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While CS2D is growing and evolving, we are witnessing a high rise in casual players that totally neglect the aspect of what makes the foundation of Counter-Strike 2D (vip assasination, hostage-rescue, bomb/defusion) of which are based on the real Counter-Strike. Beginners and casual players want to seek out the fun quickly and join non-standard servers such as deathrun, role-play, jailbreak/prison, football/soccer, escape maps, gungame, etc and non-standard gamemodes such as zombie, construction, deathmatch, domination. There's nothing wrong with that, except that it gives the general idea to the new players that standard maps are boring (they would regret saying that after seeing an intense clanwar/league match or organized public playing!) and will almost never join such a server. Don't get me wrong, playing "fun-maps" is cool, as such content is being made on a regular basis and great stuff is being invented over time, but you know something is seriously wrong when these "fun-maps" and casual players outweigh the standard-map players. Custom standard maps are made once a while (mostly de_ maps) which turn out to be great - yet nearly nobody plays or hosts them! If such a map happens to be hosted, nobody joins it because they are afraid of learning new skill on a new standard map, so they rather want to stick to de_dust 24/7 which gets tiresome and repetetive once you know all possible combinations of camping/rushing/positions and overall tactics/strategies..

Anyhow, by this thread I hope to give some beginners or casual players some insight to playing competetively,
or going pro as some people say.

1. What is skill?
2. Aiming
3. Dodging/Strafing
4. Objectives
5. Tactics
6. Weapons
7. Scout versus AWP
8. Tips
9. Maps
10. Hackers


• What is skill?
In games, or in CS2D in this case, skill refers to how good the individual gamer plays. Ranging from a beginning gamer to a highly competetive professional, skill is something which everyone has, they just all differ from eachother. Everyone has his own playstyle, tactics, strategies, favorite weapons, flaws, etc, each making the overall skill of the player. A beginner does not have alot of skill because he has not accumulated enough experience in the game, so he has to play the game for some time in order to gain experience and learn, thereby growing better skills. Some are very skillfull in aiming or strafing/dodging bullets, while others can be very skillfull in tactics, making good use of the map layout. Others are very skillfull with particular weapons such as the AWP, and others can be very skillfull in captaining a team. Some are good with shotguns, some are good in rushing, some can have a very good insight on what the enemy might be thinking, to counter-act accordingly, while others can be good in teamwork or staying together in order to create a stronger force. Everyone differs in skill, and the ultimate player is one which has enough experience in all these fields.

• Aiming
On first sight, one might think a 2D game requires less aiming skill than an FPS, but this assumption is very wrong. In an FPS game, damage is often random depending on what bodypart you shoot on, and often more realistic because you die by just a couple of bullets. In CS2D, this is not the case because it is top-down view. Weapon damage is all strict-and-set, it all comes down to whether you aim and dodge better than your enemy. To get the feel for aiming, it requires alot of experience. Once you have skillfully mastered the art of aiming, it will be very rewarding since you will notice you kill enemies faster with losing less HP yourself. Aiming cannot be tought, it comes along as you gain experience and get the feeling for CS2D's mechanics. In general, a good player will keep his pointer aimed at the enemy's head (or behind him) while shooting untill he dies. The better you aim, the quicker your enemy dies therefore losing less HP as your enemy is dead and cannot shoot back.

• Dodging/Strafing
If one stands still in a firefight, he will not accomplish much and will just lose alot of HP and die quick like a sitting duck. The solution to this is dodging or strafing, the act of moving away from your enemy's bullets while you still keep your pointer (while shooting) at your enemy. Unlike an FPS, in CS2D there is no recoil thus there is no reason to stay still while shooting at the enemy. In a classic 1v1 "skill" testing match, such as in an empty map like aim_fr33kz (which has no walls in order to train your dodging/strafing) the player with the best of both aiming and dodging skills will come out at the top. Keep moving left and right, diagonal, and simply stay unpredictable while focusing on your pointer and aim, as the enemy does the same with you. If both players are very skillfull, this all happens in a matter of seconds. Always see what HP your enemy has left when you die, and ask yourself what you did wrong, what mistake you made, or what could be improved. Are you not unpredictable enough when dodging? Is your aim not good enough? Keep this all in mind and gain experience, and learn from your mistakes as you grow in these skill factors.
Unpredictability is key. Use walls and obstacles and keep moving, don't stand still. You want to kill your enemy but you don't want to lose alot of HP so his next teammate can kill you.

spam It is quite the accomplishment to have great skill in aiming and dodging, but it is only the individual's skill, and there is much more to cover about skills: weapons, maps, teamwork, strategies, and tactics.

