FACEIT launch CS2 Limited Access
A "Challenger" rank has also been introduced for the top 1,000 players from each region.
FACEIT has launched a limited test of its platform and servers for Counter-Strike 2, offering access exclusively to those who are level 9 or 10 on the platform, have over 1,000 matches played, and already have access to Counter-Strike 2.
A new "Challenger" rank has also been created for the top 1,000 players in each region, mirroring the new Premier mode rank that provides more insight into a player's exact placement among their peers. The numerical badge also gives players "new and exciting goals to grind after reaching level 10."
The launch of FACEIT's servers offers an alternative to traditional Counter-Strike 2 matchmaking, which functions on a sub-tick system rather than the 64-tick matchmaking or 128-tick servers used by FACEIT, ESEA, and professional games in CS:GO.
HLTV reached out to a FACEIT representative to clarify whether the servers for their CS2 Limited Access test are running on 128-tick, but they declined to comment.
However, early comments from Kenny "kennyS" Schrub indicate that matchmaking on FACEIT's servers feels better than traditional CS2 servers, although even the Frenchman admitted it could be a placebo effect.
This Limited Access launch is "Part 1/3," according to FACEIT, who say that Part 2 of their release will roll out when Counter-Strike 2 is open to the entire community.
The platform added that Elo and skill level adjustments will be applied in Part 2 of their release as "the growth of our player base has led to inconsistencies in the distribution across skill levels," although level 10 players in the Limited Access test will immediately experience a "soft" Elo adjustment.