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!!Overwatch League: Inaugural Season
* The Philadelphia Fusion had quite a negative stigma surrounding them before the start of the inaugural season. One of their players was a notorious booster who was suspended for most of the regular season, the now-deleted roster announcement "This is how we do it in Philly" video was a prime example of BileFascination, they didn't play in the preseason, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking they're owned by Comcast]]. When the inaugural season started however, thing turned around quite fast, eventually culminating in the team ''just'' making season playoffs and delivering a huge upset victory over the league favorite NYXL to reach the finals:
** Their off-tank Poko showed off his incredible skill with Self-Destruct, consistently getting kills with a normally easy-to-avoid ultimate.
** Their main tank Fragi quickly became infamous for his highly aggressive Reinhardt play when, in the Fusion's first game, charged an Earthshatter on Lijiang Tower ''before the point even unlocked''
** Their flex support [=neptuNo=] reshaped the role of Mercy into a damage-dealing role as dramatically as League MVP [=JJoNak=] reshaped Zenyatta; by the end of the regular season, the Spanish support had scored ''twice'' as many kills as the next most-lethal Mercy.
** Their DPS player Carpe quickly became one of the most feared damage players in the League for [[https://youtu.be/7lYNbveb2HI?t=6m36s plays like this]]. After the Boston Uprising wiped the rest of his team off the point and moved to retake in overtime, Carpe as Widowmaker swung in and efficiently eliminated four Boston heroes [[ShortRangeLongRangeWeapon with close-range headshots]] (almost) [[OneManArmy singlehandedly]].
** The Fusion began their season playing [=ShaDowBurn=] in the second DPS role. Despite being one of the greatest Genji players in the world, SDB was later phased out and replaced by Eqo, a player who had not previously participated in a major tournament yet almost immediately displayed incredible talent in [[MasterOfAll every damage hero]].
* The New York Excelsior utterly dominated the first regular season of OWL, securing the #1 seed four weeks prior to the end of the regular season play and ending with a 34-6 win-loss record[[note]]the #2 seed LA Valiant were 27-13[[/note]] and a '''+83''' map differential[[note]]the Valiant touted a +36[[/note]]. After predecessor team LW Blue had fallen short of expectations throughout APEX, the NYXL brought together excellent strategic coaching with a roster of the league's best players in almost every position and made themselves a force to be reckoned with.
** Essentially, any time a team has managed to take [[TheAce New York Excelsior]] to a Game 5, let alone ''beat'' them, has been an incredibly epic battle. NYXL are just ''that'' good. In the end, they lost only 6 regular games and 2 playoff games and were only ever beaten by five out of the eleven other teams in Season 1. Those five teams all qualified for the season playoffs alongside NYXL, essentially meaning that beating them was a requirement to reach season playoffs.
** When the fan-voted roster for the League All-Star game was announced, four of the six starters[[note]][=JJoNak=], Saebyeolbe, Pine, [=ArK=][[/note]] for the Atlantic Division were from NYXL.
** [=JJoNak=], the support player of NYXL and Season 1 MVP, delivered consistently awesome gameplay all season. Overwatch League's Season 1 was his ''first'' major pro-level tournament, but his performances with Zenyatta immediately became legendary among the fans because of his ridiculously high damage output, with him often outdamaging both of NYXL's (also extremely talented) DPS players and even sometimes dealing the most damage out of ''everyone'' in the match. When Zenyatta received a nerf on his right click attack speed on April 2018, many players (both jokingly and seriously) blamed him for the nerf because he's just ''too lethal'' when using Zenyatta.
*** Even after said Zenyatta nerf hit the OWL servers, [[https://i.redd.it/eqz1so5ssjy01.jpg he kept up his usual antics]]. Also, take note at how [=JJoNak=]'s Hero Damage Done is higher than Healing Done; that's ''common'' for him.
*** Many also consider him to have singlehandedly redefined how to play Zenyatta, with most players started to pump out more damage with Zenyatta after seeing him dealing said very high DPS output in almost every single match. Little wonder that he was named Season 1 MVP.
** DPS player Pine became one of the league's breakout stars thanks to his high-tier technical skill and extremely flashy playstyle, which earned him the nickname [[VideoGame/MetalGear Big Boss]]. Who else could get away with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgaZ5CeeXNM a 360° headshot in competitive play?]]
* [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu The Shanghai Dragons managing to take a map off the Seoul Dynasty.]] Up until that moment, Shanghai had been firmly proven as the weakest team in the league, and Seoul was looking more and more unbeatable. When Shanghai played Seoul, they managed to win on Dorado, and while they lost the match as a whole, the fact that they were the ones to put a crack in Seoul's armor was incredible, when most of Seoul's games were 4-0 victories. What made this even more incredible in hindsight was the fact that, had Seoul not lost the map, they would've most likely secured a spot in the Stage 1 playoffs. In other words, the weakest team prevented the strongest team from competing in the title matches. And then, two nights later, the New York Excelsior beat the Seoul Dynasty, 3-2, along with the London Spitfire beating Seoul 4-0, dethroning what was then considered the best team in the world.
* The Stage 1 Playoffs were an absolute marathon for the London Spitfire. Due to poor planning of the schedule, stage playoffs were set on the same day as the last Saturday of normal play. London started the afternoon with a narrow defeat at the hands of New York but still qualified for the playoffs in the third seeded position. They then had to play another game against the second seed, the Houston Outlaws, just to have the chance to play a ''third'' game against the first seed: the same New York team that had already defeated them earlier in the day. They won both matches back-to-back, getting revenge on New York and becoming the first stage champions of the League's history, after having played '''14''' maps in ''one day''. Making it even sweeter: the League recognized that the odds were ''hugely'' stacked against London's favor and that most teams could never hope to match their victory in those circumstances. The League immediately decided to move all subsequent playoff games to a separate date from normal play, ensuring that London would be the only team that could ever lay claim to that marathon accomplishment.