• Objectives
You are a terrorist or a counter-terrorist, with a team and an enemy team, on a map. What is your mission? What are your objectives? What are you suppose to do? Always keep this in mind, depending on what map you play.

Let's take the most popular standard map in CS2D: de_dust. The terrorists must blow up crates which contains important materials, one of the terrorists is given a bomb which he has to plant at one of the 2 bombspots after travelling to the location. After the bomb is planted, the terrorists must defend the bombspot. The counter-terrorists' mission is to halt the terrorists from planting the bomb, eliminating all of them. Should the bomb be planted, they must hurry to defuse the bomb of which obviously is guarded by the terrorists, which you (obviously) need to kill first if you wish to defuse the bomb. The counter-terrorists are able to purchase a defuse-kit in order to defuse the bomb quicker.

This should all be very obvious to you, but even very skilled players often forget the most simplest thing you're trying to achieve: the highest teamscore.

By winning rounds either by killing the whole enemy team, exploding the bomb, or defusing the bomb, your team gains a score. The highest teamscore is the leading team. This is where it all ends upon. In public, organized teams, mixedmatches, clanwars, leaguematches, you fight for the highest teamscore in order to be the winner. As a T, it is more important to defend the bomb rather than having more care about your personal score, so if you got the chance, you can get the counter-terrorists to spend time chasing you, trying to kill you, and when they kill you, they have no more time left to defuse the bomb which declares that the terrorist team wins the round! Never hesitate to give your life if you know it will do your team better, if you act as a team, you have higher chances of winning. Don't be a person that only cares about his personal score/kills/deaths, even skilled players make this mistake sometimes. In public it is acceptable, as it is just that: public. But in organized matches, where your team must achieve more points then the other, do not be arrogant and think more about your personal score.

Another situation: you're a CT with low HP and the enemy has planted the bomb, do you selfishly stay away wanting to have a good score (not risking a death) or do you attempt to defuse the bomb? Always take the chance to defuse the bomb! If you're chasing a terrorist which is trying to make you waste time, even if you have low HP, attempt a rush to kill him and quickly defuse the bomb!


It is better to try to rush and kill the terrorist whereafter he kills you, rather then retreating and not dying. In the latter case, you would of simply gave away your enemy team a point. In the first case, you could of always be lucky/skillfull and kill the terrorist, whereafter you could defuse the bomb and win the round. There are some exceptions to this situation, for example if you are extremely sure you cannot defuse the bomb because there are too many terrorists and you have low HP and an expensive gun, and low money. In that case, it's better to hide and preserve your weapons so you have a chance to win next round, rather than dying and having no money to buy something next round.

Teamscore is more important then kills/deaths.
This all applies to other gamemodes aswell, such as hostage rescue, etc.

• Tactics
Whether you're playing in public or in an organized match, tactics is always important and needed. It doesn't matter if you have good aiming/dodging skills if you do not know tactics for the appropiate map, with an appropiate team. Here I will talk about some commonly used tactics:

Often seen as a beginner/newbie tactic. Camping means staying in 1 spot for quite a time, with the motive of surprising/ambushing an enemy when he walks by. It is a good tactic to use in fog of war to defend a certain spot. If you camp, stand in spots where you think your enemy will not look at, so when they walk by, you will have a split-second advantage. Also listen closely to footsteps, as you can guess and random-shoot before they even appear on your screen. As a CT, you better know the map very well
and find out good spots and areas to defend. As a T, always try to think as the enemy, and where would you be if you were a CT?. Try to surprise your enemies if you're camping, don't be predictable, and don't let yourself be surprised by a camping enemy. Check all areas, but not so frantically that you turn your back on more important places.

Rushing means that one person or a group forcefully run as quick as they can through a certain position, such as bombspot "B" for the terrorists in de_dust. It can either end up devastating for the rushers, or devastating for the surprised enemies. Rush when the enemy least expects it, either alone or with your whole team, your enemy will be stunned by the overwhelming rush and will either get alot of deaths or retreat, giving your team a certain position which is of tactical importance. In other occasions, it is very bad to attempt a rush, because your enemy might be prepared for it and already standing in good positions to counter the rush, causing alot of deaths for your team. In fog of war, where people often assume both teams are "shift"walking to neglect the other team of hearing any sound from you, it can be wise to rush for once because the enemy will not expect it. Timing is important, you can also attempt to rush with your whole team in the middle of the round or when the round is almost over (you need to plant the bomb/kill all CTs before the timer runs out, or else the CTs win).
As a CT, sound is VERY important because it tells you if the Ts are rushing, and if you have stereo or headset,
you can hear where they are coming from. Against a rush, don't wait untill you see them on screen, shoot BEFORE they enter your screen so they will get caught offguard.
You might even kill their whole team! As a T, don't frequently rush, do it in unpredictable situations where the CTs don't expect it.

