Road to Global Elite – CS:GO

HEY! I’m “Prophecy”, After 2 years of World of Warcraft (and countless achievements) it got boring so I decided to get back to Counter Strike (CS), I then installed CS:GO, got my first 10 wins and started in the Silver League. After 2000 hours on record I am finally global elite. As with most things, its not that hard to be a decent shot at CS, but it gets progressively harder as you move up the ranks, especially if you want to move beyond Distinguished Master Guardian (DMG). I see a lot of players who plateau here, and a few tweaks to their game-play could easily make a difference of a rank or two. Having said that this piece is really about those who have the hang of CS and understand the basic dynamics and know how not to die as soon as you spawn, but want to move through the ranks and rack up competitive wins.

Here are the few useful tips to improve your gameplay.

Aim and accuracy – Practice, Practice, Practice

Practice your aim by shooting on the wall, this seems silly but its the best way to improve your aim. Every gun in CS:GO has a different and unique pattern.

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For example learning recoil control for AK-47 & M4a4 comes with time but can be practice. There are lots of custom maps available to learn the recoil control. Also there are aim map Deathmatch servers that rotate between maps like aim_usp and aim_ak-colt which allow you to focus more on long-range shooting and controlling your rifle at a distance.

STOP RELOADING! – This is something minor, but a lot of good players die during competitive games unnecessarily because they compulsively reload after shooting off a few rounds – especially after getting a frag. This is lethal, particularly if you’re watching a choke point where an entire team rush could be behind the first guy. Always remember – it takes only one or two well placed bullets to kill someone, so don’t hit reload at every chance that you get.

Mouse sensitivity – High or Low ?

It’s worth the investment to get good gaming mouse and mousepad, and if you have some extra cash a 100-144 Hz monitor will make it a lot easier on your eyes. Make sure you have the correct refresh rates and you are playing on a sensitivity and screen resolution that are comfortable for you.

I often get asked by a lot of my teammates and friends who would ask about the sensitivity I play on, the answer is that there is no one size that fits all! (stop downloading cfg settings :P)

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A high sensitivity causes you to make many near misses because you have to stop your wrist more precisely. It leads to making many readjustments after the first attempt which wastes precious seconds (micro-seconds!). This disadvantage is at longer ranges because your crosshair skips more pixels, making opponents tiny heads and moving targets unreasonably difficult to follow. It all takes too much time that you can’t afford.

The real trick is to play at a low sensitivity where you practically never have to fall back on a fluke shot. It’s a lot easier to get your aim right the first time and follow heads. If you pre-aim where you expect the enemy to be, even a sprayer (spray & pray!) won’t have their close range advantage.

Team communication – No Maa Behen Rage!

Messaging: Indians playing in match making (MM) usually have the biggest problem in communication, Keep calm and relax because “maa behen gaali” and rage doesn’t work out. CS is a game that relies only on information, in order to communicate effectively just provide your teammate with the most accurate info u can possibly provide, NO assumptions.  Correct information is only what you see and hear, learn the name of all the specific spots and call out (Firebox, A main or B main, forklift, sandbags, vents etc.)

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If your playing in CT side don’t call it “rush” unless you see 3 or 4 opponents with a BOMB, because in high rank matches Terrorists usually fake a site by throwing flashes and smokes to distract CT player rotation. Most importantly – When dead please keep the mic clear for your other teammates who are still alive, hearing the footsteps is important not your “bakwaas”.

All ears: Needless to say, you cannot provide good information, unless you get good information. For this reason – please, and I cannot stress this point enough – invest in a seriously good pair of headphones and a mike, which can usually make the difference between getting caught between a split rush, and a clever rotate that wins your team the round.

On your radar: The radar offers a wealth of information about your team, enemies and how the round is shaping up. If used properly, and paid attention to – you will start setting up better cross-fires, rush better and cause a lot more damage to your opponents. Remember, these guys are probably as badass as you with the AK-47, so it will take all your map savvy and smarts to beat them.

Co-ordination and Strategies

Co-ordination plays a major role in CS:GO for which you need to practice a LOT.

