CS:GO Update Halves AWP Magazine, Dividing Community

When you ask someone what was the first multiplayer game they played, the answer will most often be Counter-Strike – for people above a certain age at least. Hours spent playing in a LAN cafe or at your friend’s house would have put you in one of two groups – not the terrorists and the counter-terrorists, but those who loved the AWP sniper rifle and those who hated it. Those who hated him, like me, only did so because we kept dying at the hands of those who loved him. I still hear the sound of gunfire some nights.


Even now, ten years after CS:GO, the AWP has retained its title as one of the most iconic guns in video game history, thanks to its power in the right hands. However, after years of living in fear, it’s time for AWP enemies to rejoice – the sniper rifle is nerfed. Unfortunately, it will still kill you with one hit anywhere above the waist, but if it’s a bad hit, you might have a chance to rush them, because they’ll only have five left. cartridges per magazine.

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The update also saw some map-related changes. “To start, we are making changes to the Active Duty map pool, which will determine which maps will be played at the Paris Major 2023,” reads a blog post from the CS:GO team. “Anubis is added to Active Duty and Dust II is removed. But both maps are still available in Casual, Deathmatch and Competitive modes.

“We’re also making some tweaks to weapons. The AWP has had its magazine size reduced to five bullets (so make it count!), and the M4A1-S now does less damage at longer ranges.”

As PC Gamer pointed out, the CS:GO community is torn over this decision on Reddit. While haters like me mention that AWP users will finally have to calm down and reload, others have said that a 50% reduction is a bit too drastic. Some even joked that Valve did this out of hatred towards CS:GO pro, kennyS.

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