* The Florida Mayhem had a pretty rough season, consistently struggling to win games. Unlike [[ButtMonkey Shanghai]], however, they have managed to secure some matches by the skin of their teeth, including [[https://youtu.be/xGlJnSgMTNg?t=10m36s this]] victory over Dallas, which fell completely on the shoulders of Tviq contesting the payload by himself as [[FragileSpeedster Tracer]] against the entire Fuel team, somehow surviving long enough to allow the Mayhem to respawn and rally.
* The perfect 10-0 performance of Boston Uprising in Stage 3 was a sustained moment of awesome, even more when considering the circumstances it fell into. The termination of star DPS [=DreamKazper=] for criminal conduct was a serious blow to the team's talent pool and posed a far more serious threat to morale than the lesser drama that had already wrecked teams like the Dallas Fuel and Shanghai Dragons. Their first opponent after [=DreamKazper=]'s removal? [[BoringInvincibleHero New York]]. Yet Boston ''won'' and kept winning against other difficult teams in a sustained streak throughout the rest of Stage 3.
** After narrowly besting London in the third round of a Map 5 that swung mainly on his near perfect Tracer stall play, Boston DPS Striker could be seen wiping away ManlyTears.
** As for the playoffs, New York came back and ended the Boston Uprising's perfect stage.
* The "Battle of Los Angeles" rivalry matches between the Valiant and Gladiators have consistently been close and unpredictable matchups. Adding to the excitement is the fact that all of Season 1's matches were hosted in L.A. and attended most frequently by natives, resulting in extremely high-energy crowds and passionate fan rivalries rarely seen in e-sports.
** In the Stage 3 battle, star tank Fissue helped secure a round win for the Gladiators by taking on a Pharah-Mercy duo reigning down fire from above a bottomless pit on the outskirts of the map [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOw0Go7YWik as a Winston using Primal Rage]]. After smacking the Mercy out of the air, Fissure [[DisneyVillainDeath seemingly fell to his death after being shot by the Pharah]], only to soar back up at the last possible second with his jump pack to punch out the Pharah mid-Barrage and return safely to ''terra firma''.
** Stage 4's "Battle" featured a special introduction for the LA Valiant. While the casters were discussing the upcoming match, Medieval Times actors located throughout the arena interrupted them with massive fanfare to introduce the Valiant, with a woman cosplaying the team's mascot Valla leading the players to the stage. The Valiant proceeded to sweep the Gladiators 3-0.
* Dallas Fuel entered the league with rabid fan support and high expectations due to the success of their prior incarnation, Team [=EnVyUs=]. Unfortunately, the team floundered throughout the first three stages of the inaugural season due to persistent player and management drama, leaving the lineup in constant flux and resigning them to the bottom quarter of the standings. However, the Fuel pulled themselves together in Stage 4, helped in part by a new meta that better suited their players, and mounted a comeback that saw them make the stage playoffs by a single map win. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dslzIphoTI The team's reaction to making the playoffs]] makes this a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} as well.
* Starting with Stage 3, stage playoff matches are decided by the #1 seed selecting their first opponent. For the first selection, Boston Uprising's president [=HuK=] chose the LA Gladiators, confidently stating that they wanted an "easy team" to warm up for the finals. Come Stage 4, Boston failed to even ''qualify'' for the stage playoffs, while the Gladiators took the ''#1 seed'' and chose the LA Valiant, the ''only'' team they had lost to that stage, assuring another Battle of LA for the home crowd and showing a dedication to their "Gladiator culture" of overcoming adversity.
* After a grueling 3-2 match against the LA Gladiators, LA Valiant brutalized the NYXL 3-1 and won the Stage 4 Playoffs.
* Barely an hour before the start of the quarterfinals, the LA Gladiators announced that Fissure, the MVP-candidate tank player that had helped transform the middling team into one of the league's strongest after joining in Stage 2, would not be playing in the playoffs. Every analyst on the pre-game desk and on social media predicted that this would spell doom for the Gladiators in their match against London, as their original tank [=iRemiix=] had not performed well in Stage 1. The first match ''was'' indeed very one-sided; the Gladiators utterly dominated the Spitfire, rolling over them with excellent coordination and capping their 3-0 victory with an [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFb5iGhjhiM impressively coordinated trick play]] on King's Row, proving that the team's success was due just as much to coaching, development, and teamwork as it was to a single savvy transfer.[[note]]The Gladiators would subsequently be curbstomped by London in the next two matches, ending their season.[[/note]]
-->'''Uber''': This is 200 IQ stuff! They were playing 10-D underwater mahjong out here!
* The League Finals featured an unlikely matchup between the #5 seed London Spitfire and #6 Philadelphia Fusion, two teams with high skill ceilings that had stumbled throughout the regular season yet dominated their opponents in the playoffs. Ultimately, the first season final proved to be a showcase for the London Spitfire, early favorites who had become so dismissed that ''none'' of their all-Korean roster was selected for the nation's World Cup team, who pulled together an astonishingly dominant performance.
** Gesture, the only London player selected as a starter for the Atlantic All-Star team, silenced all those who questioned the Spitfire's decision to keep him over Fissure with incredible tank play, particularly with a flashy performance with the normally un-flashy Orisa. On multiple occasions, Gesture secured picks and multi-kills by perfecting timing Orisa's Halts with teammates' Hooks, Dragonstrikes, and Self-Destructs in situations that normally would require the sustained hold of a Zarya's Graviton Surge.
** Support player Bdosin demonstrated incredible flexibility, rivaling [=JJoNak=] with his devastating Zenyatta play while seamlessly switching to dominate on Roadhog.
** London's DPS line struggled throughout the regular season, due largely to Birdring recovering from a wrist-injury. Birdring returned to his top-form DPS play by the playoffs, but it was young prodigy Profit who shined brightest against the Fusion, landing multiple long-range headshots with Hanzo arrows, securing a sneaky 5K Dragonstrike without the assistance of a Graviton Surge, and winning a 5-vs-1 match on Volskaya as Tracer to solo capture the final point. Despite being ignored by both the Korean National and the Atlantic All-Star Teams, Profit's performance was so incredible that he was awarded as Playoff MVP.

