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New CSGO map Anubis could be joining Active Duty Pool in coming weeks

Published: 17/Apr/2020 2:57

by Andrew Amos

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Just two weeks after being added into the game, Anubis could be finding itself in CS:GO’s competitive map rotation, replacing either Mirage or Vertigo.

Anubis was added into CS:GO at the end of March, however, it could soon be making its way to the big stage.

Rumors are circulating that Anubis could replace one of the pre-existing competitive maps ⁠— Inferno, Train, Mirage, Nuke, Overpass, Dust II, and Vertigo — and that it’s coming soon.

B Site screenshot of Anubis CS:GO map
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de_anubis was the winner of the Mapcore Exotic Places contest.

According to former Ukrainian CS:GO pro Arsenij ‘ceh9’ Trynozhenko, Anubis could be making its way to the Active Duty Map pool in a matter of weeks.

It comes after Anubis was moved into the ranked map pool after just a week of being live on official servers, and two weeks since being added into the game. Chlorine, which was added at the same time, remains available in Scrimmage mode only.

Valve has pushed a number of updates to Anubis in recent patches. The community-made map had some lighting and texture issues, although these have slowly been ironed out as time goes on.

The video below is in Russian.

Anubis’ addition into the active duty pool ⁠— which is used at all Valve-sponsored Major tournaments ⁠— will come at the cost of one pre-existing map. It’s believed one of either Mirage or Vertigo will have to make space for the new map.

Mirage is the only map in CS:GO history to have 24/7 up-time in the Active Duty pool. Since 2012, Mirage has been available in every tournament, from grassroots level to Majors.

Vertigo is the polar opposite. It joined the Active Duty pool just 12 months ago, and has only seen play at one Major ⁠— StarLadder Berlin 2019. Vertigo has undergone some big changes in recent patches though, and Valve might be looking at tinkering with it further.

Mirage A site in CS:GO
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Mirage has never been removed from the Active Duty pool.

Anubis moving into Active Duty is all speculation, for now. Until Valve comes out saying the map pool will be updated, nothing can be expected to change.

With six months between now and the Rio Major, making changes now would be optimal so teams can adapt to the new maps. We can only wait and see.

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CSGO legend KRIMZ mysteriously VAC banned

Published: 28/Nov/2020 11:10

by Connor Bennett

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Fnatic and Counter-Strike legend Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson has been hit with a VAC ban out of the blue, and nobody seems to know why. 

When punishing cheaters in games like CS:GO, Dota 2, and even Rust, Valve rolls out VAC [Valve anti-cheat] bans that locks down an account – preventing users from playing on another VAC-secured game. 

These bans are, usually, handed out without any warning, and are typically permanent. Though, plenty of players have been able to get them overturned – be it because the ban was wrong in the first place, for example. 

On November 28, CS:GO players and fans alike noticed that Fnatic CS:GO star Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson had his account struck with a VAC ban – and nobody seems to know just why it happened. 

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Krimz has played for Fnatic since 2016.

Astralis players Lucas ‘Bubzkji’ Andersen and Nicolai ‘device’ Reedtz were among the first to tweet about KRIMZ’s VAC ban – with the former chalking it down to a likely mistake. 

After word quickly got around about the ban, KRIMZ himself took to Twitter to ask for help from the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive developers in getting the VAC ban removed from his account – again, hinting at a mistake. 

“It seems that my account got vac banned. @CSGO can you fix this asap pls,” he posted shortly after the VAC ban was handed down, attaching a confused face emoji as well as the praying hands. 

As of writing, Krimz’s account still has a VAC ban attached to it, and there’s been no confirmation as to whether or not he’s cheated or if it’s a mistake. Though, there has been speculation about a possible wave surrounding players who use the esportal to find matches. 

If anything changes, be it the ban gets overturned or Valve makes a statement on the matter, we’ll be sure to update this article.