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Caps explains why it’s so hard to pick favorites ahead of Worlds final

Published: 6/Nov/2019 4:39 Updated: 6/Nov/2019 5:16

by Isaac McIntyre


For the second year in a row, European superstar Rasmus ‘League of Legends World Championship final. This time though, he’s said, it’s going to be a lot closer than his team’s shock defeat to Invictus Gaming in Korea last year.

After defeating SK Telecom T1 and DAMWON Gaming in 3-1 victories across the quarterfinals and semifinals, G2 Esports have put themselves in the driver’s seat to potentially lift the Summoner’s Cup, and set a new League of Legends record.

After defeating Fnatic and Origen in back-to-back European Championship finals, and ousting North American contenders Team Liquid 3-0 in the Mid-Season Invitational in May, G2 is now one best-of-five series away from claiming the calendar grand slam.

There’s no reason to mark the LEC champions as default favorites for the title fight, however.

Bookkeepers have set the two teams as near-equal favorites, with some favoring G2 or their upcoming opponents FunPlus Phoenix at a slight advantage. Caps is a little less headstrong, and said he believes there’s very little that will separate them on the day.

“I feel like every region is strong in their own rights… I think it’ll be really hard to pick out a favorite,” Caps told media in G2 Esports’ post-semifinal press conference. “It’ll be really exciting to play a team with such a similar style, and also excited for how the drafts will go.”

Riot GamesCaps said he believes every region has been strong in their own rights this Worlds.

The Danish mid laner’s tempered expectations may be slightly affected by his performance against IG in the Worlds final last time around. After he and Fnatic battled their way to the crowning moment of Riot Games’ international tournament, things went very wrong.

The 3-0 shellshock defeat at Incheon Munhak Stadium left the seven-time European champions in tatters. Caps left soon after, citing disjointed team harmony, and problems behind the scenes. He quickly proved he had made a very positive personal choice.

So of course, when someone compared Fnatic’s run to the finals last year to G2’s achievements in Europe so far this time around, Caps disagreed.

“They’re two different teams, there are a million things that are different,” he said. “Last year, I felt that Korea was underperforming at Worlds, while IG played really well. However, this year, every team showed up, (except) maybe North America.”

“Last year, I felt like my team didn’t play that well, but we got really far in the tournament because we faced C9 in the semifinals. I’m happy with how we’ve played this year. We’ve improved a lot, and we’re playing at a really high level.”

Riot GamesG2 Esports and FunPlux Phoenix will now clash in the Worlds grand final.

According to the G2 center-piece star, this tournament hasn’t just been challenging on a team-level either. With titans like Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok, defending world champion Song ‘Rookie’ Eui-jin, and fellow 2019 finalist Kim ‘Doinb’ Tae-sang in the mix, this year’s event has boasted one of the highest talent pools in history, and Caps says it’s been a hard slog.

“There are a lot of mid laners that are really strong, and since it’s a really important role, I think there are so many other players that are at least on par with me,” he said.

“In order to prove I’m the best, I’ve had to run a marathon, where I have to continue to perform at the highest level… I think that all mid laners who’s played in the semifinals are really strong. And obviously, playing against Faker is always a bit nervous for me.”

Riot GamesG2 have the chance to complete League of Legend’s first calendar grand slam.

No matter how many nerves Faker elicits, however, Caps and his team sent him home with a 3-1 victory. Now only FunPlus Phoenix stands in their way, and the G2 star believes his roster has what it takes to oust the Chinese champions.

“We have one week of Worlds left, and we’re just gonna try our best,” he said. “I was like a bit sick this week, so I promised my team that if they carry this today, then I’ll take care of next week. So I’m just going to show up and I’m going to send FunPlus Phoenix back home.”

The grand final coverage is set to begin from 1pm CET, with new Riot music group True Damage and other musical acts expected to make up the Opening Ceremony, before G2 and FPX clash for the right to lift the Summoner’s Cup at the AccorHotels Arena.

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How to watch LPL Spring Split: Stream, standings & schedule

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:23

by Lauren Bergin


China has one of League of Legends’ most competitive esports scenes. Our LPL hub has everything you need to know, from the streams and schedule to the current scores and standings.

  • The LPL Spring Split group stage will run from January 9 to March 28.
  •  ¥ 4,200,000/$649,425 Prize Pool.
  • RNG and Team WE currently tied for first.

It’s safe to say that League of Legends fans all across the globe view the LPL as the pinnacle of professional play. China has emerged as a dominant force on Summoner’s Rift, and this year promises to be no different.

With the Spring Split trophy up for grabs, here’s everything you need to know about one of LoL’s fiercest competitions.

LPL Spring Split 2021: Stream

The LPL is streamed live daily on the official LPL Twitch channel, as well as on All of the vods from that day’s play are uploaded onto the site within 24 hours of matches being played.

LPL Spring Split 2021: Standings

The current standings for the LPL are:

Placement Team
1 Royal Never Give Up
1 Team WE
3 FunPlus Phoenix
3 LNG Esports
5 EDward Gaming
6 eStar Gaming
6 Suning
8 Invictus Gaming
9 JD Gaming
10 Bilibili Gaming
11 Top Esports
12 Rogue Warriors
13 LGD Gaming
14 Victory Five
15 Rare Atom
 15  TT Gaming
 17  Oh My God

LPL Spring Split 2021: Schedule

The LPL hosts 2 games every day so that fans can get in on all the action. The games begin at 1AM PST/ 4AM EST/ 9AM GMT/ 10 AM CEST.