2019 was all about whether a team from outside of Asia would be able to claim the League of Legends Championship for the first time, with Berlin based G2 being touted as the greatest roster of players ever assembled. However, despite all the fanfare, when it came to the showcase final it was still a Chinese team who prevailed, meaning the West must wait another year to see if it can muster a worthy challenger. But with the championships heading to Shanghai in 2020, the task of overthrowing the likes of Fun Plus Phoenix will be tougher than ever before. Here’s a quick guide to all the main movers and shakers in the wacky world of League of Legends.
Team G2 Esports
Team G2 Esports carried the hopes of a continent on their shoulders in the 2019 edition of the League of Legends Championship, narrowly missing out on becoming the first ever team to complete the Grand Slam, as they went down to Chinese champions, Fun Plus Phoenix. Esports betting odds suggest G2 will thrive in Shanghai, where they will no doubt relish being cheered on by the enormous crowd that’s expected to attend, with some predicting an attendance of 50,000+.
Fun Plus Phoenix
Lin “Lwx” Wei-Xiang was the undoubted star of the Summoner’s Cup game, smashing records as he finished the game without dying once, setting the groundwork for star player Gao “Tian” Tian-Liang to lay waste to G2 with a performance that earned him the MVP title. The likelihood of Fun Plus Phoenix repeating their success in 2020 seems high, with the team having kept hold of their best players and adding Kim “Khan” Dong-ha, formerly of rivals SK Telecom. With home advantage this time around, it would be unwise to bet against the Phoenix rising to greatness once more.
Having dominated the competition for years prior to 2018, South Korea is rightly worried about the rise of Chinese teams, and Gen.G are one such Korean outfit battling hard to return to former glories. They have had the best of trading in the off-season, adding the likes of Kim “Clid” Tae-min and Kim “Rascal” Kwang-hee to their already stacked roster, which should make them strong contenders.
Formerly known as SK Telecom T1, this Korean team have the most revered historical record when it comes to League of Legends and should never be discounted. Their head coach Kim “Kim” Jeong-soo is widely recognized as a genius capable of making good players great, so they are sure to be in the running for the 2020 title.
The arrival of outspoken and ego-driven Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek has put many in the gaming community on the edge of their seats, with the new arrival having what it takes to take them to a higher level, but also the sort of bullish nature that could tear the team apart from the inside out. The team’s management will be hoping for the former, with coach Alfonso “mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez trying to keep their title charge firmly on the tracks.
Royal Never Give Up (RNG)
Injuries tend not to be something that comes to mind when Esports fans think of reasons for their team’s decline, but in the case of RNG that is very much the reality they face, with star player Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao being told that repetitive strain injuries have aged his arms by some thirty years. This cautionary tale for all serious gamers has led to RNG going on the hunt for new talent, but who knows if their new recruits will stack up when the pressure is on.