Counter-Strike: GO 'Second Shot' update tweaks accuracy recovery rate

Valve has rolled out a major patch for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive which amends the recovery rate of three of its most-used rifles, as part of a new accuracy recovery method the studio has developed. With the new changes, players should be able to fire off short bursts with better accuracy, as the recovery method can now account for a wider range of firing intensity.

As part of the new method, recover rates have been adjusted for the AK-47, M4A1-S, and M4A4. Previously, the weapon's accuracy would return to its baseline after firing, but now there are "initial and final" values. 

"Now shorter firing sequences can be designed to recover accuracy faster than longer ones, and the recovery rate for tapping/bursting/spraying can be tuned independently," the update reads. In short, expect CS:GO's guns to respond a little differently based on which firing technique you use, whether you're spraying, firing a burst, or tapping out single shots. 

The new recovery method comes after previous changes to recovery rates to the aforementioned weapons that were previously reverted. The former system didn't allow for enough subtlety when it came to tapping and bursting, which prompted Valve to rework the system completely. "We reverted that change and went back to the drawing board, still with the same goal but without those trade-offs. Ultimately that led us to this new way of handling recovery rate."

The studio provided some before and after images to show how accuracy has changed following the patch:

The full patch notes are over here, while other general changes, including some audio adjustments and miscellaneous fixes, can be seen over here. Early reactions to the changes have been mostly positive, considering these adjustments have been long requested by the community.