Counter-Strike: Global Offense, a game that I used to have an absolute hatred for. Turns out all you need to begin enjoying it is to just keep playing. Over the last several months, I’ve put a lot of time into CS:GO, and I can finally say I’m starting to improve, and really liking it. I’ve learned quite a bit and want to share with you some great tips for beginners that helped me immensely.
CS:GO is all about headshots. “But that’s just like every game,” you might say. Yes, but if you can consistently land your headshots, you will excel in your ability to get kills much faster. So always aim for the head. Best example is the AK-47; it's possible to get a one-shot kill on an enemy even with full armor if you hit a headshot with this weapon. This is the reason so much emphasis is put on headshots. There’s nothing more satisfying than one-tapping someone and hearing that ‘dink’ sound announcing an instant kill.
Aiming in this game is incredibly hard to master and one of the most frustrating things for beginners to learn. It’s something I had a tough time with and still am working on. First and foremost, you want to always keep your crosshair at the level of the enemy’s head when you're moving. This helps by not having to raise your weapon when confronted with the enemy, as you're always ready to make that headshot. When holding angles, you want to be aimed right where the head of the enemy is going to be peaking out so all you have to do is click the mouse button and start shooting. One of the better ways at practicing this is to just play offline with a bunch of bots on your own. It starts becoming second nature after a while and it will even frustrate you to see others looking down at the ground while they’re moving through the map. Here's a link to a workshop custom map that will help you with your aim and has a lot of cool options for practice. (click here)
Compensating for Recoil
One of the things that sets CS:GO apart from other shooters is the huge emphasis on the recoil system. Each gun has it’s own unique recoil pattern and you need to learn how to adjust your aim in order to compensate so you can land those headshots. Most of the weapons have an up and to the right recoil so to compensate for that, you move your mouse down and to the left while firing. The best way to practice this is to stand in front of a wall and shoot at it. First start by just spraying without moving your mouse to see what the recoil pattern looks like. Then you want to try and adjust your aim so that you keep all the bullets in a tight grouping. The more you practice this, the better you will get at the game. Another great way to practice is by playing some Deathmatch games and trying different weapons. After a while, it will just start to become muscle memory and you won’t even think about it. Here's another custom map to help with your recoil (click here).
The main gamemode for CS:GO is Competitive. This are 5v5, best of 30 rounds matches consisting of Counter Terrorists (CT) vs. Terrorists (T). The CT’s defend two different bombsites while the T’s try to plant the bomb and blow up one of the sites. CT’s can win by allowing the time to run out before the bomb gets planted, defusing a planted bomb before it explodes, or by eliminating all the T’s. T’s can only win by planting the bomb and exploding the site, or by eliminating the entire CT team. One of these goals need to be met before the round ends. Teams will play each side, swapping after 15 rounds. The first team to win 16 rounds wins the match but you can also tie by each team winning 15 rounds. Communication is key to winning rounds. Being able to call out spots where you see/hear enemies is vital to understanding the strategy of your opponent. You want to keep your communications short and to the point. Everything you say should be about the game. You should never just start talking casually while a round is going on. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve died because I couldn’t hear the footsteps of an enemy over someone complaining about how they got killed. It’s incredibly frustrating; I’ve had to tell people to shut up on numerous occasions.
I hope to write a few more blogs on this subject, but this seems like a good start. The wonderful thing about CS:GO is there is just so much to learn. It’s what makes it one of the best competitive shooters out there and watching the pros compete in professional tournaments is incredibly fun. These guys do things that you never knew were possible or that you could only dream of doing. What you have to remember is that you can only get there by consistently practicing just like they did. You can’t expect to start getting better if you never play. That’s something I finally realized, and now that I’ve started playing more, I've started improving. You'll always get frustrated when things aren’t going your way but you just have to take a step back, calm yourself down a bit, and stop thinking negative. Take notice of what you’re doing wrong and how to improve upon it. Once you start doing that, you'll get better and better, and finally be able to hang with some of the skilled players. There’s definitely a big difference between playing with some of these guys, and playing with the lower-skilled/new players. I'm finally starting to enjoy playing the game instead of being frustrated about the lack of communication, or the players that don’t know what they’re doing, or the trolls that just don’t care. Hope you'll join me, and the rest of the PG crew.