Combine the competitiveness of [[ProfessionalGaming organized sports]] and the aesthetic beauty of {{video games}}, and you have a plethora of potential [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Awesome Moments]].

''This is about moments that happen at tournaments.''

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[[folder: Video Game/Blaz Blue ]]

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tHMe35gLNo This match video.]] At the time of that match, Rachel Alucard was rated as among the top-tier characters. Whether defense, offense, zoning, or rushdown strategies, she could do it all with flair. Tager, by contrast, was considered one of the bottom-tier characters, with difficult ways to approach almost anyone and few if any ways to reverse the flow of battle by countering the opponent's pressure. About the only character he could fight on even footing was Hakumen, who Tager had demolished in the first round of the tournament. This time, however, he'd be up against a real fight thanks to Rachel...and for most of the first round, that's the case. Pinned, stuck in long combos, little to no way to pull out a victory... and then you realize that Tager's player is [[MemeticBadass Mike Z]]. Cue [[MemeticMutation REAL SOVIET DAMAGE]].
** And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbVioLGD-gU this]] one provides with perhaps the greatest [[CurbStompBattle smackdown]] Mike Z has ever delivered.
* At [=EVO2011=], Spark shows off just how much of a StoneWall [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPWpby1jbnU Hakumen can be,]] Made awesome and hilarious by how much of a fan favorite Spark was, to the point that almost every combo and between-match break had a crowd cheering him on.
-->'''Crowd:''' ''[[CatchPhrase Ay! Ay! Ay! Ay! Ay! Ay! Ay! Ay!]]''\\
or...\\
'''Crowd:''' ''Spark! Spark! Spark! Spark! Spark!''

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[[folder: [[Video Game/Capcom Vs SNK 2 Mark Of The Millennium Capcom vs. SNK 2 ]]
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPF0XV3GY-0 Justin Wong vs. Combofiend at EVO 2005.]] Combofiend's Rolento, with his absolutely sicknasty pressure and mix-up game, was out-and-out the star of the show, but Justin put on a good act as well, including baiting Combofiend with his Senpu Retsu Zan feint (giving Haohmaru a go-ahead for some rather impressive Custom Combo goodness) and some nice Vega pressure of his own. To put the icing on the cake, the teams (A-Haohmaru/Mai/Vega vs. A-Rock/Rolento/Eagle) feature characters (Haohmaru, Mai, Eagle) that you almost ''never'' see at high/tourney-level play.
* At EVO 2003, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylUs46uAsNU Amir had the misfortune of facing Daigo's C-Guile.]] [[CurbStompBattle Daigo scores an OCV]], only having to resort to busting out a super ''once''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci59o6sxLhw Dr. B gives Daigo's C-Groove team a run for his money at EVO 2003, narrowly losing to him...]] in S-Groove, no less (to clarify, S-Groove is widely seen as the weakest and least-viable Groove of the regular six, tournament-wise).
* Eric Lee, his team of K-Rock/Cammy/Kim (usually anchored by a positively electric Kim), and his almost-psychic knack for pulling off [[VideoGame/FatalFury Just Defends]] deserve a mention here, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_eleFvonXM not only for his frantic match (and close win) against John Choi at NCR2K,]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAuLbZbfy_4 but for giving Combofiend's K-Groove team at hard time, even in a match he ultimately lost.]]
* And speaking of Choi, we have [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNSK5IuSw3M his second match against Buktooth from the Losers Bracket of EvoWest 2007.]] Buktooth's Hibiki puts in a ''very'' valiant effort at the end, but Choi manages to pull through.
* Similar to Amir vs. Daigo above, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-09Pp4bW-qw Justin Wong's A-Rolento went to town on Gief in the 2008 V.G.A. Tournament.]]
* Daidouraku's Ranbat tourney matches against [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Anh3EmhCC3A RCK]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhryAghrZ6Y Dari]] ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNP2-Gnns3U here's Part 2]]) are noteworthy. RCK's Sakura and Bison sneak in a few deadly Custom Combos, only to be answered by Daidouraku's entire team (with Akuma and Rolento delivering some illusive cross-ups and respectable pressure while Chun-Li scored supers off of good hit confirms), while Dari's Geese is just formidable in general.

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[[folder: Video Game/Counter-Strike ]]

* ESEA LAN 13. Dynamic Swag VS [=VeryGames=]. Things are getting desperate when Braxton "Swag" Pierce had to defend the planted bomb against [=KennyS=] of [=VeryGames=] alone. What does he do when he heard footsteps getting close? [[spoiler: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QzM_2pdH1Y&feature=youtu.be He throws his pistol away as a fake grenade.]]]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRVw9tf_4MM TeamX vs NiP.]] There's a reason this comeback is the sheer definition of epic, and why [=NiP=] is considered the BEST FUCKING TEAM OF ALL TIME IN ALL CS. NOT ONLY CS:GO. ALL CS.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WV1-AklbEQ Here]] ''sNax'' from ''Virtus Pro'' demonstrated that in ''Counter Strike'', patience and planning are just as important as shooting skill.

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[[folder: Video Game/Dota 2 ]]

