Valve released a new CS:GO update today and it’s a game changer! The latest updates include new CS:GO maps Biome & Subzero, changes to the Tec-9 and CZ75 Auto, and Round Changes that could affect the entire metagame.

New CS:GO Maps Subzero and Biome

New CS:GO maps de_subzero and de_biome are the latest to be added to the map pool. They’re now available to play in Deathmatch and Casual under Defusal Group Sigma.

New CS:GO Update: New CS:GO Maps

Austria from Operation Hydra has also been added to the map pool in Competitive, replacing Canals. Shipped and Insertion have been removed from maps.

Subzero and Biome have already been tested extensively on FACEIT Hubs. Biome was the winner of the Valve-sponsored Mapcore contest. The maps were already in speculation for a new CS:GO operation, but it seems Valve is focusing on standalone updates.

CS:GO Map Updates: de_biome CS:GO Map Updates: de_subzero

The CS:GO blog states that they’ll be measuring playtime of each map. If a map is popular enough, it may make its way into Competitive and even Pro play.

You can see a video review of the maps, along with other new CS:GO maps which might make it to the game, here.

CS:GO Tec-9 Updates & CZ75 Updates

The new CS:GO update also introduces changes to the Tec 9 and CZ75 Auto in CS:GO. Players and pros alike have asked for Tec9 and CZ75 changes for a long time. Here’s what the stats look like.

CS:GO Updates: CZ75 Auto Changes CS:GO Updates: Tec9 Changes

The Release Notes explain the new gun updates:
– Adjusted the CZ75a to encourage semi-automatic fire at medium and long ranges.
– Increased recoil and fire inaccuracy
– Slightly improved accuracy recovery rate

– Adjustments to make the Tec9 more forgiving at medium rates of fire.
– Reduced fire inaccuracy
– Slightly improved accuracy recovery rate

That’s not the end of the gun changes. The SG553 price is now $2750 and the AUG price is now $3150. These significant reductions could make players choose the long-range scoped guns over the AK47 and M4A4 or M4A1 more often.

It seems like both have received a slight buff, although how the changes balance out competitive play is yet to be seen.

CS:GO Update: Economy Changes

There’s also a significant game-changing update. New economy changes make round losses more forgiving for losing teams.

In Competitive Matchmaking, both teams are now considered to start the half with a one-round ‘losing streak’ that is reset following a round win. Instead of $1400, the Round 1 loser receives $1900, then $2400 for a subsequent loss, etc.

In the past, losing the pistol round often meant losing 3 rounds in a row due to the money disadvantage. Recovering team economy could also take a while after losing rounds. These new changes will make games much more interesting.

With new gun updates, new maps, and big changes to the economy, CS:GO is really changing the meta with this new update.