How to Unlock Premier Mode in CS2

Counter-Strike 2 Premier is the brand new competitive game mode in the game. Below I will walk you through the steps to unlock it.

How to play Counter-Strike 2 Premier Mode?

I remember wanting to play something other than Counter Strike Global Offensive’s competitive mode, but I didn’t have too many official options, just FaceIT and similar platforms to play on. Counter-Strike has come a long way since then, with CS2’s Premier Mode, a competitive game mode with global leaderboards for you to show off your skills.

To unlock CS2’s Premier Mode, you must first purchase Counter-Strike Prime oneBuying time of $14.99. You then have to reach Level 10 by earning experience points by playing different game modes in Counter-Strike 2 before unlocking Premier Mode.

CS2 Premier Mode Ranks Explained

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You play a game in which you and the opposing team banish a card from the Premier Pool. This may change as the game receives further updates. Premier mode offers MR12which means there is only 12 rounds per half, maximum 24 rounds per game. In case of a draw it could last up to 30 rounds. After completing your 10 placement gamesyou will receive a rank that matches your current rating:

Points Color
1000 – 4999 Gray
5000 – 9999 Light Blue
10000 – 14999 Blue
15000 – 19999 Purple
20000 – 24999 Pink
25000 – 29999 Red
30000+ Red

Related: How to display FPS in CS2

Is CS2 Prime worth it?

I remember when Counter-Strike Global Offensive was available for free, just like CS2 is now, and a host of cheaters were introduced that ruined the competitive fun for everyone. Therefore, I think putting a legitimate competitive game mode behind a paywall will benefit the player base who just wants a nice competitive experience like the good old days.

Additionally, purchasing Counter-Strike 2 Prime also gets you weekly bonuses, which is a great addition to the game, allowing you to continue receiving one-time bonuses instead of paying money every month in a gaming world full of subscriptions.

For more information on Counter-Strike 2, check out When Are the CS2 Weekly Care Packs Released? here on Pro Game Guides.

Dustin Huang

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