G2 Esports are the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational champions. The LEC representatives swept Team Liquid 3-0 in a very one-sided series to win the first international title for the West.
Considering Team Liquid’s historic upset against Invictus Gaming in the finals, fans and experts expected a contested series, which might even go in favor of the LCS champions. TL had shown uncharacteristic playstyle variety which helped them stun iG out of the tournament and enjoyed a highlight support reel from Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in in all the critical series.
At the same time, G2 showed some weakness on the final day of group stage and also needed all five games to beat SK Telecom T1 in the semis. Today, however, Europe would have none of that.
Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski was G2’s key early game success, securing first blood in all three games. Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle’s Rakan also showed big in game 1 and in under 25 minutes, G2 were on the board.
From there, the series became Rasmus “Caps” Winther’s show. The mid laner delivered textbook performances on Sylas (10/1/6) and Irelia (6/1/5) and closed game 3 by the 18-minute mark.
The victory marks G2’s full return to power. The org took four EU LCS titles in a row between 2016 and 2017 before their run was interrupted by Fnatic in 2018 when the black-and-orange jerseys also made the Worlds finals. Team Liquid’s defeat also means that North America remains the only one of the major regions lacking an international title.
G2 will bank $400,000 for the championship, while Team Liquid come home with $200,000. Caps will also take the MVP trophy home.