The Lowdown on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO)

The Lowdown on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO)

Esports in India

 The esports industry in India may be relatively and in its toddler phase, so to speak, but it’s on a rapid rise as mobile games continue to populate the market. The sheer volume of players in India is enough to attract esports companies to invest in professional players, teams, and even India-specific games!

 

Take PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), for example, which is a hugely popular, multiplayer battle royale game from Krafton. PUBG is played all over the world but it was banned in the country sometime in 2020 for internal, political reasons and yet, it is still considered one of the most popular esports games in India. Why is that? Well, not wanting to miss out on the huge market potential, the company released a version of the game specifically for India called Battlegrounds Mobile India!

 

Apart from Battlegrounds Mobile India, there are many other esports games that have gained traction including Valorant, League of Legends, Garena Free Fire, and DOTA2. However, this article will be covering another one entirely: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, or more commonly known as CS:GO.


 What is the Counter-Strike Series?

 Before going into the specifics of CS:GO, let’s take a quick look at the history of the Counter-Strike series. After all, what would CS:GO be without the success of its predecessors?

 

Counter-Strike, or simply CS, was first released over two decades ago in 1999! It’s a multiplayer, first-person shooter video game that is objective-based; this means that both teams (the Terrorists and the Counter Terrorists) are given a specific task at the beginning of gameplay that they must work together to achieve, with individual incentives such as cash bonuses as well.

 

CS has gained a lot of traction over the years. Since the release of the original game, there have been three additional releases (Condition Zero, Source and lastly, CS:GO) as well as spin-offs for the Asian market. Despite many newer games infiltrating the market that are similar in style or gameplay, CS remains a classic that many esports players still return to. In fact, some of the biggest esports tournaments in the world are for CS:GO!

  

What is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO)?

That leads us to the question, then: what is CS:GO and how has it changed from the original Counter-Strike release?

 

CS:GO was first released in August 2012 and much like its parent game, is both objective-based and a multiplayer first-person shooter. However, what CS:GO brings to the table is more game modes (nine in total!) plus a new battle royale mode that was released just in 2018. In the sections below, you’ll learn a few more details about the gameplay as well as what happens during the various play modes!

 

Gameplay

 As an expansion of the original CS series, CS:GO’s gameplay functions in much the same way. That is, two teams battle against each other to achieve their central objective, while individual team members are also incentivized to attack the opposing team’s players for cash bonuses to upgrade both their equipment and their rank.

 

Both the Terrorists and the Counter-Terrorists teams are rewarded based on their performance both within their team and on whether their team won the round or not. The Terrorists team objectives are usually planting a bomb or keeping their hostages trapped, while the Counter-Terrorists are usually tasked with defusing the bomb or rescuing the hostages.

 

CS:GO Game Modes

 It was mentioned earlier that there are (9) game modes available and in this section, we’ll go briefly over each one.

 

●     Competitive : the primary gameplay mode that has two teams of five fighting against each other in a best-of-30 match – first to 16 wins, wins it all. The game’s matchmaking support comes into play here, where players are randomly teamed up based on those who have similar rankings.

●     Casual : very similar to Competitive, but with shorter rounds (winner is first to win eight rounds), 10 players per team, limited purchase for grenades, and friendly fire is turned off.

●     Deathmatch : exactly what it sounds like: a quick, intense gaming mode that pitches 16 players in two teams against each other, but more centrally focused on individual goals so players can practice before a Competitive game.

●     Wingman : still like Competitive, but streamlined with just a 2 vs. 2 team matchup and best of 16 rounds, with each round lasting just a minute and a half.

●     Arms Race : good for training with different weapons as each player starts with an SMG and after killing twice with their current weapon, moves up to the next, more powerful one, until they get the Golden Knife and are the last player standing.

●     Demolition : this mode isn’t quite as popular as the others as it’s not particularly beneficial for training, but it combines the objective of Arms Race with bomb defusal, rewarding extra utilities with each opponent elimination.

●     Flying Scoutsman : a little more laidback and a good break when you’re tired of losing! The “flying” aspect of the game comes from the reduced force of gravity as players navigate the maps.

●     Retakes : 3 Terrorists play against 4 Counter-Terrorists, but the C4 bomb has already been planted and the Terrorists’ objective is to simply defend – or retake – the bomb site.

●     Danger Zone : this is the battle royale game mode mentioned earlier, where it’s just player vs. player search for weapons and equipment to help them be the last player alive.

 

Ranks

 As mentioned earlier, Competitive mode teams are matched according to available players that are within the same, or at least similar, ranks. For those of you wondering what exactly that means, it’s actually quite straightforward to understand, though achieving these ranks is an entirely different story.

 

When you first start playing CS:GO, you start with no rank - par for the course for most esports games like this. This encourages new players to explore some of the easier game modes, learn the ropes, and familiarize themselves with the different weapons, maps, and skins. Some of the modes mentioned above like Deathmatch or Arms Race will allow you to gain enough XP to achieve a higher rank – and that’s when you can start playing competitive matches. Once you’ve finished 10 competitive matches, you gain your first rank and subsequent rounds will help (or even deter) your progress.

 

In CS:GO, there are 18 ranks divided into 6 tiers. The silver tier is at the bottom, where most players are still trying to gain their footing. The largest average of players hover around the Gold Nova tiers – those above this tier are the true legends and professionals in the game.

 

Tips and Tricks 

Understanding the ranks and how you may be able to move up the ladder is one thing, but that’s not enough to improve your skills! Here are just a few tips to get started – the rest you’ll definitely learn along the way!

1)    PRACTICE. Casual, Deathmatch, and Arms Race are great game modes for improving skills and becoming familiar with weapons, team environment, and reflexes. Even if you’ll be matched with others with more or less the same skill, you’ll want to be better so you can move up.

2)    Start with the basic weapons. Sure, there are others more powerful, better looking, or bigger, but knowing how to navigate the simple weapons will build your skill for the better ones later on Even pros often pack a simple pistol and rifle sometimes!

3)    Familiarize yourself with the maps. There are several, depending too on which game mode, but knowing where the nooks and crannies are will help build an effective strategy in-game.

4)    Communicate with your team! Yes you have individual performances but that only gets boosted if your team wins, and you can’t do that if you don’t work together.

5)    Learn from the pros. Watch tournaments and streams, read guides, gather all the resources! Then you can find a gaming style that works for you

 

CS:GO Tournaments in India

 In India, there are many local tournaments for CS:GO that take place at least a few times a year. They may be much smaller in scale that what you’d see internationally (and thus have a smaller prize pool), but it’s still a great place for rookie esports bettors to get a better idea of Indian teams and players!

 

 In 2022, for example, fans and players have been able to witness three so far: the ROG Showdown Series ($992 prize pool) and ROG Showdown Series Spring ($967 prize pool), as well as the 5E Arena India Revival Series Season 2 ($934 prize pool).

 

When it comes to international tournaments, however, Indian teams have also risen in the ranks! In late 2021, Team India (comprised of 5 players) participated in the Finals of the 13th Esports World Championships in Israel, proving that there is great potential for Indian players - and esports in general - in the future.

 

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