Aim training is one of the most crucial parts of improving in CS:GO. It is one of the fundamental basics of the game that needs to be improved upon by every player and like everything else it requires quite a bit of practice. While playing casual game modes along with better players is bound to increase your aiming skill in CS:GO, it is not the most effective method. Instead, you can always opt for playing certain practice maps that are specifically designed to improve an individual’s overall game. Providing them with different types of aim training, movement practice, map awareness, and other basic skills that automatically make you a better player and teammate.
However, with so many maps to choose from it can become a bit confusing to make a proper decision. So here are 10 of the best practice maps which will help improve your game and make you a better player, especially focused on giving you adequate aim training.
8 Best CS:GO Practice Maps
The objective of practice maps is to help players train their aim, movement, reflex, recoil control, prefire, utility usage, crosshair placement, map awareness, and other such fundamental skills. Going through these maps on a daily and spending some time before jumping into a match will drastically improve your overall gameplay.
Aim Training: Training_aim_csgo2
One of the best practice maps to train your aim is hands down ‘training_aim_csgo2’. The training map which was released in Jan 2014 remains to be one of the most used maps for players to improve their aim.
Players can practice with all the in-game weapons, change various training settings as per their requirements, and the best part is that the map tracks many aspects of your training giving direct feedback on how much you have improved after the session comes to an end.
Recoil Control: Recoil Master - Spray Training
Improving your aim is not enough, other complementary skills like recoil control and spray transfer are equally important. These important skills can be developed on the practice map ‘Recoil Master - Spray Training’ made by ‘uLLetica’.
To master the art of using rifles and other sub-machine guns in CS:GO players need to learn their recoil patterns, which is the easy part. Mastering their spray, however, is an altogether different ball game and takes a lot of time, practice, and persistence. This map is the perfect training ground as it has all the dedicated mechanics to help you memorize the spray pattern for every weapon while giving you detailed visual feedback of how you are doing.
Prefire Training: Yprac Practice and Warmup Mods
One of the most played practice maps, ‘Yprac Practice and Warmup Mods’ are a collection of various different maps by ‘Yesber’ that mainly help players with perfecting their prefire. These maps are designed in such a way that players can get a grasp of locations where players mostly tend to hide and peek from, practice movement at various places, increase the effectiveness of their executes, and efficiently move around the map.
Crosshair Placement: Crosshair Generator v3
This is simply the best in the business when it comes to selecting a practice map that helps you select a crosshair, one of the most important aspects of the game. 'Crosshair Generator v3' has multiple crosshair settings that belong to different professional players and streamers, that players can freely choose from and practice.
Apart from that, it allows players to tweak the general crosshair into something that suits their needs and playstyle. After selecting the perfect crosshair, players can go and shoot in the generic training area to feel out their crosshair which is a physical extension of their aim. A must-have for every player before they start going through their training cycle.
Reflex Training: Fast Aim/Reflex Map
The perfect practice map when it comes to improving your reflexes because, at the end of the day, the player with the fastest hand will be victorious. In 'Fast Aim/Reflex Map' the players will spawn in the middle playing as CT and enemies will rush at them from multiple angles, the player can choose their weapons and their objective is to take them down as fast as possible.
This helps in building up a players reflexes, makes them more agile, and also helps them prioritize their targets in situations when multiple players are peeking or rushing at them. Players have the option to tweak certain settings and this particular map can also be used as a warmup session before jumping into a competitive match.
Movement Training: DC Aim and Movement Training
Movement is a big part of the game which is often overlooked and often straight-up ignore, but along with firing a player always needs to be in control of his movements. 'DC Aim and Movement Training' practice map helps players inculcate a need of moving perfectly and in rhythm with their firing, making them practice their movements while they fire at various targets. You can go through its various courses and track your progress as well.
Warmup: Aim Botz
One of the most common practice maps in CS:GO that has been used at least once by each and every player who has taken extra training to improve in the game. It is a classic warmup map that is easy to use and very straightforward. Players can casually jump in select the weapon of their choice and start practicing. Different settings are available that players can tweak as per their requirements.
Utility Training: Training Maps (Smoke, Molotov, Flash)
While this may be a bit advanced using utility is part of the game and it makes a huge difference if a player knows how to use them, when to use them, and where to use them. The practice map ‘Training Maps - Smoke, Molotov, Flash’ is a perfect place to learn all this and more.
The various different parts take you through a rough course on every map which is played competitively, as you learn the basic and advanced lineups for different types of utilities, and their usage timings. Apart from how well one uses a weapon, the ability to use utilities makes a big difference and often closes down the gap between individual skill level.
How to download CS:GO practice maps?
Well before we jump in and start training on some of the best practice maps in CS:GO. Let’s take a quick look at where to download them from and how to use them properly.
- Do not open CS:GO and make sure that the game is closed.
- Open ‘Steam’ and then click on the ‘Community’ tab. Now, open the ‘Workshop’ and use the ‘Search Bar’ in the corner to find the practice CS:GO maps listed below.
- Once the map page is opened click on ‘Subscribe’ or if you can simply hover over the map and press the green coloured ‘+’ symbol.
- Now, open CS:GO and click on ‘Play’. From the drop-down options on the top left select ‘Workshop Maps’, then click on the practice map which you want to play and press ‘Custom’ or ‘Training’.