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CSGO July 27 patch fixes smoke exploit, Swamp and Mutiny changes, more

Published: 28/Jul/2020 6:02

by Andrew Amos

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CS:GO has shipped two updates in one week for the first time in quite a while. The July 27 patch doesn’t have any new content, but it does fix some of the exploits introduced in the last update, including a “game-breaking” smoke glitch.

Two updates in one week? CS:GO players could be excused for thinking this is Christmas. While there’s no major balance changes and no operation yet, it’s still something to celebrate.

The patch isn’t inconsequential either. Valve has taken action on a smoke glitch that was uncovered just 24 hours ago, patching it out. They’ve also optimized the two new maps, Swamp and Mutiny, and changed their layouts somewhat.

“Game-breaking” smoke exploit fixed within 24 hours

Just 24 hours after a “game-breaking” smoke exploit went viral thanks to a video from Richard Lewis, the bug has been patched out of the game.

The exploit made smokes invisible for players after they threw them, although they’d go off as normal for other players. “It’s been in the game, by my estimation, the last three-four patches, probably longer,” he added.

He passed the information to Valve, and in the 24 hours since the video has gone live, the exploit is now out of the game. A miscellaneous fix that “optimized platform shader files and sound configuration files to be packed inside compressed VPK files” has nipped the problem in the bud, and trying to recreate the glitch without VAC detecting it is now impossible.

New maps Swamp and Mutiny undergo major changes

Swamp and Mutiny are the two new community-made additions to CS:GO. However, since hitting the live servers and undergoing a rigorous trial by fire, the two battlegrounds have had to go back to the drawing board somewhat.

Mutiny required a lot of optimization and rendering fixes. Valve also removed some of the map’s foliage to increase visibility in some areas, especially for green agent skins.

Mutiny A site in CSGO
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Some of the greenery around Mutiny has been removed.

On Swamp, they changed the layout of the map to help the T-side. On A short, Valve increased the lighting and made it easier to peek angles when entering onto the site. Over on B, Valve added some new box stacks to stop players from hiding on site in pre and post-plant situations.

You can find the full patch notes below.

CS:GO July 27 patch notes

Maps

Mutiny

  • Fixed various bird-related bugs
  • Opened up corner at Dirt Road near CT Spawn
  • Fixed bomb getting stuck on the small boat
  • Improved FPS for low/medium shader
  • Improved optimisation throughout the map
  • Opened up T to B Upper ceiling to allow for grenade usage
  • Fixed one way wallbang on B Site
  • Fixed rendering issue at the top of B Site building
  • Added fade distance to most small props
  • Altered some deathmatch spawn positions
  • Replaced rocks with flowers by the stairs at CT to A
  • Removed foliage in various locations for improved visibility
  • Fixed boost spot at elevator near A
  • Fixed hidden bomb plant underneath stones on A Site
  • Fixed floating church pillars
  • Fixed misaligned stone tiles in T Spawn
  • Fixed misaligned textures on church
  • Improved clipping at various places
  • Improved grenade clipping at various places
  • Updated Overview

Swamp

Main changes

  • Performance boost in some areas (2-5%)
  • Alligator and frog sounds are lower, less disturbing

A-site

  • Made brighter background near fence on A-long (CT side)
  • Made one of the red plywood covers smaller on A-long (T side)
  • Made the A-short room brighter and also made it easier for T to peek angles on entrance
  • Closed gap in CT-spawn where players could boost and peek A-long

Middle

  • Added wood cover under CW so players can’t peek straight down to A-short entrance (T side)
  • Removed a pallet where a player could jump and get stuck

B-site

  • Improved balance around bombsite
  • Added clipping on crane
  • Added clipping on streetlight
  • Added plywood cover on bombsite
  • Removed some of the railing around bombsite for easier movement
  • Added electrical box, fence and plywood close to B-entrance for less hiding spots
  • Added plywood in corner close to B-entrance for less hiding spots
  • Added fence and plywood in water around sniper spot on B-long for easier readability (CT side)

Miscellaneous

  • Optimized platform shader files and sound configuration files to be packed inside compressed VPK files.

 

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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.