* Na'vi picking Pudge in the finals of the very first International tournament. Consider, for a second, that Pudge is a hero that, until that very moment, has been considered a pubstomp pick that is completely unviable in tournaments; and there's US$1,000,000 at stake. Na'vi did it anyway. Now [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RS3CytoLTb4&t=3m24s listen to the crowd roar.]]
** In what seems to be a repeat of this moment, Alliance picking Ogre Magi in the grand finals of the International 3. Ogre Magi is a hero very reliable on luck, and is considered an unviable support because he is melee instead of ranged (Note that the only melee support considered viable is Dark Seer, and that's because of his powerful abilities). Not that it stopped Alliance, and [[http://youtu.be/pmchmlCxyYQ?t=7m15s the crowd shows their approval of it, just like when Na'Vi picked Pudge.]]
* In the International 2, Na'Vi faced IG in the winner's bracket semifinals. Na'Vi drafts Enchantress, Juggernaut, Rubick[[note]]who can steal the abilities of enemies[[/note]], Enigma[[note]]who can use Black Hole to disable and heavily damage all enemies in an area[[/note]], and Shadow Shaman against IG's draft of Tidehunter[[note]]who can use Ravage to do huge damage and stun all enemies in a massive radius[[/note]], Naga Siren[[note]]who can use Song of the Siren to put all enemies in a huge radius to sleep – they cannot attack or be attacked, but can be moved around[[/note]], Puck, Dark Seer[[note]]who can use Vacuum to suck all enemies in a large radius together to a small area for better positioning[[/note]], and Lina. In what has come to be known simply as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDaJes0T1Ig "The Play,"]] IG use a Smoke of Deceit to ambush Na'Vi from behind as they try to push down a tower. Naga Siren gets great positioning and manages to put all of Na'Vi to sleep. Cue a massive OhCrap from the crowd and the commentators. Dark Seer Vacuums four of Na'Vi into tight formation to set up Tidehunter's Ravage. The sleep ends. Two lightning-quick reactions (or, alternatively, ButtonMashing) save Na'Vi's life and turn the fight around. Dendi's Rubick uses his Force Staff to get out of the Ravage's range; and [=LightOfHeaven's=] Enigma uses his Black King Bar to become magic immune (and therefore unaffected by the Ravage), and then uses his Black Hole to capture and disable three of IG. '''Dendi steals Ravage.'''[[note]]This is a lot more impressive than it sounds – at the competitive level, most Tidehunters use another ability immediately after using a Ravage if there's a Rubick on the other team to prevent him from stealing the ability that gets Tidehunter picked at all. (And, if this troper's eyes aren't failing them in the slo-mo replay linked below, Tidehunter was about '''five frames of animation away''' from completing the Anchor Smash that would have overwritten Ravage as "stealable"!!)[[/note]] The Black Hole finishes, Dendi returns the Ravage into almost all of IG, and the rest is mop-up for Na'Vi - they turn what is probably at best a 5 for 1 trade in IG's favor into a 5 for 0 trade in Na'Vi's favor, and can continue on pushing down the tower and the barracks. They get a standing ovation and a locomotive chant from the crowd and ride that wave to the end of the game.
** And if that was too fast to see, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mahHF8dIeVg here it is]] at [[BulletTime 1000 FPS.]]
** Here's the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ldq1afiKQb8 multicam edition]].
** The commentary has become almost legendary [[note]]Big wrap-around gank is gonna be the name of the game for iG. Who leads the way? I believe it should be Zhou, they're gonna cut for the shorter path, they stormed up the river, Patience from Zhou, waiting in the wake, Na'Vi is about to be caught. OH there's the Sleep, the Surge, he catches everyone, Oh this could be a total disaster... Vacuum in! on everyone! The Black Hole as well, LighTofHeaveN turns it around. as well, stolen by Dendi. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? They turned it around, 4 heroes dead, 5 heroes dead for iG. ChuaN's trying to survive, ChuaN's gonna go down. Puppey talked about the Naga counter, its LighTofHeaveN, with his BKB, they turned it around. I dont even know how they gonna do it, standing ovation from the crowd.[[/note]]
* Dreamhack Winter 2012, Grand Finals – the brand-new team of No Tidehunter (NTH) versus Evil Geniuses. EG wins the first game, but due to some scheduling oddities, there's a two hour delay between the first game and the second two of the best-of-three. One of No Tidehunter's players, s4, along with the captain, [=EternalEnvy=], uses the time to come up with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAWK5kNDDlM&feature=youtu.be a spectacular trick.]] At the beginning of the second game, one player from NTH immediately runs down to [[KingMook Roshan]] and attempts to kill him, which results in [[CurbStompBattle his predictable death.]] Meanwhile, the rest of NTH is waiting, hidden, near the Roshan pit. When EG go to check on Roshan to make sure NTH isn't doing a level 1 Roshan kill, NTH comes up behind them and manages to kill two of EG before the rest can retreat. Everyone watching the play was completely amazed - nobody had ever seen it done before, and this from a very new team.
-->'''[=TobiWan=]:''' No one has ever done that! No one has '''ever''' done that in the history of Dota!
