When building a team, one must consider the different roles and how the players selected can fulfill those roles. One of the major problems facing most rising teams is selecting the most appropriate role to a certain player. Assigning the proper role to a player can change a team’s performance greatly and improve the efficiency of the team. Arguably the most important role in a team is the man who calls the strategy to be played. In this topic we will discuss the fundamentals of being a successful In-Game Leader by Understanding the role, Coordinating your team and Setting your team up.

Understanding the role:

Being the In-Game Leader for your team is all about developing structure in your team in order to execute a certain strategy with order where the mistakes are at a minimum. It is a common misconception that the In-Game Leader should specifically call out every single step done in the game. The In-Game Leader’s job is simply setting up a general plan and using the players according to their positioning in order to execute a certain strategy, it is without a doubt, the In-Game Leader’s responsibility to set up the location of the players on the map according to his read on the enemy team’s style of play. As a leader you must be able to set up your player’s positions according to their roles in order to get the best possible outcome out of each player, for example: Setting up your entry fragger to hold A main on Cache if you plan on attacking the A site. However, your role as a leader is only to give out the call of when to strike but not specifying how; surely calling out the need for certain smokes, flashes and molotovs is necessary. However, it does not matter who throws them as long as the person using the utility has sufficient cover from his other teammate. Beyond the point of just giving the call out of what utilities should be used and which players should hold which spot is not the Leader’s responsibility.

Coordinating your team:

As a Leader, your team needs to be able to translate your callouts correctly all the time. If the players become confused or frustrated, it will create a huge problem in the round and will ultimately lead to the loss of the round. Building the communication skills of your players or practicing the use of different lingo is important in order to insure the effectiveness of your strategy. It is often noted that some teams have problems while trying to enter a site, the players begin to check the same spot as their other teammates and not understanding what is going on during the chaos of the gun fire and utilities being used all over the place, this is an obvious problem of communication and bad understanding of certain lingo. As an In-Game Leader you should be in control of what goes on in the game, players must do the call exactly as instructed; If a player is told to hold a certain position passively, he should do so without any attempts to take useless aim fights which may lead to his death and shifting the advantage towards the enemy team. The extent of how disciplined the teammates are is a great contributor to the success of the team in winning the round and knowing what was the real cause behind losing the round. Communication is also one of the biggest factors that affect the level of effectiveness of your callouts, if you get enough information on how the enemy team is set up, this should help you think more clearly about how you want to play against them.

Setting up your team:

After you have solid control over your team and the proper level of communication you should begin to understand how to set your team for proper site takes or, how to use your players to successfully take control over a certain part of the map without losing any of your players. Setting up your player’s positions according to their roles is a key factor in getting the best outcome from your strategy. Assuming you have no proper understanding of how to set up players according to their roles, you can see scenarios like: The support player trying to entry, he will end up dead most likely since he will not be efficient as someone who is dedicated to the role and practices entry fragging. You have to be able to set up your entry fragger as the first man to go in and get the opening kill, the support player should be second man in and responsible for helping the entry with the required utilities to get the opening kill, the AWPer should be set up to cover really open areas and keeping the enemies under pressure in that specific part of the map and finally the lurker should be positioned to cut off any rotations to the bombsite you are attacking. Each player dedicated to his role will do it best, if they begin to swap roles due to the inadequacy of the positioning, this will surely downgrade the performance of your team.


To sum things up, your success as an In-Game Leader will not be achieved if you feel it is like a burden you have to carry. To be a successful In-Game Leader you need to understand the role you are doing, coordinate your team and setting up your players in the most effective way possible. Discipline and communication are key factors in checking if the problem you have is associated with your strategy calling abilities or whether it is a problem related to your players.