FC Schalke 04 vs Fnatic: 2018 EU LCS Spring Split week 5
Things are on the up for both FC Schalke 04 and Fnatic – who will come out on top when they face each other?
Despite shaky starts to the 2018 EU LCS Spring Split, both FC Schalke 04 and Fnatic have battled it out to respectable standings on the leader board.
Although Schalke is in the middle of the pack, sitting alongside Splyce, Misfits and ROCCAT with four wins and four losses, Fnatic’s position is slightly better with five wins and three losses.
Fnatic are currently tied second alongside G2 Esports and Giants Gaming, and no doubt Fnatic will try to leverage off their week five games to try and reach the dizzying heights of Vitality, who are first with seven wins and one loss.
FC Schalke 04 are eyeing up Fnatic’s spot
Schalke’s first game of week four was a tense back-and-fourth against G2 Esports. First blood went to Pride on Sejuani as he took out VandeR on Tahm Kench in bot lane at around 12 minutes. A second kill quickly went to Nukeduck on LeBlanc. However, G2 responded by taking down H2k’s mid turret.
The rest of the game saw similar trades between the two teams, with huge performances in the mid lane by both Perkz of G2 and Nukeduck, who each racked up nine kills over the course of the game.
However, one failed team fight was all it took for Schalke to lose the game. Perkz, playing Zoe, took down VandeR after a slight mis-position around 56:30. Perkz then capitalised on the kill, taking out Upset and Vizicsacsi for a triple kill. From then on, G2 headed for Schalke’s nexus, and took it down for the win.
Schalke’s second game of week four was against H2k, and Schalke came out with a bang. In one of the quickest games of the split so far, Schalke racked up 16 kills against H2k during the 30:07 minutes of game time.
Pride had a notably good game in the jungle, and was active in stealing away H2k’s camps. Upset on Tristana and Vizicsacsi on Camille also had good showings, taking KDAs of 5/0/4 and 6/0/7 respectively.
With only one win standing between Schalke and a potential second place after week five’s games, expect a fierce fight when Schalke face Fnatic.
Fnatic need to keep their momentum
Fnatic had an exceptionally good week four, winning both their games against Unicorns of Love and Giants Gaming.
Despite a patchy performance in their first game against Unicorns, they took home the win. This was despite a clutch triple kill by Samux on Xayah at 34:10 that temporarily stopped Fnatic taking the Unicorns’ nexus. Victory came when Rekkles, the last man standing in Fnatic, solo’d Unicorns’ nexus to seal the win.
Fnatic’s second game of week four against Giants Gaming was much smoother, and Fnatic took a comprehensive win. sOAZ put in an enjoyable performance on Ornn, using some interesting summoner spells during this game, (Ignite and Flash). Rekkles had another great game on Tristana, with a perfect KDA of 4/0/5.
Overall, Fnatic will be riding high after their last two wins, and they’ll be looking to produce a similar result in week five.
Schalke will face off against Fnatic on Friday 16th February in the final game of week five day one’s games. You can watch all of the day one games as they happen on the LoL Esports YouTube channel.
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