Video: Pros comment on Anubis replacing Dust2

While at the BLAST Premier Fall Final, HLTV asked players and talent about the latest map change.

Earlier this month, Valve updated the official Active Duty map pool by replacing the long-standing Dust2 with Anubis, a new community-made map that had never been played competitively before.

As always when it comes to important changes such as those made to the competitive map pool, this sparked a discussion in the community and among pros, so we used the opportunity to go around the BLAST Premier Fall Final and ask the teams and talent in attendance for their thoughts on the update.

Was Dust2 the map that needed to go? Was Anubis the best map to be added, as opposed to old staples such as Train, Cobblestone, and Cache? Have they had the chance to run around the new map? These are questions that Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač, Nick "⁠nitr0⁠" Cannella, Robin "⁠ropz⁠" Kool, Mathieu "⁠Maniac⁠" Quiquerez, Richard "⁠Xizt⁠" Landström, Hampus "⁠hampus⁠" Poser, and Håvard "⁠rain⁠" Nygaard answered in the video.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1512
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.67
Sweden Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1413
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1674
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
Switzerland Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
837
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1457
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1196
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.61
anubis >>>>> d2
2022-11-28 15:22
59 replies
#5
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United States zovint
+1
2022-11-28 15:22
if it wasn't for dust2, you would never play counter strike clown anubis is disgusting
2022-11-28 15:26
54 replies
lol what
2022-11-28 15:27
take your meds
2022-11-28 15:28
27 replies
little kids have no idea how much dust2 has always meant to cs XD cute anubis is a ugly map with no meaning and for morons who can't play dust because their aim doesn't exist
2022-11-28 15:33
26 replies
get a job old man
2022-11-28 15:34
Maps have to change in order for the game to develop,its a good move for the game,it's just you likening to play d2 way to much
2022-11-28 15:47
15 replies
U will never understand fenomen of de_dust 2 u are to new to this game
2022-11-28 16:01
13 replies
D2 was fenomen for 1.6, for CSGO its Mirage
2022-11-28 16:15
11 replies
+1. D2 is the old mirage.
2022-11-28 16:38
for all CS history and for generations of new players, not just for 1.6 man dust2 isafucking icon
2022-11-28 17:23
9 replies
For me Dust II is nothing more than extremely boring trash map And I'm not the youngest generation So you're wrong
2022-11-28 17:25
4 replies
then you don't know the history of counter-strike or you play from source or go
2022-11-28 17:32
3 replies
Who cares what was in 2002 when it's 2022 on calendar?
2022-11-28 17:48
2 replies
+1
2022-11-30 04:54
#188
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Brazil Miguer
+1
2022-12-05 15:11
#109
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Sweden quacke
dust2 is an iconic map still boring as fuck tho idk if anubis is better, i wanted de_ruby but i think i am the only person in the world who liked ruby in 2019 :(
2022-11-28 18:05
3 replies
You're not alone I played Ruby a lot, pretty good map
2022-11-28 18:20
1 reply
#124
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Sweden quacke
i miss it every day
2022-11-28 19:02
Personally I was always more a fan of Breach, but Ruby was fun too. Guess I still have hope tho, since they added breach back recently :) Hopefully it replaces dog Mirage
2022-11-28 20:25
#159
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Romania GreenZye
i was 4 and you take the L
2022-11-29 06:03
#178
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Ukraine Bidus
There is Train, Cobble, Cache. We don't need stuff like Ancient or Anubis.
2022-12-01 03:07
+1
2022-11-28 15:58
D2 means a lot to cs, but only hard fanboys can say that it is a good map, because its actually shit. Only semi good for pugs but still just use awp and thats it 0 fun. And on pro scene, worst map.
