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Hilarious CS:GO bug allows players to buy snowballs in competitive matches

Published: 17/Jul/2019 11:13 Updated: 17/Jul/2019 11:26

by Kamil Malinowski

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players have figured out a way to buy snowballs in competitive matchmaking games, giving a silly twist to otherwise serious matches. 

Snowballs were added to the game in December 2018 as part of Counter-Strike’s winter season celebrations. Players could pick up snowballs on certain maps and throw them at their opponents, doing a slight bit of damage and covering their screen with snow for a few seconds. 

They were removed in January 2019 as the winter celebrations came to an end, and that was it for everyone’s snowball fights. However, they seem to have made a miraculous summer-time comeback. 

ValveThe effect of being hit by a snowball in Counter-Strike.

On July 17, Global Offensive streamer Mocmolde showed off a console command that allowed him to purchase a snowball in his competitive match on Cache. The command is very simple: “buy x 31” where “x” can be any word or letter. This command gives a player one snowball in their grenade slot. 

After Mocmolde made use of this command his match turned from competitive to outright hilarious, with his team attempting to defeat their enemies with snowballs while being attacked by fully automatic weapons.  

The exact details of this bug are not yet known, however, it seems that it is possible to buy snowballs on most maps in Counter-Strike’s matchmaking. Although they are only available on either the Counter-Terrorist or Terrorist side depending on the map, and never on both. 

Snowballs can be used as a silly tool to spice up games, but, are likely to be removed soon as they block vision and can be a fairly powerful utility tool.

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Valve lifts Fnatic star KRIMZ’s mysterious CSGO VAC ban

Published: 1/Dec/2020 3:21 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 6:46

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Valve has lifted the VAC ban on CSGO legend KRIMZ, and although fans think it was probably due to a matchmaking tool, the reasons are still unknown.

The CSGO community stood still on November 28 after Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson announced he had been VAC banned. Valve never specified why, which made the situation a bit of a mystery.

“It seems that my account got vac banned,” he said. “CSGO can you fix this asap pls.” It sounded like he was probably more confused than anyone else and was adamant he’d done nothing wrong.

CSGO fans think he might have been banned for using a third-party tool named esportal to find matches. However, there has been no official word to support it.

FNATIC coach Andreas “Samuelsson” Samuelsson issued a statement not long after. “We have reached out to Valve, TOs, and third-party community websites… to understand the nature of this unexpected shutdown,” he said. “We have no reason to believe this is the consequence of any intentional use of any illegal program.”

Either way, it didn’t take Valve long to rectify the issue. They’ve already lifted the ban, and it’s been a huge relief to CSGO players and FNATIC fans around the world.

The first one to spill the beans was ‘DonHaci.’ “Krimz has been unbanned,” he said. “His VAC ban has been removed from his Steam page.

KRIMZ’s Steam profile isn’t private, which means anyone can take a look and see for themselves. His fans have been pouring in and leaving comments to celebrate and share their relief.

Still, nobody is more excited than the man himself. KRIMZ made a brief statement on Twitter and expressed his gratitude for having it fixed. “I’m free [motherf**ers], he said. “Thank you CSGO for sorting it out quickly.”

Interestingly, Valve still hasn’t explained why they banned KRIMMZ in the first place. KRIMMZ hasn’t elaborated on it either.

In the end, though, the key takeaway is that it appears to have been a mistake. The CSGO community is thrilled to have its favorite son back.