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Valve Makes Premier Matchmaking Available to All CS:GO Players

CS:GO's Operation Broken Fang launched in December with a number of new features, including Broken Fang Premier matchmaking for those who purchased the pass. A month before the event's end, Valve decided to make the mode available to all players.

IN A NUTSHELL:
  • Valve has made Broken Fang Premier mode available to all CS:GOplayers .
  • The mode involves alternate selection and banning of maps before a game, similar to what happens in esports tournaments;
  • Matchmaking Premier will be available until the end of April.

For the final month of Operation Broken Fang's duration in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, every player will be able to try out Broken Fang Premier, a new matchmaking mode inspired by CS:GO's top esports tournament practices. It involves both teams picking and banning each other's maps. This way, in the end, the arena that is let should, in theory, suit everyone.

This mode also provides the opportunity to constantly learn new maps, which adds variety for players whose choices in ranked matches come down to, say, Dust 2.

The opportunity to try Broken Fang Premier is available under one condition - our account must have Prime status. Accounts of this kind were introduced after CS:GO switched to free-to-play model in December 2018. Their owners were people who purchased the game before the free-to-play transition. Among other things, players with a Prime account have the ability to play matches exclusively with other "primes," which limits the possibility of encountering chaters or newcomers who are just learning the basics. Prime status can be achieved by reaching level 21, so basically anyone can take advantage of Broken Fang Prime.

Matchmaking Premier will be available to everyone until the end of the operation - i.e. April 30. Note that only maps from the active tournament pool will be available for matchmaking, so exotic arenas like Azteca or Cobblestone are not included. In addition to releasing Broken Fang Premier, Valve has made a number of changes in the latest update, which you can read about here.

  1. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - official blog
  2. CS:GO - game guide

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