The newest update to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive brings some alterations to three maps in the active duty lineup. The most interesting changes come to Mirage, as some gameplay aspects shift around the map’s mid area. Meanwhile, Train and Dust2 receive some skybox openings along with a new wallbang spot.

Mirage gets a bench

While sounding trivial, a bench can make all the difference in CSGO. The major update to the active duty map sees a bench added between mid window and connector entrance from mid. This allows for a self-boost into window, as well as a chance to peek into catwalk (or short, as some call it). The bench replaces another teammate and provides more opportunities for solo gameplay when sneaking around the map’s mid area.

Another minor improvement that was added involves an extension to top of mid. This allows the terrorists to peek into connector as well as denying the counter-terrorists the ability to take mid-control via smokes right off the bat (popularized by Astralis).

Additionally, terrorists will now be able to clear a close scaffolding spot from inside of palace, making sure that there aren’t any counter terrorists lurking with an SMG when just exiting the palace.

These changes all seem to favor the terrorist side. Despite being modest changes except the bench, they allow for more options and better viewing angles for the bomb-planters.

Dust2 and Train receive new open skybox areas

Dust2 has finally received an open skybox in B-halls before B-site. Taking control of B-site was a difficult task as no smokes could be thrown from B halls, usually leading to a “rush B” approach to be favored, especially by amateurs. Now smokes can be thrown to close out the site and allow for a more strategic approach by the terrorists.

Train also received an open skybox area. The skybox over the building separating Ivy and A site has been opened up. This could potentially be exploited by the terrorist side. Strategic smokes could be potentially thrown from Ivy on the terrorist side to the site, either to confuse the enemy or allow for a strategic approach for teammates coming out of main or pop dog.

Here are the full notes on CSGO‘s changes to Train, Dust2, and Mirage:

Train:
– Opened up skybox over building separating Ivy/A site
– Various visibility improvements
– Various minor bug fixes

Dust2:
– Opened up skybox from B halls towards site

Mirage:
– Added AWP wallbang spot from palace to scaffolding close corner, A site
– Added bench in mid allowing jump up to window boost spot/peek towards cat
– Widened T entrance to mid
– Lowered trim around B site balcony
– Blocked a jump-peek from middle of B site towards cat

The full patch notes from the CSGO update also include information on Cache, Studio and miscellaneous other changes.

What do you think of this update to the CSGO maps? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments. As always, remember to follow us at Daily Esports for all your latest news in CSGO as well as other major esports out there.

Naim Rosinski
A casual and semi-competitve Counter-Strike fanatic that indulges in following the esports scene. Attended IEM Katowice 2019 as press and has a passion for esports, tech and traditional sports. When I'm not outside, I'm on my PC following the world of esports, popping headshots in CSGO, or developing a world-class team from scratch in eFootball PES.

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