You may be a decent CS: GO player, or even think you’re pretty darn good, but if you want to get into the world of competitive play, you’re going to have to be more than just good. You’re going to need a positive attitude to find a team. We don’t mean to be a negative Nancy, but the more prepared you are, the better your chances. Thankfully that’s where this guide comes in.
If you’re already in a team and are short one or two players, the same approach and mindset stand, only this time you’ll be searching for a needle in a haystack. After all, you want to find the best of the best if you want to progress in tournaments and leagues.
If only it were as easy as going to a major team’s website and emailing them your stats. In an ideal world, your effort is rewarded instantly, but unfortunately we have to work hard and work smart to get any results, and that definitely applies when looking for a team. There are only a small percentage of teams that ever go pro, and you’re going to have to dedicate a lot of time and resources to your mastery of the game if you want to join them.
Rejection after rejection is what you’ll face at the start, but you can’t let it get to you. We know, it’s easier said than done, but if you’re serious, you’ll get past it. The first thing you’ll need to work on is your mentality. As mentioned earlier, this isn’t going to happen overnight. It’ll take a while before you find a team, even if you’re an experienced player, and if you aren’t, well, be prepared to dedicate thousands of hours to the game. It sounds like a lot, but trust us, there are tons of nuances and mechanics in CS: GO that are tough to master. You’ll have to play continuously. Treat it as a full-time job. If you already have a full-time job or are studying, then you’ll have to work on your time-management. Prioritize what’s important to you. Dedicate the time. Try and try again.
Practice, practice, practice. Just play the game, and don’t be down on yourself when you lose a match or perform poorly. Get back in there straight away, learn from your mistakes, and adapt. The more you player, the better you’ll get. The hours you put in will reflect on your skill. Experiment with different roles and find your strong suit, then work on it tirelessly. Your stats will improve, and soon enough teams will be reaching out to you. Remember, you have to work hard for it. While others are sleeping, you’ll be playing. Your dedication won’t go unnoticed.
If there’s one thing you can take from life that’ll help you in finding a team, is don’t be an ass. Play the game, have fun, don’t rage, compliment good players, and observe them. Have respect for the game and the players, and you’ll earn respect for yourself. Build a reputation of being generally likable for yourself, which in turn will make your skill more noticeable. If you struggle to meet people online, go to internet cafés. Talk to people there, make yourself visible. It’s a whole new world with competitive play. Go and make your mark in it.
If you don’t have any friends that play CS: GO, then make some online. Yes, that means using your headset and communicating with whoever’s in the match with you. Talk to them, compliment them, and ask them to play another round. Add them on Steam. Practice with them and propose what you want to do. Having someone to practice with helps immensely, especially if they have the same goals as you. Find others, and sure enough, you’ll have a team of your own. Like we said earlier, playing and winning competitively is not as easy as just joining a professional team at the blink of an eye. The team you put together will need a lot of work to whip it into shape if you want a stand a chance. Don’t let hubris get in the way. You can always do better, and must inspire your team to do the same.
You almost have a full team and are ready to take on the world. You just need that final person to make it all happen. Thankfully, finding a player to join your team is a lot simpler process than finding a team to join, though succeeding in it is just as difficult.
With hundreds of thousands of players all on at one time, it’s hard to find one that’s right for your team, let alone wanting to join it. After all, you’re not just finding a skilled player; you’re finding one that fits the role you’re after. It’s also difficult to differentiate the people appropriately qualified from the ones who are just having a good day, and vice versa. You don’t want to dismiss a good player if they’re only having an off-day. Observe the players in your match, and shortlist potential candidates, then observe them again and again in different environments and maps, and then make your offer to them. The same mentality is required for finding a player as it is for a team. It may take a long time to find the right one, but don’t be disheartened. He or she is out there.
You’ve spent day and night scouting for talent, only for your endeavors to turn up short. You think maybe you’ll never find someone able to live up to your standards, or maybe there’s one person you’ve found who’s pretty good, but they aren’t quite ‘there’ yet. So what do you do, give up? Hell no! You train that sucka. Again, not as ideal a situation as finding your alpha player off the bat, but training someone guarantees they’ll perform to your standard, as long as they have potential from the start and you know how to prepare them.
