Valve makes significant changes to the CSGO active duty map pool.
Valve is making plenty of changes to the CSGO active duty map pool as the first set of Regional Major Ranking CSGO events is about to start very soon. Major changes in the game include: activating Ancient and removing Train.
Ancient was first introduced in late December last year as one of the Operation Broken Fang, which was recently finished.
For the new map, the game company described it as an homage to Aztec, the previous bomb defusal map. The new map will be set in an ancient temple surrounded by dark pits and mossy cobblestone. Besides Vertigo, officially launched in 2012, Valve decided to activate Ancient to this map.
Since Ancient is a part of Broken Fang’s conclusion, Valve included some tweaks to Ancient, mostly found on A site. Along with it are re-workings and the addition of another CT path. Consistently, they added a plateau into tunnels for long-range fights. Lastly, they tweaked the B site a little.
The new map went through some changes to fit for purpose in the pool. Valve said in a statement, “The A Site has been re-worked, and there are now two ways for CTs to get to the site. A plateau has also been added for long-range fights into tunnels.” Valve added, “Meanwhile, B site will have minor tweaks.”
With Ancient’s addition, Valve removed Train.
Train was introduced in 2014 after many gameplay changes. Following this, they officially activated it in the active duty map pool only in March 2015. It is one of the oldest and most iconic maps in the game’s history.
Surely, some CSGO players do not agree with this, thinking that their Train strats will go to waste as they prepare for Flashpoint 3. However, Valve officially replied to a fan tweet, saying that the old map pool will still be used in the upcoming RMR events. Therefore, Ancient will not be used for the said events.
It is indeed surprising to see Train go. Some players are disappointed, while others are looking forward to these changes. Valve has already done this kind of game change in the past years. They rework and relaunch—the same cycle. It is apparent in some iconic maps like Inferno, Dust II, and Nuke. Many expect that Mirage will be the next map that Valve will rework on, considering that it merely received tweaks and stale overhaul since CSGO was released.
With these new changes to the active duty map pool, letting go of Train, and welcoming Ancient, a lot of changes will undoubtedly be experienced by CSGO players. Expect its effects on the map pick-and-ban process of many pro teams.
It might be challenging to adjust to these changes, but the game developers know what they are doing. Worry not; you can still play on the Train map in some events—Play FPS games like CSGO on your personal computer and mobile devices.