Yes, conceding on Ball 3 of your final game, with your World Championship tournament life on the line, is an absurd thing to do.
I'm not Keith Elwin, I have no 11 major championships under my belt. None of us know what his real intentions were in conceding.
Was I confused/shocked? Absolutely.
Did I have a problem with Keith's decision? No.
The biggest thing that made me disappointed was not Keith conceding, but rather it was those chat members that just downright condemned Keith for his decision. "Keith lost cool points," "Keith lost GOAT status" etc. Seeing those that praise Keith as the greatest player ever turn around and bash him for conceding to Escher made me sick. Yes, it's a sport. Yes, he may have come back on ball 3. Who knows?
"But Dalton, Escher conceded on F14 against Eric!"
Number one, Escher was down by an astronomically large deficit. Much more than Keith was on Dialed In. Number two, Escher had games left to play. Not to mention he just fought 9 games against Keith before he got to Eric. Escher was probably running on empty at that point, needing to save all the energy he had left. Tournament players can tell you that your energy will be sapped in long tournaments like this. Maybe it was Adam who told Escher to concede. Once again, who knows?
In the end, I view his concession as a sign of respect towards Escher, a young worthy opponent who fought tooth and nail. Maybe he wanted to see Escher go on and win another major. (It ain't like Keith has 11 of them already lol) Last I checked, conceding games is not illegal.
Overall, people are blowing this way out of proportion and need to just let it go. It's all water under the bridge at this point. I honestly feel bad for Keith, who is going to receive bombardments of flak for this.