CS:GO Role Guide: Become a Better Entry Fragger
Fri 18th Sep 2020 - 12:53am
Although you do not always get to play the role that you want in CSGO solo queue games, knowing about the different roles in a team and everyone's responsibility will help you improve your game. In this article, we will teach you how to become better at the most action-laden role, the entry fragger.
What is an entry fragger?
In general, entry fragging is the act of contesting the first kill or trying to go for a kill to gain ground or a bombsite, as in "the first guy in". Therefore, an entry fragger is a player who is entering an area as the spearhead of the group, trying to open up the round or area and looking to gain an advantage in the round. You need to differentiate between the entry fragger and just a player on the T-Side getting an opening kill in a default set up because a CT overpeeked.
Although most teams have a dedicated entry fragger, most of the time you'll still see other players open up an attack somewhere since it depends on the flow of the round in terms of who ends up where, meaning that most of the time, the entry fragger can only do his best to attempt to be first but it won't always work out, especially when your team is going aggressive on two areas at once. This is one of the many reasons why even players who aren't playing dedicated entry fragger can learn valuable things in this article.
Although it seems easy to play the entry fragger as you're supposed to due to its name, it is actually quite challenging to be a good entry fragger. Of course, you're the first guy in and you want to open up the round and that makes sense, you should always go in with the intention to find a kill as fast as possible. However, you can't lie to yourself and say that you'll find a lot of success in most cases, as you're entering a bombsite as the first you'll probably be aimed at by two or three CTs, so you will die. A lot.
That's why you need to play a certain way when entering as first, as your purpose isn't just getting a kill, but to allow your teammates to enter the area right after you relative safely. Your strengths as a T is trading into areas to gain ground and an advantage in the round. So another purpose for you is to never die alone and to always have someone behind you ready to trade.
On top of this, you shouldn't dedicate yourself fully to the first fight you see if you then block your teammates. If the enemy is good or has a good round, he can spray you both down as he has the advantage of standing still, meaning that you have to counterstrafe to fire a reliable shot. Since you're blocking your teammates and they can't shoot him without killing you, you're putting your teammates at risk of being killed without trading you, instantly reducing your chances of winning the round without a heroic play by a teammate, a thing you can never rely on. This is called creating space, which is trying to move in a way that moves the crosshair of the enemy as far away from the chokepoint as possible. Sometimes you'll see less aim-strong players like IGLs literally jump out from a chokepoint to draw attention away from the teammates that are following.
Increasing Round Win Chances
Although you may not be there late-round anymore, entry situations are the place the round win starts. By playing the highest-probability playstyle, you'll regularly open up rounds for your teammates to finish. To do so, you, of course, need to know how to play the highest-probability playstyle. One of the most important aspects of such a playstyle is thinking ahead and asking for, as well as organising, utility to increase the chances of everyone's survival. Although you did your job ok when you died but granted your team a trade, you did better when you got the entry frag with the assist of a flash. Another way to increase your chances of coming out alive is blocking off certain areas with smokes or molotovs to allow you and your team to focus your firepower on fewer spots.
On top of this, building good habits of short, effective, and fast communication is key to becoming a better entry fragger. Since you're the first guy in, you're also the first one who sees or hears the enemy and, to allow your teammates to trade you effectively, they need to know where the enemies are playing from. This also means that you need to get yourself into a positive and non-tilt mentality where you solely focus on your job at hand. When you do your best to be the best entry fragger possible, you've done a good job and there is nothing to be upset about, even if a round or two fail in the later sections. As long as you keep playing for the highest probability of winning, you will also win the highest amount of rounds possible for you and your team.
Adapting to Your Enemies and the Round
Not every enemy plays the same, nor do most teams have the same defensive mechanisms in place. Sometimes, you might enter an area where you'd expect a defensive set up only to find the area be empty of any enemy, just before a CT gets flashed into your position and kills you and your teammates. As an entry fragger, you need to listen closely to the calls of your teammates and look at the CTs like a puzzle that shows a part of itself every single round. When you know where to expect enemies, you're already halfway there to outplaying and killing them when entry fragging. Communicate clearly what you see the past rounds to help your teammates stay on top of the game as well, as they're the ones who have to follow you and need to know what to expect once you may have died in the round.
If you end up entry fragging in the late-round in a low-number situation like a 3v3, it is key to change up your play style to fit the current situation of the round. Now, you aren't really in need of someone jumping out and finding out where the three CTs on A on Mirage are, as they are spread across the map. In this case, you may want to bunch up with your teammates, then via a call from you and pre-aiming all the necessary spots and creeping forward, explode once you get a contact against a CT. That is all you need to do as an entry fragger in such rounds.
A List of Things Necessary to be a Great Entry Fragger
An entry fragger, in an ideal situation, should tick all of these boxes:
- Great aim
- Great pre-aim (crosshair placement)
- Fast reaction time (verbally and in-game)
- Great sense of the greater good for the round
- Knows to adapt to the enemy
When you focus on as many things as possible in this list, you'll do the best you can in the role of the entry fragger. If you want to practice certain aspects, feel free to jump into workshop maps or offline maps in order to get down your crosshair placement and prefires, for example, on maps such as Yprac Map guides custom maps, where you can practice prefiring certain areas of active duty maps. If you solely focus on your purpose as an entry fragger and try to maximise your chances of winning the round by acting as a good entry fragger, you're already a better entry fragger than before.
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