A familiar site could return to the active duty card pool of CS: GO soon, if a tease from the official CS: GO Twitter account today is hypothetically to be taken seriously.
The official CS: GO account, who rarely posts outside of game updates and major coverage, posted on the game’s dedicated community: “Quick, someone responds with a good pun ‘Anubis’.”
For those who don’t know what the tweet is referring to, Anubis is a bomb defusal card that has been added to CS: GO in March 2021 at the end of the Shattered Web operation which, with Chlore, took the place of the departure of Studio and Breach.
The map was later removed from the game when Operation Broken Fang ended in May 2021, but was added back just a few months ago. CS:GO 10th anniversary. Currently, the map is available in Competitive mode, as well as Casual and Deathmatch as part of the Defusal Group Delta map selection.
It is now possible for Anubis to reach the highest level a card can reach, joining the “active duty” card pool. These cards are singled out as the best of the best by Valve for their competitive balance and are the go-to card choices for almost all major CS: GO tournaments.
The active duty card pool currently includes Inferno, Mirage, Nuke, Overpass, Dust II, Vertigo, and Ancient. The cards have already been removed from the active service pool; Cache, Cobblestone, and Train have all been active before. As for which map might be released, many in the community pointed to Mirage like a map that hasn’t had a significant visual update in a while and has been in the pool for a while. Mirage hasn’t received any updates since late 2020, while Anubis received two sets of fixes and improvements last September.
The most recent change to the active service pool was the addition of Ancient in May 2021, replacing Train, fittingly in the same update that originally removed Anubis from the game.