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             	                Half Life: Counterstrike
    			              Strategy Guide
                                     By Lord Zero
                                 (dskzero@yahoo.com)
                                      Version 1.0
    
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    Index:
    
    1.- File History.
    2.- Introduction.
    3.- About this file.
    4.- Starting things.
    5.- Playing CS: by yourself.
    6.- Playing CS: Teamwork. 
    7.- Battleground work: Tactical approach.
    8.- Battleground survival.
    9.- Frequently asked questions.
    10.- Credits.
    11.- Legal Stuff.
    
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    1.- File History.
    
    - 0.1 Start of the file (10/27/2001, 12:08)
    
    - 1.0 File Ready (29/10/2001, 17:09)
    
    - 1.1 Changed section 7, and extended it throughly, not only treating
    snipers but three kinds of players (09/11/2001, 23:52)
    
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    2.- Introduction.
    
    Welcome to this guide.
    
    Counterstrike is a MODification of the FPS (First Person Shooter) Half 
    Life, which, while it hasn't been the most successful FPS game in history
    (That spot will remain owned by DoOm)has spawned a legion of MODs and 
    gamers looking into it. While the original Half Life was played on a
    somewhat futuristic setting, Counterstrike simulates Counter-Terrorists
    missions with objectives to accomplish.
    
    The game plays on two teams, the Terrorists (the bad guys), and the
    Counter Terrorist (The good guys). While the game can be won by simply
    killing everyone on the other team, is much more satisfactory to play
    by the rules. Game modes include VIP (One player assumes the role of
    the VIP, and has to escape poorly armed from the map while the Terrorists
    have to kill him or her), Defuse the Bomb (The Terrorist have to plant
    a C4 bomb on a marked site while the CT have to either prevent it, or
    disarm it once is planted), and Hostages (The Terrorist have to keep
    the CT from rescuing the Hostages), and more. This has made this game a
    hit, and one of the points (and precisely the one I love) is that
    choosing a weapon actually requires to know it, unlike, say, Quake III,
    when you only need to know that the Rockets explode and the slugs kill.
    
    This guide is a general strategy guide designed to give you a text
    idea of how does a good player plays. This guide has been wroten after
    a lot of hours, by personal experiences and watching better players
    fighting, as well as careful observation of tournaments I've been. This
    isn't an "ultimate" guide: is just a cornerstone for your own strategies.
    CS rewards creativity. Use this as a scrapbook for your works.
    
    Good luck! You'll need it ^_^.
    
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    3.- About this guide.
    
    I recommend reading this on 800 X 600 to avoid scroll moving, which is
    annoying, believe me.
    
    This guide is meant to be use alongside my other guides about this game: 
    to this time I've wroten four more guides besides this one:
    -Weapons guide.
    -Siege Map strategy guide.
    -Assault Map strategy guide.
    -Militia Map strategy guide.
    
    This is a general strategy guide to help new players to get into the game
    with a good idea of what's going on. Veterans may find a couple of good
    strategies for them to use. Any comments are more than welcome- I'm not
    a god for this game, so there might be quite a lot of things I haven't
    discovered. 
    
    I WILL BE USING THE REAL NAMES FOR THE WEAPONS- Just check any guide to
    know the equivilents, or just go and check my weapon's guide (It's cool
    and detailed, and blah, blah, blah)
    
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    4.- Starting things.
    
    Counterstrike, as stated before, is a simulation of terrorism and counter
    terrorism moves, just as you saw on TV on SWAT rescues, and so. It isn't
    incredible realistic, as you may know now, Terrorist don't go around with
    a C4 bomb to blow up things, it's just a game, but it's a lot of fun.
    
    It's very different from Quake III or Unreal. Things are more like real
    life: A very nice touch is that is you are getting shot, you have trouble
    to move: This is just one of many things to look for. I will start with
    several changes important to note:
    
    * You don't find weapons laying around. You get equipped at the start, 
    and you only have four weapons: A handgun, a main gun, a knife, and 
    any grenades you may have. You still may arm yourself with any weapons
    you may find from dead bodies.
    * You keep a money count: Weapons cost money, and you need weapons to
    live for awhile.
    * The game keeps tabs on your armor, which is kevlar armor- acts 
    differently than your standard 3/2 armor. It seems to react differently
    which different bullets.
    * You play forcefully in two different teams, with different weapons.
    * There is a time limit (!)
    * There actually are objectives to accomplish
    
    And more importantly: Life hangs on the second. Each round only allows
    an initial spawn: once you are killed, you can't go back. Another nice
    shot is that once dead, the server may have allowed you to see the 
    action as an espectator, or, even better, when you die, your screen
    turns fades to black- It's extremely cool, and in LAN games, much better
    to avoid smart asses from looking at neigborhgs screens.
    
    The game is much more strategic than, let's say, Quake. Battles lasts
    seconds or several minutes, and three bullets from some guns may 
    send you to the other side, while another may need 15 hits to kill you.
    There is no Rocket Launcher or Railgun to give you easy frags, you have
    to use your senses and feelings of your weapons- It's not who pumps more
    rounds, is the where do those rounds go.
    
    It's why an strategy guide is nescesary. You can tell people how to get
    better. You can teach people how to survive: Is up to them to use the
    information at hands.
    
