The echoes of fans cheering at the Heping Basketball Gymnasium in Taipei have quieted down. So let’s look back at the Mid-Season Invitational 2019. From the finals no one expected to phenomenal performances and world records being broken, there were several moments that helped make MSI 2019 one of the most memorable MSI events in the history of League of Legends.
Only 16 Minutes
The most anticipated match of the tournament, the SKT vs. IG ended in a way no one could have imagined. These two equally-strong teams were expected to produce a long and entertaining match. But while it was not long by any means, it still lived up to the expectations of being entertaining. For the Chinese fans at least.
Putting two heavyweights head to head, we simply could not expect one side to completely dominate. However, that was exactly what happened on May 11. All the hype surrounding the match did not take long to quiet down. We witnessed the fastest game ever in Riot International competitions. It took Invictus Gaming precisely 16 minutes and 1 second to destroy SKT’s Nexus and claim their fourth win of the group stages.
The new record is over four minutes shorter than the previous, which was held by Edward Gaming (20 minutes, 20 seconds).
G2 Esports Rushed To Their First-Ever MSI Trophy
Talking about world records, it was G2 Esports who showed us that you can win the finals of MSI in precisely 70 minutes and 43 seconds. That set the new world record. G2 simply outclassed, outdrafted and outperformed Team Liquid in the finals of MSI 2019.
The European powerhouse managed to prove they are better than their North American rivals in all aspects with a 3-0 win. The match was “not even close,” which is why it should not come off as a surprise that it finished relatively quickly.
The impressive part is that it ended really quickly. The new world record of the fastest international Bo5 series that G2 put up is well over 10 minutes faster than the previous record set by Edward Gaming in 2018 and now stands at 70 minutes and 43 seconds.
David vs. Goliath: Team Liquid vs. Invictus Gaming
If we listen very closely, we may still hear the cheers of Team Liquid fans that shook the capital of Taiwan on May 17. That’s when they proved the gods can bleed. On that Friday night, Team Liquid showed dreams can come true, and that “impossible” is not in their dictionary.
Even the best analysts still scratch their heads. They are still trying to figure out what exactly happened on that day and how Team Liquid managed to take down the reigning world champions. Not only will that day go down in history as one of the biggest upsets in the League of Legends history. It was also the day when a North American team climbed their way to the finals of MSI for the first time ever.
Unlike the previously mentioned memorable moments, Team Liquid did not set a new world record. Nor did they come close to reaching one. But what they managed to do was return some hope to the North American region. A region that was considered to be the underachievers. A region which was ridiculed time and time again due to their less than impressive international results. And ultimately the region no one believed could go as far as they did.
“Where Were You When the West Rose Up?”
MSI 2019 was an event that will surely be remembered for years to come. It had it all. Enthusiastic fans that cheered for their teams up until the final minutes. There were Penta kills, baron steals, unusual picks, several world records being broken and incredible upsets. All historic moments that made us rethink what we know about players, teams, and regions.