The LPL Spring 2019 Finals all came down to a much-anticipated series between JD Gaming and Invictus Gaming.
The matchup was quite the memorable one. In one corner, we had the defending World champions, Invictus Gaming. In the other was JD Gaming, whose Cinderalla story was one of the biggest stories of the LPL Spring 2019.
The last team to qualify for the playoffs, many expected JD Gaming to get swept on the first round. Instead, here they are, having beaten the likes of Team WE, Royal Never Give Up, and FunPLus Phoenix. More importantly, JD Gaming were staring down at the possibility of playing spoilers to the reigning Worlds champions, Invictus Gaming, who were looking to win their first domestic title in the history of their League of Legends squad.
Read on below for our recap of the LPL Spring 2019 Finals.
LPL Spring 2019 Finals Recap
The first game started wonderfully for Invictus Gaming as they got first blood on the 8th minute of the game, where Gao “Ning” Zhen-Ning’s Xin Zhao killed Lissandra and rendered her useless for the entirety of the game. The macro movements of Invictus Gaming were almost perfect, since everything that JD Gaming was doing didn’t work out, and Invictus Gaming won the game after 27 minutes of gameplay. The gold lead at the end of the game was more than 13k and the MVP for this game was Wang “Baolan” Liu-Yi. His Rakan proved to be too much for JDG since the that he made were fantastic throughout the game.
JD Gaming started the 2nd game on a much better note since they managed to get the first blood only four minutes in the game. Zhang “Zoom” Xing-Ran’s Sion killed Ning’s Lee Sin, to give JDG a much-needed advantage. However, that proved to be only temporary since they couldn’t hold on that much to this lead. Invictus Gaming managed to get back into the game with some perfectly executed team fights and absolutely obliterated JDG. The game ended after 26 minutes of gameplay, and they had 21 kills to JDG’s three. The gold lead was more than 15k and it was obvious that they were running the show, while JDG’s flaws were finally exposed, as they had no answer to IG’s macro. The MVP of this game was Kang “TheShy” Seung-lok, where he went 8-0-5 on Jayce.
JD Gaming wanted to go out with a bang and make sure that every LPL fan out there would get what they tuned in for. That is exactly what the fans got, an absolute bloodbath. The game lasted 34 minutes and both teams were playing very aggressive. In total, the teams racked up 50 kills. They constantly fought each other the entire game. But, in the end, Invictus Gaming were just too much to handle.
Nevertheless, despite losing, JD Gaming put up a good fight and the series-clincher was easily the most entertaining game of the series. For his efforts, TheShy was, once again, awarded the MVP of the match.
The turnout was not quite as unexpected. Heading into the matchup, Invictus Gaming wasn’t just the best team in the region — they were the best in the world. But, the fact that it took them this long to win their first domestic title is quite the revelation.
With that said, it’ll be interesting now to see if Invictus Gaming can still parlay their domestic success at the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational against international competition.
What do you think of Invictus Gaming’s performance at the LPL Spring 2019 finals, and the entire split as a whole? Are they still the best League of Legends team in the world? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.