!!Overwatch League: Season 2
* Due to the success of the inaugural season, no one was doubting that expansion teams would be on the way for the 2019 season. What people didn't expect was a whopping ''eight teams'' coming on board for the second season, nearly doubling the total from the first season. Said teams included two teams from Canada (Toronto and Vancouver), two teams in the U.S. (Atlanta and D.C.), a team in Paris, and ''three'' teams joining the Shanghai Dragons from China (Chengdu, Guangzhou, and Hangzhou). Suffice to say, Season 2 is already looking to be bigger and better than the high bar set by the inaugural season. The reveal trailers for the new teams have been upping the ante in terms of production value, but special mention goes to [[https://twitter.com/titansow_/status/1069003703313674241?s=21 the trailer for the Vancouver Titans]]. The overly serious narration (akin to a nature documentary) combined with some beautiful shots of the Vancouver wilderness make for NarmCharm at its finest.
* The Shanghai Dragons, the [[ButtMonkey long-suffering underdog]] of the league with a loss streak that lasted the entire inaugural season, finally getting their first win in the 2019 season against Boston Uprising 3-1 (with a full hold against Boston on the only map they lost). They also scored a victory in the next match against Chengdu, and it seems that the Shanghai Dragons most definitely TookALevelInBadass, even if by a little bit. This was additionally a tremendous victory for new main tank Gamsu, who had been unceremoniously traded from Boston just a few weeks prior.
* The Shanghai Dragons roar again in Stage 1 Week 4, where they manage to beat the London Spitfire, aka the ''champion of the Inaugural Season!'' Granted, the London Spitfire has been performing poorly in general this stage, but a similar thing was said when SHD beat Boston Uprising. People used to think that ''that'' was a fluke as well.
* Paris Eternal vs Atlanta Reign: [[https://www.twitch.tv/overwatchleague_kr/clip/OptimisticSpoopyRadicchioOneHand Dafran's absolutely insane Graviton Surge]] didn't just work, it practically won the game for Atlanta Reign. For those of you who can't watch the clip, Dafran takes a lift up next to Objective A, rides the rooftop with right click, and he slides right above Paris Eternal team and drops a massive Graviton Surge. [[HolyShitQuotient Holy crap.]]
* The expansion Washington Justice lost their first six matches, which was particularly painful for Gihyeon "Ado" Chon, who was a member of the Shanghai Dragons in the inaugural season and so had lost his first ''thirty-six'' OWL matches. In their final Stage 1 match against the Florida Mayhem, Washington took the first two maps (Nepal and Hollywood, the former despite losing the first round and the latter by less than a metre), but crumbled disastrously in the tiebreakers on the next two maps (Volskaya Industries and Dorado) despite having commanding time bank advantages both times. In the deciding game on Ilios, they lost the first round, but proceeded to shut out Florida in the next two rounds to hand both Washington and Ado their first ever OWL victories. The smile on Ado's face at the end of the match said it all.
* The Stage 1 playoffs saw the #7 seeded Seoul Dynasty face the #2 seeded New York Excelsior, who had won all seven of their Stage 1 matches (including a 3-1 victory over the Dynasty). Seoul stunned the audience by taking the first two maps (Ilios and Hollywood), but the third and fourth maps provided the most awesome moments of the match.
** On Volskaya Industries, both teams managed to capture both objectives in the first two rounds (Seoul without using a single character from the GOATS meta that had dominated Stage 1 for their Attack),[[note]] Instead, they used Ana, Mercy, Pharah, Sombra, Tracer, and Wrecking Ball.[[/note]] but Seoul only managed to capture Point A in the third round. New York's goose seemed cooked when they were already down to overtime before taking a single tick on Point A, but Taehong "[=MekO=]" Kim delivered a devastating one-two punch as D.Va by first negating Byungsun "Fleta" Kim's Graviton Surge with a well-placed Defensive Matrix, then following it up by wiping out ''four'' Seoul players with a Self-Destruct. The subsequent seesaw battle for Point B ultimately ended in New York's favour, giving them a well-earned victory for the map.
** On Rialto, Seoul managed to push the payload almost to the finish line on their Attack round, but New York came within a few metres of matching them before being beaten back. With less than ten seconds to go, all six Excelsior players had their ultimates ready to deploy for a final push. Aware that Minhyuk "Michelle" Choi, as Sombra, had an EMP waiting for them that could disable this advantage, Yeonkwan "Nenne" Jeong, as Zarya, moved away from the main team fight to eliminate the threat. He preemptively fired a Graviton Surge at one of the two doors that the invisible Michelle could have taken to flank the fight - and picked the wrong door, completely wasting the powerful ultimate. Having successfully drawn away the valuable source of damage and shields from the main fight, Michelle EMP'd the already crumbling NYXL team. The ensuing Earthshatter/Graviton Surge combination swiftly led to a TotalPartyKill that handed a massive upset win to the Dynasty, securing the team their first playoff win after an immensely disappointing first season.[[note]]Their storybook run ended in the next round when they were curb-stomped 4-0 by the #1 seeded Vancouver Titans.[[/note]]
* The Stage 1 Final featured two teams that had never played a stage playoff before: the San Francisco Shock, who focused on developing their young roster the previous season, and the Vancouver Titans, a new expansion team whose lineup comprised the former fan-favorite Korean Contenders roster of Run Away who had gone undefeated the prior stage. While casters and analysts entered the match expecting a CurbStompBattle in favor of the Titans, the Shock put up an extremely well-coordinated performance that pushed the Titans to the limit and took the match all the way to a seventh map.
* The announcement between Stages 1 and 2 that star Atlanta Reign player Daniel "Dafran" Francesca was leaving Overwatch League to return to full-time streaming left the team struggling to find a new identity, and Dafran's replacement, Andrej "Babybay" Francisty, initially foundered in filling the gap in the team's lineup as they lost their first three matches (including a loss to the previously winless Los Angeles Valiant). However, the remaining members proved that there was life after Dafran with ''two'' upset wins over the erstwhile undefeated New York Excelsior, the second in a five-map marathon.
* The Washington Justice's second ever win managed to be almost as awesome as their first. Even the acquisition of Yeonjoon "[=ArK=]" Jong from the New York Excelsior and Nikola "Sleepy" Andrews from the San Francisco Shock couldn't make them function as a unit, and they lost the first six games of Stage 2. In their final match against the Boston Uprising (who were coming off an upset win over the Los Angeles Gladiators), they lost the first two maps (Lijiang Tower, Temple of Anubis), but took the next two in nerve-fraying marathon final battles to set the stage for a decider on Busan. The teams split the first two points, and while Boston were the first team to reach 99% on the third point, Washington turned things around and held on the whole way to complete the reverse sweep. As with their first win, Ado's post-game reaction - charging into a group hug with his teammates - said it all.
* The San Francisco Shock managed the extraordinary feat of winning all seven of their Stage 2 matches by a score of 4-0 to become the first team in Overwatch League history to complete a truly perfect "golden" stage.[[note]] The run came to an end on the first map of the stage playoffs as the Shanghai Dragons, the Shock's final opponents in Stage 2, scored a 2-1 comeback win on Oasis. The Shock still won the series 3-1, and followed this with a 4-0 sweep of the Hangzhou Spark and a 4-2 revenge win over their conquerors in the Stage 1 final, the Vancouver Titans.[[/note]]
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* ESEA LAN 13. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QzM_2pdH1Y 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: He throws his pistol away as a fake flashbang. [=KennyS=] falls for it, giving Swag an opening to step in and take the kill.]]

