How to play a CS 2 tournament

Want to be prepared for your first tournament? Skim through this article and you'll be good to go!
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Join Tournament

To join the tournament, click the Join Tournament button.

  • If it's a 1v1 tournament, you will now be signed up - easy!
  • If it's a team tournament, you will either be able to sign up with the our "Match Me" feature, which will put you in a team with other solo players who have signed up with this feature.
    • Or you can join as a Team, and invite your team members to the tournament.

Confirm Participation

After joining the tournament, you will need to confirm your participation.

The "Check-in Period" in which you will be able to confirm your participation can vary from tournament to tournament, make sure you check the Tournament Overview page where the this time period will be displayed.

If you are in a team, every player in the team needs to Confirm Participation for your team to be able to participate in the tournament.


When the tournament has started everyone gets their on-site tournament game lobby. To enter the lobby, press the go-to-game button on the tournament overview page or under your Activities in the right sidebar.

Note: If the tournament isn't full (16/32/64 teams), you may receive a BYE match, meaning that you won't play your first game until round 2.

The map vetoing will begin once all team members in both teams have entered the lobby and become Ready. In most tournaments, you will have around 2-10 minutes to enter the game lobby, depending on tournament settings. This is called the "Go-to-lobby timer" and is indicated on the Tournament overview page under Game settings & format

A team or player who doesn't enter the lobby in time is automatically disqualified.

Map vetoing (pick & ban)

Both teams take turns banning the maps and server locations they don't want to play on. The map to play on is then chosen randomly, or by exclusion (if no more maps are left) depending on the pick-and-ban style that is used.

Each team or player has 2-5 minutes to make the first map ban, and then 30 seconds for every other ban or pick (including the match server location). The exact length of the Veto process will vary depending on the Go-to-Game timer settings of the tournament.

For a bo3 or bo5 match, all maps for every game is picked/banned in the first on-site game lobby for that particular match.

When a map and server have been selected, the server is started and all players can enter the server. 

Enter the Counter-Strike 2 game client

Please mind the go-to-game timer!

If your team is not "ready" in-game within the time limit you will automatically lose the game and might get disqualified.

Usually, you will have about 7 minutes in Aim map games (1v1 & 2v2) and 8-10 minutes in Competitive games (3v3 & 5v5) to join the server and start playing.  

Click the Launch Game button or copy and paste the server IP to connect through the in-game console.

Some players experience lag or FPS drops when entering the server via the Launch button. If this happens, use the IP address instead.

Once you are on the CS 2server, the system will set you as Ready automatically within 30 seconds of joining. Alternatively, you can type !ready or /ready to signal that you are ready to play. 

When all members from both teams have readied up, the match starts.

Automatic game results

Since we host our own game servers, all the match results are automatically reported to Challengermode. 

When the game is over, and if you have more games to play in the tournament, you will be able to proceed to the next round by clicking the continue button in the game lobby.

Running into other issues, or do you have additional questions? Feel free to chat with us by clicking (?) on Challengermode.

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