Dust II / de_dust 2 depicting an image of the iconic map from Counter-Strike.

Dust II / de_dust 2

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Dust II, also known as Dust 2 and by its filename de_dust2, is a map in the multiplayer tactical shooter franchise Counter-Strike. A bomb defusal map set in a nondescript Middle Eastern area and the successor to the original de_Dust map, Dust 2 is generally considered the most popular and iconic Counter-Strike map. Since its debut in 2001, Dust 2 has frequently been the topic of memes and other online references.


Predecessor: Dust

Dust, also know by its file name de_dust, is a map designed by Dave Johnston,[1] which has appeared in every iteration of the Counter-Strike franchise, and is also the only map that appeared in all parts of the franchise. The map was inspired by early development screenshots of a desert map from Team Fortress 2 development stages. It was originally given the title cs_destiny, but after further development, it was renamed to de_Dust (Counter Strike: Global Offensive gameplay video shown below).


After completing the original de_Dust, Johnston went on to create de_Cbble (Cobblestone), which by many players was considered to be the spiritual successor of de_Dust. However, soon after, a direct sequel for the map named "Dust 3" was put into development, with the name changed to "Dust 2" during alpha testing. The map was introduced in the game's 1.1 update as an official map on March 13th, 2001.[2]

2017 CS:GO Remake

In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the latest installation of the series, the map was available on release but was removed from Active Duty map rotation in 2016.

On October 11th, Valve released[3] the revamped version of Dust 2, showing major visual alterations, new high-resolution player models, and tweaking numerous areas of the map (demonstration video shown below). Dust 2 became the fourth map in the game to receive a remake.

2021 CS:GO Remake

On September 22nd, 2021, Valve released a large Counter-Strike: Global Offensive update titled "Operation Riptide." The update included a major change to Dust 2 which removed the iconic direct sightline from the Terrorists spawn point to the point where Counter-Terrorists cross from their spawn to bombsite B (video shown below).

The introduced change caused a viral debate within the Counter-Strike community, with many users criticizing the change and posting memes about it (examples shown below).

1:52 T Start WHAT IF IT WAS ALL MATCH START $100 E BOT Clarence 100% Desert Eagte JUST A DREAM 100 O 0 David Szymanski @DUSKdev Valve balancing Long A EL 8:24 PM · Sep 22, 2021 · Twitter Web App


Competitive and esports

Dust 2 is regarded as the most well-known and famous Counter-Strike map in the series, and one of the most iconic multiplayer maps of all time, staying in the series' primary rotation of maps since its conception and being the go-to competitive map in esports tournaments.

Media Influence

On October 7th, 2009, YouTuber[4] flashdeckanimations uploaded the video "Counter-Strike – DE dust2 HD", a stick-figure animation depicting a typical Counter-Strike session on the map. The video has garnered over 114 million views, over 1.2 million likes, and over 93,000 comments in 12 years (shown below).

Dust II has also be recreated numerous times, which includes map expansions and modifications such as de_dust2002, reproductions in games like Minecraft and Far Cry, and real-life versions for paintball.[5]


Since the creation of the map, imitations of the Dust II map appeared in numerous games, with known examples including multiplayer first-person shooters Assault Fire, Mission Against Terror and Arctic Combat.[6]

Spiral Staircase on Dust II

Spiral Staircase on Dust II refers to memes and copypastas about the design of the spiral staircase located on the Counter-Strike map Dust II (de_dust2), and a video by YouTuber 3klikphilip about the staircase in particular. In May 2020, memes that used clips from the video as a non-sequitur punchline gained popularity online.

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Ryumaru Borike
Ryumaru Borike

Ah, the hundreds of hours spent trying to get your team to rush only for them to pussyfoot around until they are picked off one by one, or hide until the timer runs out cause "muh KDR"

And people wondered why the CT won so often


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