Competitive CS GO Guide & CS GO Tips and Tricks

CS GO Tips and Tricks for getting into Competitive Play

Setup CS: GO Properly

Config, Settings and Launch Options

Step 1. Delete your CSGO folder.

Steam > Steamapps > Common > Counter-Strike Global Offensive > CSGO (If you want to save anything in the folder, Demos, Maps, Screenshots, do so before deleting it.) The reason for deleting the CSGO folder is to get rid of all your skins, mods, cheats, whatever crap you have in there needs to be gone.

Step 2. Validate and Reacquire Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Files

Right click Steam icon > Library > Right Click on Counter-Strike Global Offensive in library > Properties > Local Files > Verify Integrity of Game Cache (This will download a clean base for the game to start from.)

Step 3. Exit Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

CS:GO must be closed while putting in new CFG’s

Step 4. Download Official Netcode CFG

Official Netcode CS:GO CFG

Step 5. Place autoexec.cfg file into your CFG folder

Steam > Steamapps > Common > Counter-Strike Global Offensive > CSGO > CFG (This CFG will set your game to optimize bullet registration, net you higher FPS, and remove most of the unneeded graphics settings.)

Step 6. Launch Options

Right click Steam icon > Library > Right Click on CS:GO in library > Properties > Set Launch Options > Type “-console -novid -freq 120 +exec autoexec.cfg -high” in the box. It makes the console open upon launch, disables the video upon launch, sets your refresh/hz to 120, executes the autoexec.cfg and sets CSGO to high priority.

CS GO Tips – Your Peripherals Setup

Mouse, Mousepad, Headset, Keyboard and Monitor

Razer DeathAdder 300x265 Competitive CS GO Guide & CS GO Tips and TricksMouse:

You need a good mouse, the Razer DeathAdder has been the best mouse for the past 5 years or so used by many of the worlds best CS and CS:S players such as AZK, DaZeD, PEX, caseyfoster, RATTLESNK. Obviously this along with your mousepad are the 2 most important perihperals you can possibly buy when it comes to FPS gaming. Razer perfected the sensor on the Deathadder years ago and has been on top of the game since then. We found this out from years of testing other mice and we want to deliver these CS GO Tips to you so you just hop right into gaming with the right gear.


-Best sensor (New 4g Sensor)

-Comfortable grip style (Rubber Side Grips)

-Sweatless Palm Texture

-Snagless cord

-Completely customizable

Deathadder Review video by: caseyfoster CS GO Tips

razer goliathus speed gallery 4 300x225 Competitive CS GO Guide & CS GO Tips and TricksMousepad:

We recently switched to a Razer Goliathus along with a few of VERYGAMES players and it’s amazing. I never realized how much difference a mouse pad can make.


-Pixel-precise targeting and tracking

-Large ergonomic design

-Rubber backing for secure grip and stability

razer blackwidow ultimate b 1 300x300 Competitive CS GO Guide & CS GO Tips and TricksKeyboard:

Keyboards are pretty standard, but there are 2 very important attributes to a keyboard. The first thing is, it needs to be comfortable for you and also have the ability to have multiple keys pressed at once. This is better explained in the video review by caseyfoster below. The Razer BlackWidow is Razers pride and joy when it comes to keyboards as it is the most solid mechanical gaming keyboard there is.


-Mechanical key switches increase stroke speed

-Solid sturdy design to ensure stability

-Windows Key block ability

BlackWidow review video by: caseyfoster CS GO Tips


The most important part of your headset is going to be the noise canceling. So find a good headset with a decent microphone, good noise canceling and good sounding headphones. The Razer Tiamats are said to be very noise canceling, great mic and amazing sound. We recommend the Tiamat in this CS GO Tips guide based on the fact that this headset was created for FPS gaming at LAN events.


-Noise canceling

-Full audio customization

-Retractile microphone

Tiamat review video By: caseyfoster CS GO Tips


For a monitor you really want any 120hz LCD, they are a bit pricey, in the $200-500 range. If you cannot afford a 120hz LCD, next best thing is a high hz CRT monitor. They are a bit older and chunky, but still perform just as good, if not better than current 120hz LCDs. The lower MS the better. Along with your mouse and mousepad your monitor is crucial to being able to compete with the rest of the crowd now that everyone has these. In our other CS GO Tips and Tricks guide we released a few years ago, we didnt stress monitors enough as it wasnt as important back then, but now it is a must have.


