Every now and then, every popular game is updated with new patches to remove some of the old problems and introduce some novelties. The usual theme with these patches is that some players love them and some players hate them but they are an unavoidable part of the eSports world.
The recently introduced patch for Counter Strike: Global Offensive has introduced some interesting changes, most importantly shifting around some aspects of the in-game economy, requiring certain adjustments.
Increased Loss Bonus
The economy plays an important role in CS:GO and the new patch will force teams to shift and reconsider their strategies. The patch introduces an increased loss bonus for the first round, going from $1,400 to $1,900 and then to $2,400 for the next loss, etc.
The change was designed to somehow decrease the impact of the pistol round but it has immediately created a discussion about new possibilities these new bonuses create for the side ending up on the losing end of the round.
The Terrorist side can now get more capital to purchase things required for a successful bomb plant while the CT side can get more Kevlar and defuse kits, which may seem like small details, but are actually quite important on a professional level.
Controversial Side of the Patch
Up to this point, the patch does seem to make sense and doesn’t actually put anyone at a disadvantage as long as the proper strategy is adopted. However, where it becomes somewhat controversial is at the point where the team losing the first pistol round but winning the second is awarded $1,400 instead of $1,900.
So, the patch that was introduced to soften the blow of the pistol round in a way fails to protect against a force buy.
Overall, we’ll have to wait and see how these changes actually play out in reality. What’s certain is that there will be more money to go around, which will definitely lead to more robust forced buys. In its current state, the patch also puts the CT side at a slight disadvantage but proper strategies might be able to find the way around this.
CZ Pistol Nerfed a Touch
In terms of other changes introduced with the latest patch, the most interesting ones have to do with CZ75a, the weapon of choice for most players in terms of pistols in CS:GO. According to the official announcements, the recoil and fire inaccuracy have been increased, while the accuracy recovery rate has been improved slightly.
With these change, precision shots will be rewarded more handsomely, while spraying will become somewhat less effective. Overall, however, these tweaks don’t introduce too many relevant changes so CZ is likely to remain the pistol of choice in the game.
Apart from CZ, Tec-9 has also received a small buff, slightly improving its accuracy at medium rates of fire. As for automatic rifles, the AUG and SG553 have had their prices reduced, which could potentially make them pretenders for the throne against more popular AK47 and M4. However, due to a heavy recoil both of these rifles come with, they are unlikely to take supremacy from M4 and AK47.