    A good way to start playing is to find a keyset which is comfortable to
    you. I can show you mine for example:
    
    MOUSE 1(left button) = Fire weapon.
    MOUSE 2(right button) = Jump.
    W = Forward.
    S = Backpedal.
    A = Strafe left.
    D = Strafe right.
    R = Reload.
    F = Flashlight.
    E = Use.
    G = Drop weapon.
    1 = Primary Weapon.
    2 = Secondary weapon (handguns).
    3 = Knife.
    4 = Grenades.
    5 = C4 Bomb.
    Spacebar = Secondary function for primary weapon.
    
    Right handed weapon, bleah, blah. There's not much to change, as you see.
    
    Next step is choosing a weapon: People ussually get blasted, and get 
    frustrated for not knowing the weapons, such as trying to snipe with a
    shotgun (probably remembering good old Shotgun from Doom). Now it's
    the time to go check my weapon's guide, also available in gamefaqs.com
    where every weapon is in detail.
    
    For your comfort, however, I've added a quick and dirty guide for weapons
    to know what to choose for a quick battle.
    
    Close quarter Weapons: FN P90, Desert Eagle, Shotguns, AK-47, MAC-10, Steyr
    TMP.
    Long Range weapons: Any rifle but the AK-47, G3.
    Medium range: Any Submachine gun, any handgun.
    
    This is to teach you to avoid using weapons when you don't have to use them.
    This is much more complicated, but for the effort of making this guide as
    simple as possible, the weapon's guide is available, and there you can
    find a lot of info.
    (What a shameless plug)
    
    Is important to note that weapons also affect your movement. Rifles are
    ussually heavier than most weapons, and the knife and the grenades
    are the lightest weapons.
    
    My ussual set are a MP5, Kevlar armor and helmet, an HE grenade and a 
    Flashbang. This costs about $3100, which what you'll ussually have at hand,
    and it works for me, though a newcomer may need a more powerful weapon
    such as the FN P90, which does the work for them at close range. This is
    a very important rule:
    
    IF YOU ARE A BEGGINER, DON'T EXPECT TO WIN AT LONG DISTANCES. TAKE IT
    CLOSE UP AND PERSONAL.
    
    As weird as it may sound, CS' weapons are much harder to manage at long 
    distances than most games. Veterans may take you out from 50 meters with
    an MP5, while you may have trouble to hit them two meters away with a 
    shotgun.
    
    Next, choose an skin. CS team has made all skins very bright and easy to
    see, so this is not as important. For your information and 'coz I feel
    like saying it, I use Phoenix Connection when playing T, and SAS when
    playing CT (The gasmask... Slipknot!)
    
    Well, the setup is ready. Get yourself a name (I go by LoRd ZeRo or 
    Blossom when I feel like being silly), a color (I use black), and a
    graffity (I use the "smiley face"), and jump into the battle.
    
    Which side should I choose?
    
    There is little to no difference between the sides. The CT have more
    subtle and easy to use weapons, the T have more powerful and hard to
    use weapons. Most maps have the advantage thrown to the T side, but
    any good player can override it. In conclusion: Is your choice.
    
    What music should I play?
    
    I play Linkin' Park ;^), but it's better to play with no music. I
    only do it because my headphones sound like there's no tommorrow, and
    'coz it gets me in the mood. And 'coz I damn like it.
    
    When playing CS, the sound is important. Footsteps can give location
    away, sounds of battle, and communication are notes to take, and
    sometimes when you can't make out which weapon is your opponent using,
    the sound of the weapon may help you.
    
    Now, onto the gameplay.
    
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    5.- Playing CS: by yourself.
    
    First, as a CS player, you are a target. And you want to live.
    
    Playing CS by yourself means has one objective: get on top. You want to
    be the top player by yourself. All other objectives are team-based. But
    earning more kills and less deaths is what first pushes you to play. And
    you have to first be a player by yourself before you can play as a team.
    
    Finally, this section is the basic of the guide.
    
    LESSON Nš 1: Don't stop moving.
    
    (That's the name of a song) Run around. Don't stop. Though is not advised
    to run ramdonly back and forth in the map, is better than to stop near a
    door to catch your breath. A good way to learn how to move is to follow
    someone who's among the top players, because he's supposed to know what
    is he doing. Bassically, much of the game bases on knowing how to move.
    
    You don't run randomly, you run towards somewhere. Where's that somewhere,
    that's up to you to find. Don't just run around the map: name a location,
    and go there. Is as simple as that. With practice, you will start to run
    by instinct where you have to go, and to avoid dangerous places while
    taking the safest frags.
    
    LESSON Nš 2: You are a good player.
    
    Well, I will start this saying that I honestly hate self-help books. Like
    "Who moved my cheese?", or whatever was its name (Though it's right by
    saying that people think too much). But if there's a problem among new
    players, that is the fact that they enter the game thinking "I will
    take down a couple with some luck".
    
    Take your cheese, I mean, your luck away from the game. If you kill
    someone, that was you, not some luck, or the weapon. Lack of confidence
    will kill you. You have to learn that when death's 'round the corner,
    you can beat it. You can beat two or three players at the same time.
    You can mop the floor with the best player in the server. You can
    take the damn AWM rifle from that sniper's hands and stick it up to
    his ass so hard he'll be walking funny the rest of his life.
    
