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How many maps are in CS: GO?

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) is a first-person shooter developed by Valve Corporation and Hidden Path Entertainment. The game was released on August 21, 2012, for Microsoft Windows, OS X, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

The game pits two teams against each other: the Terrorists and the Counter-Terrorists. Both sides are tasked with eliminating the other while also completing separate objectives. The Terrorists’ objective is to plant the bomb and blow up one of two bomb sites on the map. The Counter-Terrorists can win by preventing this from happening or by eliminating all of the Terrorists before they complete their mission.

How many maps does CS: Go have?

  • There are 9 official maps in CS: GO.
  • The playable maps can be found in competitive modes, casual modes, and deathmatch.
  • There are no unofficial maps or mods available (however, some players may create their own maps.)

What are the maps in CS: GO?

You’ve likely heard of Dust2, Inferno, Train, and Mirage. These are some of the most popular maps in CS: GO. They’re all available in competitive play, but that’s not all! In addition to these classics, there are a ton of other maps for you to try out.

Some other maps include Nuke, Cache, and Overpass. These maps have been around since the beginning and still remain among the most played competitively today. For newer players looking to get started with CS: GO I recommend trying out any or all of these maps as they’re relatively easy to learn how to play on because they were designed specifically with competitive play in mind. If you’re new here then check out this video guide on how to install CS: GO if it’s your first time playing.


Inferno is one of the most popular maps in the Counter-Strike series. It’s a classic, and it’s retained its popularity because of its inherent risk and reward system.


At the start of each round, CTs are given map control. T-side players must find ways to push them back in order to obtain control of the bombsites. Communication is key on Inferno since taking a site by yourself on both defense and offense is incredibly hard. This important point puts emphasis on the fact that CS: GO is a team game, not a game of individual showboating.


Nuke is a particularly difficult map for new players to learn, as it has three interlocking levels: the catwalk level, main level (A site), and basement level (B site). Additionally, sounds heard while moving around the map can be confusing when trying to discern whether they’re enemies nearby.


Dust II

Another map that’s been around since the beginning is Dust II, which is another good beginner map—but one with a lot more action on it than Nuke because it’s so popular among high-level players who are always trying to outwit each other by finding new ways to play their favorite game modes on this particular map over and over again.


Because it’s easy to learn, simple, and well-designed, Dust 2 is a popular map. You know the iconic double doors in the middle of the three separate corridors that lead to the bomb sites. The same bombsites with a multitude of covers and entrances for both sides. You know, the ones with various walls and angles to finally use those grenade throws you’ve been perfecting for hours.


Mirage is another classic map that’s still being played today because it offers something different from other maps: an open space where players can take advantage of their surroundings as they try to outsmart their opponents.


Mirage is a three-lane map that’s perfect for learning strategy. The round pace can be based heavily on the aggression of the T-side players, making it easy for CT versatility throughout the buy rounds. Like a map that requires good knowledge of rotations and map control, the momentum of Mirage can be swayed with a good execution or retake phase since the map layout allows for variations of both phases for both teams.


Ancient is a new map that has been released into the active-duty pool. In 2020, Valve created it as a spiritual successor to de_aztec and released it in mid-2021. Ancient is a very large map made mostly of corridors. The most open spaces on the map are actually the bomb sites themselves.


The most common default on Ancient has T’s stacking the area at the bottom of Mid and outside Jaguar, or the T side of B. The B side is the more frequently attacked of the two, as the T’s can clear out tons of angles with Molotovs. A full smoke execution is required since there is no true safe plant on the site. If the attackers manage to get the bomb down, playing post-plant from Cave or Ramp is very powerful.


Vertigo is a unique map in CS: GO. It takes place on top of a skyscraper and has two floors that CTs and T’s start on respectively. The bombsites are located on the next floor above the CT spawn, so T’s have to clear upwards in order to take control of them.


Overpass is a map that’s been in the active duty lineup since CS: GO launched in 2012. It’s one of the biggest maps in the game and takes place in a German urban setting. CTs start on top of the A site and can quickly rotate through spawn to the lower B site. There are many potential areas of contention on Overpass, as the map is too large to keep every area locked down.


Train is a great map for Counter-Terrorists, but it’s not so great for Terrorists.

If you’re a terrorist and you want to win more often on Train, the best thing you can do is stick together. The Counter-Terrorists have an immense amount of control over the map as they wait for terrorists to slowly funnel into vast, open spaces from the nearly claustrophobic corridors. Fifty-five percent of the time, the CT will bring home a victory.

As the game has changed, Train has fallen out of favor with many fans, with it being the third most-played map before, now fifth most-played. It’s very focused on team play, which might explain why it’s being played less with matchmaking pairing up many self-focused players. Terrorists must stick together to overcome the obstacles of rushing into mostly wide-open areas, and any failure to coordinate can become their downfall. It’s a fun challenge but very punishing.


Cache is a popular map amongst common players and competitive teams alike. It’s a very straightforward map, with few ways to push into or defend both bomb sites.

If you’re looking for a good test of quickness and mechanics, this is the map for you.

This is because Cache can be T-sided due to its wide entrances on both bomb sites. Proven to be a popular map amongst professional players, the map can be quite T-sided due to its wide entrances on both bomb sites.

CS: GO Map Rankings for Beginners:

  • Dust2 – The most popular map in CS: GO, Dust2 is a medium-sized arena with two bomb sites. It’s great for beginners to learn how to play competitively and provides excellent training for many of the other maps in the game.
  • Inferno – One of the newer maps introduced in CS: GO, Inferno has a central scaffolding that is used as an alternate route to either of its bomb sites. This map requires more skill than Dust2 but not as much as other competitive maps like Mirage or Cache.
  • Mirage – Located on an island off South Africa, this bomb defusal map has three accessible routes which provide opportunities for flanking enemies and camping spots that are difficult to defend against skilled players. If you want to start playing competitively, this will be one of your first choices.
  • Nuke – This nuclear power plant has five entrances and two bombsites on opposite ends of its factory complex; although it’s smaller than most other CS: GO battlegrounds at 16 players per team, it also offers little cover from enemy gunfire making this one of most challenging scenarios available within Valve’s FPS title.

Which map is best in CS: GO for beginners?

This is a question we get asked all the time. The answer is simple: it depends.

If you’re a beginner, you want to play on a map that has an easy learning curve, so you can get used to the game without getting overwhelmed by it.

But the best map for beginners isn’t always the best map for pros. For example, many new players who start playing CS: GO choose Dust 2 because it’s one of the most popular maps and has become relatively standardized with regard to how people play it. This can be great for new players who want to just get into things without having to learn an entirely new map, but if you’re looking for something more challenging, there are other maps available that will provide more of a challenge while still being accessible enough that they won’t overwhelm you as a beginner.


Carina Miller
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