Warning: spoilers below!
On Sunday 8th April 2018, Fnatic defeated the defending champions G2 Esports in a swift 3-0 series. Having taken first place, Fnatic are now officially the champions of Europe. With their places booked for MSI this May, we look at why Fnatic were such a powerhouse during this Spring Split.
G2 Esports were the underdogs coming into the finals as they lost twice to Fnatic during the regular season.
However, G2 had history on their side. They had won the previous four splits and were hoping to take home a fifth consecutive title going into the 2018 EU LCS Spring Split final. Fnatic, on the other hand, had not made finals in two years.
Perhaps it was the pressure of defending the EU LCS title, but G2 did not put in as strong a performance as some may have expected. Perkz in particular was lacklustre during certain games. Although G2 did ultimately put up a strong fight, they were bettered on the day by Fnatic’s roster.
The Rekkles factor
Rekkles has been a huge presence in the EU LCS. He was named as MVP of the 2018 Spring Split shortly before the final against G2, and it’s easy to see why. During the regular season, Rekkles has been consistently good on any champion given to him, although his Tristana and Sivir have been particularly effective. As a result, his stats have been insane.
During the regular season, Rekkles had the highest KDA of any EU LCS pro, with a ratio of 13.5. He also achieved 81.5% kill participation, the fourth highest in the EU LCS.
However, Rekkles didn’t stop there. During the final series against G2, his KDA rose to an enormous 31.5, and he died only twice during the entire series. His total dominance throughout all three games was clear by the way he racked up two pentakills during the series.
The first, unofficial, pentakill, started during game one at 40:57. Playing as Tristana, Rekkles was well protected by his team, and after engaging in the mid lane Rekkles dodged G2’s attacks and took them out one by one. Shortly after the penta, Fnatic closed out game one of the series.
The second pentakill started at 28:35, during a fight for Baron control. Rekkles chased down G2 along with the rest of his team and secured the ace on Sivir.
There’s little doubt that much of Fnatic’s success this Spring Split has been down to Rekkles, and his dominance over bot lane.
Let’s not forget Caps
Although Rekkles definitely had a huge impact on his team’s victory last Sunday over G2, another notable mention has to go to Caps, who has had a very strong season of his own. His performance in the finals as well was huge, taking home 80.4% kill participation.
Caps had given Perkz some serious trash talk before the finals, saying he will smash Perkz "so hard he will think it's an international tournament." His fans will be happy that he didn’t disappoint.
At 11:50 during game two, Caps on Zoe solo killed Perkz, who was on Karma, and continued to dominate in lane thereafter.
Although Caps and Rekkles have proven themselves to be great carries for their team, all of Fnatic’s roster turned up on the day, and everyone played well. Bwipo also deserves praise as the substitute for top-laner sOAZ, who had to pull out of Fnatic’s playoff matches due to a hand injury. Despite his inexperience, Bwipo stayed calm, collected, and really contributed to team fights.
Although G2 faced struggles of their own, as Perkz didn’t perform at the level we have come to expect, it’s clear that the quality of the Fnatic roster and good playmaking were the main contributors to Fnatic’s success this Spring Split. Now we’ll have to wait and see if they can achieve similar results when they head to MSI in May 2018.
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