Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is arguably the world’s premier first-person shooter title. Having been released over a decade ago as the fourth entry to the series, its impressive range of map designs, economy, weapons and mechanics mean that, even in 2022, players are still discovering new techniques to bring into the server. With CS:GO blending that perfect ‘easy to grasp, hard to master’ vibe that all good Esports titles come with, check out some of the biggest CS:GO mistakes every noob makes with our latest guide at Gamelevate!
3. Running And Gunning
For casual gamers, the FPS genre is one that has been dominated by ‘running and gunning’.
Running and gunning is the classic approach of holding down ‘forward’ on the keyboard and mowing down as many enemies as they can. There’s not much in the way of strategy or thought process here, but it is the sort of mindless fun that makes these games so popular.
However, attempting to play that way in CS:GO will have you constantly on the receiving end of the death feed without too many opportunities to reply.
CS is a game that rewards patient positioning and quick, sharp reflex actions. Most rifles in the game have recoil and specific spray patterns that become more erratic the longer the trigger is held down. Becauase of this, think of Global Offensive being a game where less is more when it comes to the trigger.
Respect The Economy
What makes CS:GO matches a gruelling competitive experience is the economy system. With money being rewarded per kill and the heavier weapons costing more money, sometimes staying alive and carrying guns over to the next round can be an invaluable tactic.
There are very few things in CS:GO as toxic as a teammate that completely goes off and does their own thing. Buying MAC-10s when the team are doing a full eco, buying an AWP without armor or utility – all the sorts of CS:GO mistakes that show you up as being a total noob.
CS:GO is a game where teamwork is king. The side with the better communication and strategies will almost always find themselves at 16 rounds first, regardless of how brilliant an individual performance you might have had.
A key mistake most CS:GO noobs make when it comes to communicating is by over-explaining every single occurrence on the map. Teammates need clear, calm and short bits of information on how many opponents there are, where they’re coming from and that’s about it.
One of the best CS:GO guides we can give you for nailing good communication with your teammates is by following the formula of ‘number of players, location on map’ e.g. ‘Three on Long.’
Once you become a bit more familiar with the nuances of strategies and the economy builds of a round, you can begin to inject more substance in your calls by predicting where opponents might be looking to finish a round.
And, as with any video game, always try to steer clear of being that toxic, tilted player in the server!