CS:GO Slang Explained

If you play lots of CS:GO, knowing the slang is a must, especially if you don't have a regular team and are forced to play with different players. In this article, we’ve prepared a list of all the most common phrases used in ranked games, along with explanations and examples of situations in which you can use them. If you're an active Counter-Strike player, or even if you don't play, but one of your close friends does, be sure to check this one out.

In-game chat abbreviations

Let's start with the abbreviations used on the in-game chat. Most of them are also used in other multiplayer games, so there is a good chance that some of them are familiar to you. Using these phrases in the right situation can better your image when playing with strangers. 

  • AFK — Away from keyboard
  • EZ — Easy 
  • GG — Good game
  • GH — Good half
  • GZ — Gratz (Congratulations)
  • HF — Have fun
  • N1 — Nice one
  • NT — Nice try
  • NP — No problem
  • TY — Thank you
  • WP — Well played

CS:GO dictionary

Moving on, let's take a look at the most popular CS:GO slang phrases. Most of these phrases are mainly derived from the first Counter-Strike versions and rarely used in other multiplayer games (except Call of Duty). 


Ace

  • Meaning — Ace is short for “All Clan Elimination.” In short, it means the complete elimination of the opposing team by a single player. 
  • When to use it? — Normally, this will be when killing 5 players, but in Wingman mode you can use this phrase after killing 2.

Auto / Auto-camp

  • Meaning — An alternative term for auto sniper rifles such as SCAR-20 and G3SG1. 
  • When to use it? — E.g., when you notice that the opposing team is playing with an auto sniper rifle — “Auto on [location name].”

Bombsite stack

  • Meaning — A tactic in which counter-terrorists position themselves exclusively on one bombsite. This is a very risky strategy that is rarely used outside of economy rounds.
  • When to use it? — E.g., when we plan or expect a stack on a single bombsite. 
  • Plan — “They always go A; let's do a stack there.”
  • Expect — “They should have eco now; they might do stack one of the bombsites.”

Boost

  • Meaning — Boost is when one person crouches, and another person jumps on them to, for example, get a better view of the map or get into a specific location faster. 
  • When to use it? — When we want to ask to use a so-called “boost” very often, it is enough to say “boost me [location name].”

Related phrases:

  • Boostmeister — This is a reference to when Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer (ex-Fnatic, now FaZe Clan) used a boost on the de_overpass map at Dreamhack Winter 2014 to win the match against LDLC. The community found this unfair, so the organizers decided to disqualify Fnatic from the tournament.

Clutch

  • Meaning — A situation in which a player on one team is left alone against multiple enemies.
  • When to use it? —When we want to define a situation where the player is left alone against several enemies;  E.g., “All of my teammates died, and now I have to clutch.”

Deagle

  • Meaning — It stands for the iconic Desert Eagle pistol, available to both Terrorists and Counter-Terrorists.
  • When to use it? — It is rather more common to use the term “Deagle” than “Desert Eagle,” so you can safely use that phrase as a substitute.

Eco (Eco-round)

  • Meaning — An eco-round is, in extension, an economic round. It's a situation where one team has to forgo buying weapons because of a lack of money. 
  • When to use it? — When you want to communicate that your team should not buy weapons, e.g., by saying, “We lost the round, now we have to play eco.”

Related phrases:

  • Eco-frag — A kill scored on an opponent who didn’t buy a weapon this round. Such kills are often considered less valuable.

Force / Force-buy

  • Meaning — A term for a round in which we buy weapons despite insufficient funds.
  • When to use it? —  E.g., when you want to encourage a team to buy a weapon despite losing a round — “We have to force, even though our economy doesn't look the best.”

Frag

  • Meaning — Frag is a replacement term for a “kill.” The term originates from Quake, the classic FPS game.
  • When to use it? —When you want to determine the number of kills. For example, instead of saying, “I killed three opponents last round,” you can say, “I scored three frags last round.”

Related phrases:

  • Eco-frag — A kill scored on an opponent who didn’t buy a weapon this round. Such kills are often considered less valuable.
  • Entry-frag — First kill of the round.
  • Entryfragger — A player who scores the first kill of the round.

Full / Full-round

  • Meaning — A round in which the team has money for complete equipment (Rifles, grenades, Kevlar + helmet, defuse kit)
  • When to use it? — E.g., when you want to communicate that you have enough money to buy complete equipment — “We all have $5,000 each, that's enough to play a full-round.”

