FunPlus Phoenix Defeats G2 Esports to Win League of Legends World Championship
By Nathan Fusco
FunPlus Phoenix defeated G2 Esports in the League of Legends World Championship 2019 final on Sunday. After many considered this to be the west's best hope at winning a title, G2 Esports fell short.
This is the second year in a row the LPL have won the Summoner's Cup and will bode well for the region as they host the next year's tournament.
Jungler Gao “Tian” Tian-Liang won the MVP honors with his dominant performance in the jungle for FPX, but the real surprise of the tournament was G2's performance overall. The team had no problem with two Korean teams in DAMNWON Gaming and SK Telecom 1. Both series were 3-1 victories in favor of the Europeans, but when it came time for the biggest stage, G2 choked.
In retrospect, even Fnatic was able to take a map off of FPX before losing in the quarterfinals. It's obvious that FPX was the better team, however, no one expected the 3-0 shut out with players like AD carry Lin “Lwx” Wei-Xiang going deathless for the whole series. Not just one map, the Chinese superstar didn't die in three consecutive matches.
With the League of Legends season over and roster moves having already begun, it's time to prepare for the 2020 campaign.
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