The last day of the year is often a time for reflection on those that preceded it, and that is no different in the world of esports. Despite the continued shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic looming over the industry’s collective head, plenty of momentous occasions gave fans something to cheer for in 2021. From League of Legends to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive — from in-game to real life — let’s take a look back at some of the top esports moments of 2021 (in no particular order) before getting ready to make more memories in 2022.
Kirill “Boombl4” Mikhailov proposes after major win
After a hard-fought win over G2 Esports to claim his first Counter-Strike: Global Offensive major trophy, Natus Vincere in-game leader Boombl4 decided to push his luck even more by proposing to his girlfriend back home, live on stream.
— Upcomer (@Upcomer) November 7, 2021
The proposal drew a roar of support from the PGL Major crowd and a shocked expression from interviewer James Banks.
“Oh my!” Banks said. “Well, that is a stage to do it on.”
Boombl4 later confirmed that his girlfriend accepted his proposal on Instagram.
— Declan McLaughlin
EDG Worlds Win
The 2021 League of Legends World Championship brought a lot of surprises in the group stage, namely the mysterious collapse of tournament favorites, FunPlus Phoenix, and a last minute substitution for Fnatic. After the quarterfinals, the tournament looked all but over, with DWG KIA poised to become the second-ever back-to-back world champions with a strong possibility of going completely undefeated along the way.
But T1 weren’t keen on letting DK steal away a Worlds