Cross hair placement is one of the more difficult skills for newer players to learn while picking up Counter-Strike. It requires them to have a decent knowledge of the map, know how their held weapon works and predict the angle and speed of players movements. While watching the 2019 StarLadder Berlin Major, Brad Norton wrote a fantastic article about how Astralis tend to aim lower on their targets than other pro players.
When learning where to place your crosshair on angles, players tend to aim at head height in order to quickly snap a head shot and move onto their next target. Astralis, however, have been well documented to aim at neck or chest height. Their reasons? Well, it makes more sense the more you think about it.
First of all, aim punch. Getting tagged in CSGO causes you to move slower and messes up your aim. It’s annoying, but Astralis have used this to their advantage. By shooting someone in the chest, their enemies follow up shot isn’t likely to be all that accurate, allowing you to shoot again and snatch the kill. Although it takes longer to kill someone, it’s as effective if done correctly.
Aiming at the torso
It also negates the possibility of missing the head. The chest is a far bigger target to aim for meaning you’re more likely to hit it – Assuming you have an automatic weapon and you know the spray pattern fairly well, you should have no problem taking your opponent out. Even if your enemy is crouching, you’re likely to get a head shot with this technique, rather than having to drastically adjust your aim down, wasting seconds that could be spent shooting.
Aiming at the head
Lastly, Astralis are fantastic with their utility. Most of their enemies aren’t on full health when they encounter them as they will have been subject to smoke sprays, fire bombs and grenades prior to their engagement.
So, if you feel confident enough to aim for the head, kudos to you. You’ll get lots of nice, satisfying kills. Knowing when to aim low might, however, save your life.