A limited beta test for Counter-Strike 2 has only been going on for a few days, but some professionals already have some ideas about what should be modified. For example, G2 IGL Rasmus ‘HooXi’ Nielsen has advocated for a nerf to be applied to the game’s newly added smoke component.
The first-person shooter (FPS) genre received updated smoke grenades with the release of Counter-Strike 2, thanks to Valve’s decision to make them volumetric and interactable with bullets and other grenades. Even though there have only been a few matches played during the game’s limited beta stage, G2 IGL HooXi is already demanding that the new mechanic be toned down and altered in general.
In a Twitlonger in which he discussed his impressions on the newly released game, the seasoned CS:GO pro ranked it in several categories, including map design, sound, and utility. The expert referenced smoke grenades when discussing utility and stated that the alteration is “a bit too much.”
According to HooXi, “It will forever affect the way that Counter-Strike is played, and you have to be very careful when modifying core components of CS that have been there since the beginning.” “I put a lot of thinking into it, I tried, and I kept returning to the same conclusion over and over again,” she said. “I am not a fan of it, and I hope they come up with something different or just delete this.” “This is not just me being your average CS player who dislikes change.”
The adjustments to the smoke in Counter-Strike 2 are contentious
HooXi argues that while he likes carving out windows of view with gunfire, doing so is an excellent approach to solving one-way smoke and other smoke-related problems from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The actual mechanic causes the smoke to dissipate far too quickly. He estimates clearing the new fog will take “three to four seconds.”
Even though HooXi had some issues with the smokes in Counter-Strike 2, he thought the new game and the changes were great overall. He rated the newly released game, which is now in the beta testing phase, an 8 out of 10.