* The International 2013 has [[http://www.twitch.tv/dota2ti/b/442766388?t=494m39s LGD.Gaming facing Team Liquid]] in a Best-of-One "Loser goes home" fight for at least 8th place (Where you begin earning money). Team Liquid are barely one year old as a team in Dota 2 (albeit with some vets of the scene) facing the team that came out 3rd in last year's International who are only in the loser's bracket because the Alliance were steam-rolling the Winner's Bracket. Team Liquid were definitive underdogs, especially with their inconsistent performance in the preliminaries. They started off with their aggressive tri-lane completely bombing with Gyro having no farm and Crystal Maiden being little more than free food for the carry with how underleveled she was. Fast forward forty minutes and Liquid found the farm, got the pick offs, Bulba found oh-so-many Hookshots and Liquid built up the deeps. It all culminated with a clusterfuck of a Rosh fight including Magnus pulling out a surprise Double RP on Liquid and stealing away Liquid's Rosh. This chaotic fight ended with '''[[BewareTheNiceOnes Crystal]]''' '''[[TheDogBitesBack Maiden]]''' saving the day with a Triple Kill (As well as popping Magnus's aegis) and Liquid scoring a team wipe on LGD. The following three minutes consisted of Team Liquid going all in on a base push to end the game before LGD would inevitably recover, and the commentators and crowd went absolutely insane. It was a sea of continuous screaming, Luminous Inverse going hoarse from trying to call everything and intermittent "USA" chants. Team Liquid, the underdog of the hour, [[UnderdogsNeverLose knocked out TI2's 3rd place finisher]] and made history as THE very first North American Dota 2 team to make it to an International's Top 8!
* In the International 3's winner's semifinals, [=Na'Vi=] faced [=TongFu=], a team that had surprised many by placing strongly in the upper half of their group (and thereby making it into the upper bracket). In the first game of the best-of-three, [=Na'Vi=], always ready to please the crowd, drafted Dendi's incredible Pudge, who promptly went to town on [=TongFu's=] lineup. The second game, however, saw [=TongFu=] crushing through [=Na'Vi=]. On the back foot, they drafted Pudge again, along with Puppey's trademark Chen. Despite having two of their best players playing two of their best heroes, the game started to go the way of [=TongFu=], with their powerful Gyrocopter and unconventional Doom picks working well to shut down [=Na'Vi's=] lineup. In desperation, Puppey and Dendi conspired to adopt a strategy which, while powerful and effective (both at killing enemy heroes and pleasing crowds), was not often seen in professional play aside from games in which [=Na'Vi=] felt like joking around. This strategy was [[http://www.gamespot.com/dota-2/videos/dendis-hook-to-fountain-compilation-dota-2-international-6412792/ fountain hooking]][[note]]For the uninitiated, the technique involves combining Chen's Test of Faith ability that sends an allied hero back to their home base with a perfectly timed use of Pudge's Meat Hook ability to pull an enemy unit toward Pudge. The result: a helpless enemy hero flying over otherwise-impassable terrain back to the fountain-hooker's base, where the base's automatic defense structure kills him very quickly.[[/note]]. Knowing that outside of this unorthodox technique, [=Na'Vi=] had next to no way of killing off enemy heroes, Dendi and Puppey combined to land fountain hook after fountain hook, consistently killing off [=TongFu's=] most important heroes, (including the Gyrocopter with a very newly acquired Aegis!). Eventually, the gold and experience swung enough for [=Na'Vi=] to gain control of the game, destroy all three barracks, and force out a [[InstantWinCondition GG]]. The crowd went nuts.
* [=TI3=] Lower Bracket, Round 4, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-An7Cbyn8E Orange vs DK, Game 3.]] Orange get out to a commanding lead and look to have it in the bag until a couple of teamfights go in DK's favor, and the team starts to turn it around. As DK attempt to go for [[KingMook Roshan]], a chaotic teamfight breaks out, and ky.xy, an Orange player who was on Magnus that game, dies and buys back, rejoining his team. As DK go back to finish off Roshan, ky.xy blinks in, ''catches four of them with an RP,'' and Skewers them all back to the high ground, securing an eventual [[TotalPartyKill teamwipe]] that forced ''three'' buybacks from DK and secured Roshan for Orange. Not even ''two minutes later,'' ky.xy would [[UpToEleven one-up himself]] and, during another teamfight, land an RP '''''on the entire DK team.''''' This would result in a second teamwipe and lead to Orange knocking DK out of the tournament.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8HBr1EGX1I The International 3 went out with an enormous bang.]] After clawing their way past Orange in Loser's Finals, Na'Vi returned to the Grand Finals as they had done for both previous iterations of the International. They faced Alliance, the team that had stomped them into loser's bracket with a 2-0. After the first game in which Alliance obliterated Na'Vi, the determined squad began to fight back, winning the next two games. Alliance won the fourth, though, forcing the series to go the distance. In the final game, Na'Vi racked up a huge early lead, with XBOCT surviving and even managing to get kills in a lane where he often faced down 4 enemy heroes by himself. Na'Vi continued to build momentum through chaotic teamfights, while Alliance seemed to be struggling to keep up. Eventually, Na'Vi started beating down Alliance's middle barracks. Three of Alliance's team members were nowhere to be seen, as they were pushing both side lanes harder and harder towards Na'Vi's base. The captain, s4, despite playing his unbelievable Puck, was dead. Akke was playing the fragile Crystal Maiden and could do little to nothing to stop the push. As Na'Vi besieged the barracks, it became more and more clear that [[DesperationAttack Alliance's push into their base]] was not going to stop. Frantically, Na'Vi finished the destruction of the barracks and prepared to teleport back to base. They never made it. [[BackFromTheDead S4 had bought back]], blinked into the whole team, and dropped his Dream Coil to break three teleports and render Na'Vi's base unreachable except on foot. Na'Vi lost both side lane barracks and could no longer stand under the pressure of the [[EliteMook Mega Creeps]] bearing down on their base. Alliance was crowned champion of 2013's International, riding on the back of the Million Dollar Coil.
** But wait, it gets better! The game wasn't quite over yet, as Na'Vi still had a very fed Templar Assassin who could kill any of Alliance's players with little problem. During Alliance's final assault on Na'Vi's base, Dendi (playing Templar Assassin) attempted to teleport back to base to defend it. However, s4 was nearby and managed to stop Dendi with another Dream Coil... LITERALLY IN A FRACTION OF A SECOND BEFORE DENDI WOULD TELEPORT BACK TO BASE. With Dendi's TP broken, Alliance managed to destroy Na'Vi's ancient with little opposition.

