Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev is one of the most well-known CSGO pros out there, and the apparent removal of his commemorative graffiti on the Cache remake caused confusion among fans.
There aren’t many CSGO fans that don’t know about the graffiti splashed around certain maps, celebrating massive professional moments - the artwork on Cache commemorates s1mple’s back-to-back unscoped AWP kills against Fnatic in 2016.
With the reveal of the Cache rework from Volcano Shawn 'FMPONE' Snelling, which debuted ahead of ESL New York’s showmatch on September 29, fans got a look at the planned changes, and noticed s1mple’s graffiti seemed to have been removed.
Graffiti removed, time to get new one
— Sasha (@s1mpleO) September 29, 2019
S1mple is back on the map
After fans noticed the spray's absence, CSGO map designer Salvatore ‘Volcano’ Garozzo assured them that the map was still in development and hinted that the graffiti would be added back in to the remake.
“We're still putting in the finishing touches, don't worry!” he said on Twitter, and now new clips of the remade map seem to show he wasn't pulling our leg.
In a clip from ESL_CSGO on Twitch, players are exploring the Cache remake, when they come across s1mple's commemorative graffiti back on the wall near the B point.
The CSGO pro has yet to respond to the development, but his fans are already celebrating the return of the spray to Cache.
— Pat (@patwastaken) October 4, 2019
When will the new Cache be released?
Cache was first removed from the game’s active map pool to make way for Inferno earlier this year.
Now, it's confirmed the map will be returning to CSGO’s regular pool in October, and now that the finishing touches – including returning s1mple’s memorabilia – are nearing completion, we could see the map released soon.
Volcano has admitted Cache's old design was inherently more T-sided, and revealed he and fellow CSGO map guru FMPONE had addressed that in the rework by trimming the Counter-Terrorist side’s long rotation times slightly to hopefully boost competitiveness.
The revamped Cache was added to CSGO's Scrimmage Matchmaking mode in the October 2 update, along with the Moroccan-based Mirage map.
It is also expected Cache will be returning to the professional map pool, but there’s been no official confirmation if this would be at the expense of another competitive option or when it will happen.