G2 Esports have conquered Team Liquid in the finals of League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational 2019, marking the first time the tournament was won by a European team rather than an Asian one. Looks like congratulations are in order.
Invictus Gaming were the strong favourites for winning MSI 2019, which would string two consecutive MSI trophies by Chinese teams, following RNG's triumph back in 2018. This was not meant to be as they got booted by the team they chose themselves for the semi-finals, Team Liquid.
G2 Esports may not have won their semi-finals as convincingly as Team Liquid did but they absolutely won the most convincing international tournament finals in the history of League of Legends.
Considering each of the teams won one match in their duel during the group stage, pretty much everyone thought the finals would be a show of evenly matched competitors. It turns out that G2 had something else in mind as they swept Team Liquid in a convincing 3-0 win.
It took G2 70 minutes and 43 seconds to secure the trophy, making this the fastest best of five series in League of Legends.
One would think no one could predict such a one-sided battle but it appears that G2's own top laner, Wunder, was either memeing or had a prophetic vision before the finals kicked off.
A popular meme in the League of Legends community is that G2 has a coin toss before every match, which decides whether their mid laner, Caps, dominates or throws the game. Now it appears they rolled Claps three times as he demolished Jensen in their mid-lane duel. On one occasion he even outplayed Jensen along with CoreJJ when the latter came to help his mid-laner.
This marked Europe as the third region in the world to have both World Championship and MSI trophies in their case, following Korea and China. On the other hand, it is worth noting that the latter two were not yet competing in League of Legends eSports at the time Europe won the World Championship.