CS Rating, maps & more in Counter-Strike 2

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    There has been a big overhaul to the Premier Mode in CS2, giving players a new way to play ranked, with the inclusion of the CS Rating system, a new map pool, and more to discover.

    While you can still jump into standard competitive matchmaking in Counter-Strike 2, the Premier Mode carries over from CS:GO and provides a completely different experience to tackle. Furthermore, it includes a global leaderboard, so for the first time ever you can truly be the number one player in the game – if you’re good enough, of course!

    So, continue reading to find out more about Premier Mode in CS2, as we’ve got everything you need to know about the CS Rating, maps, and more in Counter-Strike 2.

    What is Premier Mode in CS2?

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    Premier Mode is an ‘alternative’ ranked mode in Counter-Strike 2, which is in theory more serious than the standard competitive mode. It is Valve’s official competition to third-party matchmaking services like FACEIT, as the majority of the game’s best players use this to play, as opposed to sticking within the game itself.

    It has its own bespoke ranking system called ‘CS Rating’ that is dedicated to visible MMR instead of group ranks that we are typically used to in CS. Furthermore, it also has a global leaderboard, showing you the top 1,000 players either worldwide or within each region.

    Finally, Premier Mode in CS2 also has the map ban system that you might be familiar with from the esports scene. This lets both teams ban specific maps in turns until the final map is chosen by one team, leaving the other to pick which side they will start on.

    How to access Premier Mode in Counter-Strike 2

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    You will need to have Prime Status in order to access Premier Mode in CS2 – but this should not be a problem at the moment as only Prime holders have been invited to the Limited Test so far.

    If you don’t have Prime Status yes, you can pick it up from the Steam store for $14.99/£11.99, and it will then be permanently applied to your account.

    Once you have Prime Status though, all you need to do is head to the ‘Play’ section of the CS2 menu, then select ‘Premier’ from the tabs at the top and you will be good to go.

    CS2 Premier CS Rating explained

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    CS Rating is the new ranking system in CS2 Premier Mode, and it differs quite heavily from the Silver to Global Elite scale that we are used to. Instead of using discreet ‘ranks’ like Silver, Gold, and so on, Premier Mode now uses CS Rating – a number from zero up to around 35,000 currently – to determine your skill level.

    This is a visible MMR system as opposed to CS:GO’s hidden MMR, which raises or lowers accordingly after every win or loss. There is no flat value for a win or a loss, and it very much depends on your own performance in that match.

    Unlike the changes to standard competitive in CS2, you only have one CS Rating in Premier Mode, and it applies to all maps. This is because you cannot pick and choose your maps in the mode, and what you play is up to the ban system.

    All Premier Mode maps in Counter-Strike 2 

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    Here is a list of the seven maps that are available in Counter-Strike 2’s Premier Mode:

    • Ancient
    • Anubis
    • Inferno
    • Mirage
    • Nuke
    • Overpass
    • Vertigo

    As mentioned previously, all of the maps in CS2 are queued at the same time, meaning that you are unable to select a particular set of options. This is in part to force you to broaden your map pool – although you can circumvent this with clever bans that work well if you’re not the most confident on one or two maps.

    So, that’s everything you need to know if you’re unsure about the new Premier Mode in CS2, showing you how to access it, how CS Rating works, and all of the currently available maps.

    Check out our Counter-Strike homepage for more of the latest news and guides, or find out how to check who has CS2 access in our handy guide.

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