Flanking refers to the act of attempting to attack your enemy from the side or back, having obvious devastating effects on the enemy because he has to fight from 2 sides, giving you the edge in combat. If both teams are in a stalemate in the middle of a firefight, 1 person or a squad of players can attempt to go from the side and attack the enemy from the back, ending in great loss for the enemy team. Flanking can always be countered by having all paths defended by teammembers. This is a very vital tactic, and requires good timing and good communication between the teammembers. Attacking from 2 sides is mostly more effective then attacking with your whole team from 1 side (a whole group is an easy grenade target, unless you overrun the enemy with the "Rush" tactic). If attacking a bombspot, try to communicate with your teammembers to time the attacks on all sides at the same time, for maximum effect. If defending a bombspot or a very important area, be sure to have all paths defended from flanking attempts! Skilled players will have a good sense of where the enemy might be, and when to attempt a flank to get them from the back unprepared.
If you're a CT, and your only teammember who defended another place has just died, be careful because a terrorist can now flank you. Set your priorities right, and try to face 1 enemy at a time, not 2 or more. Retreat if neccesary, or just rush and try to kill an enemy infront of you before someone comes behind you, or vice-versa.

This refers to shooting at random locations beyond your screen in an attempt to hit/kill enemies before they even see you, and is often used by very skillfull players. Look at your radar, do you not see teammates at a certain area? Then shoot that direction! Did you hear footsteps to the left? Then spray your weapon that direction. Good sniper players can always have a sense of where the enemy is, but it requires knowing the map very good. There are occasions where an AWPer can kill someone from beyond his screen, do not immediatly shout in anger that he's a hacker, some people really have the feeling for this.
Shoot when you are sure you will hit/kill someone from afar, or else the missing bullets will tell the enemies where you are, putting you in an disatvantage. If you have plenty of ammo left, it's OK to sprayshoot and randomshoot, but if you hae low ammo left, be conservative and just shoot if an enemy is on your screen.

-Smoke Grenades
You can throw these at where you are standing in order so your enemy cannot see you, or see what weapon you have (usefull if you don't want to show you have a sniper/shotgun). It can also be used as a distraction/bait by throwing it at a tactical area and move away, and when you see/hear enemy shooting in the smoke to check if someone's inside, you have the advantage because you know they are heading your way so you can act accordingly. As a T, you can also throw them at where the bomb is planted in order to give the CTs just a little bit of vagueness of where the bomb is. They will still be able to see the ticking red alarm on the bomb however. Players with very tactical minds can use the Smoke Grenades for alot of creative reasons. Don't ALWAYS hide behind smokes and palm trees, because it will be predictable. Hide sometimes, and sometimes don't.
This leaves your enemy in a state of guessing.

-Flare Grenades
These are meant for fog of war. It covers 3x3 tiles wide and shows everything inside it, including players walking through the flare. After a long period the flare will vanish and the fog will reappear. It is a very tactical grenade, and in an important match in fog of war it should almost always be used, especially by CTs to defend paths to the bombspots. You can throw it on a 3 wide-tile path entrance and hide behind a wall and wait untill you see an enemy walking through the flare and ambush him, or you can throw it somewhere and leave the whole area alone (psychological tactic) so that any enemy behind the flare thinks you are waiting for him so he will leave that path alone. You can also throw it behind a corner to see if someone is there. A very surprising and nice tactic is to rush with your whole team through a flare, as the enemy will be surprised by 3 or more players rushing through a flare, and most of the times the place where the flare is, is only guarded by 1 player. Rushing through a flare is a very usefull tactic if you are sure they are fake-guarding it or if there is only 1 enemy behind the flare. A Flare used in conjunction with a Smoke Grenade can cause funny effects for the enemy. They might think the smoke is trying to cover-up the flare so that the other team will rush through it, so it leaves your enemy guessing. Plan your throws accordingly, and do not stack flares on top of eachother because that is just wasteful. If you picked up another Flare, wait for the previous thrown flare to cease out untill you throw this one. That way, it will leave that spot un-fogged the entire round, which is usefull as a CT.
As a T, you can throw flares around corners to check if there is any camping CT, useful before you rush.
You can also save your flares untill your team takes a bombspot and plants the bomb, so you now take a defensive position and use the flares the same way CTs do to defend themselves.

Fog of war is meant for more tactical gameplay, together with $800 starting money it also forces you to do skillfull money management and good teamwork. Public servers with $16000 starting money and no fog are often used for freestyle play, or for people to show off their kills/deaths, or where new players often start out in beside construction. Competetive play is very different to what a "pubber" is used to, and it requires a very tactical mind instead of $16000-random-teamed-loud/noisy chaos.

spam No matter what tactics you use, or what positions to take, what to defend, when/what to attack, it always requires knowing the map very good. Take a look at the map before playing it, get it into your head, and try to think: what would you do if you were the enemy?

