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CSGO players use unconventional smoke physics to stun CTs on Mirage

by Alan Bernal
Valve

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It’s tricky for people to come up with new strats in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, but a clever way to use smokes on Mirage is giving the community new ideas to take the B site.

While Valve’s FPS franchise is 20 years old, Mirage was added to the CS:GO map rotation in 2013 and since then, players have combed every corner of the map to find the most effective smokes to execute a plan.

Every now and then the community finds a new way to perform a known smoke or the like, but this time, using a bit of CS:GO’s known physics, Reddit user -zix might have found a useful way of obstructing CT’s trying to defend or retake B.

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Players get really creative with smokes, especially on the open map of Mirage.

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There’s a way of smoking arches on B that lets people block out anyone looking from Cat directly into the site. Even though these smokes cover the arches, there’s still a gap that lets players peek into the Window as T’s flood out of it.

Well to prevent that from happening, user -zix got a little crafty and threw a smoke inside of Kitchen just to the right of the refrigerator.

Unlike precise Grenade throws that people are used to, this general toss to the Kitchen floor results in a plume of smoke that leaks to the other side of the wall.

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From a player on Cat, this results in a mid-air cloud that completely blocks the view into the B site and even Window, less they walk up to arches in order to get a vantage point.

But even then, all it takes is a quick flash out of the Window as the T’s execute their plan to completely blind anyone there.

The ingenuity of the smoke had some members of the CS:GO community impressed since they hadn’t thought to use the utility in this way before.

-zix via Reddit
Getting a smoke snug next to the fridge and the wall lets it bleed to the other side of the wall.

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“Map has existed for 10 years and I've never seen this before. Damn,” one user said.

But some players were worried that a three-smoke commitment to block out Catwalk would be too much.

“Seems like a lot of smokes to use for a B execute,” user ‘LANGEw0w’ said. “Especially if you want to smoke market window and market door also.”

-zix via Reddit
The plume of smoke is enough to cover the view into Window from B, a standard angle for CT's on Cat to keep an eye on.

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A way to cheat this a bit to take out one grenade from the equation would be to use the Kitchen smoke shown combined with a smoke toward Short Cat from the top of B stairs. Players should note that this doesn’t account for someone already on the ‘GeT_RiGhT’ spot near arches, but a Molotov would take care of that.

In either case, the smoke can be used to throw a wrench in the plans of CT’s, and is an easy tact to remember for anyone to add into their arsenal of strategies.