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CSGO Mythbusters: Is Xyp9x the clutch king?

by Andy Williams

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Astralis’ Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Højsleth has been hailed the clutch king of CS:GO for some time, but is that merely an old wives’ tale? Mythbusters breaks down the stats and paints the picture.

The likes of Richard ‘shox’ Papillon and Xyp9x are names synonymous with clutch for anyone who has followed the highest level of Counter-Strike for some time. With the pair constantly turning up for their teams in high stakes situations, they have both garnered a reputation for being incredibly dangerous as the last man standing.

But with some fresh blood on the scene, are they about to be dethroned as the top clutchers in the modern era of CS:GO?

Zywoo at an ESL event.
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Team Vitality’s Zywoo is widely considered the best all-round player in the game. But can he snatch Xyp9x’ title?

While there is no doubt that the Astralis veteran has a knack in 1vX situations that cannot simply be taught, a dive into some recent statistics shows that the Danish legend has some stiff competition.

French prodigy, Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut is the protagonist leading that narrative. However, there are various metrics by which we can define whether Xyp’s ‘Clutch Minister’ title is under threat.

In this video, we cover numerous angles from a quantitative standpoint to determine if there is a new kid on the block, or if Højsleth’s ability to clutch remains unparalleled.

While the stats paint one picture, there are many intangibles that make it virtually impossible for numbers to define. 

Although, one thing is for sure... The Clutch Minister continues to show up big at when it matters the most — which is all thanks to his shrewd, methodical approach that most definitely puts him in a league of his own.