Valve unveils new version of Counter-Strike's Dust 2 map

2 of 2Old Dust IIImage via Valve

2 of 2Old Dust IIImage via Valve

It is still unclear when the map will be added to the Active Duty Group again but the new map is already available via the game's beta test branch starting today. While still available for online competitive play, the iconic map, having been a competitive fan favorite since 2001, was not available for tournament play. Valve explained the changes to the map, which include a substantial visual upgrade, on the game's website. Valve announced that they're updating the Dust2 map in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, with some significant visual upgrades. Valve has also adjust some of the map's geometry, removing or relocating objects that could obscure line of sight or interrupt movement.

The most noticeable update to Dust II is the graphical improvement over the previous CS:GO iteration. The map preview teased new map textures, a color change to the skybox as well as green palm trees, blue tent sits, and a painting of dusty concrete buildings.

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As he played, he noticed that with the boxes new position at A long, combined with the higher roof, it could allow for two players to boost over the smoke a peer through towards the corner where AWPer's are most likely to be posted on the Terrorist's entrance. The map is lighter and brighter throughout, and Valve has removed a series of dark spots where players could camp. (Learn about opting into CS:GO beta here.) Below you'll find a few highlights of what has changed.

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