Tricks That Will Help You Become A Better Counter-Strike Player

Playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive like a mere mortal is all well and good, but normal shooter skills will only get you so far in this one. Playing like a diabolical mastermind, though? That takes finesse. Finesse and incredibly specific knowledge.

Jackfrags has kicked off a series exploring Counter-Strike's lesser-known ins and outs, and these are not your typical "don't forget to reload/check your radar/clean your underwear/get a good night's sleep" fare. There are so many small yet crucial tricks in Counter-Strike that it's very nearly mind-boggling. For instance, with a combination of arrow keys and directional positioning, it's possible to scale ladders in the blink of an eye. It's also possible to cancel out most of your footstep sounds, if you know what you're doing. And that's just the beginning.

My favourite tricks covered in this video are right-click dropping flash grenades into smoke grenades (it blinds people to the fact that you're about to make them blind, you see) and the general tips on grenade throws at the end. The short version? Lobbing is bad. But if you can coordinate flashes that enemies won't see coming until it's too late, well, you've got yourself a party. A party where everyone is blind and wants to kill you. So the best kind of party.

Watch the video for a handy round-up of useful tricks. Are there any in here that you didn't know about? What are your favourite Counter-Strike tricks?


    Wow. As someone who has played CS for a LONG time most of these were pretty rudimentary. Those nade tips though... How long has right click been part of it? Only in CS GO?

    Yeah even in CS GO I never knew about the underarm throw, thats interesting

    I think jack frags used to play competitive. I may be wrong mind you.

    Here's a little known tip that is guaranteed to make you a better CS player: don't cheat. Some pros don't even seem to know about this tip, right KQLY?

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    One of the biggest mistakes I see players make is trying to move during firing. You basically want to be stationary and use controlled bursts.

    I've admittedly played minimal CS:GO but have put countless hours in CS:S and this is the biggest mistake I see people making.

      Yeah nobody really tells new players that CS is mainly about controlling the spray of the guns :P

        The other problem is reloading, ooo I used 3 bullets, better reload. Ooo, I got a kill, better reload. I'm an average cs player but I can realise that it us often better to fire up until the last bullet, then switch to secondary then switch to knife or run away to reload. If you watch the pros it basically looks like they don't care which weapon has bullets left, they'll use it if it means not reloading.

      My biggest problem is that I tend to just stand or crouch in the middle of an area like an idiot with no cover at all. I might as well paint a target on my body.

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