If you’re newer to Counter Strike, you might hear people using seemingly random phrases during your competitive matches. A lot of it comes from other games and has found use in CSGO, but it’s still incredibly important you figure out what they mean. Otherwise, someone asking you to watch banana might lead to something a little NSFW…
Possibly the most important thing for you to learn; Callouts. Every official map in CSGO has a set of names that are linked to certain parts of each map. An easy way to learn this is to watch videos online or look up ‘callout maps’ of your favourite CSGO locations. The callouts are useful as they allow you to tell teammates where enemies are, where you are going to be, and where you are throwing grenades without too many syllables clogging up the airwaves.
Map creators generally call each location something relevant to where it is, but CSGO players don’t really care about the mappers. For example, This area on Cache is called NBK. Why? …A player called ‘NBK’ once played there. Yeah, It doesn’t take much to impress us.
CS had a developer who went by the name Minh ‘gooseman’ Le. This lead to the infamous ‘Goose’ area behind A on Dust_II that confuses every new player to date. Sometimes you don’t need to know why they’re called such silly names, only that you know where they refer to.
If you’re in doubt, look at the top left of your screen. A well made map will tell you what the developer calls it and it should be good enough for low elo games. If somewhere is high up, it’s generally ‘heaven’, Calling any building ‘Apartments’ is usually good enough and ‘boxes’ is so generic but it works. Just don’t make up your own call outs for too long or you will confuse some players when they’re trying to clutch.
Of course, Banana is the journey on de_Inferno from T spawn to B. Don’t get any wrong ideas.
Buying the wrong thing is stressful. Team mates get annoyed at you and might even trigger a vote to kick. If someone calls ‘Eco’, don’t buy anything. Just watch everyone else. If they buy cheap pistols or SMGs, follow suit. Even if you can afford to full buy. If you’re ahead, tell everyone you’ll buy them something cheap or eco with the team.
A force buy means your team is going to just get whatever they can with the money they have. This is generally frowned upon in higher elos unless it is desperately necessary, so be very careful when someone makes this call.
If someone says ‘BUY ME A-VEE-PEE’, Its probably best if you don’t.
A ‘Rush’ indicates you run out onto a site and don’t stop – even if you’re being shot at. Most new players say rush when they mean push, so make sure you know what you’re dealing with. Pushes are very general, it could be anything from a slow push to an all out flash bang assault.
‘Peaking’ is when you look around a corner. It is a bad habit to get into when defending, so if you need to stay alive and someone says ‘Don’t peak’, they simply want you to stay behind a corner and watch an angle.
Strafing is when the player moves in a strange unearthly way to get to places on the map. They may also need to bunny hop, surf or crouch jump to do this. If you want to learn all that stuff, there are many tutorials out there to get you started.
Utility refers to anything someone can carry that isn’t a weapon. If you have a lot of utility by the end of the round, you’re either really lucky or not using your ‘nades properly!
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