    You just need to practice if you can't do it right now. When you have
    confidence to kill those three players, you will find tactics, you will
    forget the fear of being killed, and the feeling of survival will awake.
    
    LESSON Nš 3: Don't take on battles you can't win.
    
    Well, be brave, but don't be stupid. If you are wielding a glock, and
    your enemy has an AWM and a Desert eagle, you can beat it, but it
    will take a helluva bitchin' lot of work to do it. 
    
    If you are using an MP5, and have 5 bullets on your chamber, and 10
    extra bullets, broken kevlar, and a Desert Eagle, look at your enemy.
    On this particular position I found myself on a game on cs_assault,
    and I was with about 30 health, and ended one-on-one against an
    FN P90 fighter looking for my blood. I could have taken the eagle
    and jump against him, but instead, I forced myself to stay on the 
    warehouse, waiting patiently, and shooting him with my MP5 from far
    away, and running away when he go near. Eventually, this frustrated
    him, and he started to taunt me. I hid behind the boxes near the backdoor
    and carefully heard his footsteps. I did a round run to catch him from 
    behind, and started shooting him with the eagle. He missed a lot of
    shots, and when he started to fight me controled, I noticed he was
    firing his Tactical. The poor bastard was as damaged as me, which is
    why he didn't fired at me at distance.
    
    If he would be using a shotgun, I could have taken my chances and
    firing him with the eagle. If he was using an AWM, I might as well
    force him to get inside the house, but simply, don't try to push your
    luck.
    
    LESSON Nš 4: Count your bullets.
    
    This is the final lesson you need to learn, but the most important.
    Half of the time, you'll get killed when you are reloading.
    
    The best way to learn this lesson is to buy an AWM or and Scout, and
    forcing yourself to camp. If you practice yourself with an AWM, then
    you are thrown on an MP5 duel against an strafing opponent, you will
    have learned to fight when you have to, not when he wants you to 
    fire. The point is that you fight when your crossairs and your enemy
    are about to converge. Don't wait for your crossair to get above your
    target, or you will most likely miss a few shots.
    
    The easiest way to save bullets is by shooting enemies down hitting 
    their heads. By having headshots as an habit, life gets much easier.
    
    This is also important when fighting multiple enemies. First off,
    don't fight them at once: Find a way for them to crossfire, or
    a place where only one of them might fight you.
    
    Simply, make sure the fight is over before attempting to reload.
    If you absolutely have to do it, you might as well better go using
    your handgun before trying to reload.
    
    And lesson number 5: ALWAYS CROUCH WHEN FIGHTING!!!
    
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    6.- Playing CS: Teamwork. 
    
    Any other objectives besides getting big kills are team-based, and that
    includes the mission objectives, or most likely, win the match.
    
    The first lesson you need to known is when to be offensive, and when to
    be defensive. When I talk about being offensive, is about taking the 
    battle against the enemy. Being defensive means waiting for the battle
    to come for you.
    
    As Sun Tzu says, when you have few soldiers, you are forced to be 
    prepared against the enemy. When you have many soldiers, you are forcing
    the enemy to be prepared against you. Namely, when you are alone with
    a partner against five enemies, you won't get anything from charging
    against them. You need to be defensive. Wait for the enemy.
    
    When waiting for multiple enemies when being outnumbered, the best 
    weapon you may wield is a AK-47. Its massive firepower is what's needed.
    Your friend should do the same.
    
    When you have the number advantage, you need to take the fight to the
    enemy. Unless your enemy is incredible stupid, your best way is to stay
    together and outnumber the enemy from different sides. This takes us
    to a golden rule in CS, and that is to stay together, but don't stick
    like a bubblegum to your partners.
    
    I have all kinds of histories for this, but the point is that there are
    three things which shows you why should you keep your distance. A) You
    can't walk over your partner. This, on a heavy firefight, acts like
    a wall, and you will have to find another way to take cover, because
    your so-called partner is f*cking blocking your way. I hate this, and
    has happened to me so many times, that I have customed myself to turn
    the flashlight into their faces to take them out, or simply fire them
    if they keep on ignoring their stupidity. B) For an inteligent enemy,
    two enemies clustered together are easier to take down, is simply
    because some of the missed bullets aimed towards one target will most
    likely land on the other one, and there's no need to watch for another
    side. C) Because the AWM and the AK-47 (and probably the scout) have a
    funny habit to pierce through people ^_^.
    
    I remember the first time I played this game, I can't remember who was
    playing, but as a CT, ( I was playing on de_dust) there was always 
    somebody who went first, and choose one side of the tunnel to enter,
    and sent messages to the team. He threw a HE grenade, then said to
    go inside. He was always damn right about what to do, he was probably
    a bot ^_^, but the point I want to make is that we were winning because
    of this guy guiding us. CS always favors coordination, and a leader is
    what's needed for this.
    
    To be a leader, you don't need to be a god on this game, you just need
    to know any strategy at all, and to be confident on yourself. You are
    taking the role of the main guy, you have to take the responsibility of
    the actions. You may have to prove your worth to your team by making
    inteligent actions and taking right decisions, but once you have the
    trust of the team and they follow your directions, you have a great
    advantage.
    You might as well try to keep yor orders easy to understand. The game's
    pre-recorded orders are pretty much all you need, as long as your 
    partners know what are they doing. When I ask for "Report in, team", I'm
    asking for the situation they are facing. I expect to receive a message
    from a guy who's under attack which actually says they are taking fire,
    but instead they say "Reporting in!". Now this is idiotic. The simple
    message "report in, team", is just to remind people that the team is
    is there to help them in case they need it. If you need help, don't
    be afraid to ask for it: the purpose of the T vs CT game is to force
    people to play on teams. You won't see a SWAT corporal strafing around
    and screaming "I wanna be a macho, macho man!" when they are alone
    facing three terrorists aiming to his eyeballs.
    
