How to Strafe-Shoot in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Strafe shooting is the skill of moving back and forth to make yourself difficult to hit by enemy fire while also firing your weapon accurately. It also involves the skill of controlled shooting, as in waiting approximately .2-.5 seconds between firing off bursts of shots. We want to avoid what is known as spray and pray, or holding down the firing button
endlessly. First let’s take a look at an improper technique.

If you’re moving in one direction constantly, while holding down the firing button, you’ll see that the bullet pattern is erratic and all over the place. We can’t determine where the bullet will land and this type of technique will result in very low accuracy.

How to Strafe-Shoot in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Improper Strafe

However, if we use the strafe keys (A and D keys) to move in a constant back and forth direction, while burst firing, we can control the exact locations of our bullets. Here is an example of strafe shooting while moving back and forth.

How to Strafe-Shoot in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Proper Strafe

Try practicing this on a map with a distinguishable pattern. We’re going to use bombsite B in the map de_dust2 to show you an example in this tutorial. In the below pictures, we start our aim on the left side of the B. We’re firing while strafing, starting from the left
side, and following the anticipated movement of our enemy to the right side of the B.

How to Strafe-Shoot in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Practice 1 Strafe

The result is a nice shotgroup. Strafing while shooting will greatly increase your chance of winning a matchup in the open.

How to Strafe-Shoot in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Practice 2 Strafe

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