EU LCS Playoffs Final: G2 Esports vs Fnatic
It’s the battle of the EU LCS kings – will it be G2 Esports or Fnatic that take the crown in the 2018 EU LCS Spring Split final?
Warning: spoilers below!
It’s been a gruelling Spring Split, but after weeks of twists, turns and surprises we finally have the top two teams ready to duel it out on the Rift to reign supreme in Europe. G2 Esports and Fnatic will face each other in a Bo5 series in the 2018 EU LCS Spring Split final in Copenhagen on Sunday 8th April 2018.
Fnatic are in great form – but can they manage without sOAZ?
Fnatic will be ecstatic to have made it to the final as this will be the first time in two years they have a chance to take first place in Europe. However, there are still questions as to whether Fnatic can be as strong as they were during the regular Split as their veteran top laner, sOAZ, will not be playing in the final due to a hand injury. And sOAZ has some deep championship history on this team.
Although Fnatic have praised sOAZ’s substitute Bwipo, who had a solid performance during Fnatic’s semi-final series against Vitality, the fact remains that Bwipo is a more inexperienced player than sOAZ and he may make mistakes under the pressure of a finals series. However, if Fnatic can continue to support Bwipo and play around him when it counts, then they should still be a terrifying team to face in the final.
Fnatic also have two hyper carries in the form of Rekkles and Caps, both of whom are gunning for MVP of the Split, and G2 will have to find a way to shut both mid and bot lane down if they want to take the win.
G2 have a legacy to maintain
Although pressure will be intense for both teams to bring home the title, there is arguably more pressure for G2 to perform as they are the defending champions. Given that a win would allow G2 to pick up their fifth EU LCS title in a row, many will be cheering G2 on to make EU LCS history.
Perkz, also known as “Mr G2”, will be feeling the pressure, as this will be his fifth consecutive final with G2. Wunder no doubt will also feel pressure to perform as a Dane playing in the finals in his own country.
However, G2 have performed well enough during the Spring Split and playoffs that they should give Fnatic a run for their money.
Wunder has been a huge presence in top lane, a player which G2 can easily play around to put pressure on Fnatic. Hjarnan has also come alive in bot lane and was named player of the series during G2’s semi-final against Splyce. It was easy to see why, with strong performances on Jhin and two perfect games in game three and game four in the series, during which Hjarnan racked up KDA’s of 6/0/5 and 7/0/8, respectively.
There is more than an EU LCS title at stake
Aside from the prestige of being crowned the winners of Europe, there is also an incentive for G2 and Fnatic to bring home a victory when it comes to qualifying for international competitions.
The winning team of the EU LCS Spring Split final will secure a place at the Mid-Seasonal Invitational (MSI) tournament and will represent the EU LCS against 13 other regions. The MSI will take place in Berlin and Paris between May 3rd 2018 and May 20th 2018.
The results of the final will also impact the teams’ cumulative scores in qualifying for Worlds 2018, which will be held in South Korea towards the end of this year.
Finally, both teams should also qualify for Rift Rivals 2018, which will take place between July 2nd and July 8th 2018.
Given there is so much to play for when G2 and Fnatic face off, expect a fierce series between these two teams when they clash one final time this Spring Split.
The finals will take place on Sunday April 8th. There will be a pre-game lobby broadcast at 4.30pm CET before the opening ceremony begins at 5pm CET. You can watch the action as it unfolds on the LoL Esports YouTube channel.
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