Passive and Aggressive Positioning
This article will go over the advantages and disadvantages of playing in certain types of positions. It will give examples on the 4 main maps I have covered so far (nuke/dust2/train/inferno), although it will be focused on positions for defending the bombsites, particularly from rushes.
First up let’s go over the benefits and drawbacks of playing in a really passive position:
- Forces the enemy to commit more obviously when taking a site. They might not want to risk sending 1 or 2 players in alone, as you will likely have good positions set up and will be able to get the drop on them. They also have to use more grenades in an effort to stop you from dismantling their rush.
- Related to this is the benefit that you will be able to call a fake more easily. If the enemy has to come to you in numbers then you will be in a better position to call for the rotate, if that is what’s required. If you were playing a really close, aggressive position, then you could get picked without the enemy even rushing.
- Playing further back in the site allows you to set up better crossfires with your team, so you can get kills on the enemy as they are forced to check the many potential places you could be peeking from.
- Usually a passive position is easier to rotate from.
- That last point can also be a negative, however. The closer the enemy get to the bombsite, the more places they eliminate the need to check for, leaving perhaps only 2 or 3 spots to check when they rush the site.
- Also, if you are playing passive then the enemy can get really close to the site before you even know you are there. If they then successfully take the site, then they will have bomb down and be in good positions before your team can rotate to retake.
- If you play too far back then you reduce your options when/if you need to retreat.
As you can see, a lot of these points are related to each other; so you can call a fake more easily, however your call of a genuine rush will be quite late. The skill is in assessing the team you are playing, and choosing how aggressive or passive you need to play.
Now here are some examples of Passive positions you could play:
Now I will show a couple of examples of (what I think) are good positions for two players defending an area.
First, in Nuke Ramp Room:
Here, one CT stays hidden behind the big box. His role is to surprise any enemies pushing down to ramp, and any rushing the other CT . The second CT player draws attention away from the box his teammate is hiding behind. Obviously the enemy will get wise if you use this setup every round, but it can really catch them off guard. It relies on the CT playing at Ladder Room to stay alive though, so he shouldn’t play to aggressive.
Second, at Inferno B Site:
As you (hopefully) can see, as the T’s rush into the site, they will be visible to both players at around the same time. So the CT’s can take it in turns peeking out, and wipe out the T’s whilst their backs are turned. Some teams might smoke off CT Spawn / construction BEFORE they push into site, so that would render this setup kind of useless, unless the player at construction just sprays and nades into the smoke.
Now for the benefits and drawbacks of Aggressive Positioning:
- You could surprise the enemy with a really aggressive / unusual position.
- If you have better weapons (if the enemy are on an eco) then you might be able to obliterate them, especially if you put some distance between them and you.
- You will know where they are and what they are doing a lot sooner.
- You will have more retreat options.
- You may get picked before the enemy really start pushing the bombsite, which then means they could either quickly rush that site, overwhelming the remaining player, or wait to get another pick and really stretch your teams defences.
- They enemy will not have to commit to a site to know where you are.
Now some examples of Aggressive Positions you could play:
OK that’s enough examples for now. Different positions are an equation of a few different things:
- how soon you will see the enemy / how soon they will see you
- if you can surprise them
- if you have retreat options
- the amount of places you need to cover
- if you can set up with a teammate
So with all that in mind, you should be able to pick more accurately when you need to play passive or aggressive. As a default I would say to always play passive, however it is always worth checking out how a team reacts to you playing aggressively. Aggressive positions tend to rely on raw fragging skill, where as a passive position is more about timing and teamwork.