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* ESEA LAN 13. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QzM_2pdH1Y 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: He throws his pistol away as a fake flashbang. [=KennyS=] falls for it, giving Swag an opening to step in and take the kill.]]



** Lower Bracket Finals. Virtus.pro vs LGD Gaming. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-psKcjcZWMo Game 3.]] VP were fighting to make a hat-trick by winning this Major and to cement themselves as the very best team in the world, while LGD, now the sole representative of the Chinese home crowd, should they win this game, would advance to the Grand Finals, and would also make their way to the top 8 of the DPC rankings, potentially securing themselves a Direct Invite to [=TI8=] (Virtus.pro had already secured themselves an invite before DAC 2018, passing the minimum number of points to do so). So much was on the line, but a single play changed everything. [[HolyShitQuotient Holy shit]] doesn't even describe this game enough. At almost every turn, VP shut down LGD teamfight after teamfight. LGD kept going despite that, maintaining a close distance from the CIS squad, but never seemingly able to really take the lead from them. It seemed as though VP would eventually close out the game, waiting out Roshan to easily get the Aegis...until Chalice, on Underlord, with the help of a siege creep, ''Dark Rifted the entirety of LGD to the Roshan pit,'' brutally catching all of VP off-guard. ''All'' of VP died, with two buying back, and LGD would then take the Aegis from a respawned Roshan. They immediately went for the tier 4 towers and ancient, and eventually ''killed four of VP '''again.''''' GG was called, the Ancient was destroyed, and LGD advanced to their first Major Grand Final!
--> '''[=TobiWan:=]''' What a Dark Rift! What a ''[[PrecisionFStrike fucking Dark Rift!]]''

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** Lower Bracket Finals. Virtus.pro vs LGD Gaming. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-psKcjcZWMo Game 3.]] VP were fighting to make a hat-trick by winning this Major and to cement themselves as the very best team in the world, while LGD, now the sole representative of the Chinese home crowd, should they win this game, would advance to the Grand Finals, and would also make their way to the top 8 of the DPC rankings, potentially securing themselves a Direct Invite to [=TI8=] (Virtus.pro had already secured themselves an invite before DAC 2018, passing the minimum number of points to do so). So much was on the line, but a single play changed everything. [[HolyShitQuotient Holy shit]] doesn't even describe this game enough. At almost every turn, VP shut down LGD teamfight after teamfight. LGD kept going despite that, maintaining a close distance from the CIS squad, but never seemingly able to really take the lead from them. It seemed as though VP would eventually close out the game, waiting out Roshan to easily get the Aegis...until Chalice, on Underlord, with the help of a siege creep, ''Dark Rifted the entirety of LGD to the Roshan pit,'' brutally catching all of VP off-guard. ''All'' of VP died, with two buying back, and LGD would then take the Aegis from a respawned Roshan. They immediately went for the tier 4 towers and ancient, and eventually ''killed four of VP VP'' '''again.''''' ''' GG was called, the Ancient was destroyed, and LGD advanced to their first Major Grand Final!
--> ---> '''[=TobiWan:=]''' What a Dark Rift! What a ''[[PrecisionFStrike fucking Dark Rift!]]''



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUEyHaQN6UI Chongqing Major, Grand Finals, Team Secret vs. Virtus.pro.]] Many pegged VP and Secret to win this Major, and as such, face off (once again) in the Major's grand final. VP were seeking to win their first Major held in China, while Secret were seeking to avenge their 3-2 loss in the Kuala Lumpur Major Grand Finals versus VP. Many expected a great series...but right from the getgo, due to mind-boggling and phenomenal drafts from captain Puppey, Secret outright '''''destroyed''''' the team currently considered the best team in the world in the first two games, winning by a total game time of ''38 minutes!'' This included the shortest game at the Major in Game 2 at ''17 minutes'', with a goddamn ''support Luna''[[note]] Though [=YapzOr=] is no stranger to hard carries being played as support, as he played a support ''Terrorblade'' at Dreamleague Season 8 [[/note]] and at a Grand Finals at that! VP would bounce back in an epic 40 minute Game 3, albeit they had to work really hard to just stay in it. Eventually, Secret were just too much for VP to overcome in Game 4 despite VP's Doom and Grimstroke combo, and on the back of Nisha's signature Phantom Assassin and zai's Puck, Secret would win the second Major of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit, and win their second Major held in China.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUEyHaQN6UI Chongqing Major, Grand Finals, Team Secret vs. Virtus.pro.]] Many pegged VP and Secret to win this Major, and as such, face off (once again) in the Major's grand final. VP were seeking to win their first Major held in China, while Secret were seeking to avenge their 3-2 loss in the Kuala Lumpur Major Grand Finals versus VP. Many expected a great series...but right from the getgo, due to mind-boggling and phenomenal drafts from captain Puppey, Secret outright '''''destroyed''''' '''destroyed''' the team currently considered the best team in the world in the first two games, winning by a total game time of ''38 minutes!'' This included the shortest game at the Major in Game 2 at ''17 minutes'', with a goddamn ''support Luna''[[note]] Though [=YapzOr=] is no stranger to hard carries being played as support, as he played a support ''Terrorblade'' at Dreamleague Season 8 [[/note]] and at a Grand Finals at that! VP would bounce back in an epic 40 minute Game 3, albeit they had to work really hard to just stay in it. Eventually, Secret were just too much for VP to overcome in Game 4 despite VP's Doom and Grimstroke combo, and on the back of Nisha's signature Phantom Assassin and zai's Puck, Secret would win the second Major of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit, and win their second Major held in China.



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9V3O9dDj4Ck This match pretty much sums up the glory that is]] competitive ''VideoGame/{{Fist of the North Star|TwinBlueStarsOfJudgment}}'' play. [[spoiler:After getting his ass kicked in the first round by Amiba (Kenshiro), Dora (Rei) gets smacked around some more in the second round, culminating in Amiba using Kenshiro's ''Hokuto Zankai Ken'', a LimitBreak that if connected, will automatically knock out the opponent when a timer reaches zero. Dora promptly uses this time to completely thrash on Amiba, winning round two just as the ''Zankai Ken'' timer nears zero at ''0.08'', canceling the LimitBreak. What does Amiba do for the third round? Use Kenshiro to hit Dora's Rei with a heavy punch, knocking him back, then immediately bust out the "[[OneHitKill Fatal KO]]" ''Hokuto Hyakuretsu Ken'', instantly winning the match[[note]]Take note Amiba had earlier unlocked Rei's "Star of Death" during round two just before executing the ''Hokuto Zankai Ken'', a visual cue for a player their character can use the Fatal KO, which requires the Star of Death present on the enemy[[/note]]]]. This maneuver is even named as "[[spoiler:''[[FanNickname Jizoku[[note]]Continuous[[/note]] Zankai Ken]]'']] in the fandom; even better, in the same tournament, [[spoiler:Anago (as Kenshiro) beat another player by breaking Go-sama's record of ending a match (within 2 seconds) by doing it in ''one second'']].

