The finals of the ICBC (Asia) e-Sports & Music Festival Hong Kong, Return of the Legends tournament ended with Team Mainland China triumphing over local favourites Team Taiwan/ Hong Kong/Macau 2:0 in a best of three series held at the Hong Kong Coliseum on Sunday evening.
Both teams had their fair share of fan support, but the presence of homegrown League of Legends season two world champion Kurtis "Toyz" Lau Wai-kin on one of the teams made them a clear fan favourite.
Before game one, cheers erupted during the pick ban phase as Yu “Misaya” Jingxi and Toyz chose Twisted Fate and Orianna respectively. Both played the signature champions they are primarily known for, and it’s no exaggeration to say they were considered best in the world at their peaks.
Team TW/HK/MO selected a team composition which would complement their late game, team fighting strategy. With Wang “GoDJJ” Yong-jie picking Kog’maw, a late game high damage AD carry.
However, Team China successfully won multiple early game skirmishes and took many map objectives, giving them a healthy lead entering into the midgame. With control of the map and the tempo of the game, they took game one in a surgical display of professionalism.
In game two, TW/HK/MO doubled down on their teamfight strategy, sticking with their Kog’maw pick and adding Anivia and Kennen, played by Toyz and Wang “Stanley” June-tsan to their roster, both champions with large area of effect spells built for teamfighting.
The flow of the game was quickly seized by Team China, and they built up a massive gold and item advantage by mid game, so much so they could power through the spells with brute force despite their champion disadvantage.
Overall, Team China held clear advantages in both games, and their clean sweep was well deserved.
Their success can be attributed to superior preparation, as during the post match press conference, the team confirmed their extensive training over the course of at least a month. With support player Feng “Fzzf” Zhuo-Jun saying “We practiced together during our free time.”
Gao “WeiXiao” Xuecheng, AD carry for Team China praised the audience, saying they were passionate and noting they gave a home field advantage to the other team.