League of Legends

Team Liquid stun World Champions Invictus Gaming to reach LoL MSI finals

Published: 17/May/2019 12:35 Updated: 17/May/2019 13:38

by Joe O'Brien

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Team Liquid have stunned reigning League of Legends World Champions Invictus Gaming by defeating them in the semi-finals of the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational.

Despite being heavy underdogs in the series, Team Liquid were able to take down the tournament favorites 3-1 to advance to the MSI finals.

Invictus Gaming entered MSI as the favorites and did nothing to shake that status in the group stage, dropping only a single game at the very end of the group stage, setting a record for the best win rate ever in the MSI groups and along the way defeating SK Telecom T1 in an international-record time of 16:01.

Team Liquid, meanwhile, had to start the tournament in the play-in stage, with North America having been unable to earn a direct group stage seed from previous international events, and were generally considered a tier beneath the expected top three in iG, SKT, and G2 Esports.

Riot GamesTeam Liquid were massive underdogs in the semi-final against Invictus Gaming.

In the group stage, Team Liquid weren’t assured playoff qualification by any means, their fate only secured in their very last match of the groups in which they defeated G2 Esports.

In the semi-final match, however, Team Liquid were in peak form, going blow-for-blow with the reigning World Champions and coming out on top of two consecutive intense matches. Invictus hit back with an dominant performance from star mid Song ‘Rookie’ Eui-jin on LeBlanc to force a fourth game, but Team Liquid hit back immediately to take the series 3-1.

This tournament is the first time that star AD Carry Yilliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng has ever even made it out of the group stage at an international event, despite numerous attempts over a long and otherwise decorated career.

Having broken through that barrier at last, Doublelift will now get his first shot at an international trophy, with Team Liquid set to face either SK Telecom T1 or G2 Esports in the MSI final on May 19.

Team Liquid isn’t the first North American team to reach the finals of the Mid-Season Invitational. In 2016, Counter Logic Gaming made a run to contest for the trophy, but were ultimately denied by Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok’s SK Telecom T1.

Esports

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

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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.

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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.