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[[folder: Video Game/Guilty Gear ]]

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yvFNEWWVIU These two]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5RG6kgZFRo video compilations]] should suffice. Thank you, thank you, no applause.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nG9o4vlDx8 Here is also a condensed video.]] Note: awesomeness not condensed.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vw_tE9bSytM And here's the rematch between isa (Sol) and Buppa (Ky).]] ''Accent Core'' flavor.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B_zo0dvfzY Daigo (Sol) vs. Zakiyama (I-No).]] Not for the ludicrous amounts of Dustloop abuse ("'''TEYAH! TEYAH! TEYAH! TEYAH! TEYAH!'''", etc.), but for the ''insane'' Gun Flame > FRC > Gun Flame (rinse, wash, repeat) pressure Daigo puts on Zakiyama at the end after a good read in the corner. Truly, Daigo's fingers must move at the speed of sound.
* While the compilation will come across more as side-splittingly hilarious to those familiar with the metagame, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LeiwjJx994 Kusoru]] (see also his mention in the ''[=MvC3=]'' section below) is pretty much the living incarnation of homo-genius when it comes to ''GG'' TournamentPlay. To quote a [=YouTuber=], he plays so unsafe that he's basically safe. And he manages to somehow throw his opponents for a ([[JustForPun Dust]])loop with mindgames and ''win'' rounds, let alone matches and tournaments, with this strategy. So imagine if Kusoru stopped essentially trolling his competition and played seriously for change. (A breakdown of Kusoru's antics and why he should've ''failed'' by all means can be found [[http://pastebin.com/P8h4LkuH here.]] For bonus points, there's some extra ''[[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Hokuto no Ken]]'' tomfoolery at the end of the above video.)
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcR9MLryyOY Chipp (Susumu) vs. Jam (Kaleido Star)]] in ''Slash'', a blindly fast and highly technical fight that goes from the ground to the skies and back again like no one's business. While Susumu ultimately proves why he's one of the best Chipp players in the world (if not ''the'' best), Kaleido Star's Jam was able to keep pace with Susumu for the majority of the match, even getting Susumu's number at the end of Round 1.


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[[folder: Video Game/Heroes Of Newerth ]]

* It's Gosu Invitational Grand Finals - tdM vs [=TiG=] game 2 ended in what may be THE closest finish ever seen in any video game. [=TiG=] manages to pick off tdM's Pebbles after an attempt to sneak a Kongor kill. Knowing this may be their last chance to finish the game, they go straight for the [[InstantWinCondition World Tree.]] tdM, knowing they had no chance at defending 4v5, decide to teleport into [=TiG=]'s base and attempt to ninja their [[InstantWinCondition Sacrificial Shrine]] before the World Tree dies. What ensues is probably the greatest base race in gaming history, with tdM winning the game with one ONE hit point on their own main structure. [[CriticalExistenceFailure ONE.]] [[DownToTheLastPlay HIT.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGpwArt3SIo&t=4m54s POINT.]]
* In the Gosu Gamers World Cup - Pretty much the Hon world cup at the time - Grand Finals game 5 between Fnatic.MSI and team LOAD. After an incredibly close series, LOAD decided to bring out a pick never even seen before in the competitive scene: Balphagore, who was at the time considered to be a weak pubstompy hero who was entirely reliant on his Ult. What followed was perhaps the [[CurbStompBattle stompiest]] game ever seen in competitive Hon. Within the 20 minutes long game, Balphagore ended up going '''''15-0''''' against Fnatic.MSI, the other part of the world´s top 2 at the time, completely dominating the game with clever use of his [[{{Necromancer}} minions]] and ridiculous pushing power. Within 2 weeks of this match being played, S2 Games nerfed Balphagore so hard that he hasn´t been picked reliably since then.

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[[folder: Manga/Hokuto No Ken ]]

* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9V3O9dDj4Ck This match pretty much sums up the glory that is HnK.]]

