2019 LoL Worlds Finals Preview

The League of Legends Worlds 2019 Finals Preview

What when and where are the Finals?

If you are new to League or haven't been following Worlds this year, the World Finals for League of Legends is the culmination of every major and minor regions journey, they have participated in all other stages of the game and we are now left with our two finalists who will face off Sunday, November 10th. The pre show will start at 4am Pacific Time and the finals will begin around 5am where the two final teams will face off in a Best of 5 Series to claim the Summoner's Cup, and 37.5% of the prize pool, the initial pool was $2,225,000, but it grows with the purchase of the Worlds Pass and supporter packs.

Who are the finalists?

After battling their way through Damwon Gaming and SK Telecom T1, the European 1st seed G2 advanced to the finals with a game score of 6-2. This is an impressive gamescore when considering their opposition but their opponents boast the same game score in the Playoffs.

FunPlus Phoenix is the 1st seed from China and is our second finalist and with the same game score of 6-2 through an arguably easier bracket. They bested Fnatic in the quarterfinals and the defending World Champions in Invictus gaming in the semifinals. Though they seem to have had an arguably easier road to the finals,

G2 has a star studded lineup that are all fan favorites but for those who are new;

  • Wunder in the top lane
  • Jankos in the jungle
  • Caps in the mid lane
  • Perkz in the bot lane
  • Mikyx in the support role

G2 will most likely use their main roster but their substitute support Promisq is also a reputable player with world class skills. If G2 find themselves a little too far behind we may see him come out to throw a wrench in the plans of FunPlus.

FunPlus Phoenix doesn’t boast as many stars, yet, but their team has shown up as a relative powerhouse in the LPL and were early tournament favorites even before their group was announced. Their team consists of;

  • GimGoon in the top lane
  • Tian in the jungle
  • Doinb in the mid lane
  • Lwx in the bot lane
  • Crisp in the support role

Doinb is the fan favorite of the LPL representative but the team has been unstoppable. Whether it be because their group was considered the Group of Life or because they simply outclass their opponents doesn’t matter, you can’t make it this far if you aren’t the best or second best team in the world.

Who’s going to win?

This year, that question is even more difficult to answer than every other year SKT wasn’t in the finals. Last year the LPL team Invictus Gaming went 3-0 against the European team Fnatic. At MSI 2019, G2 beat Team Liquid 3-0 who had beaten IG in their series in the semifinals. With all that considered, G2 did beat SKT and even though we haven't seen SKT since 2017, that is always a feelsgoodman moment.

So if you go based off tradition, it could be either team, if you go based off recency, it could go both ways. This most likely won’t be a repeat of last years World Finals with a 3-0, but that doesn’t mean FPX wont come out on top. FPX were tournament favorites from the start, but so were G2 for many people.

In the end, G2 have managed to impress more people this year and pound for pound have a slight edge over FPX with FPX’s best players being, arguably of course, Doinb and Crisp. If that holds true, then G2 will be slightly favorited everywhere else. The only way to know for sure who is better will be to watch the games and see who comes out on top in the end

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Cameron Carr

12 November 2019

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