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The Biggest Upsets in CSGO Tournament History

The Biggest Upsets in CSGO Tournament History

When You aren’t trying to gamble your way to a rare knife skin, you may enjoy playing the game itself to show off your flashy new skin or watching CSGO gameplay. The most intense and entertaining gameplay to watch are the matches during the big CSGO tournaments.

Nothing gets the blood pumping and adrenaline fired up than the favourites getting beat. To get the juices flowing whilst you play your way to a new skin on something like Crash, let’s take a look at some of the biggest upsets in CSGO tournaments!

  • CSGO News
  • May 10, 2023
The Biggest Upsets in CSGO Tournament History

THE 10 OF THE BIGGEST UPSETS IN CS:GO TOURNAMENTS

  • Fnatic vs. LDLC, DreamHack Winter 2014

Fnatic and LDLC were two of the strongest teams in the world at the time, with Fnatic being the reigning champions of the previous major tournament. However, LDLC pulled off an incredible upset, beating Fnatic 2-0 in the grand finals to win their first major championship. This was a huge upset as Fnatic were the favorites to win the tournament, and many fans were shocked by LDLC’s dominance.

  • Luminosity Gaming vs. Na’Vi, MLG Columbus 2016

Luminosity Gaming (now SK Gaming) were a relatively unknown Brazilian team that had only recently started competing at a high level. Na’Vi, on the other hand, were considered one of the best teams in the world at the time and still hold some weight in the scene. However, Luminosity pulled off a stunning upset, beating Na’Vi in a tense grand final 2-0 to win their first major championship. This upset was significant as Luminosity became the first Brazilian team to win a major tournament.

  • Cloud9 vs. FaZe Clan, ELEAGUE Boston 2018

Cloud9 were a talented North American team, but they were not considered one of the favorites to win ELEAGUE Boston 2018. Then we have FaZe Clan, who were one of the best teams in the world and were expected to win the tournament quite easily. As you can probably guess, Cloud9 pulled off a remarkable upset, beating FaZe Clan in a thrilling and nail biting grand final 2-1 to win their first major championship. This upset was massive as it was the first time a North American team had won a major tournament.

  • BIG vs. G2 Esports, PGL Major Kraków 2017

BIG were a German team that had been struggling to make a name for themselves in the competitive CS:GO scene. Their opponents, G2 Esports, were considered one of the best teams in the world and were heavily favored to win the tournament. However, BIG pulled off a shocker, beating G2 Esports in the quarter-finals of the tournament. This was the first time a German team had made it to the playoffs of a major tournament.

  • Gambit Esports vs. Immortals, PGL Major Kraków 2017

Gambit Esports were a relatively unknown team that had only recently started competing at a high level. Immortals, on the other hand, were considered one of the best teams in the world and were heavily favored to win their semi-final match at the PGL Major Kraków 2017. However, Gambit pulled off a stunning upset, beating Immortals 2-1 to reach the grand finals of the tournament.

  • Liquid vs. Astralis, IEM Sydney 2019

Astralis were the best team in the world at the time and were heavily favored to win IEM Sydney 2019. Liquid were a talented North American team but were not considered a serious threat to Astralis.

Liquid pulled off a remarkable upset, beating Astralis in the grand final of the tournament 3-2 to win their first ever Intel Grand Slam title. Thiswas a huge upset as it ended Astralis’ reign as the best team in the world.

  • TyLoo vs. FaZe Clan, IEM Sydney

TyLoo were a Chinese team that had been struggling to make a name for themselves in the international scene. FaZe Clan, on the other hand, were one of the best teams in the world and were heavily favored to win their match against TyLoo at IEM Sydney 2018. TyLoo pulled off a shocking upset, beating FaZe Clan 2-0 without much of a struggle to advance to the playoffs of the tournament.

  • NRG Esports vs. Astralis, StarSeries i-League Season 4

Astralis were the reigning champions of the previous major tournament and were considered one of the bestCSGO teams around. On the other hand NRG Esports, on the other hand, were a relatively unknown North American team that had been making waves in the CS:GO scene. Of course, NRG Esports pulled off a stunning upset, beating Astralis 2-1 in the quarter-finals of the StarSeries i-League Season 4 tournament.

  • ENCE vs. Astralis, IEM Katowice 2019

Astralis feature yet again! They were again reigning champions of the previous major tournament whilst ENCE were a relatively unknown Finnish team that had been making waves in the CS:GO scene with their shocking talent.

ENCE pulled off a great upset, beating Astralis 2-0 in the semi-finals of the IEM Katowice 2019 tournament. This marked the first time a Finnish team had made it to the playoffs of a major tournament.

  • Gambit Gaming vs. Virtus.pro, PGL Major Kraków 2017

Virtus.pro came into the PGL major as the heavily favored team to win their quarter-final match against Gambit Gaming at the Kraków 2017 tournament. Gambit pulled off a great win, beating Virtus.pro 2-1 to advance to the semi-finals of the tournament.

CONCLUSION

CS:GO is a game where upsets can happen at any moment, and these 10 examples demonstrate just how surprising and significant these upsets can be. From relatively unknown teams beating the best in the world to underdogs winning their first major championships, these upsets have helped shape the competitive landscape of CS:GO and will be remembered by fans for years to come. They also make for great Youtube watching if you ever get bored!

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