• Weapons
All weapons have their advantages and disatvantages, with their own damage, zoom or no zoom, accuracy, cost, secondary function, bullets & magazine, reloading time, weight, etc. Note that the appearance of a weapon might not seem important, but a long weapon like the AWP is a big disatvantage by itself because the enemy will see the barrel of your gun first before you see him, giving him a slight advantage. I will not go into detail about all weapons, because such a detailed guide would deserve a topic of its own, so I will just list some of the most popular ones.


The M4A1 has better accuracy, but costs more.
The AK47 is very cost-efficient, but has less accuracy
(despite traditional belief, the AK does NOT do more damage than the M4A1, they do equal damage in CS2D).
It all depends on the player's taste. The AK47 might seem like a bulletspraying-beast, but since this is CS2D and not an FPS, the big recoil doesn't matter as much. The bad accuracy makes it so someone with bad aim can still hit because of the wide area it sprays bullets with. The M4A1 has good accuracy, this is very usefull in FPS games where better accuracy means good aim, but since this is in 2D perspective the good accuracy means a less wide area the bullets will go into, making someone with bad aim not do much damage. However, a very skillfull player with good aiming is able to use the M4A1's good accuracy to devastating effect, and able to kill enemies in a matter of seconds. The M4A1 is also better off in spraying those tiny corridors, but the AK47 is better off spraying in areas with wide open space where the bullets will certainly hit someone.
The AK47 is also alot cheaper, so it sometimes can still be bought in "economical money crisis" situations instead of kevlar&helm/grenades.

This is the only sniper, or gun for that matter, that is able to kill a full-HP enemy instantly with just 1 bullet (laser does not shoot bullets, shotgun shoots alot of bullets at the same time). There are very talented/skillfull AWP snipers out there, that are able to rack up kills with ease. The more you zoom the more damage you do. If you kill someone with 2x zooms (maximum) it does an instant-kill. This gun is very expensive, so only buy it if you are good with it or you are basically throwing away $4750 out of the window and do your team no good. It is very rewarding to kill with this weapon, but be aware of its low rate of fire. The delay can be enough for an enemy to rush you and pump you full of bullets before you can shoot back. Skillfull snipers are able to make good use of the map and environment, walls and obstacles to stay out of danger. In fog of war, this weapon is very unpopular because it needs good vision and in fog of war that vision is limited. You might aswell spend for a Scout since that has a higher rate of fire and is more forgiving if you make a mistake.

Scout VS AWP (taken from another thread)

Visual: It has a shorter barrel therefore they won't see you as faster as they enter your screen compared to the AWP.
Weight: It is the most light-weight rifle, or sniper rifle for that matter, making you capable of dodging enemy fire + shooting back in ways other sniper users cannot possibly do, in close-combat or open areas.
Cost: $2750, making it the cheapest rifle after the Galil. Considering the deadly capabilities of this weapon, the cost is an incredible advantage compared to the AWP. You can have easy access to it, even in money-tight situations.
Reload Time: Extremely fast. This factor combined with its light-weightness and rate-of-fire makes it the only sniper-rifle capable of taking on enemies in open areas or non-sniper friendly areas while retaliating back at them (however the AWP is a 1-shot guaranteed kill even if they have kevlar, with the Scout you need to hit twice).
Range: 350, slightly less then the AWP, however not important in most cases unless playing in a huge custom map with long, long, long corridors.. which is unlikely.
Damage: 45, 50, 100. Less then the AWP. You are able to one-shot kill an enemy without kevlar protection, if they do have kevlar, it will always be atleast 2 shots zoomed in 2x times (unless they have low HP). It's a great support weapon by lowering your enemies' HP down and scaring them from entering Scout fire, however an AWP hit is a guaranteed kill, while if Scout an enemy he can still get away.
Ammo: 10/60
Rate of Fire: 75 rounds per minute. It is faster then the AWP obviously, and this factor compensates for its lack of damage (compared to the AWP), it can create cover an entire corridor or close-areas by spraying bullets, impossible to do with an AWP, so this is makes it a great support/defending weapon for your team.


