New custom map lets players reenact CSGO’s greatest clutches

Nick Johnson • March 13, 23:09

Even though Counter-Strike: Global Offensive doesn’t see many mods, the game’s custom maps are a great way for players to try out something new. This week, an impressive map by Ansimist came out, letting players relive 15 clutch moments by some of CSGO’s most popular professional players.

The map offers a ton of replayability with a handful of moments to start and more that can be unlocked as players gain points. Some of the most memorable moments included in the map are:

  • Team Liquid’s Russel “Twistzz” van Dulken vs. Misfits
  • G2 Esports’ Nikola “niko” Kovač vs. Gambit Esports
  • Team Liquid’s Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev vs. Fnatic
  • Renegades’ Keith “NAF” Markovic vs. Luminosity

There’s a screen in the main hall where players select their clutch from a giant Danger Zone tablet where they can see how they stack up relative to other CSGO fans. That’s right, this is one of the few custom CSGO maps that lets players upload their stats to be ranked on a leaderboard.

Clutch Challenge is a top-notch custom CSGO map

The map, made alongside Russian server provider Cybershoke, is the latest strong release from Ansimist.

Stock was the mapper’s first release and was quickly followed by a port of Inferno’s tic-tac-toe mini-game. From there, things got bolder and even more creative. One of Ansimist’s maps changes as players play as they try not to get caught in CSGO’s version of the upside-down. Speaking of upside-down, two of the creator’s other submissions flip Vertigo and Office on their sides in a crazy twist. Ansimist even created a working recreation of Windows shareware Minesweeper in the CSGO engine.

Clutch Challenge shines even better, in part thanks to its unique visual effect. In a surprise addition, developers recently added new scripting options to CSGO including a shaking effect on players’ viewmodels and the ability to control a player’s camera as if they were in a single-player game. Ansimist flexed his programming muscles here, using both options in the map’s intro scene. Finally, it looks like Ansimist has something else up his sleeve.

Every time players return to the home map after completing a clutch, something changes in the home map. We won’t spoil it here, but Ansimist is too good of a programmer and there’s more here than meets the eye. CSGO players can download Clutch Challenge from the Steam Workshop.

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