The Biggest Upsets in ABL History
April 18, 2020 – On April 16th, 2020 the ABL Series marked our three year anniversary, there have been a lot of memorable games and series both in the regular season and the playoffs. In this article we’re taking a look back at some of the biggest upsets in ABL history!
#5 – December 4, 2018 – EGO vs FSR (3-2) in Season 5 Semi Finals
Not many fans forget this series, this was also voted one of the ABL’s top 5-Game series of all time. Coming in to the match up, almost everyone you talked to was calling a 3-0 for Forsaken Rampage. After all they did have the Season 5 “Super Team” of Solekks, Nico, Fluffybuns, Quuadra, Renascor (MVP) – but the series turned out to be anything but a blowout when EGO eSports stole the series off an engage from their Jungler, Bishan (Rookie of the Split) that allowed his team to lay down a wombo combo, win the team fight and rush the enemy nexus to end the game.
#4 – April 24, 2018 – RBG vs ROK (3-2) in Season 3 Semi Finals
Looking back at Season 3, the team to talk about was Full Send Gaming, in their debut they went undefeated in the regular season at 9-0. Their closest rival was the #2 seed, Reign of Kings, which had all the makings of a great team. Their regular season was strong and they were a huge favorite against the rocky #3 seed of Reborn Gaming led by Top Laner Praeyer. As the series went on, there were glimmers of hope that RBG could take ROK to a Game 4 and make the series interesting, but those glimmers would turn out to be fireworks in Game 5. All 4 previous games were long (an average of 35+ mins) and fatigue was really starting to settle in for most players as the night progressed. When RBG finally capitalized on a few too many of ROK’s mistakes and won the game, fans were stunned and even the casters were left in disarray during the player interviews.
#3 – December 5, 2017 – ETB vs ARS (3-2) in Season 2 Champ Finals
It’s no surprise to see this infamous series make the list, most of us know the story here but for those that don’t we will recap it. The date was December 5, 2017, it was Season 2 and the Championship Finals were underway… Everyone tuned in to see if ETB could pull off the Cinderella Story and take down the dominant Ares eSports org that was on a 9-game win streak (the longest at the time). Long-story short, ETB went from almost dead last to winning it all. Clock (formerly Pectus) and WildDog were able to carry their team past the ARS Goliath and become the second team to win a Championship and cement themselves as Hall of Famers. This is only the second time in ABL History that a Championship Finals went to Game-5.
#2 – December 7, 2018 – SKZ vs FSG (3-2) in Season 5 Semi Finals
There was no bigger rivalry than SKZ vs FSG at the time, both were touted as the top dogs in Season 5 and rightfully so. Not only did the two organizations have a long-standing rivalry, but their two star players Auzy (FSG) and Deelun (SKZ) were constantly in contention for the title of Best Mid Laner in the league. Based on previous performance it made perfect sense for people to favor FSG to win this series either 3-0 or 3-1 at best. Having lost to FSG in the Season 4 Finals, SKZ was on a season long journey to redemption and it all culminated in the Semi Finals in one of the best 5-game series we have ever seen! On paper FSG had the talent, leadership and experience to win, but that day it was the heart and perseverance of SKZ that would prove superior and it was finally enough for them to topple the FSG dynasty…
#1 – August 21, 2019 – WL vs FBM (3-1) – Season 7 Semi Finals
There seems to be a reoccurring theme of upsets in the Semi Finals here, but this is hands down the biggest one we have seen so far. The studs of First Blood eSports are coming in at #1 again, but not for reasons they are used to – that’s right, the current ABL Title Holders, ABL 2019 World Champs and first org to ever get an ABL Three-peat was crushed in the Semi Finals during Season 7. Let’s rewind the clock back, going in to the playoffs First Blood was the #1 seed and had an impressive 80% win rate. They ended up locking horns in the Semi Finals with the #4 seed White Lotus eSports (aka Elysium). White Lotus was a good team, they had DDog, Kmanz, Putney, LokiDosi and Phoenix – but FBM previously had them covered and blew them out 2-0 in the regular season with a series KDA of (33/10/54 vs 10/33/17). On paper FBM should have went 3-0 and made it to the Finals no problem, but that was not in the cards for them. This win really shined a light on WL’s Bot Lane; Lokidosi and Phoenix‘s ability to repeatedly perform in high pressure situations allowed them and their teammates to pull off the greatest upset in ABL history…
- July 9 , 2019 – TFT vs WL (2-1) in Season 7 Week 3
- March 5, 2019 – CQR vs SKZ (2-1) in Season 6 Week 6
- April 8, 2019 – SKZ vs CS (3-2) in Season 6 Semi Finals
- June 12, 2018 – FSG vs EGM (0-2) in Season 4 Week 2
- February 7, 2019 – NFE vs Recon 5 (2-1) in Season 6 Week 2