Being one of the best go to games for e-sports players, Counter Strike Global Offensive (CS: GO), which is a First Person Shooter (FPS) game, has really come close to the realm of the real world. Over the years, the game has evolved to a highly competitive stature, becoming one of the biggest online gaming communities. For a beginner, it can be daunting to get around the look and feel of CS: GO’s evolved gameplay. Let’s get you started by going through this comprehensive counter strike global offensive guide for beginners where you will learn the basics and neat tips to prepare you for the amazing gaming experience that CS: GO will offer.
Here’s what we will cover:
· Peeking, Movement and Shooting
· Mastering Crosshair Placement
· Economy and Weapons
Peeking, Movement and Shooting
In many scenarios, peeking is quite effective in CS: GO. New players are not aware of its potential when it comes to opening all sorts of possibilities. By definition, peeking is a when a player tries to get a quick angle view without exposing themselves to enemies or any manner of attack. It involves 4 methods:
· Jiggle-peeking - method of peeking which creates map control by clearing default spots when used with pre-fire. The enemy is normally pressured to leave these default spots.
· Shoulder-peeking - this is used for gathering information i.e. baiting an AWP (powerful sniper rifle) shot. Here, the player’s movement is so fast such that chances of getting hit are nearly impossible.
· Close-peeking - this can only be used if the player is well-experienced. It’s not recommended for beginners since the player usually exposes their body to an enemy quite early. It’s a great way to catch your enemy off-guard and throw them off.
· Wide-peeking – this peeking method overwhelms an enemy after the player has acquired important information on the enemy’s whereabouts.
Movement is crucial since it influences a player’s accuracy. Most players take it for granted, but what they don’t understand is that movement is a discipline on its own. It’s a combination of intuition, knowhow and techniques. The hardest thing is learning how to strafe and bunny hop. Long hours of practice will be required to fully master this technique. For best results, try the technique on flat surfaces like the yard or inferno. On such flat surfaces, it’s much easier to gain more speed.
While shooting in Counter Strike Global Offensive, the manner in which bullets spread when a player fires usually varies based on some factors such as the player’s current actions and how long the player holds on to the trigger. Moreover, it’s hard to tell where bullets will wind up since the player can’t actually aim down the sight. Simply put, while a player is shooting while moving, the bullets’ trajectory is not accurate. Shooting while standing also doesn’t ensure perfect accuracy. The best way to fire is while crouching. Crouching combined with a heavy burst (two to three) increases the chances of hitting all inbound enemies.
Mastering Crosshair Placement
Crosshair Placement works together with peeking, movement and shooting. New players normally end up flicking since their aim points to the ground, which leaves them no choice but to rely on their aim. One thing to note is that a player’s aim is never entirely consistent, that is when crosshair placement is used. You can always rely on it. Instead of relying on your aim, rely on crosshair placement. To use it perfectly, ensure that:
· You aim at certain areas that enemies normally use e.g. the dust 2 B-site.
· Your crosshair placement is at the height of the head.
· Your crosshair placement is next to the wall.
Economy and Weapons
While in the competitive mode, buy Kevlar (costs $1000 including armor and a helmet). For T and CT sides, the AK-47 and M4 are the only default weapons, i.e. respective to each side. The weapons are quite cost effective and are packed with a lot of power and versatility. Buy them when you have enough cash. The AK is more effective in killing enemies by taking head shots than the M4. One more thing to point out is that you should only buy weapons if team members have more than $4000 (involves getting to know the eco rounds’ concept).
While playing, you may hear team members saying certain phrases. The common ones include:
· save - when you hear this, save your ammunition for the next round.
· rush - every team member should head quickly to the bomb site.
· eco - normally when the previous round is lost, this means that you shouldn’t purchase any weapons.
· long or short - refers to a route to take either to defend or head to the bomb site.