The competitive gaming world has brought us many of the best Esports plays we’ve ever seen. Whether it’s insane clutch plays from League of Legends, surprising teamfights in Dota 2, or just headshot after headshot in CSGO – Esports has it all.
Over the years we’ve seen some pretty awesome plays! When teams get caught off guard, there’s not a lot you can do to pull back. However, the world of gaming works in mysterious ways! In this article, we’ll be counting down the top 5 best Esports plays of all time.
Also, you should keep in mind that many more qualify for a ‘Top X’ list but hey, if we were to list all of them, we’d be better off publishing a book!
Now, let’s talk best Esports plays – starting off with one of my personal favorites!
Number 5 – Dendi’s Fountain Hook
Faced with either a surprising defeat or a last-ditch effort, Na’Vi’s Dendi took things into his own hands (or hooks). During The International 3, Na’Vi faced off against TongFu, a Chinese Dota 2 team. At the time, the score was level – 1 win to Na’Vi, 1 win to TongFu.
The final game saw Na’Vi pick up Chen and Pudge, two extremely strong heroes for the team. Dendi is a world famous Pudge player who’s always a threat but this time, something went wrong.
Before you know it, TongFu are 5 kills and 5,000 gold up. Hope seemed lost and many thought that Na’Vi was done for but… Dendi figured out a way!
See, the Chen-Pudge combination could theoretically pull off something called the Fountain Hook. Namely, when Pudge throws his hook to pull an enemy (or friendly) hero in, and Chen teleports the Pudge to the fountain, Pudge ends up pulling the enemy into the fountain. This is effectively an easy kill.
Dendi achieved this 7 times during the semi final and TongFu were left bewildered. In the end, Na’Vi took the win but ultimately couldn’t take home The International 3 trophy. Tough luck, but this play was absolutely gorgeous and deserves a spot in the best Esports plays list!
Check out the video here:
Number 4 – S4’s Shenanigans
Our second best Esports play on the list comes from Dota 2 as well. And, we’re talking about the follow-up of the previous Esports moment! Yup, we’re talking about The International 3 final!
Na’Vi faced off against arguably the best Dota 2 team at the time – Alliance. Of course, they couldn’t utilize the fountain hook tactic from before because, well, Alliance didn’t let them. So they had to come up with something else.
But, Gustav Magnusson (alias S4) had other plans. The madman used Scythe of Vyse to stop a Na’Vi player from TPing to base. After that, he used Puck’s Dream Coil to stop two other Na’Vi players from doing the same. This basically meant that EGM, Loda, and AdmiralBulldog to savagely destroy Na’Vi’s Ancient. Even so, it seemed as though Na’Vi might pull back but alas, it wasn’t meant to be.
Dota 2 is a beautiful game.
Number 3 – Too S1mple
Simplicity is sometimes better when it comes to the best Esports plays and in this case, it is too s1mple! Truthfully, we all love flashy plays that create chaos but s1mple wouldn’t be called that if he didn’t do something ‘easy’.
During ESL One Cologne 2016, Fnatic faced off against Team Liquid in the semi-finals. Now, CSGO is pretty difficult. You have to think about loads of things. A few bullets can kill but a single one can decimate a team. And that’s exactly what Mr. s1mple did.
In one point in the match, Fnatic had two men left – KRiMZ and dennis. Team Liquid ‘only’ had s1mple but, as the people there would soon find out, that was more than enough.
s1mple simply dropped down in a warehouse and gave headshots to both KRiMZ and dennis. But wait, that’s not all! s1mple used a sniper rifle for the two headshots, but even that isn’t the craziest part. The boss didn’t even use the scope (firing a sniper rifle from the hip? No problem; I give headshots! – s1mple probably).
This play was essential in helping Team Liquid reach the finals of the tournament and that came as no surprise after people saw what he was capable of. Tough luck Fnatic.
Here’s a video of what happened:
Number 2 – $6,000,000 Echo Slam
The third Dota 2 play in our best Esports plays list is the $6,000,000 Echo Slam (effectively called that because it secured EG’s win in the grand finals of Ti5). Pulling off a wombo combo in League of Legends is relatively simple (no hate LoL fans), but doing so in Dota 2 is much more difficult. In the case of the $6,000,000 Echo Slam, the conditions were perfect.
Here’s where everything goes wrong for the Chinese. EG decides they will pull off the play that will seal the tournament. Firstly, Ancient Apparition threw the slow and magic damage multiplier. Then he used his ultimate (which freezes enemies) at the same time as another EG member uses Earthshaker’s ultimate. The Echo Slam (Shaker’s ulti name) deals increased damage in relation to the number of enemies caught by it. And EG managed to catch all 5 members of CDEC. What ensues is chaos.
CDEC’s members are frozen, stunned, and ultimately decimated as only one of their members survives. This was enough for EG to take Roshan and march forward to victory.
In all honesty, what they did was brutal and they should apologize! (Just joking EG, don’t Echo Slam me.)
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Number 1 – You ROX My World
Only a few of the best Esports plays happen due to incredible circumstances but hey, that’s gaming for ya. In any case, this happened between ROX Tigers and SKT Telecom, one of the best League of Legends teams in 2016. Many expected SKT to steamroll ROX as they had Faker who was still considered the best mid laner in the world.
The game was back and forth between the teams but ultimately, something had to happen. ROX Tigers found themselves outnumbered and outgunned against SKT’s top lane onslaught. ROX quickly lost Rumble, Miss Fortune, and Viktor while SKT had Bang on Caitlyn, Blank on Olaf, Duke on Ekko, and Faker on Orianna. ROX’s only remaining members were Peanut on Lee Sin, and PraY on Ashe. What happened next shocked the LoL world.
Peanut and PraY pulled off the impossible and managed to win the fight. Barely. An insane number of situational stuff happened that, if different, probably would have resulted in a completely different outcome. But, as it stands, they caught SKT off guard and won the teamfight.
Unfortunately, ROX wasn’t able to finalize their winning ways as they lost to SKT who would go on to win Worlds’ 2016. However, this is the play that defined them as a team and defined Peanut and PraY as worldstar players. Everything is neatly explained in this video:
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