2022-11-28 16:04
5 replies
still 10x better than anubis xd + u can renew cobble, train, cache worst move ever by valve
2022-11-28 17:27
4 replies
new maps > same old retro shit
2022-11-28 17:27
3 replies
counter-strike has always been famous for legendary maps that have been renewed, with shit like anubis you have no right to beat any iconic map
2022-11-28 17:33
2 replies
Just because it has history doesn't mean it's good, dust 2 has been around so long every game is the same stuff, I love the history but stuff has to change to keep it fresh
2022-11-28 17:39
iconic =/= good new maps = more entertainment, new metas
2022-11-28 19:09
#73
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Israel JENOVA
Agree... Dust2 is the most iconic map of the game. Omg what a days when I just start playing Counter-Strike hehe :) good old memories of d2
2022-11-28 16:33
Its alright old man....your time is done That closed off mindset aint doing shit for the game
2022-12-05 04:51
☝️🤓 Lol
2022-11-28 15:31
#36
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Yugoslavia Acceb
D2 has been stale since 2015. Want to fix d2? Open the skybox and don't allow cats to get under for almost free. Create more angles mid ct side That said idk who tf thought the timings at B were a good idea on Anubis. Mf already flashing in by the time you get there. There is too much useless territory on the map especially for Ts. The map is a cluster fuck of angles. Here's an idea Valve. Have 9 maps on rotation or do seasons. Or just add chache and season the best maps.
2022-11-28 15:47
1 reply
+1 just Bigger map Pool and all Maps FRee to play. Like in good ol' days.
2022-11-28 18:46
+1
2022-11-28 15:58
Lmao what xD I personally came because of Boston Final. And Boston Final is legendary because of Inferno, not some trash map called "Dust II"
2022-11-28 16:19
10 replies
so you are new and dont understand anything ok good for telling us
2022-11-28 18:10
7 replies
Another guy with nostalgia glasses
2022-11-28 18:15
6 replies
you havent even played old inferno XD stop commenting pls
2022-11-28 18:16
5 replies
I played old inferno (because for me Steam Workshop isn't the void unlike for persons like you), and holy f new Inferno is miles better
2022-11-28 18:18
4 replies
wtf, steam workshop vs irl game 15-20 years ago? XDDDDDD man, you don't understand anything and you won't understand anything, go back and play valorant on anubis
2022-11-28 18:33
2 replies
I don't see ability buttons on Anubis Maybe you will say how to use abilities on Anubis?
2022-11-28 19:04
+1
2022-11-30 01:33
you are new and projecting it onto me, ok
2022-11-28 18:36
some trash map aahahahah 12 yo spotted
2022-11-29 00:15
1 reply
Literally every map in current map pool >>> Dust II
2022-11-29 00:45
#79
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Slovakia VladO.
+1, should have removed mirage instead most overplayed puggish map ever
2022-11-28 16:38
#80
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Sweden axelious
I kinda agree, like, Dust 2 is the legacy of CS. However, it doesn't have to always be in the active duty pool.
2022-11-28 16:40
+1
2022-11-28 16:41
For someone who actually played the game back then, dust2 was never a favorite. Most the gathers/mixes, and clan practices I played in my early CS days was not dust2, perhaps more played was Inferno, it was without a doubt the best map of the old CS era. Now if I where to play on "public servers" as we called them, dust2 was great for a bit of stupid brainless fun.
2022-11-28 16:43
+1 legendary map for map someone pooped out in a few days.
2022-11-28 18:09
If it wasn't for Quake you would never play Counter Strike, let's add bunnyhopping
2022-11-28 20:41
2 replies
ofc, quake also deserves respect but it was just a long time because he's dead now and cs has been on top for over 20 years so i'm sorry but quake is not the same level of phenom and never was + this is about a specific map and its history and d2 was not in quake so this is a dumb argument :)))
2022-11-28 20:47
+1
2022-11-29 00:15
Dust2 is still in the game? xd like wtf. Just bcs they removed it from pro play dosent it mean they are just gonna completely forget about it lol
2022-11-29 07:35
#163
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Finland 5way
aboslutely nobody plays a game just because it has some certain map in it dust2 sucks
2022-11-29 11:05
+1111
2022-11-28 16:13
#97
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Sweden Noxerius
any map >>>> dust2
2022-11-28 17:26
+ 8 sideways
2022-11-29 00:14
#2
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Brazil MIBR_IS_BAD
comments indeed
2022-11-28 15:22
Krazy
2022-11-28 15:22
#4
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Finland Cucumber))
anubis owns dust2
2022-11-28 15:22
3 replies
#143
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Canada firtlast
dont make me deep fry your cucumbers
2022-11-28 23:21
1 reply
I think you might have to
2022-11-28 23:43
+1
2022-11-29 09:31
#6
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Australia boblao
kool
2022-11-28 15:23
Just bring back cache/train It shoud be better
2022-11-28 15:23
1 reply
#179
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Ukraine Bidus
Yep x2.
