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FunPlus Phoenix beat G2 to win Worlds 2019 – Results, prize money, more

Published: 10/Nov/2019 13:18 Updated: 10/Nov/2019 15:44

by Joe O'Brien

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FunPlus Phoenix are the 2019 League of Legends World Champions, defeating G2 Esports 3-0 in the grand final.

The LPL first seed had an underwhelming start to Worlds in the group stage, but ramped up throughout the tournament to claim the Summoner’s Cup for China for the second year in a row, denying G2 Esports the grand slam in the process.

G2 Esports were considered by many to be the favorites heading into the final, but it was FunPlus Phoenix who drew first blood with a game one victory, before landing another blow with a dominant performance in game two.

Down 0-2, G2 found themselves facing the need for a reverse sweep in order to claim the Summoner’s Cup. While it’s never been done in a Worlds final, G2 Esports did themselves pull off a reverse sweep over Fnatic during the LEC Summer playoffs, and came back from 1-2 down in the LEC Summer final.

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Unfortunately, they could quite quite find that clutch play once again in the Worlds final, and it was FunPlus Phoenix who were able to close out the third game for a 3-0 sweepto become the 2019 World Champions.

The World Championship saw 24 teams from around the world travel to Europe to compete for the Summoner’s Cup, and though only one team can claim the trophy, all will go home with a cut of the tournament’s prize pool.

The prize pool has not yet been finalized, as the amount includes crowd funding contributions based on in-game item sales. Riot themselves start the pool with $2,225,000, and the percentage breakdown for each placement can be seen below. The 2018 prize pool ultimately finished at approximately $6,450,000.

Placement Team Prize
1 FunPlus Phoenix 37.5% (min. $834,375)
2 G2 Esports 13.5% (min. $300,375)
3-4 SK Telecom T1 7% (min. $155,750)
3-4 Invictus Gaming 7% (min. $155,750)
5-8 Griffin 4% (min. $89,000)
5-8 Fnatic 4% (min. $89,000)
5-8 Splyce 4% (min. $89,000)
5-8 DAMWON Gaming 4% (min. $89,000)
9-12 J Team 2.25% (min. $50,062.50)
9-12 Cloud9 2.25% (min. $50,062.50)
9-12 RNG 2.25% (min. $50,062.50)
9-12 Team Liquid 2.25% (min. $50,062.50)
13-16 GAM Esports 1.25% (min. $27,812.50)
13-16 Hong Kong Attitude 1.25% (min. $27,812.50)
13-16 Clutch Gaming 1.25% (min. $27,812.50)
13-16 ahq e-Sports Club 1.25% (min. $27,812.50)
17-20 LowKey Esports 0.75% (min. $16,687.50)
17-20 Royal Youth 0.75% (min. $16,687.50)
17-20 Isarus Gaming 0.75% (min. $16,687.50)
17-20 Unicorns of Love 0.75% (min. $16,687.50)
21-14 Detonation FM 0.5% (min. $11,125)
21-24 MAMMOTH 0.5% (min. $11,125)
21-24 MEGA 0.5% (min. $11,125)
21-24 Flamengo eSports 0.5% (min. $11,125)
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Doublelift announces League of Legends retirement after storied LCS career

Published: 25/Nov/2020 21:37 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 22:49

by Alan Bernal

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Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng has retired from professional play after nearly a decade, ending one of the most storied careers in North American League of Legends.

The star ADC of Team SoloMid and notably Team Liquid, among others, announced his retirement while reflecting on the embattled beginnings of his career to becoming a highly decorated player in NA’s professional scene.

“When I was 17, I qualified for the Season 1 World Championship in Sweden. It was my very first tournament… When I sat down to play my first match, I felt a fire in my heart that drove me to chase the dream of becoming a pro player and being the best,” Doublelift wrote of his humble beginnings.

DL was one of the last few legacy members of League of Legends esports. He’s played in all 10 premier seasons since the days of Intel Extreme Masters and Major League Gaming before the NA LCS even formed.

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In his near 10-year career, Doublelift ends his career with a case filled with LCS Trophies and MVPs.

Even in the modern era of the LCS, after the highs and lows of his time on Team Liquid and TSM, DL capped off his domestic run with a five-year domination of the league into retirement.

“I was mocked about being better on the analyst desk than in-game. My play style would never work, they said I was too greedy in a game that demands teamwork. For 5 years, I practiced 14 hours a day and lost every important match.

“Then I finally won my first LCS championship. Today, I’ve won 8 of the last 11 splits. Hard work and determination paid off. I’m fully aware of the irony of saying that in my retirement post.”

Doublelift expressed regret for his lack of international success at Worlds, which the LCS as a whole has struggled to leave its impression on throughout the years.

doublelift tsm team liquid lcs finals
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Doublelift and Bjergsen both retired in the 2020 off-season after historical LCS careers.

“I’d like to have been able to say I won Worlds (or even just made it to quarters), but let’s just have the rookies take up the torch on that one,” he said, looking forward to the future of the LCS.

Still, some of the most prolific LCS showings on the international stage have come under teams with Doublelift on the roster. Notably in the semifinals of the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) 2019 and showing off NA pride at multiple Rift Rivals.

Doublelift ended his career as the first member of the LCS’s 1000-Kill Club with eight LCS Championships, an LCS MVP for Summer 2018, the LCS Finals MVP for Spring 2019, and was nominated to the LCS All-Pro 1st Team five times.