Maps

de_lite is far from delightful, and de_thrill is anything but exciting.

The Best (and Worst) Operation Hydra Maps

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Operation Hydra added a handful of community-made new maps to both competitive and casual play. With Valve announcing that they plan on permanently adding the two most popular maps to CS:GO's map pool, let's take a look at the...
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What Happens to CS:GO’s Map Pool after Operation Hydra Ends?

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Operation Hydra will go down in CS:GO history as the longest operation to date. With an end date of November 13th, the operation will have run for just under six months, launching on May 23rd, 2017. This won't be...
What's the best way to learn new CS:GO maps?

Guide: The Best Way to Learn New CS:GO Maps

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When there isn't an Operation going on, the roster of popular CS:GO maps is fairly small. But when a new Operation launches, players have access to a new collection of maps. The appeal of new maps seems to fade quickly, and...
Hints from Blizzard suggest that the next Overwatch map might be located on the moon.

Blizzard Teases Lunar Colony Map and New Space Monkey Hero

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Brace yourselves, Overwatch fans. Teasers on the PlayOverwatch blog, around the Lijiang Tower map, and from the mouth of Blizzard's very own Oracle of Delphi, the esteemed Jeff Kaplan himself, are telling us one thing, and possibly a second. We're going...
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The Map Randomizer Misrepresentation

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ESL One Cologne 2014 was the first time Valve had implemented a map randomizer at a Major, and they've been used at every Major that followed it. The random map draw was meant to add variety to the map pool...
New maps in an operation? That's on my wishlist

Our CS:GO Wishlist for 2017

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The Counter-Strike community is needy. Valve gives us a cookie, and we'll spit it out then demand another as though it were our god-given birthright. Sometimes we get mad even when we get what we've been asking for. (See:...
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CS:GO Audio Updates and Improvements to Nuke

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In their most recent update to CS:GO, it seems Valve finally took heed to what players and pundits have been complaining about. The update brought several changes to Nuke meant to improve the map, as well as the introduction of...
Screenshot of Oasis map by Blizzard

Buckle up for Oasis, Overwatch’s Latest Map

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Oasis, the latest map to release on the PTR, features a city skyline inspired by real world desert metropolises like Dubai or Abu Dhabi. There’s a restaurant catered by a hovering omnic wait staff (tipping not necessary, but always...
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Dust 2 Forever: Why de_dust2 Will Never Be Removed

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Dust 2 Forever There are many maps that can be played in CS:GO. At any given time there are seven different maps in the active competitive pool. However, no map is more popular or well-known than Dust 2. The map has...

Scorched Earth: The Return of Inferno

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Inferno is Back! Earlier this week, Valve introduced the new version of Inferno, which was removed from the map pool back in April. Inferno was removed to bring in the new version of Nuke, much to the chagrin of CS:GO...
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Overwatch: The Observing Obstacle

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Observing is often cited as the most pressing aspect of Overwatch in need of improvement. What's the problem and what can be done to overcome it? Observing Overwatch Although the gameplay can be compared to that of a shooter like CS:GO,...

How I Hit Top 500 without Aiming

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Advice to Reach Top 500 If you browse any Overwatch related forum, whether it would be one of the many subreddits, official Blizzard forums, or scattered op-eds, I'm sure you've gotten a slew of advice that all pretty much sounds...