LPL Playoff Semifinals: Invictus Gaming vs Royal Never Give Up

Only four teams remain in the LPL playoffs. Invictus take on RNG for a trip to the finals!

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Two heavy hitters during the 2018 LPL Spring Split have reached the semifinals and go head-to-head to reach the finals. Top seeded Invictus Gaming will face the veterans in Royal Never Give Up in a BO5 to play on Saturday, April 28 for the finals. 

Will Invictus continue their dominant run?

Invictus Gaming ran though the competition going 18-1 this split, their best record in franchise history. Out of all of their series matchups they only dropped 5 games. This rewarded them with the top seed in the East Region, and throughout the whole playoffs. This has given them a bye in the first two rounds of the playoffs leading them to the semis. Their players look to continue their success in the playoffs after a 3rd place finish in the 2017 Summer Split Playoffs, but the bar has been raised from the bronze medal.

Invictus has proven that no one of their team is an easy pass to gain an advantage over them in the game. All of their roles are present in the 1st and 2nd 2018 Spring All-Pro Team. Mid-Laner Rookie earned the MVP award this split, while Invictus’ jungler Ning came in 2nd in the voting. Their roster is stacked from top to bottom with All-Prop players and MVP candidates.

However recent news mean one less of these players on the map.

Top-Laner TheShy will be inactive for the semifinals and possibly for the remaining games due to hand injury. Duke will be subbed in for the playoffs. Duke joined Invictus after his 2016 season with SKT where they won the World Championship.

RNG still have a lot to prove

RNG came into this Split with a semifinals finish in the 2017 Worlds Championship where they lost to SKT in a 5 game series. All of their starting roster returned for the Spring Split expecting big things, but had some bumps in the road. Finishing just 3rd in the East Region with a 12-7 record, RNG has had a long playoff journey. RNG had to face Team WE in the first round who were semifinalists in Worlds 2017. RNG swept Team WE, and played in the 2nd round where they beat Snake Esports 3-1. 

RNG made additions to their lineup this split by adding jungler Karsa. Karsa was a former star in the LMS with the Flash Wolves where they consistently performed well and making international tournaments. Karsa and Mlxg have split time subbing in for each other when the team needs it and have been performing well. Karsa earned 3rd Team All-Pro this split even with his limited time in the jungle. 

Uzi looks to make the finals with RNG for the 5th split in a row. Their last victory championship in the LPL playoffs was in the 2016 Spring Split against Edward Gaming. Since then they have come in 2nd place 3 times in a row, and they’re looking to snap the bad run. Uzi has dominated the ADC role again this split, and showed that he is still one of the best to ever play by earning 1st Team All-Pro status and racking up a 5.57 KDA. 

What happens next for the winner and loser?

The winner and loser of this playoff watch will advance to the finals and 3rd place match against the winner and loser of either Edward Gaming or Rogue Warriors. That match airs on Sunday April, 22. All four teams have 30 Championship points to their names this split but can gain more points. These points go a long way towards qualifying for the 2018 Worlds Championship.  They break down as follows:

4th place- 30 points

3rd place- 50 points

2nd place- 70 points

1st place- 90 points

The winner of the LPL finals will earn a trip to represent the LPL at the Mid-Seasonal Invitational (MSI) tournament which will be held in Europe for the first time in May.

But first they have to get through one another.

Who do you think will win, Invictus or RNG? Let us know in the comments below!   

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