The 2019 League of Legends World Championship opened with one banger of a game as three-times champions SK Telecom T1 faced off LEC runner-ups Fnatic.
The hype started right from the draft, as SKT went for three flex picks in Tristana, Akali, and Kayle. With the signature Garen/Yuumi locked in for Fnatic, SKT pulled off a last-second switch and put Kayle on bot lane, securing a free lane for the late game champion.
Yet while Park “Teddy” Jin-seong had a good time bot, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok had an even better one on his mid lane Tristana. After the level 1 skirmish got him the first blood, Faker picked up pace, asserted dominance over Tim “Nemesis” Lipovšek’s Ryze and racked up kill after kill. Known as a powerful early game team, Fnatic were pressed against the wall by an unusually aggressive SKT and at the core of it was League’s GOAT, shooting everyone down.
The mid and late game were defined by SKT shoving mid and threatening Baron and with each item on Tristana, the window Fnatic could react in was getting smaller. Eventually, the most prized Rift objective did go to SKT’s favor and that was the end of Fnatic’s base.
Both teams now go on a one-day break before they return tomorrow for their next matches. On Sunday, SKT meet one of the tournament favorites in RNG, while Fnatic will try to get on the board against Clutch Gaming.