Dust2 replaced by Inferno in CS:GO competitive map rotation

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Longstanding Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competitive map Dust2 will be replaced by Inferno in the Active Duty Group, which determines which maps are played in all Counter-Strike competitive events, developer Valve announced Friday.

Inferno, a map formerly of the Active Duty Group, was recently reworked by Valve in October making balance changes among other things in the rework. It's now the second map, alongside Nuke (which originally replaced it), to return to the competitive map lineup following a rework in the last year.

The change will be used at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas, beginning on Feb. 15, the organizer announced today. Whether the map will be in rotation for the pick-and-veto phase at the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice qualifiers Saturday is currently unknown. That event's tournament organizer, ESL, did not respond to a request for comment at time of publication.

Dust2 is one of the Counter-Strike series' oldest maps, being featured in the original Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike: Source, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The map was initially added into the original Counter-Strike in May 2001 and has been a fixture in the games ever since. After nearly 16 years, it will now be retired as Valve looks to rework the map to the standard that it has for Inferno and Nuke.