Top Ten Most-Watched Clips of This Year
We covered a lot of stuff this year; here's some of the best as watched by you, our readers.
Having been one of the main writers from GosuGamers' Overwatch section, I've had the opportunity to clip some of the best plays of each tournament that I've covered and use them in articles to showcase the best plays of whatever match I'm writing about. Twitch tracks the viewcount of those clips to see which ones people were the most interested in, hence how this article can even come to be in the first place.
You'll see quite a few clips from the same place - APEX S3, TakeOver, etc. That being said, though, with how exciting these tournaments of 2017 were, many of these plays will be ones you'll not forget for a long time.
Without further ado, here's the top ten plays of this year from GosuGamers Overwatch.
10. Buds gets a triple kill against Arc6, Overwatch BEAT Invitational Season 2
The "purple smug lady," as Robert "Hexagrams" Kirkbride put it, is deadly in the hands of then-FNRGFE player Casey "Buds" McIlwaine, who was able to avoid the angry Winston in order to get those shots off to start Ilios Ruins right. Unfortunately, the team would lose in a 2-3 scoreline against Arc6, but FNRGFE proved that they could hang with the best of them.
9. Kaiser's Shoulder Charge into Logix and Gods' Dragon Blade give Cloud9 the win against Movistar Riders, TakeOver 2
Kaiser's IQ was at 400 for this predictive shoulder charge on Logix; having no visual queue as to when Tracer would turn around the corner, it was either luck or pure skill that allowed the tank player the perfect Shoulder Charge that started the final charge (no pun intended) that would lead to Cloud9's victory over Movistar Riders. To cap it off, he Eathshatters to set up Gods for a perfect ending to the map, denying Movistar the second cap and winning the map.
Also, the look on Kaiser's face when they cut to him after the map win? Priceless.
8. Lunatic-Hai become back-to-back APEX winners, APEX Season 3 Grand Final
If anyone had any doubts that LH wasn't the best in the world, then they were squashed with their final APEX win. The celebration of their Grand Final against Kongdoo Panthera proved just how much the team loved the game, trusted each other, and just how dominate Lunatic-Hai was at Overwatch. This one isn't about the plays so much as the emotion seen by the players as they huddle together to celebrate their win; a true testiment to how much that tournament meant to them.
7. Kongdoo Panthera backcaps against Lunatic-Hai, APEX Season 3 Grand Finals
Before they were part of Seoul Dynasty, Lunatic-Hai was well established as one of the most aggressive teams in professional Overwatch; if they couldn't outsmart you, they'd beat you into submission with an aggressiveness that only two or three teams could match. In this case, it wasn't a single player that bested another team single-handedly, or a display of precision that allowed the highlight to be so popular. Sometimes, you just need a good ol' fashioned C9 by the best team in the world to make it into the top ten.
Kongdoo outplayed Lunatic-Hai in the final map of the series, as LH had the upper hand while KDP went into Overtime during the last few meters of Numbani. It was then, though, that KDP embarassed LH by leading them and their famous aggressiveness off the point while Birdring and Void brought the payload to the end goal - all with every player of LH alive and well, just completley distracted. It was a mistake that LH eventually made up for when they won the series, but let it be known that even the best team in the world can C9.
6. Nicogdh's triple-kill Self-Destruct opens up Volskaya to tie up the map against Immortals, Overwatch BEAT Invitational Season 2
You never wanted to play Rogue on Volskaya Industries. Ever. The Frenchmen had perfected the Sombra defense, where Unkoe would hack his way to an almost-unbeateable defense. I say "almost" due to a little team known as Immortals, who were able to correctly predict when that EMP would come out and act accordingly. With their almost-perfect timing, Immortals was able to survive multiple waves of the fast-ulting Sombra, allowing for the team to get an edge. All would have been lost for Rogue if it wasn't for Nicogdh's fantastic triple kill in their push on Volskaya: it not only allowed them to push onto the point and capture it, it allowed them to do that with 1:18 on the clock, giving them a second chance while Immortals - who had completed the map in Overtime - could only defend. Rogue went on to win the map and the series ina 4-3 scoreline.