If you’ve been following all of these steps, then you’re well on your way to either joining a team, or finding someone to join your own team. Either way, there’s one final tool needed to get you there, and luckily for you, it’s free and easy to use. It’s called Teamfind, and is our very own way of connecting teams to players, and even teams or players to coaches. Everything’s here for you to hit the competitive world ofCounter-Strike: Global Offensive at full throttle.
First thing’s first, you can’t do much without signing up. You’ll choose your game, (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in this case) and then fill out your biography and the ‘Experience’ box. Do not under-appreciate this field. It is crucial. It’s a cover letter of sorts. If you don’t impress people with this opening line, then they aren’t going to delve further into your profile. Go on, wow everyone with how good you are at the game.
The lobby is the place to be to check out any recent activity. Here, you’ll find new players and teams registering regularly, as well as any new posts from them.
The ‘Players’ tab houses all the posts players are making in bids to join teams. This is where you want to be if you’re a team searching for some new talent. Here, you can filter the posts so you can find exactly what you’re looking for. There a lot of eager players posting, and as a team, it can be hard keeping track of all the ones you're interested in. Thankfully keeping tabs is made easy with the shortlisting function Teamfind offers. After viewing a post you’re interested in, just click ‘shortlist’ on the left, and you can come back to them at any time from the dashboard without having to sift through all the new posts. You also have the feature of instant messaging and voice calling at your disposal if you want to learn a bit more information from the player.
As opposed to the ‘Players’ tab, this is the place to be if you’re searching for a team to join. Again, you can filter results here to match the team’s requirements to what you can offer.
This is a great place to be if you’re a player who just isn’t finding success with your team joining applications. Coaches will help you acquire the skill you need to stand out in the crowd. Don’t be afraid to send them a message!
If you’re looking for a team, you’re going to want to stand out. The player post function allows you to do just that, and grab the attention of teams that are scouting. You’ll have to go to your dashboard, which is accessible by clicking your username at the top right, and then clicking ‘Make a Player Post’.
There are a few fields you need to fill out here if you want to see results. You can customize your post accordingly based on the type of experience you want to have with CS: GO. Whether it be casual or competitive, you’ll be sure to find people with the same mindset.
If you’re looking to join a competitive team, then make sure you write that in the ‘What are you looking for?’ field, but don’t forget to mention why you’d be needed, also. Obviously the more you can play, the more eyes you’ll have on you, so try to free up your availability as much as possible.
With roles, you’ll have a bigger chance of being recruited if you can master multiple ones, but you don’t want to be the Jack of all trades and master of none, here. Each role requires thousands of hours of practice if you want to be considered good at it, so focus on your strengths, and select only one role if you have to. You may think it minimizes your chances of joining a team, but if they see you’ve dedicated all your time to mastering a role they need, that’s a big plus.
Now, if you’re a team, posting works much the same way. It’s accessible from the dashboard, and there are a lot of fields to fill out here to garner the best results. There’s a fine line between sounding too intimidating, but also too open. It’s a hassle filtering out a ton of application requests, but having a ton is better than having none. Have an open welcome, but be direct with what you want.
Proudly, we offer this service for free, and many teams, players, and coaches have benefited greatly from it. If you do want more flexibility with the functions of Teamfind, we offer a subscription service that allows you to bump posts - as opposed to creating new ones - as well as have the ability to have two times larger and highlighted posts. There are also other useful features that’ll help you make the most of the service, such as group calling. Additionally, you won’t see any advertising. Costing less than $50 a year, joining is definitely something to consider if you’re serious about getting into the world of competitive play, or even if you’re just looking for new and fun people to play with.
Play as often as you can, meet as many people as possible, utilize Teamfind, have a positive outlook, and you’ll find a team best suited to you, or if you are already in a team, will find the last member to aid you in your dominance. Good luck.