Even the best can’t always predict who will win a tournament – and even a sure-fire win can end up as a crushing defeat instead.

Esports Pros that Snatched Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

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EDG vs AHQ: A crushing loss - Source: EDG Facebook

EDG vs AHQ: A crushing loss - Source: EDG Facebook

Even the most sure-fire win doesn’t count until the game is over – and sometimes, even the best of the best in the esports world end up with a crushing loss instead of the win they expected. It’s always a surprise, and rarely a good one for the loser – however, it makes great entertainment for esports fans. Here are some incidents of sure-fire wins ending in a crushing loss instead.

EDG vs AHQ

Edward Gaming is one of the top names in League of Legends, but in Season 4 of the League championship, the team faced a sudden issue. Despite being favored to win against AHQ, things didn’t shake out that way. Top EDG player Namei (one of the best in the world) saw a crushing loss against Greentea from AHQ. That one loss lead to EDG losing the match even though they still came in second place in the overall tournament.

Philadelphia Fusion vs London Spitfire - Source: Daily eSports

Philadelphia Fusion vs London Spitfire - Source: Daily eSports

Philadelphia Fusion vs London Spitfire

The inaugural OWL season featured teams from around the world – the European contender, London Spitfire, wasn’t on anyone’s radar, really. Three teams were poised to duke it out – NY Excelsior, LA Valiant, and Philly Fusion. Instead, London Spitfire swooped in, and all three of the favored teams faced some crushing losses, with Philly losing 1-3 and 0-3 in the Grand Finals.

Summit1g vs CLG- Source: Dexerto

Summit1g vs CLG- Source: Dexerto

Summit1g (Splyce) vs CLG

If you hear Summit1g is taking part in a CS:GO match this is a good indicator that his team will win. When the T-side team is almost entirely dead, with only one CT remaining, all they have to do is defuse the bomb with and it’s a guaranteed win.

Or, at least, it should be. That was the situation in the deciding round of the 2016 DreamHack Austin event, and yet, Summit1g managed to screw it up. Being the last alive, he had to defuse the enemy bomb but he was thwarted by his own Molotov grenade. He stepped into the flames on his way to defuse the bomb and lost what remained of his health, much to the surprise of everyone involved.

Melanie Hawthorne

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