The busy month of March for CS:GO

While many players had their fingers crossed for the new CS:GO operation, the developers were working on a number of other majorly game-altering updates. The month of March was a packed one, as two or three major updates rolled out, as well as a half dozen minor ones. The first of the major updates included a brand new permanently-implemented map, known as Canals, to the matchmaking scene. In addition, a new case was released, with some of the best and brightest weapon skins we have seen in all of CS:GO. However, with the release of a brand new, barely tested map, comes a massive wave of bugs and exploits within the game. Of course, the majority of these were fixed in the almost weekly patch updates after the map was implemented.

The new drop-down menu that checks the in-game statistics of the weapon, seen above

As many CS:GO players most likely know, the way a weapon skin looks in game is determined by a “float” value and pattern ID. A recent update brought big changes to in-game skin inspection. Before the update, the only way to figure out these statistics was to go to a third-party website that calculates skin float values and pattern IDs. Now, you can look at the finish style, pattern ID, and float value while inspecting the weapon in-game. This is very convenient for skin traders and collectors.

Finally, the one everyone is talking about, the removal of the Negev and the R8 Revolver from competitive matchmaking. The purpose of this update was to allow time for “substantial revision” in the power, usage, and aesthetics of the weapons. Not only that, but the R8 and Negev have seen a role change in non-competitive play, including sound and price changes.

The Negev’s effect on matchmaking

The Negev is seen here with its powerful ammunition and capacity for sustained fire

The Negev and the R8 Revolver are two weapons that many players, including myself, have mixed feelings about. The Negev, a weapon meant for enemy movement suppression and cover fire, is often used in different ways. Players with the maximum amount of money ($16,000) will often buy Negev’s for themselves. They will then most likely run around spray as much as possible, hoping to get a lucky head shot. Negev’s can also be seen alongside automatic sniper rifles in the last round before the half ends. Players often use it as an effort to get rid of as much money as possible, as it costs $5700.

The updated Negev has several major differences. It’s cost has been dramatically reduced from $5,700 to $4,000. It’s movement speed has been lowered, in order to promote suppressive fire from a standstill. Finally, the most obvious change, would be the sound and spray patterns. The new sound sounds suppressed/quieter, almost like a fast-shooting Airsoft rifle. The new spray pattern consists of the first 10-20 bullets being wildly inaccurate. However, the gun then settles and the next hundred or so bullets will stay in an extremely clustered space, making the gun very accurate. The old Negev would have stayed very inaccurate for the remainder of the 150-bullet magazine. And of course, it was removed from competitive gameplay.

The R8 Revolver’s effect on matchmaking

The R8 Revolver, arguably one of the biggest fails in Counter-Strike History, has changed less, but still enough to notice. Before the most recent update, it was used extremely rarely in any competitive matchmaking games above silver ranks. The gun itself is too expensive to buy on the pistol round, slow to pull out and shoot, and has very little ammunition. Players who want to have fun or mess around in games might want to use it, but other than that it is rarely used. This massive negative stat. change (debuff or “nerf”) was brought in response to the uproar from the community when the gun was first implemented. In the first three days of the R8, it was a one shot kill to the body, and was extremely fast to shoot and use. This severely damaged the competitive matchmaking meta.

The new R8 hasn’t changed much, other than the fact that the trigger pull/firing delay was made faster, in order to promote better opportunity for usage in games. The gun is still hilariously accurate compared to other pistols, but continues to be rarely used in the current CS:GO scene.

What is the future of the R8 and Negev within CS:GO?

No one exactly knows when the R8 and Negev will be placed back into competitive. The effects of these weapons no longer being available in professional matches remains to be seen. However, as a player who regularly plays competitive, I can tell you that the community is hardly shaken up by these weapons no longer being available. For the most part, matchmaking games continue to happen just as they did with the Negev and R8 Revolver.