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Top Esports win the first Mid-Season Cup

Top Esports were crowned the champions of the inaugural Mid-Season Cup on Sunday after they beat FunPlus Phoenix 3-1. The game saw the return of the blind-pick feature as opposed to the traditional pick-ban mode.

Nikhil Kalro
Freelance Esports Writer
1st Jun, 2020·☕️ 1 min read
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Top Esports were crowned the champions of the inaugural Mid-Season Cup on Sunday after they beat FunPlus Phoenix 3-1. The game saw the return of the blind-pick feature as opposed to the traditional pick-ban mode.

In the blind pick, Zhuo “Knight” Ding was awarded Syndra while Karsa got Lee Sin. FunPlus made a comeback in the second map with mid laner Doinb using Galio. However, Top Esports were too hard to stop in the third and fourth maps, eventually closing out the MSC final in four maps.

Path to the final

Top Esports beat Gen.g in the semi-final, thereby eliminating all Korean teams from the MSC and ensuring the winner of the tournament would be from the LPL. FunPlus Phoenix defeated current LPL champions JD Gaming in the first semi-final.

Covid-19 charity streaming

According to ESPN, “the Mid-Season Cup semifinals and finals were part of a larger streaming event called the Mid-Season Streamathon to raise money for relief from the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic.”

What was said?

Took us years of effort and hard work, struggling and advancing, finally it’s our turn to claim the trophy. It’s our first championship, and we see many, many more to come. Applause and ggs to @FPX_Esports. It’s a day that #LPLWINS. The future is OURS.

Top Esports posted on Twitter

Significance of the Mid-Season Cup

The Mid-Season Cup was a replacement event, formed among the best teams in the China’s LPL and Korea’s LCK. The four-day event, played online due the coronavirus pandemic, further highlighted the growing divide between the skill level in China’s strong League of Legends structure and some other upcoming circuits.

It was also a fine tune-up for the best teams from both leagues as they slowly begin their preparations for the upcoming summer splits of their respective competitions.

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