CS:GO analyst and former pro Sean Gares took aim at the game’s new character model skins during the ECS Season 8 Finals.
As part of Operation Shattered Web, the latest major content update for CS:GO, Valve introduced the ability for players to change the default look of their character model in the game.
While on the surface this might seem like a harmless cosmetic option, in practice players have discovered that it can cause issues due to some looks blending in which the background or features of certain maps, effectively ‘camouflaging’ them and making it harder for opponents to identify targets.
As a result, the new feature has not been entirely popular with competitive players, with several pros criticizing the change.
During an analyst desk segment at the ECS Season 8 Finals, Sean Gares also took the opportunity to fire some shots at the new skins. As the camera switched to show the analysts, Sean Gares’ chair was empty.
“I put on my new skin right here,” he explained, “Oh, I have the camo skin on. Can you not see me?”
Fortunately for the players at the event, some organizers – including ECS organizers FACEIT – have banned the use of the new skins, a move that appears to have been made in cooperation with the CS Professional Players’ Association.
Valve have yet to respond to the criticism of the new models. While it seems unlikely that they will reverse the option altogether, it remains possible that they may look to adjust the more problematic skins to improve visibility.
According to map maker FMPONE – creator of Cache – however, allowing custom skins is inherently “game breaking”. He states that map designers choose specific models to be used on their maps in order to provide a clear contrast, and it seems possible that any ability to change character skins could cause visibility issues in certain locations.
Organizers have revealed the new schedule for Flashpoint Season 2, which will see teams competing for the largest CSGO prize pool of 2020 at $1 million.
The competition has been held completely online since March, due to the ongoing concern surrounding the global health situation, and that will continue for Season 2 as well.
This tournament venture between B Site Inc. and FACEIT kicks off its second season on November 10, 2020, with participating teams and the schedule released in the days leading up to the start.
So, let’s take a look at which teams are playing when, and how you can catch all the action.
Opening matches for Flashpoint Season 2.
The matches will all be streamed on FLASHPOINT’s Twitch channel, and with no in-person attendance and all games being held completely remotely, this will be the only way to watch the matches.
Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields, who is participating in the leadership of FLASHPOINT’s creative direction, has predicted Group C will definitely be the one to watch, with OG (who are favored by many to win it all) and potential dark horses Cloud9 battling it out, along with Virtus.Pro in the mix as well, who finally seem to be getting in the swing of online play.
In Group B, BIG emerges as a clear favorite, but Thorin added “there will be heavy competition for the second-best team.” Finally, all eyes in Group A will be focused on taking down MAD Lions, who came out on top in first place following Flashpoint Season 1.
How Flashpoints Season 2 will work, from Group stages all the way to the Grand Final.
Flashpoint Season 2 format & schedule
FLASHPOINT Season 2 will start off with a Group Stage where 12 teams will compete in three different Groups. The top two teams in each group will automatically qualify for the Playoffs.