MLG Major Championship: Columbus was the first CS:GO Major to feature a $1 million prize pool, which was four times the amount of previous Majors. Every player wanted a piece of the pie and the result was a bevy of incredible matches and, of course, great plays.
Rounds were clutched, flashes were popped and jumping, no-scope, collateral, AWP shots were hit. Here's theScore esports' Top 5 plays of the tournament:
Edward with the old switcheroo
Every decision matters in a 1v1 situation, so when there's 10 seconds left on the clock and the bomb is on-site, there's only so many decisions that one can make. But this was the situation Astralis' Rene "cajunb" Borg and Natus Vincere's Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev found themselves in.
cajunb held position inside of the pit, while Edward seemingly went to the site to plant, but he actually picked up an AWP and looked for a pick. If cajunb stayed, the timer would have ran out and Astralis would have won the round, but he went aggressive to stop the plant and found a bullet in the chest instead.
Edward won the round with one second left on the clock. Talk about a close call.
godJ's textbook 3v1 site retake
If there was ever a tutorial for attempting to retake a site in a 3v1, Chris "chrisJ" De Jong's play against FlipSid3 Tactics would be example number one.
Perfect pop flash to push through a smoke for the entry kill, wins a duel and perfectly predicts the approach of the final player.
JW kept calm and carried a sidearm
Not everyone can tap headshots like Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom, so when the opening volley from a spray isn't fatal, it's important to stay calm. Jesper "JW" Wecksell showed a prime example of this against FaZe Clan.
Whether it was due to pressure, poor aim or RNG, none of JW's sprays were fatal on their first try. But he didn't panic and reset, even when his primary gun was emptied.
Hiko are you kidding me!?
Spencer "Hiko" Martin the clutch king sat very comfortably on his throne at the MLG Major. He didn't have the most clutches in the tournament, but he is the only player to clutch a 1-versus-4.
The shots heard round the world
This was the play that defined Luminosity Gaming's run through the tournament. It was a play that defied all odds and logic and it was initiated partly due to desperation and partly due to a brash defiance.
Liquid were on match point and Marcelo "coldzera" David simply said, "no."
It was the play that sent a shockwave through Liquid's lineup, breaking whatever morale they had left. LG were able to force overtime and took the map thereafter.
It's arguable how much of an effect the play actually had on the players, or indeed the rest of the match. There's even some that question the level of skill involved, considering the RNG required to pull it off.
It's a play that will likely remain unmatched on a stage of this scale and it's undeniably one of the most memorable plays in CS:GO history.
Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking
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