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Three Thoughts: Post Worlds Edition

The Finals could have gone either way. Instead, it slowly became one of the most one-sided finals of all time. As quickly as the series began, it was over in the blink of an eye as the Chinese champs in FunPlus Phoenix quickly took care of the western hope in G2 Esports. What do the results mean for the scene heading into the tenth season? Let’s take a look and find out now!

GG, Go Next

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Let’s start off with the runners up of Worlds 2019. Despite the hype for G2 and most believing this would be their chance to win, the champions of Europe would end up falling just short. In their series against FPX, the concerns that were brought up in their series against SK Telecom T1 in the semifinals would prove to be their downfall. 

The main concern that would prove to be G2’s downfall is their weak early game as FPX was able to completely dominate them through most of the early game. While G2 was able to stay in it and comeback against SKT, FPX maintained their aggression and left no openings for G2 to take advantage of. While G2 was able to make some great plays such as their all-in top lane push in Game 1 that could’ve stolen the game if not for a great flank by Gao “Tian” Tian-Liang on Lee Sin.

So what next for the European squad? Not much really, the team as a whole is still one of the best teams in the world and should easily win it all in the LEC once again. Outside of that, improvements to various aspects of their game such as the early game will be enough to get G2 to the next level. 

This year, China stopped G2 from winning on home soil. Next year, will it be G2 who stops China from winning on home soil?

Victory for the fallen 

With FPX’s victory, it marks one last accomplishment for the Taiwanese region in the final year of the LMS. With former Flash Wolves coach Chen “WarHorse” Ju-Chih leading FPX to victory through his solid drafts. 

While fans of the Taiwanese region would’ve liked to see a deep run made by J Team, they can at least enjoy a long-time coach of the LMS. With LMS merging soon, it’s likely that the top Taiwanese talent will all head to China and the LPL.

Deathless

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10/1/22 and 22/0/35, these are the total statlines for top laner Kim “GimGoon” Han-saem and ADC Lin “Lwx” Wei-Xiang. Considering GimGoon’s death came in the series-winning team fight, FPX effectively had two players who could have ended the series without a single death, something a single player has ever been able to do in the history of the World Championship Finals. 

Despite their amazing performances, it was jungler Tian who would pick up the MVP honors for the finals for his amazing play on Lee Sin through the three games. Tian was able to dominate the game thanks to his great synergy with mid laner Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang who allowed him to play aggressively and into the enemy side of the map. 

Overall the team all had their chance to shine with Tian and support Liu “Crisp” Qing-Song completely outclassing their counterparts and the rest of the team all having their huge plays throughout the series. 

While Doinb might be retiring before the upcoming season, the team will still look great heading into the next season. Will they be able to defend their title? Only time will tell.

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