Common CSGO Terms Used in VALORANT


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Rush B! Oh wait, I thought we were playing Mirage.

Common CSGO Terms Used in VALORANT

VALORANT and CSGO have a couple of things in common: Both games are low-time-to-kill FPS games that reward pinpoint accuracy, and both require an attacking side (T for CSGO, Attackers for VALORANT) to plant the Bomb/Spike to win the round.

The similarities in gameplay between these two games made it easy for FPS veterans from other games to switch over and adopt VALORANT’s gameplay mechanics. So it was not surprising to see a ton of CSGO veterans jump to VALORANT as well. After all, VALORANT is arguably the more popular game right now.

It is not uncommon to see a couple of CSGO terms and lingo fly around VALORANT’s text and voice chat either – a testament to just how similar both these games are.

Nevertheless, in this guide, we have listed the most common CSGO terms used in VALORANT, so you do not get left in the dark about what “Force Buy” means in-game.

Common VALORANT Terms and Meaning

If you are relatively new to VALORANT, you might have already encountered some of these terms and have wondered what they mean.

If you are coming from CSGO or other similar FPS games, then some of these terms will be very familiar and more or less the same as those from other similar titles.

Worry not! We have listed down some of the most common terms and slang words in VALORANT to give you a good idea about what they mean when you encounter them in-game.

Half Buy/EcoSacrifice this round and spend as little as possible to get better weapons in the next round.
Anti-EcoBoth teams are in a Half Buy/Eco round, but one team purchases better guns to get the upper hand.
Full SaveBuy absolutely nothing. Get extra credits to buy stronger weapons in the next round.
Force BuyYou have less than enough money to buy full armor, a decent primary weapon, and a lower-tier weapon with half armor instead.
StackIntentionally placing more players on one side of the map to reinforce that area.
RotateMove from an area you are attacking/defending
(bombsite) to different areas on the map.
CT/CT SpawnDefending Team/Defender Spawn
T/T SpawnAttacking Team/Attacker Spawn
Baiting/Baiter/BaitIntentionally sacrificing another player to get the kill.

Someone who intentionally sacrifices their teammate to score a kill.

To throw oneself into a dangerous situation to get a reaction from the opposing team.
Trade/RefragPlaying closely with another teammate so you can kill them immediately once your teammate dies.
Double-peekPeeking with another teammate simultaneously to catch an opposing team player off guard.
Wide-peekSwinging out from cover wider than usual to blow past the opposing player’s crosshair placement.
Jiggle-peekA peeking method that aims to show just your character model’s shoulder.

Typically used to bait out a shot from the opposing team player.
CrossfireTwo players position themselves on opposing sides to simultaneously see the opposing team player.
DinkSuccessfully landing a headshot but failed to kill the enemy outright. Lets your teammates know that player is low HP.
Lit/Tagged/HitLets your teammates know you have hit an enemy target but failed to kill them.
DropTypically means to buy your teammate a weapon.
PrefireFiring a common angle before the enemy player becomes visible on your screen.
Heaven/HellTypically denotes locations around the map with an elevated platform and a platform right underneath it.
Play For Picks/DefaultAn attacker-side strategy that aims to get the first kill before they decide to attack a bombsite.
Tap/Fake DefuseQuickly pressing the defuse button will play the Spike defuse sound in VALORANT.

It can be beneficial for baiting out Attacker-side players from post-plant positions, so you can take them out or get a better idea about where they might come from.
StickDefuse the Spike no matter what. Typically called by a teammate who is not on the Spike and actively covers you while you are defusing.
Plant For XX can mean any common Spike plant locations in a particular bombsite.
Default PlantPlant the Spike at the map’s “Default” Spike Plant spot. Typically the safest spot on the bomb site.
Play the BombUsing the bomb to take out enemy team players from a safe spot away from the bomb site.
Play for TimeDefender-side callout that tells teammates to hide and not show themselves.

Typically used when the Attacking team has zero chance of planting the Spike but can still clutch the round if the last remaining Defender is taken out.
RetakeGrouping up and preparing to attack the Attacking team post-plant.
Glass CannonA player who buys a powerful gun with no armor.
Cyka BlyatInfamous “Rush-B” strategy in CSGO’s Mirage map.

Not as common in VALORANT, though.

Terms & Slang

If you are in the dark about some of these terms in VALORANT, then the list above should help you figure out what your teammates mean when they say ‘Crossfire’ or ‘Trade’ in the world VALORANT.

Nevertheless, you are bound to learn what most of these terms mean by playing as frequently as possible, so play many games and have fun!

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