Written by Jon Scarr
Counter Strike has gone many new game releases since it was first released in 1999. Now, with the massive growth of the eSports industry, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, CS:GO, has become one of the most popular fps games in the world. Get our tips for CS:GO how to rank up.
CS:GO is a simple to learn but very difficult to master game. If you are going to be playing CS:GO competitively, then you are going to need to know about rank and how to rank up.
There are a total of 18 ranks in CS:GO, and as with most games, your rank determines the level of your opponents that you will be matched against in competitive games. Although you rank isn’t a 100% representation of how good you are at CS:GO, it can give you and others a pretty good idea of your skill set.
I’m not going to sugar coat it, in order to rank up in CS:GO, you are going to need to be patient and practice quite a bit. After you have played a few games, you will start meeting people. I highly suggest adding a few of the better players in your games and pairing up with them to play another one together. Playing with people you somewhat know or get to know over time, is a lot better than playing on your own
The only way to increase your rank is by playing and winning or getting a draw in competitive games. In order to win, your team will have to be the first to get 16 points or draw 15-15. However, unlike pro games, regular competitive matchmaking does not have overtime.
Before warned, the higher your rank, the tougher your opponents will be.
Let’s face it, you’re not going to win every match you play. Even if you top frag and get all the kills, you still need to help your team out. However, if you lose several games in a row, you have a pretty good chance of deranking.
So let’s say your current rank is Silver 2, if you derank you will go down to Silver 1.
When you first start out and are ranked in any of the first several ranks, Silver and Gold Novas, there are a few key things that you are going to want to focus on to improve your rank.
First and foremost, you should focus on improving your general aim and hand-eye coordination. A good way to do this is by playing Deathmatch a lot. It’s important to remember that at this stage, your armour is more important than you gun.
When you graduate to the Master Guardians ranks, learning the maps will be crucial to your success. Now that your aim has improved, get to know the maps and learn their flow, layout, and timings. Playing one map can be fun once you get used to it, but in order for you to get the most out of the game, you’ll need to play every map on a regular basis.
Pay close attention and study strategies for Terrorist play. It’s often the weaker side for many, and where you have to play offensive. When you have reached the DMG rank, Distinguished Master Guardian, it’s important to get your positioning right. Get to know and learn all the angles and most importantly get that positioning spot on.
Once you reach any of the Eagles rank, you’ll need to have confidence in your teammates. You’ve got to trust your teammates, otherwise your gameplay level will be inconsistent. Sometimes you’ll find that you can play like a king, while other times you’ll play like a newbie.
In all honestly, once you reached DMG rank and above, teamplay becomes an important factor in winning and ultimately ranking up. If your teamplay isn’t up to snuff, you’ll start to feel as if you are stuck in this rank and can’t get anywhere.
So, now that we know how important teamplay is in terms of your success and ranking up, let’s take a look how you can improve it. The best thing you can do overall teamplay is to encourage and promote good behaviour with your teammates.
Communication in CS:GO is key. Especially at higher ranks, being able to call-out and give information to your team can make or break your game. Remember, everyone fails sometimes. So, if your teammates fail, tell them nice try.
On the other hand, if they succeed, let them know they did a good job. Genuinely complimenting your teammates will go a long way in building team morale and getting the win. Conversely, you must at all costs avoid arguing with your teammates, don’t feed trolls and certainly don’t be one.
If a teammate starts to get emotional or angry, try to calm them down. If you are unsuccessful in calming them down, just ignore and mute them. Finally, don’t fall for taunts by the opposing team. It won’t get you anywhere and in most instances distract you from your game.
I hope you have enjoyed these tips and tricks on how to rank up in CS:GO. Don’t forget to enter your team in the WorldGaming CS:GO Turf Wars to win your share of $1000! Starting June 9th, every Friday and Saturday until July 14th your team can enter CS:GO Turf Wars brackets and earn medals. At the end of the tournament, the teams with the most medals win cash prizes.
Based in Toronto, Jon is a proud Canadian who loves all things gaming. He is a veteran of the video game and tech industry who has been in love with technology and gaming for over 20 years. Come say hi and join the conversation with Jon on Twitter.