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Learning from the Pros

The finals of ESWC are kicking off later tonight- with Paris being 9 hours in the future from Seattle that means the start time for us on the West Coast of the USA is 12:30 am tonight. The choices are sleep now and get up early or just stay up? Which is it going to be?

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Luckily, if you live in Europe you can have your regular wakeup call of 9 am to watch some games at 9:30am Local Paris time… but whatever time you choose to watch – make sure to watch. You can learn a bunch from observing the top players in a serious match.

If you are a little newer to the scene, the video above has some beginner level tips from the pros. Everyone has to start somewhere and the current pros are helping us train their replacements – just don’t forget about us when you are on top.

Past that – the free weekend continues now into the actual weekend, not the hypothetical weekend that started the free weekend on Thursday. Don’t forget the free part of the game ends 1pm PST Sunday. To continue the weekend part of the free weekend, we have put the game on sale for a staggering 33% off! That’s a full 1/3 off the regular price!

While you are playing this weekend, make sure to save up some your best death cams or screenshots. We will use the best one for our blog post this weekend.

CS:GO Free Weekend

Starting today at 10am until Sunday at 1pm PST – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is free. You can click this linkvisit this page, or launch steam and start downloading the game now. All weekend you can play the complete game.

CS:GO is more than just the best looking CS. We have expanded the game with new characters, new weapons, new maps, and new game modes. So you don’t get overwhelmed, let’s break down the game modes and give you a suggestion on where to start based on your skill level.

For everyone, a good first stop is the Weapon Course where you will get some quick tips and training on new mechanics.

If you have never played a first person shooter – first, what’s wrong with you? You have been missing out. A good intro that isn’t about map strategy, team goals, etc – is Arms Race. It’s pretty simple. Kill the guys who don’t look like you. Every time you kill one, you get a new weapon. There are some things that happen at the end with a knife if you are the top player in kills, but do you really think that is going to happen? Okay, let’s pretend it does. You get a golden knife – then what? Stab a guy and win the game. If you do that, you better take a screen shot and post it on the CS:GO Game Hub – otherwise no one will believe you.

If you do actually play first person shooters but maybe haven’t played much Counter-Strike or it has been a bit – try Demolition Mode. These are small intense maps that remove the buy round at the start and throw players right into the action. Plant the bomb, defuse the bomb, kill a guy – it all helps.

Has it been a while since you last played CS? The franchise has existed for 12 years, so at this point you could have last played in 6th grade and since graduated college, gotten married, and had your first kid by now – so we’ll excuse your rusty skills if you are bouncing the new kid on your lap as you play. A word of warning on that – don’t play Competitive Mode if you think you need to drop out mid-game or just want to drop in and out of games, instead play Casual Mode. It is classic Counter-Strike with some relaxed rules on purchasing weapons and we leave all talk on so players can chat while playing.

Are you a CS player? Think you have what it takes to win but have been scared to try CS:GO? If you think you are up for it – jump into Competitive Mode. This is where it is all about skill, win 10 matches and you will get put into a Skill Group, keep winning and you’ll be placed into a higher Skill Group, lose and you might get placed lower. Match making will make sure you keep playing in games at your skill level. Leaving a match will put you into a timeout period for Competitive match making. We even have a FAQ here for you if you want more information.