Just 24 hours after the latest update for CS:GO was announced, HLTV.org went around and asked several top players what they thought about these changes.
On Wednesday evening, Valve officially released a major update for CS:GO which, among other things, tweaked the recoil control and the damage of some of the game's weapons.
The biggest talking point about the update appears to revolve around the Desert Eagle, whose damage has been increased and with which it is now possible to kill an opponent with a single bullet, even if it is not aimed for the head, as the damage to the stomach is now 105.00 health points.
The top teams did not take long to incorporate these changes into their strategies, and in Thursday's games there were some rather unusual tactics being used.
Curious to see what some of your favourite players had to say about this latest update? Check their opinions out below.
Tobias "Troubley" Tabbert (mousesports): "I think the pistols are way too overpowered. You need two body shots with the Desert Eagle on all ranges and the enemy dies, and this is not even hard! The p2000 and the Glock have finally been adjusted, but not perfectly, they are too strong as well. The AK47 and the M4A1 are fine, you can tap easily with them now. It is no longer possible to move and spray that much. It feels a bit weird, but we only need practice. If Valve tweaks the pistols, I would say that this is a successful patch. I have liked the game a lot since the patch."
Dennis "Rytter" Rytter (fnatic): "It seems like the recoil has been changed, so it feels more like 1.6. And i like it. But there is a major problem: the Desert Eagle is way too overpowered now. It cannot be right that you can hit someone with two bullets and he is done. The Glock is way too overpowered now, too. The movement is still kind of crappy, and I would really love to see the 1.6 movement brought into the game."
Filip "Neo" Kubski (ESC Gaming): "When it comes to the new CS:GO update, I am pretty confused. There are some things that I find better, but some others are just retarded. The Desert Eagle is way too overpowered, just like the MAG-7, or the TEC-9. I like the changes to the Molotov since we had not seen people use them at all. Now maybe we will see some new strategies, especially for the Terrorists since it only costs $500. Hopefully, Valve will keep listening to players and they will make the changes that people are asking for, like for example the silencer in the M4A1, the bomb planting sound and some other things."
Markus "pronax" Wallsten (Absolute Legends): "I think that the update is good overall, I like the new recoil of the rifles a lot. There are some problems with the new update, however, all pistols except the p2000 are overpowered. Some smgs/heavy weapons still need a lot of tweaking. But the game is getting better after every update, and I hope they consider tweaking the movement in future patches."
Simon "smn" Beck (n!faculty): "I really like the new recoil of the M4 and Ak47, the balance is almost perfect, especially shooting while walking is as difficult as it should be, in my opinion. The P250 is too cheap: I would prefer it to cost $400 or to decrease the damage. The Desert Eagle and the Glock are way too powerful. They really need to decrease the damage of the Desert Eagle to under 50 per hit. The Glock is also too strong because you can kill enemies with one bullet on mid-distance if they do not have a helmet. If they change these three things, the game will be awesome to watch and maybe it will have a bright future."
Hélder "coachi" Sancho (x6tence): "I liked the old recoil, but I do not feel that much difference since the update. The fact that spraying is easier does not seem to be an improvement. On the other hand, the fact that tapping has improved is quite nice. The changes to the Desert Eagle are the worst thing about this update, it is ridiculously strong and takes away the balance of the game to some extent, it is terrible. In the next updates, I would like to have the silencer on the M4 back and a more powerful pistol for the CTs. I would also like the Defuse kit to be cheaper and to see some improvements to the AWP, which I still think is somewhat random."
Arseny "ceh9" Trynozhenko (Natus Vincere): "First of all, as many teams will say, the biggest problem is the Desert Eagle. The first bullet will always go to the center of the crosshair and it will make 80 damage. So two bullets to the body and your enemy is down. The second thing I would like to ask Valve's developers about is the cost of the P250. Before the update, all teams said that this pistol was overpowered and that for $500 you could win a round. Now the price has dropped to $300. Then there is the maps. They need to make more maps like de_mirage_csgo, they need to add _se maps to matchmaking, and I do not know why they added some stupid mode and called it Deathmatch. This mode is one of the oldest ones, and 1.6 and CS:Source players have been playing it for a few years already. So how hard is it to mirror a mode that is already being played in CS:GO servers? It seems like Valve wanted to make something special instead. To sum up: I hope they will fix the pistols; the key is very simple: reduce their power by 25 per cent. And if they want to have strong pistols for ECO rounds, their price cannot be $300, but $800."
André "berg" Kjellberg (Lemondogs): "I like the new update, I think they are making the game better and better with every update. There are a few problems with this one, though, like with the pistols, especially the Desert Eagle... It deals way too much damage at the moment, you can damage someone for 90+ when you hit them in the stomach and that is just bulls***, it needs to get fixed right away. I am not sure why they would lower the price for the Molotov as T and the P250 so you can buy both a P250, which is overpowered, and a Molotov and just send it into the planted bomb, so that the CTs cannot defuse it. I like some of the things about the update, but some others are not that great. I would like to see them fixing the jumping penalty, it feels kind of awkward when you land, if they could make it more like 1.6 I would like it much more. There is also a bug in which you can see a person's model appear through the wall and that really needs to get fixed, it has been in the game for way too long now. And please, allow people with bad PCs to use fps commands, it is really annoying having to play the game with 80 fps...
Eli "spartacus" van Bijnen (LowLandLions): "I think the update is okay. I am glad the rifles got improved, so more people can control them better. I think it is good to attract new players, who would get annoyed and quit otherwise. In the long run, I also think it is better for current players. Speaking for myself, it still feels new, and I am questioning some of my own shooting methods. When something new comes along, we just have to see what works best, why and how. Changing the recoil is a fundamental thing about this game, so I do think they should be doing this sort of stuff that much, but it is less annoying when things become a bit easier. I do not think it is that difficult to adjust to these changes. I would really like the silencer to be implemented soon, the movement improvement, and the aimpunch removed when one is hit with kevlar."
Alexander "rdl" Redl (Absolute Legends): "Like everyone will be saying, I think the rifles are quite nice now, after the update. But the pistols are overpowered and need a nerf as soon as possible. I would also like the MAG7 to be nerfed as well, along with the P90. A movement change of some sort would also be nice, but overall, I like the update."