Here comes the new king: FunPlus Phoenix won LOL Pro League 2019
Updated 23:15, 06-Sep-2019
By Gong Zhe

Esports club FunPlus Phoenix (FPX) beat last year's champion Royal Never Give Up (RNG) 3:1, becoming the new winner of China's League of Legends Professional League (LPL) 2019 on September 6, in Shanghai's Mercedes-Benz Arena.

It's the first time the club won a LPL championship, which comes with a prize of 1.5 million yuan (about 211,000 U.S. dollars).

Liu "Crisp" Qingsong was nominated the MVP of the grand final. Though he played as the supporting role in the four games, Liu managed to control the whole map and landed critical crowd-control (CC) abilities to help his teammates kill enemy characters and secure the win.

The crowd acclaim as Liu nominated the MVP of the match. /Screenshot from Tencent

The crowd acclaim as Liu nominated the MVP of the match. /Screenshot from Tencent

World Championship

The two teams will head for Europe to compete on a global scale in 2019 World Championship from October 2 to November 10. 

The reigning world champion, Invictus Gaming (IG), still has a chance to participate in the major event, even after an underwhelmed performance. This is because a third team representing LPL will be determined in the following two days. IG, LPL's rising star Top eSports, and JD Gaming, funded by the e-commerce giant, will be competing for the last spot. 

Due to the great performance of Chinese teams in 2018, none of the three seeds will have to fight a "play-in" match to enter the World Championship. They will all start directly on the group stage on October 12.