Playing team-on-team in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is exciting and allows to develop your gaming skills like no other. As a newbie, you may not have a team yet and will most likely be playing with random teammates each game. So getting to know the CS:GO maps as quickly as possible is your best bet for finding success quickly.

There are really only a hand-full of maps that players should focus on to improve and test their skills. From the onset, you should understand that in CS:GO there are only two kinds of maps with multiple variations of each: de_ maps and cs_ maps.

So if you want to form a team and play competitively, make sure you focus on bomb planting maps. Finding a team is easy with the DreamTeam platform, but more on that later.
On de_maps you have to either plant a bomb or defuse it, and on cs_maps you have hostages to hold or rescue. The former being the most popular kind as it is played in most, if not all, tournaments.



Dust 2 is rarely played by pro teams, but this map is great for those who are playing their first competitive CS:GO matches. The reason is simple - it requires little strategy, simply rush and don't stop. And it is almost equally easy to play for both sides. All of our pro players agree that a small edge can be given to the t-side because of rifle advantages.


This map is all about your aim as there aren't many places to hide. This is especially true for the A-bomb planting site. It offers no place to hide once the CT launch their assault. The B-bombsite is much better for the T side as you only need two players to secure the perimeter.


Cache, in our opinion, is a step-up from Dust 2 and is perfectly suited to learn with the first team that you create or join with the help of the DreamTeam platform. There are over 800k players registered, and many of them are taking their first steps in competitive esports. And with Cache, you can start honing basic in-game strategies while focusing on your shooting skills.
Cache is very similar to Dust 2 as it has a lot of aim duels and not much strategizing behind it. It is actually the only map on our list that was created by the community of gamers with players like you in mind. It has an easy to understand layout with three connecting pathways to the main lane. The map offers pretty even chances for both sides.


Just like the previous maps, Mirage is great for learning basic strategy and making progress in tactics and aiming skills. It rounds out our choices for the top-3 maps for beginners. To win on this map you have to control its open center, which hosts most of the team battles. The one that shows more aggression usually prevails.
But let's face it. Getting a team with great aggressive players is not easy. Feeders, salty players, smurfs, etc. can ruin the experience. Thanks to DreamTeam, finding or building a CS:GO team eliminates those problems.
Now that you understand that focusing on de_maps is key to competitive success, you should decide exactly which map types to practice on. Valve is the game developer behind CS:GO, and every year they decide on a competitive play "map pool" consisting of seven maps with only one or two being changed from time to time. So the list is quite consistent. Why is this important?

Well, all tournament organizers only use maps from this "pool" in their tournaments. If you want to play in one of the tournaments, however big or small, you should focus on the current "map pool."

Right now it consists of de_dust2, de_cache, de_mirage, de_inferno, de_nuke, de_train, and de_overpass. The best part of it is that many of these maps are great for beginners as well. So if you master your skills in at least three of them, you can go into your first competition with a certain level of confidence.
So on Dust 2, your aim and shooting skills are the primary things you should master before you start gathering your team and elaborating on team tactics. Simply learn the map layout, common spots to hold, and really basic nades to kickstart your gaming.

This map requires less knowledge and skills to succeed before you move move on to much more complex maps like Mirage. Cache is good for learning the team game and tests the raw skills of your teammates in open areas to understand if they can help you along the way or are dragging the whole team down.
Mirage is a step up for your team as it requires you to learn rotations, have complete map control to keep momentum on your side and execute your kills. At the same time, the map offers many good spots to lurk and boost your teammates. So understanding how to use smoke grenades to conceal your strategies is vital.
Each map has its benefits for the terrorists or counter-terrorists side, as well as quirks and tactics that can be utilized to your advantage. We at DreamTeam work with multiple pro gamers that play for teams like NaVi, SK Gaming and fnatic who have shared their insights on which maps you should start with to be successful on your path to esports stardom.
One other thing you should learn with maps is the "map callout" that serves the purpose of telling your teammates where your enemy is on the map. Learning map callouts will help your teammates know where to look and have a better chance at winning.

