It wouldn’t be a big CSGO update without some drama, would it?
And while all you filthy casuals were getting excited about the gold AK-47 and Scuba Steve, us serious students of CSGO were getting very, very angry at one part of this update:
You can now drop grenades in competitive.
Making such a big change one month before the Major is problematic even for good updates. And it’s even more problematic when everyone hates it.
So are pros over-reacting? 70% of voters on our poll actually think it’s a good change - there are clearly some fun consequences and it will throw every strategy-book into turmoil.
In the late-round, low HP players, instead of becoming bait, can now throw utility sets. You can drop all your grenades before you go into that One-And-Done spot. And you don’t need to teach your noob friend smokes anymore, you just throw them for them!
As a community we’re pretty bad at change. Mostly because it’s normally really bad (remember Revolver?).
So will dropping grenades improve the game? Probably not. Should it have been released before the major? Definitely not. But it's not going to break the meta, or make MSL win that Major, aizyesque.
Life goes on, and so must you.