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9V3O9dDj4Ck This match pretty much sums up the glory that is]] competitive ''VideoGame/{{Fist of the North Star|TwinBlueStarsOfJudgment}}'' play. [[spoiler:After After getting his ass kicked in the first round by Amiba (Kenshiro), Dora (Rei) gets smacked around some more in the second round, culminating in Amiba using Kenshiro's ''Hokuto Zankai Ken'', a LimitBreak that if connected, will automatically knock out the opponent when a timer reaches zero. Dora promptly uses this time to completely thrash on Amiba, winning round two just as the ''Zankai Ken'' timer nears zero at ''0.08'', canceling the LimitBreak. What does Amiba do for the third round? Use Kenshiro to hit Dora's Rei with a heavy punch, knocking him back, then immediately bust out the "[[OneHitKill Fatal KO]]" ''Hokuto Hyakuretsu Ken'', instantly winning the match[[note]]Take note Amiba had earlier unlocked Rei's "Star of Death" during round two just before executing the ''Hokuto Zankai Ken'', a visual cue for a player their character can use the Fatal KO, which requires the Star of Death present on the enemy[[/note]]]]. enemy[[/note]]. This maneuver is even named as "[[spoiler:''[[FanNickname "[[FanNickname Jizoku[[note]]Continuous[[/note]] Zankai Ken]]'']] Ken]]" in the fandom; even better, in the same tournament, [[spoiler:Anago Anago (as Kenshiro) beat another player by breaking Go-sama's record of ending a match (within 2 seconds) by doing it in ''one second'']].



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yvFNEWWVIU These two]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5RG6kgZFRo video compilations]] should suffice. Thank you, thank you, no applause.

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* During EVO 2017, Reddit's /r/kappa had crowdfunded to send a player by the name of Tomo to EVO with mindblowing results throughout, but special mentions go to Ogawa (Zato) vs Tomo (Leo) during pools. With the pressure on, Ogawa being the EVO 2015 champion and the match going back and forth the entire time, it came down to the last set. The result? [[spoiler:[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uL-DyeeQ9I?t=8m16s Tomo played like a god and double perfect'd Ogawa, sending him to Losers.]]]] The announcers, the crowd, and Twitch chat all ''lost their minds''.

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* During EVO 2017, Reddit's /r/kappa had crowdfunded to send a player by the name of Tomo to EVO with mindblowing results throughout, but special mentions go to Ogawa (Zato) vs Tomo (Leo) during pools. With the pressure on, Ogawa being the EVO 2015 champion and the match going back and forth the entire time, it came down to the last set. The result? [[spoiler:[[https://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uL-DyeeQ9I?t=8m16s Tomo played like a god and double perfect'd Ogawa, sending him to Losers.]]]] ]] The announcers, the crowd, and Twitch chat all ''lost their minds''.



* 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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* 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 who turns out to be Master Knight DH]] 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.



* A western tournament, the [=TSL3's=] [[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD13AD6C3043BC61B 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.]]

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* A western tournament, the [=TSL3's=] [[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD13AD6C3043BC61B 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.]]
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* [[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.]]



* Six months later, at [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrJ9lGuvi9A MLG Anaheim 2014]], Scarlett is down one game in a best-of-three against [=DongRaeGu=], a Zerg so feared as to have gained the nickname "Final Boss". What does Scarlett do for Game 2? She [[spoiler: decides to play as ''Protoss'' instead of her usual Zerg, stunning the crowds, commentators, and [=DongRaeGu=] alike. ''And she WINS''. As in, not just the game, but the entire ''series'' (though for the deciding match, she reverted back to Zerg)]].

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* Six months later, at [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrJ9lGuvi9A MLG Anaheim 2014]], Scarlett is down one game in a best-of-three against [=DongRaeGu=], a Zerg so feared as to have gained the nickname "Final Boss". What does Scarlett do for Game 2? She [[spoiler: decides to play as ''Protoss'' instead of her usual Zerg, stunning the crowds, commentators, and [=DongRaeGu=] alike. ''And she WINS''. wins''. As in, not just the game, but the entire ''series'' (though for the deciding match, she reverted back to Zerg)]].Zerg).



* The ''Street Fighter'' 25th Anniversary tournament had a $25,000 waiting for the winner. Daigo [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8f-kNPjilbM busted out some new tech]] and beat Infiltration with a 3-0 sweep in Winner's Finals. Infiltration's answer? [[spoiler:[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJWyvnXphJk A 6-0 sweep in Grand Finals.]]]]

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* The ''Street Fighter'' 25th Anniversary tournament had a $25,000 waiting for the winner. Daigo [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8f-kNPjilbM busted out some new tech]] and beat Infiltration with a 3-0 sweep in Winner's Finals. Infiltration's answer? [[spoiler:[[https://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJWyvnXphJk A 6-0 sweep in Grand Finals.]]]]]]



* Back to the ProfessionalWrestling front: A feud that's been boiling over for three years [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLfK0FWdJlE finally gets settled at E3 2018]], but this time, Wrestling/KennyOmega and Wrestling/XavierWoods brought over their stablemates Wrestling/TheYoungBucks (for Kenny Omega) and Wrestling/BigELangston and Wrestling/KofiKingston (both for Xavier Woods) for a Street Fighter V team battle. The Elite vs. The New Day. Expect some sick burns and trash talking from both sides. James Chen and IFC Yipes were on the set to give commentary for this epic confrontation. [[spoiler: After being beaten 2-1 in the team battle (Kofi won vs. Nick, Kenny won vs. Big E, and Woods won vs. Matt), Kenny called out Woods for his cowardice, dodging out a battle with Kenny as a point, and challenges him to a first to five. He accepts, but with a consequence: the loser and his stablemates must eat a habanero pepper each. Woods continues with Ibuki. Kenny, with permission from the devs, plays '''CODY TRAVERS''', who hasn't even been released into the game yet! And like before, they put on a hell of a show.]] [[spoiler: Kenny won 5-4, settling the feud. Woods, however, takes all three [[note]] he actually just takes two [[/note]] peppers, thanking his best friends for attending. Not to be outdone, Kenny takes a pepper himself. At the end of the video, in heartwarming fashion, they dedicate this feud to each other and all the gamers.]]

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* Back to the ProfessionalWrestling front: A feud that's been boiling over for three years [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLfK0FWdJlE finally gets settled at E3 2018]], but this time, Wrestling/KennyOmega and Wrestling/XavierWoods brought over their stablemates Wrestling/TheYoungBucks (for Kenny Omega) and Wrestling/BigELangston and Wrestling/KofiKingston (both for Xavier Woods) for a Street Fighter V team battle. The Elite vs. The New Day. Expect some sick burns and trash talking from both sides. James Chen and IFC Yipes were on the set to give commentary for this epic confrontation. [[spoiler: After being beaten 2-1 in the team battle (Kofi won vs. Nick, Kenny won vs. Big E, and Woods won vs. Matt), Kenny called out Woods for his cowardice, dodging out a battle with Kenny as a point, and challenges him to a first to five. He accepts, but with a consequence: the loser and his stablemates must eat a habanero pepper each. Woods continues with Ibuki. Kenny, with permission from the devs, plays '''CODY TRAVERS''', '''Cody Travers''', who hasn't even been released into the game yet! And like before, they put on a hell of a show.]] [[spoiler: show. Kenny won 5-4, settling the feud. Woods, however, takes all three [[note]] he actually just takes two [[/note]] peppers, thanking his best friends for attending. Not to be outdone, Kenny takes a pepper himself. At the end of the video, in heartwarming fashion, they dedicate this feud to each other and all the gamers.]]



