Pro League finals to ignore new patch
The ESL ESEA Pro League Season 2 offline finals will not be played in the newest patch, ESL pro gaming vice-president James Lampkin has revealed.
Last night, Valve released update 188.8.131.52 for CS:GO, which introduced the R8 revolver, increased round and bomb time to 1:55 and 0:40, respectively, and changed the behavior of assault rifles and pistols.
These changes will have a significant impact on gameplay, raising a genuine concern among the teams who will be in attendance at the ESL ESEA Pro League finals as some of them would not even be able to test the new patch before the event starts.
The Pro League finals will be played in the patch before 184.108.40.206
ESL has now put such concerns to bed as the tournament will be played on the previous patch - a decision that was made after consulting with players.
"With the number of game play changes and weapon changes, we all felt that this is really important to maintain the competitive spirit of the event given the amount of money and prestige on the line," James Lampkin wrote on Reddit.
The Pro League finals will kick off on Thursday at 19:00 with the first match, pitting Team Liquid against EnVyUs. The full tournament schedule can be found here.