As we look forward to Worlds 2019 finals coming up on Sunday, November 10, let’s take the time to analyze G2 vs FPX expectations, how the teams work, who they are, and expectations for the finals.
This season has been filled with excitement. We have seen the most champion variety of all time with many unique picks finding success. The teams competing for the title of World Champion are G2 Esports and FunPlus Phoenix, the first seeds from EU and China respectively. This year, it was coordinated teams that made the cut over teams that focused on individual skill.
G2 Expectations: Relaxed, Coordinated, and New Strategies
We already know that whatever G2 is doing is working. They won MSI and are now in the Worlds 2019 finals. But what is leading to their success?
Practice: G2 has enough practice and team coordination that they don’t need to strategize a whole lot while playing. In their voice comms, the main communication is pointing out what they should notice and focus on. Other than that, they are all about having fun.
Low Stress: I mentioned the voice comms of G2. The team actually has a lot of fun and jokes around during high-stakes games. Their voice comms are so relaxed that they release videos of the games, highlighting the funniest moments. Even when playing against previous Worlds Championship winners, SKT, they were completely relaxed. This brings a strong mindset that prevents tilting and stress, which is a huge factor, especially in the Worlds 2019 finals.
Priorities and Pressure: Remember when G2 faced off against SKT in the semifinals? It was quite the series. The most important part was that SKT tried to play around Baron, but G2 didn’t even care at some points. Instead, they were after SKT’s base and advantageous team fights. G2 didn’t get a single Baron until the 4th game, yet they won the series 3-1.
FPX Expectations: Destruction of the Enemy and the Meta
FPX is the LPL champion, and China is one of the top countries in Esports. They just beat the previous Worlds winners in the semifinals. What brought them here?
Predator Mid: FPX’s mid laner, Doinb, pulled out Rumble with Predator and Nautilus in their series against IG, They showed the willingness to use unique off-meta picks to keep their opponent on their toes and counter pick.
Worth: FPX is known for high kill rate games, taking risks to generate leads and pressure. They work together as a team to make sure their risky plays don’t fall flat. But it’s not just risk vs reward that brought them to the finals. FPX also knows how to take advantage of every wrong move, such as those key Rumble ultimates against IG.
G2 vs FPX Expectations
Picks and Bans: This is the Worlds 2019 finals. We normally see less unique picks by finals as the meta is normally established by that time. However, this is G2 vs FPX. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw some unusual picks. But here are some expectations for well-known faces:
Pantheon: Still 100% banned. He has been for all of the tournament; why learn to play with him now?
Qiyana: G2 and FPX have found some success on her and don’t appear to mind playing against her. I don’t think she’ll be the focus of any bans, but we might see her picked.
Akali: Both teams have spent the time to ban her and not to play her. I doubt we’ll see her show up.
Renekton: FPX will probably pick him up. G2 doesn’t have a whole lot of interest in playing him and doesn’t mind playing against him.
G2 vs FPX Specialities: G2 has some well-known champions that are fairly unique to them: Ornn and Olaf. FPX, on the other hand, brings out unique picks on the spot, so guessing their picks is a bit tricky.
Gameplay: My G2 vs FPX expectations for gameplay is high kill-rate games, some surprising off-meta picks despite it being the Worlds 2019 finals and the risk associated with them, split maps to generate advantages, and plenty of turret dives.
When to Watch G2 vs FPX
After the Worlds 2019 finals pre-show featuring Riot’s new music group, True Damage, G2 and FPX will face off for the title of World Champion in a best of 5 series. The finals start at 12:00 PM GMT (1:00 PM CET, 4:00 AM PT) on Sunday, November 10. You can watch them live on Twitch and Youtube. Senna, League’s new champion, will release on the same day, so be prepared to see her on the Rift.
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