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Secret CSGO map update fuels Source 2 speculation

Published: 10/Apr/2020 5:07 Updated: 10/Apr/2020 11:35

by Andrew Amos

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An update to a handful of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive maps has flown under the radar of most players, but it has only fueled the Source 2 engine port fire for some.

A port to Source 2 for CS:GO seems so close, yet so far away for most Counter-Strike players. After years of waiting, the game is due a facelift, especially as competitors like Valorant start to ramp up in popularity.

However, as more hints keep on dropping, the hopes of players are slowly getting raised. An update on April 9 might be the biggest one yet too, as the first possible tangible changes to gameplay have been shipped to a number of maps.

A compatibility update was pushed for nine of the game’s active maps ⁠— Anubis, Chlorine, Dust 2, Inferno, Mirage, Office, Overpass, Train, and Vertigo ⁠— on April 9. Only Nuke, Cache, and Agency were spared.

While it’s not unusual for a few maps to be updated for demo reasons, having a bulk of maps undergo an update has perked players’ interest about a possible port to Source 2 coming soon.

However, there’s a bunch of reasons to be skeptical as to whether this actually means the Source 2 update is just around the corner.

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Mirage was one of nine maps to receive a compatibility update on April 9.

With Easter happening this weekend, it could be part of changes to give the maps some festive flair, like Valve have done in the past.

Also, it could just be a few minor fixes across a number of maps. Some players have noted that Chlorine, a community-made map recently introduced into the game, just received a lighting upgrade.

Given the poor visibility on some of these other maps, more uniform changes could have been made.

However, the hype train for what will likely be CS:GO’s biggest update in history is going full steam ahead.

With leaks indicating the Source 2 engine is just a matter of weeks away from being added into Counter-Strike, there’s never been more excitement in the Counter-Strike community. Now, it’s just a waiting game to see if it all comes true.

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BLAST Premier CSGO Fall Final schedule

Published: 3/Dec/2020 13:28

by Jacob Hale

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The BLAST Premier Fall Final is right around the corner, bringing some of the best CS:GO teams in the world together to compete for the huge $425,000 prize pool.

Throughout the season, some of CS’ top teams have been competing to earn points for seeding at the Fall Finals, and the event is finally arriving, with eight teams set to lock heads in December, looking to round out the year with a huge win.

In case you missed it, the eight teams that qualified through the Regular Season and Showdown event are as follows:

  • Vitality
  • Mousesports
  • Natus Vincere
  • Astralis
  • G2 Esports
  • Furia
  • OG Esports
  • BIG
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The BLAST Premier Showdown was each team’s last chance to secure their spot at the Fall Finals.

Blast Premier Global Fall Finals schedule

The BLAST Premier Fall Finals will last from December 8-13, and we now know how the bracket and schedule will look ahead of time.

So far, we only have the fixtures for Round 1, but we know the times for every matchup slated to take place. Here’s when you’ll need to tune in (all times CET):

Tuesday, December 8

  • 4.30pm: Vitality vs Mousesports
  • 7.30pm: Astralis vs Natus Vincere

Wednesday, December 9

  • 1.30pm: G2 Esports vs Furia
  • 4.30pm: OG Esports vs BIG
  • 7.30pm: Lower Bracket Match 1

Thursday, December 10

  • 1.30pm: Lower Bracket Match 2
  • 4.30pm: Upper Bracket Match 1
  • 7.30pm: Upper Bracket Match 2

Friday, December 11

  • 4.30pm: Lower Bracket Match 3
  • 7.30pm: Lower Bracket Match 4

Saturday, December 12

  • 4.30pm: Upper Bracket Final
  • 7.30pm: Lower Bracket Final

Sunday, December 13

  • 4.30pm: Consolidation Final
  • 8.30pm: Grand Final
BLAST Premier CSGO Fall Finals schedule
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BLAST Premier CSGO Fall Finals schedule.

So, that’s the full schedule for the BLAST Premier Fall Finals, with some exciting matchups to boot — including a big Day 1 face-off between Astralis and Na’Vi, with Astralis seeking revenge from their quarterfinal loss at IEM Beijing.

Be sure to keep checking back as we provide coverage for all of the results and happenings at the event, which is sure to prove just as exciting as it looks.