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CSGO: Vitality hires a bus to bring French fans to the Berlin Major

Published: 2/Sep/2019 22:55 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 12:40

by Andrew Amos

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Team Vitality has qualified for the Champions stage of the StarLadder Berlin Major, and they want to bring out their fans to help support them.

The French Counter-Strike team struggled early on in Berlin, but have looked to hit their stride heading into the playoffs. They took down North, FaZe Clan, and mousesports on their way to the Champions stage, after being one loss away from being knocked out in the New Challengers stage.

To help them get the extra edge over their opponents in the Mercedez-Benz Arena though, owner Fabien ‘Neo’ Devide posted on Twitter about bringing out their biggest fans in a bus from France to cheer them on.

StarladderVitality qualified for the Champions stage after going 3-1 in the Legends stage.

“If Team Vitality get a coach, departing from Paris on Wednesday night to go to the Berlin Major, who is sure to come,” he said.

The team organised tickets and a coach for fans, going for the small price of €10. Only 50 seats were available on the bus from Paris, and the €10 ticket included transport, a ticket to the Major, and merch.

The cheap price was to make sure the event was accessible to die-hard fans who might not have been able to make the journey to support their favorite team.

The tickets the team put on were so popular, they sold out within 20 seconds. With the tickets selling out so fast though, Vitality are now looking at putting up more to help fans who missed out in the first phase.

“I promise nothing, but if the demand is there like today(sold out in 20 seconds), I’ll see if we can get more seats tomorrow. No promises because it has a cost, but we will do our best.”

Vitality currently hold the #2 rank in the world, but they have looked shaky at times through the Major. A win at the StarLadder Major will help cement their legacy, and finally bring French Counter-Strike back to the summit after years of failure.

Bringing out their fans might be the edge they need to get over the likes of ENCE, Team Liquid, and Astralis, who will be there standing in their way in Germany. There’s no German team in the final eight, so having a passionate French support group might be able to intimate anyone they face on the big stage.

Vitality will play Avangar in the quarter-finals of the StarLadder Berlin Major at 9:30am PT on Thursday September 5. Be sure to keep up-to-date with everything you need to know about the Major via our StarLadder Major hub.

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Newly added CSGO Source 2 code has players hopeful for major update soon

Published: 23/Oct/2020 4:29

by Andrew Amos

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CS:GO players ⁠— it’s time to get your hopes up again. New strings of Source 2 code have been found in a recent Artifact update, and it’s got everyone hopeful that a major update is just around the corner.

Source 2 is coming to CS:GO. Or is it? At this point, the project has been greenlit, then reportedly canceled, then put back on so many times it’s hard to keep track.

CS:GO’s port to the newer Source 2 engine seemed dead in the water in July, even after speculation earlier in 2020 that it was just around the corner. Now it’s been given a new timeframe of the end of 2021.

However, for the first time in almost six months, there’s physical evidence that Valve are still kicking along with the project. New code found in one of Valve’s other titles has given players hope for Source 2 ⁠— and potentially a major update in the coming weeks.

The CS:GO Source 2 code string was found in the latest Artifact update. Valve data miner ‘GabeFollower’ shared the details on October 22. It was just a one-liner to do with shadows, but to CS:GO players, it’s something.

Given there hasn’t been any major changes to CS:GO since 2019’s Operation Shattered Web, any news is good news. However, it’s unlikely one string of Source 2 code is going to spell out a major in-game event.

It also doesn’t give players a better understanding of exactly what Source 2 will do for CS:GO.

According to Tyler McVickers of Valve News Network, Source 2 isn’t going to impact players too much. In fact, he stated that the game would be “95%” the same after the port.

“Source 2 still retains that backwards compatibility to Source 1, meaning even if a lot of the core mechanics change, ever so slightly, and upset the competitive side, the casual side — expecting ‘CSGO remade’ — will be disappointed as well,” he told players back in July.

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Source 2 won’t really have an effect on players, according to VNN.

However, there will be some changes to how maps and models are created, as well as some bug fixes that come with fixing the old engine.

Dota 2 is already on Source 2, while elements of CS:GO like the Panorama UI use the newer engine. We will update you on everything Source 2 as new information arises.