Rifle Preference

What Is It?


Rifle Preference is the skill which shows how often you purchase a particular rifle during the game.


Why Improve It?


When you finish up your workshop map shooting practice games against bots or on a DeathMatch server, you are ready for real practice games. And that there’s no point in practicing with the AUG in DeathMatches, and switch to an M4 in competitive games. Or, practice with an AK in DeathMatches, but make force buys every round, running with custom pistols or UMPs in competitive games.


As you are a rifler, you must concentrate on being the team’s main firepower. This means that, in the majority of situations, instead of buying a farm gun, armor, and a set of grenades, you should buy a particular rifle and armor. Make sure to put in a decent amount of rifle practice in competitive games.


Pay attention to the statements above and concentrate on completing those tasks to learn to manage your in-game economy. This will allow you to buy the necessary weapons during the game as many times as possible.


How To Improve It?


A. Buy SMGs Or Shotguns in certain rounds


The first reason for that is the following:


When you’re sure that your opponents are in an eco round, buy an SMG (or a shotgun for extra close range firefights). The frags from those type of weapons receive an income of $600+ per frag (depending on the weapon). Purchasing it pays off quite often and allows you to buy an AK or an M4 more often.


And the second reason is:


It’s a lot better to have an SMG along with a set of kevlar+helmet rather than having an M4 with the kevlar only vs. pistols, as the helmet helps you survive headshots.


B. Save Money On 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 the support role, allowing support to drop a rifle in the upcoming round and get an SMG or a custom pistol in return from the rifler.


C. Save Money Intending To Play Aggressively


When deciding to play aggressively, with a weapon in hand, from the very beginning of the round, (A apts push as CT on Inferno, A long execution as T with a first/closest spawn on Dust2, door push as CT on Cache, etc.), don’t buy 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.

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