Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

By Sherif Saed, Thursday, 5 March 2015 10:15 GMT

Hear what makes iconic Counter-Strike map Dust2 one of the most popular maps in shooter history from two former eSports players.


Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling are both retired professional Counter-Strike players who are currently working as designers. At GDC this year, the pair hosted a panel titled “Community Level Design for Competitive CS:GO” that went into how gameplay is king when it comes making competitive shooter maps.

PCGamer caught up with them after the panel and asked them to list the reasons they think made Dust2 (de_dust2) the popular map that it is, in all iterations of the game since it first appeared in Counter-Strike 1.1.

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