Incheon, Korea – Golden debris poured down from the air at Incheon Wenhe Stadium, and Fantic watched as their opponents became world champions of the Heroes League.
Unlike previous finals, Fnatic’s players did not collapse in chairs or lie on tables crying. Their contestants were all in a confused position, and their faces were full of confusion and frustration. Rekkles, the leader of the team, stared at the cold November night sky. Smoke and debris covered his eyes. The picture of the 0-3 defeat to the IG team was still vivid.
Before the final, everyone thought that the 2018 World Finals would be very tight. The two teams had played each other in the group stage, and the three matches were very tense, intense, and pulled back and forth. Fantic from Europe eventually won a slight advantage in the overall result of 2-1 defeat.
The actual match is quite the opposite of what you might expect. This is the shortest finals in the history of the world championship, and the three games together are barely more than 85 minutes. None of the three games took more than 33 minutes, and the longest of them was due to the IG team’s careless mistake. IG’s Super Singles TheShy spent most of the game playing like an entertainment bureau with friends and “jumping the tower happily” many times.
The competition was very painful and painful. Want to see the first non-Asian team holding the Summoner’s Cup in Europe and the United States fans finally stand in the same place as the players. Every bit of the world championship makes us feel that Fnatic is not only capable of winning the championship, but also a big favorite to win the championship. They have destroyed their opponents in recent two rounds with IG.
On Media Day held in Seoul Heroes Union Park, the team sat in a row and watched the interviewed media. They didn’t smile, nor did they laugh at the finals. Fantic is not beyond all expectations of Cinderella. They defended the European championship. They are the strongest Western team in the history of the League of Heroes, and they are ready to win the world championship.
“I came to win the championship.” Rekkles said on the day of the media that this is his only goal.
The pain of failure stems from constant belief. Unlike other world championships, European and American teams remain optimistic whenever they are eliminated in the knockout tournament, Fnatic really thinks they can win the championship. Their fans, though submerged in Incheon, still waved the flag of the team and wore Fnatic uniforms, even though they were 0-2, still believed that the team had a chance to come back. They won the trust of their fans with a year’s performance, so when IG decided to close the game, they were hit harder than when they lost to C9 in the FNC semi-final, even if they failed to qualify in the group tournament.
Fnatic brought European and American audiences the only real hope of the Korean team after entering the world competition in 2012. European and American fans never dreamed of winning the world championship. Their dream is the top four. Maybe, even if all the good luck comes together, they can reach the final, but will be defeated by SKT T1 or RNG.
For the first time since 2012, Fnatic has the strength not only to enter the final, but also to win the championship. The king of Korea has been ousted, and the biggest hot RNG team in the tournament has been accidentally knocked out in the top eight. All the opportunities made it possible for Fnatic to become a hero in Incheon, but in fact, everything collapsed in just a few minutes. Bad online performance became more and more errors, and eventually the whole BO5 came to an end in the blink of an eye. The expectation of winning the championship for a whole week has not left a deep impression on the performances of the opening ceremony.
Fnatic leaving Korea has a lot to be proud of. They beat C9 in the semi-finals. They beat IG in the group competition. Although they were not the best in the eight finals, they still defeated in the match with EDG. The two European LCS champion. The victory of the European and American match. And the four finals of the season champion. Personal awards. We can keep talking. Despite their defeat in the final, they can still leave with their heads held high because they are the strongest Western team in history.
However, that’s why, as they boarded the plane and returned home, they were more painful than ever in the weeks before the start of the 2019 season. Sometimes, sitting in a daze, like a statue, may express more pain than sobbing.
Fnatic has the possibility of winning the championship to make them hurt most.
This is a team that does not want to win anything but glory. They do not want to be “the strongest western team”.
They want to be the strongest team in history, that’s all. No other honor can cover up the pain.