Understanding different players' roles in CS:GO. Guide by SCOPE.GG

Understanding different players' roles in CS:GO. Guide by SCOPE.GG


Just like in any other multiplayer game, CS:GO requires some measure of skill to best your opponent. It is also a team-based shooter, meaning that victory depends not just on your skill, but also on your ability to communicate and play with your teammates.

If you’d ever get tired of playing solo and you’d try to create your own team or join one, you’ll have a particular role in that team. These roles may overlap in some things, but they have to compliment each other. Who should you invite to your team? Let’s find out.

Players' roles in a CS:GO team

Several years ago Counter-Strike didn’t have any strict division between roles. Of course, every team had a sniper and a captain, but that was it. As time went on, professional players understood that in a system like that, everyone ends up doing almost the same thing. It’s not really effective from the teamplay’s point of view. It’s much more convenient when everyone helps and compliments each other, right? So, let’s take a look at the most common roles in CS:GO.

Captain (IGL)

There can be no team without a captain, not only in cybersports, but in general. You might say that you and your friends are doing just fine without anyone calling the shots in matchmaking. In that case, here’s a question for you: have you ever tried playing with a single competent player making calls like where to go and what to do around the map? Just try that and you’ll immediately see a difference.

A shooting captain is a rare sight. We mean players that top the scoreboard at the end of a match despite also being the leader. Why? Because their brains are busy with entirely other things, like decision making, analysing movement of the opposing team and much much more.

Along with the ability to keep everything we’ve mentioned above in mind, the captain has to be charismatic and to be strategically competent, so his teammates would have absolute trust in him and his decisions. According to the information the team provides him with, the captain has to coordinate the others. He has to be able to radically change the tactics in case the previous ones failed. Only the most experienced player on a team can do that.

Sniper (AWPer)

Sniper is another key role in any team. As of now, teams stick to having a single sniper on their team. Why? Because a sniper's mobility is quite limited. With a heavy rifle such as AWP in hand, snipers can’t move as quickly around the map. If your team has two or even more snipers, you as a team will have more trouble getting to the key positions, making them easier for your opponent to hold on to.

A good sniper has to have an exceptional reaction time, accuracy and he has to find frags wherever his opponent doesn’t expect him to. That’s why snipers from the tier-1 teams are usually the most well known players on their team, even though his teammates might contribute to victory even more. You should also keep in mind that AWP isn’t the only weapon a sniper should be good with, but also with every main rifle and especially with pistols. He’ll have to use a pistol after missing with the AWP, but he won’t have any room for mistakes after that.

Entry Fragger

The team’s hunter and a predator. While his team are busy doing fancy tactics around the map, the entry fragger has to get to the most dangerous positions on the map looking for a frag. If he manages to get a kill, he’ll significantly weaken his opponent’s positions around the map, forcing them to move. In that case, taking a position or defending for the rest of the round would be much easier for his team.

Entry fragger has to know the most common enemy positions around the map and to have nerves of steel along with accuracy on par that of a sniper.


This is the most cunning person on a team. We won’t say he’s the smartest, so all his teammates wouldn’t hold a grudge. While the other four people are busy “space creating” - looking for the opportunities to attack or defend, lurker is the one quietly and discreetly feeding them all the necessary info. Think of him as some kind of ninja-spy, whose main responsibility is to intercept lone enemy players and prevent them from assisting in the hot zones.

Lurker is quite common in the attacking teams as it gives them more space to operate, although the defenders have some use for them too. The main difference between a usual player and a good lurker is while the player carefully waits for his opponent, the lurker actively presses for advantageous positions to give some intel and affect the outcome of the round.


While lurker is more of an attacking team role, anchor is the prime example of the defending role. They are the iron curtain behind your plants, who’s responsible for inflicting as much damage as possible to the attackers. In addition to aim, the anchor's main skill is to determine using the indirect signs whether the attackers are going to target his plant or the other one. In both cases he has to immediately notify his team of the outcome.

Usually anchors aren’t the ones who survive till the end of the round, as they are the ones who stand alone against the enemy tide. Their task is to hold on the attackers as long as possible until the reinforcements arrive. Don’t forget to drop for these guys, they deserve it.


You might think that we’ve covered five roles and that’s it. In fact, there’s more. Just some players have to do several roles around the map. Let’s see what support in CS:GO is and what they are about. Usually their work is left unnoticed, nevertheless, they are probably the most important players in the team. Supports are the ones creating opportune moments for their teammates both in attack and defense.

Supports are the ones throwing flashes for the decisive strike and they know lots of useful  smokes and molotovs on every map. Not only that, they’re also responsible for trades. If the entry fragger failed his task, it’s up for his support to avenge him. Overall, support is an extremely valuable asset for any team and you should never underestimate his importance.


THIS is the most important role in every professional team. If it isn’t, the team is doing something wrong. Just like in any type of sports, a coach is the “head” of a team. This person has years of experience in CS:GO and he’ll always have a helpful piece of advice if his team ever needs one.

Valve forbids coaches from participating in most events, but they’re still the key to any successful match prep. Sometimes captains may forget about tactics in the heat of a battle and the coach has to make sure this never happens.

The best PRO players in CS:GO and their roles

Throughout the history of CS:GO we’ve seen a lot of talented players in every role. These guys have rightfully earned the recognition and fame around the community and have won lots of titles to prove their skill. So let’s take a look at some of the best among them.

The best support is Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as a member of Astralis Andreas has won a huge amount of Majors and other tournaments. His team gave no chance to their opposition, so this is a just reward for a talented player.

The best lurker is Christopher “Get_RiGhT” Alesund. This is the veteran with an incredible amount of matches behind his back. On more than one occasion he saved his team from a tight spot by sneaking around the enemy and wrecking havoc there.

Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski is considered to be one of the best entry fraggers now. His aim is exceptional and he usually comes out on top of his opponents in the duels, even if they’re armed with a sniper rifle.

Determining the best sniper is harder. Some people might remember the achievements of Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács. Some might prefer Alexander “s1mple” Kostylev. But in the recent couple of years Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut shows us an incredible skill. And don’t forget Kenny “kennyS” Schrub.

The situation is a bit more complicated with the captains. How can we say that winning a tournament is the sole achievement of their captain? But if we were to say that, Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander is probably the favorite here. Nobody has won as many tournaments as Astralis did.

And we’d nominate Danny “zonic” Sørensen as the best coach. He was a member of once the best team in the world - mTw. And now, Astralis are multiple times the world champions and winners of Majors under his leadership. While other teams changed their coaches several times now, zonic still leads his boys since 2016.