Throughout the series, Tian was the superior jungler to Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski. Tian established this early in game one with an invasion that started FunPlus Phoenix’s snowball towards victory.
That became a trend throughout the series, as Tian continued to get his team ahead and set his team up for success around the map.
The 19-year-old jungler earned a spot on the LPL All-Pro team during the summer season and positioned himself as one of the junglers to watch at Worlds.
Tian is the type of jungler that can make things happen for his team. FunPlus facilitates that by giving him major support throughout the game to ensure he ends up strong late.
Tian joined FunPlus ahead of the 2019 Spring season after serving as the sub jungler for Suning, alongside mid laner Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang. The duo served as the backbone for the roster and established FunPlus as a serious force.
Domestically, Tian is known for his smart and effective style. Despite not having as much experience as other junglers in the tournament, Tian proved that he can go head-to-head with the best.
At Worlds, Tian had a strong showing from beginning to end. The young player was matched against well-known junglers including Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen, Gao “Ning” Zhen-Ning, and Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir. Despite facing tough on-paper matchups, the jungler was able to anticipate the movement of his opponents, setting him up for victory.
Winning the World Championship and the MVP title at this young age is not only a great achievement, but also adds a lot of value to Tian as a player. While Tian is under contract with FunPlus through 2021, it wouldn’t be surprising if the team receives huge offers for him.