    Comunication is important, friends, and be sure to get the best of it.
    Is way easier for me to know that my partner has found an elusive sniper
    if he says "Enemy spotted", and probably he may use his flashlight or a
    shot towards the place where he thinks the enemy's in, than if he simply
    screams like a madman and starts running against the sniper. I may think
    that he's crazy, or he's suffering an epileptic attack, all but that he's
    found the target.
    Try not to type using the "U" key. It takes valuable time. Simply try
    to use the pre-recorded orders to the best of their possibilities. I've
    had my very best games when using the vocal orders all the match, even if
    it's between me and just another guy, and I've enjoyed them much more than
    any other match. Ask for backup, tell the team to regroup, notify that
    an area is clear: Things will go much more smoothly and it will be much
    more fun for everyone.
    
    Speaking of team comunication, and mostly team thingies, remember there's
    an objective to accomplish: Either plant a C4 bomb, or rescue the hostages,
    there's always a reason for all those bullets and grenades looking for a
    new host.
    
    When playing Ts, and you have the bomb: Make it your priority. Go to the
    bomb site and plant it. There are many ways of making it more difficult to
    defuse: First, you can try planting in where everyone sees it, and wait
    patiently with an AWM sniping it. You will have plenty of time to aim and
    kill them when they are defusing a bomb.
    Second, you can ask a friend to crouch near a box, then jump on top of
    him, then you will be able to jump over the box, and planting it there
    only makes it much more difficult to spot, but also makes it impossible to
    defuse if there's only one CT left. Whatever you do, always try to guard it,
    even if you die, the team wins if it explodes.
    
    When playing CT, always try to find the hostages and get them to follow
    you. You will earn money, and more funny, people will try to avoid them and
    shoot you down. Which is pretty hard ^_^.
    
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    7.- Battleground work: Tactical approach.
    
    There are three kinds of players on CS.
    
    a)Snipers: People who sit on one advantageous position and take people 
    down at long range. Hated by mayority, if they are reasonably good they
    get devastating ammount of kills. Weapons of choice: Sniper Rifles.
    b)Assaulters: People who run around the level, fighting toe-to-toe 
    against the enemy force. The main bulk of the team, ussually decide rounds,
    though they aren't ussually at the top. Weapons of choice: SubMachine
    Guns.
    c)Supporters(CT): People who... err... support. They are the ones at the back
    who attack without confronting completely the enemies. Most players are this
    way, in fact, most newbies by instinct try to be supporters. That doesn't
    means that there aren't any good supporters, it's just sort of a trend.
    In a nutshell, they are "defensive assaulters".
    Weapon of Choice: Non-sniper Rifles.
    
    These three... "Sterotypes" are the main roles played on the battlefield.
    Indirectly or not, people act one way or another, the best players ussually
    choose a single role and work on it 'til they completely dominate the game.
    Out of those three, I prefer being a Supporter, even if only because of
    my preferences for weapons, but there's hardly any game I played where
    I don't go out sniping, or where I simply I just don't jump at the enemy's 
    base to rack up several kills. It seriously depends of the situation on 
    the camp.
    
    Bassically, this is what I believe is the pros and cons of each kind.
     
         ADVANTAGES         DISADVANTAGES  
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    | SNIPERS                               |
    |--------------------|------------------|
    | Superior firing    | Poor response    |
    | reflexes.          | time.            |
    | Best positioning   | Needs lots of    |
    | on the field.      | patience.        |
    | Ussually dominant  | Not ussually     |
    | on the frags       | determinant on   |
    | deparment.         | the field.       |
    |____________________|__________________|
     _______________________________________
    | ASSAULTERS                            |
    |--------------------|------------------|
    | Superior Strafing  | Prone to ambushes|
    | reflexes.          | and such.        |
    | Non-dependant on   | Heavily depends  |
    | the handguns.      | on their partners|
    | Ussually           | Not ussually     |
    | determinant on the | dominant on the  |
    | field              | frags charts.    |
    |____________________|__________________|
     _______________________________________
    | SUPPORTERS                            |
    |--------------------|------------------|
    | Best Chance to     | Need to rely on  |
    | survive.           | the assaulters   |
    | Can pick off       | to lead the      |
    | enemies with ease  | assault.         |
    | due to teamwork.   | Not ussually     |
    | Users of the most  | determinant on   |
    | powerful weapons.  | the field.       |
    |                    | Needs MONEY!!    |
    |____________________|__________________|
    
    
    Obviously, these little charts need a bit of explanation, and so I've
    devised this little work for each character, and ways to play.
    
    a)Snipers:
    
    Recommended Weapons:
    
