Earlier this month, Valve took the infamous “Dust2” map out of rotation to make room for a remodeled “Inferno.” Today, at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas, team North inducted the new map with a vicious quad-kill through smoke to take a round off opponent OpTic.
The above round had North on the Counter-Terrorists side, after a gruelling first half for the team ended 4-11 in opponent OpTic’s favour. On the CT side, North sought to rally back for the 12 rounds it would need, and it was René “cajunb” Borg who came up strong with a spray into a smoke grenade that almost completely wiped OpTic.
Though Inferno has been around since the days of Counter-Strike 1.1, the map was dropped from the modern competitive Global Offensive rotation early last year and wasn’t reintroduced until Feb. 3, when it replaced longtime favourite Dust2.
Because of its relative age in the competitive CS:GO scene, professional teams like North and OpTic are likely to less accustomed to the nuances of the map. In the video, you can see the moment where OpTic’s Óscar “mixwell” Cañellas realises he can penetrate a certain wall with bullets from his AWP, a tactic commonly referred to as “wallbanging.”
Due to how fresh the map is, the Counter-Terrorist side seemed to be the favourable one, as CT’s just have to “sit back and toss smokes,” as analyst Duncan Shields said on the post-game analysis desk. The more comfortable teams become with the map, the more avenues may open up for interesting play from both sides.
It’s still no Dust2, but it will do.