If you find you’re getting placed into matchmaking games in Counter-Strike that feel laggy and have players from countries quite far geographically from you, you might benefit from the CS:GO ping command (CMD) that allows you to limit the acceptable ping of servers you join. This way, Valve will only match you to a server that falls under the acceptable ping value that you’ve set. Here’s how to change the max ping of your server in CS:GO.
Setting your max ping in the CS:GO console
It’s a simple affair to change your max ping in CS:GO, and the way to do it is by using a console command. The base command to limit the ping of any servers you join can be found in the text box below. Just open up your developer’s console and copy the following into it:
All you’ll need to do is add a value onto the end of this command, or CMD, to choose what the server’s max ping is that you want to play on. A common value to limit your ping at is 150. This way, you’ll still find competitive games quickly, but won’t get placed into any servers that are heaving with lag. If that’s the value you want to go for, copy the command in the box below.
If you’re solo queueing or you know that your party members have sturdy internet and low pings, then you can probably use a server max ping command of just 50 to ensure you only join the smoothest games. 50 is the lowest that you can set your ping. Beware, though; this could make finding games to join a much lengthier process as you’re filtering out any server with a ping to you that is over 50. This command can be found below.
Adjust the values of these commands as you see fit to accomodate the settings of your party. Meeting in the middle with a number like 100 as your max ping should allow you to avoid laggy servers while not making your queue take ages to pop.
We hope this ping command helped you avoid those laggy servers in CS:GO.
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