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[[folder: Video Game/Kid Icarus Uprising ]]

* Final match at GDC 2012. At first, Light Team ends up doing poorly, to the point where they fall behind, but they start catching up. By that point, though, regular Pit turns out to be in trouble, but luckily, the shown Light team member [[spoiler:who turns out to be Master Knight DH]] heads to the scene ASAP and successfully uses his [[CloseRangeCombatant close range weapon]] to clobber the responsible opponent. '''''HARD!''''' The opponent in question is left unable to escape and gets [=KOed=], just in time for the Dark Pit player and the third opponent to come by. Both Light team members focus their efforts on the Dark Pit player, probably realizing that the battle wasn't going to last past this skirmish. Ultimately, the Pit player gets the KO [[DownToTheLastPlay with minimal health left]]. That's right: Light Team won by a thread thanks to teamwork with a timely assist. It had to be seen to be believed.

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[[folder: [[The King Of Fighters King of Fighters XIII ]]
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* Evo 2012 Grand Finals, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFSs5ygXgR4 MadKOF vs Bala.]] The word "hype" does not ''begin'' to describe this set that goes down to the wire and ends in [=MadKOF=] becoming the first player to win an Evo title in KOFXIII.
* Evo 2013 had AS Reynald rampaging through out the loser's bracket and even takes out last year's champion to make it to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqWf5G9bcRY Grand Finals against an unknown Japanese player named Hee San Woo]]. After going down two games in the first set, Reynald would go on to win the next six games to claim the title.
* In France, there is a kid only 10 years old who plays like a pro. Wawa's finest performance was probably during the Team Tournament Grand Finals at World Games Cup 2013 where he single-handedly took out over half the enemy team by himself. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZScFZU3n6A OH MY DAYS!!]]

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[[folder: Video Game/Marvel Vs Capcom 2 ]]

* Justin Wong gets a ''huge'' Crowning Moment of Awesome in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVmc5ZepdVs his Evo '07 match against Yipes.]] At the start of the video, he's down to one character (Cyclops), and Yipes still has three, all with full or near-full life, and two of them (Storm and Magneto) are [[GameBreaker two of the four best characters in the game]]. Wong somehow manages to take down ''all three characters with his one''.
* Wong [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obvigJ__I7k does this again,]] but with his one character just ''one chip away'' from death.
* He also defeats one of England's best ''Marvel vs. Capcom 2'' players [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDfC5ioO4TI using two of the worst characters in the game.]]
* Neo and Clockw0rk, two of the biggest names in ''Marvel vs. Capcom 2'' history, fighting each other, resulted in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVTdAOb54xI this.]]
** For a bit of context, this has been called "The Final Chapter" for a reason, it happened a month before vanilla ''3'' came out, meaning it would probably be the last great event in ''Marvel vs. Capcom 2'' history. And it was arguably ''THE'' best moment in that gaming history.
* Most great tournament matches, especially those with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVmc5ZepdVs amazing]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2FdjP60FO0 comebacks.]]
* Combo videos are generally full of this, special mention goes to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZXSUZywhx0 those]] by Joo and the Meikyoshisyui team and Mangetro's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9993gSuhyBA Variable Atmophere 2.]]
* Everyone loves the Clockw0rk versus Neo money match, but to many ''[=MvC2=]'' fans, Clockw0rk's CMOA was his money match against Dark Prince in 2007. Prior to the match, Dark Prince had been talking trash about several old-school players, including Clockw0rk, calling them washed up has-beens who were only recognized based on past accomplishments rather than relevance in the current competitive scene, and he went on to say that he could beat any one of them. Clockw0rk [[BreakTheHaughty proved him wrong]] when he won the money match [[CurbStompBattle 11 games to 3, winning the last 7 games in a row]]. Dark Prince had his Crowning Moment of Funny when he ran out of quarters to put into the arcade machine after the third game, apparently not having expected Clockw0rk to win more than two games.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXWOz7N9IRg MVC2 Will Never Die]] is a montage of awesome moments of the game. The Amir vs. BB Hood moments are particularly memorable.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kMcrSEWelI VDO vs Potter]] at EVO 2009. Not only does VDO do good with an unorthodox team (Rogue/Ken/Colossus), but he does it well against a veteran player and showcases several clutch moments.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_9EyavvHgE Sanford]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpFGPIsGJ0M defeats]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Lj23qJpp00 Justin]]. Justin Wong is the undisputed king of ''[=MvC2=]''; what guys like Chris G are now Justin was an even bigger version back in the day being undefeated in every tournament he entered for a good four years at that point and was referred to as God. At Breakpoint in 2004 Sanford becomes the first person to dethrone him.

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[[folder: Video Game/Marvel Vs Capcom 3 ]]

