Welcome to the quarterfinals! The League of Legends World Championship 2019 (Worlds) Knockout Stage has officially begun, with LPL team FunPlus Phoenix (FPX) facing off against LEC squad Fnatic (FNC).
The first match of the series started with both teams appearing evenly matched. First blood went to FNC as Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau’s Rengar scored a solo top lane kill against FPX Kim “GimGoon” Han-saem’s Camille.
However, FPX members kept finding openings to prevent FNC from initiating a clash. Most of the fights throughout the 26-minute game ended in FPX’s advantage.
The first match ended the moment FPX destroyed the FNC’s middle base turret.
In the second match, Fnatic went for their signature lane-aggressive draft. An early kill was snagged by the European team courtesy of FNC Martin “Rekkles” Larsson’s Kai’Sa.
However, things went downhill for the team as FPX kept picking off members like FNC Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev Galabov’s Alistar, who extended too deep into FPX’s territory.
With continuous pick-offs and clashes lost by FNC, FPX dominated game two of the series. FPX closed the match with a bloody 3-18 kill count.
With almost the same champion composition as their second game, FNC stepped up to defend their Worlds slot in the third match. The European team won their lanes and was able to split push throughout the Rift.
However, FPX Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang’s Ryze kept picking off FNC’s lanes, giving his own team hope to end the series.
FNC was about to snag their first triumph, but FPX DoinB’s Ryze had his defense power set to high.
FNC held their ground, however. With one last clash and all of FPX’s members down, they secured the third match victory to catch up in the series, 1-2.
Slowly but surely, FPX took down the first turret of the fourth game of the match and continued to pressure FNC as they tore down the bottom lane outer base turret.
With five dragon buffs and DoinB’s Ryze, FPX’s insane pushing power got them out of the Quarterfinals and closer to the Worlds Finals.
With the win, FunPlus Phoenix earned a matchup against Invictus Gaming at the World Championship Semifinals on Saturday, November 2.