!! Maps
* Any assault map qualifies, but a special mention goes for ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzU4sdmHY4U&fmt=18 AS-Overlord]]'', the recreation of the D-Day event of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYC6H8RUgpU&fmt=18 CTF-Face]]'', a.k.a. "Facing Worlds". GameSpy mentioned it among the Top-10 CaptureTheFlag [[http://www.gamespy.com/articles/496/496349p1.html levels for a reason.]] The map description of the ''2004'' version describes the arena in one of its many incarnations describes how it works and why it's so popular:
--> ''One asteroid. Two towers. '''Ten thousand headshots.'''''
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2HH16uEKI0&fmt=18 DM-Deck16][]]'', a remake of the original, with some extra changes.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AXo1Mj_GNo&fmt=18 DM-Morbias][]]'', another remake of the original one for {{Unreal|I}}, this time with an extra redeemer.
* The last match is a 1on1 match against [[spoiler:Xan]] in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQ-x8gEr0_A&fmt=18 DM-Hyperblast]]'': a ship going hyperspace. Notably, Xan is a challenge because of the game's (at the time) excellent A.I. (With DynamicDifficulty for him to boot)
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj9RrIRlLNM&fmt=18 DM-Barricade]]'', a castle in the first Tournament... that's floating. In a lightning storm.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsMPWqGqFYU&fmt=18 DM-Phobos]]'': One of the most evocative and ''disorienting'', since the skybox ''rotates'' with a panoramic view of Mars.
!! Ladders
* Several of the combatants have awesome feats in their careers, with solo-combatants and entire teams being (composed of) highly condecorated veterans.
--> '''Deathmatch!Slain's description:''' ''Slain fought with the 47th Mechanized Imperial during the First Necris Invasion.''
--> '''Deathmatch!Annaka's description:''' ''Annaka is a premier demolitions expert. She masterminded over 20 covert structure hits against the Skaarj in less than a year and advises the NEG '[=WetWorks=]' Board on Amphibious Arms Deployment.''
--> '''Deathmatch!Arys's description:''' ''Arys is a field commander from the 12th Mechanized Imperial. She was selected for Tournament play after she single handedly killed 8 Skaarj with an energy knife during the battle for the Orion Stormwatch Outpost.''
--> '''Farham's description:''' ''Farham fought with the Earth Defense Force during the ‘7 Day Siege’, Earth’s darkest hour during the war. He was solely responsible for the destruction of the Skaarj Skri’ith Class Dreadnaught ‘Krujhlok’ and is a highly decorated veteran.''
* Drimacus's reaching the top of the ladder by starting from the very low levels, unlike other warriors. You encounter him in the very last match of the Deathmatch ladder.
* Malcolm being "[=FenTech=]'s finest creation". Considering he went on to become the nine-time Champion of the Tournament (and, in a meta level, the SeriesMascot with later installments), he definitely is.
* The sole fact that the N.E.G. managed to create Skaarj Hybrids and Liandri even got to have a full-blood Skaarj in the Tournament. Consider that we're talking about a race which brought Earth down to its knees.