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kAe_ikOmM EVO 2017 Smash 4 Finals]]: the contestants are [=ZeRo=] and Salem. [=ZeRo's=] Diddy Kong and Salem's Bayonetta seemed to be quite evenly matched; as soon as one lost a round, the other would come back with a vengeance. Salem manged to win 2-3 once already, and then the following comeback round, [=ZeRo=] stops fooling around and starts putting his all into the match, leading to another 2-2 final round situation. Salem knocked out the first of [=ZeRo's=] stocks with 101% damage and a single stock left, and it seemed like [=ZeRo=] would win this one...that is, until an '''''epic''''' recovery from Salem as the next flurry of kicks proceeds to bring [=ZeRo=] from 26% to DONE by pushing him straight to the top of the screen, finally ending the long struggle! An epic finish towards an epic final round.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kAe_ikOmM EVO 2017 Smash 4 Finals]]: the contestants are [=ZeRo=] and Salem. [=ZeRo's=] Diddy Kong and Salem's Bayonetta seemed to be quite evenly matched; as soon as one lost a round, the other would come back with a vengeance. Salem manged to win 2-3 once already, and then the following comeback round, [=ZeRo=] stops fooling around and starts putting his all into the match, leading to another 2-2 final round situation. Salem knocked out the first of [=ZeRo's=] stocks with 101% damage and a single stock left, and it seemed like [=ZeRo=] would win this one...that is, until an '''''epic''''' '''epic''' recovery from Salem as the next flurry of kicks proceeds to bring [=ZeRo=] from 26% to DONE by pushing him straight to the top of the screen, finally ending the long struggle! An epic finish towards an epic final round.



* [[https://youtu.be/IftEa6xfscA ABUGET Cup 2017 Losers Finals - Saint vs Doujin]] is insane just for the character picks alone. Saint picked Jack-7 and Bob while Doujin picked Gigas (one of the lower tiered characters), Dragunov and Shaheen. Five characters being picked in a tournament match is practically unheard of. In particular, Doujin's Gigas pulled a ridiculous win against Saint's Jack-7. Also notable in that [[spoiler:this is the second time Doujin eliminated Saint in a tournament, the first one being at Rage Art 2017.]]

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* [[https://youtu.be/IftEa6xfscA ABUGET Cup 2017 Losers Finals - Saint vs Doujin]] is insane just for the character picks alone. Saint picked Jack-7 and Bob while Doujin picked Gigas (one of the lower tiered characters), Dragunov and Shaheen. Five characters being picked in a tournament match is practically unheard of. In particular, Doujin's Gigas pulled a ridiculous win against Saint's Jack-7. Also notable in that [[spoiler:this this is the second time Doujin eliminated Saint in a tournament, the first one being at Rage Art 2017.]]



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n31IP6HIZRo Master Cup 9 Grand Finals]] is between Team Anti-Benkei (Amigo, BKC, Kagemaru, Kowashiya Shiro, Manba) vs Team Yamasa (Batsu, Nishi Shinjiki, Nobi, Take, Yuu). [[spoiler:Team Anti-Benkei is looking down as Batsu's Hwoarang singlehandedly destroyed them 4-0 and it's up to Kagemaru's Josie for their last chance at victory. Not only does Kagemaru beat Batsu, '''he reverse OCV'd Team Yamasa for the championship'''. To top it all of, Kagemaru won the final round against Yuu's Feng with a perfect.]]

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n31IP6HIZRo Master Cup 9 Grand Finals]] is between Team Anti-Benkei (Amigo, BKC, Kagemaru, Kowashiya Shiro, Manba) vs Team Yamasa (Batsu, Nishi Shinjiki, Nobi, Take, Yuu). [[spoiler:Team Team Anti-Benkei is looking down as Batsu's Hwoarang singlehandedly destroyed them 4-0 and it's up to Kagemaru's Josie for their last chance at victory. Not only does Kagemaru beat Batsu, '''he reverse OCV'd Team Yamasa for the championship'''. To top it all of, Kagemaru won the final round against Yuu's Feng with a perfect.]]

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK6dF9CLDqE MDL Disneyland Paris Major Grand Finals: Team Secret vs. Team Liquid.]] Virtus.pro bombed out in this Major at 7th-8th after a stunning 2-0 upset by OG, followed by an epic three-game series against PSG.LGD that really could've gone either way, which paved the way for Liquid to make their mark after failing to do so in the past three Majors. [[note]] failed to qualify for Kuala Lumpur, got upset by Fnatic in Chongqing at 7th-8th, got upset ''again'', and even worse, this time by the South American Chaos Esports Club in Stockholm at bottom 4[[/note]] After being knocked down to the Lower Bracket by EG, Liquid would go on to defeat Pain Gaming, previous Major winners Vici Gaming, OG, the aforementioned PSG.LGD, and EG in a rematch to set up a series against Secret. Game 1 was a classic [=Miracle-=] show on his Morphling, styling all over Secret despite the counters they had in Ancient Apparition and Outworld Devourer against it, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRFlyDiJFlU even getting a Quad-Rampage!]] But Secret continued to prove time and time again that they are the best team in the world, winning three straight games to win the Major, including a Game 3 where they successfully countered the Morphling this time, not allowing [=Miracle-=] to have a free farming game. Puppey was named MVP of the Grand Finals.
--> '''[=ODPixel=], Game 1''': (after [=Miracle-=] had gotten a triple Rampage) I don't think he can get the quad-rampage--
--> [[InstantlyProvenWrong The Morphling hits an AGI Adaptive Strike on zai's Sand King, killing him]]
--> '''[=ODPixel=]''': He can! He can! It's still there!