2022-12-01 03:08
#8
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Europe mistermr
terrible idea
2022-11-28 15:24
"hooxi doesn't like playing dust 2" GIGACHAD
2022-11-28 15:24
2 replies
#68
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Czech Republic MartyCzech
+1 🗿
2022-11-28 16:23
More like trashcan
2022-11-30 15:36
#10
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Poland Obajtek
anubis is a good map
2022-11-28 15:25
Gj
2022-11-28 15:28
anubis needs a few updates and it will be a good map. its alot better than vertigo even in its current state imo ^^
2022-11-28 15:28
imagine removing the map that defined CS to begin with this game is dead
2022-11-28 15:30
14 replies
First they remove train which was so good then the heart of CS maps that's D2.. gaben likes Mirage kekw
2022-11-28 15:34
5 replies
Train with CT meta would've been just as boring as Ancient.
2022-11-28 16:03
4 replies
#117
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Germany tilted_up
Even more boring. With the Major patch on train (silencer OP af) you‘d have every ct site like 13-15 rounds. Even 4 rounds as T site was a lot when it was still on active mappool which is waaaay too onesided.
2022-11-28 18:21
3 replies
+1
2022-11-28 21:45
#157
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Finland Nollegee
If they fix train a bit they could add it back
2022-11-29 05:41
1 reply
#162
 | 
Germany tilted_up
Played it yesterday in MM for fun and it actually was! Game ended 16:13 with a 7 round t site for me and my team. So yeah bring back train!
2022-11-29 10:35
I hope this comment is bait
2022-11-28 15:38
+1 stupid move ever gaben d2, cobblestone, train, cache? no, why FCKING ANUBIS XDDDDDDDDD
2022-11-28 15:39
1 reply
Old cache instead of new and it be gucci
2022-11-28 15:58
Who cares what this map done in the past if currently this map is trash & most disliked in community?
2022-11-28 16:20
3 replies
flair checks out, everyone loves d2, silly weeaboo
2022-11-28 17:59
2 replies
BIG & AWP abusers =/= everyone
2022-11-28 18:16
Turks and russians =/= Everyone
2022-11-28 20:43
as if it didn't get removed before lmao
2022-11-29 04:44
#18
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Poland DYSKREje
On anubis i have like 80 fps mid f4k that map
2022-11-28 15:32
3 replies
#50
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Sweden MasterHimi
poorland checks out
2022-11-28 16:03
#62
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Other KittyVN
? Anubis has better performance for me than Ancient for example and not just that
2022-11-28 16:19
same, a little optimization and its will be a good map
2022-11-28 18:00
Sad i would have voted to remove Mirage than D2.. D2 the heart of CS maps
2022-11-28 15:33
tldr; "i haven't played the map yet but map bad!"
2022-11-28 15:34
1 reply
#180
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Ukraine Bidus
Don't have play. I've seen it. That's why I dont want to play it.
2022-12-01 03:10
imagine remaking cache and cobble and not adding either of them, clowns fr
2022-11-28 15:36
2 replies
u want the latest cobble ?xd
2022-11-28 16:28
1 reply
no i want old cache
2022-11-28 16:37
Been playing the map since its release and i don't think it was ready for pro play. A site is straight up terrible with no cover and due to how the map is layered half of the games are gonna be shift walking through water because of foot steps, similar to ramp on vertigo. As a result were probably either going to see A rushes the whole game or super boring defaults into last 20 seconds execs.
2022-11-28 15:40
2 replies
I think you underestimate the lurk/flank potential both t and ct have on this map
2022-11-29 12:45
1 reply
#181
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Ukraine Bidus
I think you OVERESTIMATE the lurk/flank potential both t and ct have on this map
2022-12-01 03:11
Anubis / de anubis added into the csgo in the March 31, 2020. Valorant release date 2 june 2020. "lOoks liKe VaLoRanT MaP" lol
2022-11-28 15:41
9 replies
doesnt it look like one though?
