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Counter-Strike 2 Premier Mode, CS Rating, and MR12 Explained

Priyanshu Tiwari  |   Sep 2, 9:47 PM   |   6 min read

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  • Valve introduces Premier Mode in CS2

  • Alongside Premier Mode, CS2 will feature CS Rating system

  • CS2 will feature a new MR12 system in Premier, Competitive and Majors


As Valve is pushing Counter-Strike 2 Limited Test to more players, the developers are ready to introduce the new Premier Mode, MR12, and the addition of the Inferno map. These changes will bring a new experience for all the players with the latest CS Ranking system spread across nine regional and worldwide leaderboards. Besides the Premier Mode, introducing a maximum of 12 rounds per half will significantly change the Premier, Competitive, and the way tournaments are viewed. 


Read more: CS2 Update Brings New Inferno, MR12, New Skill Groups And More Invites


Valve Brings MR12 and new CS Rating in Counter-Strike 2


In the recent update, Valve confirmed that they are trying to process as many invites for the Counter-Strike 2 Limited Test to all the eligible players. With new players entering the CS2 Limited Test, Valve is all set to test the latest Premier Mode and the new CS Rating system. In CS2, there will be a total of nine leaderboards.

  • Friends - This leaderboard tracks players on your Friends List.
  • World - the top 1,000 players in the world.
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • China
  • Europe
  • North America
  • South America

Of nine, seven leaderboards will be based on the "location of the servers you play on the most." Friends leaderboard will feature the players and their friends, while the World leaderboard will consist of the top 1000 players across the regions. 


Previously, Counter-Strike used to feature 15 rounds per half and a total of 30 matches in regulation time, which used to take a lot of time to complete a single game. Addressing the same, here is what Valve has to say on the matter:


Over the past decade, we’ve shipped updates to the economy and weapon balance to trim the fat and reduce the number of uncontested rounds in a match of CS.


While the purists aren't enthused by the change, here's Valve's rationale:

Because of these changes, exciting competitive matches can be resolved with fewer rounds. And shorter matches mean players can play more, and more often.


CS2 will feature a maximum of 24 rounds in regulation time with mandatory overtime in case of a tie. The new system will be put in place in Premier Matchmaking, Competitive, and the Majors.

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