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[–] HoneyIsTheBestPolicy 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Nice, I'm always looking for ways to improve besides playing comp. I'm really anxious when playing competetive, so I just recently finished my tenth win after hours and hours of botgames/casuals/aim-maps.
The thing I lack the most, is map-tactics, especially on maps that I don't know very well (for example I think I not even once played overpass on casual, people always want to play dust).

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[–] MisterWonka 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Rule #1: Don't be anxious. If you fear about anything you will play worse than you actually can. The more comfortable you feel when playing, the better your results will be. Even if you're losing you are more likely to learn from it when you're relaxed than when you are mad or frustrated, because something you feared happened. The best case scenario would be to feel nothing at all during the rounds. After the round you can ofcourse let your feels flow, but when when the next one starts you should try to get them under control again. Also if you're mad, don't let your team know. It only distracts them and makes them play worse. If you are cheerful make sure to share it with your team at appropriate times to cheer them up aswell. Remember: The more comfortable they are the better they will play, which ultimately will be to your advantage. Should any unresolveable conflicts derive from any situation or individual on your team, it is always better to ignore//mute them than to bother with arguing.

My 10 cents on anxiety in game :D Also: Do not fear the derank. It means nothing really. I am ranked LEM and I know that there are players at GE who play worse than me and players at LE who play better than me. The ranks are only a very very rough estimation of where you stand relative to other players. If you get deranked after a losing streak, make it your goal to become able to solo-carry your teams on that rank you just got deranked to. Once you are able to do that, you will see that you have improved and you can hold yourself better at the ranks above. This will gradually make you a better solo player and help you get to the ranks where it basically becomes impossible to win alone. Once you reach those you will in most cases get decent and communicative teammates anyway and then you can start working on advanced teamplay and learning advanced strategies.

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[–] HoneyIsTheBestPolicy 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Thanks for your 10 cents! But it's not that easy to just "turn off" my anxiety. One way I found to avoid it is to play with friends. I have two friends that play really equal to me and it's become a contest between the three of us to be the best at the end of the round. I guess in theory this additional level of competition isn't too good for anxiety neither, but since I know them and we're joking around all the time and tease each other it's all in a relaxed atmosphere.

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[–] MisterWonka 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

decent player

Gold Nova 3

Matter of perspective I suppose. If you're around that area you should start off by learning smokes in the first place. From what I've seen nowadays many people up to LE can't even smoke A-Site on de_mirage completely, which I find to be pretty embarassing to be honest. There's a lot of good guides on these on youtube and good smokes are crucial to winning rounds on T.

If you want to practice aim against decent players in EU you should probably consider the BrutalCS servers. From what I've seen on there there's rarely people below DMG in matchmaking.

Another part of improving that is vastly underrated is movement. Try to practice on KZ and surf maps and learn how to b-hop. It takes some practice (actually a lot of it), but when you got it down it helps a whole lot.