Best CS:GO Competitive Maps Pool | CS:GO Maps Rating
On May 2020, there are 7 main CS:GO eSports maps that are played in competitive Counter Strike Global Offensive major tournaments. Nowadays, it is crucial to have a deep understanding of maps and their impact on a match to be a pro tipster or a casual team fan. Let’s have a look at all most played maps and create a ranking of the most popular maps on professional CS:GO stage.
What are the maps?
All Counter Strike Global Offensive matches are played on competitive maps. A map is the space where players compete with each other. CS:GO maps are designed in real-world style to hold a fight between Terrorists (usually shortened as T-side) and Counter-Terrorists (CT-side).
Almost every competitive CS:GO map was designed by members of game community in previous Counter Strike versions. Therefore, there are few maps designed by the game developer – Valve.
How many maps are in CS GO?
Since the release of Counter Strike Global Offensive on Windows in 2012, Valve has been updating the most popular maps and renewing the map pool every year. The only map that dodged major corrections is Mirage, which was first added to the map pool on July 1, 2014. Although Dust2, Train, Inferno and Nuke are barely the oldest maps, they have survived lots of changes.
Based on May 2020, Counter Strike Global Offensive professional eSports scene has 7 Active Duty maps: Inferno, Nuke, Dust II, Overpass, Mirage, Vertigo, and Train. Apart from that, the reserve map pool consists of Cache, Cobblestone, Canals, Zoo, Abbey, and Biome.
The most popular CS:GO maps ranked from worst to best
This map was added not a long time ago. While it is common thing that new maps rarely break into the most peaked ones on pro stage, Vertigo has been a “new” one since the addition till our days. Many Counter Strike players and experts admit that Vertigo is not well-balanced. The map is quite fun through, with all this smoke spots, chokepoints and boosts. It has its own metagame and tactics that work only on Vertigo. Moreover, it’s seems fun to play new unbalanced map for novice players. However, I would rather recommend you to avoid this map.
In the middle of this map, you can see the main building which has 3 levels: catwalk, main (A point), and basement (B point). With such a location of bomb planting sites, it is a pure disaster for novice players. Moreover, it may be confusing how to enter and exit the building at start. In addition to this, it is hard to distinguish different sounds at Nuke as the map has many levels, building and rooms. Therefore, Nuke is not very popular even among professional players.
Unlike Cobblestone, CT-Side prevails on this map, at least at the start. With smart movements, CT’s can easily gain a control of the entire map within several seconds. However, after T-Side successfully plants the bomb, it’s a coinflip time for the defense as you can’t check both spots on time on Overpass. The map is also famous for its brilliant conditions for payers with AWP or other weapons with long-range aim. No doubts, the map is brilliant for creating different tactics and combining players with different playing styles in one team, however, it may be too hard for the newcomers.
This map features amazingly narrow corridors and plenty of high positions that provide CT-Side with considerable advantage. However, famous Slovak player ‘GuardiaN’ has a different opinion on Train. He thinks that this map has too many different corners and ways to attack, so it is extremely hard for CTs to cover every one of them. Train always demands some hard training from the teams to be able to show strong performance. Therefore, some teams hate this map, while others peak it as their first option.
This map has everything: wide space for ‘kill ‘em all’ moments, tight corridors and a small tunnel to gain control of your nerves and go back into the intense battlefield. CTs can easily gain the map control at the start, however, it is easy for Ts to find the way towards both A and B points. Inferno is not a map where you can win the round by yourself without communication with the teammates. The map is well-balanced, so that teams have discovered numerous tactics to win on Inferno.
This map was so close to the first place! Nevertheless, I have to admit that it is not loved equally by pro and casual players. While eSports stars say only positive words about Mirage, casual players not even always remember the map name. Mirage can be described as a small town somewhere in North Africa. The map has almost equal distance to the bombsites for both teams, so it creates lots of space for creating different tactics and the clutches are crucial in many rounds. The map is extremely comfortable for Tier 1 CS:GO competition, but it still lose to our winner in terms of popularity.
1. Dust II
It is the most popular map not only among the pro players but also among casual Counter Strike lovers. It is also the most played map in CS:GO. Probably, the two most dedicated Dust II fans are NiKo and dev1ce. The first one has a 65% winning rate on this map, while the second love it as a skilled AWP player. This map provides equal opportunities for Ts and CTs to win a round. T-Side can dictate the pace of a round, while CT-Side has lots of chances for rotations and traps. Although this is a classic CS:GO map which is simple to understand, it requires good knowledge of map control and rotations. That’s why Dust II is number one for all Counter Strike players, maybe even starting from 1.6.
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