         ADVANTAGES         DISADVANTAGES  
     _______________________________________
    | STEYR SCOUT                           |
    |--------------------|------------------|
    | VERY light,        | As slow fire rate|
    | allowing for quick | as the AWP.      |
    | positining         | Needs headshots  |
    | on the field.      | to be effective. |
    | Cheap rifle.       | It doesn't       |
    | Quick to reload.   | "inspires" fear  |
    | Discreet.          | on the enemies.  |
    |____________________|__________________|
     _______________________________________
    | ARTIC WARFARE MAGNUN                  |
    |--------------------|------------------|
    | One shot on the    | Extremely Heavy. |
    | chest ussually     | Long reload time.|
    | kills instantly.   | Way too noisy.   |
    | It's feared on     | Its color gives  |
    | the battlefield.   | you away to any- |
    | Effective against  | _one.            |
    | Kevlar armor.      | Slow Fire rate.  |
    |____________________|__________________|
    
    NOTE: You may notice that I'm leaving several rifles that _MAY_ work
    out. I'm only listing the best choices.
    
    Personally, I prefer the Scout, for four reasons: It's lighter, reloads
    faster, helps my "headshot training", and I'm getting damn good with it.
    Its price allows me for a second round-sniping, picking people unprepared.
    For some reason, the scout has given me much better results than the
    AWP, and people know me as the "clay rifle master", simply because no one
    has managed to handle this rifle like it's supposed to.
    
    However, as a matter of facts, the AWP is widely better. It's just cause 
    in my LAN place is nearly impossible to use it without a serious bitching.
    At last, any rifle works, as long as you can actually leave his or her
    "head like hole" (^_^).
    
    Well. I can recall how did this "sniper thing" came by. I think it was 
    with Quake when people began to realize that the dark spaces were useful
    for hiding and killing people without them knowing what hit them.
    
    This has evolved to the point that there are actually sniper weapons, which
    prove to be powerful and have an unmatched ability to hit far away objects.
    I think that the first one was "Goldeneye" for the N64, though I might be 
    dead wrong.
    
    CS provides player with two specialized Sniper rifles, the Artic Warfare
    Magnun, and the Steyr Scout. Both have X4 scope, and have the power to 
    bring an enemy down in less than three hits. However, both are quite
    useless in close combat, and so is ussually recommended to buy a Desert
    Eagle as a handgun to help survival in close quarters.
    
    Honestly, while being an sniper before was arguably an unskilled tech
    (I've never considered so: myself have enjoyed being an sniper ever since
    Quake had shown how to be an sniper), on this game being an sniper is the
    summun of the difficulty, and the summit of the expertice of CS.
    
    First off, the main lesson to learn is to go completely armed when you go
    on a camping-sniping trip. Don't go off wandering without having everything
    you need. If you don't know, the best set I've found is the AWM, the Desert 
    Eagle, two Flashbangs and an HE Grenade, and of course full kevlar armor 
    and helmet.
    
    In fact, don't go off wandering (That's the damn name of another song!).
    An sniper in CS needs the following previous training before engaging
    on an enemy platoon:
    *Basic aiming skills: The weapon do all of this for you, you just got to
    follow the enemy.
    *Patience:(I won't say it & I) the patience to know where you have to press
    the mouse button to fire. This is indeed the essence of being an sniper.
    *Previous recon of the location: Don't camp on a map you don't know like
    the palm of your hand.
    *And finally, the will to stand the incredible ammount of insults and
    bitchings that will follow each one of your proud frags.
    
    Because they will remind you of the fact that you have a mother pretty
    often. A serious sniper is an ussual sniper: You don't get "lucky" on
    a round and get several kills just to get an MP5 on the next round and
    try to get more kills. You have to choose to be an sniper. Failing to
    remind yourself of your sniper nature will result on trying to take down
    targets at 100 meters with a shotgun and trying to assault the warehouse
    on militia armed with the Artic.
    
    When the sniper starts the round, and gets everything he needs, the first
    step is to find a suitable location to hide and abuse of the short sight
    of most players. Myself have found on the warehouse in Militia in the
    corner of two boxes directly in front of the main gate to be an incredible
    place to snipe people, but keep this in mind: the darker and more unussual
    the place is, the much better it is. Also, keep two things in mind : Try to
    find a place which has only two or one ways of reaching it, and keep your
    ears sharp.
    
    Next, learn when to shoot. Wait for the enemy to center on your sight. Also,
    is important to note that when an enemy is ducking, you are more likely to 
    hit his legs or his arms, resulting on a lesser hit. If the enemy's standing,
    aim for his chest or his head (I advice the chest, because the very slight 
    recoil of the Artic or the Scout is enough to miss), but if he's kneeling,
    aim for his head. 
    
    Don't shoot until you are fairly sure you will hit him. Shooting just
    to "try" is a waste of time, and a dangerous thing (pretty much like sending
    an Nuclear Strike on Starcraft "just to test you", right, Ice M@n?). You
    have to hit them.
    The AWP is easier to find a suitable moment to shot, but this tends to 
    misguide newbies. Just feel your crosshair stable, and pull the trigger.
    The most calm you are, the easier is to kill when being an sniper.
    
    Third, learn when to switch weapons. I've surprised myself taking down an
    enemy with the Nighthawk when the assault my position with surprising ease.
    First off, when you switch weapons, and the enemy doesn't expects it, it's
    a surprise advantage.
    Second, when you switch the weapons and he doesn't notices it (quite rare,
    but it has happened to me), he doesn't adjust his strategy.
    And finally, you are good as dead if you have the funny idea of killing
    him.
    
