In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, aiming is a key component. Your ability to hit the ball determines whether you win the round, regardless of how clever your strategy is or how clever your opponents are. While the old saying goes something like “practice makes perfect,” we’ve compiled seven tips that, when applied, will significantly improve your aiming in CS:GO.
Get the correct sensitivity
There is a spectrum from extremely low to extremely high sensitivity, but no universally acknowledged “best” level since it is subjective. Since most casual players think “faster aim= better,” they use sensitivity levels that are much too high and end up hurting themselves. In this post by Reddit user JALbert, the drawbacks of having a high eDPI are explained very well:
The average eDPI for CS2 pros is 830. Please take immediate action to lower your eDPI if you notice it has risen to an abnormally high level. No matter how hard you try, the final product will astound you. We have produced a comprehensive guide with many ways to assist you in selecting the ideal sensitivity.
Stop crouching all the time
You become quite rigid.
When you crouch down while fighting, you won’t be able to move. There are plenty of people who will take advantage of you since you’re so vulnerable. Another downside is that you can’t quickly change your position to catch your opponent off guard if the fight turns into a tap-and-spray battle.
You lower your head.
The majority of players don’t have perfect spray control and crosshair placement until they reach the highest levels of competition. During a chaotic gunfight, many bullets will be directed towards the body. Crouching in a shootout puts your head in the line of fire from the enemy’s shots, which could be fatal.
When retaining an angle, give yourself enough time to respond.
As soon as a professional grasps a corner, they almost never place their crosshair a few pixels adjacent to it. You should also keep some distance between the corner and the crosshair, just like they do. Enemies that sneak up on you will look straight into your crosshair instead of beyond it, giving you more room to react, and you won’t have to adjust it as much if you shift it slightly away from the angle.
Exactly how much space to leave depends on the circumstances. Factors such as your distance from the angle, your position on the map, and even the playing style of your enemies can all influence how exactly you should hold an angle, but in a lot of circumstances it’s not a good idea to have your crosshair pretty much right on the angle.
Maintain/train your aim
Although esports may not require the same level of physical stamina as conventional athletics, many of the same principles and rules from the latter still apply. You may compare your aim in Counter-Strike to a football player’s passing ability in terms of how important it is to their mechanical package. Maintaining consistency and reliability in your game’s mechanics requires regular practice of these abilities.
On community deathmatch (‘DM’) servers, there are dozens of fights each minute, so you’ll have plenty of chances to practice your aim. Dedicated aim training isn’t very conducive to traditional competitive matches due to the low engagement levels.
This is not to say that you have to spend 30 minutes a day on a deathmatch server. Twice a week for no more than ten minutes (the precise amount of time will naturally vary from person to person). Spending hours grinding DM isn’t necessary if maintaining your aim is your primary objective, but if you want to steadily enhance it, you need play for longer.
To keep your aim steady and reliable for grinding, try doing a short deathmatch session on days when you aren’t playing competitive matches. In addition, it will protect you against “cold streaks,” when you seem to be losing battle after fight (or even multiple bouts in a row).