How To 1v1 In CSGO

Currently, 1v1 matches are becoming increasingly popular among the CS:GO community. Depending on how long you've been playing CS:GO, always going through the 5v5 mode can get a bit too monotonous.

Read on for a concise guide on how to set up a 1v1 match on CSGO with all steps explained.

What Are the Benefits of Playing CS:GO on 1v1 Mode?

Besides scaping the eventual “boredom” of standard competitive matches, playing 1v1 mode on CS:GO can help you improve several skills. Depending solely on your own can rapidly improve your marksmanship skills, which starts with your ability to aim.

When you practice on your own, you need to be a straight-shooter as you cannot depend on teammates to save your skin in the middle of a shootout. Another important advantage of playing 1v1 is learning how to clutch.

The ability to clutch in CS:GO competitive matches can be the difference between a flawless victory or a bitter loss. Additionally, showing off your skill with your face on the fire within a 1v1 scenario can increase your respect among other players.

The more dominant your skill set is, the more respect competitors will have for you. Last but not least, there’s the adrenaline aspect. If you are a fan of CS:GO matches that raise your heart rate and make you sweat seated in the chair, 1v1 duels will surely make you satisfied.

Setting Up 1v1 Matches in CSGO – Step-by-Step

You can find several methods to create a 1v1 game on CS:GO with quick research on your favorite search engine. This is a basic method that can be used by anyone regardless of experience with CS:GO modes.

This method requires you to download a map, start the match normally, and then add the required commands to the developer console. Let’s take a look at each step involved in the process:

Downloading a 1v1 Map 

After choosing with which friend you want to battle on CS:GO, the first step is to choose and download the scenario in which the combat will take place. Playing 1v1 on standard tournament maps can take too long for a final stand, so we recommend a custom aim map like:

  • aim_map
  • aim_crashz_dust_1on1
  • aim_redline
  • aim_ak_day

All you need to do is to visit the Steam Workshop and use the search engine to find the maps recommended above. Once you’ve found a map, you just need to click on “Subscribe” to add it to your account. 

Starting the Server 

Once you’ve subscribed to the training maps, the next step is to create a 1v1 game. As expected, you need to launch a private server where only you and a friend can participate.

Creating a private server is similar to creating a game with bots only, but you need to use one of the maps downloaded on Steam. Here’s our to create a private server after downloading the aim training maps:

  1. Launch CS:GO as you would normally do for standard matches
  2. Instead of clicking on “Official Matchmaking,” click on “Workshop Maps”
  3. Invite the friend that will serve as your opponent to the Lobby
  4. Select one of the aim training maps you’ve downloaded on Steam 
  5. Click on the “Go” button at the bottom of the screen
  6. Choose “Casual” or Competitive” as the game mode
  7. Click on “Go” to launch the 1v1 match

After the match is finally on, you can start adding the commands using the developer console.

Adding 1v1 Commands

The last step to complete is to add the required commands for a proper 1v1 CS:GO combat, which will change the gameplay mode and set up the number of rounds, the time per round, freeze-time, free Kevlar, and other aspects.

Typically, players use key binding to bind the “~” key to open the developer console on CS:GO. If you have not done it yet, make sure you know how to open the developer. Once you’ve opened the developer console, you can add these commands one by one: 

  • mp_warmup_end
  • mp_weapons_allow_map_placed “1”
  • mp_roundtime “2”
  • mp_roundtime_defuse “2”
  • mp_buytime “5”; mp_freezetime “3”
  • mp_round_restart_delay “5”
  • mp_maxrounds “16”
  • mp_halftime “1”
  • mp_match_can_clinch “1”
  • bot_kick all; mp_restartgame “3”
  • mp_overtime_enable “0”
  • mp_startmoney “16000”
  • mp_t_default_primary “weapon_ak47”
  • mp_t_default_secondary “weapon_p250”
  • mp_ct_default_primary “weapon_ak47”
  • mp_ct_default_secondary “weapon_p250”
  • mp_restartgame “3”

A valuable tip is to use the “sv_cheats 0” command immediately after the game starts to avoid the usage of unfair commands. 

How to 1v1 in CSGO – Summary

This concise guide just taught you how to set up a 1v1 match on CS:GO by following a set of easy steps and why playing 1v1 matches can help to chisel your skills.

The whole process can be completed within a few minutes. If you are willing to start right now, invite a friend that also plays CS:GO and follow the steps described in our guide to set up a 1v1 match.