CS:GO Pro Status - and How to Earn It



Sat 25th Nov 2017 - 1:00pm

So you want to be a pro CS:GO player? You don't necessarily have to have a decade-long history of standings, but it is becoming more and more of a struggle nowadays to get to the coveted pro status.

The real question here is this: how can you start working towards a name for yourself in Counter Strike? Here are some tips that will get you well on your way, provided that you are serious about the concept.

1) The move to ESEA

On the assumption that you are playing at a reasonably experienced rank (Distinguished Master Guardian and above), the move from regular matchmaking to a 3rd party hosting application such as ESEA will be vital in showcasing your talent to organisations looking to pick up new CS:GO players and teams. ESEA brags a 128-tick server, double the tick-rate of typical matchmaking servers, giving you the ability to improve your game by playing a lot more fluently.

On top of this, the monthly subscription fee wipes out the vast majority of trolling, griefing or toxic teammates, allowing you to freely concentrate on your own game while being able to rely on your fellow teammates for cover and support.

If you have no idea what ESEA is, this video may help (Credit to luckySkillFaker):


2) Forming relationships and gathering teammates

You can be the best non-pro CS:GO player in the world, but if you don't have the connections or teammates to prove your worth as a valuable teammate, you will never get further than the bottom of the pile. Teamwork and team morale is everything, and so a clear microphone, using simple and effective callouts and keeping composed is vital for success within specific games, and moving forward into approaching better teams and players for opportunities.

3) Accepting fallbacks and defeats

Of course, no journey is going to ever go smoothly during the course of becoming a professional player. There will be losses, there will be a lot of unlucky situations, but the most important thing to remember is to understand and learn from these fallbacks. If you react unprofessionally or start getting mad, the other players won't feel as confident during the game and start to create a mental image of you after the game. Always keep composed and remember to reflect on your games to understand where you went wrong, and prevent it in the future.

In effect, despite needing teamwork to make it anywhere in the competitive scene, your own personal skill and showcasing is what will define you within the professional scene. Think of the first professional CS:GO player that comes into your head. What makes you think of them? I can almost guarantee that they are well known for a particular play they have made in the past, and it's these moments that define the reputation of many players as the eSports scene increasingly grows.

4) The big move - ESEA Main/MDL/Pro

This is where the majority of players, even those capable of being professional, get stuck in. It is the area in which companies start to make their way into the eSports scene by picking up players around here with relatively minor contracts, involving either paying a small salary, paying for your entry fees into the league and tournaments, and bringing social presence to your own online image.

A lot of the time, players get caught in the loophole of accepting contracts that tie them down for anywhere around 12 months onwards, for them to understand that it wasn't the right move less than 2 months down the line. ALWAYS read the fine print in these contracts. Understand what you are signing up for before actually signing it, as it could be the difference between making or breaking a pathway into higher and more noticeable leagues.

If you could take any piece of advice from this article, it's this: Don't be afraid of turning down offers. Of course, within reason - you wouldn't turn down a request from teams of the likes of SK Gaming or Astralis (albeit an incredibly rare occurrence), but making sure that you don't limit yourself to these mid-tier teams for seasons at a time without making any improvement to your game is vital in continuing to grow as not only a CS:GO professional, but as a person too.

5) Creating a legacy

Ultimately, having people know who you are is the ultimate goal with growing your presence in the CS:GO eSports scene going forward. Regardless of how many games you play, or tournaments you compete in, the only noticeable achievements that people will pick up on is 1st Place. Entering tournaments and leagues and finishing first will undoubtedly increase the potential in which people find more about you, and so you should always strive to win every game you play. Make your way to the top!

One final honourable mention to be aware of in relation to this, is the concept of creating upsets as an underdog team. There will be strict strategies that your team will use from within the game, but unique plays and your own capabilities with your keyboard and mouse will ultimately be the key to winning rounds and games for your team.

If you're facing off against the best in the world, performing an upset as the underdog team whilst maintaining that top score on your team will guarantee you to be talked about by the casters or analysts of the match, and even the fans watching. Never underestimate your potential going into a game against these players, but it's also essential not to be overconfident at the same time. Find that balance and use it to your advantage going into more important games for your team.

There you have it. Practice makes perfect, but being a good teammate is the only way you will be able to perform well in the higher leagues. Just keep at it, work your way up to the top and push yourself to be the best! The sky is the limit.

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