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Counter-Strike 2 moves to MR12 – shorter but more exciting matches

Shorter and more exciting matches are coming to Counter-Strike 2

The latest Counter-Strike 2 update has introduced some big changes to the game. Firstly, we have CS Rating, a brand new skill rating feature that analyzes player skills per map. In addition, Counter-Strike 2 maps will feature MR12 which means shorter match lengths and a complete overhaul of the economy. Here’s all that’s included in the latest update.

What is MR12 in CS2?

Traditionally Counter-Strike has featured two halves of fifteen rounds each. The first team to reach 16 wins the match. In some cases, when teams tie up at 15-15, they go to overtime.

But with Counter-Strike 2, Valve has announced it is going to MR12 format. The MR12 format means each half will have 12 rounds as opposed to the previous 15. The first team to reach 13 rounds wins the game. 

This format is very similar to Riot’s VALORANT which also features a MR12 format. The new format is important because it significantly reduces the time required for a single match. On the esports side, it will have a dramatic impact in terms of strategy and an understanding of the game.

Counter-Strike 2 is a brand new game and as such, Valve decided to implement a new format for CS2. While the exact nature of the change on the esports side can only be judged with time, for now, Counter-Strike 2 players can enjoy the shorter game.

Counter-Strike 2 speeding ahead for an imminent release

The latest update also opened the doors to more player invites to the beta program. With clear laid-out instructions on what needs to be done to qualify for the Beta, Valve is clearly racing ahead for the game’s imminent release.

Counter-Strike 2 is set for a Summer 2023 release although in typical Valve fashion, we don’t know what they mean by Summer 2023. 

The latest release also added the Premier Mode to Counter-Strike 2 which will pave the way for a path to pro for aspiring players.