5. Knoxx's Earthshatter leads the charge for Rogue to win the Grand Final, TakeOver 2
Rogue had to work for their win at TakeOver 2, with eUnited bringing them to a close call on Numbani in the fourth map of the Grand Final. Whatever plans eUnited had, though, Knoxx shattered them with a well-placed Reinhardt ultimate that lead the way for a victory. Despite Vallutaja's well-placed Pulse Bomb double-kill, it was the quick clean up of the rest of eUnited that brought this one home for one of most established teams in Overwatch history. What looked to be a "C9" was actually some well-placed body blocking from Knoxx, who denied UnFixed the chance to get onto the point to contest.
Shoutouts to the casters - Jason "JKaplan" Kaplan and Mitch "UberShouts" Leslie - for their quality reactions to the action happening in this clip; it truly reflected just how hype this final map was.
4. AKM's Reaper wipes out Immortals to win the map and the match, Overwatch BEAT Invitational Season 2
Some technical issues made this clip a bit pixelated at the start, but the end is crystal clear. Another prime example of Rogue's dominance in the scene, AKM's Reaper started off the final push in Overtime with a double-kill Death Blossom opened up the point for Rogue to take down Immortals in a 3-1 scoreline to knock IMT into the lower bracket and advance Rogue to the grand finals. Though Immortals bounced back with a clean sweep of Arc 6 in the Losers' Finals to grab themselves a spot in the Grand Finals, Rogue once again knocked them down in a best-of-seven that went the distance but ultimately ended in Rogue's favor.
3. Rogue makes an unlikely overtime push to get point A on Hanamura against eUnited, TaKeOver 2
Rogue's legacy in Overwatch will not be forgotten to those who witnessed their dominance at the start of Overwatch's esports life, and this is one of the many reasons why. Though the team hadn't been performing well at the start of the push onto point A of Hanamura against eUnited, Rogue managed to get themselves together and make a god-tier, last minute push onto the point in Overtime. They then went on to complete the map to force extra rounds, which unfortunately didn't go their way in the end. Still, if nothing else, Rogue proved that they were not a team to take lightly, even when (seemingly) down for the count.
2. GrimReality goes wild on McCree, Overwatch Monthly Melee (March 2017)
During the Group Stage in one of the last Monthly Melees, Immortals surprisingly dominated the underdogs of APEX, RunAway, to advance to the Playoffs with the higher seed. Part of the reason Immortals was able to 2-0 RunAway was due to Christopher "GrimReality" Schaefer, the now-LA Valiant DPS player who went to town on McCree in the final push on King's Row. After a not-on-camera double kill using Deadeye, GrimReality then moves on to get another four kills within the next twenty seconds, overpowering RunAway to give IMT the all-clear to take the payload to the goal.
1. Ryujehong's sleep dart on an Ult-ing Rascal - Overwatch Apex S3 Finals (LH vs KDP)
There's a reason why Je-hong "ryujehong" Ryu is considered to be one of the best - if not the best - Ana players in the game. The Seoul Dynasty support player made a name for himself back under the Lunatic Hai banner, being able to not only keep his teammates alive but also foil some would-be clutch enemy plays in the process. His sleep dart on Kongdoo Panthera's DPS player Rascal is just one of these game-making plays, where Rascal attempted to be the hero and take out the support player, only for Ryujehong to predict the move and remove Genji from the equation as quickly as possible. It's been that sort of ungodly reaction time that allowed Dynasty to take a 3-0 sweep in the preseason matches, the only team to do so.
Don't feel too bad for Rascal, though; the DPS player is currently playing for the London Spitfire, where he and his team cleaned up the San Fransisco Shock 4-0 and barely lost to the Los Angeles Gladiators 2-3 in the preseason.
This year has been insane for a number of reasons: the Overwatch League became something more than an idea teased about by Blizzard, we saw more heroes and maps enter the fray and so much more. It's unusual for a game that's been out for less than two years to have a scene where professional league spots cost $20 million a piece. Keep that in mind as we move into 2018.
As for me, I've moved into more of an editor role within the past few months, taking on more leadership as the head of Gosu's LoL, PUBG and CS:GO coverage. I've also moved on to other writing publications for Overwatch, though I can't help but always fondly remember GG as the place I got started and the place where I figured out that Overwatch was a game I wanted to cover wholeheartedly.
To those who have watched, who have read, I thank you. This has been an amazing journey. I hope you come along for whatever I have next, as well as whatever Overwatch is going to throw at us in 2018. I guarantee that it'll be one for the history books.
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