Invictus Gaming have beaten FunPlus Phoenix 2 – 1 in the first series of the 2020 LPL Spring Split. The 2020 League of Legends Pro League (LPL) is the ninth edition of China’s professional League of Legends league. The spring season will see seventeen teams play a single round robin over ten weeks, after which the top eight teams will continue on to the playoffs.
Invictus Gaming have upset FunPlus Phoenix in the first series of the 2020 LPL Spring Split, winning 2 – 1 in the Bo3 round robin season opener. LoL Worlds 2019 semi-finalists Invictus Gaming have beaten League of Legends world champions FunPlus Phoneix 2 – 1 earlier today in the first series of the 2020 LPL Spring Split.
IG had been scrutinized for changing its roster during the 2019 offseason and releasing AD carry Yu “JackeyLove” Wen-Bo from its five-man lineup. However, despite losing one of the most crucial players on their squad, IG were dominant against FunPlus Phoenix in the LPL Spring Split season opener.
Previously of Vici Gaming, newly-signed ADC Ding “Puff” Wang and support Su “Southwind” Zhi-Lin, both looked confident on the big stage, abusing FPX’s Lin “Lwx” Wei-Xiang in the bot lane and dictating the teamfights.
Top laner Kang “TheShy” Seung-lok also looked to be back in form. His performances on Aatrox and Ornn helped IG claw back from defeat, out-performing Kim “Khan” Dong-ha in the top lane.
The game, in the end, came down to a series of fine margins. FPX had a clear advantage in the first game and could’ve taken the series 2 – 0 with only a little more patience. But overaggressiveness and misplays at the Elder Dragon became FPX’s ultimate downfall, the team throwing its lead and eventually allowing IG to take the win.
FPX did bounce back in the second game with the help of Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang’s Mordekaiser. But in the end, IG fixed their drafting phase and won game three with ease, controlling the game from all sides of the map, pushing FPX behind their towers before inevitably beating down their Nexus.
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