Invictus Gaming Are the Winners of 2018 LoL World Championship
2018-11-05

Invictus Gaming Are the Winners of 2018 LoL World Championship

The Chinese team Invictus Gaming managed to defeat the European organization Fnatic in the grand finals of 2018 League of Legends World Championship with the score of 3:0. The winner of the event received $834,375 in prize money, while the runner-up was awarded $300,375.

Invictus Gaming started the competition from the Group Stage, where they placed second in Group D with the 5-1 score after defeating 100 Thieves (2:0) and G-Rex (2:0), as well as tying the score with Fnatic. Later in the playoffs Invictus Gaming defeated KT Rolster (3:2) and G2 Esports (3:0), while Fnatic outplayed Edward Gaming (3:1) and Cloud9 (3:0). The final series concluded with the 3-0 score in favor of Invictus Gaming, making them the first non-Korean organization to win a Worlds event since 2012.

2018 League of Legends World Championship was held from October 1st to November 3rd and featured four stages held in five different South Korean cities. The initial prize pool of the event was set at $2,225,000. Play-In Round 1 was played on October 1st – 4th and featured twelve teams competing in four round-robin groups. Then top two teams from each group advanced to the Play-In Round 2, which was held on October 6th – 7th. During the second round the teams were randomly paired against each other, they competed in best-of-five series to advance to the third stage. Group Stage was held on October 10th – 17th. Four teams from the second round of the Play-In stage joined twelve teams directly invited to this stage to compete in four round-robin groups for eight slots in the playoffs. The Knockout stage featured a single-elimination bracket with best-of-five series. The quarterfinals were played on October 20th – 21st in Busan, the semifinals were held on October 27th – 28th in Gwangju, while the grand finals were played on November 3rd in Incheon.

Play-In Round 1:

Group A Group B
1. EDward Gaming 3-1 1. G2 Esports 3-1
2. Infinity eSports 2-2 2. SuperMassive eSports 3-1
3. Dire Wolves 1-3 3. Ascension Gaming 0-4
Group C Group D
1. Cloud9 4-0 1. G-Rex 4-0
2. DetonatioN FocusMe 1-3 2. Gambit Esports 2-2
3. KaBuM! e-Sports 1-3 3. Kaos Latin Gamers 0-4

Play-In Round 2:

  • Cloud9 3:2 Gambit Esports
  • Edward Gaming 3:0 DetonatioN FocusMe
  • G2 Esports 3:1 Infinity eSports
  • G-Rex 3:1 SuperMassive eSports

Group Stage:

Group A Group B
1. Afreeca Freecs 4-2 1. Royal Never Give Up 4-2
2. G2 Esports 3-3 2. Cloud9 4-2
3. Flash Wolves 3-3 3. Team Vitality 3-3
4. Phong Vũ Buffalo 2-4 4. Gen.G 1-5
Group C Group D
1. KT Rolster 5-1 1. Fnatic 5-1
2. EDward Gaming 4-2 2. Invictus Gaming 5-1
3. Team Liquid 3-3 3. 100 Thieves 2-4
4. MAD Team 0-6 4. G-Rex 0-6

Playoffs:

Tournament Results:

Place $ USD Team
1st $834,375 Invictus Gaming
2nd $300,375 Fnatic
3rd-4th $155,750 G2 Esports, Cloud9
5th-8th $89,000 KT Rolster, Roal Never Give Up, Afreeca Freecs, EDward Gaming
9th-12th $50,062 Team Vitality, Flash Wolves, Team Liquid, 100 Thieves
13th-16th $27,812 Gen.G, Phong Vũ Buffalo, MAD Team, G-Rex
17th-20th $16,687 Gambit Esports, DetonatioN FocusMe, Infinity eSports, SuperMassive eSports
21st-24th $11,125 Kaos Latin Gamers, KaBuM! e-Sports, Ancension Gaming, Dire Wolves