Professional gaming has been taking center stage as a highly competitive and lucrative industry. There are thousands of esports gamers across the world who execute brilliant attacks and tactics on the daily, but not every moment in pro gaming can be considered legendary. Every once in a while, a move comes at just the right time to spike an opponent and take the championship prize.
These awe-inspiring moments in pro gaming are truly epic (though sometimes not for the reasons you'd necessarily think), and the ones gathered here are arguably the very best of them all! From Fatal1ty versus Vo0 during the 2005 Quake World Finals to awesome moments in Dota 2, StarCraft, Street Fighter, and more, these matches capture some of the single greatest moments in pro gaming history.
Scroll through the list to find your favorite of the biggest moments in gaming, and don't forget to vote up your favorite to see which one rises to the top!
Daigo's Perfect Parry
Who: Daigo Umehara vs Justin Wong
When: 2004 EVO World Championship Finals
Game: Street Fighter III: Third Strike
There's something about a good Street Fighter match that makes for excellent viewing, and when it comes to the fight between Daigo and Justin Wong, those videos combined make for the most-watched competitive gaming moment of all time with more than 20 million views.
If you've seen the matches, you know why, and if not, you need to click on the video and watch it, but also look for the rest of the Street Fighter III: Third Strike gameplay footage of Daigo vs. Wong at the EVO World Championship Finals in 2004. Daigo managed to create one of the most memorable moments in pro-gaming history.1029Was this a great moment?
Hitting The Perfect Wombo Combo
Who: SilentSpectre and Tang vs Lucky and Zhu
When: 2008 SCSA West Coast Circuit
Game: Super Smash Bros. Melee
The SSBM moment that made meme history, the Wombo Combo refers to a double move where Tang (Fox) and Captain Falcon (SilentSpectre) eliminated both enemies by choreographing their attacks perfectly.
As you can see in the video, Fox tosses his first opponent in the air for Falcon to perform his patented knee smash (AKA the 'Knee of Destiny'), and then throws the second opponent for Falcon to perform the exact same move. The crowd went wild, and both announcers seemed stunned. While SilentSpectre and Tang went on to compete in the grand finals, they eventually lost to teammates Mango and PsychoMidget.319Was this a great moment?
The Six Million Dollar Slam
Who: CDEC vs EG
When: 2015 Dota 2 Internationale Finals
Game: Dota 2
Prize Pool: $6,000,000
One of the all-time greatest moments in pro-gaming is known as "The Six Million Dollar Slam." That came when CDEC faced off against Evil Geniuses at the 2015 Dota 2 Internationale Finals.
In the fourth game, EG was up 2-1, but CDEC took a temporary lead by killing off one of EG's heroes, which left them at a significant 4-5 man disadvantage. This left CDEC to push the advantage by making a play for Roshan and the Experience and Gold boot the dragon provided.
All five of CDEC's players were in the pit, which left EG to attempt a desperate offensive via the Ancient Apparition's Iceblast followed by an Echo Slam. The assault paid off, and left four of CDEC's members dead, with the last so close to death, there was nothing the team could do. EG took the lead and won, earning them a cool $6 million, hence the name, "The Six Million Dollar Slam."208Was this a great moment?
It’s Super Effective
Who: Axe vs Silent Wolf
When: EVO 2014
Game: Super Smash Bros Melee
Prize Pool: $5,820
Widely regarded as the best Pikachu player in the world, Axe proved his prowess in this unbelievable upset against Fox veteran Silent Wolf. The 4-stock match lasted only 56 seconds, with Axe dismantling Silent Wolf while barely taking damage.
Primarily known as a more technical player, Silent Wolf was simply overwhelmed by the barrage of quick attacks and could do very little to counter. While Axe was eventually outed in the later rounds, this was the easily the single greatest moment to come out of the entire championship.2010Was this a great moment?