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    New to CSGO & CSNZ?

    This thread will be a series of posts for people looking to get into CS:GO and who want to get into the more competitive side of the game and the communities that surround it. Your journey starts now my friends.

    This thread will change and evolve over time as people think of more things to add.

    CSNZ has a very long history and was once the thriving centre of everything Counter-Strike in New Zealand. As of 2015 things are pretty quiet but slowly people are returning to our humble corner of the world, hopefully we can all assist in its growth to former glory.

    Invite your friends who don’t know about this place to come and join in.
    Last edited by opaque; 22nd August 2015 at 7:02 pm.

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    Useful Resources

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    For the ABSOLUTE beginner:
    I had typed out a massive introduction for the absolute beginner with step by step instructions and screenshots... Kov will attest to this… and then I decided it was a waste of space as there are already plenty of resources for the total newbie so instead I’ll just link them.

    Workshop Maps

    Aim Botz


    crashz’ Crosshair Generator


    The “What is” series from steel is a great learning resource for any player.

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    Last edited by opaque; 22nd August 2015 at 7:19 pm.

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    Community Server and Hubs

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    Get involved with friends and new people via voice comms and try some different community servers out. Different game modes are fun and make a nice change from the official Valve game modes.

    Discord is the new better all-in-one TS/IRC/Forum

    Download the app then connect to the CSNZ Channel using this link
    Servers (preferably I’d stick with Orcon & PES but I’ve listed others)

    If you click the IP addresses it will automatically launch CS:GO and connect to the server

    Free-For-All Deathmatch

    Gaming Zone:

    Free-For-All Headshot Only

    Aim Deathmatch

    Pistol Only Deathmatch

    1v1 Arena

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    Last edited by opaque; 1st December 2015 at 11:06 pm.

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    Pugging & Scrimming

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    If you’re looking for PUGs then there is a myriad of different options. Some more popular than others and the skill levels vary greatly between them. For the newcomers, pugging is a good way to practice your solo play ability but it is a TERRIBLE method of practicing for competitive play. You will pick up a lot of bad habits.

    Pugs are great for getting yourself known, finding other like minded players to befriend, play the game with and eventually fall in love and make a team.

    Valve’s Matchmaking

    Skill Level: All ends of the spectrum, mostly caters towards low-mid tier and newer players.

    Pros: Easy to use, has pretty ranks, easy to play with friends, free, no third party software required
    Cons: 64 Tick servers, sometimes can get overrun with cheaters depending on length between VAC waves, trolls & derankers

    A company originating from the Quake world, FaceIT came out guns blazing into Counter-Strike bringing it’s very own PUG service and competitive league.

    You will need to sign up and link your steam account. It is free to play for basic PUG services but if you want to partake in their leagues or “ranked” ladders you need to pay their monthly subscription.

    Skill Level: Very similar to matchmaking, leans heavily towards low-mid tier players. Occasionally you’ll run into a Professional level Oceanic player, but VERY rarely.

    Pros: 128 Tick servers, fairly easy to use and navigate their website, Free for the most part if you’re solely using it to play PUGs, FaceIT Anti-Cheat (marginally better than VAC), Admins to punish trolls and leavers, you can accumulate FaceIT points which can be spent on skins and other things.
    Cons: Servers can sometimes be a bit laggy depending on load/location, the admins can be pretty slow/bad at responding at times.

    Despite the controversy surrounding ESEA and it’s highly invasive Anti-Cheat, general disregard for user privacy and other assorted douche baggery there is no denying that this is the absolute highest tier of PUG service available in AU/NZ at the moment.

    Skill Level: With it’s increasing popularity the skill level has dropped marginally but you will still encounter more difficult opponents in ESEA PUGs than you would using other services.

