What is CSGO Danger Zone?
This mode released way back in December 2018 and gave CS:GO players a breath of fresh air in a very rigid and regimented game. Upon the modes’ initial release, reception for the game was mixed. Many players viewed it as a fun mode when you don’t feel like playing competitive games altough there is an existing danger zone ranking system.
The formula would differ from mainstream battle royale game modes slightly. Only eighteen players can join one Danger Zone game and the maps are made smaller to accommodate for this. Also, the player is not fully unarmed when they enter the game as they can choose one piece of equipment to bring to their first encounter. This can range from some armor for added defense or a tazer to stun opponents.
It is very much like your typical battle royale mode. You or your team of two battle it out to be the last team standing in an ever-shrinking battle zone. Though you may be asking, how do you win and what sets it apart from all the big-name battle royales? Well, we have you covered. Here is our rundown of everything danger zone has to offer.
Where to Spawn in CSGO Danger Zone
The player is presented with different hexagons representing the areas of the map. To begin, all you have to do is pick an area to start in and you’ll rappel down and begin your assault. If you are a more inexperienced player or a Conservative player, you may want an area with enough to get you started with minimal risk.
This can also vary if playing as a solo duo or trio. A place with a scarce but effective amount of loot may not stretch to two or three players. So you may want to battle it out with your partners for larger areas with more loot at your disposal. With higher risk reaping better rewards. Due to the runaway popularity of the initial map Blacksite. Plus the almost unanimous dislike in the community for Jungle due to layout and vision issues.
It’s hard to truly gauge the most likely loot and weapon drops for Jungle and Sirocco. However, we tracked down the most popular areas where to consistently get your hands on the best Danger Zone loot for Jungle, Blacksite and Sirocco.
Where to Spawn in Jungle
Jungle provides a map that is completely different from its two predecessors both in setting and in design. You have areas like Radio that offers the most densely packed and valuable early game loot on the map but will soon see you attacked from all angles those landing at Echo, Alpha and Delta.
You have areas like Crane that offers seclusion from other drop zones thanks to the island it’s built on but can lead to issues when trying to get off said island. Then you have the option of much safer areas on the coast like Industry and Tower One that offer less loot but allow you to stay alive more consistently in the early game. If you want a more extensive rundown of these areas, check out our jungle guide about the best drop locations listed here.
Where to Spawn in Blacksite
Blacksite has a variety of spots that offer densely packed loot in great areas. Radio, Charlie and and Alpha being the best options for picking up loot fast. If you want a more quiet early game with reasonable loot prospects you should try Beta, Gas Station or Silo.
Or if you want access to all the loot you can carry with the risk of being swarmed by other players, then tourist might be the starting point for you. For a more in-depth look at these Blacksite locations check out our article listed here.
Where to Spawn in Sirocco
Sirocco may have less drop zones to choose from than Blacksite but each of Sirocco’s spots are varied and provide diverse tactical options. Village is a great spot for beginners to get their bearings, Kasbah is a vast and highly populated area with an abundance of loot to offer risk taking players.
Floathill offers a spot similar to Blacksite’s lighthouse which is isolated, making it great for finding loot but hard to escape with it. Then Buoys is a very densely packed treasure trove of loot that comes at the cost of having to fight through Kasbah to keep it. If you want a more extensive guide to these areas, check out our sirocco guide about the best drop locations listed here.
What to do when spawned
As mentioned, Danger Zone is much like any archetypal battle royale. It’s a frantic and relentless scramble to get whatever loot is closest to your spawn point. Ideally running to your nearest red crate as they have a guaranteed chance of a weapon.
Then from there the best thing to do is find decent cover, group up with your teammate and secure your map segment. Doing so until you can see you are the only players in your area.
Use the Tablet
Well, this is where the wonderful innovation of the tablet comes into play. This is a piece of equipment given to the player at the beginning of each Danger Zone game. This shows a hexagonally sectioned map that will glow in every section where there is at least one player present.
This unique approach to the battle royale formula tackles one of the gripes many players have with the format. Those who hide and prefer not to engage or seek enemies will be made visible to those that are more attack-minded. Making for a more frantic and challenging game of cat and mouse. All the while not completely compromising their position. An inspired addition to the battle royale formula.
Weapons and Loot
So you’ve somehow survived the bloodbath of the initial few minutes. So what you’ll need to do now is begin to improve your equipment as you go. Focusing on the weapons first. In the beginning, crates will offer you a variety of pistols, shotguns and SMGs. These are weapons that are effective at close range and encourage players to engage fast with other players.
No matter which route you take, this won’t happen until a good portion of the match has transpired. So in the beginning, it’s about saving your money and getting the drop on other players doing the same. All the weapons available are no different from your standard Counter Strike experience. Another important consideration is the ammo scarcity.
This lack of resources makes for tense gunfights. So make sure to stock up as much ammo as you can throughout the round and pick your shots carefully. Accuracy could be the difference between winning and losing.
To give yourself the best chance of survival during these tense gunfights, it’s best to look out for utility items too. You have your standard items such as armor and medi-shots that allow you to take more damage and heal lost health respectively. Though thanks to an update on the initial launch version, there are also excellent utility items for traversal too.
Items such as bounce pads, exo-jump, and parachutes. These when combined effectively offer a newfound fluidity to player movement. Allowing you to parkour, jump to tremendous heights, and travel large distances in seconds flat.
There are also unique ways to get ahead in matches through completing contracts. These are tasks that will offer payment, which in turn allows the player to buy more effective items for the late game. Although this can also distract the player from opposing players. It offers both risk and reward, so caution is advised.
Danger Zone Shop and Drones
The finish line is in sight and you need that extra bit of firepower to ensure victory. Now you have the opportunity to get yourself some of the most premium weapons in the game courtesy of the danger zone shop.
Just press B to open up the menu.
From there you’ll have access to a multitude of options. When you purchase the items, it’s as easy as going to the drop zone and waiting for a drone to bring your lovely loot. Though be warned, when a drone delivers your purchase. This makes your location public knowledge to the rest of the players on the map.
Meaning that you need to be fast in retrieving your gear and may have to fight off some opportunistic players aiming to snag your purchase without spending any of their own cash. It’s a risky move, but if you pull off a steal, the rewards are plentiful and can turn the tide in a game where luck isn’t on your side.
A bite size Battle Royale
The massive lobbies, the gargantuan maps, then compress that down into a bite-size and arguably more palatable format. The games are shorter to great effect, the map is smaller but no less populated with great areas. All while keeping the iconic Counter-Strike feel and aesthetic, especially in the sirocco map which lends its style from the famous map Dust 2.