Anubis, a Counter-Strike map created back in 2020, will make its way into the professional play map pool for the first time in an S-tier tournament in December at the $1 million BLAST Premier World Final. Anubis replaced the classic Dust II in the Active Duty map pool earlier this month after the IEM Rio Major update that also introduced changes to a couple of weapons. More than often than not, professional players complain about changes in the map pool, especially if that affects their team.
Surprisingly enough, FaZe Clan’s star player Twistzz seems to be very excited about playing on Anubis. “I’ve gone around Anubis a little bit, tested out the skybox, tested out some possible boosts, threw some flashes, tested like how textures are like if you throw nades off of them,” Twistzz said in an interview.
Twistzz thinks every squad will be practicing Anubis for at least one week to test the good stuff on it and see if they feel comfortable on the map. FaZe does have an edge at the moment because they are capable of playing all the other maps, so even if they don’t like Anubis in the end, they can simply make it their perma-ban.
On the other hand, NaVi’s S1mple seems to have mixed feelings about Anubis being added to the pool: “I would remove Anubis, add Tuscan. I would remove Vertigo, add Anubis. And I would upgrade and do a lot of updates on Anubis and Tuscan I wouldn’t change anything on Train at all because it was perfect” It seems that players from around the world can’t seem to find a common ground on this topic. That said, it shouldn’t come out as a surprise considering that this kind of discussion happens every time the map pool changes.
With spectators and players heavily criticizing Vertigo and Ancient constantly, the somewhat positive initial reception of Anubis from some of the best players in the world comes as a nice surprise. G2’s leader, Rasmus “HooXi” Nielsen has also gone on record mentioning that he would have preferred to have Train, Cobblestone or Tuscan as the replacement map, but it seems that one of his teammates is now on board with the new map.
NiKo had some negative feelings regarding the addition of Anubis to the active pool map, but he has now changed his mind. There might be a couple of reasons for NiKo’s doubts regarding the map. Recent results have not been kind to his team, who missed out on the Rio Major in a surprising fashion as they failed to qualify through the RMR. The European team also was unable to make a deep run in the BLAST Premier Fall finals, though they still managed to qualify for the World Finals in December thanks to their leaderboard position.
If you are excited about the new map, make sure to watch the BLAST Premier World Final, which will run from Dec. 14 to 18 in Abu Dhabi. The $1 million tournament will feature eight top-tier teams: FaZe, Heroic, Outsiders, Natus Vincere, Team Liquid, Vitality, G2, and OG. Make sure to stay tuned as we’ll be sharing our esports picks for the World Final with you! Don’t forget to bet on esports at BetUS Sportsbook & Casino. We’ve plenty of CSGO odds for you to consider.