2019 World Champion FunPlus Phoenix is facing Edward Gaming in the 2020 LPL Spring Split playoffs. This match will decide who’s advancing in the bracket to face JD Gaming in semifinals.
FPX are the unlikely heroes of the LPL, as they redefined what teamwork really means and earned a World Championship title by playing a unique style. EDG is trying to go back to its former glory and another LPL title.
FPX aims for the title in the LPL
- Kim “GimGoon” Han-saem
- Gao “Tian” Tian-Liang
- Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang
- Lin “Lwx” Wei-Xiang
- Liu “Crisp” Qing-Song
Winning the World Champion in 2019 only made FPX more determined. The team still plays its collaborative and oppressive style. In a league where teams are free to experiment in the draft, FPX is keeping it standard, going for meta picks.
This season is all about establishing a consistent performance for FPX. Week after week, the team delivers a master class in League of Legends. As a result, four players earned spots in the All-Pro LPL teams. Doinb was recognized as the best mid laner in the league. Tian and GimGoon are part of the second team. Crisp was the third support with the most votes. Bot laner Lwx is the only player missing, and he won’t hear the end of it any time soon since his teammates enjoy teasing him.
EDG is the dark horse of the season
- Zhao “Aodi” Ao-Di, Huang “xiaoxiang” Xiang, Lim “Jinoo” Jin-woo
- Yu “JunJia” Chun-Chia, Zhao “Jiejie” Li-Jie
- Lee “Scout” Ye-chan
- Wang “Hope” Jie
- Tian “Meiko” Ye
Led by coach and former jungle star Ming “Clearlove” Kai, EDG is the dark horse of the split. EDG had ups and downs throughout the season but started the playoffs on a high note. EDG took down Royal Never Give Up in round one, and this was the earliest that RNG has ever been beaten in the playoffs.
EDG is taking liberties in their drafting, but also in their lineup. Coach Clearlove likes to alternate between the different junglers and top laners in the roster. Each top laner and jungler brings its own flavor to the team, but the important piece here is the core of Scout, Hope, and Meiko. Hope is doing good on his name and is making Chinese fans believe that EDG can advance in the competition. The ADC was picked for the third All-Pro LPL team.
FPX favored in the LPL quarterfinals versus EDG
FPX and EDG clashed just once during the regular season. At the time, FPX took the victory, but EDG made them work for it. The odds heavily favor FPX at 1.24 compared to EDG’s 3.65. While FPX has the edge, it’s important to remember that EDG gained momentum against RNG in the previous round.
This is a series will go on for at least four games. FPX is the favorite to take the series, but EDG won’t go down without a fight.
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