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CSGO December 17 patch notes: “Donate” feature, Apollo & Elysion changes

Published: 18/Dec/2020 7:18

by Andrew Amos

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s latest patch on December 17 has finally added a long-requested “donate” feature, drawing inspiration from Valorant. A number of changes to new maps Apollo and Elysion were shipped as well.

Operation Broken Fang has given CS:GO players some long-awaited attention and new content from Valve. The new operation has breathed some life into the FPS title, with a host of new maps, skins, and content for players to grind for.

However, that’s not all. Valve are actually putting some nice quality of life changes into CS:GO to make the experience better.

First it was stat trackers in the new Broken Fang update. Now, Valve is adding a new Donate feature, similar to Valorant’s request feature, CS:GO players can now use.

New Donate feature added to CS:GO

The Donate feature in CS:GO allows players to buy weapons for their allies without having to do a juggling act. All players need to do is hold down the “buy menu donation key,” default bound to Control, and buy a gun.

This will donate your weapon to an ally without the need of dropping your own one. It’s a basic feature for now, but one that will still be used by CS:GO players.

The next evolution of this would be a request and sell feature ⁠— just like Valorant ⁠— but there’s no timeline for this to be implemented.

Valorant weapons shop
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CS:GO’s new weapon donate feature is similar to Valorant’s one.

Map fixes for Apollo, Elysion, more

Outside of the new Donate feature, no major game-changing updates were shipped. However, a few of the new maps were updated after a couple of weeks of release.

Apollo is a bit less CT sided now, with less cover across popular angles and the spawn to “make it easier to clear.” Elysion has had a number of pixelwalks patched out too that let players get to places they weren’t meant to.

Anubis and Guard were also changed, but they were simpler updates. Valve even gave a shoutout to YouTuber 3kliksphilip, who is bound to find “some other minor things” on Anubis.

CSGO gameplay
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Apollo received a bunch of changes in the December 17 patch.

You can find the full CS:GO December 17 update patch notes here.

CS:GO December 17 patch notes

Operation Broken Fang

  • Adjusted first person arm models for Operation Broken Fang agents.
  • Adjusted end of match animations for Operation Broken Fang master agents.
  • Fixed a bug that could allow extra stars to be earned from missions. Going forward players will be correctly limited to receiving the total number of stars available from all unlocked cards.
  • Kick player vote is now disabled in Broken Fang Premier pick/ban arenas.
  • Fixed kill distance in missions UI to be correctly rounded for display.

Miscellaneous

  • Added 2021 Service Medal to be awarded for outstanding service and achievement starting from January 1, 2021 GMT.
  • Donate weapons to teammates in need! Hold the buy menu donation key (CTRL by default) when purchasing a weapon to donate to teammates without dropping your primary weapon. You can change the “Buy Menu Donation Key” in settings.
  • Game settings now have a search box to quickly find and jump to any setting or key binding.
  • Zeus restrictions in Casual, Wingman, and Competitive modes are now the same as all other weapons.
  • Adjusted Retakes clip areas in Inferno, Mirage, Nuke, Train, and Vertigo

Maps

Guard

  • Repacked radar

Elysion

  • Fixed a pixelwalk outside on the glass.
  • Fixed a pixelwalk on the Elysion sign on A site
  • Fixed a pixelwalk on the umbrellas outside.
  • Fixed the pixelwalks on the doorframes
  • Players were able to jump on top of the A sign on A site
  • Player were able to jump on top of the small palm plant
  • Players were able to 2 man boost outside and see into the site from an unfair position
  • Players were able to run boost on the windows railing on A site
  • The ladder outside has been removed
  • Reduced the foilage outside, players were able to hide
  • Waterfalls have been deleted from the white walls. Caused the smoke to become see through.

Apollo

  • Reduced props that draw for people on very low and low settings to hopefully help FPS levels across the map. (Thanks Shavitish)
  • Reduced CT spawn Cover to make it easier to clear
  • Improved model shuttle collsions to make walking over nicer
  • Reduced non-designed headpeaks across map (Thanks CF-166)
  • Fixed car fade in CT spawn (Thanks Sylikoira)
  • Fixed a few boost exploits
  • Updated to radar to a more simple single layer one
  • Reduced foliage over key angle (Near moonroom/CT spawn)
  • Fixed a number of grammar and spelling mistakes (Thanks Dogman15 + Marisakiri)

Anubis

  • Widened A main entrance
  • Simplified A connector area
  • Got rid of the deep corner below the windows on A
  • Got rid of the wall near the pillar at Waterfalls A site and reduced some corners to hide in as a CT
  • Some other minor things 3kliksphillip will probably find out
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Jamppi to Valorant? VAC banned CSGO pro considering switch following legal proceedings

Published: 15/Jan/2021 12:58 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 13:00

by Connor Bennett

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A new report from a Finnish newspaper has suggested that VAC banned CSGO pro Elias ‘Jamppi⁠’ Olkkonen is considering a switch to Valorant as he steps down from ENCE. 

For a few year, Jamppi has been considered as one of Counter-Strike’s biggest rising stars. The 19-year-old was set to join the OG roster following their step into CS:GO, however, that move fell through.

The problem is, the Finnish star has a VAC ban to his name, so, he can’t play in CS:GO’s premier events – the Majors – even though a number of tournament organizers have allowed him to play in their own events.

With him and his family contesting the ban, Jamppi joined ENCE in the hopes that, at some point, he’d be able to play at Majors. However, there have been a few missteps in his argument, and he hasn’t come any closer to having the VAC ban taken away. That, alongside some roster turmoil with ENCE, has got him seemingly considering his options.

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Jamppi was VAC banned in 2015 at the age of 14.

According to a report from the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, the 19-year-old is apparently considering a switch to VALORANT as ENCE considers a number of roster moves.

It comes after a report from DBLTap’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis stated that ENCE were in discussions with Danish duo Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer and Thomas ‘TMB’ Bundsbæk about joining up with their active lineup alongside Aleksi ‘allu⁠’ Jalli, Joonas ‘doto⁠’ Forss, and Tuomas ‘SADDYX⁠’ Louhimaa.

That, ultimately, leaves Jamppi without a spot as the CS:GO 2021 season starts to ramp up in preparation for the PGL Stockholm Major in October.

CS:GO pro Jamppi in ENCE interview
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Jamppi is considering a switch to VALORANT, according to reports.

If he decides to go to VALORANT, as IS reports, Jamppi would join a list of other CS:GO pros who have been banned from playing at a Major – including Joshua ‘steel’ Nissan and Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce.

As for where he could go, well, there are a few teams who would certainly make space for the 19-year-old – especially if he could show as much promise in the Riot Games shooter as he does in CS:GO. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.