-Faster response time

-Higher hertz/frequency

-Customizable colors/contrast and gamma

CS GO Tips – Setup Mouse Properly

mouseproperties 272x300 Competitive CS GO Guide & CS GO Tips and TricksIn-game/Windows Sensitivity and Mouse accel

Step 1. Use 6/11 Windows sensitivity

Start Menu > Control Panel > Mouse Settings > Pointer Options > Make sure bar is in the middle

Step 2. Disable Mouse Acceleration

(This will make your mouse movements not dependent on speed, but rather the distance the mouse has traveled) For windows 7 users you need to install and use Mark C’s Windows 7 Mouse fix. This will make sure your aim is consistent and there is no negative or positive acceleration.

Step 3. DPI (Dots per Square Inch)

Your mouse should have the option to change its DPI, set it 450-500 DPI depending on the mouse. The reasoning behind this is mentioned below.

Step 4. In-Game Sensitivity

People will argue that sensitivity is just preference, they are somewhat right, BUT as you can see here in a complete Pro player hardware/setting document, there is a common theme with the WORLDS BEST players. They use anywhere between 1.3-3.2 depending on their DPI. So pick something in that range and you will be set.

CS GO Tips  – Competitive Play

Deathmatch, Scrim/War and Leagues

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First find a good Deathmatch server (something under 90 ping) Use your newly acquired gear and settings mentioned above in these servers. Deathmatch is a great entry way into competitive play but is still fun to play casually. Use Deathmatch servers to help work on your aim, CS GO tips and tricks, positioning, gun control and overall knowledge of the game. Practice for 30-50 minutes with the deagle, usp, glock, ak/m4 or awp based on whatever main gun you prefer. The reason for the small selection of guns, is these are the main guns used in competitive play. The whole point of a deathmatch is to get you into the most amount of gun fights in the shortest amount of time in hopes of improving your aim. Watch this video by Pro player DaZeD who teaches you CS GO Tips and Tricks and how to aim better.

CS GO Tips – How to AIM – By: DaZeD

American Deathmatch CS:GO Server IP – connect

Scrim/War Practice & Leagues – 5v5 Competitive environmentThe best way to get into the competitive scene after you have worked on your shot in the Deathmatch for a little is to hop right onto ESEA to test out what you learned in our CS GO Tips and Tricks guide. ESEA provides fully automated CS, CS:S and CS:GO pugs(pick up games/practice games) available exclusively to ESEA Premium members. Play with professional players from top invite teams, detailed statistics for every game, monthly prize giveaways, and more all for under $7 a month. With ESEA’s unparalleled anti-cheat program, the playing field has never been more level online. Play in pick up games, or compete in ESEA’s industry leading gaming league

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If you follow what is said in this guide, you will be on your way into competitive gaming with the right tools and knowledge needed to be successful and get started the right way. Just take everything we tell you in this thread and do it, no questions asked. We have spent the last 10 years of our lives perfecting our skills in this game so you dont have to.



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33 Responses to “Competitive CS GO Guide & CS GO Tips and Tricks”

  1. erax0r #

    I found this guide incredibly useful. I followed the suggestions and got a razer deathadder, I also downloaded the config suggested and changed my sensitivity to 500dpi, 6/10 windows sens, and 2 sensitivity in game. I have increased my kills per match by about 10! I am plannning to get the rest of the suggested gear after I save up some cash. Thanks a ton!

    July 4, 2013 at 11:28 pm Reply
    • caseyfoster #

      Good to see people taking what is said above seriously. We have 13 years of experience each testing and trying the best possible setup to use in Counter-Strike. Keep up the good work man!

      July 5, 2013 at 10:44 am Reply
  2. ttard #

    Thanks for this !!!! amazing.

    July 20, 2013 at 5:36 am Reply
  3. Susta1nz #

    Is there a need to delete my CS:GO folder and validate and get it back again? If so, what does this benefit?

    Thanks for the guide though, absolutely amazing.

    July 25, 2013 at 12:30 pm Reply
  4. Kenneth #

    Is this a Razer promotion guide?..

    I was happy to see that my Razer Deathadder was recommended, but then I saw that every product you recommended is Razer. Kinda hard to take it seriously then.

    August 3, 2013 at 11:33 am Reply
  5. jimbo #

    Decent i guess? Although it’s pretty clear to anyone over age 12 that this was written not to help CS players, but to advertise the Razer products. Some are worth buying, some arent, but theres no way for us players to tell which is which when you make your entire article a Razer advertisement..


    August 20, 2013 at 5:31 pm Reply
  6. emil #

    hey man, it doesn’t seem to work for me, i put the folder in and copy/paste the launch commands etc.. still the same as before.

    August 23, 2013 at 1:44 pm Reply
  7. Do you realize that putting fps_max at 200 with a 120hz refresh rate and monitor is stupid as hell right? Obviously you want to set your fps_max to 120. Good guide otherwise.

    August 31, 2013 at 1:31 pm Reply
    • mr_sneaky #

      You are not correct Shark. FPS is not just frames displayed, it is frames rendered, and even with 120 display, a higher render count lends a smoother experience. Get_Right I believe mentions keeping his framerate above 300 so that he doesn’t feel any sluggish gameplay.

