LPL 2020 Spring Split Opening Match & Date Announced, Invictus Gaming VS Fun Plus Phoenix

LPL 2020 Spring Split Opening Match & Date Announced, Invictus Gaming VS Fun Plus Phoenix
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The two Chinese teams, which won the World Championship in 2018 and 2019, will be opening the LPL 2020 Spring Split.

Fun Plus Phoenix will clash with Invictus Gaming on the 13th of January, followed by LGD against LNG. Both teams will want to show that they are ready to take on all challengers, especially after having dominated the international scene over the past two years.

The new LPL Split will feat another format, with every day of the week having matches, so that the viewers always have something to watch.

FPX proved that it was the best team in the world after destroying the competition in its first World Championship appearance. The roster’s mid-jungler synergy was on display throughout the tournament and was the main reason the team had so much success. The team also bolstered its already-formidable lineup by picking up former T1 top laner Kim ‘Khan’ Dong-ha.

IG, on the other hand, had a pretty disappointing end to their Worlds run last year—FPX eliminated them in the semifinals. As a result, they will be looking for revenge when they face off in the first match of the year. Unfortunately, IG might be debuting a new AD carry, after bottom lane phenom Yu ‘JackeyLove’ Wen-Bo failed to re-sign with the team.

If he does end up re-signing, this matchup will be even more exciting to watch since the 19-year old has become a vital member of the team. If not, the team will have to start Ding ‘Puff’ Wang, who last played for VICI Gaming. VICI was one of the worst teams in the region, so IG fans will need to hope that Puff can perform a bit better with teammates like Kang ‘TheShy’ Seung-lok and Song ‘Rookie’ Eui-jin by his side.

LPL has finally dethroned Koreas winning streak of World Championship. The constant upgrades of the infrastructure of the scene, coaching staff, and players made the region scary and arguably the best for the past two years.

While before, a Korean exodus was needed for LPL to field good players, nowadays, there’s plenty of local talent to choose from. There are plenty of rookies who played in the LDL (Academy LPL), and who have been promoted to the main roster after formidable play. While it does take some time to build synergy and become a contender for the World Championship, many players have just done that in the past few years by playing for Invictus Gaming and Fun Plus Phoenix.

With the upcoming World Championship in Shanghai, the Chinese pride is at stake, will they be able to achieve a 3rd World Championship win in a row, or will LCK return to its former glory and demolish LPL at the World Championship 2020?