Visual: It has a longer barrel therefore your enemies will see you a bit faster (and therefore have a faster reaction speed) as they enter your screen.
Weight It is the most heaviest weapon together with the M249 Machine Gun, making it neccesary to use the map layout and obstacles well in order to survive. In open space Scouters will have a higher chance to survive because they can retaliate, with the AWP you'll most likely be a sitting duck.
Cost: $4750, a very expensive weapon, all for the sake of the one-hit kill it can give you, if you suck you're basically doing your team nothing good by wasting alot of money and not getting kills. The price is a risky trade-off, but in a professional's hands always worth it.
Reload Time: The long reload time can be your worst nightmare if on a tight situation. Reloading in bad situations is enough for your enemy to pump you full of bullets. Either reload in safe/good moments, or switch to your handgun and fight off your enemy. The Scout has the luxury of reloading very fast, making it capable of still fighting back without needing to switch to a pistol (however it's still a sniper, a Scouter still needs to aim well or get slaughtered by a rifleman). On the other hand, because of this snipers' low rate-of-fire, you will not be reloading alot in one round, unless your shooting and missing alot!
Range: 400, slightly longer then the Scout, however not important in most cases unless playing in a huge custom map with long, long, long corridors.. which is unlikely.
Damage: 50, 65, 150. This the trademark of the AWP, its damage.. You give yourself alot of disatvantages such as alot of money, heavy-weight, high reload time, and worst of all a low rate of fire, all in sake for the damage this weapon causes. A professional can rack up kills with this weapon, however remember you should do what's best for your team. If you miss everything your doing your team no good and should switch to a Scout in order to compensate for your lack of aim. Remember that you don't always need to double-zoom to get your kill, if your not confident you could always just not zoom (or zoom 1x) and hurt your enemy badly in order for your teammate to finish him off (or you with you a pistol). No matter if your enemy has 100HP and 100kevlar, fireing an AWP fully zoomed is a kill.
Ammo: 10/30
Rate of Fire: The slowest rate of fire of any weapon, this is the price you will have to pay (and $4750) together with heavy-weight to boot in order to get access to a 1-shot killing machine. Contrary to the Scout, you will have so less if not zero chance to survive/fight back in open areas because of this factor and its heavy-weight.


There are more advantages to the Scout then there are to the AWP, yet the AWP is more popular and widely-used by most snipers, you know why? All the bad statistics and negative factors the AWP comes, together with $4750, is something alot of people are willing to trade for in order to get a one-shot killing sniper.

bad aim / enemy is good dodger / money-tight situation or low budget / supporter or tactical position for your team:

good aim / enemy is bad dodger / enough money (also for future rounds, incase you die you have will have no money left, etc.):

However, in the end it all ends down on the individual's taste and preferences and experience he has with each weapon. Scout is a very dangerous weapon, however most people simply do not know how to use it very well, overextending themselves because of the light-weightness and bad aim are things that get them killed.
Anyway, experiment with each weapon and see what fits you best.

Pistols have always been useful sidearms, whether to finish off a weak opponent, or to snipe through those tiny corners, or as a last resort when your rifle's ammo is out, they have always been essential. The Ts start out with the Glock, while the CTs start out with the USP. Both teams can buy any of the 6 handguns.

This is the gun all Counter-Terrorists start out with.
It features a silencer as secondary function, and is the strongest (in damage) after the Deagle, but the USP has a higher rate of fire, and has more ammo. In wall-corner firefights, a Deagle might seem a better choice because the rate of fire doesn't matter aslong as you are behind a wall, but in open space the USP would generally be a better choice since the low rate of fire of a Deagle makes you need tremendously good aim to hit all the shots. In organized matches where you start out with $800 such as in a clanwar, as T in the first round (also called the "pistolround") one can consider sacrificing $500 to buy a USP for the extra boost of damage and surprise factor, since the CTs would mostly not expect a T to start out with a USP instead of kevlar/grenades. It doesn't meet the Deagle in raw firepower, but because of it's high rate of fire and good ammunition, it is a sight to behold.

This is the gun all Terrorists start out with.
It features "burst-mode" as secondary function and with the $400 cost makes it the cheapest handgun, and also the weakest (in damage) together with the Five-Seven.
It is also the most conservative handgun, because it has ALOT of ammo, other handguns would run out quicker then the Glock. It's secondary function is what makes it somewhat worthwhile, in wide open spaces where you are planning on "Spray'Shooting" you can burst-fire the whole area with the Glock, 3 bullets spreading around like a long shotgun, bound to hit someone killing a fleeing low-HP enemy. At super close range, you could hit the enemy with all 3 bullets of the burst-fire, making the damage triple! It would eliminate the enemy much quicker. In normal wall-corner firefights or in open space, the Glock plain sucks. The weak damage will mostly do not enough. However, because the Glock is the only handgun that can "Spray'Shoot/Guess/Random" beyond your screen (effective in very open spaces) effectively bound to hit someone, and can totally massacre someone from closeby if used correctly, the Glock has its purposes. As a CT, there is really not a single reason to get this since you already start out with a superior handgun and can always buy a better choice. The Ts can always buy a better handgun, or stick with the Glock in money management rounds and position yourself on areas where the Glock will be at it's most usefull.