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* If Worlds 2018 showed how the West had caught up to China and Korea, [[WhamEpisode MSI 2019 showed how they can easily match up with the best of them when it comes down to it.]]
** After a dominant Play-In Knockout Stage performance, LCS Spring Champion Team Liquid struggled in the group stages, but would recover on the last day, managing to escape to the Knockout Stage with a 4-6 record, marking the organization's first-ever Knockout Stage appearance internationally (also noteworthy that after ''nine'' years of playing as a professional, this is Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng's first time to appear in the Knockout Stage). Meanwhile LEC Spring Champion G2 Esports, despite their new signing in former Fnatic midlaner Caps that resulted in an extremely dominant LEC Spring Split for them, struggled as well, but finished just a win higher than TL to finish 3rd. Worlds 2018 and LPL Spring 2019 Champion Invictus Gaming finished first with a 9-1 record, only losing to the 7-3 LCK Spring Champion [[HesBack SKT Telecom T1.]] With the semifinal matches being IG vs. TL and SKT vs. G2, Many thought it would be the East showing once more their dominance, especially with SKT looking to return with a vengeance by winning MSI 2019.
** [[ShockingElimination They were wrong.]] Team Liquid, aside from a Rookie-led Leblanc show in Game 4, outright dominated the Worlds 2018 champions, outplaying them at every turn, finishing them off 3-1. And on the other side, after a disastrous Game 1 where G2 just went and surrendered their top lane for no reason, would bounce back against SKT to trade wins throughout the series, with Game 4 being the biggest highlight, with Faker on Sylas stealing Wunder on Gnar's ult and unleashing it on the whole EU squad, and Wunder himself making the biggest play by backdooring SKT's Nexus with Caps, forcing Game 5. Game 5 was close, with G2 being in the lead for most of the game, but SKT would [[TotalPartyKill ace]] them near Baron, but G2 hit back just as hard when they all respawned, acing them back, and ultimately eliminating the once-dominant Korean team. [[CueTheFlyingPigs Europe vs. North America at the MSI 2019 finals, baby.]]
** G2 would go on to record the fastest bo5 final against TL, breaking the record that ''they themselves'' held just a few weeks back at the LEC Spring Finals against Origen. 72 minutes was all it took for G2 to 3-0 Origen. This time, it took 70 minutes for them to win 3-0. G2's win at MSI solidifies their status as the best team in the world, but time will tell if they can replicate this success at Worlds 2019, as everyone knows that TL, IG, and SKT will be looking to return to the international stage with a vengeance as well.


** To the surprise surprise of many, Group A's G2 Esports, the EU LCS's 3rd seed, managed to finally make their first-ever bracket stage, defeating the LMS Summer Split champion Flash Wolves in a tiebreaker to do so. And in the quarterfinals, they drew against [[TheDreaded RNG.]] Not a good first opponent to start off your first time in the bracket stage. [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut And with a track record of coming up short in the past,]] many expected a sweep by RNG. [[SarcasmMode So of course they managed to upset the definitive favorite to win Worlds.]] A full bo5 had to get the job done, but G2 had eliminated what many considered to be the best team in the world in what was considered to be an entertaining series.

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** To the surprise surprise of many, Group A's G2 Esports, the EU LCS's 3rd seed, managed to finally make their first-ever bracket stage, defeating the LMS Summer Split champion Flash Wolves in a tiebreaker to do so. And in the quarterfinals, they drew against [[TheDreaded RNG.]] Not a good first opponent to start off your first time in the bracket stage. [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut And with a track record of coming up short in the past,]] many expected a sweep by RNG. [[SarcasmMode So of course they managed to upset the definitive favorite to win Worlds.]] A full bo5 had to get the job done, but G2 had eliminated what many considered to be the best team in the world in what was considered to be an entertaining series.


** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXDk1HZbnss Upper Bracket Finals, PSG.LGD vs OG, Game 3.]] Late game, with an almost 20k gold lead, LGD's kills on OG's [=JerAx=] (on Earthshaker), Ceb (on Pugna) and [=N0tail=] (on Silencer) gave them the signal for the risky GG push, having only limited buybacks. With only ana (on Spectre) and Topson (on Arc Warden) to defend, they managed to hold and delay the push just long enough for everyone else to come back into the game and push back LGD's forces, resulting in a ''four-man wipe'' on LGD with ''no buyback.'' OG, having reduced that lead to just 5k, made the GG push themselves, and with only Chalice (on Enchantress) to defend, LGD had no answer for OG, and the Europeans became the first Grand Finalists of [=TI8=]!

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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXDk1HZbnss Upper Bracket Finals, PSG.LGD vs OG, Game 3.]] Late game, with an almost 20k gold lead, LGD's kills on OG's [=JerAx=] (on Earthshaker), Ceb (on Pugna) and [=N0tail=] (on Silencer) gave them the signal for the risky GG push, having only limited buybacks. With only ana (on Spectre) and Topson (on Arc Warden) to defend, they managed to hold and delay the push just long enough for everyone else (especially [=JerAx=] to come back into the game and push back LGD's forces, resulting in a ''four-man wipe'' on LGD with ''no buyback.'' OG, having reduced that lead to just 5k, made the GG push themselves, and with only Chalice (on Enchantress) to defend, LGD had no answer for OG, and the Europeans became the first Grand Finalists of [=TI8=]!


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* [[WhamEpisode Worlds 2018.]] The landscape of professional League of Legends may have changed forever in this iteration. To start:
** LCK's SKT Telecom T1, the most successful team in all of professional League history, ''failed'' to qualify for that year's Worlds. Instead, the teams who qualified were KT Rolster, Afreeca Freecs, and the defending champions of Samsung Galaxy under their new banner of Gen.G. All were favored to have a fighting chance to win the Summoner's Cup, especially KT. All were denied by many different teams, further explained below. [[{{Irony}} And in their home country, no less!]]
** Group B: Considered that year's "Group of Death" by many, LPL's Royal Never Give Up, who had won both Spring and Summer Splits for their region and the Mid-Season Invitational, was considered ''the'' favorite to win Worlds. Many considered Gen.G to be the 2nd place team in their group. That was soundly denied by the other two teams in the group, NA LCS 3rd seed [=Cloud9=], and EU LCS 2nd seed Team Vitality. Gen.G finished ''1-5'' and were the first LCK team in ''five'' years to be eliminated in the group stage. It wasn't easy pickings for RNG either, as they also struggled against C9 and Vitality. While RNG would go on to top their group, as many had expected, both Western teams did not make it easy for them, having won a game against RNG each, and RNG had to beat C9 in a tiebreaker for first place.
** KT Rolster dominated Group C by going 5-1, with their only loss being against LPL 3rd seed's [=EDward Gaming=], who took second place in the group. They drew against LPL 2nd seed's Invictus Gaming, at first, the Chinese had their number by winning the first two games. But after a thrilling Game 3 that all came down into a base race, which KT would eventually win, they would force Game 5 with a dominating Game 4 win. But IG would not be denied, with their ADC Jackeylove and midlaner Rookie leading the way for them to upset the LCK's top seed to advance to the semifinals.
** To the surprise surprise of many, Group A's G2 Esports, the EU LCS's 3rd seed, managed to finally make their first-ever bracket stage, defeating the LMS Summer Split champion Flash Wolves in a tiebreaker to do so. And in the quarterfinals, they drew against [[TheDreaded RNG.]] Not a good first opponent to start off your first time in the bracket stage. [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut And with a track record of coming up short in the past,]] many expected a sweep by RNG. [[SarcasmMode So of course they managed to upset the definitive favorite to win Worlds.]] A full bo5 had to get the job done, but G2 had eliminated what many considered to be the best team in the world in what was considered to be an entertaining series.
** Lastly, between LCK 2nd seed Afreeca Freecs, who finished first in Group A with a 4-2 record, and [=Cloud9=], who came close to actually upsetting RNG more than once to top their group, many thought the LCK team would end the hopes of NA. Instead, C9 gave a beating to Afreeca that many would never forget, ''sweeping'' them 3-0. For the first time in seven years, North America had managed to advance to the semifinals. And for the first time ever, with KT and Afreeca gone, Korea had been eliminated from Worlds!
** With Fnatic defeating EDG and [=Cloud9=] advancing, it was ensured that a Western team will advance to the finals. Fnatic would make it happen, effectively ending the North American team's hopes of making this Worlds their first-ever final. On the other side, G2 could not finish off the last of the LPL, having been swept as well by Invictus Gaming.
** In the Finals, IG would go on to dominate against Fnatic 3-0 and give the LPL their first-ever Worlds championship. IG would also make esports history by being the first organization to have won both world championships in Dota 2 (The International back in 2012) and League of Legends. However, that was not the biggest story to come out of Worlds. While none of these teams had won Worlds, the performances of Fnatic, G2, Vitality, and [=Cloud9=] proved that the West had caught up to China and Korea.