      I personally notice anytime my game drops below 200 FPS, it is not necessarily a visual thing as much as it is how your crosshairs feel when moving and aiming.

      September 27, 2013 at 5:45 pm Reply
    • Matthias CS:PRO #

      It’s stupid as hell to set your fps_max to 120 with a 120hz monitor, cause then you will get 119 fps… I would recommend putting it on fps_max 121…

      January 8, 2014 at 1:16 pm Reply
  8. Alex #

    DPI info is not accurate, and you don’t actually list a reason (as you say you will), you instead start talking about sensitivity changing based on DPI, but not why these DPI values are the ones that should be used.

    400/450 DPI are actually the typical DPI pros use (I am not aware of a popular gaming mouse that has 500 DPI has a native resolution), the main reason being intellimouse and mx518 had these DPI and pros used them because they were the best at the beginning at the beginning of esports. Mice, generally, perform better in terms of perfect control speed the higher the DPI. This is true of the mx518, original deathadder and quite a few popular optical gaming mice. (Esreality deathadder review has the data and its graphed so it takes a few seconds to read and understand).

    Sure, essentially DPI and sensitivity work in unison to form a final variable (DPI x In-Game sensitivity) = total pixels moved in gamel, per inch moved in RL. But DPI affects how well your mouse will actually perform. Sensitivity does not (unless far below one, or crazy high). Suggesting such low DPI with some mice will really limit the speed at which you can move them before they screw up.

    It is only recently that avago (the dudes that make the actual sensors for razer, logitech, etc) released sensors that actually perform best at low DPI, like the g100s, g400, DA2013.

    400 and 800 DPI are advisable for the DA2013, they are multiples of 6400 so they are native (or very likely to be) and this is consistent for recent mice with Avago sensors. (The reason why the original DA had 450, 900, 1800…)

    For mark c fix to work, m_rawinput has to be at 0, you have it at 1 in your cfg, effectively turning the fix off. There is little difference between raw input and the mousefix, but you are adding an extra step over to override it in the console. Mark C himself has stated this to be the case on both his blog and on esreality. The reason? The fix is registry based. Raw input, by definition, is an API that bypasses everything in the registry I prefer to use the mousefix, but they really are more the same than they are different. The mousefix works the same (once installed properly) whether enhanced pointer precision is ticked or not (Mark C’s blog and his posts on esreality).

    September 9, 2013 at 4:32 pm Reply
    • Pascal #

      I’m happy to see I’m not the only one having an issue with the DPI setting. I tried the setting at 500dpi on a ouroboros at 1920×1800 and I was very far from being comfortable. I found back my comfort boosting it a lot at around 2500 to 3000 dpi and I must say that based on your information, I will be reducing my in game sensitivity to 1 and boosting my dpi resolution even more.

      On a side note, I was previously using really bad settings, in game sensitivity was at around 6 as was windows which forced me to set my mouse at around 1000 dpi. It seemed fined but the new config feels much more grounded. I played a couple of matches with it and I was clearly better and it was easier keeping my aim where I wanted it to be.

      Anyway, thanks to both of you, this has been very helpful.

      December 3, 2013 at 10:26 am Reply
  9. Alex #

    You are free to use this information to correct your article (don’t know if you actually need my permission or not but I am giving it) and don’t take it the wrong way. It’s a really good article. The whole CS community is just rather benighted in terms of detailed technical knowledge compared to the quake community where most of this information comes from. Obviously you can go pro without knowing all this stuff, but the


    StrawberryColonD / Strawberry :D (I made you rage on a nuke source pug once :3 )

    September 9, 2013 at 4:41 pm Reply
    • caseyfoster #

      Everyone has made me rage in a pug, make me rage in a match :)

      October 10, 2013 at 10:07 am Reply
  10. anon #

    Look s razor add

    September 27, 2013 at 11:06 am Reply
  11. Kent #

    Hey Casey,
    I just woundered when you said “-console -novid -freq 120 +exec autoexec.cfg -high”.
    At the +exec autoexec.cfg i just woundered if there shouldnt be a “-” instead of “+”

    October 7, 2013 at 8:50 am Reply
    • caseyfoster #

      You need to use a +

      October 10, 2013 at 10:04 am Reply
      • Kent #

        Allright, i just thought difrent, but thanks alot i really liked this guide ^^

        October 14, 2013 at 5:55 am Reply
  12. Jakob #

    Hi, i wondered if its possible to match up windows sensitivity with the ingame sensitivity? so if i tain at i get the same sensitivity as in cs?