2022-11-28 15:49
2 replies
well I never play valorant so
2022-11-28 15:52
1 reply
then your comment is unbelievably irrelevant
2022-11-28 16:14
Release date is irrelevant, the phrase just means that it looks similarly amateur like valorant maps.
2022-11-28 15:50
5 replies
2022-11-28 16:01
3 replies
ok so don't comment 0q stuff then
2022-11-28 16:21
2 replies
It is older than valorant, so its valorant maps look like anubis
2022-11-28 16:47
1 reply
again with the 0iq comment. Saying something is like something else goes either way and age is irrelevant. One of the stupidest things I've seen anyone say on here.
2022-11-28 16:51
U mean valorant maps look like anubis
2022-11-28 16:13
who cares mens. just go and drown in sorrow.
2022-11-28 15:41
a NOOB is
2022-11-28 15:43
#38
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Vietnam _Liam_
should have removed vertigo, dust2 >>>>>>> vertigo
2022-11-28 15:49
3 replies
+1
2022-11-28 16:06
Agree
2022-11-28 19:34
#182
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Ukraine Bidus
Yep. Vertigo is another half assed map. Not suited for torunament playstyle level.
2022-12-01 03:13
But it does look like a Valorant map tho.
2022-11-28 15:52
dust2 i s still by far most played map it does not make sense to replace it. anubis and cpl_mill can be itnroduced to replace vertigo and ancient
2022-11-28 16:04
6 replies
#66
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Other KittyVN
Dust2 is not by far the most played map anymore in casual and in pro matches it fell off hard. The competitive scenes needed that map to get changed
2022-11-28 16:20
3 replies
It's better to go what people want, not only by few competitive tournaments. Vertigo or ancient comes up during tournament, people tune out of streams pretty much those maps are that bad
2022-11-28 19:05
2 replies
Mirage was the most played. Dust 2 fell off even on mm. This map is synonym to cheaters nowadays.
2022-11-28 19:44
u can still play dust 2 on any platform as a casual player so does that matter? they are changing mappool for competitive scene ,not like that u can't play it
2022-11-29 04:51
#74
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Russia Soawii
it is the least played map at the pro level, what are you talking about
2022-11-28 16:34
Mirage Inferno >>>>>>>
2022-11-28 20:46
#55
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Portugal flexxNTC
Make de_season great again
2022-11-28 16:09
1 reply
#183
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Ukraine Bidus
Word man. I love Season. So interesting. Always. Cache is my second fav. Season...mmm hell yeah.
2022-12-01 03:14
csgo now is like call of duty its more like run and shoot , no need for skills and you dont need game basics because its broken .. and now they put ugly ass maps like Anus-bis
2022-11-28 16:09
4 replies
Gold nova be like
2022-11-28 20:46
3 replies
you got it for free and i got it in 2012.. that the deference between u and me
2022-11-29 11:29
2 replies
#177
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United States PlankCS
Idk being in silver for 10 years is kinda sad
2022-12-01 01:42
1 reply
during the ten years I've made a lot of kids like you cry every round by saying "you cheat" ..keep talking about something you dont know kid
2022-12-01 11:21
pros:i hope valve removes every map and add new maps also pros:i dont like new maps,removing of historic maps is bad KEKW
2022-11-28 16:14
1 reply
#118
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Germany tilted_up
Basically HLTV‘s every day business. HLTV: „Remove mirage/D2/Vertigo/Ancient already!!“ -> Volvo removes d2 HLTV: „OMG WHY REMOVE d2 BEST AND MOST ICONIC MAP, WTF DEAD GAME RIP CSGO“
2022-11-28 18:25
I cant see the video because of adblock or what ever. And somehow cant remove the adblock no matter what i try. So can someone please link the video?
2022-11-28 16:19
3 replies
1 reply
Thanks brother <3
2022-11-28 16:50
delete cookies and you'll be fine.
