Game jargon – CS:GO

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Game jargon – CS:GO

10 min read | 19 Oct 2022

Want to play more Counter Strike, but are confused by some of the in-game terminology?

We spoke with Team Endpoint’s Community Manager Tom ‘TomTom94’ Coles to learn more about CS:GO, and its terminology.


One of the bomb site names, which are played in a standard game.


When one player kills the entire enemy team in a round.


When a Counter-Terrorist defends a bomb site whilst their teammates rotate to the other site.


Looking away from an angle to avoid being blinded by a flashbang.


The name for one of the sniper rifles in the game.


A professional player who predominantly uses the AWP sniper rifle in play.


One of the bomb site names, which are played in a standard game.


The C4 explosive that players either plant or defuse in a match. Once planted, the Counter-Terrorists have 40 seconds to defuse it.


Using and jumping on teammates to reach normally unreachable positions in the map.

Bunny Hop (bhop):

Strafe-jumping repeatedly to increase movement speed.


When a player wins a round while being the only player alive.


When a player kills two or more enemies with a single bullet from an AWP.

Contact play:

When a team takes fights directly on a bombsite, rather than using any utility such as flashes or smokes.


Shorter way of saying ‘Counter Strike’.


Shorter way of referring to ‘Counter-Strike:Global-Offensive’.


Colloquial way of referring to the Desert Eagle.


Refers to buying or requesting a weapon at the start of a round.

Entry / Exit Frag:

Entry frag refers to a kill that allows for a team to push onto a bombsite, whilst exits refers to the kills that are achieved in the time between where a round is finished, and the next is going to begin. Exit frags are usually to deal economic damage to the opposing team.


Making the Counter-Terrorists believe the Terrorists are going to one site, when in actual fact they are going to the other. This is a way to draw away the attention from where you plan to plant the bomb.

Force buy:

When a team does not have enough money for a full buy, but uses all their money for purchases anyway, usually to catch the opponent by surprise and stall their momentum and economy.

Full buy:

When a team buys a good loadout to go into a fight with.

Full eco:

When a team does not buy anything in the buying phase, in order to save their money for a buy in the next round.

Gun round:

When both teams have enough credits to purchase a full loadout (armour, helmets and rifles).


Can refer to the Defuse Kit – which shortens the bomb defusal time from 10 seconds to 5 seconds.


A player on the Terrorist side who remains stationary while their team-mates attack a bombsite, allowing for surprise kills and flanks.


Short for ‘ninja defuse’, it is where Counter-Terrorists are able to defuse the bomb while the Terrorists are alive – but fail to notice or stop them doing so.

Pistol round:

The first round of each half of Counter-Strike is referred to as the pistol round as only pistols, armour and utility can be purchased.


Timing a flashbang to go off when a player comes round a corner, or is just about to attack.


Having all members of the team push in on the enemy at the same time. But is most commonly used in relation to ‘Rush B’ – a callout given for the team to all aggressively push onto the B site.


Retreating or hiding nearing the end of the match to try and keep all of your weapons for the next round.

Smoke the molly:

When you use a smoke grenade to extinguish a molotov or incendiary grenade.

Unicorn round:

When nobody from either team dies in a round.

Big thank you to Tom ‘TomTom94’ Coles for his help on this guide!

These are just some of the many things you may come across during a game of Counter-Strike, so let us know on the British Esports Twitter what titles you would like to see guides for in the future. 

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