A new season has begun and CSGO is constantly evolving, both in terms of the game itself and its mechanics, as well in terms of its professional scene. In this article we will deal with both of these types of csgo updates and cover what has been going on over the past 2 months.
CSGO Updates - Patches
There have been quite a few small changes since the start of December, mostly having to do with tiny interface elements. Most of the changes do not affect the professional scene, as they deal with various game modes and not with the game as a whole. Here’s a list of them:
CSGO update 1:
The team names truncation issue in scoreboard in some languages got fixed.
CSGO update 2:
Snowballs are no longer purchasable from the console.
CSGO update 3:
Fixed the problem of snowballs and sensor grenades to not occupying the same grenade slot.
CSGO update 4:
Added the existence of a game server log output for team assignments when the game is commencing and after backup reload.
CSGO update 5:
State changes during match pauses are now tracked via a game server log.
CSGO update 6:
Support was added for the in-game streams of The Katowice Major 2019.
CSGO update 7:
The cases where players could get stuck inside each other when jump crouching got fixed.
CSGO update 8:
An exploit resulting in players sometimes getting trapped under the world got fixed.
CSGO update 9:
The security doors problem consisting in them sometimes having $0 price tags got fixed.
CSGO update 10:
Automated sentry gun lasers were sometimes not disappearing. That’s fixed now.
CSGO update 11:
The angles of items that come out of crates got slightly adjusted.
CSGO update 12:
Players can no longer get stuck on each other in competitive modes near ledges.
CSGO update 13:
Chickens are now wearing their festive clothes to celebrate the winter season.
CSGO update 14:
Players can now pick up and throw snowballs. This is available in all game modes except Danger Zone, Competitive Matchmaking and Wingman.
CSGO update 15:
The Terrorists Team have gift wrapped their special package for the winter holiday season.
CSGO update 16:
Freeze frame visuals consisting in holiday borders are back to wish you a happy winter season.
CSGO update 17:
Casual and Deathmatch game modes now give you the option to take a winter vacation to Militia.
CSGO update 18:
The Ten Year Veteran Coin will be awarded to players who have been a member of the CS community for at least 10 years. To be eligible to receive it, the player must have a Steam account in good standing, with a game from the CS series.
CSGO update 19:
The player must have been an owner of the game for 10 years and played the game at least once. The coin will be awarded the very next time the game is launched.
CSGO update 20:
When you become a Global General, which is the equivalent of reaching Rank 40, you’ll be offered the opportunity to reset your Profile Rank. You are now able to receive a new 2019 Service Medal, an inspectable display item that will be on display wherever your avatar is shown.
CSGO update 21:
Significant performance improvements have been achieved for users on AMD and Intel GPUs.
CSGO update 22:
Tablet buymenu drone delivery weapon prices have been adjusted.
CSGO update 23:
Ammo boxes now dispense 1/4 of their contents whenever they are used. They can still be shared with squadmates.
CSGO update 24:
The duration required to arm explosives on the safe has been reduced. An alert was added to warn the arming player when they are still within the blast radius.
CSGO update 25:
The parachute from blue tool crates has been removed.
CSGO update 26:
Spawn point selection timer duration has been reduced.
CSGO update 27:
Added armor to blue tool crates that previously only contained a helmet.
CSGO update 28:
The number of Shotgun, SMG, and Pistol crates was increased.
CSGO update 29:
A case where players would be shown a redundant Starting Match message was fixed.
CSGO update 30:
A precache error when loading the Blacksite map on clients with default settings got fixed.
CSGO update 31:
The Danger Zone exploration money progress indicator is no longer jittering when switching tablets or spectator targets.
CSGO update 32:
The viewmodel animation interpolation error that was observed on some high-latency clients got fixed.
CSGO update 33:
The first-person rappel animation was adjusted to accommodate all widescreen aspect ratios.
CSGO update 34:
The regression in weapons equipped by certain community training maps got fixed.
CSGO update 35:
The particle materials for rupturing money bags got fixed so that they match the money stack materials.
CSGO update 36:
Fixed the sv_prime_accounts_only setting. Previously, it wasn’t working on certain community servers.
CSGO update 37:
The searching tooltip was showing incorrect prime status for lobby. That got fixed as well.
CSGO Updates - Transfers
Another kind of CSGO updates that are shaping the CSGO scene are the transfers that are being made. Quite a few tier 1 teams have decided to change something at the end of last year and the start of this one, simply because there were around 5 teams that managed to establish a monopoly in 2018, winning pretty much every single event. Of course, Astralis and Na’Vi were the main ones, but FaZe Clan, MIBR and Team Liquid were also on the list. Mousesports managed to snatch a few titles as well, but other than that the season was a struggle. And not just for them, for many others.
One of the most important roster changes that have happened over the last 2 months has to do with Golden, Cloud9’s player, who has become inactive. This is a very talented player with a lot of potential, who used to play for Fnatic. And he did it with great success, even serving as their IGL at one point. Among his best results are the following: 3rd – 4th place at ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals (at the end of 2017), 3rd – 4th place at Esports Championship Series Season 4 (at the end of 2017), 5th – 8th place at ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018, 1st place at IEM XII World Championship (2018), 1st place at WESG 2017-2018 and 3rd – 4th place at DreamHack Masters Marseille 2018.
In the past 9 months or so, Golden has not been having much luck, simply because both his former team, Fnatic, as well as his new one, Cloud9, did not have the firepower to deal with the likes of Astralis, Na’Vi, Team Liquid, FaZe Clan, MIBR or even mousesports. And as a result, the player’s rating got lower and lower. But now that he’s inactive we’re actually waiting to see whether or not he gets transferred.
We’re expecting a move to one of the big teams for Golden. A possible candidate would be FaZe Clan, simply because karrigan is no longer wanted there (or at least, that’s how the situation looks). However, FaZe seem to be playing with AdreN now as their temporary 5th, so we’re not sure yet. But it’s certain that a talented young player like Golden won’t be inactive for long.