IGL

  • Meaning — IGL is short for In-Game-Leader. It denotes the person who leads the game and has the final word in decision-making as a team. Some of the most popular IGLs on the competitive CS:GO scene include — Finn “Karrigan” Andersen (Faze Clan), Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko (Natus Vincere), and Freddy “Krimz” Johansson (Fnatic).
  • When to use it? — When we want to define someone who leads the team.

Jumpshot

  • Meaning — Jumpshot is the term for a shot while jumping. It's a common move for SSG-08 or USP-S players, where accuracy drops much less during the jump compared to other weapons.
  • When to use it? —E.g., when we kill someone while jumping — “I just killed him by a jumpshot.”

Related phrases:

  • KQLY / kukli — This refers to a former professional CS:GO player Hovik “KQLY” Tovamassian, who killed an opponent with a USP-S jumpshot in the quarterfinal match of ESL One Cologne 2014.

Kobe

  • Meaning — A well-thrown HE grenade. This is a reference to one of the more famous American basketball players, Kobe Bryant.
  • When to use it? — E.g., when we throw a grenade that kills two enemies — “Wow, that one was a Kobe.”

Related phrases:

  • Nade — A short for “Grenade.”

Ninja defuse

  • Meaning — A clever bomb defuse, one that the Counter-Terrorist team doesn't expect.
  • When to use it? — E.g., when you defuse a bomb in smoke or after throwing a flashbang that drowned out the defuse sound.

Related phrases:

  • Def — Short for “defuse.”

No-scope

  • Meaning — A popular term in FPS games for shooting a sniper rifle without zooming in. 
  • When to use it? — E.g., when you notice that someone has killed you with a sniper rifle without zooming in — “He just no-scope’d me!”.

One-tap

  • Meaning — Shooting style involving the use of single shots.
  • When to use it? — E.g., when we kill an enemy with a single shot —  “I just one-tapped this guy!”.

One-way

  • Meaning — One-way is a term for a smoke grenade that allows visibility on only one of its sides. This is a common type of grenade thrown by snipers.


  • When to use it? —When we want to communicate that we can be seen despite hiding behind smoke — e.g., “That smoke looks like a one-way to me, I wouldn't go near there.” 

Pop-flash

  • Meaning — A term for a perfectly thrown Flashbang.
  • When to use it? — E.g., when you are blinded by a Flashbang and killed shortly after — “It was a pop-flash; I didn't have any chance to turn away from it.”

Pre-fire 

  • Meaning — Shooting at a spot where you expect the enemy to be before you could even see them.
  • When to use it? —E.g., when, before going into position, we start shooting at a place where we expect an enemy to be — “I pre-fired [location] because he used to be there every round.”

Save

  • Meaning — It's a term for saving a weapon due to too much chance of losing a round.
  • When to use it? —When, for example, you are left alone against several well-armed opponents, or you don't have time to plant/defuse a bomb — “I have no chance, I guess I’ll have to save this weapon.”

Smurf

  • Meaning — Smurf is a term used to describe a person who intentionally plays at lower ranks than they should be playing. 
  • When to use it? — E.g., in a situation where you see a person on the opposite team playing at a much higher level than expected — “This guy is so good, I think he might be a smurf/smurfing.”

Throw

  • Meaning — It's a term for losing a round (or the entire match) by making a silly mistake.
  • When to use it? — E.g., when you lose by making a mistake — “Damn, I threw it!.”



WH

  • Meaning — WH is short for WallHack. This is a cheat that allows you to see your enemies through walls.
  • When to use it? — E.g., when we expect someone on the opposing team to be using cheats,  “I've been killed through the wall yet again; he's 100% using WH.”

Related phrases:

  • Wallbang — A kill through the wall. E.g., “He wallbanged me!” = “He killed me through the wall.”

VAC / VACation

  • Meaning — It’s a reference to Valve's Anti-Cheat system, which is designed to fight and ban players who cheat on Steam games. 
  • When to use it? — E.g., when a player you reported in-game was banned — “Remember that guy from the last game? He's on VACation now.” 

Xhair

  • Meaning — It’s short for “crosshair.” 
  • When to use it? —Whenever you want to refer to a crosshair.

Summary

We could say that those slang phrases form a somewhat common language for the CS:GO community. Knowing it will significantly improve your in-game communication skills, and the better your communication — the better your team's performance.