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MiBR CS:GO pro Fer slams new competitive map Vertigo

Published: 17/May/2019 12:11 Updated: 17/May/2019 15:17

by Connor Bennett

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive map Vertigo for being stupid to play and ugly to watch.

Valve made a major change to the CS:GO active duty map pool with the March 29 update, removing Cache in favor of Vertigo, a map that had never seen the light of competitive play before.

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Professional players have routinely criticized the map since its introduction, despite not many top-level matches being played out on the map. However, when it has appeared in tournament action, pros have been quick to criticize the map – with some even calling for its removal completely – even when they win.

ValveHere’s the CS:GO map in question, Vertigo.

MIBR’s Fer was left furious the map after taking on Team Liquid in the final of ECS Season 6’s North American week four stage. Despite MIBR winning on Vertigo, 16-11, Fer was not a fan of what he had played and quickly spoke out against it.

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“Btw [by the way] this vertigo map is worse than shit,” he tweeted after the game. “It’s so ugly to watch and even more stupid to play.” Being such a high profile gamer, it didn’t take long for other players to latch on to what Fer was thinking, with many agreeing with his criticisms.

Former Luminosity Gaming pro Gusatvo ‘SHOOWTiME’ Goncalves responded to Fer by stating that Vertigo has a ‘deathmatch’ on the A bombsite, hinting at the fact that it doesn’t play like any other map in the pool.  

Fer seemingly agreed with that statement, adding that any attack onto that bombsite ends up being a 5v5 showdown between all 10 players in the server.

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French pro Dan ‘ApEx’ Madesclaire, who dons the colors of Team Vitality, joked about the repetitiveness of the map in his reply – as teams solely target the A site, ultimately playing the same game over and over.

Other pros also chimed in with new criticism of the map. OpTic Gaming’s in-game leader Mathias ‘MSL’ Lauridsen offered some thoughts about pros ‘speaking up’ against recent changes, before turning his attention to the map pool.

Focusing solely on Vertigo, he posted: “Also vertigo is just not a map that should be played competitive. It’s about planting the bomb and 15 rounds of afterplants. It goes so much against what CS:GO require of teams and players,” before tagging the CS:GO Dev Twitter account.

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It remains to be seen if Valve will shake up the map pool any time soon following the numerous calls from pros for a change, especially with the StarLadder Major on the horizon.

Other tournament organizers like ESL and FACEIT have only just cycled the map into their own event map pools, even though actually seeing it in competitive play is – of now – a rare occurrence.

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Valve has been quick to respond to player feedback with CS:GO in recent weeks, pumping out regular updates taken. They do take on pro player thoughts at their Major events so it may be a case of holding out until Berlin before a change is made. 

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CSGO map maker FMPONE reveals new improved version of Cache

Published: 17/Oct/2020 16:14

by Daniel Cleary

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Counter-Strike map maker Shawn ‘FMPONE’ Snelling has revealed some new visual upgrades and map changes to the popular CS:GO map Cache, since it was removed from the active competitive pool.

Counter-Strike has featured plenty of iconic maps over the years, with the likes of Dust2 and Nuke still included in the competitive map pool and regularly seen in tournaments.

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However, every so often Valve will replace certain maps in the rotation, if they have become too stale or if they are in need of a rework, which has been seen with plenty of maps in previous years.

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Cache is the latest map to receive some visual upgrades in CS:GO.

The latest map to be removed from the active pool was Cache, which was originally made by FMPONE and Sal ‘Volcano’ Garozzo, but, FMPONE might have now hinted at its return to the active pool, after sharing even more adjustments to the fan-favorite map.

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FMPONE finally revealed the changes with his followers on October 17, explaining that the Workshop version of DE_CACHE was now updated, meaning that players can see the new changes for themselves.

The level designer explained that the latest set of changes were primarily focused on cleaning up some of the clutter around the map and improving the visuals.

“The Workshop version of DE_CACHE is now updated, removing excessive details and generally smoothing the visuals,” he added, sharing more screenshots of the changes.

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While these changes might not have a massive impact on the way teams play Cache, the new visuals could still help to improve players’ gameplay experience.

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As of now, Cache is currently sitting in CS:GO’s Reserve map pool, meaning that it is still available in matchmaking but won’t be used in Majors and other competitive events.

It is unclear just when this updated Cache will be added back into ‘Active Duty’ but changes like this are a good sign to fans of the classic map.

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