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 in 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.
|AFK||Away from keyboard|
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 are rarely used in other multiplayer games.
|Ace||Short for “All Clan Elimination”|
|Auto / Auto-camp||An alternative term for auto sniper rifles|
|Bombsite stack||Tactic in which counter-terrorists position themselves exclusively on one bombsite|
|Boost||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. It can also refer to CS:GO Rank Boosting|
|Clutch||A situation in which a player on one team is left alone against multiple enemies|
|Deagle||It stands for the iconic Desert Eagle pistol|
|Eco (Eco-round)||Situation where one team has to forgo buying weapons because of a lack of money|
|Force||Term for a round in which we buy weapons despite insufficient funds|
|Frag||Replacement term for a “kill”|
|Full / Full-round||Round in which the team has money for complete equipment|
|IGL||Short for “In-Game-Leader”|
|Jumpshot||Term for a shot executed while jumping|
|KQLY||This refers to a former professional CS:GO player Hovik “KQLY” Tovamassian who got banned for cheating|
|Kobe||A well-thrown HE grenade. This is a reference to one of the more famous American basketball players, Kobe Bryant.|
|Ninja defuse||A clever bomb defuse, one that the Counter-Terrorist team doesn't expect|
|No-scope||Shooting with a sniper rifle without zooming in|
|One-tap||Shooting style involving the use of single shots|
|One-way||Term for a smoke grenade that allows visibility on only one of its sides|
|Pop-flash||Term for a perfectly thrown flashbang|
|Pre-fire||Shooting at a spot where you expect the enemy to be before you could even see them|
|Save||Term for saving a weapon due to too much chance of losing a round|
|Smurf||A person who intentionally plays at lower ranks than they should be playing|
|Throw||Losing a round by making a silly mistake|
|WH||Short for WallHack.|
|VAC / VACation||Reference to Valve's Anti-Cheat system, which is designed to fight and ban players who cheat on Steam games|
|Xhair||Short for “crosshair”|
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 higher your potential in the ranked system.