A lot of people have an OK feeling of how to counter strafe in CS:GO. However, a lot of times people miss the beginning of their spray or their tap attempts even at higher levels, because they aren’t properly counter strafing when shooting, causing them to be inaccurate when firing. One thing at a time – every gun has intrinsic inaccuracy, so at longer ranges, you might still miss your shot even when properly counter strafing. So, your long-range AK duels may not be the best indicator of your counter strafing skill. In this video, I’ll show you how you to find out if you’re accurately counter strafing, tell you a bit more about counter strafing and how to use it, as well as giving you a few advices on how to improve your counter strafing skills. Let’s start! Since walking in any direction in CS:GO increases the inaccuracy of the weapons, you want to stand still when you’re firing your shots.
To stop faster than you would simply by letting go of the movement key, you can press the movement key for the opposite direction and let go quickly to stop, giving you a timing advantage over a differently moving target. But for most players this is common knowledge, you stop – you shoot and only then move forward. Advanced players try to never stand still except for the 1 to 2 shots they firing when counter strafing, which is why they keep the button pressed that cancelled out the original movement direction and the moving into the opposite direction until they do the same by pressing the original key again, constantly ADAD-ing when tapping or bursting at the enemy, being a very hard target to hit. Let’s talk about how can you find out if you are properly counter strafing. Actually finding out if your counter strafing is good or not is not really easy if you’re not actively adjusting the surroundings to allow you to do that. It’s hard to tell when you’re on a deathmatch server getting shot at from all sides.
So I would suggest creating an empty practice server, activate sv_cheats 1, and type in the command sv_showimpacts 1. This will create two markers at the wall you’re shooting at, a red one that shows where your shot goes on the client side which is not important and the blue one that indicates where the shot goes on the server which is what you need to pay attention to. CS:GO creates these two shots with different targets in accordance with the RNG you accumulate via the spread of the weapon and added inaccuracy through movement, for example, to make it harder to cheat. Using this command, though, we can see where the RNG takes the client and server side bullet impacts into two different directions, showing us that we’re inaccurate.
So, to find out if you’re properly counter strafing, try to shoot at the apex of your counter strafes and shoot a wall at medium distance. The further apart the red and blue markers are, the less accurate your shot was and the worse your counter strafing is. Look at this example here, where to the left you see an accurate shot and to the right, you see a less accurate shot. As a side note, If you want to know how you fare against the average of people at FaceIt level 10, for example, you can head over to the site called leetify.com, it can show you how accurate your counter strafing is in games as well as other stats. Now, let’s talk about how you can improve your counter strafing. Firstly, I’d like to show you ways you can make inaccuracy, including movement inaccuracy, visible when playing, either only when you’re practicing counter strafing or even in games. For that, all you need to do is change your crosshair using a console command cl_crosshairstyle.
There are five options for your crosshair type: Default, Default Static, Classic, Classic Dynamic and Classic Static, and three of those, which are the Default, Classic and Classic Dynamic crosshair, will show you the inaccuracy of the gun by moving certain parts of the crosshair outwards when you’re inaccurate and moving them slowly back into position once you’ve shot your shot. With the Classic crosshair, it’ll look like this. As you can see, with these crosshairs you’ll have a constant visual indicator on if you should’ve shot yet or not, giving you constant feedback on how good you’re counter strafing. If you’re new to counter strafing, I’d advise you to spend a good chunk of your time practicing your counter strafing on a map such as Aim_botz, perfecting your skills over time.
If you’re really having trouble hitting the timing, choose a slower weapon such as the AUG, making it easier to see when you’re at the apex of your counter strafes. As soon as you get comfortable at hitting static targets it’s time to slowly up the stakes: Practice counter strafing against slowly moving targets in Aim_botz, then faster ones and then jump into Deathmatch or Arena servers in order to perfect your counter strafing over time. Don’t be scared to return to dry practice, as all skills decay over time and dry practice is perfect for preventing this! By adding a visual indicator for you to give yourself feedback, it will be much easier to get used to the feel of counter strafing and to get used to doing it. A lot of people find the crosshairs moving distracting, but if it isn’t for you, there is no reason to not to play with it, at least for a while, and have it constantly show you when to shoot. If you liked this video leave a like if not a dislike, subscribe for more and I’ll see you in the next one.