CS:GO Wingman Ranks & Maps – Learn How To Play It
Last Updated: April 19, 2023
CS:GO Wingman is one of the best game modes that you can play to improve your ability to win one of the most frequent scenarios in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which is the 2v2.
This mode is very intuitive and should be regarded as a form of practice for competitive matches.
If you’re new to Wingman, this guide will teach you all you need to know about its ranks, maps, and how to play it.
What Is Wingman CS:GO
Wingman teaches you how to play a very simple scenario that can be encountered in many CS:GO rounds.
You won’t encounter it at the start of the round or in standard situations because the Terrorists don’t assault a bomb site in groups of two. They generally do it in groups of three or four.
But the 2v2 situation is still similar to what you’ll see in Competitive matches. The great advantage of Wingman is that it allows you to run the same scenario over and over, until you’ve mastered it. And it does it at a rapid pace.
You can probably play three or four Wingman rounds for every standard CS:GO round. That amount of practice, if you engage in this game mode on a daily basis, will soon be felt in your games.
One of the things that Wingman helps you to perfect is your ability to communicate with another player.
Given the 2v2 format, you constantly need to talk to your teammate and figure out the best way to play against the enemy team. That alone will make your Wingman experience worthwhile.
You’ll get roughly eight rounds to attack and eight rounds to defend on each map. The maximum duration of each round is 90 seconds, but most rounds will end much faster.
Expect to play for 30-60 seconds. During this time, you will get to make a lot of decisions and will have the opportunity to improve your CS:GO IQ.
Playing With a Friend
Ideally, you should be playing Wingman with a friend. You can also play on your own but you’ll be given a random teammate and the chemistry may not always be a good one.
If you compete with a friend, you can easily stream the session and invite more people to watch how you deal with every situation.
If you play with a friend whose rank is better than yours, he’ll be able to give you a lot of advice and you’ll soon become a stronger player as a result.
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CS:GO Wingman Ranks
CS:GO Wingman borrows the same CS:GO ranks that are used in Competitive play. In other words, your rank can be one of these:
- Silver I
- Silver II
- Silver II
- Silver IV
- Silver Elite
- Silver Elite Master
- Gold Nova I
- Gold Nova II
- Gold Nova III
- Gold Nova Master
- Master Guardian I
- Master Guardian II
- Master Guardian Elite
- Distinguished Master Guardian
- Legendary Eagle
- Legendary Eagle Master
- Supreme Master First Class
- Global Elite
To get your initial Wingman rank, you will need to win a number of games. This is easy to do because a game doesn’t last very long.
The first team that gets to 9 round victories wins the match. And there’s only one bomb site to attack and defend, which means that action is fast-paced.
CS:GO Wingman Maps
If you want to play CS:GO Wingman, you’ll need to learn the following maps:
- Train (A bombsite)
- Vertigo (A bombsite)
- Cobblestone (B bombsite)
- Inferno (A bombsite)
- Overpass (B bombsite)
However, you don’t need to worry about them too much. You’ll only need to learn small fragments to be able to compete.
This game mode doesn’t involve all the usual tactical maneuvering that happens in standard CS:GO matches. It’s all about fighting at close range and coordinating with your teammate.
Maps like Inferno and Vertigo are excellent because the knowledge you gain on them is fully transferable to Competitive games.
How to Win More Often
When competing in Wingman, you can follow the same principles that you follow when playing Competitive.
Players from the top Wingman ranks are usually top-rank players in Competitive as well. That’s because this game mode presents many of the same challenges that you face in your usual matches.
If you want to win more frequently, do these things:
Perfect Your Ability to Aim Properly
CS:GO is a first-person shooter that heavily relies on your ability to aim precisely and kill the enemy before he kills you.
On average, you have under one second to achieve this once the two of you can see each other.
Your reaction time is critical. If you can react in milliseconds and put your crosshair on the opponent, all that’s left for you to do is to shoot and control your gun’s recoil. Each CS:GO gun has a unique spray pattern and understanding it takes practice.
If you can control that spray pattern, you’ll be able to shoot without missing. Otherwise, you will use most of your bullets without hitting the enemy.
The problem here is that you generally hit the first two bullets and you need 3-5 to get the kill in most cases.
Learn the Important Guns
Every player is tempted to learn how to shoot only with the best weapons. But the truth is that you’ll often need to use B-tier guns to get the job done. In some rounds, you’ll find yourself switching to your pistol.
This means that you will need to be comfortable with at least 2-3 pistols.
On the T side, you play with a Glock-18. On the CT side, you will get a USP-S. In addition to these pistols, you should also have good knowledge of the Desert Eagle, because that’s a round saver sometimes.
Learn the Geometry of Each Map and Its Callouts
When you play CS:GO, you do it on a map. The better you understand what that map has to offer and what the pitfalls are, the better you’ll do.
Ideally, you want to have a clear image in your mind of what the possibilities are in each scenario and what you must do to maximize your odds of success.
If you find yourself competing on a map that you know nothing about, you won’t even know what angles you need to check and how you need to move safely from one location to another.
The callouts of a map are the key locations that you should know by name. This will give you the ability to easily convey information to your teammate and understand what he is talking about when he conveys information to you.
In Competitive matches, there are dozens of callouts that you need to know for each map. But in Wingman, there are much fewer because you’re essentially playing on a small map or on a section of a bigger map.