I don’t think anyone would disagree with me when I say that 2020 has been a turbulent year, and the previous Overwatch League season demonstrates this perfectly. However, from all the questions and uncertainty that arose once we realized that all the homestands would be cancelled and the entire season would be held online, what we got ended up being the most exciting season of Overwatch esports yet. The new Overwatch tournament format was an enormous success and gave us a plethora of exciting storylines and esports moments to follow, all culminating in a playoff that no one could have seen working out the way it did.
Looking back there are so many insane moments to chose from, that picking the best ones might be impossible. No single list can convey just how electrifying this season of the Overwatch League was, because there were so many strats, plays, and clutches that could easily have made it into the top ten. Despite this, I’ve managed to narrow it down to the top ten Overwatch esports moments from season three that had us on the edge of our seats, cheering for more.
10. LhCloudy’s vertical flanking Earthshatter
With the help of a well placed Mei wall and a little bit of luck, Roni “LhCloudy” Tiihonen was able to flank the entirety of the Houston Outlaws on King’s Row and deliver a devastating Earthshatter, giving the Los Angeles Gladiators the team fight win. If there’s anything to be learned here, a sneaky Reinhardt can really be hiding anywhere.
9. JJoNak and Colourhex 1v1
This play goes all the way back to the opening weekend during the New York Excelsior vs. Boston Uprising game. In any other game, Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse’s Reaper would have easily taken out the Ana. Of course, when Sung-hyeon “JJoNak” Bang is your opponent, it won’t be that easy. While this wasn’t technically a true 1v1, as JJoNak had Taesung “Anamo” Jung pocketing him, the insane energy of the crowd helped put this play on the map.
8. Striker’s 4k Pulse Bomb
There’s a good reason Nam-joo “Striker” Kwon is often considered the best Tracer player in the world, and with consistent showings like this, it’s no wonder why he the earned the title of 2020 Playoffs MVP. This clip comes from the semifinals of the Summer Showdown tournament against the Paris Eternal, and while the series didn’t go exactly the way Striker would’ve liked, I’m sure he’s more than happy with how the rest of the season turned out.
7. BigG00se’s aerial 4k boop
As a Lucio player myself, I can’t help but smile when I see a play like the one Benjamin “BigG00se” Isohanni managed to pull off here. With a perfect set up by fellow Los Angeles Gladiators teammate Min-seok “OGE” Son on Orisa, BigG00se was able to knock them down and get a clean 4k boop of the side of Eichenwalde, stopping the Boston Uprising in their tracks.
6. Super Firestrikes a Junkrat Tire and gets a 4 man Shatter
Matthew “super” DeLisi is no stranger to Reinhardt, or high pressure Overwatch esports moment, and when he needs to perform, he does. A Junkrat RIP-tire from Hee-su “Heesu” Jeong could have easily ruined the San Francisco Shock’s chances at a push towards the second point of King’s Row, but a well timed Firestrike saved the team, and a jumping Earthshatter around the corner for style sealed the deal, decimating the Philadelphia Fusion.
5. Carpe’s Widow swap to clutch
Before this insane play went down, a lot of people were wondering if a swap to Widowmaker was a good idea in the waning seconds of this round, casters included. Doomfist was generally seen as the better pick. But as we all should know by now Jae-hyeok “Carpe” Lee does what he wants, and when Carpe wants to clutch, he will clutch. In the words of Caleb “McGravy” McGarvey after seeing this incredible performance, “Drug test him RIGHT NOW.”
4. SP9RK1E’s Genji clean-ups
Yeong-han “SP9RK1E” Kim burst into the Overwatch League as the most hyped acquisition of the season and immediately made waves. The Paris Eternal were lucky enough to land the Genji specialist during a meta in which the Genji and Ana duo saw a resurgence, which meant plenty of Nano-Blades for SP9RK1E to show off his prowess.
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In fact he made such an impact that the Eternal were able to get their first championship with a win over the mighty San Francisco Shock in the Summer Showdown. While a Nano Boosted 5k isn’t exactly unheard of, the way he managed to get them so consistently and make it look so easy puts him high up on our list.
By the way, for this last twitter video, you might want to lower the volume a bit, SP9RK1E can be very intense.
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3. Fleta’s “headshot after headshot after headshot” Widow clutch
If you’ve never heard the phrase “Fleta is meta” before now, this clip will show you why regular season MVP Byung-sun “Fleta” Kim is always a danger when he’s in the lobby. Just like our previous clip of Carpe, Fleta switches off the meta pick of Echo and onto the Widowmaker before finding four headshots in a row, slaughtering the attacking Seoul Dynasty.
I remember seeing this play happen live, and I still get chills hearing it casted by Brennon “Bren” Hook and Josh “Sideshow” Wilkinson. Sideshow definitely said it best in the clip: “Aww my god! What was that from Fleta? He just hops into the spawn, whips onto the Widowmaker and pops out four headshots? You’re not allowed to do that!” I’m not allowed to do that, and you probably aren’t either. But Fleta? Well, remember: Fleta is meta.
2. Yaki’s Echo Reinhardt Copy Multishatter and Jake’s solo-cast
When Echo was first introduced as a hero many people, myself included, were super excited to see what the pros were going to be able to do with her. A hero that copies other heroes and can use their ultimates against them? Sign me up. This expectation is exactly what the Florida Mayhem’s Jun-ki “Yaki” Kim fulfilled when he decided to copy the Washington Justice’s Reinhardt and dive into their backline.
A single Firestrike and swing of the hammer, and the Earthshatter was ready to be dropped almost instantly. One charge pin and a few swings later and the second Earthshatter came online. Even after Yaki drops to down to only 61 health, he manages to find another shatter before finally succumbing to damage and escaping.
This insane series of events is made even crazier as it was occuring during the infamous “Jake Solo-Cast,” when caster Jacob “JAKE” Lyon’s partner Andrew “ZP” Rush had technical difficulties and disconnected. Jake then proceeded to cast alone for 11 minutes straight, and according to user @sinotfound on Twitter, spoke an astounding 182 words per minute with no break. All of this leads to one of the most incredible esports moment that I doubt fans of the Overwatch League will forget anytime soon.
1. EQO vs. Everyone to Keep Tournament Hopes Alive
That’s right, the top play of the entire Overwatch League season is on Genji, and damn is this a good one. With only five seconds left on the clock for the Philadelphia Fusion and just a few meters to go, the fight starts to lean in the Paris Eternal’s favor. The Eternal pop three ultimates and take down Carpe, following up by eliminating supports Isaac “Boombox” Charles on Baptiste, and Kyung-bo “Alarm” Kim on Brigitte. Things are looking pretty grim at this point, but luckily Josh “Eqo” Corona has already shifted into clutch mode.
Charging his blade from 33% to full in mere seconds, he Dragon-blades into a two on one situation and somehow comes out on top, all while not leaving the payload to keep the game in overtime. Remember, this is against the Paris Eternal and their incredibly skilled Genji player SP9RK1E, who has his own top ten moment already in this list.
I highly recommend watching this clip as well, which has Fusion assistant coach Christopher “ChrisTFer” Graham breaking down the minute plays and details to help you understand just how important this performance was. This game seven clutch scenario is exactly the kind of excitement we all want to see from the Overwatch League, and if next season is even half as exciting as this one, it can’t come soon enough.