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CS:GO goes free-to-play, announces battle royale mode called ‘Danger Zone’

Published: 6/Dec/2018 21:33 Updated: 6/Dec/2018 21:47

by Wyatt Donigan

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the latest game to hop on the battle royale train with the release of the brand-new mode entitled ‘Danger Zone.’

Over the last few days, the CS:GO community has been buzzing with rumors centered around the possibility of a new battle royale mode for the classic title. 

On December 6, those rumors were confirmed with the unveiling of the new mode called ‘Danger Zone’ that will put a unique CS:GO spin on the popular genre. 

Unlike most battle royale titles, this mode will feature just 18 players (16 players for Solos), but will still feature the same concept of a constantly shrinking zone that players will need to navigate around. 

Another major difference is the exclusion of the typical four-player squad variant, with Danger Zone featuring Solos, Duos, and Trios modes at launch. 

The developers have confirmed that all the weapons have the same behavior and damage as they do in normal CS:GO game modes, but players have 120HP in Danger Zone, which means fights will play out much differently. 

Instead of simply looking for weapons spread throughout the map, players will earn money from completely different tasks and contracts each round that will allow the opportunity to purchase weapons and equipment prior to the start of each round. 

In addition to the announcement of Danger Zone, it was also announced that the game has gone free-to-play, with anyone being able to pick up the game with all game modes immediately. 

Players who already own the game will be given “Prime Status” that comes with special perks such as souvenir items, item drops, and weapons cases. 

Those looking to gain Prime Status can either reach Rank 21 by earning experience points and adding an eligible phone number or purchasing the Prime Status upgrade for $14.99 in the Steam store or in-game. 

That Prime Status will come in handy for players wanting to unlock the new souvenir weapon ‘MP5-SD | Lab Rats’ before it goes away January 9, 2019. 

Valve have also released an extensive FAQ on Danger Zone to answer all of the burning questions that players might have. 

Danger Zone Frequently Asked Questions

How many players are in a match? 

If you queue as a solo player, you’ll enter a 16 player match. If you queue as a squad of two or three, your match will have up to 18 players. 

How do I play as a squad? 

You can play with friends by joining their lobby in the main menu. Play Danger Zone as a two or three-player squad, and you’ll be matched against other squads. 

How long do matches last? 

Danger Zone matches typically last about 10 minutes. 

Do weapons behave the same as they do in other CS:GO game modes? 

Yes. CS:GO’s guns have the same behavior and damage in Danger Zone as in other CS:GO game modes. However, since Danger Zone players can have up to 120HP, they may survive encounters that would otherwise be deadly. 

How is XP earned? 

You can earn XP in Danger Zone by looting your environment, killing enemies and trying your best to survive. 

How do I get the Souvenir MP5-SD | Lab Rats? 

To earn a Souvenir MP5-SD | Lab Rats, you need to have Prime Status and earn 250 XP in Danger Zone. The souvenir is available for all players until 2019-01-09

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FunPlus Phoenix reportedly returning to CSGO with GODSENT roster

Published: 21/Oct/2020 2:40

by Alan Bernal

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FunPlus Phoenix have reportedly entered discussions to acquire the GODSENT roster and return to the CSGO landscape in the coming weeks.

FunPlus Phoenix have had a rather unceremonious start to their journey in CS:GO. Known for winning the League of Legends World Championship in 2019, they looked to enter the popular FPS title through Flashpoint in 2020.

However, it wasn’t smooth sailing. They picked up and let go of rosters: first Heroic, then Bad News Bears. Now though, they’re looking like they’re ready to pick up their third, and potentially final roster.

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KRYSTAL and the rest of the GODSENT lineup could be making a move to FPX.

GODSENT is reportedly in “advanced discussions” with FunPlus Phoenix to take their roster onboard for the remainder of the year, according to HLTV and DBLTAP.

If the two teams agree to terms, that means that the lineup consisting of Kevin ‘kRYSTAL’ Amend, Martin ‘STYKO’ Styk, Jesse ‘zehN’ Linjala, Pavle ‘maden’ Bošković, and Asger ‘farlig’ Jensen would soon wear black and red.

The deal could also bring current GODSENT coach Jonatan ‘Devilwalk’ Lundberg into the fold with the new org.

In late-September, FunPlus announced Petar ‘peca’ Markovi as the General Manager for both Valorant and CSGO divisions. Now it looks like peca is making an all-in purchase for the EU roster that is ranked 19th in the world at the time of publishing.

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The FPX banner could fly in CSGO again soon.

The general manager also indicated, regardless of a team-acquisition, that FPX wouldn’t participate in Flashpoint Season 2. Although one of the founding teams, FunPlus will instead “take [their] time and focus on 2021.

“We don’t want to make any rushed decisions, as our main goal is to build a promising, long-lasting roster,” he said.

The org initially expected to play with Heroic’s roster back in March, which would have included Patrick ‘es3tag’ Hansen among others. Unfortunately, that deal fell through, which prompted FPX to target Swole Patrol’s roster, though that didn’t pan out as well.

Eventually, they temporarily fielded the Bad News Bears for the second leg of Flashpoint 1, after only playing one match prior and forfeiting the rest of the first phase.

While the FPX front office successfully put together a Worlds championship roster in 2019 for League of Legends, it’s going to once again attempt to bring a similar metric of success for CSGO.

Peca teased that there could be “news soon,” and if the reports turn out to be realized FPX could be announcing its acquisition of the GODSENT lineup in the near future.