CSGO Myths: my 7 favorite bulls*it facts in Counter Strike: Global Offensive

DISCLAIMER: Some are actually true

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a game that we all know and love, or at least have a complicated love-like relationship with. For me, it has been a long term affair. And despite CSGO having been around for almost a decade, I still encounter the same little misunderstandings about how things in it work. Today we will take the most common CSGO myths out for another spin, and hope to shed some light on them. So without any further ado, let’s get right to it!

Myth 1 – Enemies can hear it when you pick up a gun

A lot of people seem to believe that weapon pickups can be heard by enemy players. Completely false. Although the player himself hears the (somewhat loud) noise of picking up a weapon, the truth is that other players will not. In fact, most weapon-specific actions in CSGO can be done without revealing your location. For example, switching weapons, or throwing weapons to teammates (as long as they don’t hit the ground), is perfectly silent.

Myth 2 – Jumping through Molotovs causes less damage

One of my favourite CSGO myths, and one many players believe, is that jumping through a Molotov cocktail will cause less damage than running through it. Although that would be a very neat trick, it is simply not true. I wasn’t sure about this one myself, and there isn’t a lot of information on the subject, so I did my own tests. After many tries, and the hard sacrifice of my character, who suffered quite a bit with these not-so-fun “cocktails”, I can tell you that running through is exactly 4 HP less painful. And that 4 HP can often be the difference between victory and defeat.

Myth 3 – Dying while holding a Molotov will cause it to explode

Is it true that if you hold one and get killed, it will explode? Well, as we all know, dying when holding an unpinned grenade will definitely set the grenade off. However, after more fun Molotov experiments, I came to the conclusion that they do NOT go off when you die, even if you’ve lit them up before dying.

Myth 4 – The M4A1-S hits harder than the M4A4

It’s simple enough to notice the main differences between the M4A1-S and the M4A4. For one, the M4A1-S has lower recoil and comes with a silencer, which can be quite an advantage (especially when trying to clutch). On the other hand, the M4A4 has a higher ammunition capacity and a higher rate of fire.

But, with regards to damage, is the M4A1-S really better than the M4A4? I’ve tested this theory and found out that it is not entirely false. When hitting the chest or limbs, both weapons produce the same amount of damage. The only difference comes with headshots. While the M4A4 deals 90 damage, the M4A1-S hits for 91. While this is not not a huge difference in numbers, it can be the difference between life or death sometimes.

Myth 5 – Facing the bomb causes less damage

When playing CSGO, you’ll sometimes notice players running away from the bomb while looking at it. It sounds odd, but in their defense, they are probably doing it because of one of the more enduring CSGO myths out there. There is a popular rumor claiming that when a bomb explodes, you’ll take less damage if you are facing it.

As fun as it may be watching people running backwards, this is simply not true. The bomb does damage based on the location of the player and not on the way they face it.

Myth 6 – You can kill enemies with decoy grenades

Say whaaaat? That’s right, there is a myth (or should I say urban legend?) that decoy grenades can kill players. Is it true, though? Well, it’s absolutely true… if your enemy is standing right on top of it and has less than 5 HP. Doesn’t seem like much, but it can be used for get a minor advantage. Sometimes you see players toss decoy grenades right on top of the bombsite, so that when a Counter-Terrorist tries to defuse the bomb, they’ll end up dying or getting hurt by the decoy.

Myth 7 – Crouching improves aim

I’m betting most of you already know the answer to this one, but if you don’t, let me explain: crouching DOES improve aim. Many games have similar mechanics, as it does simulate reality, and CSGO is no different. While there is still some ongoing debates in the community over what exactly changes when crouching, it does reduce inaccuracy by a small fraction. Crouching also lowers your crosshairs, which can directly improve your odds to land more hits on target, and can be quite helpful in competitive matches. It’s the reason pro players do it.

So there you have it, my personal favorite CSGO myths and misconceptions, explained once again. To be fair, there were a few mixed-truths and outright real facts in there – I hope you enjoyed them as well. Let me know what your views of these myths are, and feel free to share any other myths about the game. Can’t wait to hear some new ones from you guys!

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Bárbara Santos

Writer by day and gamer by night. I put all my thoughts and feelings in writing about things I like, A.K.A. Gaming!
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