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Aztec (de_aztec) is the only jungle theme orientated map in the Counter-Strike series that has been continuously updated for every newly released CS game. Unlike most other maps, Aztec favors snipers since Aztec is a very large open-spaced map.
Very highly-skilled players who have sniper weaponry will gain an advantage over players with close-ranged weapons. The only concerns that snipers have to consider is being outnumbered by the enemy force and stepping into enclosed areas that may contain an ambush. As such, snipers will be found in the areas with a higher foot ground (such as the ground above the river in Aztec) that provides a great advantage compared to lower areas. Generally, Bombsite B and the sectors that overlook the area tend to have the hottest amounts of combat in the entire map. In CS:GO, a player that needs both ranged firepower and automatic fire may consider purchasing the AUG A2 or the SG 553, due to their abilities to zoom-in and still maintain good versatility.
Many players will often avoid wielding close-ranged weaponry, such as shotguns, in this open-spaced map. However, ambushes are best implemented with these types of weapons and snipers may not even be expecting you to wield a shotgun. While the map has large areas, it also has several spots that favor CQB type players, which snipers will be at a disadvantage.
Flashbangs (and sometimes, HE grenades) may not always be useful in the open-spaced areas so players may use smoke grenades for additional cover, distractions, or for rushing. Firebombs, like the Molotov Cocktail and the Incendiary Grenade, provide more tactical advantages in narrow pathways, such as the overpass and the door entryways.
As expected in bomb defusal maps, the Counter-Terrorists will have their Spawn Zone close to the two bombsites. It is highly recommended to guard Bombsite B due to the fact that if the Terrorists reach and guard that site, they will easily dominate opposing enemies as they can keep firing bullets from a far distance to discourse exposed players as the bomb is ticking away.
If this ever happens, it is best to keep a Counter-Terrorist with a defusal kit alive especially when the bomb is more than halfway to detonation. Moreover, try to have team members attack from the courtyard, the double doors, or the back hall to pressure the Terrorists. From the area where the river ends (just lower the bombsite B), one can toss smoke grenades to make an safer approach, flashbangs for confusion, or HE grenades for distractions.
Sometimes, a handful of CTs will rush through the overpass (from the courtyard) and can flank incoming Terrorists around the double doors. If the opposing force overwhelms them, they can take cover behind the props or can jump into the river to evade enemies.
If the Terrorist with the bomb is not encountered anywhere nearby site B, then it is likely that he is either waiting for the right time to move or is crossing the bridge above the river. Keep a few Counter-Terrorist players at Bombsite B and try to flank the incoming Terrorists by stealthily moving behind them. If you are lucky, you may then surprise them and if they are fighting against another group of Counter-Terrorists in the river or on the bridge, the round will then favor the CTs.
If the first round is the pistol match, do not head directly for bombsite B as the Counter-Terrorists have the USP (or the P2000 in Global Offensive) which excels in power and accuracy compared to the Glock. Instead, try to move to Bombsite A to deceive the enemy by going through the bridge or the river. Note that if you have sufficient firepower, coordinated team work, and a variety of weapons, it is possible for the Terrorists to successfully swarm through Bombsite B.
However, the bridge is one of the most heavily exposed areas in the map as it can be assaulted by enemy players from at least 4 different angles. When this happens, do not rush to cross the bridge and wait for at least a few seconds. Often times, expect a large gunfight to occur and try to clear the area with any grenade that you have. If the fight is over or does not occur, you may then cross the bridge but watch out for potential ambushes in Bombsite A as the monuments can allow enemies to hide behind obvious spots.
Notes: If you are able to obtain any sniper rifle (especially the AWSM), it is then recommended to head to the bridge or Bombsite B. If not, try to avoid being spotted in the open areas as enemies can easily take you down.
These areas contain the most amount of snipers since other weapons would not be effective in eliminating targets in one or two shots. Players who do not have sniper weapons should avoid entering this area in the first minute of the round as they can easily become relatively easy targets. Flashbangs can come in handy but it mainly depends on the user's skill since stun grenades greatly affects players who were in close proximity while others would only be blinded for one second if they were far away. Meanwhile, the lower ramp and double doors are potential spots for surprise attacks against anyone at Bombsite B.
Instead, smoke grenades offer better lasting protection from snipers and can prevent your team members from being eliminated. If grenades are not available, strafe and avoid getting hit. Try to fire at a sniper, especially when he fired a bullet and needs to operate the bolt on the Schmidt Scout (SSG 08 in Global Offensive) or the AWP. This is the best chance for a valuable counter-attack. However, using this tactic on enemies who are armed with auto-snipers can be risky.
Since Bombsite B is closer to the Counter-Terrorists, they can easily eliminate careless Terrorist players who have rushed through the double doors. However, the Terrorists can turn the tables and if they successfully reached the bomb target and plant the C4, the remaining CT team will struggle to defuse the bomb before it detonates.
If there is an enemy sniper at Bombsite B or around the overpass, avoid the courtyard at all costs unless you have present team members with you, or the sniper is occupied.
If you are caught in the middle of a gunfight within the overpass, take cover behind the stone monuments and throw a flashbang above the props at enemies. This tactic should allow you to either retreat or regain fighting ground.
