CS:GO: Desert Eagle Guide, Tips to Improve

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CS:GO: Desert Eagle Guide, Tips to Improve

If you have played Counter-Strike before, you know that the Desert Eagle is probably the most popular pistol in the game. Some people consider this to be the best addition to their AWP, which is why the gun has loads of fans. Of course, some people often get a gun without buying any primary weapon because it is powerful.

The bad news regarding the Desert Eagle is that this pistol is not as easy to use as it seems. Many people think that they know how to take advantage of his damage, but this is usually not the case. Therefore, we’ve decided to share a few tips and tricks that should help you make the most while using this weapon.

Before we share some things you should know, keep in mind that the only thing that will guarantee you can become better at using your Desert Eagle is to play as much as possible. CS:GO is a game where playing more typically pays off. No wonder why the best players in the world have thousands of in-game hours.

You need to know when your shots will land

The Desert Eagle is the most powerful pistol in CS:GO, which is the main reason why many people want to use it. Speaking of using it, this is the only pistol that can land you a one-shot kill, even from a distance. The bad news is that landing your shots is actually more complicated than it seems.

Due to its size and damage output, the Deagle has an awful recoil that you need to learn how to control. This will cause you problems at first, but since this is not an automatic rifle, you should learn how to handle it faster than usual.

One of the things that you can do to stay in control is to avoid shooting fast. This might sound counter-intuitive, but shooting three or more bullets one after another will cause you to miss pretty much all of them. There are numerous YouTube videos regarding Deagle’s recoin, so make sure to check them out.

If you are in a situation where you just need to shoot fast with your Desert Eagle, you should consider crouching.  This will make you an easier target for your opponents, but it will increase the gun’s accuracy. In other words, you should be able to score a kill much faster.

While we are on the topic of crouching, you should try to do this after you jump. This might seem strange, and you will probably need some time to get used to it. However, it will reset your recoil much faster, which means you should be more accurate.

Controlling your movement

Besides the fact that you need to be careful when shooting, you also need to know how to move and shoot. Many people use the good-old “run and gun” tactic, but this thing rarely works. As we’ve already mentioned a couple of teams, the Desert Eagle is particular when it comes down to the way it shoots, so you need to be able to adapt.

People with more experience in CSGO will probably figure out that the only way to be accurate with the Deagle is if you are standing still. Of course, staying in one place and shooting is not effective in this game because your opponents will kill you in seconds. That’s why you need to learn how to strafe.

We won’t go into details regarding strafing because we have a separate guide for it. To make a long story short, try to press the opposite key to the one you’re currently using when moving. For example, if you are going to the right by pressing “D”, press “A” afterward, Needless to say, you should shoot when you complete your strafe, not while moving.

The crosshair placement is critical when using Deagle

Aside from the weapons in CSGO that rely on their scope, everything else in the game requires you to have good crosshair placement to succeed. This applies to the AK-47, M4A4, and definitely the Deagle.

One of the things you have to know about the Desert Eagle is that this gun is extremely powerful and can kill anyone with a single headshot. Of course, players who are good at the game try to use this to their advantage and always aim for a headshot. That’s why having good crosshair placement can make a real difference.

Aside from landing headshots, the Deagle can deal a lot of damage with a body shot, as long as you are close to your target. That’s why some people aim for body shots while using their Desert Eagle.

Both types of shooting styles and crosshair placement can work, so it depends on a variety of factors. With that being said, it is advisable to aim for a headshot if you are shooting from a distance because otherwise, you will need to hit your target several times before killing it.

Final Thoughts

Aside from the things mentioned in this article, you also have to pay attention to your opponents, their positioning, and their guns. As you can probably guess, it is not a good idea to try to one-shot an enemy with an AWP if you are using a Deagle. 

The Desert Eagle is a special weapon that can be extremely rewarding. Since it costs way less than any rifle, you can use it when you don’t have enough money for an AK or an M4.  Make sure to practice as much as possible if you want to be successful.

CS:GO: Desert Eagle Guide, Tips to Improve
Zlosterr has been a fan of esports for many years and mainly focuses on Dota 2. He has more than five years of experience writing Dota 2 content for numerous platforms. Besides being a passionate fan of the game, he's also played for various amateur teams.