One of the most well-known maps in first person shooters, Counter-Strike’s Dust2 is being removed from competitive play.
Valve made the announcement on Friday stating that while Dust2 would be taken out of the map rotation, Inferno would be put into rotation in its place.
In the wake of the ELEAGUE Major (congratulations Astralis!), we’re making a change to the map pool: Inferno has returned to Active Duty, replacing Dust II, and will be featured at the next CS:GO Major. As in the past, the updated Active Duty pool is automatically selected when you enter Matchmaking.
Dust2 has now been given its own category which allows players to easily play only that map in casual and deathmatch modes.
David Johnston designed Dust2 back in 2001 as a follow-up to his first map, Dust. On seeing his map removed from the competitive map pool, Johnston wasn’t that sad saying
There are so many fantastic CS:GO maps that really don’t get the playtime they deserve, so it’s about time too. The fact there’s now a Dust2-only pool is a nice throwback to the old days of the server browser being flooded with ‘Dust 24/7′ servers!
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is available now for SteamOS, Mac and Windows PC.