League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) 2019 didn't show too many surprises in the group stage but the play-off stage turned everything on its head. Team Liquid stomped the world champions and G2 beat the Korean champions.
Europe and North America region rivalry may be one of the fiercest in League of Legends but their teams have never met in finals of a World Championship or even Mid-Season Invitational. Ever since Asian teams joined League's eSports, they dominated the scene and won every major tournament. This year's MSI would mean about seven years of dominance.
All of that changed with MSI 2019 though. Invictus Gaming, the reigning World Champions cruised through the group stage with 90 per cent win rate.
The first spot in groups gave them the right to choose their opponent in the semi-finals and they picked what seemed like the easiest prey - Team Liquid.
All of that backfired when Team Liquid upset the Chinese team by winning the first two matches of the duel. IG picked one game back after Team Liquid inexplicably didn't deny LeBlanc from Rookie. At the score 2-1, many thought IG would manage a reverse sweep but TL won the fourth game to convincingly close out the series (3-1) and advance to the finals.
Fans cheered for a while after the unbelievable moment but dreams about an LCS vs LEC finals immediately kicked off but SKT T1 were standing in the way of G2 Esports.
Faker's team picked up the first win, G2 equalised and then SKT T1 won again. Faker seemingly killed G2's hope in game four with a masterful play on Sylas as he stole Gnar's ulti and hit the entire G2, resulting in a decisive team fight win.
G2 picked up the pace though and manage to outmanoeuvre the Korean team later on, winning with a fantastic backdoor where Wunder managed to survive the fountain laser and win the game for the Europeans. Game five proved to be as intense as the previous ones but G2 came out with a win that settled the final seeds.
Team Liquid will clash with G2 Esports in the first ever North America versus Europe finals. God save us all, we will never see an end to trash talking, no matter who wins.