* Combofiend got one against Marn at Final Round XIV. With a team of relatively underrated characters, he managed to win all three rounds against his opponent. The most magnificent moment was in the last round, when, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mSbHE5iHUQ reduced to only a pixel of health and against Marn's Sentinel, Combofiend managed to make a comeback using Spencer's Bionic Lancer move.]] Or rather, his '''[[MemeticMutation BIONIC AAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRMMM!!!]]''' The crowd and announcers' reactions are priceless. Combofiend went on to win the tournament, beating Justin Wong in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sOMUh7_Dn0 the final round.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GDH0Ylp7bc The entire match.]]
* An 8-year old named Noah had entered into EVO 2011, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCkr1fvJI-w he was astonishingly a very impressive player.]] Almost everyone in the crowd cheered for him when he did good, and usually boo at his opponent when he's getting beat up. He made it into the top 48 before getting eliminated by Chris G... And then they shook hands.
* Evo 2011 Losers bracket match, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsISAlYiFPM PR Rog sent JUSTIN WONG home via perfect]]. Then he goes on to reset the count by beating Viscant during match point [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edJRs_Db8v0 with Tron's level 3 against Dark Phoenix.]]
* Wong did get some of the glory. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLXLHGr03dw Against Richard Nyguyen]], he managed an incredible Akuma comeback against two characters with no X-factor and the tiniest smidgen of life imaginable.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AwOfFz6ZPQ Another incredible Akuma comeback by Wong against Filipino Champ at Canada Cup 2011]]
* At a Bar Fights tournament on 12/11, Marn fought Combofiend again in another First to 5, with Combofiend absolutely ''trashing'' Marn, not losing '''a single match'''. And to cap it all off, Combofiend finished Marn's X-Factor Wesker with what else but a [[CallBack BIONIC AAAAAAAARRRRRRM!]]
* Iron Fist was universally considered a bottom tier character in the ''Ultimate'' version of this game. That didn't stop Justin Wong from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=3Qs6N75HWPc#t=4959 taking first place in Southern California Regionals]] with him as the point character.
* Japanese player Kusoru, aka AGEOJOE, joined a tournament with a team of Rocket Raccoon, Viewtiful Joe, and Frank West. Everybody expected this team of three low-tier characters to go down quickly. However, not only did AGEOJOE win the tournament, he also managed to defeat someone using [[GameBreaker Dark Phoenix]] ''twice''. See the final match of the tournament (Kusoru vs PR Rog) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7XBncjF4xw here.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixJwCkqdpNc Here's the highlight reel.]] Kusoru wasn't just blowing up the competition at Final Round XV; he was having one hell of a time, laughing all the way to the bank.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hN8d69LvS1Y MarlinPie vs. Alukard at Curleh Mustache 2.]] A high-kinetic battle full of insanity ([[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments and commentary courtesy of Yipes and Chris Matrix]]) is putting it lightly. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYxSl2o0OU4 This is probably the defining moment of it all,]] but the entire match is a "first to five" set that ''goes down to the wire''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6D7XXwcrbo MarlinPie vs. Combofiend in SCR]] where they duke it out in a first to 10. In a high octane battle, Marlinpie throws down insane combos while Combofiend shows off his insane maneuvers. The game also goes down to the last match.
* TA Frutsy places 5th at EVO 2012 using a team fronted by MODOK, a character that quite a few tier lists place low and [[JokeCharacter not many take very seriously]]. Frutsy goes on to prove just how much of a LethalJokeCharacter MODOK can be, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLHL4SGcdWw getting to Top 8 in the tournament]] before losing to Combofiend in the Loser's Bracket.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UTP56Xu3nI Chris G vs. Filipino Champ's FT15 at Seasons Beatings: Ascension]]. As noted on the UsefulNotes/FightingGameCommunity page, these two are coastal rivals[[note]]Chris G is the undisputed top player on the East Coast and F. Champ is the same for the West[[/note]], so any time they meet, it's sure to be intense. It is often argued that this is one of the best sets in ''Marvel vs. Capcom 3'' history.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCoH9AilqHI Chris G vs. Filipino Champ]] at Apex 2013 deserves mention as well. By the machinations of fate, the two of them met in the Grand Finals at Apex, with F. Champ coming out of the Losers Bracket. F. Champ came dangerously close to resetting with his Phoenix team, and Phoenix was set with a stock of five meters, until Chris G pulled out something never seen before: a combo into [[ManaDrain Soul Drain]], '''taking away Phoenix's fifth bar''', and killing her just shy of transformation into Dark Phoenix!
* Newcomer "Apology Man" getting 4th place at [=SoCal=] Regional 2013 with his Skrull/Frank/Doom team. There's no way you can make top 8, let alone top 4, without taking down some heavy hitters along the way ([[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome including EVO 2012 champion]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7CbtAvK4z8 Filipino Champ]]). Apology Man's team proved how scary a maxed-out Frank can be!
* Did you ever expect to see neither Chris G '''''nor''''' Filipino Champ make it to either Losers ''or'' Winners Finals in Evo 2013? Well guess what? '''That happened.'''
** Justin Wong's incredible performance all throughout the Loser's Bracket. Notably, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fcl53RKtFm4 he comes back from an 0-2 deficit against Chris G]] and wins three straight to eliminate the man everyone thought would cruise to an Evo 2013 title. He then goes on to Grand Finals and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkeKkrxoT8M puts up a hell of a fight against Flocker, even managing to reset the bracket in crazy fashion]], but eventually lost the second set to him, and Flocker would take the title and not only have [[VideoGame/MegaManX Zero]] win a major, but win ''the'' major.
** Props should also go to Angelic, who placed third in the tournament using a team with [[Comicbook/DoctorStrange Shuma-Gorath]] on anchor. Shuma, while hardly a bad character, is often considered a specialist character due to his high degree of execution. Angelic proved just how scary the lord of the Chaos Dimension could be.
* Sometimes, it's not the players who get the moment. At SCR 2013, Angelic faced off against Marn and [[CurbStompBattle crushed him 3-0]]. However, during the first round of their battle, Combofiend (on commentary) proceeded to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSR9rutIU28 call every single move Angelic would do two seconds before he actually did them.]] Needless to say, his co-commenator was both amused and freaked out.
-->'''Magus1234''': [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Alright, and Combofiend takes round one!]]\\
'''Combofiend''': Sorry to spoil the game for you guys.

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[[folder: Video Game/Persona 4 Arena ]]


* This 5 Vs 5, Japan Vs America game from Evo Anime Suite 2013. In a game normally dominated by Japanese players, this amazing sweep by [=BananaKen=]'s Shadow Labrys is a rare and beautiful sight, especially because no-one saw this coming. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCR7TiFFqys It's made even better by the off-the-wall commentary.]]
* [=BananaKen=] has done other awesome things with Shadow Labrys as well, such as getting to 3rd place at EVO 2013, and ending his [=UFGT9=] win [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT2E2hV9pFg with an Instant Kill]], which is almost ''never'' used in tournament play.

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[[folder: Video Game/Starcraft and Video Game/Starcraft II ]]

* Any game which makes [=SCLegacy's=] annual Pimpest Plays list is bound to be this.
* If a progamer wins 3 [=OSLs=], he gets a golden mouse. It's more of a ''crowning moment of awesome'' than you'd think. In fact, winning any major tournament is HUGE. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dg6-3AMfdGk Look at the freaking crowd with thousands of people.]]
* Boxer's legendary [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jen46qkZVNI [=SCV=] Rush]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUCEV3SMX2A Ever 2004 OSL Finals- Boxer vs Iloveoov]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAP29o5cNB4 Batoo OSL Finals- Jaedong vs Fantasy]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKeut8J8vz0 Ever 2008 OSL Finals- July vs Best]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDRTk4vB_D4 Bacchus 2010 OSL Finals- Fantasy vs Stork]]
* Every time game gets past lair tech in a Zerg vs Zerg matchup.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IrEYesnpW0 Reach vs. Chojja, 2005 UZOO MSL Semifinals]]. While the match is mostly known for the awesome game-ending play [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdESX2N3jVo "Reach's Lockdown"]], which made it to #2 on the 2005 Pimpest Plays list, but the entire match is awesome and unexpectedly long for a single StarCraft game. NeedsABetterDescription.
* A western tournament, the [=TSL3's=] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TxhLGF0gek&feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=SP2A0E10DE33870B23 final round between Thorzain and Naniwa]][[note]]links to a playlist of the entire best-of-7 series[[/note]]. [[spoiler: After winning a single battle and then proceeding to lose 2, Thorzain pulls off an amazing reversal and holds off two huge all-ins by Naniwa to win the tournament.]]
* [[http://sc2casts.com/cast4315-Huk-vs-Moon-Best-of-5-DreamHack-Summer-2011-Finals HUK vs Moon Game 5, Dreamhack 2011.]] After four gruelling matches in a best of five tournament, the score is 2 to 2. The final map is one of the largest in the rotation. Everyone is predicting a long, drawn-out macro-based game. [[spoiler: Then the commentators realize that Moon is building no drones, indicating an extremely aggressive "Six Pool" strategy that goes for an early knockout punch at the cost of severely damaging mid-game economy. And then HUK, through sheer luck, scouts Moon's base, seeing the attack coming. What follows is a rapid sequence of attacks and defends, where HUK desperately holds off not one, but TWO all-in ZergRush attacks while building up enough forces to counter-attack for a win.]]
** This and a CMOF in [[spoiler: Game 4 where Moon makes a ''huge'' blunder in cancelling his second base under the false impression that HUK had it scouted. The commentators even shouted "Wait a minute!" when they realised what had happened.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BJVd9i5P-0 DreamHack Summer 2013, Stardust vs. Jaedong.]] Jaedong has built up a massive lead in material and is making a huge assault on Stardust's base, but makes a critical blunder and overextends, allowing for Stardust's army to destroy all of Jaedong's structures but one: a desperation extractor placed in the corner of the map. Stardust found it and killed it. ''With probes.''

