Invictus Gaming came back from one map down to beat EDward Gaming and leap into a tie for second place in the Summer Split of China’s League of Legends Pro League.
IG (3-1) entered the day in eighth place in the standings but moved into a tie with Royal Never Give Up and Victory Five after the 2-1 win. Edward Gaming moved to 2-2.
Eui-jin “Rookie” Song and Zhen-Ning “Ning” Gao took MVP honors for IG in their map wins.
In the day’s other action, Suning Gaming (3-3) swept Rogue Warriors (0-3). Shuo-Chieh “Swordart” Hu and Tao “Angel” Xiang were Suning’s MVP winners.
The 17-team, 10-week LPL season runs through Aug. 9. Following a single round robin of best-of-three matches, the top eight sides will advance to the Summer Split playoffs.
All matches in the single-elimination postseason bracket will be best-of-five, with dates yet to be announced. The top two teams will get double byes into the semifinals, and the third- and fourth-place teams will get byes in the quarterfinals. The fifth- through eighth-place teams will compete in the opening round. The tiebreaker order for playoff positioning is game differential followed by head-to-head result.
The playoff winner will earn a spot in the League of Legends World Championship, scheduled to be played in China at a date to be announced. The champion will claim more than $280,000 of the nearly $600,000 prize pool.
Week 4 action begins Monday with Victory Five (3-1) playing Vici Gaming (1-2). Royal Never Give Up (3-1) will play eStar Gaming (2-2).
LPL Summer Split standings through Sunday (record, map differential):
1. Top Esports, 4-0, +7
T2. Victory Five, 3-1, +3
T2. Invictus Gaming, 3-1, +3
T2. Royal Never Give Up, 3-1, +3
5. LGD Gaming, 3-1, +2
6. Team WE, 3-2, +3
7. FunPlus Phoenix, 2-1, +2
8. Suning, 3-3, 0
9. eStar Gaming, 2-2, +2
10. EDward Gaming, 2-2, +1
11. LNG Esports, 2-2, -1
12. JD Gaming, 1-2, -1
13. Vici Gaming, 1-2, -2
14. Bilibili Gaming, 1-3, -4
15. Oh My God, 1-4, -4
16. Rogue Warriors, 0-3, -6
17. Dominus Esports, 0-4, -8
—Field Level Media