Can I get a handful of 1Gs in the chat, please? Just a handful, though. Any more and my computer will overheat.

Summit1G Roasts Himself: Burning Passion at DreamHack Austin

May 9, 2016
Can I get a handful of 1Gs in the chat, please? Just a handful, though. Any more and my computer will overheat.

I was originally going to title this article “Man Burns Himself to Death in Front of Horrified Crowd at DreamHack Austin.” And then I debated going with “Streamer Realizes He Is His Own Worst Enemy On Stage In Front of Thousands of Fans.”

Thanks Summit, but can I get a handful of 1Gs in the chat, please? Just a handful, though. Any more and my computer will overheat.
Can I get a handful of 1Gs in the chat, please? Just a handful, though. Any more and my computer will overheat.

None of this is important. What is important, however, is that May 7th will forever be remembered as the day that Summit1G, popular North American CS:GO streaming personality and ex-professional player,  lost a 1 v 0 at a $100,000 LAN.

There’s no graceful segue that can do the clip justice. Roll the tape, boys.

Take a moment. Watch it again. And again. And then one more time. Watch the excitement on his face–the brief moment of euphoria visible on Summit’s face as he knows that he, and he alone, has won the map for his team. The man who many have doubted could return to the professional scene. The man who chose streaming over competing. The man who chose a paycheck over the guys in the trenches.

And then it all comes crashing down.

The Facts

  • Summit1G and Ryan “fREAKAZOiD” Abadir (formerly of Cloud9) were serving as stand-ins for Splyce at DreamHack Austin, replacing Andrew “Professor_Chaos” Heintz and Abraham “abe” Fasli respectively.
  • Splyce, the clear underdog in their matchup against Counter Logic Gaming, had secured map point on Train, the first map in the best of three series.
  • It is the 27th round, and the score is 15:11 in favor of Splyce.
  • CLG manage to get the bomb down on the B bombsite. Frags are exchanged, leaving Summit in a 1v1 against Jacob “FugLy” Medina.
  • Summit tosses a Molotov in front of the bomb train, attempting to flush out FugLy.
  • Summit wins his gunfight against FugLy, surviving on 40 HP and presumably winning the round–and map–for his team.
  • Summit begins to celebrate, the casters begin to celebrate, and the stream starts playing their celebration music.
  • As Summit walks towards the bomb to defuse it and ‘confirm’ the round win, something goes terribly, horribly wrong.
  • Summit1G steps into the fire.
  • Summit1G burns to death in the fire, and CLG win the round.
  • Splyce goes on to lose the map in overtime to CLG. The final score is 16:19.
  • Splyce loses the best-of-three series against CLG without picking up a single map.


There’s no skirting around how badly Summit messed up, but I feel genuinely bad for the guy, so I’ll be as gentle as possible. Outside of ‘missing your shots,’ there isn’t a lot you can at the professional level that would make you directly and undeniably personally responsible for losing a round. All round losses are a combination of multiple players making multiple mistakes–one player gets picked, another overpeeks or reveals their position, and the result is a domino effect of sorts.

This, however, is not one of those times–the round loss was entirely Summit’s fault. And, by extension, Splyce’s map loss against CLG was his fault. Assuming that CLG would still win the second map, who knows what would have happened if they had moved on to a third map?

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Summit took to Twitter after the first map was over, posting this:

The professional Counter-Strike scene enjoyed an occasionally savage, mostly well-intentioned, and fairly hilarious discussion about Summit’s livestreamed failure on Twitter in the hours that followed.

Paging Summit to the Burn Ward?

While Summit seems to have accepted the fact that the world will never forget this, plenty of professional players were quick to voice their support for him, perhaps wary of the community going overboard with harsh criticism.

In his post-game interview, Josh “jdm64” Marzano of CLG was quick to mention that he has made similar mistakes in the past–all pro players have, in fact.

The real winner? Natus Vincere’s master tactician Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko, who made a joke about his own death-by-molotov over Twitter several days before DreamHack Austin–in hindsight, the tweet in question raises questions about whether or not Na’Vi have a prophet of doom on their roster:

Let’s get some commemorative 1Gs up in chat.

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J.P. Corner
J.P. Corner is Esports Edition's Executive Editor. He was introduced to the wonderful world of esports by his older brother in mid-2014, and has a degree in Literature from Bard College. You can contact him via Twitter at @jpcornerGG.
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