Let's take Mirage as an example. You may get shot and killed on the T site on the map, where you spot several enemies and know their exact position. You can now share this with your teammates to help them locate the enemy with less risk.

Of course, you are not required to use callouts, as the action can be seen on the radar, but using the radar very inaccurate and will hurt your team's chances of winning.


On the first three maps, you can practice with randomly selected teammates and have a fair chance of winning against other newbies. But on the following maps, setting up or joining an existing team is a must to succeed. DreamTeam allows you to filter through Counter-Strike players and teams to find what you need, choose who you want to play with, and finally control your game.


A step up for any CS:GO gamer is Inferno. The map was originally introduced in 1999 and after undergoing major changes remains one of the most popular and complex maps on CS:GO. The latest changes introduced by Valve in 2016 gave a slight advantage to the T-side. Overall this map gets mixed reviews from the gamers we've talked with. Nevertheless, most of the greatest CS:GO tournament battles in have taken place on Inferno.


Inferno is one of the most complex maps mostly due to an abundance of long and narrow passageways. Another issue that requires lots of tactical prowess is the fact that the bombsites are located far away from each other.
Nuke comes in last on our list as it is a terrible start for any Counter-Strike newbie. But if you can crack it early on, any other map will feel like a breeze. The issue that makes Nuke so hard overall is the map layout: it's nearly impossible to grasp all the action as the two bomb sites are on top of each other.

All of the key actions take place in the main building that has three floors: main, basement levels each with a bombsite and catwalk. This causes lots of confusion when moving on the map as the entry points are located differently.


If you combine this with the near impossibility of properly locating the sound made by the enemies' fire, Nuke becomes a tough nut to crack for a newbie. And for viewers getting only half of the action at the same time makes it not as appealing for streaming as other CS:GO maps.

This map is different from others and, as its name states, the action takes place among trains. It is another classic map with two decades of history.

Train is best suited for the CT-side and requires advanced AWP skills. The top esports players believe it to be paradise for crews with skilled AWPers. Having a good long-range shooter will help you gain an unparalleled advantage over a team with rifles.


The way the dominate scorelines against other elites is by using a particular Train strategy when they play the T-side.
This map offers a CT-side near total map control from the start. But this has its drawbacks, as when the T-side does find a way into the bombsites, the counter-terrorists defense is exposed from a number of angles.

This map is also a great place for AWPers due to its long ranges. Shooting and aim skills learned in the first three maps coupled with strategic prowess and situational awareness places this map as the most complex one.


Although the CT-side has a clear advantage, it is diverse enough to offer both sides a lot of options to succeed and play the map. The number of variables are enormous, according to our experts.
This proves it very hard to disarm or defend as CTs have to split up and have top-notch skills to use lots of smoke grenades and flashbangs. On the other hand, the T-side also has to split up and do their best to take control of the map center. The best tactic for your T-team is to make counter-terrorists use up all of their grenades and pick a weak spot to assault in order to take control of the bombsite.
On the contrary, to previous maps, Nuke is CT sided. Taking all of the above into account, there has been little action on this map in recent events. We believe that sooner rather later Valve will replace it with another one in their "map pool." So you might want to take a shot at it and see how you fare, but the map may go away from the tournament arena in the nearest future.
Namely, they take the B bombsite by blocking the CT-AWPers with smoke nades. And then the game is pretty much theirs as the terrorist rifles are more effective than the AWPs of the CT-side in short range battles.
This map can be played defensively or aggressively and both teams can be pushed back to their spawn, due to the map layout. One negative issue with this map is the ambient noises as trains pass by quite often and may disrupt the game plan.
And, finally, Aim_botz is the most well known for practicing your aim and shooting accuracy. It has lots of complex customization, but that only helps as you can practice anything.
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Finally, you can use workshop training maps if you feel like your certain skill is lagging behind.

Crashz' Crosshair Generator is a common workshop map, and it aims to help you change crosshair in your game and test what suits you best.

Recoil Master is perfect for learning to control the recoil. With it you can improve your spray patterns and take advantage of the map's design is very compact which allows for better focus.
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