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MOBAFire Worlds Fantasy Tournament - Conclusion

Creator: Silverman43 November 9, 2022 4:46am
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Introduction
Welcome to the conclusion of our Worlds 2022 and Fantasy Tournament coverage series! After over 100 games spanning more than a month, the 2022 World championship has wrapped up and a new champion has been crowned. Likewise, the fantasy league has met a dramatic conclusion and the winner of $10,000 is known!

Join us for one last dance as we'll cover the last competitive LoL series of 2022, the winning team and our first LoL fantasy champion!
Fantasy Leaderboard Conclusion
We have a winner! flynnbomb takes the throne as the first ever Mobafire & E-Go Worlds Fantasy Tournament winner! This may come as a slight surprise, considering they only just entered the top 10 for the first time after semifinals. Meanwhile it looked to become a two-men-show between zapmaz and 1danne1, who had been forming the top 2 ever since the group stage. But our winner showcased the supreme strategy and foresight. While most people where stuck with only 1-2 players still in the running, flynnbomb's included 2 T1 and 2 DRX players up until now. The risk payed off and allowed them to take the top spot by storm right before the finish. With a total of 980 points, 13.2 more than the runner-up, it's a clean victory.

The sudden rise of flynnbomb may or may not resemble a certain storyline we've seen before...

flynnbomb comes out on top between over 1900 participants to take home a cash prize of $10,000. Massive congratulations!

And for you interest, yours truly ended at the 136th place with 803.1 points. Where did you land?
Worlds 2022 Knockouts Results
Visualisation
Quarterfinals
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Semifinals
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3
VS
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Grand Finals
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2022 World Champions
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Semifinals
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VS
Quarterfinals
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Grand Finals Recap
This is it, the final series of Worlds 2022. In the past years we've seen many spectacular matches, but it is certain this edition will go down in history. On one side, the most dominant team ever T1 with Greatest of All Time Faker, on the other hand DRX with an unseen miracle run, led by legendary ADC Deft. The stakes were insanely high coming into this series, and it delivered.

Game 1 was fairly onesided in favour of T1. Their execution in teamfights looked cleaner, which ended up as a massive difference maker. The small advantages added up into quickly stacking Drakes and a Baron at around 20 minutes already. Not much DRX could do to retaliate against T1's great siege through Faker's Azir and Gumayusi's Varus. Dominant 1-0 for T1.

But if there's any squad that has proven their resilience, it's undoubtly DRX. However the second game looked doomed from the start as well, with T1 picking up the first 3 kills during a topside skirmish. Keria's great Lux performance then further increased T1's lead. DRX' great comp did allow them to bounce back though. Through the Camille and Varus they could cash in on some picks here and there to stabilize the game. Though it did seem like disaster would strike again. DRX were denied of their Dragon Soul for 3 Drakes in a row as T1 claimed an Ocean Soul. The momentum swinged back and suddenly DRX had to stop T1 from getting the Baron. It was time for Deft to carry with a great Chain of Corruption to win the fight. DRX didn't hesitate to use the small window to close out the game. 1-1 against the expectations of many already.

Game 3 was full of tension once again. Teamfights often resulted into a 1 for 1, but gradually DRX could get the better of T1. And with some money on their carries, Zeka on Sylas and Deft on Kalista, they saw an angle to fight for the Baron. But Oner disagreed. Through a heroic Baron steal did the T1 jungler bring his team back into the game. And with the Baron buff T1 could leverage a gold lead once again. On the other hand DRX did not yield just yet. Which lead to another Baron attempt by DRX. But massive damage from Gumayusi's Piercing Arrow and Blighted Quiver stole the Baron for the side of T1 once again! That was the tragic final blow for DRX right away. Match point for T1.

Back to the drawing board for DRX, who now approached the potentially last game with a classic front to back teamfight comp. Losing the botlane matchup early on didn't really matter when larger skirmishes started to take place. Kingen's Aatrox and Pyosik's Maokai were absolutely massive. And with a Baron attempt going their way for once, DRX could tie up the series in a more or less clean fashion.

2-2, time for Silver Scrapes and what a moment for it. One game to decide the 2022 World champions. To start off we got some spicy pocket picks during draft. Pyosik on Hecarim, Deft on his Caitlyn and Zeus trying to counterpick Aatrox with his Gwen. And the cherry on top, BeryL with the (seemingly random?) Bard lastpick.
Needless to say we got a game on a knife's edge. Early-mid game went almost dead even until DRX found a big teamfight win. The Hecarim proved very useful to deal with T1's immobile Viktor and Varus. As a result the LCK 4th seed started up the Baron, but you wouldn't believe what happened until you see it for yourself. Once again, Gumayusi's Piercing Arrow stole the objective away from under DRX' nose. Gold evened once again and even went slightly in the favour of T1. But neither team could really find any meaningful advantage. It all came down to a Elder Dragon fight around the 40 minute mark. When it became clear DRX would win the stand off and secure the objective, both Faker and Zeus Teleported into the half open DRX base. On the brink of defeat, Kingen managed to defend the base 1v2 until Zeka arrived as well. An absolute crucial moment as the culmination of another great Aatrox performance. Death timers on the side of T1 were high, and DRX had to make a decision. They brute forced their way to victory and even the respawning T1 members couldn't prevent them anymore from taking home the 2022 World championship in the most unbelievable way.
Meet The Champions
The Winning Roster
LCK
4th Seed
DRX
The Victory of DRX is unique in about every way. Never before had a 4th seed won Worlds. Never before had a team gone all the way through Play-Ins to hail victorious. No one had much hope for this squad. All of their players were considered average, past their prime or too inconsistent. But they have proven to the whole World that it's not about having the biggest names, but about meshing as an entire team. Congratulations to the players, their coaching staff and the entire organisation!

