In perhaps one of the most hyped - and unexpected - finals in League of Legends history, G2 Esports have romped through Team Liquid across three quick games to become champions of MSI 2019.
The confident, pro-active and play-making Team Liquid - which stunned Invictus Gaming in the semi-finals - simply didn’t show up. In stark contrast, G2 Esports brought their A-game and what resulted was an unrelenting assault on the North American side.
Looking back on the match now, there’s not a great deal to highlight. G2 Esports completely outclassed Team Liquid in almost every regard, and the European super team even produced the fastest best-of-five victory in League of Legends history.
The great EU vs NA rivalry which had promised a climactic, explosive series turned out to be pretty underwhelming, then. However, many would agree that it didn’t detract from the fact two Western representatives were competing in the final for the first time in eight years.
Times are changing in League of Legends. The once dominant South Korea has faltered over the last couple of years and their once invincible poster boys SKT are merely mortal now - they can actually lose.
China has now risen to take South Korea’s spot as the powerhouse producing the best teams in the world. The LPL’s Invictus Gaming, Edward Gaming and Royal Never Give Up all have a chance to go far at Worlds this year.
G2 Esports and Team Liquid’s staggering semi-final victories over the best teams these two regions had to offer shows that the playing field has widened. With Worlds 2019 just around the corner, one can’t help but think it could be the most exciting and unpredictable international events yet.