Jess Colwill, February 6, 2017

Valve Removes Dust2, Returns Inferno to Active Duty

Valve has announced that wildly popular and tournament favorite Counter-Strike: Global Offensive map de_Dust2 has been removed from Active Duty.

In its place, Valve has returned Inferno to Active Duty from the Reserves list. Similarly, Inferno was taken out of the rotation last April for reworking and was replaced by the newly improved Nuke.

When Valve removes a map, they’re typically looking to give it a bit of a retooling. Considering how Dust2 is widely thought of as one of the best maps in multiplayer history, many would argue that there’s simply no improvement to be made.

Assuming tournament organizers go along with the new patch, it will mean the iconic map is out of play for the foreseeable future. The director of DreamHack Masters, Marc Winther has confirmed that Inferno will be part of the map pool in their Las Vegas tournament in just over a week’s time.

The news has come just days before the start of the ESL season. Upon discussing it with the WESA player council, they announced they would leave Dust2 in the Active Duty rotation for the first week of the season. After that first week on February 21st, Inferno will come blazing through and remain there for the rest of the season.

Valve’s decision to remove Dust2 seems to have polarized the community with some saying they would rather have seen Cobblestone removed. What do you think of the map’s removal? Is Inferno a reasonable replacement? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Jess Colwill

Jess is a writer and dog-lover from the eastern coast of Australia, who loves playing games (particularly anything by BioWare), listening to metal, baking, and fostering rescue dogs while they wait for new homes. You can find her on Twitter at @notsocryptic.