LoL Esport is starting strong into the new decade with the LPL Spring Split
It’s finally time for the new LoL esports season to begin – the first season of this decade is just kicking off. The 2020 LPL Spring Split opening showdown already happened yesterday, and it featured the defending World Champ, FunPlus Phoenix. The opponent was the 2018 World Champ Invictus Gaming – in other words, one of the most exciting match-ups fans could have hoped for.
A historic fight
The last time these two competed was the 2019 semifinals, where IG was knocked out after a somewhat shaky performance early on, while FPX triumphed 3-1 before ultimately winning the whole LoL World Championship.
This time around, things were different. Clearly hell-bent on revenge, IG managed to beat FPX 2-1 on the first day of the Spring Split. After some roster changes that had fans worried – specifically, releasing AD carry Yu “JackeyLove” Wen-Bo from their lineup, the team managed to come out on top.
A new decade, a new fight
JackeyLove’s replacements, Ding “Puff” Wang and support Su “Southwind” Zhi-Lin really managed to make a difference in the fight. IG dominated the bot lane and managed to dictate most of the team fights, although FPX did put up an impressive fight.
It was by no means a clear thing – in fact, in the first game, FPX had an advantage. With a bit more patience, they may well have managed to secure the whole thing – instead, too much aggression and a few minor misplays led to their defeat.
The rest of the event
That was only the first day though – the event is going to continue, of course. In addition to the IG and FPX matchup, yesterday also saw LGD Gaming competing against Li-Ning Gaming. Here, LNG managed to nab the victory, with another 2-1 result against LGD.
As for the second day of events, so far, Rogue Warriors have lost against eStar in a 2-0 defeat, making eStar the top team after one and half days of competition. Of course, that’s hardly saying much – the Spring Split is going to continue for a total of 10 weeks, meaning we will see a whole host of other fantastic games between worthy opponents.
The final week will end by Sunday, April 5th – be sure to check back regularly to see who will be in the final competitions, and who will ultimately be able to secure the win of this Championship series. Plenty of teams have yet to debut their teams this year – among some of the bigger names in the event are Vici Gaming, RNG and Rogue Warriors.
Fans can have high hopes – there have been a lot of changes on team rosters, and plenty of teams have nabbed themselves fantastic new talent – we will see players competing against their former teams, even, and previously free agents will be debuting on the participating team’s rosters.
Be sure to check out the event streams on Twitch, or the roster changes on Leaguepedia if you’re curious about who will be playing when and for whom!