Coaching in CS:GO

Mortal Team Work



Usually, when we’re talking about improving in CS:GO, the first thought comes to one’s mind is improving individually, by practicing the way you move and shoot on workshop maps with bots, on DeathMatch servers, and by playing FFA practice games on your own.


But when it comes down to playing against a stack or a team, where players are working together and executing legitimate tactics, playing on your own isn’t as much fun. You’ll constantly feel like you’re 1v5, and that leads to broken hardware and terrified pets.


In this article, we’ll tell you what teamwork is all about, and how you can improve on the most important aspect of competitive CS.


What Is It?


Teamwork is the skill which shows how well players on a team support one another with their firepower and utility during the game, especially during firefights.


Communication is also a vital part of teamwork and can be even more important to victory.


Teamwork doesn’t come from nowhere. It requires, not only high-level individual play from a single team member but all players having an in-depth understanding of cooperation and the ability to synergize their actions. And to reach a decent level of teamwork, you need to spend hours and hours practicing it.


Teamwork is the principal approach to playing CS:GO at – playing as a team is more fun and makes winning easier. Find a teammate or a team here and start practicing more effectively. Maybe you’ll be only having fun at first, but it may transform into something bigger if you stay with it long enough and keep improving.


So, now that your team is assembled, let’s jump into a number of approaches which will help you improve your squad’s teamwork.


How To Improve It?

A. Trading


In situations where you know that your opponent is standing right around the corner, which happens quite often in CS:GO, you need to perfect the art of trading. Here’s a common scenario: A CT is holding a particular angle, while the Ts try to secure a position. Usually, the CT has the advantage, as he’s covered on one side, while the Ts are in unprotected positions and, therefore, vulnerable.


To even the odds, use the following technique:


One of Ts, usually the first in line, jumps around of the corner, forcing the CT to start shooting at him and trying to hold his aim on the moving target. Sometimes, it even forces the CT to leave his position and expose himself. At that moment, the second T, who’s following closely behind his teammate, comes around the corner to trade his teammate, giving his team the advantage:

– He knows his opponent’s exact position

– His opponent is not looking his way and is shooting at a different target

– Sometimes his opponent is standing in the open with no cover  


B. Use different types of setups


Crossfire Setup


When playing as CTs (and as Ts in an after-plant scenario) secure positions in a way that the opponents entering the site are forced to check two+ different angles greater than 90 degrees apart. In theory, it is possible to deal with this type of setup but is quite difficult. In the case of a single player attacking, this scenario is almost unwinnable, as the best he can usually get is a trade (unless the defending side makes a serious mistake).


Tip: To counteract this type of setup, you should cut off one or more possible angles using your utility. This will be the most effective if you’re working in concert with the players on your team.


Bait setup


In this type of setup, one of the defenders has the objective to get the offensive side’s attention all on him, make them chase him, and then hide. This leaves the offensive side out in the open where they can be attacked from other directions.





There are elevated textures and places on competitive CS:GO maps which are impossible to peek over or reach on your own. But it becomes possible if you’re boosted by your teammate(s). These boosts are relatively unexpected for your opponents, and they don’t always check them.


* A controversial example is window room on Mirage. You can get there on your own playing as a T. But in the majority of situations, it’s just too risky, tactically moot, and takes a lot of time. So, players use a boost in this spot as well.



The boost concept is also used to catch your opponents off guard by emerging above a thrown smoke.





This hint is used either to get a trade, or to cross an open space quickly without being spotted. It’s mainly used while playing as Ts.



C. Use Popflashes to Help Your Teammates


The idea is the following:


One teammate throws his flashbang toward his opponent’s position from cover, while the second teammate is standing close to that opponent’s position ready to pounce on the blinded enemy for an easy kill.


This combo is often effective for two reasons:

– As the first teammate (support) throws his flashbang from long range, the opponent doesn’t hear any noise;

– The second teammate (attacker) has full concentration on the popflash timing and shooting, never getting distracted like the attacker may be, either switching weapons or jumping. 


D. Use HE Bombardment


A single HE grenade doesn’t deal enough damage on its own for a kill. That’s why it’s a good idea to time yours with your teammate(s) so that several HEs explode at or near your opponents’ positions.


For example, this idea is often used by CTs at the beginning of the round. They bombard a particular area where their opponents’ presence is highly likely, based on timing.



Using this approach is also possible in the case of the CTs playing defensively and waiting until the Ts secure positions.



As for the Ts, they use this approach in the middle/late stages of the round, nading the areas secured by the CTs most often.



Practicing teamwork can be challenging, but the results it brings are definitely worth it. Do it and experience the joys of working as a unit. Once done, come back to to find out more about improving in CS:GO, both individually and as a team.

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