With the much anticipated global release of Counter-Strike 2, or CS2, in September of this year, many excited fans are already spending countless in-game hours to familiarize themselves with the latest iteration of this beloved FPS franchise.
To keep up-to-date with the latest strategies and gameplay dynamics of their favorite professional CS2 players, many serious players are looking at emulating the way these players set up their game sessions for optimal performance. By emulating the CS2 pro settings of players to tweak specific aspects of gameplay like mouse sensitivity as well as overall team strategy, some players find that they are able to progress in rank much faster than their peers.
If this idea of copying the professionals to elevate how they play is appealing, this quick guide can demystify the process behind downloading CS2 configs to maximize individual match performance on Steam.
How to Find the Right Config Files
The first step to start playing like the professional CS2 players of today is to either watch pro livestreams and pause the video when they display their settings to change them manually or find a config file online and download it. As the second option is much quicker and instantly changes a wide variety of settings to perfectly match that of a pro player, it’s generally a better idea to go with this route.
Some of the best sites online will allow players to choose the config settings of specific pro players and have a wide variety to choose from. If a player is looking to play like m0nesy or ZywOo, for example, they can search for and download a file that matches the exact visual and auditory settings, key binds and sensitivity preferences of these players.
How to Add CS2 Config Files to The Game
It’s recommended that anyone new to using config files should take some time to watch a video guide or two online as the process may seem complicated at first. Once the right .cfg file is downloaded from a trusted site, a player needs to go through their game files manually on Steam before launching the game and insert the file into the correct place.
In order to have the new config file execute automatically on launch, first ensure that the game is purchased and downloaded, then right-click CS2 in the Steam Library and navigate to Properties, then General, then Launch Options. Here a player must then add +exec and the name of the new .cfg file to the launch options.
Many step-by-step guides exist online to assist new players through this file insertion process and while it may seem complex initially, it’s a far more effective way to quickly transform the experience of playing CS2 and start enjoying the thrill of Counter-Strike like the professionals do.