Learn from Professional Teams
Pay attention to the buying strategies of professional teams. While they often make sub-optimal decisions, they are still likely to have more effective strategies than casual players.
Minimize Your Optimal Spending Error (OSE)
Aim to minimize your team’s OSE, which is a measure of how much your spending decisions deviate from what would be optimal. The lower your OSE, the more effectively you are managing your team’s economic resources.
Adapt Your Strategy Based on how the Game Progress
Be flexible and willing to adapt your buying strategy based on how the game is progressing. Different situations may call for different buying strategies, so it’s important to be able to adjust your approach as needed.
Continuous Learning and Improvement
Always be open to learning and improving. The world of esports, including CSGO, is constantly evolving, so it’s important to stay up-to-date with the latest strategies and techniques.
By knowing and applying these principles, you should be able to make smarter economic decisions, giving you higher chances of winning the match.
Understanding Spending Scenarios in CS 2
Now that we’ve covered some practical tips, let’s dive deeper into the different spending scenarios you normally face in a game. Understanding these scenarios can help you make more informed economic decisions about how your team should spend the money available.
In this scenario, a team spends all or most of their money to buy the best equipment, including rifles, armor, and utility. This is typically done when the team has a significant amount of money and wants to maximise their chances of winning the current round.
Also known as “saving,” in this scenario a team chooses to spend very little or no money, usually buying only pistols or not buying at all. Teams typically do this when they have a low amount of money and want to save up for a full buy in a future round.
In this scenario, a team spends all of their money, even if it’s not enough for a full buy. This is common when the team is in a desperate situation, such as being close to losing the game, and needs to try to win the current round at all costs.
In this scenario, a team spends some of its money, but not all of it. This is often done when the team has a moderate amount of money and wants to balance between trying to win the current round and saving up for a future round.
In this scenario, a team chooses to stick with the weapons they won from the previous round, even though they have enough money for a full buy. This is usually done when the team has been winning the first couple of rounds and wants to build up the economy.
This new perspective on the economy in Counter-Strike is an exciting advancement for the game. However, even though this study offers valuable insights for both casual and professional players, it’s unfortunately not possible for the average player to apply these calculations in their own gameplay. It would require access to the win probability model used in the study and extensive mathematical skills to read the data.
Hopefully, some third-party programs will start to incorporate this type of data and utilise these advanced calculations, so we can start to gain the strategic advantages.