How The 2019 League of Legends World Championship Is Going
LoL Worlds Performances Have Been Outstanding
Taking place at the Verti Music Hall in Berlin, the League of Legends World Championship has all the makings of one of the biggest tournaments in its eight-year history, as proven by its opening weekend.
Star-Studded First Matches
The first two matches did not disappoint. Reigning world champions Invictus Gaming were looking to get revenge against Team Liquid after being knocked out of the Mid-Season Invitational by the North Americans.
We also saw the game’s all-time best player, SK Telecom T1’s Lee “Faker” Sang-Hyeok pitted against Chinese rival Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao of Royal Never Give Up, reminiscing of the 2013 world final.
The group stage opening weekend also left a few other exciting observations.
This will probably be the most-watched esports tournament ever:
YouTube, Twitch, Facebook and countless other online outlets had massive viewership. We still don’t know the numbers from China, which should be record-breaking.
Rockstar Matchup: Royal Never Give Up Vs. SK Telecom T1
Not only was the match between RNG and SKT the most-watched so far, but it’s now an official classic that Riot Games will promote for a very long time. By the end of the 42-minute slugfest, both teams were able to cash in on their strengths.
RNG won the pivotal team fights, yet it was SKT who took the victory.
This is truly the type of game that is fantastic to watch. And you might, because if both teams advance from their group, they could not meet again until the final.
Invictus Gaming Still The Reigning, Defending, And Undisputed World Champions
Invictus Gaming’s opening game of the event was an up-and-down win over Taiwan’s Ahq E-Sports Club.
They went on to show the world how good they really are and why they are the reigning champions in their second match against Team Liquid.
After staving off the early deficits, iG fought back. Their heroes from the title run in 2018 – solo laners, Kang “TheShy” Seung-Lok and Song “Rookie” Eui-jin – came up in the clutch to grab the win when Invictus Gaming needed them the most. A clear sign of the champion’s awakening we’ve all been waiting for.
G2 Vs. Griffin
After losing their head coach a few weeks before the world championship, Griffin was matched against the favorites of the event. Done in front of a ravenous Berlin crowd wanting to see G2 Esports wreak havoc.
G2 secured themselves a win from the get-go. Giving their fans the opening chapter they were hoping for while Griffin put in a few solid plays but had an overall flat international stage debut.
We’ll continue to excitedly watch how every match unfolds as we move towards the grand finale in Paris.