* The Mixup 2019: The result of the first Master tournament of the Tekken World Tour 2019 has proved that EU can go toe-to-toe with the rest of the world, even Korea! The winner, Super Akouma, had an incredible run throughout the tournament, showing everyone his expertise on using the DifficultButAwesome [[GuestCharacter Akuma]]: landing a very difficult 90% damage combo, effective but stylish combos using FADC, tatsu crossups, tech traps, punishing a counter to a whiffed Raging Demon with an EX Shoryuken.

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* The Mixup 2019: The result of the first Master tournament of the Tekken World Tour 2019 has proved that EU can go toe-to-toe with the rest of the world, even Korea! The winner, Super Akouma, had an incredible run throughout the tournament, showing everyone his expertise on using the DifficultButAwesome [[GuestCharacter Akuma]]: landing a very difficult 90% damage combo, effective but stylish combos using FADC, tatsu crossups, tech traps, punishing a counter to a whiffed Raging Demon with an EX Shoryuken.

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* [=NorCal=] Regionals 2019 had [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyHgg8F_i5Q Momochi and Sakonoko]] find themselves facing off in losers bracket just before Top 16. In a duel of DifficultButAwesome characters, Momochi's Zeku went up a game against Sako's Menat, who went back to character select. Most thought he was just using it to buy time, but Sako had other ideas, changing from Menat to [[GlassCannon Kage]], who was considered a high damage character, but was deemed low-tier by Japanese players due to his horrible neutral-game. Sako seemed to think otherwise, turning the tables on Momochi to win 2 games straight, including ending the set with a '''Raging Demon''' to send the EVO Japan champion packing.


* At Collision 2019, while not an especially notable event by itself, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be7nXOpQGG4 Nairo vs Light]] has quickly become one of the most famous matches in ''Smash Ultimate'' so far. Light, who has quickly established himself as one Ultimate's top players with 3 wins and a 5th place finish at Smash super-major Genesis 6 under his belt, demolishes Nairo's main characters back-to-back with 2 (out of 3) stocks to spare. Nairo, with his back to the wall, pulls out his Ganondorf, a character notoriously awful in previous games and generally agreed to have a bad matchup against Fox. And despite this, Nairo proceeds to win the next 3 games, pulling one the biggest counterpick comebacks in Smash history.

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* At Collision 2019, while not an especially notable event by itself, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be7nXOpQGG4 Nairo vs Light]] has quickly become one of the most famous matches in ''Smash Ultimate'' so far. Light, who has quickly established himself as one Ultimate's top players with 3 tournament wins and a 5th place finish at Smash super-major Genesis 6 under his belt, demolishes Nairo's main characters back-to-back with 2 (out of 3) stocks to spare. Nairo, with his back to the wall, pulls out his Ganondorf, a character notoriously awful in previous games and generally agreed to have a bad matchup against Fox. And despite this, Nairo proceeds to win the next 3 games, pulling one the biggest counterpick comebacks in Smash history.



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* At Collision 2019, while not an especially notable event by itself, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be7nXOpQGG4 Nairo vs Light]] has quickly become one of the most famous matches in ''Smash Ultimate'' so far. Light, who has quickly established himself as one Ultimate's top players with 3 wins and a 5th place finish at Smash super-major Genesis 6 under his belt, demolishes Nairo's main characters back-to-back with 2 (out of 3) stocks to spare. Nairo, with his back to the wall, pulls out his Ganondorf, a character notoriously awful in previous games and generally agreed to have a bad matchup against Fox. And despite this, Nairo proceeds to win the next 3 games, pulling one the biggest counterpick comebacks in Smash history.


** Vici Gaming. My goodness, Vici Gaming. This unlikely team of Chinese players had to fight their way in the Minors 3rd Place Play-In after finishing in 3rd at the Asia Minor, and upset North ''twice,'' in their initial match, and their final qualifying match to determine who goes to Katowice. At The New Challengers Stage, through the player-selected seeding system, Vici's first opponent would be Fnatic, after both were ranked last and first respectively, and proceeded to hugely upset the Swedes 16-9. Ultimately, Vici would not make it to Challenger status, but the kicker is this: they managed to give themselves a shot to advance early on in Round 4 after upsetting [=C9=] 16-6, while Fnatic plummeted, eliminated at 1-3. While their run was short, Vici showed how much they took advantage of their opportunity to play in the Major. Nobody expected them get so close to making it to Legends Stage, much less nobody even expected them to get to Katowice in the first place! They managed to upset two big teams in their run, so their performance, albeit brief, was nothing short of fantastic, playing very good CS for a team of their caliber.

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** Vici Gaming. My goodness, Vici Gaming. This unlikely team of Chinese players had to fight their way in the Minors 3rd Place Play-In after finishing in 3rd at the Asia Minor, and upset North ''twice,'' in their initial match, and their final qualifying match to determine who goes to Katowice. At The New Challengers Stage, through the player-selected seeding system, Vici's first opponent would be Fnatic, after both were ranked last and first respectively, and proceeded to hugely upset the Swedes 16-9. Ultimately, Vici would not make it to Challenger status, but the kicker is this: they managed to give themselves a shot to advance early on in Round 4 after upsetting [=C9=] 16-6, 16-6 in Round 3, while Fnatic plummeted, eliminated at 1-3. While their run was short, Vici showed how much they took advantage of their opportunity to play in the Major. Nobody expected them get so close to making it to Legends Stage, much less nobody even expected them to get to Katowice in the first place! They managed to upset two big teams in their run, so their performance, albeit brief, was nothing short of fantastic, playing very good CS for a team of their caliber.

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