Kamen “bubble” Kostadinov, a 32-year-old player for Victory Zigzag, has broken the record for playing the most professional maps in the history of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO). On August 23, bubble reached 2,389 maps played, surpassing the previous record held by Polish Counter-Strike legend TaZ, according to HLTV. Bubble is now just 109 rounds short of breaking TaZ's record of most rounds played, which stands at 62,886.
Bubble's achievement is particularly impressive considering he is not a widely recognized name in the CS:GO community. He has previously played for teams like SKADE, 359, and Windigo, all of which have aimed to break into the competitive scene's top tier.
Bubble's record-breaking journey began on August 23 when Victory Zigzag participated in the European closed qualifier for IEM Sydney 2023. Although they initially lost to 9INE, they made a comeback in the lower bracket against 1WIN. Their next match will be against BetBoom.
It's important to note that not all professional CS:GO matches are recorded on HLTV. The website primarily focuses on higher-tier tournaments and may not have data from lower-tier or domestic competitions in certain countries. However, HLTV remains the most comprehensive source for such statistics despite potential discrepancies.
As CS:GO fans eagerly await the release of Counter-Strike 2, Bubble's record-breaking accomplishment serves as a testament to his dedication and longevity in the game. While TaZ may no longer hold the top spot for most maps played, his record for most rounds played is still within reach for Bubble, a player who has quietly left his mark on the CS:GO scene.