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The Active Duty Map Pool in competitive CS:GO has been changed, the developers Valve announced today. Valve has removed Train—one of the most iconic and oldest maps in the pool. Following the removal the developers announced that Ancient, a relatively unknown map, will be its replacement. But this map will not be used in the upcoming Regional Major Rating events, Valve said in response to Fnatic player Jesper “JW” Wecksell.

What Ancient looks like in the map pool

The new map has undergone some changes, however, to be made fit for purpose in the pool. 

“The A Site has been re-worked and CTs now have two ways to get to the site while a plateau has been added for long gun fights into tunnels,” Valve said. “B site has received minor tweaks.” 

Ancient could be somewhat familiar for CS:GO fans since it features a similar design to Aztec with the cobblestone theme throughout. The Operation Broken Fang update in December 2020 introduced the Valve-created map. 

Valve has introduced a new case with 17 new skins for players to collect. The Snakebite Collection offers a new brightly colored M4A4 and a striking red pattern on the USP-S skin. The AK-47, Desert Eagle, Galil and MP9 have also received a new skin in the collection. 

Players could also try their luck to win a pair of Broken Fang set of gloves. 

Several other maps were introduced to the other game modes, too. Mocha and Grind are now available to play in competitive scrimmage while Calavera and Pitstop are now available to play in Wingman. 

And there’s new chickens, of course. The breakable animals have been given a black and white themed redesign compared to the previous beige color. 

George is the lead reporter for Upcomer from the United Kingdom.
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