In this feature we examine some of the different yet effective ways of playing bombsites on the most popular maps via the styles of some of the world's best players. Each of these players has their own method of playing the site and often tailors their style to their strengths as well as builds strengths thanks to their choice of positioning. Let's look at how the pros do it on this position.
Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert (EG.US)
Within the current EG setup it seems as though n0thing plays this site largely based on what his team is doing as well as his own hyperactive nature inside the game. His home spot is to begin the round looking from the first CT arch towards the right of the second. From here he can spam the enemy, flash over and nade effectively. If his team-mate is moving into the banana early in the round then n0thing will flash over and back him up for a moment. n0thing does a lot of swinging over to the other bombsite through CT spawn when his B team-mate has an AWP or is pushed into a strong early notice position. This allows EG to overload the other site while also being able to get back towards B in reasonable time.
When he sees an enemy in the banana/arch n0thing will often pull back to allow a rush or push by him. n0thing will either move to the left to the edge of the wooden part before the double box or pull back to the edge of the alley area in B so he can get the drop on a terrorist pushing through. If he doesn't see anything here or a few second have passed then n0thing likes to move through the alley and either hold a straight angle along the stairs area so he kills the guys running up but looking towards the corners or if he has killed one there or the enemies have fully rushed then he will rely on his excellent aim to peek from slightly further to the right looking down across the whole arch area. This is typically an AWP position but the best riflers will also be seen using it since they combine expert level aim with a good sense of when the timing is right to peek this spot without being killed by the 3-4 guys using pushing and looking towards that angle.
n0thing's pushing up is not as aggressive as some might imagine from his overall CS play style. When he does push into the banana it is often just the top part, and without showing himself to any AWPers, unless he has some kind of backup or a boost setup with his team-mate. Other times he will push up to the edge of the arch and hold on the right so he can spray/kill enemies who are close up and moving into positions where they are expecting to see him in the further back AWP position described earlier. For someone with his aiming style this position can be useful is used rarely but setup via the arch play. His two other spots, the AWP spot and the other arch, set the enemy up to feel safe moving to where his pushed up position now holds. They have it in the backs of their minds that they can get to this position and THEN flash.
n0thing doesn't do much hiding in the actual site or behind boxes, largely because it's not his game on this map unless he is on an eco.
Min Soo "glow" Kim (WeMade Fox)
WeMadeFox are one of the best inferno teams in the world and can win against any opposition on the map in big tournaments. glow's approach to playing the CT side begins with an unorthodox style of peeking he repeatedly employs. He will look from the right of the CT arch down to the left of the banana opening corner, a very old position AWPers have always used, except he will watch this position with his knife out purely looking for the sight of an enemy. If he sees them he will run back into the site and/or flash over. This would be very dangerous for a lot of players since firstly they would get picked by AWPers and secondly if they saw the enemy and the enemy had a rifle the likelihood of them getting spammed would be very high. The keys here are that glow has good movement, can play unpredictably so his enemies don't like to push too aggressively against him and also makes excellent use of flashes.