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.
Thomas "thoMz" Garcia (coL)
thoMz's aim is at its best at the mid range and so that's where you'll see him operating a lot of the time inside B. His standard position is behind the two boxes at the front of the raised area. Often going behind the right box first and then switching to the left if time passes with no enemies spotted or his team-mate rotates to A. By covering the right box pushed up he can either stay completely hidden and get the jump on multiple enemies moving into the site, useful for when alone covering the site, or he can crouch-peek over the box and spot enemies coming out of the tunnels. The beauty of well timed crouch-peeks like those are firstly sometimes the enemy doesn't see you doing it meaning you are still hidden but also if he sees you and fires you have momentary cover from the box to allow you to step out knowing where he roughly is and begin engaging.
When thoMz plays these spots he is often mixing up allowing the enemy to penetrate and engage and purposely engaging them the second they get to the back of the front tunnel area. This mix allows him to either take apart a full push from the enemy where they are commited to the site or halt a rush momentarily so his team-mate can back him up with nades/flashes and his team can be ready to rotate if necessary. It is important when playing key choke points to understand how the choices you make will impact what your team needs to do. Teams and players which have this concept understood are able to play multiple different styles at a site but all effectively. When a player tries this on his own without communication he can leave his team assuming he is doing one thing while he does another, meaning they aren't ready to give him adequate support.
On ecos thoMz likes to get aggressive and get in the enemy's face quickly and without too much waiting around. This means attacking all areas of the map from pushes long and cat to his favourite which seems to be attacking the mid/double doors and either looking for guys rushing up catwalk or pushing through the lower B tunnels looking to flank a terrorist. thoMz has used what seems to be a naturally impatient, action-hungry, style of play and turned it from being an overwhelming negative which costs his team a player to one which allows him to be aggressive at the right times and also give his team information early so they can fully adapt to enemy pushes. Again it's not about what you do as much as how you do it sometimes. That's why this feature isn't called 'what the pros do'.