How to be a better player – Warmup/Practice Routine?
Are you tired of eating the silver dust and want to show your mates what you’re really worth? In CS:GO, having a well maintained routine for practicing various skills play an important role in increasing your performance. Reaching the best of ranks and playing on greater competitive levels is only possible if you’re always well prepared and one can only be well prepared by practicing something over and over again. Please note that this article focuses on my point of view, some people may disagree. I’m currently global elite and have been playing Counter Strike for over 6 years.
Just like any other aspect, practicing is extremely important if you want to see massive improvement in your gameplay, overall dominance in a competitive game. We will be focusing on a few factors, namely, movement, raw aim, crosshair placement and game/map knowledge.
Before we begin, make sure your in-game configuration (things such as resolution, brightness, sensitivity, viewmodel etc.) is well set and that you’re comfortable in playing with your current settings, if that’s not the case then it’s advisable to tune your settings first. Alright, so let’s start with raw aim training first.
There are plenty of workshop maps that will tremendously help you to improve your raw aim, I personally prefer the following maps:
Playing the above mentioned maps on daily basis will greatly improve your aim and muscle memory. Another important aspect of raw aim is spray control/recoil management. To learn more about recoil you can study our other articles, but personally there’s an easy way to master your recoil with pretty much all in-game weapons. For recoil practice I prefer the following map:
This map contains the recoil patterns of almost every gun and it is very user friendly, you can even turn slow motion on to study the patterns in detail and master them as you play it.
Another important step to improve your aim is playing lots of deathmatch. A lot of new players make the mistake straight away dropping into competitive games without any warmup whatsoever. Remember, without playing deathmatch gamemode, your chances of getting better are close to none. Valve official deathmatch servers are kind of bad because it takes a lot of time for you to find a kill so mostly, a player just roams around the entire map, this is where the community servers come into play. There are plenty of community DM servers, some of them are also ‘headshot only’ (you will only be able to kill other players with a headshot). To join one of those servers all you have to do is go to play > community servers and search for DM, FFA (which stands for free for all), or HS and you will find plenty of servers to play and improve on.
Now that recoil and raw aim is covered, let’s move on to movements.
To learn about movements in detail you can refer to our older articles where we have clearly explained everything. Movement play a very crucial role in a player’s betterment, depending on your movement you might win or lose a gunfight. Playing community servers which focus on bhop or KZ will help you get better at strafing and will improve your movement in general, going on an empty bot server and practicing your counter strafing (moving while shooting) will also greatly help you to develop a muscle memory and you will make less errors while performing this trick.
You can play and practice on this map to improve your jumps and boosts:
The final part which remains is game/map knowledge.