What Is It?
AWP Preference is the skill which shows how often you buy an AWP during the game as the main AWPer on the team.
Why Improve It?
When you’re done with your shooting practice on workshop maps with bots or on the DeathMatch server, you switch to pracc games. But what’s the point of practicing with the AWP if you can’t ever save up enough money to buy the weapon you’ve been practicing with during the pracc game? Remember: As the team’s main AWPer, buying this weapon only twice during a whole, halfway competitive match is unacceptable.
Concentrate on completing this task to learn to manage your in-game economy, so you can afford to buy this game-changing weapon as many times as possible.
How To Improve It?
A. Buy SMGs or Shotguns in certain rounds
When you’re sure that your opponents are on an eco round, buy an SMG (or a shotgun for an extra close range fight). The kills you get from these weapons net you $600+ per frag (depending on the weapon), so purchasing it pays off quite often, allowing you to buy an AWP earlier in the game and more often in general.
B. Save Money in Eco and Force-Buy Rounds
Limit the amount of additional utility you buy and the frequency of buying custom pistols in your team’s eco and force-buy rounds so that you can invest the money you save into buying an AWP in the upcoming rounds.
*This pattern also fits for a support role, allowing him to drop an AWP in the upcoming round and get an SMG or a custom pistol dropped over to him by the AWPer.
C. Save Money Intending To Play Aggressively
When you’re supposed to play aggressively from the very beginning of the round (A apts push as CTs on Inferno, A-long execution as Ts with the first spawn position on Dust2, etc.), do not buy any additional utility.
Say you get fragged 25% of the time you get aggressive, and therefore lose the unused utility. That costs you $1,200 on average. That means that in the long run, you’re going to lose an additional $300 per round, which can result in a lack of a defuse kit in an upcoming round, causing you to lose that round.
Every situation is different, but make sure that the majority of the time you use most of your utility before getting ultra aggressive.
If you use these approaches, you will definitely get better at managing your economy, as well as your team’s, to enhance your purchasing abilities. Keep in mind that improving a single skill while ignoring the rest won’t get you to the top. Becoming a Pro in CS:GO is about mastering a large set of hard and soft skills, such as positioning, cooperation, utility usage, communication, etc. If you develop all of these, you’ll be on your way to becoming the best.