The event was held to decide the winner of ‘2018 LoL KeSPA Cup’, which has been held from December 18th. Gen.G and Griffin, who won against KT Rolster and DAMWON Gaming in the semi-final, respectively, had a match of best of five.
|▲ Gen.G and Griffin, who entered the finals, stood with the trophy in the middle.|
In the first set, Griffin won by succeeding in overturning the game through an engagement in a crisis situation.
Griffin has been active all over the map early in the set and has made a prevailing atmosphere by destroying the bottom turret shield as well as scoring kill points. Thereupon, Gen.G fought back with kill points made by ‘CuVee’ Seong-jin Lee, and ‘Peanut’ Wang-ho Han. Also in the joint battle of the 11th minute, the situation became favorable with the performance of ‘Peanut’.
Both teams exchanged attacks and tried to interfere with each other's aiming. Griffin got the first Baron, but the second Baron was stolen by Gen.G‘s ‘Peanut’, and Griffin was in crisis all over the map.
However, while Griffin had been hurried and watched for a chance with 3 earth dragon buffs, at the huge engagement after the third fire dragon, ‘Lehends’ Si-woo Son won a victory with ‘Death Sentence’ skill and succeeded in turning the tables. Keeping the momentum, Griffin entered the opponent base, removed the tower and suppressor, destroyed the nexus and got the first set point.
At the second set, Griffin succeeded in continuing the momentum of the previous set and once again won.
At the beginning of the set, Griffin's 'Tarzan' Seung-yong Lee started pleasantly by stealing the red buff that Gen.G was hunting. At the engagement in the middle area of the 9th minute, ‘Chovy’ Ji-hoon Jeong’s Irelia jumped inside the opponent’s tower and pushed hard from the beginning with double kills.
Gen.G succeeded in defending Griffin’s offensive with defensive tactics, but failed to overturn the situation while chasing the opponent for counterattack since the team rather counterattacked. At the situation, Griffin stole the Rift Herald that Gen.G was hunting and raised the pace of the offensive.
Griffin continuously succeeded in destroying the second middle tower at the 23rd minute and raised the attack power by hunting the dragon. At the engagement occurred after hunting Baron, Griffin eliminated the champions of Gen.G without difficulty and arranged the middle line.
In the end, Griffin successfully entered the opponent’s main base, eliminated Gen.G’s champions one by one, destroyed nexus, and finally scored the second set point.
|▲ Griffin reversed the situation with the engagements won the first set.|
|▲ In the third set, Griffin also dominated the game by pushing the opponents hard from all areas.|
The third set, which was the last chance for Gen.G, was finished with a victory for Griffin who did not miss the chance.
Until the first dragon appears in the game, both teams focused on the defense and did not show much movement. However, Griffin got the dragon and the clash had begun in earnest. After Griffin scored a point in the bottom area, Griffin went a little ahead with ‘Chovy’ Ji-hoon Jeong’s solo kill from Gen.G’s ‘Fly’ Yong-jun Song, but Gen.G soon narrowed the gap by recording three kills successively after Rift Herald.
Nevertheless, the situation gradually became favorable to Griffin. In the top area, ‘Sword’ Sung-won Choi got Gen.G’s ‘CuVee’ Sung-jin Lee, summoned Rift Herald and succeeded in eliminating the first middle tower. Gen.G’s ‘Ruler’ Jae-hyuk Park tried counterattack with scoring several kills, but Gen.G soon lost power by blocking the attempt of stealing from Griffin’s ‘Peanut’ Wang-ho Han.
Eventually, Griffin got into the main base of Gen.G, and the engagements took place on the access way at each line. Griffin managed to destroy the nexus while maintaining the dominant position, and set score 3 : 0 to win the championship.
Meanwhile, as the MVP of the finals, Griffin’s ‘Chovy’ Ji-hoon Jeong, who showed powerful attack at every set, was selected.
|▲ President of KeSPA, Young-man Kim, presented trophy and prize money to the winner Griffin.|
|▲ Griffin's 'Chovy' Ji-hoon Jeong was selected as the MVP of the finals.|