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  1. We’ve refreshed our merchandise line with new t-shirts, drinkware, hats, a packable jacket and backpack, and a CS:GO-themed ZOWIE mouse. Browse the new Core Collection at the Valve store, and let us know what you think! View the full article
  2. Today, we’re launching a new and improved method for matchmaking players who are likely to have a good experience playing together. For more detail click here. Today also marks the end of Operation Hydra. As the operation comes to a close, we’re making several changes to CS:GO: Wingman Wingman was the most popular Operation Hydra Event, and will remain available for players with a few changes. Wingman matchmaking will feature community favorite Wingman maps from Operation Hydra, and players will now be able to select individual maps instead of having one randomly selected. Additionally, players will now have a Wingman skill group that will be used exclusively when matchmaking in Wingman. War Games With the War Games format, players were able to select their desired game mode and could select a new experience after a few rounds. We’re keeping the War Games format, and folding in some of CS:GO’s alternative game modes into that category. In the War Games tab, players will be able to select Arms Race, Demolition, or the most popular War Game of Operation Hydra, Flying Scoutsman! Competitive Map Pool Today we’re adding Agency to the Competitive map pool, and making some additional adjustments. The Competitive Matchmaking map pool previously contained every map in CS:GO, making it difficult for new or recently updated maps to stand out among the crowd of available options and generating poor matches as a result. To address these problems, the least-played maps will no longer be featured in official Competitive Matchmaking. Over time, promising new or updated maps will enter the map pool, and less played maps will continue to be removed. Casual Map Groups To give players’ favorite maps a better chance of winning the vote, maps in the Casual game mode have been redistributed into new groups based on overall playtime. Some of the least-played maps have been removed from the pool, and some new maps have been added: Austria, Shipped, Agency, and Insertion. As with the Competitive Matchmaking map pool, the Casual map pool and map groups will be updated over time. View the full article
  3. Thanks for all the feedback! The new Dust II is now live! The quintessential CS:GO map, Dust II has been a classic since its original release. The map captures the essence of CS and in this new release we wanted to honor its pure form while buffing away the jagged edges. Click the image below to find out what’s new. We will continue to update the map as more feedback comes in. View the full article
  4. Perhaps the quintessential CS:GO map, Dust II has been a classic since its original release. The map captures the essence of CS and in this new release we wanted to honor its pure form while buffing away the jagged edges. Click the image below to find out what’s new and how to try it out. We are looking forward to your feedback. View the full article
  5. We’re excited to announce CS:GO’s next Major Championship Series will be hosted by ELEAGUE, with Playoffs taking place in Boston, January 26-28. Regional Champions Two teams from Regional Minor Championships in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and CIS regions will advance as contenders at the ELEAGUE Major Qualifier. Asia – October 26-29, Seoul CIS – October 26-29, Bucharest Europe – November 2-5, Bucharest Americas – November 2-5, Toronto Contenders, Challengers, Legends For the first time, the CS:GO Major Qualifier, Group Stage, and Playoffs will take place across consecutive weekends, with all stages of the event streamed live on Twitch, ELEAGUE.com and YouTube. It starts with the ELEAGUE Major Qualifier (Jan. 12-15) and ELEAGUE Major Group Stage (Jan. 19-22) at the ELEAGUE Arena in Atlanta. The event culminates with the Playoffs (Jan. 26-28) at the Agganis Arena in Boston, with the winner taking home their share of the $1,000,000 prize pool and becoming CS:GO Major Champions! For tickets and more information, visit www.eleague.com View the full article
  6. Operation Hydra will be extended until November 13th, and operation passes are now 50% off! This will give new players who joined us recently a chance to spend some time playing operation maps and events. Stick Around After Operation Hydra ends, some of its most popular features will live on. First, the most-played operation game modes during the final month of the operation will be added to CS:GO. Second, the most played operation maps of the final month in Competitive Matchmaking and Casual (currently Agency and Austria, respectively) will replace the least played maps in those modes. Which maps and modes will end up in CS:GO? It’s up to you, so jump into a match and add some playtime to your favorites! View the full article
  7. Today our favorite game becomes truly global as we welcome a massive community of the most dedicated gamers in the world. To all of the new players joining us through Perfect World in China, welcome to CS:GO! Join CS:GO today! Low-latency Chinese servers, instant Prime matchmaking status, it’s all free when you sign up for a CS:GO account through Perfect World and complete a quick identity verification process (CS:GO licenses are also available for purchase for your Perfect World account). Perfect World players who join us in the first month will receive a free graffiti pattern and two free stickers, featuring art created by Perfect World. These stickers and graffiti will be available for purchase worldwide starting in October. Spectral Dispersion Today we’re also introducing the new Spectrum 2 Case, available to all CS:GO players worldwide. The case includes a series of community-designed weapon finishes, with a rare special item from the second generation of knives in Chroma finishes. Incoming! This week, players had a chance to evaluate changes to the Glock, P250, and unarmored aimpunch (click here for details). Those changes are now live, so jump on to a server and give them a try. View the full article
  8. Left 4 Dead - Update View the full article
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  11. Congratulations to Gambit, the winners of PGL Krakow 2017! They take home $500,000 of the $1,000,000 prize pool. This is their first Major title. Gambit came form behind to claim victory over Immortals. They lost Cobblestone(4-16) but then rallied to win on Train(16-11) and Inferno(16-10). If you missed any of the matches or want to watch the highlights, you can download all the games from the PGL Krakow 2017 tab in the WATCH menu. We’d like to thank all the teams, everyone at PGL , and most of all the Counter-Strike community for making this tournament possible. View the full article
  12. The road to the finals has seen its share of legends go down in flames. Astralis were overwhelmed by Gambit. Immortals stunned with a commanding win over Vitrus.pro. Both teams will now battle to see who can win their first Major Championship. Your championship match, Gambit vs Immortals starts this Sunday at 8:30am EST (14:30 AM CEST) on the official Twitch stream. View the full article
  13. With 8 teams left, legends old and new will battle on the road to the Finals. Can the home crowd rally Virtus.pro to victory over North? Will Gambit continue their dominance from the group stage or will Fnatic stop them in their tracks? Who will survive the epic matchup between SK Gaming and Astralis? Immortals and BIG clash to see who can advance in their first Major. Watch all the action starting Friday at 6am EST (12:00 AM CEST) on the official Twitch stream. And remember to make your Playoff picks for the Pick’Em Challenge before the matches begin on Friday. View the full article
  14. Left 4 Dead 2 - Update View the full article
  15. The PGL Krakow 2017 Major gets under way this Sunday at 5am EST (11:00 AM CEST). While you’re watching PGL Krakow 2017, you’ll have a chance to receive a souvenir package commemorating the event. Each souvenir features a weapon from the collection of the map being played, golden stickers of the teams who were playing, and a golden signature of the MVP from the round where the souvenir dropped. To be eligible for a souvenir package, all you have to do is watch the event. If you’re watching in GOTV or in the main menu, you’ll automatically be eligible for souvenirs. If you’re watching on an official Twitch stream, make sure you link your Steam account! And don’t forget, you can support your favorite players and teams by purchasing PGL Krakow 2017 items. 50% of items proceeds go directly to the players and organizations. You can also use the team stickers to make your picks for the Pick’Em Challenge. Remember to make your group stage picks before the Group Stage begins on Sunday. View the full article
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