With the implementation of weekly rewards in Counter-Strike 2, players are now paying more attention to the previously overlooked XP system. Following the A Call to Arms update, Valve introduced another reward system for XP farmers—the “XP Overload” status.
The XP Overload system in CS2
In CS2, XP Overload occurs once you reach the weekly XP cap, which is 11,166 XP. Upon reaching this cap, you’ll start earning a reduced amount of XP for each subsequent game, but you’ll also gain the XP Overload status.
This status remains active for a minimum of one week and can be renewed weekly, allowing players to potentially maintain XP Overload indefinitely. You’ll be notified of your XP Overload status by an icon displayed next to your name, visible throughout the game, including the main menu, your profile, scoreboard, and kill feed.
The XP Overload icon functions similarly to the yearly XP badge; it upgrades as you consistently exceed the normal XP threshold each week. Valve states, “Additional tiers of XP Overload status can be unlocked by earning all of the normal XP over multiple consecutive weeks.”
As Valve hasn’t provided further details, it’s unclear what the limit for XP Overload status is. Keep an eye out for updates for any new information on XP Overload.
How do I reach XP Overload in CS2?
The quickest way to reach the weekly XP cap in CS2 is by playing Premier or Competitive modes. Typically, participating in two to three Premier matches per week with the XP multiplier should suffice to fulfill your weekly reward and attain the XP Overload status.
You can earn XP by playing any official mode in CS2. For players who prefer Casual, Deathmatch, or the returning Arms Race mode, you’ll still make progress towards earning XP each week, albeit at a slower pace compared to Premier or Competitive matches.