Welcome back to our series of articles aiming at helping you master every single weapon in CS2. In this edition of the series, we are helping you with the AK-47: one of the most important weapons in the game. The AK-47 is the main weapon for the Terrorist side, and if you manage to get your hands on one on the Counter-Terrorist side, you need to know how to wield it properly. Without further adieu, here is an in-depth guide to mastering the AK-47 in CS2.
Practice Crosshair Placement
The AK-47 is the only automatic rifle in CS2 that can kill an armored opponent with a single shot to the head. Thus, mastering crosshair placement with the AK-47 is vital, as it can give you a massive advantage against your Counter-Terrorist opponents who will have to land at least 2 shots before you land one. Whenever you are peeking angles, or even just rotating, be aware of where your crosshair is placed and always adjust it so that it is aimed exactly where the enemy's head would be.
Practice Spray Control
CS2 is more than a game of point and click; almost every weapon has recoil, and to master the AK-47, you must know how to control the weapon's recoil. The AK-47 sprays up, to the right, to the left, and back to the right. To compensate for this, pull down, to the left, to the right, and then back to the left. It may take a lot of time to master the spray, but commitment to learning it will prove very beneficial, and it can be made easier with workshop maps made for mastering spray control.
Deathmatch is an excellent way to perfect your play style with every single weapon in CS2. If you want to perfect quick reaction time, crosshair placement, recoil control, and aim in real-game situations, queue up some deathmatch games. Each one is only 10 minutes, so if you have some spare time to grind, this is a great way to do it. Plus, you will play on real CS2 maps, so you can practice aiming around certain angles and improve your positioning to avoid being exposed to multiple angles at once. Best of all, you are awarded points for every kill, so you can track your improvements by how many points you earn in your deathmatch games.
PLAY, PLAY, PLAY
As with every skill in CS2, the best way to improve is to play the game. Even if you have yet to perfect your play style with the weapon, it will still prove to be very beneficial to put yourself in real-game scenarios where performing well with the AK-47 matters. Plus, if you play better under pressure, you may excel with the AK in a Premier or Competitive match, and even if you don't perform well, you can always watch the demo replay to see what you did wrong and how you can improve.