Sound is very important in CS:GO. You might sit there and say “lel, shutup bro. I get like 2:1 KD ratio in pubs while listening to music”. Grats idiot, that’s not what I’m talking about. If you want to improve your game, more specifically in competitive mode, you really need to understand how sound works, and why it’s so important.

First off, get yourself a good set of headphones. You don’t need to buy $400 pro game ones, just read up on what is good for the type of game you enjoy playing. I’ve recently picked up Sennheiser G4ME ZEROs because I wanted accuracy. If you want to become better at CS, look for a headset with a less ‘full’ sound so you can really hear where the sound is coming from.

Next, play the game. But don’t just run around pub stomping, play it with the intention of listening for footsteps, jumping, bomb planting etc and try to listen for where you think the sound is coming from. Do it on a server with a handful of people, rather than a 32 player server. Below is a list of what sounds your opponents can hear you do:

  • Shooting
  • Reloading
  • Grenades (bouncing off walls or floors)
  • Using your scope
  • Jumping
  • Taking fall damage
  • Defusing/planting the bomb
  • Dropping a weapon
  • Rescuing hostages


Understanding what they can hear, will help you to understand why you get shot and call hacks all the time. If you’re running around like a turkey against someone that has a clue, you’ll die. You’ll die before you realise what has happened.

In certain situations you can use some of these sounds to your advantage. If you’re in a 1v1 situation to win the round and you have the bomb to plant, you can do a fake defuse by starting to plant it and then switching to your gun to try and get your opponent to show themselves, and kill them if you’re ready for it.

So that’s what they can hear, what about in game sounds they can’t hear? Below are some.

  • Walking (holding down shift key)
  • Crouching
  • Switching between weapons
  • Pulling the grenade pin
  • Walk jumping onto surfaces/boxes
  • Walking while using a ladder


Trying to adjust to your play style to really take into account the use of sound won’t be an instant change. It takes some getting used to. If you incorporate the use of sounds into your game you should hopefully see some improvements in your game and get some more kills and get shot less. If you don’t see any improvements at all, maybe candy crush is the game for you.