Counter-Strike 2 Copies an Important Feature from Valorant

Abhimannu Das
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Counter-Strike 2’s limited beta test has introduced some major changes to the game including a new loadout system, buying phase changes and more
The game has also added support for Workshop Tools.
Players who break VAC guidelines will now be banned live during matches.

Counter-Strike 2 (CS2) just dropped a massive update that introduced a loadout system where you can add up to 15 different guns. The buy menu is a lot similar to Valorant now with the ability to buy back items. The second major change is the removal of Dust 2 with Mirage taking its place. This is a temporary change and both maps should be available when Counter-Strike 2 launches later this year.

Counter-Strike 2’s loadout system explained

Players can now create a loadout of any five pistols, any five mid-tier weapons and any five rifles. Players can select a total of 15 weapons from three categories to bring on the CT and T-side to bring with them during matches. 

This is a big change from the SMG and heavy categories in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO). Both weapon types are now part of the mid-tier in Counter-Strike 2. In the buying phase, players can now buy back items like Valorant. If you spend your currency on the wrong weapon, you have a chance to sell it and buy something else instead without losing your money. 

Workshop Tools 

Introducing Counter-Strike 2 Workshop Tools which can be enabled and downloaded from the in-game settings menu. These tools will allow community contributors to create weapon finishes, stickers, and maps. The Steam Community Workshop does not yet support uploading CS2 maps.

Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) changes

VAC will now live ban and gracefully terminate the match at the end of the round (unless it was the last round and the cheater lost).

  • The match will not affect any participants' Skill Group.

  • Players that were not lobbied with the VAC-banned player will earn XP for the match.

This was something that was datamined in the past and it has finally been implemented in the current version of the CS2 Limited Beta Test. If you want to be a part of the beta, here’s our guide on how to sign up for the limited beta test.

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Abhimannu is a PC esports writer at AFK Gaming. With over seven years of experience in esports journalism, he has worked on a myriad of games and their ecosystems including Valorant, Overwatch and Apex Legends.