Do you want to play CS:GO on the grandest stage of them all as a professional gamer? Do you want to hear thousands of people chant your name on stage, and even more emulate your moves while they are playing at home? Then join me on my path to reaching a Global Elite rank on CS:GO and go from zero to hear (or in other terms, go from Noob to Pro) and might pick up a trick or two.
Global Elite is the top rank that can be achieved out of the 18 ranks in CS:GO. Unlike other FPS multiplayer games, you can also get de-ranked for several reasons, the path to Global Elite does not consist of just grinding it out.
CS:GO players can get de-ranked for losing matches, playing most games with lower ranked players, as well as not playing competitively for a long time. The mechanics behind ranking up in CS:GO can be quite complicated. There are several theories, but the core aim remains true – win as many games as possible, and earn many MVP awards.
These awards can be won in each round if you finish with the highest amount of eliminations, or sometimes when you plant or defuse the bomb. So success will depend on winning games and being the best, in short.
I had a lot of fun playing the original Counter-Strike in LAN parties back in the early 2000’s, and most of my skill (if I can call it skill) originates from that period. Since then, I have played CS:GO for maybe two or three years but simply for fun, enjoying game modes likes Arms Race and Demolition.
However, now it was time for the real thing. CS:GO extreme! Time to jump into Competitive Mode. After a first few games of nervousness, I quickly settled in and tried to continue with the ‘business as usual’ frame of mind. Oh, but how wrong was I…
CS:GO Top Tip – Learn the Callouts on every map, or be doomed to fail.
I found out that my current skills only took me so far. I had no idea what most of the callouts were on the maps, and thus I was picked off quickly and was unable to communicate well with the rest of my team. Callouts are used to identify specific parts on each map you play – to communicate where you saw an enemy, when you need help or where you died etc. Not knowing these results in many deaths, and even more frustration in the team. Usually, teammates will point out what the callouts are, and playing with friends helps as they might be more patient and explain them.
Teaming up with friends that have some competitive experience has taken me to seven competitive victories. To gain your first rank in CS:GO, you must first reach ten competitive wins. The game also does not allow you to win more than two matches in a day (before giving you a 24hour cooldown) so sometimes you must wait just after feeling like you are on a roll.
Getting to seven wins was not hard, but it seems that my CS:GO progress has ground to a halt now. Most games now are narrow losses, but I remain optimistic towards reaching ten wins and getting a respectable rank. What will that rank be? Tune in next time to find out…
Written by Filip Djordjevic (CS:GO Correspondent)