ESL One Rio Major qualifiers will be played on new patch
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ESL released a tweet today stating that the ESL One Rio Major qualifiers would be played on the newest patch.
The #ESLOne Rio Qualifiers, starting tomorrow, will be played on the most recent version of CS:GO.— 6 DAYS TIL IEM KATOWICE 2022 (@ESLCS) January 30, 2020
The update on Wednesday brought significant changes to Mirage, Dust2, and Train. Mirage now has a bench in mid that can be used to solo boost into window, and the famous CT mid smoke has been alleviated by the widening of T entrance to mid. The skybox over B halls towards the site on Dust2 has been opened. And, the skybox over ivy on Train has also been opened. These changes will drastically alter how the utility is used in those areas of the map.
All of these changes just two days before the qualifiers are set to take place makes it so that teams have little time to prepare. It wouldn't be too surprising to see these maps either outright banned or reserved as a map three due to teams not having much practice, especially Mirage.
This decision is a controversial one. ESL hasn't been held to the highest regard in recent days by the CS:GO community due to other controversial choices and massive changes to ESL Pro League Season 11.
The ESL One Rio online qualifiers are set to kick off on February 1 and will run until March 8.