The good and the badIt is worth starting from the fact that Vertigo – a funny for the competitive format. To be honest, we can finish with this point. The multi-level structure of Vertigo with many moves, angles, and hidden places create chaos. The bad side of this moment is that the randomness is higher than on the usual maps – something completely illogical can happen more likely. The flip side of the coin: despite the theoretically lower overall level of play on the map, it’s all a lot of fun. For the viewer. The match of two tier-1 teams on Vertigo will be very interesting to watch. Perhaps we will see it already on BLAST Pro Series Madrid. In addition to the enhanced probability of random, there is a noticeable bias in favor of protection, and specifically, in the direction of B-site – it’s almost impossible to take it as T.
How is Vertigo taken by teams and events?Tier-2/3 tournaments and leagues almost immediately have replaced Cache with Vertigo (though some players hoped, that competitive Vertigo is just an April’s fool). But, for example, BLAST Pro Series Miami and IEM Sydney were held with Cache in the map pool (by the way, the tournament in Sydney showed that Cache was already a mistake: the teams tried to avoid playing on this map. For the entire event there were played just a couple of games on Cache). And the teams were not in a hurry to choose Vertigo at first. It’s understandable, a new and super-specific map. Playing it in important matches was akin to suicide. But after the initial lull, at Copenhagen Games was played 15 matches during the event (including BYOC-qualifiers) and now for many teams Vertigo – is just one of the maps.
Who does well on Vertigo?We note that the top teams have not played Vertigo yet, but from what we saw, 3 teams play Vertigo very cool:
- FURIA (3 wins out of 3 matches)
- NoChance (5 wins out of 5 matches)
- Movistar Riders (3 wins out of 3 matches)