    Pros: 128 Tick servers, the world's best Anti-Cheat albeit highly invasive, the third party client functions very well, servers are generally very reliable (same wholesaler as PES servers)
    Cons: Pay-to-play by monthly subscription (roughly $10 a month), Third Party Client required this is both good and bad, a lot of toxic/elitist players (if you’re a new to CS, don’t even bother with ESEA until you hit at least LEM or higher in matchmaking, unless you have a thick skin/can banter)
    Got your own server? Got 10 friends who wanna play? Get them all in Teamspeak (use Orcon if you don’t have your own) and jump into a server, pick some captains and pick some teams and have some FUN.
    So you’ve found some people to play with, you’ve all been getting more and more interested in playing competitive CS, PUGs and MM aren’t cutting it, it’s time to practice some dank strats and pwn some noobs.

    Most teams already have their own servers, but if you want your very own for practice purposes then look at the following companies:


    These are hosted in varying locations in Australia and are regarded as some of the highest quality servers available. They also provide Teamspeak/Mumble servers.

    ***Place holder*** - If any of you know of any RELIABLE server hosts then please add them, I’m not going to go recommending services I’ve never used hence why I only have PES listed at the moment.
    How to find scrims?
    If you’ve got other teams on your friends list, hit them up. If none of them are available one of the easiest ways of finding scrims is by downloading the Unity client and throwing up a scrim listing:

    This allows you to challenge other teams who are looking for scrims, and for them to challenge you.

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    Last edited by opaque; 24th August 2015 at 5:57 pm.

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    Competitive Play

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    The next step is league play, there a few different leagues around for the Oceanic scene. I’ll list them below in the order which I think you should go from if you’re starting out.

    CyberGamer Open Ladder

    This is a free to play ladder. Simply sign your team up and start challenging other teams. (You can only challenge people who are 50% of your ladder ranking above you IIRC).

    The calibre of team in this ladder is generally pretty low, there is no prize money but it is a great environment to start out your teams competitive life.
    CyberGamer “CGPL” Seasons

    These seasons generally run twice per year for around 8 weeks. New teams will have to start out in the “Amateur” division (also called Division 3). If you can win a season of CGA and keep your team together you may be lucky enough to be invited into Division 2 and if you’re team is reaching that “Professional” level then you may get a shot at being invited to Division 1.

    This league has an entry fee and prize money split throughout the divisions (obviously favouring the higher divisions)
    FaceIT Nightly Tournaments & League

    If you’re signed up to FaceIT you will have noticed a “Tournaments” section, these are nightly tournaments in which you can compete for FaceIT points with a premade team.

    FaceIT also runs a competitive league in Australia in which you have the chance to qualify for their international LAN finals. The details are very hard to find on these seasons and I wouldn’t recommend it for newer teams.
    ESEA Seasons

    ESEA is a well known league throughout the world, but has only recently entered the Oceanic scene. The seasons are run very frequently and there are now two divisions for our region “Open” and “Intermediate”

    New teams will have to start out in the Open league to be able to progress through to Intermediate you must place in the Top 16 teams at the end of the season and then win a “Relegation” match. Don’t be fooled though, there are some very high calibre teams competing on ESEA and the prize money for Open is very generous.
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    Last edited by opaque; 22nd August 2015 at 11:03 pm.

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    Configs, tweaks & other goodies

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    ***Placeholder until I think of what to put here***

    CSGO Configs

    Keen to see how the Pros have their Autoexecs set up? This website has it all.

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    Last edited by opaque; 22nd August 2015 at 7:22 pm.

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    Great, thanks alot

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    GG, thanks mate!

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    Hi im new

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    hi new, nice to meet you

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    nice guide add me new players for group 'knilthebaker'

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    sounds good

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    im newbie also

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    someone can help me?

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    inoue00 wrote:
    someone can help me?
    There's alot of information on the the first post on the thread, Youtube is also a good option when is comes to learning grenade spots/ bomb times/ spray patterns for weapons also how to optimize your game for the best performance feel free to add me on steam if you need to ask anything specific or message me here -