Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has been a popular sport since its 2012 release. It is regularly attracting millions of players. It has a battle royale mode, a lot of new maps, and is even free to play.
Counter-Strike’s reputation for being difficult to play has been evident since its 1999 release. Every player will have a story to tell about the horrors they experienced when they first began playing. CS’ steep learning curve has scared off many new players over the past decade.
Although Counter-Strike’s core mechanics are simple, you can point your gun at your enemies and fire. However, once you get below the surface Counter-Strike quickly becomes a more complex game. We’ve put together some tips to help you get the most out of Counter-Strike’s famed FPS.
How to aim in the CS:GO
Learning how to aim is a major challenge for even veteran FPS gamers when trying to get into CS:GO. CS:GO is different from most FPS games, such as Rainbow Six Siege and Call of Duty. You can’t aim down the sights like in Apex Legends or Rainbow Six Siege. Hip-fire is the only way to go unless you have a sniper rifle such as the AWP.
This means that hip-fire functions differently. If you stand still, the first shot that you fire will be exactly where your crosshair is. So if you are having trouble aiming your shots, remember that you can always tap once and remain still to ensure a clean shot.
Fully auto will make this change dramatically. Even if you keep SmurfWrecker Aimbot in the same spot, bullets will move away and create what is known as a spray pattern or recoil. This can be tested by firing at a wall without trying to compensate for any recoil. Standing recoil patterns tend to rise vertically, then move side-to-side as you fire more. These are the most difficult skills to master, and you can counteract them by using your mouse movements.
It is best to fire multiple shots by learning the easy part of the recoil patterns and firing in short bursts. This is all vertical recoil so you can pull down your mouse while you shoot.
This lesson applies even if you are standing still. It doesn’t matter how well you control your recoil, moving shots will cause them to miss the target. To hit a hit in CSGO, you must stop moving. This puts a lot of emphasis on timing your strafe movements in between bursts.
Both should be done consistently
This will help you to grind your way up the CS:GO ranks.
First, the community-made Recoil Master and Spray Control map which you can download from Steam Workshop. This map is very basic and places you in a room with guns, a wall, and you can shoot at them. However, the difference is that it shows you the recoil pattern of every weapon as you fire it. This will help you to build muscle memory for the guns that you’ll use.
Another great way to practice is in bot-only deathmatches. These ties recoil control together with movement.
Find out the core weapons
There are four meta weapons in CS.GO. There are four meta weapons in CS:GO. The M4A1, AK-47, and AWP are the starter pistols. Pistols can be used for close-range fighting because they aren’t affected by movement as much as other guns. This allows you to move around the room and fire off shots. Both assault rifles are highly prized because they can deal very high damage, not to mention one-shot headshots, even over long distances. You don’t need the AWP’s headshot to make a kill. This makes it a great weapon for securing lines of sight. These can be taken out for a test drive in practice matches so you get to know the movement and recoil they allow.
The MP9 is a great SMG you can use while moving if you want to bridge the gap between shooters and CS.GO.
Get to know the Buy menu
CS:GO’s in-match economy makes it different than other first-person shooters. Your kills and success earn you more cash. You can spend that cash between rounds to buy new guns and armor or grenades. This menu is accessible by pressing B. However, there are many details about the economy and which gear to purchase when.
Different weapons offer different rewards for killing with them. This encourages a bit of risk if you choose an SMG, pistol or shotgun rather than an assault rifle. You might see players playing with a pistol the first few rounds.
Armor is also a great purchase. It gives you protection for a few rounds. Grenades are often used at high levels of play. However, if you’re just getting started with the game then they’re not worth your time until you have a good understanding of the maps.
The pros are amazing
Many professional CS:GO players stream their practice matches via Twitch. It’s easy to learn a lot by watching their play and how they communicate with each other. This is not something everyone does. Some people will argue that it’s better to spend this time playing the game less. But if you are looking to improve your game, these are the people you need to watch. This handy list contains CS:GO professionals who stream. Check them out to find the one you enjoy watching.
There are also major CSGO tournaments that are held a few times a calendar year. These are especially useful for new players as they are usually accompanied by experts who can comment on the finer points and strategy of CS.
Know your flashes and smokes
There are a few places on most CSGO maps where you can drop a CSGO smokes grenade, flashbang or grenade. These spots may require you to bounce the bomb off of a wall or do other tricks to ensure that the explosion occurs exactly where you want.
These spots can be seen in a variety of videos. They also show how to use your smoke grenade for landing there. This shows the flash spots and important smoke for de_dust2, CSGO’s most popular map. You can find similar videos on Youtube for all competitive maps. Start a practice match offline once you have mastered these maps and start to throw some grenades.
Get the map callouts
Each spot on every competitive map will have names. This is used by the community to inform you via voice comms when an enemy is present. These terms are often obscure and won’t be understood unless you already know them. Although it will take some time to master all the callouts for each map, this information is vital for communication with your team.
Start here and then pick up the rest listening to your team members and asking them for clarification when they refer to something that is not familiar.
Find out when to reload and when not
You shouldn’t reload if you have a good number of bullets in your magazine, and feel that an enemy is near. Reloading takes some time and should be done only when you feel safe from enemy fire. Switching to your pistol when you run out is much faster than trying to reload in mid-fight.
Be patient when you are on the CT side
In low-rank matches, you’ll see impatient counter-terrorists time and again. If you are playing on a defusal map (which is the most competitive game mode), you will be on the CT side and your job is to keep the bomb sites down and stop terrorists from planting the bomb. A smart terrorist team will not tolerate you pushing past the bomb sites or hunting for terrorists. Do not do it. Learn how to punish terrorists for doing it.
Be aware of your role in the group
It is crucial to have a cohesive team. Before you purchase a gun, make sure you look around to see what your team is doing. You don’t usually need another AWP if someone already has one. There are exceptions, which you will discover, but it is best to be safe than sorry. If you don’t have the money to buy multiple guns for your teammate, then buy one and let them go. If your team is in financial trouble, you shouldn’t buy out of synchronism with them. Wait for them to save enough money and then buy together. Play the game as a team.
Do not rage
This is probably obvious to most people. However, CS can be frustrating and difficult when you lose. Frustration will only make it worse so keep your head up. If you are unable to do so, don’t let your frustrations get out via voice comms. Nobody wants to hear how bad their teammate thinks the game is. If you get a lot of snarky comments from your teammates, just turn them off – their toxic behavior isn’t worth the callouts.