One of the most important skills to learn in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for novice players is proper crosshair placement. Knowing where to place your crosshair in anticipation of enemies is crucial to landing valuable damage. It can also consequently save your life, as you can be the first one to squeeze off those initial shots.
One of the most common issues I see with newer players is their crosshair placement. By minimizing the amount of movement you have to make to your crosshair you can decrease your reaction timing by a lot. Let’s take a look at some good and bad crosshair placements.
This is a bad crosshair placement. At this point in the game, the enemy combatants will only be coming through that door, not the hallway.
This is a good crosshair placement. It’s setup in the general vicinity of where our enemies will come from.
This is another example of bad crosshair placement. The crosshair is way too far up in the air. Instead we want to aim lower, minimizing the distance between the catwalk and potential enemies hiding behind cover.
This is another example of bad crosshair placement, this time with the AWP scoped. We want to take the shot as soon as we see the movement of our enemy. This crosshair placement is far too wide.
This is the proper setup of our AWP crosshair. Tightly set next to the logical entry point of the enemies.
Having a functional crosshair that you like and more importantly can see is a crucial step to success. Use the Crosshair Generator to customize your crosshair to the style that will make you lethal. Then read Creating an AutoExec File for CS:GO to learn how to add your new crosshair config to your autoexec.cfg.
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