How to improve in CS:GO – 10 effective tips to become a better player

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  • CS: GO is not as simple a game as run and shoot, there are more complex skills that need to be mastered to be a complete player.
  • Every player needs to practice hard and refine these skills to become better at the game.
  • Here are ten effective tips that are sure to help you get better at CS:GO, whether you're a beginner or simply trying to improve.

CS:GO, like any other competitive online shooter, can seem like a pretty simple game, just run and shoot enemies or teammates. 



But in reality, it takes a long time to master these common controls. CS: GO It may be easy to learn, but it's one of the most complex tactical shooters in the world. There is much more to the game than just running and shooting, players need to learn map calls, spray controls, utility lines and many other skills to become a better player. 

Hard work and consistency are essential when it comes to refining these skills, which automatically translates into improved gameplay and a higher ranking.

All those who are determined to improve at CS:GO regardless of whether they are beginners or experienced players can follow this set of 10 effective tips that are sure to make them a better Counter-Strike player.

10 effective tips to become a better CS:GO player

10. Armas Master Core



The most important thing in CS:GO is shooting. There are several components to shooting, such as aiming, recoil control, hitting and spraying. That said, it takes a long time to master all of this for every weapon that exists in CS:GO. 

So instead of being a jack of all trades and master of nothing, try a more realistic approach and only practice the weapons you tend to use most often. This is the weapon combination that would benefit most players,

Guns: Five-SeveN (CT), Tec-9 (T), P250 (both)

Riffles: AK-47 (T), M4A4 ou M4A1-S (CT)

These are by far the most used weapons in CS:GO, they are also the most viable in almost every stage of the game and in every situation. Mastering these weapons will make you a formidable player to fight, automatically becoming a more reliable and consistent player.

9. Aim Is King

Aiming is something that directly improves your shooting, adding something positive and further reinforcing your supremacy with whatever weapon you wield. Unlike spray control, aiming is more consistent across different weapons, it may vary if a player is dealing with a sighted weapon, otherwise the fundamentals are similar across all weapons.

Players can improve their marksmanship by investing a little time in solo practice sessions before jumping into competitive matches. They can try any of the various community maps made specifically to improve aiming, practice against bots to focus only on their aim, and finally, play deathmatch to test their enhanced aim in real-time.


8. Differentiate between Burst and Tap Fire


While this may not be a necessity when it comes to secondary weapons like pistols, it is certainly very important when it comes to the main and most used weapon in the game – Rifles. Whether it's an AK-47 or an M4A4, a good player will always know when to shoot their rifles and when to simply hit the enemy.

Again, this is something that can be practiced on specific community maps and deathmatches, but the most effective way to practice this skill is in a proper 5v5 setup, so the newly added unranked game mode is really perfect for this.

As a general rule, players should choose to hit when facing a single enemy at long-medium range, but when they are up close, spraying is much more effective. On the other hand, if dealing with multiple enemies, spray is usually the preferred mode of operation.

7. Don't press 'R' after every fight

This is a bad habit, which FPS players should avoid from the moment they start playing CS:GO. Unknowingly, players often develop the habit of reloading their weapons after every skirmish or a kill, this in most cases is counterproductive and quite risky. 

Players are often caught off guard reloading their weapons and often they can't help but give up. These unfortunate situations are 100% preventable, all you have to do is stock up on your bullets and reload only when absolutely necessary or when you know the environment is really clean. 


6. Learn a CS:GO map before moving on to the next one


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CS:GO doesn't force a player to play a map randomly, it gives them the option to play any map they want. Use this skill to improve as a player, play all maps a few times and see which ones work for you. Then start practicing just those maps and learn every single thing they have to offer, before moving on to the next one.

If you are just starting out, we suggest you start by learning these 3 maps,

  • dust 2
  • Mirage
  • Inferno

These are the most commonly played maps and learning them will be much easier than the rest. Master everything about these maps, from legends, utility lineups, runs, pre-target, spin times, and even the most common mistakes.

5. Sound is everything, learn to listen

In CS:GO, the most important thing is the sound, it reveals all the important information related to enemies. Everything from the positions they are holding, their movements, what utility they used, what weapons they are using, can be known simply by listening to all the audio cues that are made during the game.

So start to identify the sounds and try to differentiate them. This is the key to breaking what the enemy is doing, automatically making it easier for your team to win the round. This might require a good headset along with some audio setup tweaks, both in-game and on the system, but it's all really worth it.

4. Communication is key

In CS:GO, one of the most important things is to constantly communicate with your teammates. Keep relaying information constantly between your allies to better coordinate your next steps and keep them engaged to win the round more easily. This might require an investment in the form of a decent microphone, but this simple tactic is enough to get you out of the silver bracket.

Share things like your position, the information you get from enemy beeps or utility usage, in case you kill, when you catch a rotating enemy, and other vital information that you think will help your team.

Remember that sometimes it is better to mute players

3. Learn to read your opponents

CS:GO is nothing more than chess on steroids, where mechanical skill makes a big difference. But despite this disadvantage, if you are observant and aware of what the enemy is doing, there are ways to win without relying on your aim and using brute force.

Good communication and knowing everything about a certain map already gives you an advantage over your opponents. Now just combine the two and create a mind map using all this information, to be aware of what the enemy is up to and plan a strategy accordingly.

This may seem very complicated, but with enough practice to play and gaining experience, you will automatically start to get the hang of it. Recognizing the enemy's pattern also gives you a significant advantage, as you will now be able to predict their movements in advance and respond more effectively.

2. Work on your movement skills

Although it is a neglected part of the game, in recent times more players have started to focus on improving their moves in CS:GO. This can be of great help when stuck in an awkward location, in case you need to spin faster, reducing the time to effectively get to a certain point on the map faster, and jebait your opponent by doing circles around him on the back of a few spell skills. sick movement.

This is what a CS:GO surf map looks like

To practice this, players can try surfing in CS:GO which is a completely different part of the game that you can see when you're bored from running and shooting. In addition, there are several community maps specifically designed to help players improve their movements.

1. Optimize your CS:GO settings

There's a lot to keep in mind when talking about this part of CS:GO and while most of it is a personal preference, there are still guides that will help you make the perfect choice to play the game more comfortably and always with a part upper hand.

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