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[[folder: Franchise/Street Fighter (series) ]]

* The most well known one is Evo Moment #37, or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtuA5we0RZU "Daigo full parry"]] from EVO 2004. ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII Street Fighter III 3rd Strike]]'' has a defensive system - "Parrying" - which allows any player with good enough timing to deflect a move without taking damage; the risk is high, but the reward is great.\\
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In the famous match between Justin Wong and Daigo Umehara[[note]]possibly the best ''Street Fighter'' player ever; even Capcom's own staff fear his skills.[[/note]] Daigo (playing as Ken) is down to a bare sliver of health against Justin (Chun-Li). As Justin goes for a Super Combo, all looks lost... but then Daigo proves why he's nicknamed "The Beast": knowing that blocking even one blow would cost him the match (due to chip damage), Daigo goes UpToEleven for even expert players and ''parries every possible hit of the Super Combo'', including one while airborne, then very quickly counters with a Super Combo of his own to win the match. To this day, it's still considered one of the most impressive feats in gaming. To give a sports analogy - it's like Doug Flutie's "Miracle in Miami"-level comeback.\\
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To put it another way, the moment is so famous among the fighting game community that when ''3rd Strike: Online Edition'' was released, Evo Moment #37 [[AscendedMeme was featured as an achievement in the game]]. It gets better when hearing Daigo retrospectively talk about that match: Daigo needed the sound of Chun-Li's kicks in order to properly time his parries, but the noise generated by the onlookers distracted him. ''He still managed to pull off the feat effortlessly without sound.'' And when speaking of the impressiveness of that moment, Daigo merely commented, "That's just one of my common techniques, really." In other words, it's the fighting game equivalent of a "ButForMeItWasTuesday" moment!\\
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For more irony, pay close attention to the score during the match. Right before Chun-Li goes in with her Hoyoku Sen, Justin has 107000 points. Daigo's score after all of that parrying and his finishing combo? ''107500.''
** [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/report/editorial-article/the-beast-is-unleashed-capcoms-seth-killian-explains-the-most-famous-minute Seth Killian later explained to the Penny Arcade Report the real reason why this moment is so awesome.]] It's not just that Daigo had the timing down pat in order to pull off the full parry. Any ''Street Fighter'' player who puts in enough practice can pull it off. Daigo's real genius was recognizing the move that Justin would use to go for the win, baiting it out of him, and maintaining the correct distance and timing in order to pull off the full parry. Justin didn't lose when Daigo pulled off the parry: he lost the moment that he went for the Super, because he'd given control of the match to Daigo.
** A feat later repeated by English player Ryan Hart in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYQ_tufi9eo#t=330s "Battle of Destiny Tournament"]]... against [[RunningGag Justin Wong]].
** In the EVO 2009 ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' Finals, Justin Wong (playing Abel) had already been knocked down into Loser's Bracket by Daigo's unstoppable Ryu. Justin fought his way back into the Grand Final, and lost game 1. He goes back to the character select screen, the audience yelling "SWITCH SWITCH SWITCH!", expecting to see Justin's incredible Rufus - and Justin picks Balrog with the Stars'n'Stripes hoodie. America vs. Japan. Loud'n'proud vs. stoic fury. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrE7BF-KdO0 "Let's Go Justin!!"]] And this from a player who's usually vehemently disliked by American audiences.
** At Capcom's Fight Club LA event in 2010 - celebrating the release of ''Super Street Fighter IV'' - Daigo Umehara had a rematch with Justin Wong. Best three-out-of-five matches. Guile vs. Rufus. No switching. During the final round of the deciding match, Justin uses Rufus' Space Opera Symphony Ultra Combo while he has only around 5% health left and thinks he's come back as he piles on the corner pressure. He jumps in for the kill with the Falcon Dive Kick, but Daigo uses Guile's Flash Explosion Ultra Combo at ''the very last second'' as a counterattack. The end result? ''A DOUBLE K.O.'' - the rematch ended in a draw. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfJgS1C0ZUU&fmt=18#t=4m38s See it for yourself.]]
** EVO 2010, Justin Wong was looking to redeem himself against Daigo in ''Super SFIV'' (after the Fight Club LA Double-KO & previous EVO loss). Standing in his way -- the incredible pad Zangief known as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckg0PUizbFQ "Vangief"]] ''who sends Justin to Loser's bracket'', and Taiwan's low-tier Adon-playing hero, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8oj7mra-os "Gamerbee."]] '''And yes, that is a ballroom of OVER 5,000 spectators jumping to their feet.''' Leading to an explosion in hits to the SRK Adon forums, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXBa9hab8Nw some funny remixes.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZH1N81rhrk Sabre vs Alex Valle]] at EVO 2009. At the time this match happened, nobody expected to see a Sakura do this good (keep in mind that Sakura was considered very weak in the early days of Vanilla) and not only that but just dominate a legend like Valle.
* Also at EVO 2010, the infamous [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvigCN9hhTo Juicebox Abel vs. Scumbag match.]] Scumbag picks Blanka against Juicebox Abel's... Abel. In the 2nd match of the game, things seem to be looking up for Scumbag, so he starts backdashing a few times. He then boldly proceeds to, as his name suggests, taunt Juicebox. Cue Juicebox making a HUGE comeback, and reducing Blanka's health from full to nothing in about 15 seconds. Upon losing, Scumbag angrily throws his stick to the floor, and gives Juicebox a nice "Fuck you" before [[RageQuit angrily storming off]].
* The first match of the [=SoCal=] Regionals grand finals for ''Super Street Fighter IV'' saw Tokido (as Akuma) vs. [=ClakeyD=] (as Ibuki). Both players are 2-2, at which point Tokido proceeds to remove his black jacket, revealing his white Godsgarden t-shirt. After getting knocked down to 20% health, Tokido proceeds to make a big comeback, and while finishing Ibuki with his Raging Demon, he walks in front of the projector, which proceeds to '''shine Akuma's "Heaven" symbol on his back'''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzDxLUcji3Y Watch how godlike it is here.]]
* At EVO 2011, much like the Hungrybox vs. Armada ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros.'' example below, we have [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2zlwoSknBE 801Strider vs. DR Ray.]] After doing button configuration practice with each fighter's mainstay characters (DR Ray as [[BruceLeeClone Fei Long]] and [=801Strider=] as [[LightningBruiser Akuma]], Strider suddenly switches to [[UnexpectedCharacter Mak]][[GlassCannon oto]]. After a shaky first round, Strider proceeds to kick DR Ray's ass all over the place to the roar of the crowd.
* Evo 2011: Poongko and Latif take down the aforementioned Daigo "The Beast" Umehara, sending him home with a fourth-place finish. In particular, Poongko sent Daigo (using Yun, one of the PurposefullyOverpowered character) to the loser's bracket [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D132c7Z1w54 by winning four rounds in a row]] and ''getting a perfect on him to end the set.'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCi37ra4Cr0 Latif finished the job after a tough fight.]]
* And now, a lost Evo moment. In one of the after hours segments, just when you thought it couldn't get any more hype, the elevator opens. Out comes a guy wearing a horse's head mask. Everybody starts laughing their asses off, especially when the guy starts [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxunwMB_Qfs downing some beer and what appears to be energy drink or Sierra Mist.]] He then appears behind Poongko and Online Tony and sticks his head in between them. They both turn around slowly and start laughing their asses off too. And thus, Hype Horse was born.
* At the 2011 Marvel Madness tourney, Justin Wong finds himself facing Air in the ''SSFIV'' Grand Finals. Air picks Ryu, but Justin lingers, making everyone wonder if he's going to pick Abel. At the last moment... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdLK4madb1U he moves the cursor over to Dan.]] Cue Justin (with the crowd behind him due to the fact that he was gutsy enough to, bears repeating, ''pick Dan'' [[note]] it should be said, however, that ''SSFIV'' sports what is probably the most viable incarnation of Dan (usually a LethalJokeCharacter [[JokeCharacter at best]]) to date, firmly sitting around middle tier [[/note]]) steamrolling Air's Ryu, including finishing the final set with low forward > Legendary Taunt > Ultra, a move that is not only unheard of at high-level play, but was prophesied by commentator James Chen almost a good 20 seconds before it actually happened. Behold the glory of Saikyo!
* Evo 2012, when Infiltration just ran a ''TRAIN'' through all his competitors, including [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLJNZYxtj0Q absolutely dismantling Daigo.]]
* The ''Street Fighter'' 25th Anniversary tournament. With $25,000 on the line for the winner, Daigo [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8f-kNPjilbM busted out some new tech]] and beat Infiltration 3-0 in Winner's Finals. Infiltration's answer? [[spoiler:[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJWyvnXphJk A 6-0 sweep in Grand Finals.]]]]
* Saying "Evo 2013 was awesome" is an understatement. We had [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxlfviDNSh4 Infiltration (playing Akuma) facing Daigo (playing Ryu) again in Top 8]] and defeating him (but Daigo manages to reach Evo's Top 8 ''for five straight years''), [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee9qyA31mAI then he takes out Sako as well]] and finally has a chance to face "Murderface" Tokido, who is '''the''' Akuma player, in a proper big game. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzHD9NaFfs8 And Tokido proves his nickname "Murderface."]] However, even Tokido's walls of Zanku Hadokens couldn't stop Singapore's Xian (who used '''Gen''' all through the tournament, a character noted for his steep learning curve and extremely high execution requirements even by Street Fighter series standards) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pA7MFRd76Q from completely steamrolling him and taking the championship.]]
* After the crushing defeats at the hands of Infiltration, most players would either learn a new counter character or resign themselves to eternal defeat. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4y8uXV3g7nM Daigo is not like most players.]]
** As well as that, a few weeks earlier Daigo showed Xian that [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtZDMmvT6Rw playing an Evo winner doesn't faze him one bit.]]
** On the other hand, Infiltration showed that he still had another trick under his sleeves. After being pushed to 1-2 by PR Balrog's namesake character in Losers' Semi-Finals [[note]]PR Balrog had previously defeated him in Winners' Quarters 2-1[[/note]], Infiltration contemplates for a minute, then changes characters to '''Hakan.''' A character widely considered to be in the low tier in Street Fighter 4, but who is a counter to Balrog. He proceeds [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XKYAayVY48 to play a comeback game to earn his third place this year]] in a match that goes down to the final round and receives a standing ovation from the crowd. Some have called this the greatest match in EVO history.
* Daigo used the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySz7GUty2rs Grand Finals of DreamHack Winter 2013]] to remind everyone watching that he is, in fact, psychic.
* At NEC 14, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFA-53sSu28 Sanford Kelly took on AquaSilk in a pre-scheduled money match.]] Sanford proceeds to [[CurbStompBattle crush Aquasilk.]] After the match, the hype of the moment winds down... and then Sanford looks into the crowd and [[ThrowingDownTheGauntlet points to PR Balrog.]] The two of them [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J617wCAP1Zw proceed to duke it out]] in a set that goes the full distance and is hype as can be. And then Sanford turns to the crowd and calls out [[OldMaster Justin Wong.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lg-Kr1yR0Ds Their set goes the full five as well,]] and goes [[DownToTheLastPlay right down to the wire.]] Everyone involved lost their minds.