2022 DRX will go down in history, and all players will receive a unique Worlds skin to celebrate their victory. Since this year they will also release a prestige skin, but it is unclear which member will receive it. Deft is the most likely due to his legendary career, but it could also go to the Finals MVP, Kingen. Wait and see to find out. The skin choices were revealed during a press conference after finals, and can be watched here. Very interesting watch to get to know the players more as well. Presented to you by the amazing Ashley Kang & KORIZON Esports.
TOPLANE
Kingen
Hwang Seong-hoon
..South Korea
March 11, 2000
Team History
Skin Choice:
About The Player
JUNGLE
Pyosik
Hong Chang-hyeon
..South Korea
March 12, 2000
Team History
Skin Choice:
About The Player
JUNGLE (Sub)
Juhan
Lee Ju-han
..South Korea
August 31, 2001
Team History
Skin Choice: (or )
About The Player
MIDLANE
Zeka
Kim Geon-woo
..South Korea
November 28, 2002
Team History
Skin Choice: (or )
About The Player
BOTLANE
Deft
Kim Hyuk-kyu
..South Korea
October 23, 1996
Team History
Skin Choice:
About The Player
SUPPORT
BeryL
Cho Geon-hee
..South Korea
April 1, 1997
Team History
Skin Choice:
About The Player
The Miracle Run
LCK Regional Finals
The fact that DRX even qualified for Worlds remains a remarkable feat. In Spring 2022 Regular Season, the roster ended at a decent 4th place. But in playoffs they immediately got knocked out by Kwang**** Freecs in their first and only Bo5. In Summer results didn't improve at all. Over the regular season they recorded 9-9, just enough for a 5th place and playoffs spot. Unfortunately for them, they met a strong Liiv Sandbox in the first round and got knocked out once again.

Thanks to KDF having a bad summer, DRX had barely enough championship points to qualify for the regional finals for a small chance at Worlds qualification.

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Worlds Play-In Stage
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Both games DRX came in as underdog. KT had improved significantly over the course of summer, but was still vulnerable in their lategame macro. I fondly remember that series - with an accidental random Zyra lock-in for KT - as back and forth, but DRX had a much better draft in the final game.

Next up were Liiv Sandbox, who had been defeated earlier by Damwon KIA in a battle for the 3rd seed. Despite a solid game 1 victory, LSB came back to 1-2 with 2 very dominant games. But we've seen DRX' ironclad mental at Worlds as well. Great performances from Juhan and who else but Deft allowed them to bounce back and make it to Worlds.
Play-In Stage
Group B
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DRX
5 - 0
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Royal Never Give Up
4 - 1
3
MAD Lions
3 - 2
4
Saigon Buffalo
2 - 3
5
Isurus
1 - 4
6
İstanbul Wildcats
0 - 5

There wasn't much doubt DRX would make it out of Play-Ins, but the way they did may have surprised a few. In a group with RNG and MAD Lions they didn't drop a single game. In both games vs aforementioned teams did they end up with early deficits, but their ability to consistently turn games back around later on is incredible. Shout-out to their solid drafting througout the entire tournament to faciliate their comebacks.

The first place over the likes of RNG guaranteed them a spot in the group stage.
Group Stage
Group C
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DRX
4 - 2
2
Rogue
4 - 2
3
Top Esports
3 - 3
4
GAM Esports
1 - 5

Group C looked easier on paper than group A or B, but still most people didn't expect them to advance. Especially after Rogue defeated them in the first round. But from then on DRX would step up again, taking down tournament favourites TES. In the end they only dropped a game to Rogue and the second one to TES, but thanks to brother GAM it was enough to guarantee a top 2 finish. Unfortunately for the LEC fans, Zeka Sylas happened in the tiebreaker to lock DRX as group winner.
Knockout Stage
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DRX' path to the finals remains remarkable when you further think about it. In quarterfinals they knocked out EDG, the 2021 World champions (and Deft's former team). The moment where the respawning inhibitor denied Deft from last-hitting the enemy Nexus, only to then lose the game and go down 0-2 is still fresh in our minds. The fact that DRX came back from that devastating blow and reverse swept EDG is such an incredible feat and showcases their mental fortitude.

Next up they faced Gen.G. 4th seed vs the Korean champions and 1st seed. Over the entirety of 2022, DRX and GEN faced each other in 4 Bo3s. DRX went 0-8 in total. That DRX even won game 2 was already a miracle, nobody expected them to actually sweep another tournament favourite 3-1.

Then the final stand-off against T1. Another team DRX couldn't take a single game off over the entire year. And T1 had been looking extremely good during the tournament so far. But somehow when people doubt them the most (only 16.5% of people picked DRX to win the matchup), DRX plays the best League of Legends. And what happened that day is magic.
Conclusion
This marks the end of this article, and so our article series has reached its conclusion. Thank you so much for reading, leaving comments and participating in the Fantasy League. We hope you had a great experience watching Worlds and competing with your fantasy team.

Thanks to the people at E-Go and MOBAFire for making this all possible and for giving me the opportunity to write these articles. (Special shout-out to Magrob and our own @ Hades4u!) It was a great run. See you next year?
Lots of credit to LoL.fandom Wiki for their collection of player portraits, up-to-date statistics, overviews and all-around fantastic work documenting LoL esports.
Thanks to @ Jovy for the signature!
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Thank you everyone who has been reading these articles, I hope you enjoyed the ride and may you have learned a thing or two about the LoL Esports scene. I know I did enjoy it, but all good things must come to an end.

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E-GO have put together an awesome interview with @ flynnbomb, make sure to check it out!

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