No matter how good your aim is, it is always possible to improve. If you are trying to reach Global Elite for the first time or just looking to improve, you should check out our guide on how to improve aim in CS:GO.
Crosshair placement is one of the most important aspects in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive when trying to achieve higher ranks like Global Elite or Level 10 on Faceit. A lot of lesser experienced players tend to aim at the ground, which leads to them having to flick up every time they see an opponent.
So how do I fix my crosshair placement?
Always Have Your Crosshair at Head Height
When playing CS:GO you always want to anticipate where your opponent’s head will be, so that it is as easy as possible to shoot them. So try to always keep your crosshair at head level. Where do you place your crosshair to be head level exactly? That depends a lot on the map and area. If you are on even ground you should aim at 90-degree angles, while if you are pushing up banana on Inferno as a terrorist. You need to aim a bit higher than 90 degrees because you are at a lower level than the opponents. Crosshair placement is something that mostly comes with experience, but if you want to learn it faster, you should play a lot of deathmatches and retake.
If you don’t know where to place your crosshair, you can use your teammates as a reference for where to aim.
Keep Your Crosshair Where You Expect the Opponent to Peek
By always trying to keep your crosshair where you expect the opponent to peek you have a much higher chance of killing the opponents. It might sound like a simple tip, but it is often forgotten by lesser experienced players.
Pre-Aim Default Spots
By pre-aiming default spots, there is a lesser chance of the opponents surprising you. Actively aiming is always faster than reactive aiming!
Spraying is one of the fundamental gun mechanics in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Being good at spraying is a lot more reliable in close quarter situations than tapping or bursting because there is a higher chance of hitting your opponents.
Each weapon has its own spray pattern, so it is important to practice each separately, while that has been said it is most important to practice the rifles since they have “harder” spray patterns.
To be good at CS:GO you need to know when to spray and when you should be going for taps instead. A good rule of thumb is that you should be spraying if they are within 50 feet of you and tapping or bursting if they are further away.
Tapping is the name of the mechanic used when you are slowly shooting at the opponents. Try to always aim at the opponent’s head when you are tapping. It is more efficient to take more time to tap and hit a headshot than to tap at their chest.
Bursting is the middle ground between spraying and tapping. It is usually done by “spraying” 3-4 bullets at a time. It should be utilized when the opponent is too far away to be spraying but close enough where tapping is a disadvantage. A good example is if you are standing by default on Mirage A site and fighting a player stairs or jungle.
Having a great aim and aim placement is one of the most impactful ways to get good at Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, for that reason it should be your main skill to be working on.
I am currently doing a series on how to improve in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. I am planning on writing about everything from aiming to game sense so that as many people as possible can reach Global Elite as possible.
You can check out our guide on how to improve your movement here.
You can check out our guide on the best practice maps here.
You can check out our guide on the mindset of good CS:GO players here.