CS:GO map pool and Prime matchmaking changes in January 24 update - patch notes - Dexerto

CS:GO map pool and Prime matchmaking changes in January 24 update – patch notes

Published: 27/Jan/2019 22:10 Updated: 27/Jan/2019 22:17

by Ross Deason


If you’re a fan of FMPONE’s ‘Subzero’ map in CS:GO, you’ll probably be disappointed to hear that it was one of the casualties of the January 24 patch. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest update.

With the IEM Katowice Major just around the corners, and the Minors already in full swing, fans weren’t expecting a great deal of game changing tweaks in the latest patch, but it still features some interesting notes.

First and foremost, Subzero has been removed from the matchmaking pool along with Austria. The news is likely to come as a blow to FMPONE, the map designer that spent a good portion of 2018 painstakingly working on his Subzero project.

Zoo and Abbey replace the outgoing maps in the official matchmaking pool and a new version of Vertigo has been added to Wingman. Biome has also received some love with improved performance and various layout changes.

FMPONE’s Subzero won’t be replacing Cache any time soon.

Other changes include the decision to make all accounts automatically become Prime members after hitting Lieutenant Rank 21 and some audio tweaks.

The full Counter-Strike: Global Offensive patch notes for January 24 are as follows:


– Added a new version of Vertigo to Wingman official matchmaking.

– Added Zoo and Abbey to Casual and Deathmatch official matchmaking.

– Removed Austria and Subzero from official matchmaking.


-Improved performance.

-Removed connector between A short and A long.

-Removed mid lower entry.

-Added ladder to mid upper entry.

-Moved T spawn towards A to give CTs better mid timings.

-Fixed several bomb stuck spots and clipping issues.


– Accounts are now automatically upgraded to Prime by reaching Lieutenant Rank 21.

– Fixed a regression for some Perfect World accounts with completed Identity Verification and restored their Prime Account Status.

– Fixed scoreboard team names truncation in some languages.

– Fixed random map behavior in offline with bots game modes.


– Adjusted velocity value for when jump ‘step’ sound plays for more consistent behavior.

– Fixed a bug where player fall damage sound wasn’t playing most of the time.

– Fixed a bug where “the bomb has been defused” and “counter-terrorists win” VO lines could overlap each other.


YNk steps down as FaZe Clan CSGO coach following NiKo’s exit

Published: 28/Oct/2020 19:19

by Alan Bernal


Janko ‘YNk’ Paunović has stepped down as the head coach of FaZe Clan’s CSGO team following the transfer of Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač to G2 Esports.

YNk cited issues within the team and wanted to step aside as FaZe will be looking to build up their lineup again, which still features highly-talented players even with the exit of their Bosnian star.

“For a while now the team has been struggling with some recurring issues in and out of the game which I’ve done my best to try and amend but unfortunately without much success,” YNk said. “I feel that the best way to move forward is for the team and myself to part ways and, with NiKo going to G2, give the players and the organization the opportunity to get a new coach and IGL who can work on taking the team forward.”

The former MiBR and FaZe coach also indicated that he’s going to break from coaching CSGO for the rest of 2020, and left the next year open-ended.

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YNk has stepped down from FaZe after joining in early 2019.

A player and broadcaster before his coaching career, YNk leaves the org in the same month his team beat OG Esports 3-0 in the EU Intel Extreme Masters New York Online grand finals. Last week, they placed 9th at the DreamHack Open Fall 2020.

YNk has been with the team since the beginning of 2019. While they managed to put good results together at various BLAST events and some online tourneys in 2020, FaZe struggled to put up consistent performances against top teams.

YNk is stepping aside in a pivotal moment for FaZe Clan’s roster. Longtime face of the org’s CSGO team, Niko, has moved on from FaZe, and the coach will stand down to let them make something out of the stars still on roster like Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David, Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard, Markus ‘Kjaerbye’ Kjærbye, and rising talent Helvijs ‘broky’ Saukants.

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YNk and NiKo both parted ways with FaZe Clan.

As more CSGO events and competitors continue to either migrate or revolve around EU, YNk could still have prospects in the competitive or broadcasting sides of the scene.

Once a team with superstar players in every role, FaZe is now on the market to fill up their roster to standard capacity, as the latest shakeups leave them without a fifth member and a head coach to take the reigns.