Practice makes perfect. That’s a truth that doesn’t just apply to real sports or musical instruments, but also the world of esports. Counter-Strike is a game that relies on two elements in equal measure. The first is gamesense, the ability to feel out enemy moves and to make the right moves yourself. The second are mechanical skills, which include the most crucial skill related to hand-eye coordination, namely aim.
CSGO Aim Training can be a challenging task. When you first start playing the game, oftentimes you feel like you can’t hit the backside of a barn with your AWP while your AK sprays around like a cracked beer can. That’s fine. We’ve all been there. Just playing the game should help you get better at it, however, if you want to improve your aim without embarrassing yourself in front of a bunch of anonymous CSGO players, you can do it out of the comfort of your own local server with CSGO aim training maps.
The Best Aim Training Maps CSGO Has to Offer
Aim Training maps can be downloaded from the Steam Workshop. CSGO aim training maps come in different shapes and sizes depending on the skills you want to polish. Some are more about simple reflex training, while others teach you how to control your recoil or hit moving targets. Basically, they’re not unlike gym equipment. Without further ado, here’s our list of aim training CSGO maps.
Aim Botz — Training
Created by Ullectical on the Steam Workshop, Aim Botz is a map you may have seen your favourite pro player using it as warm up. When it comes to training, this map is all about creating a practice experience that has as many in-game elements in it as possible. Your targets are all models from the game. You can give them kevlar if you want more of a challenge. You can use walls to practice your peeks. You can make the bots move or stand-still. Essentially, it’s the perfect solution for clicking heads without worrying about a guy killing you from behind on a Deathmatch server.
Aim Botz is great at practicing your headshots against moving targets, figuring out movement on your peeks and
Aim Botz has nearly 13 million subscribers at the moment of writing and goes really well with another creation of Ullectical’s…
Recoil Master — Spray Training
While Aim Botz is created to practice your skills in simulated in-game environments, Recoil Master is all about… recoil mastery. This map from Ullectical is designed to teach you the spray patterns of your favourite Rifles and SMGs by showing you how you should use your crosshair to get as many shots on target as possible.
Whether you’re a rifler or an AWPer who wants their friends to stop laughing at them for their insane spray patterns, Recoil Master offers you a way to easily learn and repeat spray patterns for your most used guns in a variety of scenarios by allowing you to follow a “ghosthair” across your target. You can also enable moving targets for an added challenge in your recoil practice.
Even if you feel like you’ve got spraying down to a tee, we’d definitely recommend popping into Recoil Master from time to time and practicing your sprays with the AK-47, M4A4/A1-S, Krieg and AUG before you head into Matchmaking and/or Faceit just like almost 6 million people have in the past.
If you’ve got your recoil down to a tee but feel like your reflexes are lacking, training_aim_csgo2 is a great way to practice your hand-eye coordination along with your reaction time. Don’t get fooled by its simple look, its hardest settings are difficult even for the likes of Major Winner AdreN.
With modes ranging from a pure reaction test to a crazy precision and reflex training regiment, you’re sure to find something useful for your role and improve your reaction time and precision immensely in process, just like it did for over 5 million subscribers.
Fast Aim & Reflex Training
Ever felt like aim training maps CSGO didn’t have enough zombie-like action? Fast Aim & Reflex Training comes to your aid as it places you as a lone counter-terrorist with a weapon of your choice being rushed by hordes of knife-wielding zombie-like terrorist bots. The basic goal? Pop their heads before they reach the chasm around you. Or accidentally knife you. That happens too.
Great for warmups and testing sensitivity settings in an intense 360° environment, Fast Aim & Reflex Training is a very popular training map if you’re looking for an intense start to your day in CSGO. While it might not have all the bells and whistles of Aim Botz, it’s sure to provide you with a little bit of adrenaline before you start fragging out for real. Similarily to previous map, over 5 million subscribers trusted the mechanism.
Training Bot Aim
A bit of a less popular map with “only” 800k subscribers on the Steam Workshop, Training Bot Aim is all about those in-game scenarios, featuring moving bots, simulations of Dust 2’s famous doors, vertical positioning on the map and props that will help you practice your peeks, this is a hidden gem among training maps in that it actually features a lot more “real game” scenarios than the others.
With a lot of versions available on the Steam Workshop, you can also choose your favourite textures, be they all white, Dust 2 style or even original Half-Life/CS 1.6 style. While a bit less intuitive than the other maps, Training Bot Aim is a great way to practice in-game scenarios.
Should I start CSGO Aim Training?
Remember Rocky? If you do, you probably remember the training montage. While your training probably won’t be over in a few minutes, you can still blast that epic music from the speakers and start practicing your hand-eye coordination, spray control and overall aim.
Practicing will make you better at the game. It’s a boring thing to say, but the truth is that even if you feel like you have the aim of an average matchmaking Purple, you can improve it relatively quickly by subscribing to these Maps on the Steam Workshop and starting every CSGO session with a few minutes of CSGO aim training.
How to Start CSGO Aim Training?
Luckily, thanks to the Steam Workshop, starting your Aim Training Journey couldn’t be easier. Either follow the links above or type in the map names in the Workshop section of your Steam client. Click subscribe, and voila! The maps are now on your computer.
The next thing you need to do is very simple. Just click the play button, choose “Offline with bots” from the dropdown menu in the top left corner and choose the map you want to play. Launch it and mess around with the settings to create your perfect training regiment, kind of like you would when planning your real-life workouts. Once ready, shoot away.
Practice Makes Perfect
We said it once, we’ll say it again. And again. If you feel like your skills need some polishing, or simply want to warm up before going into matchmaking, Aim Training Maps are a great way to focus on honing specific skills compared to warming up on a chaotic deathmatch server.
If you have some time on your hands (and at the time of writing, social distancing is guaranteeing more free time for a lot of people) and you don’t want the stress of actually competing in Counter-Strike, committing some time to polishing your headshots and sprays might be a perfect way to kill some time.