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FunPlus Phoenix stun G2 Esports to claim Worlds 2019 title

FunPlus Phoenix shone in the final of Worlds 2019, leaving favourites G2 Esports as the second European team in a row to finish second at the annual tourney.

Adela Sznajder / ESPAT Media

(Photo credit: Adela Sznajder / ESPAT Media)

The underdogs from the LPL were able to win the 2019 World Championship over European hopefuls G2 Esports in clean 3-0 fashion in League of Legends' crowning esports event.

Both teams are known for their flex picks and unconventional drafts and G2 were outdrafted in both game one and two.

Banning Xayah themselves despite Luka "Perkz" Perković's proficiency on the champion saw a Varus pick instead. A return to their iconic 2019 picks came too in the form of mid Pyke, jungle Elise and Tahm Kench as support. The Pyke pick was made special by G2 this year as every member had played the Bloodharbor Ripper.

The result was less than classic 2019 G2 as they were outplayed and FPX botlaner Lin "Lwx" Wei-Xiang's unkillable Sivir going 11/0/5 was unexpectedly dominant. 

Game two saw the Yasuo-Gragas duo fail to have the desired impact for the European side as once again Lwx showed his strength on Kai'Sa.

After some health issues for both Rasmus "Caps" Winther and Perkz during the playoffs, the full starting roster remained throughout the best-of-five, with substitute Hampus "promisq" Abrahamsson not brought on for G2 in game three despite the social media bait. 

A more promising game three for G2 saw an even matchup but FPX still kept the edge and were able to close out the series in under 100 minutes.

Despite the loss, the G2 team remained in high spirits and were seen laughing and with smiles on their faces even in defeat.

The Worlds 2019 theme had been called Phoenix, so it seemed fitting for the LPL champions to claim the title this year, but this was not the only song released from the event.

A new song from a new Riot virtual band was revealed during the Opening Ceremony of Worlds 2019 in the form of Giants by True Damage. This hip-hop band is made up from champions from League of Legends including Akali from girlband K/DA as well as Ekko, Qiyana, newly released champion Senna and Yasuo.

The real life artists behind the band are Becky G, Keke Palmer, Duckwrth, Thutmose and (G)I-DLE's Soyeon.

Giants' music video can be found below and on the League of Legends YouTube channel.

 

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