2022-11-30 11:59
Does anyone actually care about what maniac is saying
2022-11-28 16:24
1 reply
#144
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Canada firtlast
yes. - Maniac
2022-11-28 23:24
Map is kinda ok but its bugged as fk. I was running around the map for 1 hour and found 5 smokes that go thru the floor (underground) and You can flash thru the walls in few places. Also grenades bounce off the air in 15+ places -.-
2022-11-28 16:27
-anubis - d2 +cache
2022-11-28 16:35
Bring contra back!
2022-11-28 16:36
Love when d2 gets discussed, all these newfags trashing the map that built CS, the only map that is played professionally for almost 20 years. Must suck tho, people must prefer vertigo or some stupid shit like that
2022-11-28 16:41
1 reply
+1
2022-11-29 11:54
tuscan > anubis
2022-11-28 16:41
take meds
2022-11-28 16:45
whats tacos take on this
2022-11-28 16:51
#90
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Sweden S3bluen
Literally any other map >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> D2 > Anubis
2022-11-28 16:52
This is a pretty common reaction to new maps, they can keep on updating Anubis until it’s better for the game. I can’t remember how many times they changed all the other maps till they were better That being said though, how come Tuscan isn’t a map that gets played. They should also bring some other maps from 1.6 that never made it to this game. Maybe russka? There’s a lot of good options out there for maps
2022-11-28 17:13
too much angles to clear , map is garbage for competitive gameplay :) OLD COBBLE wouldve been great
2022-11-28 17:14
1 reply
on retakes and retakes - yes in general - not really just go for mid and water control, ez map
2022-11-28 18:01
#105
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Sweden hxm__
Hampus based
2022-11-28 17:58
#128
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Spain moorakami
What's the point of this video? Everyone basically says "I don't know, haven't played it yet"
2022-11-28 19:17
Hampus based. Anubis looks like valorant trash maps
2022-11-28 19:18
heroic , furia , nip had d2 as perma ban as it so will help them and those who had first pick rip them(big)
2022-11-28 19:43
I think It's enough of "hate" against the poor community map makers who try their best and FINALLY had a map make it to competitive, as the map was originally made by the community until bought by Valve. to G2 hunter, NiP hampus call it a valorant map, call it shit, while they haven't even played it.. to just say "bring old maps back this is CS:GO", is a poor attitude. That goes nowhere to help the game evolve, and not stagnate. At least try it before u shite on it. And no a "flyaround" through the map is not enough, because the map plays fairly well and its fun to play. Reminder how anubis won a faceit mapcore contest, as the best exotic map (not to say.. read the replies to that tweet in 2020, and how everyone is saying to add it to competitive.. sounds kinda "odd" now to see people not appriciate it.) twitter.com/Mapcore/status/1239631709760..
2022-11-28 20:30
#150
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Uganda Tby17Q
Anubis is just like a Valorant map.Surfaces are so random and bombsites have like 7 entrances like bro just give us Cache or Cobble !!
2022-11-29 00:55
-dust 2 -mirage +anubis +tuscan
2022-11-29 02:02
#152
JW | 
Sweden EntonXD
Wish they remove alot of the useless complicated extra rooms and connectors on the map. Its so confusing compared to maps like dust 2, mirage, inferno.
2022-11-29 02:02
2 replies
Exactly why it should stay… Use skill and aim instead of waiting at the same corner every single round. Inferno is so linear ugh.
2022-11-29 15:43
1 reply
#170
JW | 
Sweden EntonXD
More holding 90* angles with no rotate paths. Its bad
2022-11-29 21:00
de_Dust2 de_Nuke de_Train de_Inferno de_Cbble de_Aztec de_Tuscan de_Cache de_Idontknow
2022-11-29 05:41
Anubis still buggy as fuck but might be good map after major overhaul
2022-11-29 14:37
Anubis is awesome. It’s got so many angles and corners. Original CS maps are insanely bland and generic. Everyone praising IGL’s for strats on the most linear maps ever created for a FPS shooter…
2022-11-29 15:41
#173
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United States McBubba
Great move. I hope to see this sort of 1 map a year rotation in the coming years.
2022-11-30 08:47
Cs Mansion > Anubis
2022-11-30 14:59
csgo is a dead game.. we all know it All cs legends retired LOTS of people left for valorant and other games.. R I P csgo.
2022-12-01 11:09
1 reply
flag checks out
2022-12-06 14:31
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