A guide to the CS: GO economy

by mccartmedia

If you’ve had enough of your CS: GO opponents getting the best of you because they’ve mastered the economic system, we’re about to even things up a little. It’s frustrating being in the 30th round only to be forced into a UMP, and there is nothing worse than unbalanced purchases, so we’re here to cover the CS: GO economy basics to help you to hit the ground running. CS: GO may be f2p, winning is not.

The basics of the CS: GO economy

Let’s take a look at how you can earn big bucks in CS: GO before we dive into what you can actually purchase. You have a couple of ways to earn, which comes down to winning through killing enemies, or by losing a round. After each round, you’ll get cash added to your balance whether you win or lose, and the winning bonus will often look quite similar each time you come out on top. However, the losing bonus varies significantly. The loss counter activates after losing a round, and the more rounds you lose, the more cash you’ll get.

Not too long ago, we saw an update that aimed to prevent long losing streaks by any team, as having the cash is great, but the main objective is to win.

Below, we’ve listed how round bonuses work in 2020:

Winning a round:

  • $3250 for taking down the enemy team
  • $3500 for CT bomb diffusing with a $300 bonus for the defusing player
  • $3500 for T bomb diffusing with a $300 bonus for the defusing player
  • $3250 when time runs out for CT

Losing a round (loss count):

  • 1 – $1400
  • 2 – $1900
  • 3 – $2400
  • 4 – $2900
  • 5+ – $3400

The above figures have always been pretty accurate, with the largest sum of money for losing being &3400 and the least amount $1400.

The only aspect that has changed though is that the counter for the pistol round loser begins at $1900 rather than $1400. In other words, you’ll get $1900 for losing a pistol round, although winning a pistol round followed by losing a round will see your loss counter start at $1400.

During the update earlier in 2020 we also saw the previous loss counter reset right away to $1400 when a round was lost. Today though, the system has been revamped to use a +1-1 standing. That means winning after a losing streak followed with another lost round you’ll only drop down one step of the ladder rather than having to start from $1400 again.

As we mentioned above, you can also up your cash by killing opponents. This one is a little easier to understand as it uses fixed sums rather than round bonuses. You’ll get the following bonuses by using specific weapons for kills:

  • Zeus – $0
  • Grenade – $300
  • Pistols (except CZ75) – $300
  • CZ75 – $100
  • Assault Rifles (except AWP) – $300
  • AWP – $100
  • Auto-Snipers – $300
  • SMGs (except P90) – $600
  • P90 – $300
  • Shotguns – $900
  • Knife – $1500

how to spend your hard-earned cash

You’ll now have a general understanding of how you earn cash in CS: GO, so let’s get into how and when to spend it. By no means should you blow all of your cash just because you’ve got it available. Instead, you should balance your spending. To ensure the most efficiency, your team should utilise similar equipment. The buying system in CS: GO is pretty robust meaning there are five core varieties to help make the buying process more straightforward.

  • Full buy means everything is equipped to the max as there’s plenty of cash to splash.
  • Full save is the flipside of a full buy, spending as little as physically possible to build your cash reserves.
  • Half buy is best utilised when enemies are running low on funds and includes weapons such as shotguns and SMGs because of the high kill bonuses and low prices.
  • Force buy is not used as much following the economy update, although it’s still available. This is used when a full buy is off the table, but you need to win a round, so you purchase whatever is available in the hopes of succeeding with a very small chance.
  • Light buy is similar to force buy, but it’s used for scenarios where you’re almost at a full buy. You purchase enough to see you through the next round in case this one is a loss.

In competitive CS: GO, it is important that you choose one of the above varieties. It happens to every player at some point where you are forced to an unbalanced buy, but that’s just an experience you can learn from as long as you keep your economy on the straight and narrow going forward.

In other words, when your team has $2000 stocked up, avoid the glass canon!

We hope you’ve found our CS: GO economy guide useful, make sure to check out our CS: GO tips and tricks guide for some helpful advice on coming out on top.

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