Casual gamers play to have fun, but if you want to become pro, you need to breathe and live Counter-Strike. You will need to dedicate 7-8 hours each day on getting better, otherwise, others will surpass you. The amount of work that you put into the game is what separates an amateur player form a professional player. It is also important to use your time efficiently and practice on the things that you are not so good at instead of practicing things that you are already comfortable with. Being a professional isn’t easy. It includes practicing a lot, traveling, and being able to handle the pressure. Jacob makes it clear that it is, therefore, necessary to relax and use your time well when you aren’t playing Counter-Strike. Reading a book, watching a movie or going for a walk are some of the things that helped Jacob get his head clear and stay focused and motivated for the next practice or tournament. Jacob’s first professional tournament experience was a success. Not because his team did well — they got knocked out in the group stages, by the way — but because the feeling of losing motivated him to practice even more and to become even better at the game. Every career, Counter-Strike included, has its ups and downs. Losing your first game, not qualifying for a tournament or even being away from home most of the year can be hard to handle mentally. That is why Jacob underlines the importance of staying positive and forget about the negative things that are happening.
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Meet your instructor: Jacob “Pimp” Winneche, professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player, former team member of SK-Gaming, Team Liquid, Reason Gaming. Jacob is currently playing as a professional streamer for Team Dignitas and expert analyst at some of the biggest Counter-Strike events in the world.
6. Run-Trough: De_Mirage
Grenades are some of the most underrated items in CSGO for many new players. Knowing where, when and how to use the various grenades is essential to becoming a better Counter-Strike player. Jacob explains everything there is to know about grenades and how to effectively use them.
7. How To Join A Pro Team
Making one step further from being a semi-professional to a professional CSGO player is super difficult and hard. Jacob shares some of his advice and tips that will help you achieve this. This episode covers the essentials on how you can grind your way into a professional team.
9. Play Like Astralis
Watching demos of yourself playing is an important tool you can utilize to learn from your mistakes. In this episode, Jacob shows you a demo of himself playing for the world-famous team Astralis. He talks about how to be self-critical so you can improve your game.