This is the most powerfull handgun (in damage), and also has the lowest rate of fire. If your not paying attention to your ammo, it could run out very fast. In my opinion, this handgun is the best option for the wall-corner firefights where you jump out of your cover and shoot at the enemy, duck back and repeat. If you get randomly hit from afar with a Deagle, it can be very frustrating because it chunks away alot of health. However, if you run out of ammo middle in combat and you need to switch to your sidearm, you better be good at aiming since the low rate of fire of the Deagle will not have any mercy on you if you miss. A bad aimer + Deagle equals in his death in most situations. All the other handguns (especially the USP since it has the second strongest damage) can laugh at the Deagle if middle in an open space since they would pump you full of bullets in a matter of seconds. Knowing how to handle and aim the Deagle, using walls, cover, and obstacles, keeping an eye out on the ammo, landing those shots very precise, is what makes a skilled Deagle player. One can also attempt to spam the Deagle in a corridor/hallway for an attempt to hit/kill those walking by. At the cost of $650, and seen the abilities of this weapon, it is always a favorite to many players. In pistolrounds, one can also get the Deagle aslong as you know your position well in the team and how to land your shots good, or else the lack of rate-of-fire makes you a $650-wasting-walking-dead-guy.

This is probably the most obscure and infamous/unknown handgun in the CS2D arsenal. It just sits there in the shadowy background, waiting to be bought.. There is nothing special to say, the damage is nothing much, has a normal rate of fire for a handgun, and has no secondary function or special purposes. You could buy this just for the sake of being original/bored. Whatever handgun you start out with (Glock/USP), would be a better choice then this. In serious matches you shouldn't spend the $600 for the P228 that makes you downgrade yourself. Add $50 and you've got the powerfull Deagle, remove $100 and you've got the versatile USP.

The gun that makes you automatically ELITE! /joke.
In the 3D versions of Counter-Strike, the Elite is a pair of 2 handguns, being some kind of gangster . Its damage is nothing much, but it is the fastest handgun after the Five-Seven. However, would you really spend $1000 (the most expensive handgun) just for the specialty of having a little bit of higher rate of fire? It could be usefull for finishing off low-HPed enemies since in such an occasion damage is not important but speed is, but in most situations I would advise you to keep the $1000 and spare for something better, or get a cheaper and superior handgun such as a USP or a Deagle.
If you really want a fast handgun, or the fastest for that matter, get a Five-Seven. It is $250 cheaper, is faster, and the damage is hardly any difference. Just like the P228, it is advised to use the Elite only in freestyle/fun/original play.

This is the fastest handgun. Its highest rate of fire makes it the best finisher against anyone that is killable with 1 hit. It is also the weakest handgun (in damage) together with the Glock. However, I find this to be pretty fitted for alot of occasions. The only thing that it lacks is unpopularity. Try the Five-Seven out, and see how it works out. You can also try to combo the fastest handgun with the slowest primary weapon; AWP.

spam Overall, I find the USP the best handgun of choice. Followed by the powerfull Deagle, and ending with the Five-Seven with its high rate of fire. The Glock needs a very tactical and positional mind, in order to make good use of its burst-fire mode, but since it's also the cheapest gun, it is nothing to regret dieing in (unless you wanted a better handgun). The P228 and Elite are the worst of handguns, seen the statistics and what the rest is capable of.

• Tips
1. If it's 1v3 or more, never try to fight 2 or more players at the same time. even if you kill one, the other will kill you. isolate your enemies and try to take them out 1 by 1.

2. Pay attention to radar and sound!
By knowing the situation, you can guess where the enemy will be and fire before he appears on your screen.

3. Use your radio commands, this is the first step in teamwork and is very important. A quick "Enemy spotted!"
can have teammates going to you and helping you. You should also help teammates and especially run to help if they say all of the enemy is there.

4. In fog of war, be silent. Unless you're rushing, you should spend most of the match using SHIFT to cover your footsteps so enemies can't hear you.

5. Don't waste grenades, only throw them if you are SURE you are going to have an impact. Careful not to flash your own teammates, use the HE if you are very sure that you will hit the enemy with it. Use the smoke to create diversions or confuse your enemy or to simply camp in.
Flares is always a must in fog of war, especially for CTs! If you want to defend bombsites, flares will help you a great deal.

6. Join a team/clan, it will help you gather more experience and you will play in clanwars or even tournaments.
You can use ventrilo/teamspeak instead of the radio commands to play alot better and have smooth communication. If you die, you can't use radio commands.
But with mic you can tell your friends where the enemy is.

