Counter Strike

CS:GO, now CS:GO 2, is one of the most popular first-person shooter games in the world, with a massive following and a competitive Esports scene. The game has undergone several updates and changes since its initial release in 2012, but perhaps none have been as highly anticipated as the transition to the Source 2 engine. CS:GO 2 promises to bring a host of new features and improvements, including better graphics, improved optimization, and more accurate soundscapes.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the changes and upgrades that CS:GO 2 brings to the table. We’ll examine the game’s performance on the new engine, explore the new gameplay mechanics and features, and assess whether the transition to Source 2 has been a success. 

Source 2 Engine

After years of anticipation, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has finally made the transition to the Source 2 engine. This move has been long-awaited by fans of the game, as it promises to bring a host of improvements to the gameplay experience. Some of the most notable changes that Source 2 brought include improved graphics, better optimization, and increased performance. 

The Source 2 engine has been used in other popular games such as Dota 2, and its implementation in CSGO is expected to make the game more competitive and visually stunning, just like it did for Dota.

One of the most significant changes in CSGO2 is the improvement in the game’s audio system. The new engine promises to deliver more accurate soundscapes, making it easier for players to locate enemies and plan their strategies accordingly. Additionally, the new engine brings significant improvements to the game’s lighting system, which should make the game more immersive and visually appealing. Overall, the transition to Source 2 is expected to breathe new life into CSGO, and the community is eagerly anticipating the new features and improvements that come with it.

Bye Bye 64-tick Servers

CS:GO players always had tick-related problems. The game was laggy, the ping too high, and the smokes wouldn’t always land the same way. That’s why a lot of CS:GO players used FACEIT which provided 128-tick rate servers. Other’s that were not die-hard fans and didn’t want to pay for third-party software transitioned to Valorant. Luckily, that ends with CS:GO 2. 

Valve found a solution by redefining the netcode of Counter-Strike 2 with a Sub-Tick Engine. The new netcode will precisely detect when players move and fire their shots, making actions like peeking, jumping, and shooting at players much more responsive than the previous ’64-tick’ netcode design. Supposedly, player actions are no longer dependent on the server refresh rate. Servers now know the exact moment when the player makes an action, in other words, there are no tick rates.

New Responsive Smokes


Players who are familiar with Counter-Strike’s smoke mechanics will find that they are entirely different in Counter-Strike 2. Although the game’s gunplay and mechanics remain unchanged, many players initially believed that the game’s meta would remain the same. 

However, Valve has introduced a game-defining mechanic to Counter-Strike 2 that is forcing players to adapt their playstyles and strategies. This will surely make an impact on the professional CS:GO scene too, as the meta change almost always brings some new teams to the top. 

From now on, shooting at smoke will cause the object to transform, and with repeated shots, players can create an aperture in the smoke that reveals any enemies hidden within it. The trajectory of the bullets will leave a small gap that is enough to see exactly what’s behind. Additionally, players can use an HE grenade to entirely remove the smoke, providing a few seconds of complete visibility.

VAC Update

Valve has employed the Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) system across all its multiplayer games for a long time. Although VAC is consistently updated to help developers detect new hacks and improve the overall gameplay experience, Counter-Strike 2 will reportedly feature an upgraded anti-cheat system known as VAC Live. 

VAC Live will be able to detect cheaters in an ongoing game. If a ban occurs, the match will immediately end. A similar feature is present in Valorant’s kernel-level Vanguard anti-cheat system, which notifies players that the match has been terminated due to the detection of a cheater. 


In conclusion, CS:GO 2 has brought several exciting changes and upgrades to the popular game. The transition to the Source 2 engine has improved the game’s graphics, optimization, and audio system, making it more competitive and immersive. The new responsive smokes and redefined netcode have forced players to adapt their strategies and playstyles, and the upgraded VAC Live anti-cheat system is a welcome addition to ensure fair play. Overall, CS:GO 2 is an excellent update to the beloved game, and the community is excited to see how it will impact the competitive Esports scene.