How to Master the USP-S in CS2

How to Master the USP-S in CS2

There are certain skills in CS2 that one can avoid. Some players have gone years without learning callouts on maps, some have spent a decade in the game and still don't know the Mirage window smoke. However, one skill cannot be avoided: the pistol round. The pistol round is vital to Counter-Strike, and to master it, you must master your skills with the pistol.

In this article, we will be helping you master pistol rounds by continuing our series teaching you how to master every weapon in CS2, with this installment featuring the USP-S. Let's dive in!

Practice Crosshair Placement

Since your opponents won't have head armor in a pistol round, you can kill an enemy terrorist with a single headshot from the USP-S. Thus, mastering crosshair placement with the USP is vital, as it can give you a massive advantage against your Terrorist opponents who will have to land at least two 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.


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 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.

Master Tracking

With a one-tap weapon like the USP, you need to master tracking so that you can follow your enemies until the perfect shot opportunity arises. Use workshop maps to practice tracking opponents so that you can hit crisp shots with 100% accuracy when you are in a real game scenario.

Be Discipline With Your Trigger

Trigger discipline is one of the hardest skills to learn in CS2. After years of trying to master reaction time, allowing enemies to pass and not shooting them can be almost impossible at first. However, on pistol rounds, enemies tend to rush together. So, if one of them passes you by without noticing, wait a few seconds, because if some of their teammates follow, you can get multiple kills on the unsuspecting Terrorists before they have time to turn around. Otherwise, getting more than one kill in a pistol round may be hard when you are being rushed.