New CS:GO matchmaking update and Skill Group changes

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New CS:GO matchmaking update and Skill Group changes

The last “major” CS:GO update saw Valve nerfing the M4A1-S and improving Ancient. This week, in the latest CS:GO update released in the early morning hours on 2 August, Valve released a significant matchmaking update that affects all players. Here’s what you need to know.

New CS:GO update details:

The patch notes for the CS:GO update released on 2 August 2022 can be viewed below:

  • Multiple changes to the competitive matchmaking algorithm, which will require Skill Groups to be recalibrated for accuracy. Your Skill Group will not be visible until you win your next match.
  • Game instructor should now correctly reload saved state if it is disabled and re-enabled.
  • Game instructor floating hints are disabled in competitive matches.

All players jumping into CS:GO following the update will be affected. You will have to win one match to see your new Competitive Skill Group rating.

Valve explains: “Typically when we ship changes to CS:GO’s matchmaking system, the adjustments are small enough that we don’t include them in our release notes. However, today’s update affects all CS:GO players so it requires some explanation.

When you launch CS:GO, you’ll notice that your Skill Group is not displayed–you’ll have to win one more match to reveal your Skill Group. Most of you will notice a change to your Skill Group, but some of you may find that you were already in the right place.”

Some players might be in a lower Skill Group, while others might be in a higher one following the update and one match win. Valve also made some changes to Ember, so check them out below.

Ember changes:
  • Altered the angle that the North cannon faces.
  • Cannons can now be aimed upwards, and is now 2x faster.
  • Now have 3 firing speeds (change with mouse2).
  • Reduced inaccuracy multiplier.
  • Killfeed now shows weapon icon.
  • Produce a beefy screen shake and more particle effects.
  • Base model now also rotates.
  • Added damage falloff to cannonballs after their initial collision.
  • Fixed being able to bumpmine away from cannon and keep control.
  • Fixed cannons continuing to turn when no longer in use.
  • Added bus to bus stop outside Industry.

That’s it for the latest CS:GO update. It will be interesting to see how South African players’ Competitive Skill Groups have been affected in CS:GO, so let us know!

Header image via Valve.


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