Beginners guide to CS:GO

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This is our beginner’s guide to Counter-strike: Global offensive where we will try to help you through the early stages of this team-based shooter.

 

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Entering into the world of Counter-Strike for the first time can be a daunting experience for any newcomer. The game has been around since 1999 so obviously there will be better players with more experience than yourself who have played for years. But don’t let this dishearten you, once you have gotten hold of the basics it is just a matter of practice before you will be wallbanging and srafe shooting your way to a clutch (ok maybe not quite).

One of the biggest differences with CS GO and other modern first person shooters is the skill in shooting. For one there is no aiming down the sight, counter-strike instead is all about the crosshair. When you start the game and enter into your first match, you’ll see how different the aiming is. It is definitely not your normal run, spray, kill formula, it rewards you for being accurate and having good gun control and punishes you for running and gunning.

Aiming

Your gun itself serves up a lot of recoil when shooting so you’ll be better off trying to burst fire rather than unload a clip. Its a difficult task to get your aim to be precise, but you will see improvements over the course of your games and you’ll start to be pinging heads like a true pro. Have a search for one of the community-made aiming maps if you feel it will help, aim botz is a great choice as it you can set up bots to do particular movements and change the ground to make it uneven and all sorts of other handy tricks. The best practice will obviously come from being in the thick of it, but don’t be afraid to play around first.

Another tip to help you along is to try and not shoot while moving to much as your gun becomes less accurate, yes as well as the recoil of the gun, movement has an impact too. One of the methods used to counter this is to stop moving just as you’re about to shoot. Now this may sound ridiculous but you will notice the difference. To add to this standing is also less accurate than when you are crouching, so the counter to this is to move, crouch, stop, shoot….. stay with me on this one. As I said before counter-strike really is a tough game to get a hold of but it really does reward you for sticking it out with some great competitive gaming and a brilliant strategical side.

Casual Mode

Ok so before you go straight into ranked play and get totally annihilated we recommend having a play around with the casual modes first. It will get you used to the way in which the economy works which i’ll cover later and it will help you to get a feel of the maps and guns. Don’t worry about getting lost on maps or not getting kills, just try to get a feel for your cross hair movement whilst you’re playing around because in competitive mode it can be a crucial difference to being a better player.

Try to start by playing in deathmatch servers where all weapons are free for you to use and have a play around with. Some of the more commonly used guns in competitive are the AK, M416, AWP, Desert Eagle, P90, P-19 Bizon so try to have a run around with each of these to see if they suit your playing style. You’ll want to keep an eye on some of the better players and watch for places they go around the map to get a good idea of some good spots.

Competitive

CS:GO has two different competitive modes in which you’ll be playing nearly all of your games. There are community made modes like ‘capture the flag’ and ‘zombie attack’ but we’re going to focus on the main competitive modes which are ‘Bomb defusal’ and ‘Hostage rescue’. ‘Bomb defusal’ is the mode that is played when it comes to tournament play but knowing hostage rescue won’t hurt. You will either be on the Terrorist’s (T) side or the Counter-Terrorist (CT) and will fight it out over 30 rounds and the first team to reach 16 will win the game. Halfway through, each player will switch roles and play as the opposite team, the scores still remain the same however, you will now have different objectives. We’ll start with Bomb disposal;

Bomb Disposal

In this mode there is two bomb sites in which five Terrorist (T) team members must try to plant and detonate a bomb whilst the Counter-Terrorist (CT) team tries to stop them. The T team can win by either planting and detonating a bomb at one of the sites or by killing the entire CT team. The CT team, on the other hand, must either successfully defuse a planted bomb or kill the entire T team. If you die during a round you will not respawn until the next round so team communication and strategy can go a long way to staying alive longer.

Hostage Rescue

Hostage Rescue pits two teams against each other in a different scenario where the CT team has to rescue a hostage and the T team has to stop them. The round can end in one of three ways; CT kill all T team members, T kill all CT team members or the CT team rescues one of the hostages. There are two hostages and they are normally located near the T team’s spawn point, the CT must pick them up and carry them back to the rescue zone which will be by the CT spawn. Whilst carrying the hostage you will be slowed but extra time will be added to the clock to compensate.

