An incredibly helpful new practice feature has been added in the latest update to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Three new console commands have been added to the game, designed to help players practice some of CSGO’s trickier grenade throws. The commands cannot be used in casual or competitive matchmaking, but should greatly speed up the process of experimenting with smoke, flash, and molotov placements.
The first command is cl_grenadepreview, which gives players a live outline of where their grenade will land once it’s thrown. This is used to give players a live look at how a grenade will bounce and where it will ultimately land.
That makes cl_grenadepreview strong for short or mid-range grenades, but another new command, cl_sim_grenade_trajectory, is much better for long-range throws or those that will not land within the players’ line of sight. As the name suggests, this shows an outline of a grenade’s trajectory if thrown from the current crosshair placement.
This is ideal for tricky smoke and molotov throws that fly over walls or other obstructions before deploying. Worth noting is that this also works considerably faster than established practice mode options for grenade throws, as it gives an accurate depiction of where the grenade will land without waiting for the grenade to land, deploy, and clear before trying another throw.
The final command is sv_rethrow_last_grenade. This allows players to automatically have the last grenade throw redone without having to throw it themselves. This is particularly useful for flash grenades, as a player can throw it, move forward, and then use the command to test its effectiveness from multiple angles.
There was one other small other made in the patch, with the behavior tree for deathmatch bots being altered to support free-for-all modes. Improved bot AI is being experimented with in deathmatch and this should improve and expedite the process.
The full patch notes can be found on the official CSGO blog.