China’s Invictus Gaming beat out Europe’s Fnatic in a 3-0 sweep to take home the Summoner’s Cup at the 2018 League of Legends World Championship in Incheon, South Korea.
Invictus Gaming was the second seed from the LPL, following after the favored Royal Never Give Up. After going on a hot streak and walking out of Group Stages tied with Fnatic with a 5-1 score, the team went on to beat kt Rolster, the Korean first seed that was expected to win — or at least make a further run in the tournament. From there, the team knew no mercy and stomped G2 Esports, their Semifinals opponent, and then went on to do the same for Fnatic.
MVP went to jungler Gao “Ning” Zhen-Ning after his great plays throughout the series, though just about everyone was amazed by mid laner Song “Rookie” Eui-jin’s performance throughout the series as well.
This win is huge as it’s the first Worlds title for the LPL, and the region’s first appearance in the Finals since 2014. This is also the first new organization to win the title since 2014. It has since been protected every year by SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy.
This was sub top laner Lee “Duke” Hoseong’s second time winning the World Championship, as his first time was with SK Telecom T1 in 2016. He is the first player to ever win a World Championship title on two different teams.
Though a 3-0 sweep isn’t the most exciting to watch for viewers, Invictus surely showed us all that their team is the best in the world.