    October 20, 2013 at 9:23 am Reply
  13. Kent #

    Hey Casey.
    I got a 120hz monitor and 2x invidea gtx 560 or 580 cant remember, but the thing is that when i set my res. in cs:go to 1024×768 i think it is i dont get those black bars in the sides of the screen it just stretch my image so it looks really blurry.
    Can you help me fixing this?

    November 20, 2013 at 3:29 pm Reply
    • ed #

      Kent, check the radio button on “Aspect ratio” under “Adjust desktop size and position” in the Nvidia control panel.

      November 24, 2013 at 1:06 am Reply
  14. James #

    Razer Goliathus speed or control?

    November 27, 2013 at 8:00 am Reply
  15. voxeminor #

    How can you aim with 3000 dpi? If your playing fps higher dpi wont increase your precision, it will decrease it.. With 3000 dpi it is practically impossible to aim at heads because you move your crosshair too fast, this is even more vital because you are playing at a abnormaly high res of 1920×1080 which makes targets really small.

    If at your dpi right now you cant move your crosshair EXACTLY 1 pixel, then you will be unable to headshot in csgo and therefore unable to be good at aim.

    January 8, 2014 at 7:30 am Reply
  16. Infamouse #

    I don’t agree with the mouse settings given in this article. just saying most pro’s use between 1.3 and 3.2 so choose something with this and 400-500 DPI is not really a good answer.

    for people wanting to know more about being able to pixel perfect aim read the article in the link. a sens of 3.2 with 400-500 dpi on 1920-1080 (native for most monitors) is too high max sens should be 2.7 to still be able to aim pixel perfect. also going too high on DPI like some people do 3000+ or more is bad and actually makes you less accurate because of pixel skipping, this is depending on resolution used. while on 1920×1080 1400/2800 dpi should be max (explained in the article) on 1280 it can be 2200/4400. so higher dpi is good on lower reso but on full hd or higher res lower dpi is more accurate.

    also @ alex if you read the article you will see that your statement many mice will perform better at higher DPI is also not true. many mice seem to produce more errors on max dpi then on medium or lower dpi, this however is also the case with super low dpi which some sensors can’t handle well and start producing errors.

    personally i tried playing on a low res with low dpi and 3.5 ingame sens but noticed my control was really bad and it seemed like a lot of shots just didn’t connect. changed back to native res with a little higher dpi and a little lower sens and it feels a whole lot better.

    January 9, 2014 at 6:07 am Reply
    • caseyfoster #

      We tell users to pick between 1.3 and 3.2 as this is the average low and average high of the worlds best cs players, we didnt make these numbers up. We also have 10+ years of playing CS Professional at the absolute highest possible level of play there is in CS. We know what works.

      The main point of this article is to help the users start out with the right settings/gear instead of finding out 5 years later that they have been playing with the wrong settings/gear and it has been holding them back.

      Thanks for your input though!

      January 9, 2014 at 11:19 am Reply
      • What are those sensitivities in centimeters required to do a 360 degree turn (on horizontal axis)? Pure numbers mean nothing because it’s dependent on so many factors. I usually play on approx 30 cm (~12 inches)/360.

        February 10, 2014 at 11:35 am Reply

    can I ask you what a good sized monitor is for CSGO? I have ordered a 24 inch acer wide screen 2ms,is this too big? also in the video’s I have seen people seem to sit really close to their monitor while on goole search it say’s to sit at arms length,what is best?

    January 11, 2014 at 11:18 pm Reply

    whn i right click steam icon on desktop there is no option to select library?

    January 12, 2014 at 4:22 pm Reply
  19. Wowpoo #

    lool. This is Razer propagend.. And why DPI 500? Prof players know this rule-> MAX DPI – MIN Sensitivity <- for the best aim!

    January 14, 2014 at 2:24 pm Reply
    • caseyfoster #

      500 is a good standard DPI to start off with and go from there. We are all Pro players making these guides.

      January 14, 2014 at 8:16 pm Reply
  20. Alex Medvedev #

    I played with many different set ups and I am a veteran to the max to cs franchise since the 1999 beta, I am very impressed with razer mouses, I have been playing with different keyboard and just now settled again with razed blackwidow love that keyboard, as far the the mats they all work well but yet again I found my self trying out the destoryer2 mouse mat and I love that thing, as far as headphones go I love the Astrogaming a40 headset and Turtle Beach PX wireless series. Razer really mean it when they say for gamers by gamers. They tech support is good as far as sales they are not as flexible but still great products

    January 28, 2014 at 8:52 pm Reply
  21. Jade #

    I’m new and absolutely horrible. These setting have helped. Thanks for posting. I can use all the help I can get. Appreciated.

    February 1, 2014 at 10:57 am Reply
  22. leerago #

    when I go to the game, the screen displays some information, fps, and something else

    February 9, 2014 at 6:06 pm Reply

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