After several months at a discount, players have found their way to the AUG. Now that everyone has had a chance to learn to love it, the AUG has returned to its original price tag.
There’s a lot more to digest in today’s update, from changes to maps to the in-game economy, shotguns, and rifles. We’ve also added new features like flash assist UI and loadout shuffle. Full details can be found in the Release Notes.
Congratulations to Astralis, Champions of IEM’s 2019 CS:GO Major in Katowice!
ENCE’s magnificent improbable journey ends in the Grand Finals against heavily-favored back-to-back champions Astralis who won their third Major convincingly on Train and Inferno.
Thank you to everyone who watched, ESL, Intel and all the players and organizations who made this tournament possible.[ + ]
After two stages, 8 teams remain in pursuit of a Major Championship in Katowice.
The quarterfinals of the Champions Stage begin on February 28th and culminate with the Grand Finals at Spodek Arena on March 3rd. Be sure to make your picks prior to the start of the Champions Stage – if your Katowice Event Coin has been upgraded to Silver you still have a chance to earn the Diamond Event Coin!
If you haven’t already purchased a Viewer Pass, get it now for 50% off to get unlimited Major graffiti and Steam chat flair for the duration of the Major as well as an upgradeable Event Coin. Players who purchase the Viewer Pass now can still complete up to 7 of the 11 challenges, resulting in two Souvenir Packages and a Gold Event Coin. Get your Pass now and make your picks![ + ]
The Champions Stage will take place at the Mercedes Benz-Arena from September 5th – September 8th. The full schedule can be found below:
Additional information on the Starladder Berlin Major can be found here.
Over the weekend the Challengers Stage of the IEM Katowice Major concluded, and eight teams advanced to the Legends Stage:[ + ]
Tune in February 13th at 1:00 PM CET (4:00 AM Pacific Time) for the opening matches of the IEM Katowice Major Challenger Stage.
Purchase the Katowice 2019 Viewer Pass in-game and receive an upgradable Event Coin that unlocks exclusive access to Katowice 2019 Souvenir Packages and the Pick’Em Challenge. (Passholders should get their picks in before the stage begins for a chance at the Diamond Tournament Coin.) You will also receive free unlimited Team Graffiti for the duration of the Major and all-new Steam.tv team flair. Detailed information about Viewer Passes, Souvenir Packages, and the Pick’Em Challange can be found here.
Support your favorite teams and players with Katowice 2019 Team and Autograph stickers. As always, 50% of the proceeds from sticker and Viewer Pass sales go to the players and organizations participating in the IEM Katowice Major.[ + ]
The 2019 IEM Katowice Major begins February 13th. Watch as twenty-four of the best teams in the world battle to become the next CS:GO Major Champion!
The all-new Katowice 2019 Viewer Pass is now available for purchase.
With a viewer pass, you’ll get an upgradable Katowice 2019 Event Coin, exclusive access to Katowice 2019 Souvenir Packages, full access to all teams in the Katowice Pick’Em Challenge, unlimited Team Graffiti for the duration of the event, and all-new Steam.tv team flair.
Every time you upgrade your coin, you can redeem a Souvenir Package of the match of your choice. Souvenirs will feature one of the MVPs from that match, so watch the Major and make your choice!
Team stickers and player autographs are also now available for purchase. Team capsules feature Holo and Foil stickers, while player capsules feature paper, foil, and gold stickers.
There’s no wrong way to support your favorite teams and players – whether you purchase stickers or the viewer pass, 50% of the proceeds go to the players and organizations taking part in the IEM Katowice Major.[ + ]
In today’s update we are saying goodbye to two Community-created maps – Subzero and Austria. In their place we are adding two new maps; Abbey, a bomb defusal map set in a Mediterranean village, and returning to CS:GO from a three year hiatus, we’re bringing back a community favorite, Zoo!
These new maps are only available in Defusal Group Sigma for Casual and Deathmatch, but in the coming weeks they’ll be added to Competitive matchmaking. As with previous Community maps, be sure to vote on your favorites with your play time.
51 stories up you’ll find the newest Wingman location – a revised version of Vertigo’s B site. Terrorists can make their way to the site three ways; by climbing an exposed staircase from T spawn, by moving through a new boost window, or through CT spawn. Counter-Terrorists will need to utilize utility, teamwork, and steady nerves to keep the site secure.
A local news helicopter is standing by to capture the action, so get out there and play![ + ]
The final chance for teams to qualify for the IEM Katowice 2019 Major begins on January 16th when the CIS and EU Minors begin. The top two teams from the European, CIS, Americas, and Asian Minors will qualify for the New Challengers stage of the IEM Katowice Major.
Following the Minors, the four teams that place third in their respective brackets will compete head to head in a last chance play-in match where the two winners will advance to the New Challengers stage. Watch the matches live on ESL’s pair of Twitch channels, here and here.
The full Minors schedule can be found below:
CIS: January 16th – 20th
EU: January 16th – 20th
Americas: January 22nd – 26th
Asia: January 22nd – 26th
Minor Play-in: January 27th
Detailed information on the Minors, including format adjustments and Play-in matches, can be found on IEM’s blog.[ + ]
Bundle up, it’s time to celebrate the winter season!
Toss a few snowballs and head over to snowy Militia, which is back for the holiday and currently available in Casual and Deathmatch game modes.
The C4 is all wrapped up, and chickens are sporting their finest festive wear–everyone’s getting into the holiday spirit!
The Ten Year Veteran Coin is now available to players who have been a member of the Counter-Strike community for over 10 years. To receive the coin, you must have a Steam account in good standing, and must have owned (and played) a game from the Counter-Strike series for over 10 years.
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When you become a Global General (Rank 40), you’ll be given the opportunity to reset your Profile Rank. After January 1, 2019 you’ll be able to receive the new 2019 Service Medal, an inspectable display item that will be visible wherever your avatar is shown.
Introducing Danger Zone — a fast-paced battle royale game mode built on CS:GO’s tactical gameplay where players use their wits, skill, and resources to fight to the finish. Play solo, or work together as a squad of two or three!
So there’s never been a better time to bring in your friends.
All players who played CS:GO before today’s update will receive a commemorative Loyalty Badge they can display on their profile. You were there from the beginning, so show it off! Additionally, all existing CS:GO players have had their accounts upgraded to Prime Status.
As before, Prime Status matches you with other Prime Status players. Additionally, your Prime Status will give you access to the new Souvenir MP5-SD | Lab Rats (available by earning XP while playing Danger Zone matches) and the all new Danger Zone Case.
A new game mode, a new case, and CS:GO is free. What are you waiting for? GO! GO! GO![ + ]