Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s next major kicks off later this month, as the best teams in the world head to IEM Katowice. But a recently-uncovered radar bind threatens to undermine the game’s entire meta ahead of the competition by allowing players to spot enemies who might otherwise be hidden.
Smoke grenades are a major part of the Counter-Strike meta at every level of the game, cutting off important lines of sight or providing temporary hiding places. If a player is in smoke, they can’t see anything, but until it fades, they can’t be seen, either.
Traditionally, that would mean that they wouldn’t appear on the game’s minimap, or radar. Players have recently discovered, however, that rapidly changing the scale of the radar causes icons for enemies that would otherwise be hidden to appear, allowing top-level players to pick out players who they shouldn’t be able to see. You can get some idea of what that looks like in the clip embedded further down this article, although there’s no guarantee that the player in question, Gla1ve, is using the radar bind strategy.
Understandably, on the eve of a tournament, this is causing some controversy within the community, which is rapidly trying to come up with a solution to the problem. The issue is that there’s very little time for any changes to be made – players will need to play on official matchmaking servers, and there’s only a couple of weeks to go until the tournament beings. On top of that, the radar bind is theoretically legal. It’s easy to install, and is helpful when deciding where to go next, allowing you to swap between a macro and micro view of the map.
MIBR player Taco tweeted to suggest that the radar bind should be banned from the tournament outright, while former player Spunj suggests removing enemies from the radar in order to put the focus on in-game communication. In a bold suggestion, Ninjas in Pyjamas’ Lekr0 suggests a “gentleman’s agreement” to not use smokes at all during the tournament, but many are suggesting that this new discovery is simply part of the meta, and that the teams who adapt to it are the ones who deserve to succeed.
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You can check out the tournament on Twitch, running from Thursday, February 28 until Sunday, March 3.