize the forZe School as an academy team and said its not affiliated with the main roster.

“Zoner has made a big shameful mistake but we’ve decided to give him a second chance as he’s still a well-experienced coach,” forZe wrote in a statement. His work with the school will be conducted under supervision with the team’s management.

Despite org CEO Sergey ‘MegioN’ Ignatko’s optimism for the signing, debacles within the CSGO competitive landscape in the last year created a perfect storm for doubt on the deal.

“Not the smartest brand development choice, forZe have a lot of lovable characters and their storyline is exciting,” esports host and commentator Alex ‘MACHINE’ Richardson said. “Would be a shame to see an ill-thought out decision damage their reputation or fan base.”

Moreover, people are concerned that the org would position young, impressionable players to work with a person who was found cheating.

“This has to be a joke, right?” FaZe Clan coach Janko ‘YNk’ Paunovic said. “The most blatant cheater in coaching is supposed to set an example for young players? My mind is blown, absolutely disgraceful from forZe.”

On September 1, Hard Legion announced they were parting ways with zoneR, who went by the in-game name ‘MechanoGun’ at the time, following ESL’s decision to ban him as well as two other coaches after an investigation found them guilty of using a coach’s spectating bug.

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ZoneR, listed here as ‘MechanoGun,’ was given a 36-month ban after ESIC found 16 cases of using the coaching bug.

It was initially decided that zoneR would be banned for 24 months from playing or coaching in ESL or DreamHack events. ESL later upgraded his ban to 36 months after the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) concluded their investigation of the bug’s abuse.

Of the 37 CSGO coaches found cheating, zoneR’s three-year ban was the longest penalty issued by far. He was found of using the bug in 16 cases, and had “Tier 1 Aggravated” sanctions levied against him.

This comes at a sensitive time for the CSGO community, who have been anxiously awaiting any further reaction from Valve on the coaching scandal. Some are worried the publisher might create bigger consequences or tweak team structures to prevent it from happening again in the future.

“If Valve removes coaching it’ll be because of some BULL**** like this,” CSGO commentator and BOXR CEO, Mohan ‘launders’ Govindasamy, said.

A similar concern sprouted when CSGO teams whose coaches were implicated in ESIC’s findings were simply demoted from the position to an analyst role; thereby using a loophole to keep working with the team.

ForZe will monitor their partnership with zoneR for the time being, but said they could part ways with him after the testing phase for his position has concluded.