China’s LPL never disappoints fans looking for some intense action, and the match between Invictus Gaming and Rogue Warriors brought the heat earlier today. The teams traded wins to start, but the former League of Legends world champions would take the series 2-1.
After two unexpectedly balanced games, all would be decided on the third game after RW tied the series. For the third time in a row, RW won the early game by setting up risky dives and ganks that surprised the 2018 world champion team.
Despite leading the game by many more kills, Invictus Gaming still maintained a narrow gold gap. They decided to stay aggressive despite being a little behind and took Baron at 30 minutes, which allowed them to turn the game around.
Blood continued to be spilled on the Rift one relentless fight after another, and IG began to lose patience. They failed twice to push the Nexus by dying under turret. While Rogue Warriors headed to the Baron Nashor, they tried one last time with only two RW players to defend the Nexus.
Rogue Warriors pushed them away again, but all the turrets had been destroyed. IG support Su “SouthWing” Zhi-Lin then decided to use his ultimate to take botlaner Ding “Puff” Wang with him behind the Nexus, operating a backdoor. They destroyed it and won the 58-kill game by surprising their opponent.
The whole series was filled with action and the death toll reached 136 kills across all three games, with the last game counting over one kill per minute.
Invictus Gaming are one of the strongest teams of the LPL and finished week two with a 4-0 record. Their new botlane, made of Puff and SouthWind, proved once again to be successful. Both players built a strong synergy through three seasons of playing together on the botlane before joining IG.
On the other side, after a rough week ended with a 0-2 record, the world champions FunPlus Phoenix won both of their matches against JD gaming and Dominus Esports. Overall, the disappointing results were on the side of ViCi Gaming, the team led by legendary SKT T1 coach Kim “kkOma” Jeong-gyun, who lost both of their games with a 0-2 score.
Week two of the LPL kicked off last Monday, and the English commentary resumed today. Week three will start on March 16 and will kick off with Victory Five facing the surprising rookies of eStar at 1am CT.