Valve has dropped a new update to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and is one of the biggest we’ve seen in a while.

CSGO Horizon AUG
Horizon Case AUG Skin by dabes

AUG gets new price update

After the AUG and SG553 price reduction late last year, pros and regular players started to notice just how powerful they are. The AUG has since then been under love by teams like Astralis, Liquid and much hate by other pro players, such as Nikola “Niko” Kovač that was very vocal on Twitter.

Valve has listened to the community and tuned up the price to its original value. This means that the price for the AUG is now $3,300 and the difference between a M4 and an AUG is $200, which is the price of a flashbang. But now that the community knows how good the AUG can be, it’s just a matter of preference for it to be picked over the M4, because apart from the price change, the stats remain the same.
Despite the community’s lack of love for the SG553, the weapon is very similar to its CT equivalent and was not touch in this new update.

New Prisma Case

CSGO Developers also added a new weapon skin case, with freshly designed community made skins, including AWP, AK, M4A4 and an hand full of
Chroma color patterned knives.

CSGO Prisma Case
All the skins that can be obtained from the Prisma Case

Loss bonus system reworked

Interestingly enough, the loss bonus system has also been changed in this update. Making this update very impactful to the way pro teams and regular players play competitively. Here is a short description taken from the official CSGO blog:

  • Round loss bonuses are now based on the count of a team’s round losses. The count increases by one after every loss, and decreases by one after every win (minimum 0).
    • 0 Losses: $1400
    • 1 Loss: $1900
    • 2 Losses: $2400
    • 3 Losses: $2900
    • 4+ Losses: $3400
  • Previously, a win would reset the round loss bonus completely. Now, a win simply reduces the loss counter by one.

It will be interesting to see how the community and specially pro players embrace this new change.

You can find the full patch notes on the official CSGO blog.