Invictus Gaming close year with another title
Despite its struggle to earn an LPL title, IG closed its year with a domestic victory under its belt. The road to the finals was not easy for the champions. In the fourth round, IG was upset by TOP and was forced to play in the loser’s bracket against Suning. After beating Suning, IG earned a rematch with TOP in the grand final.
In game one, IG started the action in the bottom lane with an early first blood. The aggression from IG was not enough to stop TOP’s Bai “369” Jia-Hao from scaling. The Chinese top laner showed an outstanding performance on Jax that, combined with good team fighting and objective control, gave the victory to TOP.
It became clear that 369 was the key player for TOP, and the underdogs responded by focusing on the top lane in game two. IG’s Lee “Duke” Ho-seong couldn’t accomplish much as his opponent received support from both mid and the jungle. Instead, IG decided to better focus its efforts on a successful bottom lane.
TOP secured two barons and the numbers were in their favor until IG carry Yu “JackeyLove” Wen-Bo turned the game around. The bottom laner was well positioned in every team fight. His aggressive plays seemed to take TOP by surprise, leading to a win for IG.
IG kept the momentum going in the third set. Better team fights and a baron buff at just 24 minutes gave IG its second victory.
Facing match point, 369 returned to Jax hoping for a repeat of his earlier performance. The top laner found good picks, but the IG squad was quick to rotate and stem 369’s growth. Duke and JackeyLove took over the game as it progressed, with help from mid laner Song “Rookie” Eui-jin.
IG secured a baron at 23 minutes and after a dramatic series of team fights, the team managed to destroy the enemy base and earn the title Demacia Cup title.
Both teams will meet again in the 2019 LPL Spring Split, starting on January 14.
Visual Stories around the web
G2 open 2019 Mid-Season Invitational with dominant win over SKT
Invictus Gaming defeat JD Gaming, capture first domestic title
FunPlus Phoenix tops LPL after beating world champ Invictus Gaming
IG Dominates G2 and Moves to Worlds Finals
Invictus Gaming Defeats KT Rolster in Massive Upset
K/DA pop stars come to rhythm game Beat Saber
SK Telecom T1's new roster has mixed debut in Korea
Here's where Riot's next three World Championships will be
Riot and Marvel partner for new Ashe comic book series
World champion jungler Ambition retires from pro play
SandBox Network acquires new LCK team
LPL powerhouse RNG has a new coach for 2019
A world champion hopes to elevate OpTic in 2019
PowerOfEvil and Wiggily lead CLG's rebound charge
Riot Games COO suspended for workplace harassment
Origen reloads for return to top European competition
TSM hopes to rebound with Broken Blade and Smoothie
Nisqy signing shows Cloud9's roster building commitment
Golden Guardians retool with Hauntzer, Froggen, Olleh