G2 Esports vs. FunPlus Phoenix
The moment everyone in the community has been waiting for all year, the League of Legends 2019 World Championship grand final is upon us. Once again, following from last years trend, we have a Chinese vs. European final. Both G2 and FPX have looked impressive all tournament, who finds themselves on top after this best of five?
Commonly known as FPX, they came into Worlds as one of the favourites. When pitted in a group alongside Splyce, J Team and GAM they were predicted to stomp the group and find momentum quickly. However, this wasn’t the case.
FPX finished groups with a 4-2 record, tied for 1st alongside Splyce and ended up winning the tiebreaker for 1st place. Since the hiccups in groups, they have started to look very convincing. FPX has been putting on the performances we all expected from them. They kicked playoffs off with a 3-1 win over Fnatic in a very fast-paced series.
This win meant they advanced to the semi-finals where they faced off against regional rivals and former World Champions, Invictus Gaming. FPX had been the more successful of the two over the 2019 season and this continued as they defeated Invictus 3-1 to advance to the grand finals.
Europe’s hopeful are becoming a powerhouse both regionally and on the International Stage. After a semi-final appearance last year, which caught many by surprise as they pulled off upsets to get there, they managed to sign Caps, Fnatics mid-lane at the time.
This was a risky move for Caps, seeing as Fnatic had reached the Worlds 2018 grand final before his departure. The move was definitely the correct decision. G2 have since been dominant on a regional level and found International success with taking home the MSI Championship earlier this year.
Groups were looking smooth and positive for G2 until their loss against Griffin in their final game. This loss tied them with Griffin at 5-1 and G2 went on to lose the tiebreaker, making life even harder for themselves.
This clearly didn’t faze the European roster playing on home soil. They went into the Quarter-Finals against DAMWON and had an amazing series. It finished 3-1 in G2’s favour but each game was tightly contested. They went on to face SKT in semis, a team hoping to get back to their former glory. In arguably one of the best semi-finals ever, G2 found themselves climbing out on top with a 3-1 victory.
I am certainly hoping for a series that goes down to the wire. With it being a best of five and both rosters being at their peak form, this series should take all five maps to decide the new World Champion. It should be a tough battle but I feel that betting on a G2 outright win at 1.80 odds is the best option.