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Counter-Strike 2 Update Removes Ancient and Anubis, Adds Italy, Disables Competitive Matchmaking

Priyanshu Tiwari  |   Aug 16, 10:23 AM   |   6 min read

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As Valve continues with the Counter-Strike 2 Limited Test, the developers are swapping out two maps for one. Previously, Valve had added Anubis and Ancient to the map pool to test them in Competitive, Casual, and Deathmatch game modes. After two weeks, the developers are replacing them with Italy. They also have disabled competitive matchmaking for now and fixed some gameplay and economy-related bugs. 


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Latest Counter-Strike 2 Patch Removes Anubis and Ancient From The Map Pool, Disables Competitive Matchmaking

In the recent patch for the Counter-Strike 2 Limited Test, several changes have been introduced to improve gameplay, maps, economy, and workshop tools. Concerning gameplay, Valve has turned off Competitive and Private Matchmaking for CS2 Limited Test. The map pool has also received several updates. Italy will be added to Deathmatch and Casual Game Modes while Anubis and Ancient have been retired. 


The Counter-Strike 2 developers have updated StatTrak positions on both M4 models to prevent them from obscuring stickers, enhancing the visibility of the cosmetic item. Additionally, they have adjusted the sticker sizes on the M4A4 to avoid overlapping.

Here are the full patch notes:


  • Competitive and Private Matchmaking are currently disabled in the Limited Test
  • Minor adjustments to smoke cloud shape



  • Added Italy to Deathmatch and Casual game modes
  • Removed Anubis and Ancient



  • Unified StatTrak position on both CS2 M4 models to not occlude stickers
  • Adjusted sticker sizes on CS2 M4A4 so they no longer overlap



  • Updated hostage models



  • Audio mix tweaks and adjustments



  • Added support for multiple team introduction variants


The CS2 developers have requested players share the bugs they face with every Limited Test release. One can do so by mailing the CS2 team at "[email protected]" with an appropriate title describing the bug. 

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