Blunt and sometimes brutal talks between teammates are an inherent part of CS:GO, and they happen even at the very top level. You might have already seen this kind of behavior in “conversation” in Na’Vi’s bootcamp video, between captain Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko and coach Mikhail “Kane” Blagin. Players who have been around the game for a long time have either been on the giving or receiving end of that kind of talk before and get over it quite easy. But, problems between teammates in teams at a lower level often end up with more serious fallout, and sometimes, they even disband. However, it’s important to learn how to avoid or overcome these obstacles and get the best out of yourself and your teammates. In this article, we’ll talk about how to be a good teammate in CS:GO.
CS:GO is a team game, where the team’s performance depends on how well players interact one with another. And without open and constructive communication, interacting is almost impossible.
Do you let your team know that you’ve spotted your opponent and tell them where he was? Do you tell your squad where you’re getting shot from how many enemies are around? Does your teammate know which angle you’re holding?
Your teammates must be aware of all these aspects, so they can react accordingly: change the angles they hold, support you, or start rotating from one site toward the other. If those adjustments are done precisely, you’ll definitely succeed in winning games.
However, to find success, your communication has to be well-versed. At this point, we’ll tell you about communication’s two most crucial aspects: relevance and clarity.
Surely, gaming is about having fun, and a short chat on another topic than the game can relieve negative tension, “reboot” the players and help them start the next round refreshed and motivated. But try not to overdo it, because going too far on that can hurt more than help.
If you’re playing a competitive game, concentrate on giving only relevant info: where you saw or killed your opponent (this can totally alter the tactics you decided on at the beginning of the round), which grenades you have, when and where you’re about to throw them (this is especially crucial for flashbangs, as flashing your teammates is a common tilt-inducting misplay). Having no distracting trash-talking in your voice chat makes winning a lot easier.
Add to that by paying attention to giving info in a fast, clear, and understandable way – several seconds wasted can result in the loss of a round.
I think you’d agree that it’s much more convenient (both for you, in terms of articulating and the used time, and for your teammates in terms of info perception) to say “Two AKs in CT mid, one red HP” instead of saying “Several seconds ago, I think I spotted two guys with AKs in CT mid and one of them is severely injured”.
This also works for the Ts. Take, for example, boosting toward Mirage window. “James, boost me into the window” is much clearer than “Boost me into the window”, when each member of the team thinks it he was being asked to boost, and consequently gives up his position to help. Call out the name of the exact teammate and remove the possibility of misunderstanding.
And in all of this, don’t forget to stay friendly and positive. Mistakes are an integral part of the game, and they will happen from time to time. Instead of pointing them out and making your teammates feel bad, try to stay calm and patient, concentrating on the positive side of the game and your own performance. Instead of whining about your own poor performance, or “his freaking Deagle one shot me once again!” try to stay positive.
So, set up your comms well to be as efficient as possible.
Short and clear.
It’s a well-known phrase that nice guys finish last. However pleasant playing with you is, if you don’t frag well enough, you can hardly be considered a good teammate.
Work on your shooting, map awareness, and study grenade usage and tactics. All the info you need you can find at dreamteam.gg. You can also find teammates there, as dedicated as you, and start climbing the CS:GO Olympus.
The captain (IGL) in CS is a crucial figure. He should have the vision to know what to do and the understanding of when to do it. He’s got to be fully capable of communicating what, when, and how the team needs to play to win the game. During the game, he needs to gather all the information from all the players and eventually come up with the call for executing the right tactic.
Also, the captain is the person who keeps the team’s morale high by saying the right things at the right time to keep them confident and motivated.
Often, if the captain is one of the first killed, the remaining players can become lost or confused, losing them the round. It happens due to a lack of coordination.
To get rid of that problem, there has to be a person on a team (or several people) who is able to take control if the IGL goes down, lead the team’s communication, gather all the info, coordinate the remaining players, and make the call for the site execution.
Develop the leadership qualities in you, so you can be this person on your team. If your team has that kind of player, your chances of winning increase dramatically.
Being a good player individually is hard. Being a good teammate is even harder, as it requires a wider range of skills and qualities. Work on improving in these areas and you’ll be winning more and having more fun.