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How to Counter Strafe in CS:GO

Trust me, this is the most optimal peeking technique.

by Nikola L

Many different techniques exist for movement in CS:GO, and today I will talk about Counter Strafing. You are probably wondering what “Counter Strafe” is and I will make sure to explain everything in detail, and you will be amazed at how much it can improve your peeking, aiming, and in the end, scoreline. Here’s how to Counter Strage in CS:GO.

What is Counter Strafing in CS:GO?

So, you are all probably aware that when you are running in most FPS games, your aim will be significantly swayed, and you won’t hit the mark in almost all the cases. Therefore, you need to fully stop, before restoring your accuracy fully.

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Now, the usual way people go about doing this is just letting go of the movement keys altogether, and allowing your character to stop on its own. However, the Counter Strafing technique is something that allows you to stop your character faster, and hold it in a steady position!

To counter strafe in CS:GO, you need to move in one direction (let’s say, you’re moving right, and holding D) and then you need to press and hold the opposite movement button (A, in this case) while NOT letting go of the other key.

What effect does this produce?

While holding both A and D, your character can’t move sideways, and also, due to counter strafing, your character will try to add velocity to the opposite vector of movement, rather than just letting the movement speed of your side step fade away naturally. This leads you to a marginally faster stopping of your movement, believe it or not. In a sense, it’s like hitting a brake on your car.

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Competitive FPS games are where fractions of a second matter so I believe this should help you. At any rate, you can test out your movement speed in single-player. Boot up an empty map and type in sv_cheats 1 and then cl_showpos 1 and then, in the corner of your screen, you can see your speed (velocity). Now, compare how fast it decreases to zero if you just let go of the controls, with the counter strafe technique. The difference is visible to the naked eye.

How to Peek Better in CS:GO

In conclusion, short advice: Do not peek around the corner while moving forward. It will be impossible to counter-strafe. It will take some time to practice this, but I assure you, it’s more effective to just use the sideways movement buttons for peeking.

That’s all for this guide. Make sure to check out the rest of our CS:GO stuff at the respective tag below. Thank you for visiting Prima Games, we hope to see you soon!

About The Author

Nikola L

Staff Writer at Prima Games since May 2022. Gaming since being able to hold an Amiga 500 joystick on his own, back in the early 90s (When gaming was good, remember?). He has been through thousands a lot of different video, board, and card games and it seems that he wants to make it tens of thousands soon™. Current favorites: Vampire Survivors, SMITE, Marvel Snap. Participated in the organization of dozens of gaming events and tournaments and has been professionally attached to gaming since 2009.

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