Whenever fighting occurs in these sections, a flashbang is often thrown and players will attempt to force the enemy to retreat back to the bombsite entryways. One method in avoiding death is to rush and seek cover (such as behind the crates) or shoot widely for a few rounds at the last spot where you saw enemies. Another preferred tactic is to hold your position around the double doors thus greatly increasing your chance to retreat. In that scenario, enemies are unlikely to pursue targets that have fallen back as they could have rejoined with team members.
If players are surrounded in the overpass, it is possible for them to retreat by jumping into the river (and they can avoid fall damage if they land in the water).
If these tactics are not possible, throwing a flashbang at the opposing force while you are still recovering from the enemy's flashbang can be a life saver at the last second. This should give you enough time to fully regain your sight and still finish off opponents.
If you are at the bottom of the area (or the river), be very careful in how you move upwards to the bombsite or the courtyard. It is more than likely that a camper is hiding at the overpass and waiting to eliminate exposed enemies at the ramp or the stairs. Note that players located around the overpass will have an advantage over opponents who are at lower areas so be sure to swarm the area with multiple team members.
In older games, a CT can throw a smoke grenade (and a flashbang as well if possible) to trick/distract the Terrorists. Then, he can jump around the ledge and ambush them. This was nullified in CS:GO because of the presence of a wooden board.
These sections are the least traveled areas in the map as most enemies can swarm in from many sides and essentially trap opponents. Often times, the bridge is one of the worst places to get seen by enemies as there are no areas that provide sufficient cover.
For example, if a player is on the middle of the bridge, the opposing force can fire at the exposed player from the front, below, sides, and sometimes, even from behind. To be sure, always throw a flashbang or an HE grenade at the other side of the bridge to flush out enemies who may be hiding behind the crates. Note that if there are no enemies, the bridge and the river can serve as a great path to infiltrate or hide from the enemy team. In older games, if you have to jump from the bridge, make sure to fall into the water to avoid taking fall damage, as the area is fairly high and player can take a lot of fall damage if not careful.
Whenever players were caught in combat at the bridge, the most common tactics implemented included throwing a flashbang or/and an HE grenade at the direction of the enemy and quickly retreating to a safer location. Sometimes, the user would even purposely fall down to the river to avoid additional incoming bullets, if there were no enemies seen at the water. However, players must be very careful in how to descend from the bridge as falling down without landing in the river can lead to extreme damage or even death.
In Source games, players are now less willing to traverse through the river, as waddling through the water can attract attention. Moreover, falling into the water requires greater care as some areas are not submerged under water or could have a prop, which can cause reckless players to suffer from damage or death.
If you are at the river and below the bridge, keep an eye on the entry points of the bridge as enemies can swarm through your current position and shoot you down when you are too far away from cover. Throw a flashbang at the respective entry way where an enemy player may take and it should give you enough time to successfully traverse through the river with ease (unless there are opponents on the other side).
If enemies are spotted from the other side of the bridge or below/across the river, never rush into the exposed areas. Opponents can shoot you down without allowing you to escape.
If possible, walk, not run, around the outer edges of the water. Running through the water can attract attention and make it unlikely for your team to win in that round. This tactic can also be used if an enemy player runs through the water, giving you the advantage if the assailant is unaware of your position.
In Counter-Strike 1.6 and Condition Zero, players can easily fall into the water from the bridge as a method to disengage enemies. However, in Counter-Strike: Source and Global Offensive, Valve changed it and made the ground uneven at certain areas. This means that not every patch of land is under water and a careless player can fall and suffer heavy damage or death.
Unlike Bombsite B, this site offers many areas suitable for ambushes. To prevent becoming a victim, do not rush and instead, use flashbangs and finish off any blinded enemy. The most likely hiding spots are normally hidden by the ruin monuments or even nearby the staircase. If the enemy force is not found there, they are probably at bombsite B. Once after planting the C4 bomb, the Counter-Terrorists will rush in to defuse the bomb so be sure to have team members with snipers and guard the bombsite.
If the Terrorists were pushed to retreat from Bombsite B, the bridge, and the river, the back pathway will contain some members of the Terrorist team who will try to regain lost ground. This area is dangerous as it is perfect for snipers to eliminate players from a far distance and below the river thus throwing a smoke grenade and a flashbang before entering into the back is an important step to take.
Players rarely camp around here as it does not offer sufficient cover from approaching enemies. The only benefit from staying in this area is to hide and then strike the enemy, should the opposing force players enter into Bombsite A, the overpass, or the ramp without checking the Courtyard. If the bomb has been planted in Bombsite B instead, do not hang around in the area for too long as the section will be heavily watched by enemy snipers.
There are a few advantages in guarding this area. Players armed with a sniper rifle can guard bombsite A or B (depending on the amount of allied players), the overpass, and even the ramp that leads to bombsite A.
Counter-Terrorist Spawn Zone
Terrorists will usually ignore this area, unless they are guarding Bombsite B. However, if the CTs are camping at bombsite B while the bomb is planted at bombsite A, they may pass through their spawn zone and may (re)purchase ammo, better weapons, or grenades and use this way as a shortcut. When approaching site A, be sure to throw a flashbang at the site as there may be ambushes waiting ahead (or behind a prop).
This area hardly contains any combat as the Terrorists traverse through the back hall to reach bombsite A. However, some CTs may wait inside the back hall to set up some ambushes or wallbang to attack enemies. Unless the bridge or the underpass is compromised by the CTs while the bomb is dropped close to site A, some Terrorists may take this way to reach the bombsite in a safer way.
Terrorist Spawn Zone