Of course, the sports world has also been affected by the pandemic, forcing most competitions to be played without an audience or in front of very few people. It even gave rise to some pretty monumental fiascos, but we have to admit that esports was able to adapt to the situation quite well and we were treated to some great moments whether on LoL, Counter Strike or others. We take stock of the ten most significant moments of the year.
10. Valorant is gradually taking hold
Riot made the right choice by letting the Valorant scene develop in semi-autonomy. The teams are there, the scenes of the events are beautiful and the competition is fun to watch. We can expect great things for 2022 on that side.
9. LoL’s messy transfer window
This year, the transfer window has been particularly horrible. From iconic players without a team, a talent drain to America from the north, structures making questionable choices in their communication and dramas between players… In short, it wasn’t crazy to follow except for Karmine’s poker game with Rekkles and Vitality with Perkz.
8. France, land of Rocket League
Our dear country is still a great producer of pro Rocket League players. The French Alex “Extra” Paoli, Evan “M0nkey M00n and the Spaniard Marc “MaRc_By_8. » Domingo were finally able prove their worth as the best Rocket League team in the worlda status that they were able to impose during a physical event, which is quite rare in 2021.
7. When the FBI steps in
When a cheat on the Counter-Strike scene is so important that the FBI intervenes to investigate, it can only mark the spirits. Of many players contrived to rig matches and bets to a point where the organization had to appeal to the government to help them with the investigation.
6. Damwon Does Not Pass
Damwon is considered the strongest LoL team in the world and Showmaker the most skilled player of his generation. And yet, the team failed to win the Worlds final against the Chinese EDGcreating a veritable tidal wave of joy in China.
5. Sony buys the EVO
The biggest Versus Fighting competition was bought this year by Sony and if we don’t yet have all the ins and outs of this takeover, it might be interesting to see a console manufacturer and game publisher as as owner in the years to come and whether this will influence the holding of the event.
4. Ceb’s Retreat
One of the greatest DOTA 2 players in history announced his retirement this year. Frenchman Sébastien “Ceb” Debs shone during his career at OG and many fans of Valve’s game were inevitably affected by his departure. A great among the greats.
3. The French Star
Clément “Clem” Desplanches is 19 years old and he is the new hope of the StarCraft II scene. With his two Dreamhack victories this year, the young Frenchman has established himself as a formidable opponent. An extremely impressive player for his age who is able to compete with the greatest SCII players.
2. Natus Vincere Untouchables
After a big domination of the Counter-Strike scene, Astralis ended up collapsing and NaVi did not hesitate for a second to take their place. From their perfect in Stockholm to their last victory of the year in Copenhagen a few days ago, the team led by Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev is just way too strong.
1. The success story of Karmine Corp.
How not to end there? A double European champion LoL team, an increasingly large fan base with extremely loyal ultras and the recruitment of Rekkles… In short, Kameto and Prime have managed to create a machine that works terribly well and gives ideas to others with in particular the Spanish influencer Ibai who joined forces with footballer Gerard Piqué to create his own team.