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What is a ‘Eco Round’ or ‘Save Round’?
Imagine the following scenario during a competitive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive match. Your team just lost a round and now the enemy is fully kitted out with rifles, body armor and a full set of grenades. Your team doesn’t even have enough money to purchase a rifle due to losing the past couple of rounds. What do you do?
The answer would be to prepare yourself for an Eco Round which stands for Economy Round. It revolves around your team not purchasing rifles or expensive guns to save enough in-game currency to give your team a better chance in the following rounds. Professional players usually fall back to just purchasing a pistol with a full set or grenades during an Eco Round. On rarer occasions they go through a Save Round where they buy nothing at all to save their economy. This is reserved generally for when the team doesn’t even have enough money to buy pistols or grenades.
If you have watched professional players’ streams or followed any of the CS: GO esports competition matches, you have probably heard these terms being thrown around quite often. Which begs the question:
How Do You Win An Eco Round?
There are multiple factors that are to be considered when your team is ‘Eco-ing’ but for general purpose and ease of understanding, I’ll narrow it down to a handful. The next few paragraphs should help you win more Eco Rounds during competitive matches.
The first and probably the easiest thing to do after your team decides to do an Eco-round is prepare yourself mentally. As the famous Sun Tzu once said in his book “The Art of War”, every battle is won or lost before it is fought. Basically, the concept behind this saying is that you need to have the mentality that your team is going to win the round. Chances are that if you think that you’re going to lose the Eco-round, you probably will. Don’t think about how you don’t have strong enough guns or if your team doesn’t have armor; play smart and try to think ahead of your opponents.
Stay Within Your Comfort Zone
Do you have a favourite pistol or shotgun? A corner that you’re used to pushing or holding? Most professional players fall back to their most comfortable pistols or shotguns when forced into an Eco-round;this helps to even out the odds against stronger rifles.
Hot favorites would be the P250, the Five-Seven and the Deagle, but don’t let these choices influence how you pick your own guns, just go with what you’re familiar with. If you aren’t sure which pistol is right for you, we have an article about that .
Ganging Up On The Enemy
You probably don’t stand a chance going against a player with full armour and a rifle with just a pistol and a couple of grenades (unless you kill them with a headshot). The smart thing to do is to dogpile that one player with your team.
Your team should fill the opponent’s body full of bullets before he/she does the same to you.
Try to have at least two of your teammates watching each corner at the same time, and coordinate pushes for objectives together. This will increase your survival rate tremendously and might even net you a win or two.
One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure
If you’ve been following all the previous steps so far, you’ll more than likely have managed to kill one or more of the opponent’s team members. You then can pick up their weapon and start using it. Another popular strategy is saving a weapon for the next few rounds if you can stay alive. In a situation where you’re the only one left on your team, with a stolen AWP, and it’s a three versus one with the bomb not even planted, save the AWP. Having a powerful sniper rifle without having to spend the cash for it helps your team immensely.
Exit Kills, Stage Left
Exit kills can be obtained by positioning yourself in such a way that you are prepared to kill enemies that are either running away from the planted bomb or searching for you in the final seconds of the round. Usually the best place for this is at common exit routes. This strategy could easily net you a valuable rifle and maybe some grenades for the next round if you’re lucky.
Use The ‘NewGev’ In Anti-Eco Rounds
An Anti-Eco round is a strategy commonly used by some professional teams when they win the pistol round. This usually consists of the team buying SMGs or a cheap rifle, like the Galil, to completely shut down the opponent’s team trying an Eco-round. As of the date of writing this article, Valve has also released a patch to re-introduce the Negev (or the ‘NewGev’ as hipsters call it) into competitive matches.
The new Negev has a deadly accurate spray pattern after ramping up for about 16 bullets and only costs 2000 in-game currency to purchase, which is cheaper than both the M4A1 rifle and the AK. This would also be a viable choice for an Anti-eco round and I highly suggest abusing this while it’s still available even if you aren’t familiar with how to use it. Just ‘cause it’s the Negev.
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