    When you are being attacked, and you switch weapons (THE DESERT EAGLE!!!),
    don't back off. Charge against him. The less he notices of your handgun
    being drawn out, the better the chances to survive. Is pretty difficult
    to deceive the enemy when wielding such an good lookin' thing like the
    Dual Elites (the berettas), but if you charge against him, he's on a
    harder time to decipher what's on your arms.
    
    If I'm wielding the berettas, I often find it much more useful to...
    first I scream like a girl for help, then I backpedal while shooting.
    The monstruous fire rate of the berettas couple with the very loud
    bullets will seriously annoy the guy, who will probably look for cover.
    
    You better go very far and hide like a coward to smack a bullet on his
    forehead ^_^.
    
    I reccommend using the x4 scope as much as possible. First, because it's
    obviously more accurate, and second because it only asks me for a single
    hit of the spacebar to go into the normal mode and ask the guy how does
    a Eagle bullet tastes. 
    
    Personal experiences: once I was playing as a T on cs_italy, and the CT
    team was mowing us to death. The point was that my team, with the sole 
    exception of Marilyn (my cousin), and myself, weren't very good when 
    sniping, to be honest, they sucked so much so they went assaulters. Having
    the advantage of the colt carbine, they were taking them out extremely easy.
    Out of money, I bought an scout, (i didn't trusted it yet), and stood
    at the window overlooking the long way to the house. Not prepared, the
    CT were shooting at me with MP5 or carbines, and I took one of them out
    with a good headshot. Surprised by my own frag, I threw the HE grenade
    as they ran at me, shooting the remaining CTs with headshots. Only one
    of them reached my position... with 19 HPs left. A single burst shot 
    from my glock was enough to win the round. After four or five rounds of
    everyone hating me for my "clay rifle", the server changed the map.
    Even a single sniper can change the wave for your team, as long as the
    sniper has any ability, and dominates a weapon. 
    
    The thing I want to say is that you shouldn't buy the artic because 
    everyone does: you buy it because you feel comfortable with it. Try
    every rifle until you find something that suits you.
    
    b)Assaulters:
    
    Recommended weapons:
    
         ADVANTAGES         DISADVANTAGES  
     _______________________________________
    | MP5                                   |
    |--------------------|------------------|
    | Superior accuraccy | Pathetic power.  |
    | at any range.      | Terrible kevlar  |
    | Extremely cheap for| penetration.     |
    | its powers.        | It's an all      |
    | Works on every map.| purpose gun,     |
    | Very fast reload   | meaning not domi-|
    | delay.             | _nating anywhere.|
    |____________________|__________________|
     _______________________________________
    | FN P90                                |
    |--------------------|------------------|
    | MASSIVE Fire rate. | Weak punching    |
    | Easily the second  | power.           |
    | most destructive   | Very expensive.  |
    | weapon at close    | Extremely huge   |
    | range.             | recoil.          |
    | 50 bullet-clip.    | Not very accurate|
    | Penetrates kevlar. | on the move.     |
    |____________________|__________________|
     _______________________________________
    | UMP 45                                |
    |--------------------|------------------|
    | Dominant SMG at    | Slow fire rate.  |
    | long range.        | Vulnerable at    |
    | Very Powerful.     | close range, and |
    | Low recoil + good  | not as effective |
    | accuraccy.         | as a true rifle  |
    | Relatively cheap   | at long distance.|
    | for its power.     | 25 bullet-clip.  |
    |____________________|__________________|
    
    My personal choice is, of course, the MP5, though I love the UMP 45: It's
    just a matter of preference. The three weapons are all excelent, but the
    MP5 is the plain standard of the game.
    
    The best asset an assaulter has over the sniper is the fact that they
    can live without a Handgun. If any, the Five Seven or the 228 work best
    when paired with the SMGs, but is not necesary.
    
    Being an assaulter is the CS equivalent of being a soldier. You don't
    wait for the enemy, you go against him with all your might. Your actions
    as an assaulter often decide rounds.  And you are more vulnerable to get
    killed. However, you can get a lot of kills, and people will love you
    if you're actually good (Say it, isn't it? We all love hearing "Lord Zero!
    That was a _good_ move!" I remember the first time somebody said it, it
    was a game of Myth, and I sneaked a wight behind three archers which were
    totally obliterating me.... ahhh... those old times... ^_^).
    
    The point when being an assaulter is to actually work on teams. You can't 
    do it alone. Well, you can do it, but it results ussually on you being
    killed sooner than what's expected. This is a common complain among 
    assaulters: They have to work together, which is why I have moved towards
    the supporter-leader place on any teams I may form. I honestly hate to
    say to go, then only to find myself facing four enemies with a MP5, and
    seeing all the cowards running away.
    
    If you can really trust your partners (it's not always needed to be
    a single huge team: Two well armed, well coordinated guys can take down 
    as much as four enemies, as long as THEY ARE COORDINATED AND WELL ARMED) 
    everything's possible.
    
    If I'm going full assaulter, I buy an MP5, full kevlar armor with helmet,
    a Flashbang, an HE Grenade, and if I'm able to, a Five Seven. I simply
    don't trust the standard weapons, and if for any case I'm down to a 
    fight where I can't use my MP5 (out of ammo, sniper field, enemy too
    far away mowing me with a AK-47, and so), I fall to my favorite handgun,
    the beutiful Five SeveN. As easy as that.
    
