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2019 Worlds Finals: G2 v FunPlus Phoenix

G2 Esports and Fun Plus Phoenix Face Off at 2019 World Championship Finals

The Regional Champions of China and Europe meet at the World Championship Finals at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris to Battle for the Coveted Summoner’s Cup 

It’s the East versus the West as the LEC’s G2 Esports takes on the LPL’s FunPlus Phoenix (FPX) in the League of Legends World Championship Finals on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 PM CET (Central European Time). 

This will be the first appearance in the World Championship Finals for both FPX and G2, and each qualified for the tournament by winning the Summer Split of their respective regional leagues. FunPlus Phoenix is looking to earn the LPL their second consecutive World Championship, while G2 Esports aims to achieve a League of Legends Esports first: Win both of their regional league’s season championships (Summer and Spring Splits), the Mid-Season Invitational, and the World Championship title.

While both teams have been tested during their run to the World Championship Finals, and enter the final showdown having only dropped four games during the entire event to date, G2 Esports is considered a slight favorite because of their victory at the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational.

G2 Esports secured their spot in the finals after an incredible semifinal match where they took down the most decorated League of Legends Esports team in history, SK Telecom T1, in an epic four games. They have proven their skills throughout the year, winning both Splits during LEC regular play and capturing the MSI crown this past May. This is G2’s top performance at the League of Legends World Championship, besting their previous placement in 2018 where the team lost in the semifinals to the eventual World Champions Invictus Gaming.

FPX came in as the #1 seed for the LPL and showed the world why they have been dubbed the new “Kings of China” when they routed the defending World Champions, Invictus Gaming, in the semifinals and the runner-up of the 2018 World Championship, Fnatic, in the quarterfinals. Only two years since its inception, FPX has risen from relative obscurity in the LPL to the unstoppable force it is today, earning a 27-3 combined 2019 regular-season record.  

While this is the first time G2 Esports and FunPlus Phoenix have faced each other at an international event, this is the second year that teams from LEC and LPL will meet in the Finals. This marks the LEC’s third appearance in the World Championship Final (2011, 2018) and the LPL’s fourth appearance (2013, 2014, 2018). Only one player, Rasmus “Caps” Winther, from either team has played in a World Championship Final. 

G2 Esports and FunPlus Phoenix will meet in the 2019 World Championship finals at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France, and can be watched live on Opening Ceremony featuring performances from Caitlin Russo, Chrissy Costanza, and True Damage commences at 1:00 PM CET with Game 1 to follow around 2:00 PM CET.

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