6 tips for beginners in CS:GO



Mon 13th Mar 2017 - 1:58pm

CS:GO Matchmaking can be stressful, especially for freshly joined players. In this guide, I’ll try to explain to all the freshly joined newbies on how to approach CS:GO’s competitive world and how to improve.

Your mindset and your preparation

The way you get “into” the game is one of the most important things regarding competitive play. Of course, you’re not playing a ESL Major Final in front of a massive crowd with all your long-time teammates. Your head has to be clear of any distortion and, by that, I don’t mean you need to meditate before a game. If you want to take the game seriously, put your phone away, turn off the music and realize what you are doing there on the map. It sounds cliché, but focus only on the game. One thing you should do, take brakes. Pro teams don't play 10 matches directly one after the other and the same applies to you.

Once you got the correct mindset and are concentrating on the game, you should start with a warm-up. No one expects that this particular match will be your most incredible performance of all time. However, you should try to be consistent. This is not the easiest thing, but having a 15-minute warm-up on a FFA Server (see picture below) or on an aim map will get you set up. Usually those warm-ups result in a more consistent play and you don’t have to get used to the game while you’re already in the match. 

Here you find some decent warm-up Maps:

Fast Aim/Reflex Training Map
Aim Botz - Training

Your news best friend before you start playing.

Communicate the mandatory thing

Vocal cords are a great thing, but using them to communicate the important information is crucial.

At the beginning, tell your teammates where you want to go, what kind of role you are taking (rifle or AWP), and say when you use things like smokes and flashbangs. Clearly state the position of enemies when you hear steps or shots. You should never exaggerate with the information you’ve gathered. Don’t talk about irrelevant things and don’t assume possible scenarios. The number of rounds that have been0 lost by somebody saying “All B” when they were only 4 B and one lurking is higher than you might expect.

You are going to die. When that happens, you should make sure to relay important information to your teammates. To help with this, remember the letters PADHW.

Position – Where are the player(s)
Amount – How many players are there
Direction – Where are they looking and heading
HP – How many did you hit and how hard
Weaponry – What guns do they have.

A basic sentence would be “3 Players, A-Long going A, 1 -81 with AKs”. All your teammates will exactly know what is going on. That’s all the mandatory information you need to give once you’ve died. If you’re alive and you can hear enemy players, just inform your teammates about their positioning. It's all about making smart and easy calls. Just always remember to talk about the basic things. If your team is cool, you can also be funny once in a while, but keep your head in the game and focus on communicating.

If you don’t know the name of the position where the enemies are, there is a useful plug-in which names the sections on your map: CS:GO Minimap Callouts 

Nobody speaks? You're the leader!

Sometimes everybody remains silent. First of all, check if sv_voiceenable 1 is on. Sounds odd, but you might forget it sometimes after some annoying people were screaming at you on a FFA-Server. As a quick tip, this command allows you to shut off the entire VoIP of the server, so you don’t hear anyone talking anymore. Once you've checked that it is still on and everything is still silent, you have to do something. You have to lead. For new players, this sounds tough, usually because you have a low game sense and might not know how to coordinate things in-game. Don’t worry, no one expects you to lead your team like a professional IGL (In-Game Leader). Start with the basic things.

When you’re on the Terrorist side, ask where the others want to push or which strategy they prefer to play. If they don’t come up with any possible plan, you have to coordinate the team just a little. Basically, you just tell your team where to push and when. To start, that’s more than enough.

Once you’ve switched sides and are the Counter-Terrorists, things get way easier. Players usually write their favorite position in the chat. If they don’t, just ask them and you already got a typical set-up. The classic playstyle for newcomers on CT-Side should be 2 A-Site, 2 B-Site and 1 middle. This can vary due to enemies, maps or some other circumstances.

Don't be the toxic one

Sometimes people do things wrong and make mistakes. Maybe in a game, one of your teammates does a lot of things wrong and it really drives you crazy. CS:GO is not only about individual performance, especially not during the first 500 hours of the game. To be really honest, you’ll find it extremely weird how you played months ago once you climb the skill ladder higher and higher. A team is only as strong as its weakest link. Probably everybody can relate to this scenario where one of your fellow players decreases your performance due to his skill. Some people can stay calm, but some get really furious.

Becoming outraged doesn’t help anybody. You’ve gotten killed and lost the round, or even the game, for your team. Screaming at other players or insulting them doesn’t improve anything.  Just imagine you're having a bad day and want to play a little bit of CS. During that entire match, you might miss the easiest shots and be unable to concentrate. No one should give you compliments for bad plays, but no one should try to put your mood down even more. After a while, you’ll realize how important it is for yourself and your team to be calm, even in the worst situations.

Youre the filler

Once in a while, you’ll realize that there is an open spot. This is extremely noticeable when you play on the CT-Side. Nobody wants to take that certain position and you realize that this is a vulnerable spot that he enemies are taking advantage of that over and over again. Of course, you could say “One of you go there!” but I recommend new players to just go there yourself. Normally, you have a preferred position on the map and you’re feeling comfortable there. Sometimes you also have to try something new, even if you have no idea how to play there.

When you’re not familiar at all with a certain position, play safe. A classic example is middle doors on Dust 2. Playing the open angle to take the duel in middle is not necessary and if you don’t have any experience regarding that position, you have to be cautious. Try to think just for a moment how you could approach this kind of scenarios. Playing near to the doors on middle gives you the option to stay hidden, kill people pushing through doors and to hear possible movement on short. If you rethink this position just a second, you might realize players could sneak over short to A. This is why you should try to play middle, but not facing T-Spawn. Rather try to gather information about short and tell you teammates when somebody is coming there.

Review yourself, just really quick

Round after round, you may just die and that can be really annoying. Of course, you could just say “They’re better” or “hackers”. Both could be true, but taking a quick look at your play after you died is quite important. Doing in-depth analysis is not mandatory here, just basic thinking.

Was my positioning correct?
Was the angle a bit too tight or a bit too open?
Should I have used my nades a bit differently?

The following example is a classic scenario. Players push B-Tunnels on Dust 2 all the time. You as a CT have no chance. They kill you and in just a blink of an eye the entire enemy team is on the site before you can even react. But if you look back, there were actions you could take. First of all, use smokes and flashbangs to hold them off. Just throwing them in the direction of the tunnel is all you need to do in the beginning. Second, if they have better aim, try to hold an angle they don’t directly watch. X-Box, the big metal box on B, could be a good position as they are moving on the site and might consider it as safe as the enemy team can't see you directly. This way you can catch them off-guard, expecting B to be clear. The downside is that you have to be really patient and they can attack you from two angles.

One final tip to become better in CS:GO: Play, play, play. CS:GO is a game where you can learn a lot of things in videos and tutorials, but in the end, the only thing that matters is experience you have in game.

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