CSGO Wingman – Ranks, How to Play, Maps & More

Here, you will find all there is to know about the most underestimated mode: CSGO Wingman. We go through all the tidbits regarding how to play, how long a wingman game lasts, how to win fast, and how to advance in the CSGO Wingman ranks.

Sometimes we focus solely on the 5 versus 5 competitive game mode in CSGO. After a while, the grind can be too much. Sometimes you just need a break! That’s why Valve released a fun game mode called Wingman. A 2 versus 2 game mode in which the CTs try to defend a single bombsite against the T side. A fast-paced and hectic time is almost guaranteed when playing this game mode, as rushing the bombsite is often the best course of action for the T side due to the reduced map size. This provides a good opportunity to have some fun and practice uncomfortable lowplayer count situations for when you get back to competitive.

Fun and games aside, it also allows for players to better their in-game communication, execution, map awareness, and other fundamental aspects that a training CS:GO map may not offer. Wingman mode’s own set of compact maps and its own ranking systems keep things competitive and serious amid the fun element.

CSGO Wingman Ranks

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What is CSGO Wingman?

Wingman is the perfect game mode for both veterans and beginners alike. It helps improve their overall skills, which they would be practically using during competitive match-making.

Unlike regular match-making, in Wingman, a team needs to secure victories in 9 out of the 16 rounds to win the game. The round timer is recalibrated to 1 minute and 30 seconds to keep things fast-paced and simple. If there’s a draw, the game ends without offering extra rounds to decide a winner.

These are the available CSGO Wingman maps:

  • Boyard
  • Chalice
  • Cobblestone (B bombsite)
  • Inferno (A bombsite)
  • Lake
  • Overpass (B bombsite)
  • Shortdust
  • Shortnuke
  • Train (A bombsite)
  • Vertigo (A bombsite)

It is interesting to mention that there are more CSGO Wingman maps available to us once compared to the official competitive map pool (active duty).

The latest maps to the Wingman pool are Boyard and Chalice, which were added as part of the December 2022 update to the game. The pair are Wingman exclusive, meaning that they’ve been designed specifically to work in a 2v2 environment, unlike many of the Bomb Defusal maps that are designed for 5v5 play. The small size of the new maps also means that there is great attention to detail scattered throughout, with every nook and cranny tested to ensure it fits CS:GO’s strategic play. 

In terms of design, the two maps are extremely similar in how they play. They’re of similar size, and both are mazes that don’t make great use of verticality in the way that other CS:GO maps do. The addition of Boyard and Chalice will definitely come as welcome news to players. The Wingman map pool is always changing, with many maps coming and going in the past, but players won’t turn down an opportunity to freshen it up once again. After all, a new map is new to everyone. If you can be the first to learn every trick on the map, you’ll be climbing the CS:GO Wingman ranks in no time. 

On top of that, if you are new to the game and you want to acquire a new Shattered Web Operation, you will enjoy various Wingman missions which are mostly based on the number of rounds won (for example: win 16 rounds on Rialto, etc). To be honest, Wingman will never be a part of CSGO esports despite a couple of attempts made by the popular tournament hosts.

This game mode is ideal for practice scenarios where you want to check how well you can coordinate and hold a site with a friend. Use it as a practice method together with AimLab to give yourself the flick reflexes and the ability to coordinate for your main matches.

How to Play Wingman?

Truth be told, playing Wingman is super easy. The only thing you need to do is to queue for the game either by yourself or with a friend.

Personally, I would recommend you to play this mode with a friend because it is more interesting that way. If you have a partner you regularly play with, but can’t seem to quite align with on how to approach sites together, jump into CS:GO Wingman and practice simple defend/attack scenarios.

A total of 16 rounds will be played. Tie is an option. However, if you want to win, you will have to seal a total of 9 rounds, so keep that in mind. Furthermore, you will only have one bombsite available on all of the maps I mentioned above. You are also entitled to 90 seconds of gameplay during rounds unlike 120 seconds available to you in competitive mode.

CSGO Wingman

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CSGO Wingman Ranks

Just like in the competitive mode, you will enjoy quite a big spectrum of CSGO ranks. However, it is much easier to climb the ranks in Wingman mode. You should not be surprised if you get that Global Elite status fast. Personally, it only took me around 30 Wingman games played before I was entitled to the highest honors in CSGO.

So what do CSGO Wingman ranks look like? Find the list below:

  • Silver I
  • Silver II
  • Silver II
  • Silver IV
  • Silver Elite
  • Silver Elite Master
  • Gold Nova I
  • Gold Nova II
  • Gold Nova III
  • Gold Nova Master
  • Master Guardian I
  • Master Guardian II
  • Master Guardian Elite
  • Distinguished Master Guardian
  • Legendary Eagle
  • Legendary Eagle Master
  • Supreme Master First Class
  • Global Elite

Wingman Conclusion – Should You Play This Mode?

Wingman is a really fun game mode if you just want to mess around with a friend. While it is true that you may gain valuable experience from it, it is mostly just a game for messing around. Lots of people join games to troll and mess around. At the end of the day, I think we forget that we don’t need to always play so seriously. It is ok to play silly games for fun as well.

If you are a casual player who just wants to have fun with your friend, or an experienced player just looking to mess around, then you should definitely give Wingman a try.