League Of Legends MSI 2019: G2 Esports Reigns Supreme

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G2 Esports Win League of Legends MSI 2019
G2 Esports Win League of Legends MSI 2019 G2 Esports

G2 Esports came out fighting, and was declared champion during the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational 2019. With the win, G2 takes home $400,000. This makes G2 the first European LoL team to grab a win at a major international tournament since Fnatic's win in 2011.

MSI 2019 took place over a period of half a month, covering three cities in two countries. Both the Play-In Group and Knockout Stage took place in Ho Chi Minh City, with the Group Stage taking place in Hanoi. The Knockout Stage and Finals then moved to Taipei.

For G2, because the team won the LEC Spring Championship, they were immediately seeded to the Group Stage. Two other teams took the same route: LCK Spring Champion SK Telecom T1 and LPL Spring Champion Invictus Gaming.

Team Liquid, meanwhile, entered the tournament by being seeded to the Play-In Knockout as the LCK Spring Champion.

The Knockout Stage featured Liquid playing against Invictus Gaming. Liquid took down reigning champs IG in a surprising 3-1 win. In the other match-up, SK went up against G2. The match would be a closer competition, with G2 eventually winning 3-2.

The Finals were one-sided, as G2 won the first game in just under 25 minutes. Liquid had difficulty finding a way to stop Luka "Perkz" Perkovic on Xaya, as he ended the match with 10 kills. Overall, G2 had 22 kills versus two team deaths. G2 did not look back, and won the next two games.

In game two, Liquid was actually in the lead for most of the game. However, the advantage was still with G2, and it looked like Liquid was simply reacting to what G2 was doing. A team fight went in G2's favor, and G2 won every fight after that.

The third game appeared to be a formality, as G2 took the win in just above 18 minutes. While Liquid was able to limit Perkz this game, this left Rasmus "caps" Borregaard Winther open to score six kills on Irelia. The match ended with G2 getting 15 kills against Liquid's four.

MVP of the tournament was awarded to Rasmus "Caps" Borregaard Winther of G2.

As the first runner-up, Liquid receives $200,000, while both IG and SK Telecom get $100,000 each.

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