How to train CS:GO?

Why should you even bother?

CS:GO is one of the most competitive games in the eSports community with millions of serious players and hundreds of full time pros who all want to play at their best. But eSports often has had a bad reputation in the eyes of older generations, who didn’t grow up with games in their everyday live and don’t value games as much as we do. Therefore we were left to find out how to play well on our selves. Most just play a lot … seriously … a lot. It’s not like you can learn eSports in school like soccer or running track, so there are no teachers or training plans that people have access to. So we teach ourselves via Youtube and Twitch by watching pros plays. But how did they reach their level?

We think the skill level the eSports Community has reached as a whole is great. Still, grinding for hours, days and weeks is tough way to go, even if you just love playing the game. But you might want to improve your skill faster and stop reinventing the wheel again and again. As in every competitive Sport there is a level of skill that can only be achieved with deliberate and systematic training. If you are interested in that, you have come to the right place.

WarOwl, who is considered by many one the of the best CS:GO Youtubers out there, suggests in his video “How to Practice CS:GO – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Tutorial” 3 essentials elements to practicing CS:GO deliberately.

  1. Practice the basis game mechanics
  2. Practice your game sense
  3. Practice team play

 

1. Practice the basic game mechanics

Mastering the basic game mechanics like aiming, spray pattern control and movement is equally important for beginners as pros. This has to be practiced deliberately on a daily basis or you will loose your skills. Take a 3 week break from playing CS:GO and you know what we mean. Having a high “mechanical” skill is the deciding factor if you are head to head with another player and you both know where you are. It does not however help you against player with superior game sense, when they sneak up on you form an unexpected angle. How to train basic game mechanics:

Level 1: Empty Map

  • Open an empty server
    • e.g. map de_dust2_se
  • Configure the server for training in the console
    • sv_cheats 1 (Cheat Mode on)
    • impulse se 101 (16000 money)
    • sv_showimpacts 1 (show impacts)
    • sv_infiniteammo 2 (infinite ammo)
  • Buy the weapon you want to improve your aiming skill with
    • if you are uncertain, a good start would be the AK47
  • Exercise:
    • shoot against a wall and control your spray pattern
    • start with trying to do only single shots
    • then 2 which also usually land on the exact same spot, depending on the weopon
    • then 3, now practice to pull down at the right moment to land all bullets on the same spot
    • then 4 and so on
    • progress to more shots only when you have mastered one level

 

Level 2: Against Bots

  • Open a local map with bots
    • e.g. map de_dust2_se
  • Configure the server for training in the console
    • sv_cheats 1 (Cheat Mode on)
    • impulse se 101 (16000 money)
  • Buy the weapon you want to improve your aiming skill with
  • Exercise:
    • go for head shots only
    • don’t worry about getting killed
    • focus on your aiming and movement
    • raise bot difficulty over time

 

Level 3: Deathmatch Server

  • Open a community server in Deathmatch (dm) mode
    • Deathmatch is one of the best practices, because it maximizes the number of engagements per time
  • Buy the weapon you want to improve your aiming skill with
    • most Deathmatch servers let you choose one weapon with which you will respawn after getting killed immediately
  • Exercise:
    • go for head shots only
    • don’t worry about getting killed
    • don’t get angry towards other players
    • don’t watch your Kill /Death ratio
    • focus on your aiming and movement
    • try to put fit in 30-60min of DM practice before you play competitive Counter-Strike matches

 

Pure Aim Training:

This is how NiP friberg prepares before each tournament and in his daily aiming practice. We suggest training with this workshop in the CSGO Skills App with the following Settings:

  1. Standard map setting: amount 100 with .75 sec delay and .75 sec duration (beginner)
  2. Standard map setting: amount 100 with .50 sec delay and .50 sec duration (advanced)
  3. Standard map setting: amount 100 with .25 sec delay and .50 sec duration (NiP fribergs settings)

Lower the delay and duration by .25 sec when you can get 80 out 100 consistently.

Uses this map and playing on deathmatch server are widely known to be among the best practice tasks to improve your basic game mechanical skills.

 

2. Practice your game sense

Game sense is your understanding of the current state of the game. It is like the mechanical skills considered to a single players skill and you can practice it alone without a fixed team. These are some of the topics you want to focus on to improve your game sense:

  • Your mental understanding of the map
  • Where the common spots on each map are
  • How much time it takes to get from point A to point B
  • Where your team is and where your enemies are
  • When and where to throw grenades

How to practice your game sense:

  • Play competitive matches
  • Play with people better than you and be willing to learn from them
  • Watch shoutcasts and pro streams on Youtube and Twitch

 

3. Practice your team work

Playing as a team is rare in random competitive matches. Therefore it important to find a group of 5 friends to play Counter-Strike with on a regular basis. Don’t just take our word for it, but NiP Fribergs:

“Best way to become a better player I would say is to find a few friends who you like playing with and try to “try-hard” on match making or find games vs other teams! And also, have fun! If you have fun you can play more -> you’ll get better!”
– NiP friberg on Reddit.com

Try to have at least one player in your team who knows strategy. Try to discuss strategies on different maps and situations all the time and practice, practice, practice.

Fun Exercise:

  1. Open a empty server with your team on a bomb defusal map
  2. 2 Players try to hold a bomb spot defensively
  3. 3 Players try to take that bomb spot
  4. Talk openly what worked an what not among each other

 

4. Practice, Practice, Practice

“I usually go up at 11am, cook some food and relax for a bit! Then I might stream or play other games for a few hours and then practice from 6pm->12!”

– Nip friberg on reddit.com

 

In the words of the famous Fatal1ty:

Training with the CSGO Skills App

We like to keep a log of our training and measure our progress. If its the same for you, we would like you to test our newest app:

 

Download the Counter-Strike Skill Trainer App for Android on Google Play

Download the CSGO Skills app on the App Store