FunPlus Phoenix take home their very first World Championship at Worlds 2019 after sweeping G2 Esports 3-0 in the Finals, which was held at the Accorhotels Arena in Paris.
The ending to Worlds 2019 was a clear repeat of Worlds 2018.
Similar to how LPL’s Invictus Gaming dominated the representatives of the then EU LCS (which has now since been rebranded to the LEC), FunPlus Phoenix outmaneuvered and outplayed LEC’s G2 Esports with relative ease. Although it can be argued that FunPlus Phoenix’s performance was even more impressive.
Heading into Worlds 2019, G2 Esports was one of the overwhelming favourites to win it all. They had already won the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational earlier this year. Plus, they had also dispatched of the revitalized SK Telecom T1 earlier in then semifinals of Worlds 2019.
Instead, G2 Esports found out the hard way that they still had much to world.
With the win, the LPL becomes just the second region to win two World Championships and back-to-back.
No doubt, this will serve as a huge boost of confidence for the League of Legends competitive scene in China heading into 2020.
FunPlus Phoenix Dominates in Worlds 2019 Win
Expectations prior to the match were a close series after both teams had shown incredible micro and macro skills heading into the tournament. However, the Grand Finals of Worlds 2019 was anything but.
FunPlus Phoenix’s Jungler Gao “Tian” Tian-Liang led the way for the team, earning himself a finals MVP award along the way. He didn’t just match his G2 Esports counterpart, Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski, play-by-play, he outplayed him at every turn.
Where Jankos was playing catch-up, Tian was already making space for the entire time, finding the perfect opportunity to gank and make pick-offs time and time again.
Of course, Tian wasn’t alone. The rest of FunPlus Phoenix chipped in too. In particular, Liu “Crisp” Qing-Song was his strong usual self. Not to be outdone was Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang, who lived up to his monicker of super carry. Meanwhile, FunPlus Phoenix’s AD carry, Lin “Lwx” Wei-Xiang also become the first player to go without a death in the Grand Finals of the League of Legends World Championship.
Simply put, individually and as a team, FunPlus Phoenix were simply better than G2 Esports.
What’s Next for League of Legends?
With Worlds 2019, which was held in Europe, now in the books, we can look forward to Worlds 2020, and this time, Shanghai will play host to the participating teams.
Having already won two in a row, there’s no reason to doubt that the LPL will be gunning for their third straight next season.
Of course, they won’t be alone.
The LCK will, on doubt, try to retool and reclaim their former glory. Meanwhile, the LEC will definitely come back stronger after coming close for two straight years, with Rasmus “Caps” Borregaard Winther, in particular, having been part of the runner-up teams in both Worlds 2018 (Fnatic) and Worlds 2019 (G2 Esports).
With that said, we just can’t wait for the 2020 season to start.
What do you think of FunPlus Phoenix’s performance at Worlds 2019? Do you think it just proves that the LPL is so far ahead from the rest of the world? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.