My Thoughts on the December 6th, 2018 Update
The December 6th, 2018 update is probably one of the most controversial updates the community has ever received. The game obtained 3 major updates: The Danger Zone Case, the Battle Royale mode, and lastly, the Free-To-Play update. I'll try to go as in-depth as I can, but if I miss something, comment down below. Thanks!
1. The Danger Zone Case
The Danger Zone Case was introduced in this update. The case contained 17 community made weapons, its 2 covert skins being the AWP | Neo-Noir and the AK-47 | Asiimov. This case contained some good skins, including a unique skin, the MAC-10 | Pipe Down (a skin that looks 3D). I'd have to say this is a fairly good case, and adds some more new skins to choose from. I'd say it does fairly good job competing with the Horizon case. A new case is always good news to traders, collectors, and people who love opening cases, and since the Hydra Case was discontinued, they'll have some more skins to obtain!
The Battle Royale Mode, otherwise known as the Danger Zone mode, is a fast-paced BR game mode. Players drop into the map, Blacksite, and must use their skills, knowledge, and tablet to get them the win. The mode currently offers a mode for one, two, or three players. It is an 16 battle-royale game if you play solo, or an 18 battle-royale game if you queue for duos or trios. It is unique to other battle royale games as it features a tablet where you can purchase items and get info, low ammo supplies to reward good aim, and a unique environment that includes safes, contracts, and hostages. This mode is fun to play, and by getting 250 XP from the mode by 2019-01-09 while having prime status will earn yourself a free MP5-SD | Lab Rats. I think this mode is great for casual players, as instead of playing 30-60+ minute competitive games, you can play this mode which will last around 10 minutes. I thought it was a great feature for casual players, but I'm not sure how much it benefits pro players/competitive players, as a lot of them won't bother playing this in the future. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
The most controversial part of this update: The Free-To-Play Update. Valve decided CS:GO would go free-to-play. Users who had the game before the update received a free "Loyalty Badge", and also received a free Prime upgrade if they weren't prime before the update. While this has been good to the scene in many ways, it has also impacted the community harmfully. One good part about this update is that players who could not afford to buy CS:GO can now download the game. They do not get Prime for free, but they receive the ability to play all the game modes, play custom maps, and get drop (only certain ones). If they would like to get Prime free , they now have to reach level 21 or buy Prime from the Steam store. This is a problem too. Cheaters can get new accounts and hack in non-prime matchmaking without the fear of getting banned, as they can just make a new account. This is a major problem I see, since new players who may not have Prime will experience many cheaters. Will you continue to play a game when you just kept getting killed through walls or by a spinning enemy? That's the question new players will ask themselves after facing cheaters. This may drive potential players away from the scene. Prime has been fine for most players, and the cheaters moved up to Prime are slowly getting banned and sent back down to non-Prime unless they buy a new account. It's true they could get to level 21, many cheaters won't grind that.
Personally, I like the new update, but I would prefer if CS:GO competitive was locked by a paywall (i.e. you'd have to spend money to unlock competitive). This would get rid of F2P cheaters. Many people have suggested this idea, and I thought it would be a good idea.
If you made it this far, please drop a good rating on this article. If you haven't tried CS:GO yet, try it! It's free, and if you enjoy it, buy Prime, and enjoy tense games against legit players. Thank you for taking your time to read this.