Top Esports emerged as 2020 LPL Summer champions, winning the playoffs in a dramatic five-game thriller over JD Gaming. TES brought on their individual prowess and signature top-level macro game to win the series 3-2 after a total of 155 kills — or an average rate of 0.88 kills/minute.
It was a tough game 1 for Spring Finals MVP Zuo "LvMao" Ming-Hao and his Pantheon. Considered by pundits to be perhaps the best support in the world right now, JD Gaming's star failed to make an impact in the opening game of the 2020 LPL Summer Finals against Top Esports. Ordinarily, JDG would also have Seo "Kanavi" Jin-hyeok to carry, but the Korean and his Lillia also had a rough time in this opener.
At the same time, TES was living the time of their lives. Praised as the best mid laner in League of Legends right now, Zhuo "knight" Ding played a terrifying Sett, but even scarier was his jungler partner, the LoL veteran Hung "Karsa" Hau-Hsuan on Nidalee. In what was a bloody game 1, the duo delivered 15 of TES' 25 kills total, with seven more coming from Yu "JackeyLove" Wen-Bo's Jhin. Knight shined the most at a 23-minute baron fight, which TES engaged with a man down and still managed to kill four for one.
TES opened game 2 strong and led 6-2 in kills and 4k in gold before minute 15, signalling a possible 2-0 lead but this is the LPL and games don't follow the normal logic there. JDG fought back to secure map macro and ended up securing Ocean Soul, looking to make a late-game comeback... until TES secured Baron.
The Baron push gutted JDG's base and ended in two dead inhibitors, but JD Gaming weren't done fighting just yet. Catching TES out of position in the river around minute 34 led to an ace and a series-equalizing push. 1-1.
The two teams traded one apiece in the next two games. TES dominated game 3, but JD Gaming struck back in a rather slow, bloodless (for LPL standards) game 4, setting up the decider in game 5.
Once again, JDG got ahead in the early game, sprinting to a 5-0 kill and 4K gold lead by minute 15, even taking the first turret of the game. The first big teamfight also went JDG's favor, but while TES gave up kills, they secured objectives and by minute 22, they had Cloud Soul secured already.
For a brief moment, TES was still against the ropes, as JDG kept killing towers and getting individual pick-offs but patience paid off for TES as the first Elder Drake spawned. Getting a quick kill on Kanavi and LvMao right from the start secured both Elder and Baron for TES, turning the game 180 degrees. From there, it was all TES, who drove their advantage home with no throws this time around.
Both teams have qualified for Worlds 2020 already, but TES will enter as China's highest seed and arguably the favorites to win it all and get a third straight for the LPL. The only bracket left to be played still is LPL's Regional Finals, determining which of FunPlus Phoenix, Invictus Gaming, LGD Gaming, and Suning will join TES and JDG in Shanghai.
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