7. Be nice. Don't act like an idiot, it's just a game for all people to be enjoyed, real pros don't act like assholes.
Congratulate your enemy if he wins, and ignore flamers.

8. Practice, practice, practice! Join a deathmatch or construction server and try to improve your aim and dodge.
You will keep respawning so it's a great way to train your skills.

9. Set the options that is best for YOU! If you play better with having "fire" set to "spacebar" than by all means do it.
Make everything comfortable and run the game's performance to your taste so you play better. If you have a shitty PC, tone down the graphics so you don't get low FPS (because low FPS means lower performance)

10. Play on all sorts of maps, not just de_dust or cs_office all the time. Get out of your comfort zone and try new challenges, you might like other maps and develop tactics and strategies for them! If your clan challenges another clan, you can say a map which you've trained for and they will be totally unprepared because they only know about de_dust.

• Maps
There are alot of maps, but we are only going to cover the most important and balanced ones for standard gameplay.
For a map to be competetive, it must be balanced, not have TOO much paths so that rounds will take forever,
or have TOO little paths that there is no tactics or strategies involved. Click to make the map export bigger.

Some examples of competetive 5v5 maps:















Examples of maps that are good for 2v2s or 3v3s:





There is much more, like de_cbble, de_cpl_mill, de_tuscan, etc. Play around and see what maps you like, and develop strategies for your clan/team.

• Hackers
Hackers are little scared kids or angry and frustrated loud-mouthed teenagers with no balls or skills, that use hacking tools/devices or manipulate the CS2D client in order to help them in certain advantegous ways, note that hacking is illegal and getting/asking for hacks makes you automatically downgrade yourself. People hack because they have little skill, think it's fun, or want to purposely ruin other people's experiences. It is a constant war between the legal and illegal. Ban people at the moment you see them hack, and if it's not your server, use rcon. If you do not have rcon, votekick with other people to get the hacker out. If nothing works, and the hacker has his "fun", either go spectate or leave the server. Do not give him any company. However, there are also alot of false accusations ending in innocents being votekicked by mad players. Whether they really think you hack, or are just using it as an excuse to get a skilled player banned, it is never a good thing to do.. Never votekick innocent players! If you find someone suspicious of having a "radarhack" or "aimbot" or some other "undetectable/secret" hack, watch that person in spectate and check to be sure that he is a hacker, so that you validated it yourself by good insight. Continue with votekicking the hacker. There are alot of skilled players that know the map very well and might have enough experience to know what the enemy could be thinking or where they might be going. Don't hack and don't accuse someone of hacking unless you're really sure, and you'll be fine.

spam Above all else, keep these things in mind;
Perhaps your in a clan, for fun teamwork-oriented gameplay. Perhaps your goal is to a build good community around you. Perhaps you are a mapper/skinner/scripter and like to create custom content. Whatever it is, remember that it's just a game and do not let it piss you off! Now go frag some terrorists!


Feel free to contribute your own tips/tricks/guids/hints!
Enjoy, and have fun!
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Oh excelent work, thank you

Ill read it more detailed later.

EDIT: I selected Construction because i used to play at wF|Construction and I loved it, for me it was the most strategic map.

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is what many beginning players will likely think upon seeing this topic. However, this beginners guide to success is extremely useful and I wish someone had shown it to me a long time before since some of the insights explained here have taken months for me to obtain. Apart from the your = you're mistakes (which are extremely confusing for me) the level of English here is also impressing, maybe even too literary for its target group.

I like competitive gameplay the most now, but I have to admit I've had over a year of fun in the old skool TGV construction servers. (Which I'm trying to recreate myself).

Btw. Noone has ever achieved something great which he had no time for, so always take care to have a lot of time on your hands

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I haven't read you complete post by now, but as far as I come it looks really good. Probably you could also focus on more weapons or which weapon should be used on special maps. E.g. Shotguns could be really useful in cs_office but are mainly useless on cs_assault.

If you are low on money, but you don't wanna just deagle i suggest to use a P90 or a MP5, both are cheap weapons which are able to inflict serious damage to your opponents.

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WOW!I read the whole thing and found it very impressive. Very detailed and helpful. WAW!

>my tips:

•bomb maps:
If you have a defuser, you nearly always have a chance to defuse the bomb.With the defuser, you defuse the bomb in six seconds. So don't loose your will and run away like a girl, don't be scared and go for it.Without the defuser, i don't know how much time it takes; but i think it takes about 20 seconds maybe.

•Construction maps:
Flash is very very usfull. Flash your enemy and just beware of the turrets. A single turret(one gun) won't do much damage, so you can run and take cover. A triple or double turret would kill you directly.

