In a post following the conclusion of the ELEAGUE Major, Valve have decided to remove legendary CS:GO map Dust2 from Active Duty for the foreseeable future. Inferno has been chosen to take Dust2’s place in the competitive rotation and will appear at the next CS:GO major.
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With Dust2’s removal from Active Duty, this fan favourite map will no longer be used in future CS:GO tournaments. It is still easy to access for casual and deathmatch games and it even has its own category on the Competitive Matchmaking screen, should you wish to play only Dust2.
DreamHack Masters director Marc Winther has confirmed via Twitter that Inferno will be in the map pool for DreamHack Masters Las Vegas which commences on February 15. Future events like Intel Extreme Masters Katowice will no doubt follow suit but the ESL has yet to confirm if Inferno will appear in its map pool.
Yes.— Nix0n (@marcwinther) February 3, 2017
Inferno will be in the map pool for DreamHack Masters Las Vegas. Two weeks out, get on servers!
Inferno’s return to Active Duty marks it as the second reworked map to join the competitive rotation, following Nuke’s rework and subsequent addition to Active Duty in 2016. Dust2’s short absence from Active Duty could be to rework this now 16-year old map, similar to Nuke and Inferno, but Valve have kept quiet on the future plans for Dust2. Due to the map’s overwhelming popularity, I doubt that it will be gone for long.