The Best CS2 Weapon Loadouts For 2024

Who needs loadouts anyway? The AWP is all I need.

Anwell Patdu
Anwell Patdu - CS2 & Valorant Expert
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We’ve all had plenty of time to mess around with the CS2 weapon loadout system. It’s one of the CS2 changes that the community embraced with open arms. I’ve had my fair share of experimenting to determine which weapons I should bring in battle. So, born from my countless trials, here are my picks for the best CS2 weapon loadouts in 2023.

Terrorist Weapon Loadout

A photo of the Terrorist weapon loadouts in CS2.
A Terrorist weapon loadout example
Weapon CategoriesWeapon Choice
PistolsGlock, P250, TEC-9, Dual Berretas/CZ75-Auto, Desert Eagle
Mid-TierMAC-10, XM1014, MP7/MP5-SD, Nova, P90
RiflesGalil, AK-47, SG 553, SSG 08, AWP


The pistol selections are pretty straightforward. The Glock and P250 are pretty standard, while the TEC-9 remains a powerful pistol. You can choose between the Dual Berretas and the CZ75 as your spam pistols. Although there’s a slight edge to the Berretas because of their larger magazine size. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without the trusty DEagle.


The MAC-10 is one of the best weapons in CS2 because of how OP run and gun currently is. The same explanation goes for the more expensive SMGs like the MP7 and the P90. Finally, shotguns are kings when clearing close corners and rushing through cramped spaces.


As for the rifles, the Galil is a standard pick because of how great it works as a half-buy or force-buy weapon. Selecting the AK-47 is a no-brainer. It’s hands down the best Terrorist weapon and is one of the best ones in CS2. Finish it off with the scoped SG 553, SSG 08, and AWP; you’re all set.

Counter-Terrorist Weapon Loadout

a photo of the weapons for counter-terrorists.
A Counter-Terrorist weapon loadout example
Weapon CategoriesWeapon Choice
PistolsUSP-S, P250, Five-SeveN, Dual Berettas/CZ75-Auto, Desert Eagle
Mid-TierMP9, XM1014, MP5-SD/PP-Bizon, P90, Negev
RiflesSSG 08/FAMAS, M4A4, M4A1-S, AUG, AWP


On the other side, don’t forget to swap in the USP-S. It’s by far the superior CT starting pistol. It’s up to your personal preference whether to take the Dual Berettas or the CZ75 as your spraying weapon. Round off the handguns with the Five-SeveN, another solid CT-exclusive, and the all-around favorite Desert Eagle.


The typical SMGs and shotguns like the MP9, P90, and XM1014 should be included in your mid-tier loadout. However, the Negev is an often slept-on pick on CT. It can put pressure on the offense and force them to rotate. Round it with a PP-Bizon for some run-and-gun action or the MP5-SD for more controlled battles.


The M4 brothers are, without a doubt, the best weapons for Counter-Terrorists and should be included in any loadout. Likewise, the AUG and the AWP are pretty much non-negotiables. However, you can choose between a budget sniper in the SSG 08 or the heavy-hitting eco-friendly FAMAS.


Optimizing your CS2 weapon loadouts can take you a long way. It can help you win more games and climb those ranks by being able to select the right guns for the job. It also helps ensure you’re ready for different situations, unlocking your full head-tapping potential.

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By Anwell Patdu CS2 & Valorant Expert
Hey, awesome game enthusiasts! I'm Anwell, diving into the gaming world from the days of the Game Boy Advance SP with Pokémon FireRed, evolving into a pro strategist in the intense showdowns of Valorant and CS2. It's a thrill ride I never want to get off!But hey, I'm not all about the competitive scene. Sometimes I'm kickin' back with the latest indie farming sims, where my farm designs—though not award-winners—bring a quirky kind of peace.As for the tech side, yeah, I've put together a PC or two, and it's a blast. But let’s park that for now; we're all about the gaming vibes here!All this joystick joy turned me into a wordsmith in the gaming universe, with a sea of articles to my credit. And the journey, with you all by my side, just keeps leveling up. So, stay tuned, stay connected, and let’s keep this game-night rolling! Ready for more action and less talk? Onward to our next virtual adventure!
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