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Old 12-19-2012, 03:20 PM   #1
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Community Server finding service + tips

Many complaints have flown around that the new competitive classic mode is too much of a commitment of time, it has long queue times waiting for a match, and preference for the old drop-in drop-out functionality of the old competitive classic mode (from CS:GO's release). Additionally, classic casual servers are 10 v 10, thus not a viable alternative for some.

But this functionality does not need to be provided by Valve official servers. Prior to the find game interface in CS:GO, previous CS games almost exclusively relied on the community server browser to find a variety of games (almost since there are private servers).

So I'll try to help promote the community server interface with this thread, and also help find and list servers that people want to play on. Feel free to ask questions on how to use the interface, and I'm open to feedback on this thread. If you want servers found in your region, just ask!

Server Lists

How to use this list?

1) From the main menu, go to "Play", then "Browse Community Servers".

2) Click through the prompt about non-official servers, and "Never show again" if you don't want it again.

3) Now at the top are tabs, one of which is "Favorites". Click on that tab.

4) At the bottom right of the "Favorites" tab, there will be an "Add Server" option. Now alt-tab to this list.

5) Below are a list of IPs for various regions (more to come as requested, and will be removed if someone says they are down). You want to play in servers in your region, due to response (ping) times being best if the server is closest to you. Copy the server IP and port (e.g. 86.110.172.108:27051), and paste it in the Add server box, and click "Add this address to my favorites". You now have this server in your favorites.

6) Click refresh in the bottom right if the servers are not visible.

7) Double click on that server to join it. You will be unable to join the server if it is full or otherwise not online, or your client version doesn't match the server version (often happens right after patches).

List

Australia^1:

173.199.81.66:27025 - Competitive classic 5v5, WarMod plugin, 128 tick, 20 ping from Sydney, Australia

203.46.105.39:20430 - Competitive classic 5v5, _se maps, 64 tick, 20 ping from Sydney, Australia

203.46.105.60:20250 - Casual classic 5v5, 64 tick, 20 ping from Sydney, Australia

Japan^2

49.212.170.228:27015 - Competitive classic 5v5, No Auto-fill bots, Tournament maps, 128 tick, 20 ms ping from Japan, Open to non-Japanese IPs (unlike most [JP] servers)

UK^3(or EU):

86.110.172.108:27051 - Competitive classic 5v5, _se maps, No Auto-fill bots, 64 tick, 66 ping from UK (Specific location: Russia)

85.236.100.75:27815 - Competitive classic 5v5, ESL plugin, No Auto-fill bots, 128 tick, 4 ms ping from UK

USA

70.34.195.3:27015 - Competitive classic 5v5, Autofill bots, Tournament maps, 128 tick, 28 ms ping from Chicago, Illinois^4, USA (Specific location: Philadelphia)

70.34.195.4:27018 - Competitive classic 5v5, Autofill bots, _se maps, 128 tick, 28 ms ping from Chicago, Illinois^4, USA (Specific location: Philadelphia)

99.135.58.49:27017 - Competitive classic 5v5

Tips for finding servers yourself

Server Browser

Try to find servers with the lowest ping to you. Ping is the delay between you and the server, so a lower ping means a better gaming experience. A ping below 100 is recommended.

Use the help of the filters, especially by region, to reduce the search returns.

Many players for matchmaking are using the following settings due to their router: http://forums.steampowered.com/forum....php?t=2990922

That is:

"Starting from the main Steam window

Steam Menu > Settings > Download+Cloud Tab

The option you want to change is called
"Game Server Browser: max pings/ minute"

Set it to something low like 250 or 500."

While this is useful for matchmaking servers, to find community servers quickly a higher setting, perhaps 1000 or above, may be useful to populate the community server browser quicker.

Gametracker

Try using gametracker for more flexible server searching/tracking and a partial server list: http://www.gametracker.com/search/csgo/?

Clicking on a server in gametracker also reveals the server activity (e.g. http://www.gametracker.com/server_in...4.195.3:27015/).

If you don't see a favourite server of yours on gametracker, remember to add it (requires log-in).

Notes

^1 - My location

^2 - Since I'm not in Japan, I use a looking glass service to see what the ping is like for someone in Japan to another server. The service I used was http://www.tumori.nu/IPv6/traceroute.html

^3 - Since I'm not in the UK, I use a looking glass service to see what the ping is like for someone in the UK to another server. The service I used was https://www.linx.net/pubtools/looking-glass.html.

^4 - Looking glass service from Chicago Illinois: http://as33031.net/

Last edited by lashlash: 02-09-2013 at 03:00 PM. Reason: Some updates
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:52 AM   #2
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Great, very useful thanks. I've found it surprisingly difficult to find 5v5 servers.
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:56 PM   #3
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Some updates:

* Added a Japanese server on request
* Added a US/Chicago server on request
* Added tips section for gametracker

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Old 01-29-2013, 03:19 PM   #4
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Update:

* Added some more, popular US servers
* Removed inactive servers
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