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EMS One Katowice Championship

Have you heard the news? CS:GO’s next major community-supported event will be the EMS One Katowice Championship! Check out the original press release below:

Counter-Strike Community Builds $250,000 Prize Pool for EMS One Katowice Championship

Proceeds From In-Game Item Sales Support CS:GO’s Top Players

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CS:GO Free Weekend

Starting today at 10am until Sunday at 1pm PST – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is free. You can click this linkvisit this page, or launch steam and start downloading the game now. All weekend you can play the complete game.

CS:GO is more than just the best looking CS. We have expanded the game with new characters, new weapons, new maps, and new game modes. So you don’t get overwhelmed, let’s break down the game modes and give you a suggestion on where to start based on your skill level.

For everyone, a good first stop is the Weapon Course where you will get some quick tips and training on new mechanics.

If you have never played a first person shooter – first, what’s wrong with you? You have been missing out. A good intro that isn’t about map strategy, team goals, etc – is Arms Race. It’s pretty simple. Kill the guys who don’t look like you. Every time you kill one, you get a new weapon. There are some things that happen at the end with a knife if you are the top player in kills, but do you really think that is going to happen? Okay, let’s pretend it does. You get a golden knife – then what? Stab a guy and win the game. If you do that, you better take a screen shot and post it on the CS:GO Game Hub – otherwise no one will believe you.

If you do actually play first person shooters but maybe haven’t played much Counter-Strike or it has been a bit – try Demolition Mode. These are small intense maps that remove the buy round at the start and throw players right into the action. Plant the bomb, defuse the bomb, kill a guy – it all helps.

Has it been a while since you last played CS? The franchise has existed for 12 years, so at this point you could have last played in 6th grade and since graduated college, gotten married, and had your first kid by now – so we’ll excuse your rusty skills if you are bouncing the new kid on your lap as you play. A word of warning on that – don’t play Competitive Mode if you think you need to drop out mid-game or just want to drop in and out of games, instead play Casual Mode. It is classic Counter-Strike with some relaxed rules on purchasing weapons and we leave all talk on so players can chat while playing.

Are you a CS player? Think you have what it takes to win but have been scared to try CS:GO? If you think you are up for it – jump into Competitive Mode. This is where it is all about skill, win 10 matches and you will get put into a Skill Group, keep winning and you’ll be placed into a higher Skill Group, lose and you might get placed lower. Match making will make sure you keep playing in games at your skill level. Leaving a match will put you into a timeout period for Competitive match making. We even have a FAQ here for you if you want more information.

CS:GO Pro Tip Series: Semphis

We’re excited to bring you the first in a series of pro tips provided by professional Counter-Strike players. Pros from around the world have come together to provide advice for players who are hoping to improve their competitive skills.

Below, Area 51’s Semphis provides an overview of how he uses the AK-47 during matches, and also demonstrates a few flash and smoke grenade locations that can help you approach bombsite A in de_inferno.

Moving forward, we’ll be at ESWC in Paris in a few weeks and will have an opportunity to film with more top CS:GO teams. Are there certain tips or strategies that you’d like the pros to discuss? Let us know in the forums and we’ll bring your questions to Paris!

Update: New Matchmaking & Maps


Today’s update includes two maps (de_vertigo and ar_monastery), a wide range of fixes, and an overhaul of the matchmaking for the Classic Competitive mode.

Update: New Matchmaking & Maps
1 OCT 2012 –

Today’s update includes two maps (de_vertigo and ar_monastery), a wide range of fixes, and an overhaul of the matchmaking for the Classic Competitive mode.

Matchmaking FAQ

To get you started with the first version of the revamped Classic Competitive mode, here are answers to some common questions about the system:

What’s different in Classic Competitive?
Up until today all of the game modes have used a ‘Join in Progress’ matchmaking system. As of today, Classic Competitive will use a ‘Queue’ matchmaking system.
When you search for a Competitive game, either from the Find a Game menu or the Play with Friends menu, you will be put in a queue. When we identify 10 compatible players then your match will start. If you get disconnected then you should use the Reconnect button on the main menu. We’ll be monitoring and tuning the system over the time.

How do I begin a Competitive match?
There are two easy ways to get into a match. If you’re playing on your own, just use the standard “Find A Game” option and choose the Classic Competitive mode. You’ll automatically be added to the queue and will join a match as soon as one is ready.
If you’re looking to join a match with a larger group, choose the “Play With Friends” option and invite up to four additional teammates. You’ll join a queue together and will enter a match on the same team.

What happens if I disconnect?
If you disconnect from your match then you can rejoin the in-progress match from the CS:GO main menu. You also have the option to abandon your match, although this is considered poor sportsmanship and is recorded.

What happens if I abandon my match?
If you abandon a match then Classic Competitive will be unavailable for 30 minutes.

Is it possible to join a match in progress?
Only if it’s a match that you previously disconnected from. Otherwise the only way to enter a Classic Competitive match is from the start, using one of the methods mentioned above.

Can I invite my friends into a Classic Competitive match?
You can invite friends into your pre-game lobby using the Play With Friends menu item but you cannot invite friends into a match after it has started.

In Classic Competitive, can I pick which side I play on? (T or CT)
No. When a match begins, you will be assigned to a team (if you join with your friends, you will all be on the same team). After 15 rounds the teams switch sides, so you will always have the opportunity to play both sides of a map.

How does the match end?
Matches are best-of-30, and end either when one team wins 16 rounds, or all 30 rounds are played.

Can we vote in Classic Competitive?
The only vote option available in Classic Competitive is ‘Kick player.’ At the end of the match you’ll be presented with a vote to ‘rematch,’ which requires 10 votes to pass. If any one player abandons the match, the option to rematch won’t be presented.
How does my Elo score factor into the new matchmaking?

We’ll be recalibrating Elo in the coming weeks and are temporarily removing it from the UI. As we recalibrate, we’ll be matching players of all skills to collect better data and test various Elo models.