    That set flashes something which I almost never use: The Flashbang. The
    more I play, the more I prefer the HE. The damage is good enough to
    already confuse newbies, or simply people who don't expect the explosion.
    However, the flashbang, if you actually find the ocasion to throw it,
    the damage done can be incredible.
    
    Now, as an assaulter, you are ussually cannon fodder. You have to keep that
    in mind, I can't stress that enough. It's very easy to get killed in CS,
    and more for someone who seeks the battle. Your goal is to get the most
    out of your life, so don't let anyone run for you, kill everybody you see
    (As long as is an enemy, mind you).
    
    Also, as an assaulter, you need to convince yourself that moving, you are
    a hard taget. But don't shoot moving, well, at least don't empty your 
    magazine strafing. Keep those last bullets to give the guy a hit on his
    nose when his own clip is empty.
    
    Also, don't forget to find new routes. This is important- you are easy
    to kill if enemies know where you are going to appear.
    
    Personal experience: much of what I wrote here was done for a incredible
    game I had on de_dust. My team was three above average players (including
    myself) and four normal players, against seven really good players.
    The game was something like 7-1, T winning (we were CT). Suddenly, lack
    of money struck me, and seeing that even an AWP wouldn't turn the tide
    to our favor, I bought an MP5, kevlar vest (without helmet), and about
    60 extra bullets. Seeing how the Ts entered with ease thru the bat 
    tunnel, I went to the first bombsite. Luckily, somebody holding an M4A1
    followed me. Three Ts decided to "surprise" us going there and probably
    they were going to plant the bomb, and frag us from behind.  My partner
    looked inside the tunnel as I knelt just in the outer corner, aiming my
    MP5 slightly up to get headshots. My partner started shooting, and moved
    (foolishly) to my side, giving away my position. Two of the Ts jumped
    out of the tunnel looking for a guy with a M4A1, only to find me killing
    them. I wasn't fast enough to save my partner, but I killed the third one
    rushing into the tunnel. I went on this desperated strategy for about
    six rounds, and always having the same results, and it seemed to have
    some effect on my team as we won those games. After awhile, too many
    people went on with me, blowing my place, and giving too many troubles,
    and after a T got there before myself, I changed my strategy to go under
    the tunnel. The game ended 18-14, we lost (which was expected), but 
    the result was a surprise to the Terrorists, who quickly changed to 
    cs_assault, and everyone complimented me for such an incredible killing
    spree (i had about 24 frags, while the best Terrorist had 32). Rather
    late I found that my money was coming out of my ears, because in my
    frenzy I hadn't bought anything else than Kevlar and MP5. I think
    that if I had bought an M4A1 or a Bullpup I would have lost many
    times.
    
    b)Assaulters:
    
    Recommended weapons:
    
         ADVANTAGES         DISADVANTAGES  
     _______________________________________
    | M4A1                                  |
    |--------------------|------------------|
    | Superior accuraccy | Not enough power.|
    | at any range.      | Somewhat costly. |
    | Very powerful      | Loses power with |
    | against SMGunners. | the suppreser.   |
    | Suppresser able.   | It isn't as power|
    | Very fast reload   | ful as most      |
    | time.              | rifles (AK-47).  |
    |____________________|__________________|
     _______________________________________
    | AK-47                                 |
    |--------------------|------------------|
    | EXTREMELY POWERFUL.| Slow fire rate.  |
    | Cheapest rifle in  | Very high recoil |
    | the game.          | maybe highest in |
    | Superior accuraccy | the game.        |
    | at very long ranges| Very heavy.      |
    | Eats people alive. | Not very accurate|
    | Penetrates kevlar. | on the move.     |
    |____________________|__________________|
     _______________________________________
    | Sigg 552                              |
    |--------------------|------------------|
    | The scope is a     | Slow fire rate.  |
    | welcome adition.   | Vulnerable at    |
    | Very Powerful.     | close range.     |
    | Dead accurate.     | Bouncy recoil    |
    | Very powerful and  | which is very    |
    | stable, one of the | hard to manage.  |
    | best rifles.       | Very expensive.  |
    |____________________|__________________|\
     _______________________________________  -- as you may notice, these 
    | Steyr Aug                             |/   weapons are bassically the 
    |--------------------|------------------|    same.
    | The scope is a     | Slow fire rate.  |
    | welcome adition.   | Vulnerable at    |
    | Very Powerful.     | close range.     |
    | Dead accurate.     | Bouncy recoil    |
    | Very powerful and  | which is very    |
    | stable, one of the | hard to manage.  |
    | best rifles.       | Very expensive.  |
    |____________________|__________________|
    
    Every rifle I have mentioned is excellent, though I ussually prefer
    to wield the sigg 552 for its excelent powers. If I'm on the CT, I
    go for the colt, but is always a good choice.
    
    The supporter is your everyday guy who isn't very stupid like to jump
    in the middle of the battle. He leaves the work for the assaulters and
    he finish them off. The supporter is important when this situation is
    on, but he doesn't waits for the assaulters to die, instead he provides
    cover fire, extra fire, or any kind of fire to help your partners. It
    differs from the snipers since he takes an active role on the front lines.
    
