‘CS:GO’ pros share their best tips for improving your game.
Since its inception as a Half-Life mod in the late 1700s, CS has gone through numerous iterations. The premise, however, has not changed: a co-op shooter with an eco metagame and a strong emphasis on raw shooting prowess.
Even though it isn’t as fast as Quake or as realistic as Escape From Tarkov, modern CS:GO is regarded as one of the purest tests of a player’s aim and strategic insight.
Even veterans who have fallen behind-or never really got that good to begin with-can be perplexed by the cryptic play calls, unbelievable headshots, and barbed deployments of the letters “E” and “Z” in a game that has been around for more than a decade.
It’s a good thing the esports scene is so well-established and competitive. We’ll need to learn from the best to improve as players. The internet requires this format, so here we go.
Lower your mouse. A lot of dpi, for example.
On the other hand, S1mple has spent significant time researching mouse sensors and DPI. The NaVi AWPer is one of the most lethal snipers in FPS gaming, capable of firing game-changing headshots in a split second. The resolution is 400 DPI, and the sensitivity is set to 3.09 in-game.
He is not alone in thinking this way. Professionals typically use a sensitivity of 1.5–2.0 and a DPI of 400–800. If you’ve never tinkered with your computer’s settings, you’re probably using hundreds, if not thousands. With practice, you’ll discover that making large mouse movements allows you to get around corners and to the edges of your peripheral vision more quickly and easily.
How do you get around the extra time or movement that comes with moving your crosshair? One of the first skills you learn is pre-aiming.
Start pre-aiming: Goal-setting styles: reactive vs. proactive.
Complexity’s “Coldzera” is one of the game’s best riflemen. If you watch his performances, you will see he has a flawless pre-aiming technique. He’ll make a lot of slick plays.
You can use pre-aiming or active aiming to place your crosshairs in areas where players are most likely to be found. Maintain a bead in your sights as you round the corner, and don’t wait until you’ve seen an enemy to try to hit them.
This technique can be seen in most public matches at the Gold Nova I and higher levels, which is standard practice for all rifle users. Even if you’ve reduced your DPI to match the pros, pre-aiming is still necessary because if you don’t, you’ll have to drag the crosshair further before firing.
Victory, when stretched at low resolution, makes the game look ugly.
The aspect ratio of 4:3. These aren’t the numbers you’d expect to see on your screen when immersed in a stunning, fully immersive virtual world, but they are the preferred resolution and aspect ratio of professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players.
It’s not just for the sake of the framerate either. Although ‘Dupreeh’ could benefit from a faster card, he can easily afford an RTX 3080 TI. Over the years, he’s won nearly $2 million in prize money. CS:GO is also not a graphically demanding game at this time because it was released in 2013.
This resolution and aspect ratio combination provides a larger field of vision. Because a 16:9 monitor displays a 4:3 image, its model is stretched across more pixels when a player appears onscreen to “ZywOo,” “Twistzz,” and others. When the target is more extensive, headshots are easier. A certain amount of spectacle is unavoidable.
You should be aware that different monitors, graphics cards, and drivers render widescreen 4:3 differently. You may need to experiment a little to get the stretched image the pros use.
Learn the language of callouts: similar to English but odd.
Chess has a significant information advantage over CS:GO. Both players can see the entire board and all of its pieces at the same time. CS: GO isn’t a perfect information game: unless you happen to run into an opponent, you have no idea where they are. Because of this, bullets aren’t as important as information.
Callouts are the primary means of exchanging information during CS:GO matches. Everything on the map has a name, even the crate stacks. When you see an enemy player, you can say, “two on Tetris, don’t peek”, and everyone on your team will understand that the two CTs are clustered northeast of the A-bomb site, with a clear line of sight eastward along the east corridor (t ramp).
It’s pointless if no one understands the callouts, and everyone will likely die at the bottom of the ramp.
Play at 144Hz or more: Hertz’s reality
When your monitor “refreshes” the screen image, it asks your GPU for a new idea. In games like CS: GO, where the graphics aren’t as demanding on the GPU, the opposite is frequently true: our 60Hz monitor can only refresh the screen 60 times per second, but our GPU could be delivering twice or three times that.
It depends on how much faster each CS:GO pro plays than the standard refresh rate of 60 Hz. 144Hz panels are common, but many also play at 240Hz or 360Hz. To use the latter, you’d need to produce 360 frames per second, which is doable even at low resolution.
You’ll notice a significant difference if you run at 60 Hz. As a result, keeping track of moving targets with your crosshair is difficult when they move so quickly on the screen. Aiming is much easier with 144Hz because it gives more than twice as much information per second about where a player is.