Gao "Tian" Tian-Liang - the Worlds 2019 MVP

FunPlus Phoenix captured the Summoner’s Cup and became the winners of the League of Legends 2019 World Championship yesterday by dominating G2 Esports in the Worlds Finals.

With exceptional individual performances from every member of their five-man squad, FPX needed only three games to come out on top of the best-of-five series. It a stunning victory for the Chinese team considering that bookmakers had the two teams locked at even odds before the series.

Furthermore, the majority of analysts were picking G2 to comfortably win the series against FPX.

Before the series commenced, many predicted that FPX’s clear advantages existed with their jungle player, Gao “Tian” Tian-Liang, and support player, Liu “Crisp” Qing-Song, who had both played remarkably well during LPL Summer 2019 and throughout the World Championship already.

Ultimately, however, Tian and Crisp were not subject to the same praise that many other renowned players receive because they were merely focused on elevating the team’s top-laner, mid-laner, and ADC player

And that’s exactly what Tian and Crisp achieved during the Worlds 2019 Finals.

Tian’s masterful jungle play combines perfectly with the roaming style of FPX mid-laner, Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang.

Doinb typically takes off-meta champions such as Nautilus to the mid lane and uses their unique abilities to push lanes before roaming the map with Tian in somewhat of a secondary support role. With Tian and Doinb roaming near the top, bottom, and enemy jungle, it creates havoc for enemy teams, as G2 found out during the Worlds 2019 Finals.

Throughout the series, FPX were able to secure early kills and apply incredible pressure to G2’s lanes.

The consistent pressure on G2’s lanes impacted their farming ability and allowed his own team a sense of security. Whereas Tian was seen all over the map in the first 15 minutes of every game, the opposition jungler, Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski, was rarely sighted.

On top of his extraordinary early-game impact, Tian basically sealed several games on his own in the series.

A play captured below shows Tian’s brilliance as he comes into a disadvantaged teamfight and manages to turn the tables with a well-timed kick.

 

Tian’s quick decision making allowed his teammates to immediately eliminate Luka “Perkz” Perković from the fight and disallow G2 from pushing further into the FPX base.

Another now-viral play from Tian shows him disrupting a Jankos’ recall to cash-in on a double kill at bottom lane.

This double-kill enabled the FPX team to immediately transition to Baron and capture that objective while the G2 team was waiting to respawn.

Tian’s presence was truly felt in every lane and at every moment of the series and he is a deserving winner of the 2019 Finals MVP.

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