“Three Ts defend a planted bomb against four CTs in this fast-paced game mode. Choose a loadout card at the beginning of each round and retake (or defend) the bomb site. The first to 8 rounds wins!”
Retakes is a game mode added to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in Operation Broken Fang, as a part of the December 3, 2020 update. The game mode was kept after Operation Broken Fang ended on the May 3, 2021 update and moved from its own separate game mode into the War Games category.
In this mode there are only 3 players on the Terrorist team and 4 players on the Counter-Terrorist team. The first team to win 8 rounds wins the match. The round takes place with the bomb already planted at the start. Also at the beginning of the round, the players pick a loadout card which decides which weapons and equipment they have. Compared to the original maps, the Counter-Terrorist spawn at set random locations surrounding the bombsite. On the other hand, the Terrorist players are spawned on the bombsite and are temporarily blocked from moving out of the bombsite until the bomb has been planted by which then they are freely allowed to move to anywhere on the map.
The Counter Terrorist side radar shows which site has the bomb planted by a message underneath the radar along with an on-screen indicator. The players cannot spectate the enemy team when they die and friendly fire and money is both disabled. The bomb timer is 40 seconds.
During the 7 second freezetime, only the Terrorist team players can move within the temporary restricted area on the bombsite whereas the Counter-Terrorist players cannot move during the freeze time.
During the first two rounds of the match, all players loadout cards do not have kevlar and then subsequent rounds thereafter all players' loadout cards give them kevlar+helmet which have varying amounts between 60-80 armor points. For the first round, CTs only have one defuse kit, then in the second and third round they have 2 defuse kits. Then all subsequent rounds thereafter all CT's players have their own defuse kit. After the round has ended, any alive players weapons and equipment are not carried over to the next round.
The following maps are available after the December 3, 2020 update:
At the start of the round, the player gets dealt cards which they can choose from. These cards are random and a certain card can only be given to a specific amount of people. In addition, the bonus card will be awarded to the player who received an MVP in the previous round. This card will yield the player an additional grenade on one of their selectable cards.
Counter Terrorist Cards
|Name||Kevlar + Helmet||Primary Weapon||Secondary Weapon||Grenades||Availablity||Defuse Kits|
|Hide and Peek||Smoke Grenade||1|
|Only Takes One||Desert Eagle/R8 Revolver||2|
|UMP in Smoke||Yes||UMP-45||USP-S/P2000||Smoke Grenade||2||3|
|Fun n' Gun||MP9||HE Grenade||2|
|Light 'em Up||Yes||M4A4/M4A1-S||USP-S/P2000||Flashbang||2||4|
|Disappearing Act||M4A4/M4A1-S||Smoke Grenade||1|
|Eyes on Target||AUG||1|
|Behind Enemy Lines||AK-47||1 (Enemy Card)|
|The AWPortunity||AWP||1 (Bonus Card)|
|Name||Kevlar + Helmet||Primary Weapon||Secondary Weapon||Grenades||Availablity|
|Pistol Round||4 Bad Guys Left||No||Glock-18||3|
|When There’s Smoke...||Smoke Grenade||1|
|Qué ota?||No||Desert Eagle/R8 Revolver||2|
|Smoke Screen||P250||Smoke Grenade||1|
|TEC. TEC. BOOM!||Tec-9/CZ75-Auto||HE Grenade||1|
|Back In a Flash||Yes||UMP-45||Glock-18||Flashbang||2|
|All In||Galil AR||2|
|Boom Box||MAC-10||Smoke Grenade &||1|
|Set Them Free||SSG 08||1|
|Smoke Show||Yes||AK-47||Glock-18||Smoke Grenade||2|
|Eye Spy||SG 553||HE Grenade||1|
|Finders Keepers||M4A4/M4A1-S||1 (Enemy Card)|
|The AWPortunity||AWP||1 (Bonus Card)|
- Retakes originated from an old popular community game mode.
- Retakes' icon-file mistakenly contains all icons from CS:GO inside of it, leading to a big file-size.