The AWP needs to be removed from competitive matches. It has to go for good.
The main issue with the AWP is that it entirely removes the competitive part of the game. The whole point of a game like CS is to figure out how to use the different weapons, e.g. controlling your bursts and dealing with recoil. That is not necessary when using the AWP, all it takes is to camp on a spot near the hostages, and then cross your fingers that the enemy players will run out of smoke grenades, while waiting for that left-click instant kill.
I understand that the AWP is a great choice for less skilled players who wants to have fun and achieve a good score, however the reality is, that with the AWP, you are not achieving a good score simply by playing well, you are achieving a good score by leeching on the other players. It may be fun for the person who is laming with the AWP, but that fun is achieved on the expensive of all the hardworking players who actually tries to make the game entertaining.
Today I was playing two matches of CS:GO, the first map being Office and the second map being Italy. During the game, I was noting a player who did incredibly bad, constantly getting headshotted, while achieving an overwhelming negative score. It should be added that he was mainly using ordinary weapons, like the M4 rifle, etc.
However during the next match, he ran out and got killed 3 times in a row, with the sole purpose of saving up for the AWP. Once he bought the AWP he started to camp near the hostages, and from this point, his score started to rise to a point where it ended up being around 27-10, which is hilarious, given the fact that he had an overwhelming negative score during the first match where he was using ordinary guns.
The favorite argument by the leeching AWP'ers is to tell people to learn how to use smokes. Well the thing is, you can only carry one smoke grenade, and if half of the enemy team is camping with the AWP, then once you are out of smokes, you are basically dead AWP meat.
I wouldn't mind the AWP to be kept in casual matches, but please, do remove it from competitive matches, as it removes a huge chunk of the competitivity from the game.