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[[folder: Video Game/Super Smash Bros ]]

* Every character in ''Melee'' gets one in this video, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0Tcv0mlrgk&feature=PlayList&p=7B7F369B3E986A2B&index=0&playnext=1 Super Smash Bros. Metagame,]] a compilation vid of amazing combos with every single character in the game, done by various pros. (Note: it consists of nine vids, but the link provides links to a playlist that automatically streams all of them, one after the next. Simply amazing.)
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pD_imYhNoQ4 WOMBO COMBO!!!]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lIcE_-tWv8 This video]] is one of the greatest comebacks ever seen in a game. Ever.
* The stage is Pound V, Winners Quarterfinals. The combatants are Armada, Europe's top player, and Hungrybox, one of the best Jigglypuff players in the world. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8twwXHDIVBc Armada manages to take down Hbox 2-0]], but not with his main, Peach; he instead clinches victory with ''[[UnexpectedCharacter Young Link]]''. [[note]]For those not familiar with the ''Melee'' scene: At the time this set happened, [[WhosLaughingNow Jigglypuff was ranked third best in the game]] on the [[CharacterTiers tier list]]; Young Link was ranked seventeenth out of twenty-six.[[/note]] [[HolyShitQuotient Moves were shown.]]
** Armada would move on to the Grand Finals to face Dr. Peepee. Armada would return to his main, Peach, with Dr. Peepee using Falco having come out of Loser's Bracket. The two would proceed to go at it for nearly forty minutes and ''tear the goddamn house down.'' Both players were at the top of their game, combos were being handed out left and right (some of which had never been seen before, and some believe they were made up ''on the fly''), and the action was fast and relentless. Peepee not only resets the bracket at championship point for Armada, he then goes on to win the tournament. Many Melee players consider this one of the best matches in the game's competitive history. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQSMTKhdsDY Watch the set in its entirety here.]]
* At Apex 2013, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwO2L1_CPmA the unthinkable happened:]] [=Mew2King=], armed with [[GameBreaker Meta Knight]] (the poster boy for TierInducedScrappy), lost to Salem, using '''Zero Suit Samus!''' To put this in context, this would be like a team of Magneto/Storm/Sentinel losing to Blackheart/Tron/Doom in ''[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2 Marvel vs. Capcom 2]]''. Not only did Salem win at Winners' Finals, he also took [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBGffJfBkd0 Grand Finals as well!]] In other words, Zero Suit Samus '''never lost a set the entire tournament!'''
* EVO 2013 was full of awesome, all around.
** Armada, the then-world champion of Melee, was defeated by Dr. [=PeePee=] '''2-0''', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sy8FeSI-gCM putting him into Losers']] even ''before'' Top 8!
** Likewise, Mango, the player that most said would have the best shot at taking Armada out, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nzWOoYxV78 was ''also'' put into Losers']] before Top 8 by none other than Wobbles, an Ice Climbers player!
** [=Mew2King=], Wobbles, Hungrybox, and Dr. [=PeePee=] advance to Winners' Semis, where Wobbles beats Dr. [=PeePee=] and Hungrybox beats [=Mew2King=]. In Winners' Finals, Wobbles goes down one game to [=HungryBox=] and falls down 2 stocks to 1, and he is playing Ice Climbers vs. Jigglypuff, but manages to even the game up with a wobble. Jigglypuff takes out Nana quickly, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEjI-1mtQrU&feature=player_detailpage#t=661 Wobbles manages to come back to win the game]] using '''Sopo!''' [[note]] a FanNickname given to an Ice Climbers player who is only left with Popo[[/note]] Wobbles successfully wins the next game as well to earn a spot in Grand Finals.
** Mango's entire run through Losers' bracket during Top 8 is awesome in and of itself, taking down some of the world's best players, including Dr. [=PeePee=], Armada, and Hungrybox. The craziest part is that '''he only drops one game during his run through Top 8!'''
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hz__efLiuHk The Grand Finals were a category of awesome all their own.]] Wobbles was the person who put Mango in the Losers' Bracket, back in the Top 16. After going 4-0 in his last four games, Mango continues the streak, going 3-0 against Wobbles and forcing a reset. Set 2 begins with Mango continuing his streak yet again, going up 2-0. Just as if it looks like he's about to take Game 3 and go 6-0, Wobbles forces a Game 4 ''on his last stock''! Unfortunately for Wobbles, Mango completed the full comeback and won EVO 2013 Melee all the way from the Top 8 Losers' Bracket, against the person who put him there.
*** Let's stress this: Mango went on a ''fifteen game winning streak'' during his run through the Loser's Bracket. It's not often you see such a dominant run through the Loser's Bracket in ''any'' competitive game.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3HWDYo4sZg The Return of the King!]]
** Context: One of the greatest ‘Melee’ players of all time, [=Mew2King=], has a very poor record of choking against Jigglypuff player Hungrybox. At The Big House 3, one of the largest 2013 ''Melee'' tournaments aside from Evo, [=M2K=], after ‘years’ of losing to Hbox, takes a set off of him in Winner's Finals. And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfwDGIPssnc again]] in Grand Finals! This tournament marked the beginning of an amazing consecutive winning streak in ‘Melee’ (including ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYgGQ1VV8Nk two]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip4EFSfW60k more]]'' victories against Hbox at Revival of Melee 6) dubbed by fans as the "Return of the King", culminating in a very respectable second-place finish at Apex 2014 against Dr. [=PeePee=].
*** He also managed to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIErXHdqmdA upset Dr. PeePee]] in Winners' Semis.
*** Hungrybox also managed to upset Dr. [=PeePee=] in Losers' Finals in excellent fashion. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlMapo2JZGI See for yourself.]]
** [=Mew2King's=] ''Brawl'' run during this era was just as impressive, with a similar dominating string of first-place finishes during that time, culminating in a 2nd-place finish at Smash Factor 2, losing to [=ZeRo=], and a 4th place finish at Apex 2014, losing to Nairo and [=ZeRo=].
*** His KTAR 8 performance was especially impressive, consisting of victories over [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgea8w33ScU ADHD]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiOETZAVZGI Ally]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tonBwJUObjM Nakat]], and [=ZeRo=] ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeA0Gh7odZQ set 1]]; [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZhZ7udzA6I set 2]]), who all are capable of defeating [=M2K=]. His grand finals victory over [=ZeRo=] was particularly impressive given that he lost to [=ZeRo=] in Winner's Finals '''''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAZADEEA5XU 3-0]]'''''.
* [=ESAM's=] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbTdNXom9Fk two]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JutTCyB7QoA sets]] against [=ZeRo=] at Apex 2014 were ridiculous. In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbTdNXom9Fk Winners' Semis]], he 2-0s [=ZeRo=], with his ''Ice Climbers''.
** This is made even better due to [=ZeRo=] having one of the best matchups against the Ice Climbers, period. (He defeated both [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxuSH-wPa44 Vinnie]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LXwRtfmRRg Nakat]], two of the best American Ice Climbers, at [=KTAR=] 8, one right after the other!)
* [=Dr. PeePee=]'s undefeated run at Apex 2014, taking a set off of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wsrc1tHIjfc Mango]] and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSjo3xaJKlU two]]'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTUXiAkw5Jw sets]] off of the then-undefeated [=Mew2King=], finally cementing [=Dr. PeePee=] as the best ''Melee'' player in the world. This included ''four-stocking [=Mew2King=], '''twice'''''!
** [=aMSa=]'s Apex 2014 performance will never be forgotten. He managed to take 9th place among some of the best ''Melee'' players in the world, with ''Yoshi'', a '''''low tier''''' character.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yZ_Pi4Drrg [=GentlemanThief's=] Jean vs. Itabashi Zangief's Shun]] in the Losers Finals at Sega Cup 2013 (playing Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown), in what came down to one of the closest matches of the tournament, with Itabashi gaining a lot of momentum and winning two rounds in a row, and then GentlemanThief pulling off the win to go on to the grand finals.
** The fact that nearly every single character in the game was used in said tournament, and all used so very effectively you could barely tell if there were tiers at all. It goes to show how Virtua Fighter is superbly balanced.