How to Get Better at CSGO

Toby Marshall
9 December 2021
How to Get Better at CSGO

Getting good at a computer game doesn’t simply happen overnight. It takes time, patience, practice and dedication. Becoming an expert at Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is certainly no exception. There are no shortcuts and no easy way to be good at the game. That being said, there are some tips for CSGO that can help you get used to it and make playing a little easier – and increase the speed at which you improve… even if it is just a little. 

So, if you are looking to become a pro at CSGO, then read on as we will guide you through all that you need to know and learn in order to improve your game skills and become better on the competitive scene.

How to Get Better at CSGO – 2021

Becoming an expert at something isn’t achieved quickly and easily, so be prepared to put in a serious amount of time and effort if you really want to hone your skills. Here are some things you need to focus on:

Practise Your Aim and Recoil

Anyone who plays CS GO regularly will know that it isn’t easy to aim your weapon at something and hit your target. This is because every weapon has recoil and this differs between every single weapon. This means that if you want to improve your CSGO game then you need to work on your aim to the point where you no longer completely miss your target. If you do miss, then have to stop to reload then this could cause some serious problems.

The best way to do this is by simply picking your weapons and practising. Play the game over and over until you know completely the recoil of that weapon. As soon as you have that weapon down to pat, then try out another one and practice it. You should then play CSGO with every single weapon that you have until you improve. We would recommend starting out with popular CSGO weapons, such as the AK47. However, if this doesn’t suit you then try out to see which one you prefer.

Listen Out for Footsteps

It is imperative that you look for signs of your opponent’s presence. However, this isn’t the only way to work out as to whether your enemy is around. If you want to improve then you will also need to listen for signs that the enemy is close by. You need to listen out and be quiet. It is surprising how much you can learn simply by listening to your surroundings as you play. We would also recommend you use headphones as you play so that you can hear everything clearly – and work out various things like the location of your opposition team, their movements and how close they are. In this game, what you can hear is equally as important as what you can see.

Get Better at CSGO Movement

One of the most important things you have to learn and master if you’re looking to improve at CSGO is movement control. No matter how good you are at controlling your recoil and how good you are at aiming… if you are moving as you shoot then your shots won’t be on target. This is why you will need to learn proper movement control. If you want your shots to hit the target every time you fire then you will have to stand still and shoot if you don’t master your movement.

But standing still can be truly dangerous in the game, as the chances are your enemy will be shooting at you. So, you need to learn how to move between shots while staying still when opening fire.

Pay Attention to Your CS GO Economy

You need to keep an eye on how much money you have earned in the game. This is a very important aspect of the CSGO gameplay and can be overlooked by players – not just beginners but even more serious players overlook it. You need to know when you should buy expensive equipment and when you should be saving your money – then how to spend your funds productively as it is this that could make or break the match. If things are tough, for example, then you should probably save your money for the future.

Also, taking into consideration bonuses that some weapons offer during the game could also be an excellent way of recovering quickly and getting some extra money to spend in the next round so that you can buy the gear you want. Paying attention to this can change the way that your match is going.

Learn Your CSGO Maps

Every map in the CSGO game is unique and this means that each one has its own layout, which means different bombsites, alternative possible movement paths, different objects scattered around, various hiding places etc. Each map has different points of interest, every one has its own rules, different strategies and this often dictates the behaviour and strategies of each team.

So, it’s very important to learn every one of the popular maps in CSGO such as the Nuke map – inside out, back to front, so that you can know what you could expect from players on the map. Understanding where you should plant the bomb, where the paths lead, where you might encounter your opponents and where are the best places to hide. This can give you an excellent advantage in deciding on your strategy and being able to react quickly to what is happening. So, we would highly recommend that you learn each level of every map you think you will play on.

Because there are numerous CSGO maps, this will sound daunting at first, but when you start playing, experiencing and practising each level on the map then you will start finding that it becomes easier. As time progresses, you will start knowing it better and won’t need to think about the map as much. The best maps to start out with are Dust 2, Nuke and Inferno.

Learn to communicate with your Teammates

CSGO is a team game. This means that no matter how great your shooting skills are and no matter how good you get, you’re only as good as the weakest link in your team. This is why it is vital to learn to communicate with your team throughout the entire game.

When you are playing, tell your teammates of the important actions made by your opposition. Pass on the information of their advancements, share your positions, coordinate your moves and talk strategy so that you can work together as effectively as possible. Should you get killed by an opposition player, stay calm. Inform your teammates of possible enemy positions or what weapons your enemies might have. You need to always look for a way to help your team and give them as much important information as you can.

Learn the Common Grenade Spots

Although CSGO has lots of weapons and equipment to play with, one of the most important parts of your CSGO kit is a grenade. There are different types of grenades in the game, including smokes, explosive grenades and flashes – as well as Molotov cocktails. All of them have advantages and different uses that will impact the outcome of your strategy.

Hand grenades and Molotovs can be used to cause additional damage, flashes and smokes can be used to distract the enemy and hide the movements of your own team. Players can use any grenade freely – thus proving that they have the economic ability to do so. Each CSGO map has common grenade spots that are the perfect landing spots for specific grenades – and will this guarantee certain conditions that you and your team can take advantage of. It makes sense to learn your common grenade spots and practice throwing your grenades whenever you get the time.

Use CSGO Aim Training Maps

Although the best way to improve your CSGO game is to keep on playing the game a lot, there are other options available to you if you are looking to improve specific skills, such as aiming and shooting. As well as the regular Counter-Strike levels, developers have also created ‘Aim Training Maps’ They have been specifically designed to help players improve their aim. These levels usually feature a number of options for players to choose from – like stationary or moving targets, a choice of weapons, and how long a target stays active. This will help you to train your aim and reflexes.

Top Tips from Top Players

As esports continues to grow in popularity, there have been some players that have actually managed to go professional and create careers for themselves playing the game that they love. There is no better person out there better able to give out tips than those who actually earn money by playing the game. It’s always worth reading up on these players, watching them play and streaming their pro matches, which will help you to learn a lot about how to play the game well.

In Conclusion

Hopefully, this article gave you lots of food for thought and some ideas of how to improve your skills when playing CSGO. Remember, you won’t become a pro in a few days, it really will take time, dedication – and most importantly practice, practice, practice. Have fun, keep playing and keep on improving those CSGO skills.

Author Toby Marshall