Counter Strike: Global Offensive 

Counter Strike: Global offensive (CSGO) is a first person shooter played in a 5v5 search and destroy style match. The two sides are known as Terrorist and Counter Terrorist sides. The matches are normally first to 16 wins, and the goal of each round is Terrorists try to plant the bomb while the Counter Terrorists try to prevent the bomb from being planted, or defuse the bomb. 

 

What is Counter Strike?

What is the CS:GO pro scene like? 

The pros play a little differently, the goals are the same but if a team reaches 15/15 they play overtime instead of Draw. Their games are often best of Ones for qualifying for tournaments but the tournament play is usually Best of Threes with some games that are simply out of two where the two teams can trade maps and still gain points for the tournament. 

The CS:GO pro scene is one of if not the most well established pro esports scenes there is. With hundreds of different tournaments every year players really get the chance to shine on any stage. That being said the Major events which are fewer in number and bigger in viewership and prize pool show the best of the best teams and players. Unlike other esports, CS:GO also features a loan system where teams can semi trade players to allow them to play for a team as a sub for a certain tournament, this is reflective of how Football/Soccer teams work where players will go from one team or league to another for a little while for a variety of reasons. 

How do you play Counter Strike? 

At the end of each round players gain money that they can use or save for weapons and utility items. For the most part, the two teams share the same weapon pool, but the main differences are the Assault rifles and shotgun pools. The ARs for T side are the Galil and Ak-47, which tend to do a little more damage to balance out the fact that T side has to take a bomb site away from the CTs, The CTs have an M4A4/M4A1-S and FAMAS, which are still very good weapons but tend to hit a little less hard. 

The Shotguns only have one difference in the heavy shotgun, MAG-7 for CTs and the Sawed-Off for Ts. There is no major difference between the two aside from attempting to assist with immersion. There are some other differences but they are all merely cosmetic. Speaking of Cosmetics, There are plenty of Skins for weapons that range in price and are all released a few times a year, these Skins have somewhat created a little self sustaining market and currency form that has impacted gambling and the Steam Market. 

While most of the third party sites get shut down that handle skin buying and trading outside of the Steam Marketplace, the sites that are still up can still be very lucrative, I’m not suggesting anyone use them, but the impact cosmetics from CS:GO have had on the world’s economy is there. 

The time to kill in the game is one of the highest in any game, most of the time it takes less than 10 bullets on any gun to kill, headshots for almost any gun are one shot kill, and armor/helmet are available to help reduce all weapon effectiveness. AKs and Awps and Desert Eagles are one shot headshot with helmet, while the M4 variante do not. There are some other weapons that OHK from close range but not from long range. 

What are the maps like in CSGO? 

There are many different maps within the game and some of them host different game modes and aren’t a part of the competitive map pool. Every once in awhile maps get revamped but it doesn’t happen too often. When you go to que for a game you have a lot of options. You can select to play Competitive or Casual, Deathmatch, Hostage and on top of those, community made mods that introduce other ways to play the game. For the most part however the games are played as Search and Destroy on the  competitive map pool, as it is the most effective way to simulate pro play. 

Can I play CS:GO somewhere other than Steam? 

Many players are dissatisfied with the 64-tick servers that Valve and Steam host, so they download one or two different third party sites that host their own servers running at 128- tick. If you’re new to the idea, tick helps reduce latency and lag to the individual players so that when someone shoots, it registers in game quicker or they turn quicker, it makes it so that when you hear your shot go off, so does everyone else because you didn’t actually die when you shot.It isn’t a perfect science and there is more to it than just that, but that's what people rant and rave about when the talk about the server tick. Many if not all professional games that aren’t played on LAN take place on Faceit servers.

What’s my next step? 

Counter Strike has been around for a long time, From Source and 1.6 to Global Offensive. The game has only ever improved and its place as a staple FPS both casually and competitively has been solidified in Esports history. It is Huge all over the globe, and is arguably Europe's biggest Esport always contending with Fortnite and Dota 2. If you’re interested in playing the game, all signs point to try it out and get a good feel for it in the Casual or Deathmatch mode. 

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