•CTF maps(with construction usually):
When the construction mod is on, there's a very funny, plus very frustrating for the enemy tactic you can do.It's a trick with the teleporter. In some maps, where the flag is usually in a room far from the map, only accessible by a teleport function(of the map), capturing the flag is real easy. Once you've cleared most turrets of the enemy's, make sure you're at least two. One with the flag. One who cover's the guy with the flag. The person with the flag builds a teleporter and the other one kills most of the incoming enemy's and distracts them. Usually when the enemy's see the "(name) was captured the red/blue flag" they all panic and go lik wtf how?? so they'll all just rush in and find prepared people killing them. when the teleporter is charged(i forgot to say you have to build an exit next to your flag or will someone built one some ware safe)go in it and win or just annoy the terrorist and wait, then if danger came, just win.


cookieShotgun: good for short range, but when your enemy see's you with one, he'll take precautions and wait till you get to an open place. go around with a USP or Glock(he'll go like what a noob and go a bit easier on you unless he's a jerk) get close to him the BAM!he's dead. Shot gun also helps allot with lager, they are most likely to hit you then when they have a very accurate weapon. The closer you get with a shot gun, the more damage you do. You can get one shot kills with this weapon.

cookieAK47 vs M4A1:
M4A1 is slightly more powerful than AK47 but it is recompensed by this inaccuracy of the AK47(it's then a bit harder for dodgers)

very annoying because you see that you are shooting someone but you aren't; he is further in front and you are further back. You can ( i forgot the word -.-) this by shooting a bit in front of the enemy according to the direction he is going to and also by trying to predict him.

Fuck them. "Burn in hell!"

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I found the last post very amusing :).
Some nice theories xD. Especially that the inaccuracy of the ak makes it harder for dodging. I don't think that is true unless the ak follows your dodging. The AK does more damage by the way!

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fruitpapje KiWi has written
The AK does more damage by the way!

M4A1 and AK47 both have the same damage, go check for yourself at the buymenu. The AK did more damage in older versions so perhaps that still got stuck in our heads.
The only difference now is that the M4 is more expensive, has a secondary function (silencer) and has better accuracy.
The AK is cheaper, has no secondary function and hes less accuracy.

Oh, and they look different and sound different incase that can have some affect on the gameplay.

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I liked your post.
You've wrote the same things (more or less) I learnt in almost 4 years.
As I was reading it, I thought "Crap, he must have read my mind, I'd have written it the same way"

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Perfect! I read the dodging parts first.
I knew almost everything there, but yeah, I was a bit rusty dodging.

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I believe Gas meant "Ping Calc" really useful for me since I got dial up

Based on Ping/FPS you aim slightly off the enemy in the direction they're heading, of course everyones ping is different depending on the connection so test out if your aim is right. (You should only worry if your ping is like higher then 180, of course I could be wrong xD).

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Ah nice! Even more tips and info added!

@BlackDeath: depends on which weapon one is using. With ak-47 it would matter less than with AWP

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I don't use tactics although it can be useful at times. Team work is also the key to advance forward in the game, positively or negatively because sometimes a highly skilled player manages to hold off/eliminate a whole opposite team and win the round. I am almost refering to D1aMoNd_. He is a quite skilled player.

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Good job man, also here are some tips for high ping.

> Try to find out which direction they are moving, and aim near shoulder in the same direction they are going.

> Do not Stand on the corner on your screen, because it looks like your not on the corner, But on the lower ping's screen you are and they can also shoot you with AWP very easy.

> I've notice that when somebody throws a grenade at you, Do not fall back behind a wall because you maybe will be stuck. Try to rush faster and shoot where the enemies are.

> If you are trying to get somebody who is around a corner but not so far away, Try bursting at that corner and it may hit.

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wow, excelent guide, everything here is true, i hate when the people ban me because i kill them from afar (sometimes i didn't hear them, but they make very predictable moves) and i think you need change the "what would you do if you were the enemy?" to "what do you think the enemy will do?" because if you were the enemy, you probably not make the same move than him (because you know that isn't the best tactic or something else).
changing to the weapons section, you should add the AUG and my favorite weapon, the SG552, they have a perfect aim like the AWP, scout or any pistol, and with zoom they do more damage than the M4a1 or Ak47, and i know, they have less fire rate.
the handguns, finally someone preffers the USP than the Deagle, :D.
In the hacking section, it's true, you need be sure if he is a hacker, and you can add a "anti hack" section, put tips to defeat them, like, "a good position to face a speedhacker is in the narrow corridors, aiming at the corners", i don't know if the hackers read this, anyway, excelent guide.

And, i don't know if it is obvious, but i voted to mapping
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