Building a Winning CSGO Team
There is a whole word of competitive CS:GO beyond Matchmaking and PUGs. Although most players will never experience CSGO with a true team, some players may want to take their experience to the next level. Whether you are a brand new player or a seasoned Global Elite, it’s important to take the following tips into consideration when building your team.
Where Do I Start?
First of all, it is important to recognize your own skill level and find players who match it. While it’s no fun being carried to victory, it can be just as frustrating to feel like you are weighing your team down. Look for people of a similar skill level, and go from there. Next, decide what your want from your team. Are you looking for a serious, devoted team to compete in leagues and tournaments with? Or are you looking for a more casual group to play Matchmaking with. Determine your goals and motivation, and spend time looking for like minded individuals.
This can be a tricky one. There are several forums and websites that can assist with this, but it won’t be easy to assemble five people who are compatible in a team environment. Gamurs, the ESEA Forums and Reddit's "RecruitCS"can be great places to start. Once you’ve begun looking, consider a few key points that can help determine whether a player (or a team) is right for you. See if they share the same goals, and motivations. Are they good teammates? How do they communicate? Are they able to take criticism? Try playing a game or two with new players and teams you might find. If they don’t seem right for you, keep looking. There are thousands of teams, and you are bound to find one that suits your needs.
Starting With Your New Team
Once you have assembled a roster of people of your skill level that you would be comfortable playing with, you can begin improving and training. Exchange Steam accounts with your whole team, and try to get to know them as well as possible. Try setting up a group chat or a shared calendar where you can plan out group practices and games. Try to work around the availability of your team, and do your best to practice a few times a week (for a more competitive team.) Get to know your team personally- This is one that will give you an edge over other teams. Once you know your team’s playstyle and personalities, you can begin to predict their actions before they happen, and prepare to help when it’s needed. Build chemistry.
Work on default setups for each map. Play a few games together against other new teams (look for scrimmages anywhere you can.) Learn what went wrong in your T and CT defaults, and adapt. After working for a while on simple plays, you can begin working on a stratbook. Watch pro teams and emulate their playstyles. Try new things as much as possible. When you think your team is ready to compete, try out a league or tournament. CEVO, ESEA, Faceit, and ESL are great places to start. Improve and refine your plays until you’re ready to work on new ones, and then expand your wealth of strategy. Once you begin performing in leagues and tournaments, you will begin real improvement as a team (either through winning or losing.)Good luck! Remember, don’t get discouraged because something didn’t go well. This is about improvement, and losses will need to happen. Keep your head up!