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Overview
T balkan
Balkan
Team Terrorists
Origin Southeast Europe

(Balkans)

Voiced By Erik Platonov

Let us be safe, and swift.
―Balkan

For cut map from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, see Balkan (map).

The Balkan is a Terrorist faction featured in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

They were the third Terrorist model added to the Global Offensive Beta.

Appearance

Judging from their name, they would originate from the Balkan regions, a large area in Southeastern Europe. Several of them wear winter hats and Russian tanker headwear, and all wear thick brown jackets, suggesting that they hail from a cold region.

These suggest that the faction represents South Slavic terrorist groups in Balkan nations, likely one formerly in the Communist Bloc. On a wider scale, they can represent any Slavic/Eastern European terrorist group due to their non-specific portrayal, inspired by modern regional conflicts such as the Yugoslav Wars or the Chechen Wars.

Their hand model features a thick brown jacket with a red sleeve poking out the end with leather gloves.

Map Appearances

Trivia

  • One of their "Thank You!" quotes is "спаси́бо", which is Russian for "thank you" and is not used in any Balkan countries.
  • The Balkans were first seen in Dust2 in the first Global Offensive trailer. They were replaced by the Elite Crew in the released game.
  • The default gloves used by the Balkan is identical to the default gloves of the Phoenix Connexion, the Separatist, and the Professional.
  • Shortly after the October 3, 2018 update, the CS:GO Official Twitter changed their avatar to File:T balkan.png, the image used in the infobox of the Balkan page on the Counter-Strike Wiki. This is a response to the community meme "Ido", which associates the name Ido (the name of a bot) to the particular character model in the image (tm_balkan_variantC) and demands Valve to not change his model in model updates[1][2][3].

Update History

May 26, 2015
  • Re-enabled a bunch of player model variants including the much missed Balkan “Ido” model, otherwise known as tm_balkan_variantC.


References

  1. https://www.reddit.com/r/GlobalOffensive/comments/9lqmk3/give_this_guy_a_raise/e79tgls/
  2. "Another Reminder to Valve not NOT CHANGE THIS MAN'S FACE if they update the Balkan models because of his GREAT face! Ido MUST stay in CS forever." on Reddit.com
  3. https://twitter.com/csgo_dev/status/1047879484865622021