World’s best CS:GO player, s1mple, reacts to first visuals of Counter-Strike 2 cover image

World’s best CS:GO player, s1mple, reacts to first visuals of Counter-Strike 2

A pleasant surprise after survivng an elimination match at ESL Pro League Season 17.

Counter-Strike Source 2 dropped during an ongoing CS:GO tournament. As some of the world’s best teams battled it out on stage at the ESL Pro League Season 17, the rest of the community was busy reading up and watching videos about Counter-Strike 2. When S1mple went to meet the talent after his team’s 2-0 victory over Outsiders, he was in for a pleasant surprise.

After NAVI eliminated Outsiders 2-0 in the ESL Pro League Season 17 playoffs, an ecstatic s1mple joined the talent for a post-match chat. Little did he know no one wanted to talk about the game. When they mentioned Counter-Strike 2, s1mple’s expressions were initially of disbelief and later surprise and awe.

S1mple reacts to Counter-Strike 2 smokes

The biggest change in Counter-Strike 2, seems to be the changes to smoke. With responsive smokes, Counter-Strike esports will dramatically change in meta and how players approach the game.

A s1mple ‘What the H***’ by the NAVI player was more than sufficient to highlight his surprise.

Smoke grenades in Counter-Strike 2 are now responsive to the environment. Not only do they bloom outwards and will fill various nooks and crannies, but they are also dispellable by bullets and grenades for a short while.

(Screengrab from the ESL CS broadcast)
(Screengrab from the ESL CS broadcast)

Even after showing him official tweets and the video, s1mple still does not believe Spunj. His reaction to seeing the smoke dissipate when a grenade is used was just ‘Wow’

He calls on his teammates and coach to show them the new Counter-Strike 2. B1t and later the coach, B1ade immediately come over to check out the new Counter-Strike 2 features. 

While several players got access to Counter-Strike 2 the majority have had no access to the new game. Source 2 will release in Summer 2023 and the Limited Test Beta is currently underway. Here’s how you can sign up for the Counter-Strike 2 Beta.