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A few quick tips (of the top of my head) to look at are as follows:

  • Learn proper smokes and pop flashes – pop flashes usually work best during rushes. YouTube is the best source to learn flashes and smokes.
  • Stop playing Dust2 – Try queuing with more competitive maps instead of playing just Dust 2 (everyone is guilty of this).
  • Smoke Screen! – One-way smokes are quite helpful, with a good aim you can at least kill 2 or 3 enemies easily.
  • Buy Smart – Do not force buy when your team is broke. Force buys are effective sometimes but not always, play 1 or 2 eco rounds to maintain your economy.
  • Pistol rounds – Make a habit of buying smokes and flashes instead of buying Kevlar vest during pistol rounds, enemies can still 1 tap you.
  • Back your team up – Don’t let your teammates rush into bombsites alone – this is a numbers game, make sure you have them on your side

I intended this as a brief on CS GO tips / tricks, I’m sure there’s a tome’s worth that been missed out – I’ll try to cover more the next time – Reach out to me on shazaib@themvp.in; A shout out to the guys at MVP Gaming – check us out at www.themvp.in

 

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Video Game Life Lessons?

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Mario

Your princess is in another castle – Life lesson 101. Infuriatingly, she always seemed to be in another castle. Jumping through all the hoops doesn’t guarantee you “success” or getting laid (friend-zoned anyone?)

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Half life

A journey of a thousand mile begins with a single step? Picture a nerdy theoretical physicist. Now picture that person with a crowbar against the alien hordes from outer space. Gordon Freeman, here’s a god damn crowbar

Half Life

World of Warcraft

Rightly put by Australian rock gods – “Its a long way to the top, if you wanna rock and roll”. It is also lonely up there!

WOW

 

Tetris

The import from Russia that’s still got gamers hooked after three decades worth of stacking oddly fitting shapes into neat rows, reminding you constantly – you’re only good as your last success.

Tetris

Pac Man

Life is unfair. Go figure. Pac-Man gave us endless hours of munching on pac dots, all the while avoiding ghosts which were out to get you, until you finally gave up or died. Alternatively you could’ve been an 8 year old boy named Jeffery R. Yee, who went on to score 6 million+ and received a letter from the POTUS congratulating him on breaking the world record!

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Why should I choose a PC OVER a CONSOLE?

Lets keep this short and sweet, here goes. PCs are awesome machines for gaming, work, and entertainment alike for many reasons. This includes, but is not limited to, the following reasons listed below.

  • PC gaming as a whole is much cheaper than console gaming. Especially in the long run, it can be less than half of what a console will cost you. Hidden fees, price hikes, and royalties are abundant for gamers AND developers in the console industry.
  • PC hardware offers better bang-for-buck & value than console hardware (same performance for less money, more performance for the same money, or much more performance for a bit more money).
  • PCs have the freedom to upgrade whenever YOU decide to, not when Sony or Microsoft decide to. If you just got a big paycheck and wanted to sell your R7 260 to a friend for $50 and buy an R9 380 for $150 tomorrow, you could do it.
  • PCs easily work with TVs and monitors, and even multiple of each.
  • PCs can use nearly every console controller ever made, modern ones (PS3/PS4/X360/XO) work without even needing a USB adapter.
  • Gaming services and “social services” on the PC are completely free, even with online play (Steam, Galaxy, Desura, Mumble, etc)
  • Gaming services on the PC offer more functionality than what you pay for on a console
  • PCs have better better multiplayer support (LAN, 16x local multiplayer on the same machine with softXpand)
  • Using a modern budget GPU yields around 60 frames per second during gameplay with recent game releases. Consoles can barely reach 30FPS most of the time.
  • Not only can PC’s be used for education, entertainment, gaming, and content creation… they’re the best at all of these things.
  • PCs are much more powerful than the PS4 or XBox One at the same (traditionally believe to be affordable!) price point
  • More exclusives than all the current-gen consoles combined
  • PC games have free modifications and enhancements available. Old games and new games alike have player-made content, graphical enhancements, and additions available for free. Even Minecraft.
  • Increasingly cheaper hardware for the price as new GPUs are released
  • Big Picture mode for couch gaming
  • Easier to repair and highly modular
  • Backward and forward hardware compatibility of ~2 years
  • No punishments for repairing
  • Easier to upgrade
  • Better price-performance than consoles
  • Higher graphical details (lighting, textures, foliage, particles, shading, weather)

The Personal Computer is a constantly evolving platform. It grows in power, capability, and value every single year. It’s also free of the control of any single entity, which are why many of these advantages now exist. Rather than being regulated by a single company, control and improvement influence over the PC belongs to everyone equally. Even you, the consumers, have the full freedom to create or sell software, games, and hardware for it. It’s being constantly improved by competing companies and individuals all over the spectrum, and all of them are trying to offer you (and potential developers) the best experience possible.

Sources : r/pcmasterrace