North American esports organization Team Liquid defeated Chinese team W.EDGM 3 – 1 during this past weekend’s 2019 Clash Royale League World Finals. Although SK Gaming won more games during the Seeding Tournament, the four Liquid players took out both OGN Entus and SK Gaming with a 2 – 1 score on their path to victory.
— Steve Arhancet (@LiQuiD112) December 8, 2019
Champions in Clash Royale League
The Clash Royale League is Supercell’s official esports league, with the World Finals placing 6 teams against each other for a $400,000 prize pool. Two teams qualified from each of the regions: OGN Entus and FAV Gaming from Asia; Nova Esports and W.EDGM from China; and SK Gaming and Team Liquid from the West. The event took place between Dec 3 – 7 at The Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles.
The event started with a seeding tournament on Dec 3, with a single round-robin format and a best-of-three (bo3) using single 1v1 matches. All matches afterward were in a single-elimination bracket, consisting of a bo3 2v2, bo3 1v1, and a bo3 King of the Hill 3v3. The Grand Finals were played in a best-of-five instead, with a bo3 2v2, three bo3 1v1s, and a bo5 King of the Hill 3v3.
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— Liquid Erick 🦏 (@EB7) December 8, 2019
Team Liquid take home $150,000
The Team Liquid roster that was crowned World Champions includes players Egor “Egor” Akhmetzyanov, Cristian “KaNaRiOoo” Herminio Sánchez Hernández, Diego “DiegoB” Becerra, and Frank “Surgical Goblin” Oskam. This also included team manager and head coach Erick “EB7” Benamu. The four will take home $150,000 of the total prize pool.
While the fourth seed in Team Liquid performed well against first seed SK Gaming, it was more unexpected for W.EDGM to make it that far. This was because W.EDGM lost every game during the seeding tournament, but still eliminated both third seed Nova Esports and second seed FAV Gaming in 2 – 0 matchups.
The tournament saw an average of 97.8 thousand viewers tune in from Twitch and YouTube Gaming. In addition, there was a peak viewership of 133,046 and over 680 thousand hours watched in total. The next Clash Royale League season will most likely start in April or May of 2020.