You’ve just jumped into your first ever competitive CS:GO match and the adrenaline is pumping through your veins. People are shouting, talking and sometimes singing, while the sound of a bullet flying past your ear is heard. You don’t know what to expect and are maybe unsure of how things work.
Starting out, things are a bit daunting, but once you’ve got it and understand the basics, you’re good to go!
There are 4 things you want to pay attention to when jumping into any game:
Most NB, I’d say, is paying attention to your mini-map (located in the top left of your screen).
This here is your best friend. Get into the habit of checking it at least every 5 seconds! You’ll get a lot of information from the mini map as the enemies appear on different areas of the map. Enemies are identified by a red dot on the map, you wont miss it. Sometimes you wont see the enemy in game, but someone else will. The red dot will still show. Use this to your advantage.
Effective communication is a big deal
When on CT (Counter-Terrorist) side, call where you are going to be holding so that each person can cover a different angle and you can prevent the terrorists from getting onto the bomb site. When calling, you don’t want to be shouting in everyone’s ears, but you also don’t want to be speaking so soft that not even a mouse could hear you. Get the calls out and keep quiet so your teammates can hear where the enemies are. However, a ‘well done’ or ‘good job’ is definitely welcomed by your team. The best time to be quiet, is after you’ve died. You get the call out and let your teammates play. Nobody likes being told how to play the game.
Learn the calls of all the active duty maps
Active duty maps are currently Nuke, Inferno, Dust 2, Cache, Mirage, Train and Overpass. Learning these calls will be helpful when letting your teammates know where the enemies are. You’ll be surprised how quickly you pick up the calls by listening to your teammates and, of course, checking just above your mini map. Like I mentioned earlier: your mini map is your best friend. At the top of your mini map, the names of all the places appear as you run in, out, through or around the different areas.
Last but certainly not the least, remember to have fun and keep your crosshair at head height!
You don’t want to be shooting your enemies’ toes off because yes, they may not be able to walk too well afterwards, but they will survive long enough to kill you.
Want more easy to follow CSGO tips? Anything you’d like to learn? Let me know in the comments below and maybe Sam will convince me to write them down!