League of Legends

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


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)

BBC creating LEC documentary following EXCEL, narrated by Cillian Murphy

Published: 2/Dec/2020 11:02 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 11:06

by Adam Fitch


Major British broadcasting company BBC are set to release a five-part documentary following UK esports organization EXCEL ESPORTS.

The series, named ‘Fight for First: EXCEL ESPORTS,’ follows the org’s team in the European League of Legends competition LEC throughout the 2020 Spring Split.

The documentary is narrated by Cillian Murphy, an actor who’s been nominated for awards at the Golden Globes and BAFTA, and will be broadcast on BBC iPlayer in early 2021.

In 2020’s Spring Split, EXCEL finished in seventh place — narrowly missing out on a spot in the playoffs with a record of seven wins and 11 losses.

Dele Alli Excel esports
Dele Alli recently joined the growing list of footballers getting involved in the esports scene by partnering with EXCEL.

The description for the upcoming documentary will shed light on the “deep-rooted” reasons that the players compete as they are “navigating the growing pains of adulting, living away from home, love, new friendships, and fame.”

November 2020 was a busy month for the organization, not only changing their logo and ethos to represent “The Power of Better” but announcing that Tottenham Hotspur and England national footballer Dele Alli had joined as their first global ambassador.

Dexerto spoke with CEO Wouter Sleijffers at the time of the announcements to understand the need for change and what the future of EXCEL looks like.

“My sons love gaming,” said Cillian Murphy. “When I showed them the trailer for this, they said I had to do it. Being involved in Fight For First has been a great experience and there is so much more to professional gaming than I ever thought. It has opened up a whole new world to me and this series provides a proper insight into a fascinating, global industry.”

BBC picked up more esports programming just in November, acquiring the rights to broadcast Counter-Strike competition BLAST Premier for the remainder of the 2020 season. In 2020 alone, the media giant has also shown Rocket League and sim racing.