CSGO February 17 patch notes: Ping changes, Apollo update, more

Published: 18/Feb/2021 4:31

by Andrew Amos


Valve has released a new update for CS:GO on February 17, patching multiple maps including Anubis and Apollo, as well as changing the new ping and short-handed bonus systems.

Valve ended 2020 ⁠— and started 2021 ⁠— by implementing a number of features to improve the quality of life of players. Pings, bonuses for teams who have an AFK, and more have made the game somewhat better despite the controversial removal of bots.

However, these systems are slowly being stripped back. Valve has nerfed the ping system in the February 17 update, and also fixed a few bugs with the bonus system.

CS:GO chat wheel customization options
CS:GO’s new chat wheel system allowed players to ping enemies, but not anymore.

Pings no longer highlight enemies

The Ping system in CS:GO acts similarly to that in Valorant and Rainbow Six: Siege. However, it has one distinct advantage ⁠— it highlighted guns and enemies. Now, it won’t do the latter.

Valve has nerfed pings to no longer highlight enemies to “eliminate any instance of being able to reveal a hidden enemy.” People could spam pings through smokes and other utility to try and find enemies, and that’s not in the spirit of the game according to the developers.

This comes after an earlier change to pings, making them linger even if a weapon was picked up, rather than disappear immediately and give away intel.

B Site screenshot of Anubis CS:GO map
Anubis is one of four maps getting changed in the February 17 update.

Apollo, Anubis, Engage, and Frostbite exploits removed

A number of exploits on some of the game’s newer maps have also been removed as part of the February 17 update. Anubis has had a wallbang removed, Engage’s boost spots have been taken down, and a number of exploits on Apollo were also deleted.

Frostbite got a general clean-up, improving clipping and removing glass from buildings “to improve gameplay.”

A bug which saw the short-handed bonus being given out in unintended game modes, as well as an audio glitch with footsteps, have also been fixed.

You can find the full CS:GO February 17 patch notes below.

CSGO February 17 patch notes



  • Reskinned the signs and information boards
  • Fixed the wallbang through the trim on the mid building between double door and the CT house
  • Added some grenade clips to prevent weird grenade bouncing on A heaven


  • Multiple exploits, clipping faults and boosts etc. fix based on the feedback of Oliv1er and timure of the MapInk Discord
  • Fixed spawn boost exploit (thanks Marius)
  • Blocked guns going out of CT spawn so much with a big sign. (thanks Fnugz)


  • Fixed several visual issues
  • Removed boost spots
  • Updated Bot NAV (Thanks Ham)


  • Removed window glass from buildings to improve gameplay
  • Fixed exploit in Town
  • Fixed stuck spots
  • Fixed certain visual errors
  • Adjusted border clipping
  • Fixed floating exploding barrel/turret spawns
  • Adjusted prop fade distance in the bunker
  • Added drone clips to buildings at Tourist and Radio


  • Pings no longer highlight players. This eliminates any instances of being able to reveal a hidden enemy.
  • Fixed a bug which caused the incorrect footstep sounds to be played on some surfaces.
  • Fixed short-handed bonus being given in Guardian mode.
  • Fixed visual shuffle in map vote at end of match.

Real Madrid’s Casemiro explains why CSGO is more nerve-wracking than football

Published: 22/Feb/2021 20:10

by Bill Cooney


Real Madrid’s Casemiro might just be one of the most famous footballers in the world today, but surprisingly enough, playing CSGO makes the pro sweat more than being on the pitch.

The 29-year-old Brazilian has been a fixture for Real Madrid on the field since joining in 2013, but apart from football it’s no secret Casemiro also likes to spend his free time perfecting those CSGO skills.

That’s no surprise seeing as how Valve’s shooter is massive in Brazil, and Miro even has his own esports org for the game. What is surprising though is that Casemiro has claimed in a new interview he gets more nervous streaming CSGO matches than he does playing football in front of thousands of screaming fans.

Casemiro and Neymar (left side) are both huge CSGO fans.

In a new interview with Spanish football site MARCA, Casemiro claimed that playing CSGO on stream for viewers made him more nervous than playing a match at the 80,000+ seat Bernabéu (Real’s home grounds).

“Without a doubt, people are much closer and when I fail, there are some insults,” The pro explained with a laugh. “When I play Counter-Strike I get a lot more nervous there than playing at the Bernabéu. I feel more pressure with people watching me play video games live than football.”

Casemiro also drew interesting comparisons between CSGO and football, saying that he finds most success when he plays similar to his IRL position on the field, instead of a straight-up offensive one.

“I’m one of those that if I go in to play, I don’t like to lose. I’ve tried to play like a striker or winger [in CSGO] and my score has been very low,” he explained.  “I know that my position is defensive midfielder and I have to help my teammates. What I am in real life, I also am in video games.”

While he might not be rushing B and popping off like S1mple, the Brazilian international thinks he manages quite well with his favorite weapon the AWP, and on his favorite map — Inferno — which he called “my Berbabéu.”

He also admitted that despite owning a CSGO team, he doesn’t think he quite has what it takes to play professionally. That’s quite alright though, as he can always fall back on that multi-million dollar football career.