    To be honest, when I play I ussually buy my weapon and see if anyone is
    wanting to take over as the leader (like comunicating orders quickly).
    If there's no on to do so, I try to handle the team, and I play as an
    assaulter until my team works okay. If there is someone doing so, I play
    as a supporter.
    
    Playing as a supporter means to go behind the leader, waits for him to check
    one side, and then you go to check the other one. I reccomend playing as a
    supporter with rifles since SMGunners can still hand your ass around strafing,
    so keeping yourself taking out enemies out of lines of fire is always good.
    
    As a supporter, simply you clear the way for the partners to operate 
    accordinly. As a T on a DE map, you go first, covering your partner 
    who has the bomb, and guard him until the bomb is planted. As a CT on a
    CS map, you go in front of the companion leading the hostages and join
    him to the rescue area. 
    
    As a supporter, you, well, support your team. As easy as that. Your team
    has to trust you. Being a supporter adds morale to the team, which is 
    always important. When you know someone is back covering your behind, you
    feel protected and much easier to move around. 
    
    Being a supporter also is important to snipers. You can act as a supporter
    by spoting enemies, and defending the sniper. You gotta trust each other,
    don't doubt to attack if your partner says so. This way you maximize
    enemy cassualties while minimizing yours.
    
    This role isn't as defined as the other two, but is important nonetheless.
    
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    8.- Battleground Survival.
    
    Basically, on a normal day, being an average player, you're just another
    frag on the charts of another much better player. This is completely
    normal, it's quite a goal to be the top player of a server, especially
    over the 'net.
    
    The point is that you need to kill people while staying alive (& II). 
    This is your actual goal when you enter a game, there's a lot of time
    to think about being the god of the map. As I told ya before, the main
    thing to do is to always keep on moving, but there's another point:
    always stay the closest you can to the walls. Unlike Quake, there isn't
    any rocket to fear, and fighting close to a wall makes up for the lack 
    of speed eliminating a side from where you might been attacked otherwise.
    
    When patroling around, always listening to the sound, take a little moment
    to understand the sound of the weapons. Most weapons have different sounds
    when fired: The AWM has a ridiculous loud blast, as well as the Desert
    Eagle. The MP5 has a very subtle noise, while the shotguns sound, well,
    spread. With this you have the info necesary to face an enemy. This is
    something I really take in care: The enemy's weapon:
    
    *Shotguns: Go back shooting.
    *AWM: Switch to your knife and seek cover. Calculating your movement 
    between the rifle's reload, keep going nearer, then send your HE grenade
    to confuse him, then attack.
    *MP5: Depending on your weapon, but ussually works just charging and
    unloading.
    *AK-47: Run.
    *FN P90: Run too.
    *Other Rifles: Keep strafing to make them get the minimum accuraccy.
    *Handguns: Pick them from a distance.
    
    This helps a bit when fighting a single opponent. On cases of multiple
    opponents, just try to crossfire them. I always play with friendly fire
    on, so this really screws us up.
    
    The point with AWM wielders are important. The AWM is, well, the weapon
    to beat on this game, I won't lie to you: At least half of your deaths
    will be caused by some idiot firing with the artic. HE grenades are the
    best thing you can do: the scope won't help them getting out of the blast
    way. Gas grenades aren't as useful: they help them more than they might
    help you (Unless you have them directly breathing over the grenade).
    
    Also, be careful to crouch whenever you're in a fight. It's hellish hard
    to hit a crouching target. Take advantage of the eviroment: Don't be
    afraid to think new strategies, everything's allowed. 
    
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    9.- Frequently asked questions.
    
    Q.- Why did you made several different guides instead of a big one?
    A.- Because it would look fairly incomplete, and wouldn't be as simple
    as I intend it to be.
    
    Q.- Favorite Maps?
    A.- Siege, Militia, Assault, Italy, pretty much every "rescue the hostages".
    
    Q.- WHich side has the final advantage on the game?
    A.- I'm tempted to say the Terrorists, but in the end, I'm afraid the
    ability is much more important than the side you are fighting for.
    
    Q.- Is there any game like this one out there?
    A.- Damn right. Any game of the Rainbox Six series have similar themes, 
    though are much more complex. Also, there is a game which I haven't played,
    and frankly I can't remember its name, but it had voice communication, and
    you had to drive a tank or several vehicles, and one player had to act as
    the general, other as the striker and the other as the driver. It has to
    be incredible fun, but, alas, I DON'T KNOW ITS NAME.
    And of course, there is Return to Castle Wolfestein, which has to be also
    pretty fun, but on the 'net is impossible to play, and I haven't played
    it with big groups of people. It looks awesome, though.
    
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    10.- Credits:
    
    - Many thanks to Wavehawk for his ilustrative FAQ for the real weapons.
    It helped me to recgonize the weapons and their fake names, it really
    made me dizzy. (cybertrooper@edsamail.com.ph)
    - Thanks, somehow, to Jonat4z, Yunqu3, MaNsOn, Marilyn, Phantom Phreak,
    and all the guys who lurk in Time Net and like to get slaughtered by me
    (Yeah sure... ^_^).
    - To my hands, as always.
    - To CjayC for hosting this guide on his site.
    - To Gorillaz for giving me a new sound to listen before I get a full-time
    rock monster.
    - And to everyone I would like to thank but I can't recall them or they
    have nothing to do with this faq, but thanks anyway ;^)
    
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