How to Play 1V1 in CS:GO 2020

Setting up a one-on-one lobby can be difficult in CS: GO, unlike other games like Fortnite and League of Legends. Valve changed the game's user interface in early 2019, which was a great way to simplify things. But it also made creating private lobbies even more difficult than it was.

Setting up a one-on-one game can be useful for a number of things. It can help you end a feud you got into during the ranked match, or it can be used to teach your friends the ropes of CS: GO. They are also a great way to warm up with your duo before getting into a competitive game.


Here's how to set up a private lobby in CS: Go one-vs-one against anyone you want.

Set the tone

Although they may not be written, one-on-one games have certain rules. If you are the one who creates the lobby, it is recommended that you inform your opponent of the rules of your game. Following commands ensures a clean match and automates most of the process.

  • bot_kick

  • Your lobby will be filled with bots as soon as you join the server, and this command will remove them all.

  • mp_warmup_start

  • mp_warmup_pause timer 1

  • These commands trigger a warm-up round until your opponent joins. This gives you a few minutes to capture your surroundings.

  • sv_talk_enemy_living 1

  • sv_talk_enemy_dead 1

  • sv_deadtalk 1

  • These two allow you to interact with your enemy through voice chat. This can be very useful when playing against someone you don't know. Who doesn't like trash talk?

  • sv_cheats 0

  • While it may be fun to turn on the cheats to destroy your friend before he realizes what's going on. In the CS: GO community, however, this is usually considered a cheap shot. If you turn it off from the start, it shows how serious you are.

  • mp_maxrounds 20

  • mp_halftime 1

  • With these commands you can set the winning conditions for your lobby.

  • mp_free_armor 2

If you hate leaving your spawn without a kevlar and helmet, you don't want to miss one even during a one-on-one. This command gives everyone in the lobby a combination of Kevlar and helmet. You can change it to "0" to grant no armor at all, or to "1" to only equip a Kevlar without a helmet.

If you want to avoid typing them into your console every time you create a one-on-one lobby, we recommend creating a CFG file that you can run in-game once you've created your lobby. If this is your first time hearing about CFG files, you can read this guide or refer to the following screenshots.

Find a workshop card


Before inviting someone to a one-on-one fight, you should download a handful of custom maps to create a lobby. Remember that your opponent must also have the same card as you. If you don't have the card, you will be warned to download it from the Steam Workshop. Therefore, it may take a few minutes for them to jump onto your server.

Target cards are usually the best candidates for one-on-one battles. If you think the options are overwhelming, do a quick YouTube search to see the most popular maps.

To download a workshop card, press the play button to the left of the main menu and then click on "Workshop cards" in the drop-down menu. On the right side you should see a button labeled "Visit Workshop" that will take you directly to the Community Hub. You can search for maps by keyword or popularity. When you subscribe to a card, the download process starts automatically and is added to your card list.

Invite your opponent


After you have finished your card, you can invite your opponent to your lobby. After joining, select the downloaded workshop card and click "Go". A small pop-up prompts you to choose a game mode. Select "Competition" here to get the same set of rules as for a competition game and press "Go" again.

Activate your developer console before proceeding to the last step by navigating to the game settings.

After loading into the map, activate the Developer Console to run the cfg file created in the first step. Just type exec "your CFG file name" without the quotes to activate your commands and enjoy your one-on-one match.

What are the best one-on-one cards in CS: GO?

Finding the right card can be a struggle because each element contains different elements in different card settings. However, we've put together some of the most popular single cards in the CS: GO community to save you time researching.

One-on-one target card from Sgt. Krex

Sgt. Krex's one-on-one goal card can be considered the gold standard because it is the best one-on-one card based on community feedback.

The card has a clear layout with a balanced setup. There are several obstacles and four high points. All fields on the map are unbreakable

One-on-one metro from Noodle

Classic CS: ​​GO cards have a desert-like atmosphere that can get old at some point due to their similar color palettes. If you want something more modern and unconventional, you can try the Noodle Metro map. It's in a small subway station and the developer was thorough with all the details you would expect from a real station.

One-on-one card from Traiker

This one-vs-one card contains only a few orange walls and a single ramp in the middle. The Traiker card is the perfect choice for anyone who follows a simple approach. After all, you only need a few walls for a decent one-on-one experience.