Most popular CS:GO maps ahead of BLAST Paris Major

One maps isn't popular at all among professionals in comparison to the other six in the official rotation.

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Are you tired of seeing Mirage in competitive CS:GO play? If that’s the case you might be up for a torturous road when following the BLAST Paris Major when it starts on May 8, as the traditional map was tied with Ancient for most played in the past four bigger events: ESL Pro League season 17, Europe RMR A, Europe RMR B, and IEM Rio 2023.

Mirage and Ancient are the most popular maps in the professional scene heading into the BLAST Paris Major, according to our findings. These maps were played 61 times each and therefore have a great chance of being equally as played in the Major as many of the teams that played in these past events will be competing again and wanting to fight on familiar ground.

Mirage and Ancient are followed by Inferno (56 times), Vertigo (53 times), Overpass (53 times), Nuke (49 times), and Anubis (30 times) in terms of popularity, according to what we saw during ESL Pro League season 17, Europe RMR A, Europe RMR B, and IEM Rio. We’ve gathered and formated the data in the table below so you’ve got a handy breakdown of the 363 maps played in these four tournaments.

MapTimes played in EPL season 17Times played in Europe RMR ATimes played in Europe RMR BTimes played in IEM RioTotal of times playedPercentage of times played overall
Mirage26913136116.8 percent
Ancient3116596116.8 percent
Inferno338695615.4 percent
Vertigo2611975314.6 percent
Overpass2775145314.6 percent
Nuke332864913.4 percent
Anubis19272308.2 percent

The reason why Anubis is so far behind the other maps is likely because it was the latest map added to the map pool, back in November 2022 right after the IEM Rio Major. Many professional teams are still figuring out how to play it and some have made Anubis their perma-ban.

This data is relevant because every team attending the BLAST Paris Major has played in at least one of these tournaments, with the exception of Brazilian team Fluxo. And teams like FaZe Clan, Fnatic, MOUZ, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Vitality, Heroic, and OG have been to three of these events.

The BLAST Paris Major will be played from Monday, May 8 to Sunday, May 21. It has a $1.25 million prize pool and it will be the last CS:GO Major ever.

About the author
Leonardo Biazzi

Staff writer and CS:GO lead. Leonardo has been passionate about games since he was a kid and graduated in Journalism in 2018. Before Leonardo joined Dot Esports in 2019, he worked for Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte. Leonardo also worked for HLTV.org between 2020 and 2021 as a senior writer, until he returned to Dot Esports and became part of the staff team.