We play CS:GO to win. That’s the essence of all competition. Victory is so sweet, and when, at some point, you start facing opponents who beat you time and time again, it irritates the hell out of you.
Some players just put up with it, accept that the other team or player is just better, and do nothing. They stop evolving and, therefore, keep losing. But, you’re surely not one of those people.
The first step on your way to improvement is to figure out why your opponents are better. The common practice of looking at their number of hours spent in-game (usually more than yours) and concluding that they’re just more experienced, is a dead end. Well, you should start practicing more, but if you can’t practice longer, practice smarter.
At this point, you’ve got to figure out the aspects of the game which have held you back in your quest for better results. And we’ve already done this for you. Keep reading to find out where to look for answers on how to improve your game and start winning again.
The first and the most obvious statistic you can notice from your games is your K/D ratio.
This stat shows how many kills you get per death. Having it consistently lower than 1:1 (unless you’re an IGL, which, actually, has stopped being considered a mitigating factor recently), highlights the fact that your aim needs to be improved.
The best players in the world, such as dev1ce, NiKo, or s1mple hover around the 1.2–1.5 range.
Keep that in mind, but remember the following as well.
It’s not always about the number of frags you have but how much damage you deal.
This is the ADR stat, which calculates the average amount of damage you deal per round.
It’s quite easy to envision a situation where you spray thirty bullets into your opponents who are executing onto the site, kill no one, but deal 200 damage spread out over four players, which then makes it easier for your teammates to finish them off.
The thing which directly influences how many kills you get and how much damage you deal is how good you are at shooting. It’s based on factors like your movement, crosshair placement, reactions, and spray control. But, since we’re talking about the exact stats which can be calculated, we’ll give you two more which are affected by the aforementioned factors.
They are the percentage of entry frags (you might add the percentage of times you were taken down first to your analysis) and the number/percentage of clutches won.
Well, it’s obvious that an entry fragger’s and a lurker’s stats will be drastically different. As far as entry fragging, your goal should be to win over 55% of your entry duels. Or, at least, when entering or holding the site, try to have a second player beside you or in a crossfire position, being able to trade, so that your entry duel loss doesn’t dramatically affect the outcome of the round.
To improve this aspect of your game try to analyze and memorize the positions your opponents take as well as their most common execution strats. Along with theirs, you should examine the positions in which youget taken down most often. With that info ready, either try different positions/ways of entering the site or practice more on the ones you already apply but add in some new ideas on how to counter your opponents.
Now to clutches. You might perform poorly during the game but step the f*** up in an important round, pull off a clutch and provide your team with a vital point.
Something like what Tarik did in the ECS Season 6 Grand Final between MIBR and Astralis.
Winning clutches is an art. It’s a combination of all your skills: aim, utility usage, awareness of your opponents’ positions, which results in particular movements, one-step-ahead thinking, all of it seasoned with your opponents’ mistakes and a bit of luck.
By the way, Xyp9x, who is considered the best clutcher in the world right now, hasn’t had a K/D ratio higher than 1.13 over past twelve months, averaging a modest 1.08.
Improving this skill is all about practicing and analyzing these situations in and out of games.
Grenade Usage Efficiency
Last but not least is how effectively you use your grenades. People often take this for granted, but a wasted smoke or molly can completely wreck a round.
Firstly, pay attention to the fact that if you buy grenades and get taken down without using all of them, you’ll be wasting money. A full set of nades costs between $1000 and $1400, which results in 15% to 30% (in some cases up to 40%) of a player’s money invested into utility, which has a significant influence on your team’s economy and the probability of winning the round and on the macro level, the map.
So the percentage of rounds when you use your nades must be close to 100%.
The numbers you should look at as well are the damage done by HEs, the number of players you flashed during the match, and the duration of them being flashed.
For these particular stats, the analysis is easy: the higher the numbers are, the better. Damaging or blinding the other team makes taking them down easier for you and your teammates.
So, individually those are the stats you want to track. They’ll help you be able to carry your team rather than be carried by them. Speaking of teams, let’s move on to the team stats that are worth being analyzed.
Map Win Rate
The most common and easy-to-track team stat is a team’s win rate on particular maps.
If you play Mirage and Overpass a lot more than other maps, consider them to be your strongest maps, but have low win rates (less than 60%), you must be doing something wrong in terms of practicing them.
So, what you should do is pick a core of 4–5 maps, practice them, try to maintain a 60%+ win rate, and invest more time into those with the lowest win rates.
To create the starting point of your approach to practicing more effectively, check out our article dedicated to Inferno tactics.
Force-Buys vs. Eco + Full Buys
The next one is the following: find out, whether your force-buys and semi-buys bring in necessary impact and you win a reasonable percentage of them.
Force-buys are an integral part of CS:GO, through which teams usually show their guts and their willingness to fight for every single round. Winning these rounds and breaking the opponent’s economy with inferior weaponry can deal a blow to morale. But, oftentimes teams become hostages to their own pride, and their force-buy rounds go the other direction, setting their economies back significantly.
So, if you lose the vast majority of them, consider implementing more eco rounds so that you have access to more full buys. Otherwise, start practicing force-buy tactics and setups in the proper way, as a separate type of round, like full buys or pistols.
Winning Rounds When Down a Man
Another stat worth being considered is how well you do in the rounds in which you lost a player in an entry duel without a trade.
We all know that playing rounds at a numbers disadvantage is easier when you’re on the T-side, so your success percentages will differ a lot. Therefore, we emphasize paying attention to these kinds of rounds as CTs.
Depending on how late in the round and on which position you lost a player, the decision whether to fully invest into the round becomes obvious. Oftentimes, rotations and setups must be riskier than usual, which can equalize the situation or even create an advantage.
If your defensive lines are already broken through, the rest of the team is caught out of position and the call to save your weapons is called, do not take unnecessary risks and focus on completing the objective.
For applying a retake in these types of situations, each player’s role (positioning, nading areas) must be well-drilled beforehand.
These three facts will help you increase the team’s win percentage in the rounds in which you’re down a man or, at least, decrease the economic damage you suffer from a round loss.
When analyzing your stats, it’s always great to have approximate or exact numbers which show how well you perform and on which game aspects you must improve. Include this type of analytics into your usual game-analysis routine of watching POV and GOTV demos to unleash your hidden potential and become a better player.
With these hints from dreamteam.gg it’ll be a lot easier. So keep following us for more tips to improve your individual and team play.