Weapons and Equipment

There is a lot of choices when it comes to choosing which guns and equipment to buy and each team T and CT have their own set of unique items which the other team cannot buy so we’ll show you all the weapons available and which team can use them.

 

Pistols

Terrorist

  • Glock-18

  • Tec-9

Counter-Terrorist

  • P2000

  • USP-S

  • Five-Seven

Neutral

  • P250

  • Desert Eagle

  • Duel Berettas

  • CZ75 Auto

  • R8 Revolver

Heavy

Terrorist

  • Sawed-off

Counter-Terrorist

  • MAG-7

Neutral

  • Nova

  • XM1014

Submachine guns

Terrorist

  • MAC-10

Counter-Terrorist

  • MP9

Neutral

  • MP7

  • UMP-45

  • PP-Bizon

  • P90

Rifles

Counter-Terrorist

  • FAMAS

  • M4A4

  • M4A1-S

  • AUG

  • SCAR-20

Terrorist

  • Galil AR

  • AK-47

  • SG 553

  • G3SG1

Neutral

  • SSG 08

  • AWP

Machine Guns
  • M249

  • Negev

Equipment

Counter-Terrorist

  • Defuse kit

  • Rescue kit

Terrorist

  • C4

Neutral

  • Kevlar vest

  • Kevlar helmet

  • Zeus x27

Grenades

Counter-Terrorist

  • Incedinary grenade

Terrorist

  • Molotov cocktail

Neutral

  • Decoy grenade

  • HE grenade

  • Flashbang

  • Smoke grenade

The Economy

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Instead of having loadouts or set guns counter-strike offers an economy system where you will be given money for doing certain things like killing enemies and winning rounds. You start the game with $800 which won’t get you very far so everybody sticks with the pistol as you cannot afford any other guns and the armor is $1000. The pistol round is quite important because if you end up losing the first round you won’t have much money to spend on the next round as money carries over, whereas winning the round can provide an early advantage as, in the next round, you will be able to afford armor or an SMG. This is why watching how much money yours and the opponent’s team has is vital to knowing what strategy your team should go for. Don’t spend spend spend, make sure you save money for certain tactical advantages.

Teams can also build up enough money for a full buy where every team member gets to choose a rifle, armor, helmet and whatever grenades you need. Eco rounds can occur when a team chooses to buy minimal to save money for the next round, it’s normally due to a team not having enough money for the ideal set up. You will generally either upgrade your starting pistol to a better one or buy kevlar armour or grenades. An anti eco round consists of trying to gauge what the opponent team will be buying and if it looks like they haven’t got enough to buy good equipment or weapons, you buy cheap guns like SMG’s which will be good enough to beat the opponent. Always watch the enemy team’s money as it has a big impact on which strategy your team will take.

Money earning

This list provides details of the money your team will receive or lose for doing certain things.

Counter Terrorist

1st Loss: -$1400

2nd Loss: -$1900

3rd Loss: -$2400

4th Loss: -$2900

5th Loss: -$3400

Team elimination win: $3250

Time out win: $3250

Bomb Defusal win: $3500

Person who defused the bomb: $500

Terrorist

1st Loss: -$1400

2nd Loss: -$1900

3rd Loss: -$2400

4th Loss: -$2900

5th Loss: -$3400

Team elimination win: $3250

Bomb detonation win: $3500

Person who planted the bomb: $300

General

Kill: $300

Team Kill: $3300

SMG Kill: $600 (P90 $300 however)

Shotgun Kill: $900

AWP Kill: $100

Knife Kill: $1500

So that about wraps it up for our beginner’s guide, we hope you learn to love CS GO as much as we do as it’s a great game to sink your teeth into. Give it time and a lot of frustration and you’ll become better through the process. Stay tuned for our future guides where we’ll bring you some expert tips and tricks to get you to the next level.

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