The latest CS:GO update sees a major break from tradition, as a brand-new map has joined the competitive map pool for the first time.
The March 29 update sees Vertigo added to the competitive map pool, replacing Cache. This will be the first time in CS:GO’s competitive history that Vertigo enters the competitive map pool.
For most of CS:GO’s history, the competitive map pool has consisted of seven maps from a rotating pool of eight in total, with the remaining map typically reworked and reinstated. Cache is one of the only maps in the pool that hasn’t undergone a significant update during that time.
This is the first time since these eight were first established as the “competitive” maps that a new map has joined that rotation. Based on the historical cycle, most fans would have expected the return of Cobblestone as the next addition.
Vertigo has been in CS:GO since 2012 and even became somewhat of a specialist map for some casual players and individuals.
The versatility of the map is what sets it apart from many of the other sprawling maps in CS:GO; this makes it play differently to almost anything else that you'll be used to.
For an in-depth look at the map and its many quirks, check out TheWarOwl's video below:
The update to the competitive map pool isn’t the only change in the March 29 update. Fans of IEM Katowice Major runners-up ENCE will be pleased to see the addition of the #EZ4ENCE song as a music kit.
To prepare it for Active Duty, Vertigo was also subject to a variety of bug fixes and minor updates in the latest patch.
The full patch notes can be read below.