It’s time for Master Mazuma’s eSports Top 5 Plays of the Year 2017. A few special moments stood out as the best plays across all of eSports. These plays were game-changing. Tournament-winning even. The ones every fan dreams about.
Astralis’ Tec-9 rush (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
Astralis was behind 7-13 in the ELEAGUE grand finals against Virtus.pro. The team was extremely low on money. Normally, teams save their money and give up the round. Astralis however was desperate and took a huge risk. The entire team bought Tec-9 pistols and rushed to bombsite A. This was an all-or-nothing attempt to surprise Virtus.pro. The attack caught Virtus.pro completely off-guard and the risk paid off. This play gave Astralis the momentum to make a comeback and win 16-14. Astralis won their first major tournament with the biggest CS:GO play of the year.
Ruler’s flash-ult to kill Faker at the World finals (League of Legends)
The League of Legends Worlds finals once again featured Samsung Galaxy and SK Telecom T1. Last year, SK Telecom T1 narrowly won thanks to Faker’s world-class plays. Samsung Galaxy’s Ruler was one of the biggest losers, getting outplayed in crucial moments. This year the reverse happened. Ruler made the decisive play against Faker. He used his flash to go in on Faker and kill him with his Varus ultimate. This won Samsung Galaxy the fight and ultimately the game. Ruler redeemed himself with the biggest League of Legends play of the year.
SumaiL’s 5 man Electric Vortex (Dota 2)
“Sometimes, you just have to go in and hope for the best.” SumaiL followed his own advice in the Manila Masters Loser’s Finals against Team NP. His team, Evil Geniuses, was way behind against Team NP and on the brink of being knocked out of the tournament. SumaiL played his signature Storm Spirit. He went in on the entire enemy team and caught all of them. This fight turned the tide in the game. Evil Geniuses went on to win the series and eventually the entire tournament. This was all made possible thanks to SumaiL’s biggest Dota 2 play of the year.
Kaiser’s 5-man Earthshatter (Overwatch)
It was the deciding game 5 of the APEX semifinals between RunAway and LW Blue. RunAway’s Kaiser made the best play of his life. He caught the entire LW Blue team with his Earthshatter ability and wiped the team. This play decided the series and brought RunAway to the finals. Kaiser’s Earthshatter play proved to be the biggest Overwatch play of the year.
Salem’s last game last stock comeback (Super Smash Bros. for WiiU)
Salem made it to the grand finals of EVO, the biggest fighting game tournament of the year. He took on ZeRo, who was the best Super Smash Bros. WiiU ever and the heavy favourite. Salem made to the final game of two best-of-five series. Both players were on their last stock, but Salem was way behind in percentage. Against all odds, Salem made a single opening into a death combo on ZeRo. This completed one of the greatest comebacks in Smash history. Salem’s combo was without doubt the biggest Smash WiiU play of the year.
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