The second quarter-final of the 2019 League of Legends World Championship knock-out stage has found its victor. The game pit Group B top seed FunPlus Phoenix against Fnatic, the second seed from Group C. The LPL Summer champions secured the second semi-final spot after four games.
The first match kicked off with both teams remaining close in kills, with Fnatic holding a minor gold lead. Fnatic’s surprise Rengar pick on top laner Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau proved fruitful, taking four out of the team’s eight kills at the eighteen minute mark. Game one’s tide turned as FunPlus Phoenix took control of the gold, immediately securing four kills with the help of jungler Gao “Tian” Tian-Liang. At that point, the Chinese-Korean squad rolled to their first victory in twenty-six minutes.
Fnatic looked out-classed as game two began, as FunPlus Phoenix AD Carry Lin "Lwx" Wei-Xiang claimed four kills on Varus before six minutes. FPX quickly took control of the match, racing forward with nine kills to Fnatic's two and a 4k gold lead at the seventeen minute mark. Though Fnatic had banned Kim "Doinb" Tae-sang’s signature Ryze, Lwx continued with his own suffocating pace as he secured eleven out of the team’s eighteen total kills. The European squad managed only three kills before the game ended at twenty-four minutes.
Game three looked to be more of the same as FPX's Tian secured first blood at five minutes. Fnatic support Zdravets "Hylissang" Iliev Galabov answered back, keeping the match close as FPX continued to hold a gold lead. The momentum shifted as Fnatic claimed their second dragon, and destroyed four opposing turrets before sixteen minutes. The bloodshed continued, Fnatic taking six more kills as they moved towards the base. FPX rallied back, taking six kills of their own before twenty-three minutes. Fnatic AD Carry Martin "Rekkles" Larsson pushed his team to victory with a triple kill as they stormed the Nexus. At twenty-seven minutes, Fnatic locked in their first win of the series.
FunPlus Phoenix took another early lead in game four, taking down three turrets in fifteen minutes. Their gold lead grew as mid laner Kim "Doinb" Tae-sang raced to four kills on Ryze. Fnatic’s Hylissang and jungler Mads "Broxah" Brock-Pedersen secured multi-kills of their own in an attempt to get back in the game. Doinb continued to crush the European side, claiming five more kills before the game’s end. At twenty-one kills to eight, FunPlus Phoenix advanced to the semi-finals.
The quarter-finals continue on Sunday, October 27th. FunPlus Phoenix will face off against defending world champions Invictus Gaming on November 3rd.