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CS:GO update brings more changes to competitive matchmaking pool – January 31 patch notes

Published: 1/Feb/2019 17:17 Updated: 1/Feb/2019 17:25

by Ross Deason

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The developers of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive at Valve released another minor update for the incredibly popular PC game on January 31 / February 1. Here’s everything you need to know about the patch.

As we stated after the release of the January 24 CS:GO patch, it is unlikely that we will see any game-changing updates until the conclusion of the IEM Katowice Major on March 3, but the devs seem determined to continue to tweak and improve the current maps in the matchmaking rotation.

The last update focused on removing maps like Subzero and Austrian from official matchmaking – replacing them with the likes of Zoo and Abbey – and the January 31 patch seems to be dedicated to improving those replacements.

Counter-Strike Fandom WikiZoo was added to the matchmaking rotation in the January 24 update.

Both Zoo and Abbey are now available in competitive matchmaking, rather than public matches alone, and have received numerous tweaks to their appearance and other improvements along with the new version of Vertigo, which was also added to the competitive matchmaking rotation on January 24.

Abbey’s skyboxes have been opened up in a number of locations, offering a more diverse range of options for grenade usage. A number of minor glitches have also been addressed along with optimization improvements.

Abbey received a number of tweaks in the latest patch.

Zoo’s changes are more visual than practical, with the developers noting that they have replaced and changed a number of small sections and even removed the ‘dead guy at T spawn’.

The full January 31 patch notes for CS:GO are as follows:

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Zoo and Abbey are now available in Competitive matchmaking.

Zoo:

– Visual updates overall to match present standards
– Replaced SWAT with FBI
– Reduced the amount of corners/spots at B site
– Removed glow effects from wall mounted fixtures to prevent smoke exploits
– Replaced foliage at interior lower mid to improve sightlines
– Raised ceiling in connector between T spawn and A mid
– Moved swinging tire out of the way of sightlines
– Increased infographics’ resolution
– Removed dead guy at T spawn
– Disabled collision on some foliage
– Fixed minor visual glitches

Abbey:

– Opened mid skybox allowing T’s to throw grenades from river area
– Opened mid skybox allowing players to throw grenades from A bombsites
– Opened A skybox allowing T’s to throw grenades from right alley
– Replaced window model with wider one in library (T’s side of middle)
– Added block bullets brushes in some places to prevent full penetration
– Optimization
– Removed bomb stuck spots
– Enabled collision on window models
– Reduced size of clip brushes in some places
– Added missing overlays
– Fixed various clipping issues
– Added new 3d skybox
– Removed tiny mountain
– Added some color to the map
– Added building on mid

Vertigo:

-Made door into B site from CT side twice as wide
-Improved collision model of large HVAC units
-Blocked visibility under HVAC units
-Tweaked layout of staircase leading up to B site
-Blocked visibility from T spawn to B site catwalk
-Added some props near staircase to minimize fall damage
-Tweaked layout of bombsite B target
-Brightened ambient sunlight

 MISC:

– Fixed game state integration truncating long workshop map names.
– Fixed localization strings in some languages displaying numbers with zeroes after decimal point.

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

Published: 28/Oct/2020 19:19

by Alan Bernal

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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.