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CS:GO: Tips That Will Help You Become a Better Aimer

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Everything you need to know to improve your aim in CS:GO.


CS:GO is a complex game where you need to have diverse skills to succeed. This explains why there are loads of guides that will help you with things like positioning, weapon usage, making the most of your utilities, and so on.

All of those things are important, but everyone who wants to be good at CS:GO needs to be a good aimer. Sadly, not everyone achieves this because most people don’t take the time to learn how to become better at the game.

Even though this guide won’t be enough to show you everything, we will try to provide you with a few tips that should have a massive impact on your overall success. Whether you are an AWPer or support, you need to know how to aim properly, so let’s dive in.

Aiming technique and crosshair placement

There are different aiming techniques, but it usually comes down to crosshair placements.

One of the things that you will notice if you watch some of the best CS:GO players in the world is that they have different aiming styles. Many of them focus on “tracking”, which means they place their crosshair on a target that’s moving on their screen. This seems easy, but it takes a lot of time before you can learn how to do it. What’s more, being a good “tracker” requires you to use optimal mouse settings.

Aside from tacking opponents, some people also rely on a technique known as “flicking”. Players have different definitions for it, but most use this term when a player strafes and shoots without tracking a given target. The idea here is that the target will eventually land on your crosshair, allowing you to score a kill.

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Speaking of crosshairs, this is the thing that will have the biggest impact on your aiming skills. Learning where to place your crosshair will make a “night and day” difference, especially with some weapons. For example, the crosshair placement with AK-47 will be slightly different than with a P-90.

We can talk about crosshair placement for honors, but the most important thing to remember is that you need to ‘pre-aim. The latter means that you have to place your crosshair in a way that will allow you to fire at an enemy as soon as you or he peeks. There are countless examples of this online, so make sure to read more about it.

You need a good mouse 

After briefly mentioning the fact that you need to have good mouse settings in order to become a better aimer, it is time to share more details about it. CS:GO is one of the games where having good gaming gear can make a massive difference. You probably don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on a keyboard, but a good mouse and headset will make a huge difference.

Many people don’t always associate the headset with their aim, but in reality, this thing has a big impact on your success. The fact that you can hear where your opponents will show themselves from will allow you to place your crosshair in a position where you can kill them in seconds. 

In addition to the headset, you definitely need a good mouse for CS:GO. There is no need to get something that has tons of additional buttons. Instead, you should pay attention to things like fast DPI switches, polling rates, and more. 

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Of course, you also need to get a mouse you’re comfortable with. Unlike a couple of years ago, most gaming gear manufacturers provide many options, including large and small ones. It is advisable to test the mouse you like before buying it because using something that is too big or too small is not a good idea. Although you may get used to it, you won’t be able to show your prowess.

Speaking of your gaming gear, it is not always a good idea to copy a given pro player. The fact that someone like s1mple uses a spefic mouse doesn’t mean you will like it.

Good positioning can make a big difference

Another thing many people underestimate when playing CS:GO is positioning. Some players are overconfident and think that they can bring down any player simply because they are better aimers. As a result, they don’t care that much about their positioning. 

Needless to say, this is a huge mistake because if you position yourself properly, you will set yourself up for success. Every CS:GO map is different, meaning you can find loads of places to position yourself and take advantage of the situation. Ideally, you should try to be in a place where you can shoot at your opponents and hide if things go bad. 

One of the things you should try to avoid is to stay in the open or in a place where enemies can show up from multiple angles. If this happens, it wouldn't matter if you are the best aimer in the world because you won’t be able to survive.

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