H2K finished the regular season with a 9-4 score, placing first in Group B together with Unicorns of Love. Their roster has Odoamne in the top lane, Jankos in the jungle, Febiven in the mid lane, Nuclear in the AD carry position, and Chei in the support role. Can they finally make a good playoffs run or will they die trying?
Castles in the Sky
It’s hard to find another dominant team that’s accomplished as little as H2K. No matter the roster, this team always does well in the regular season only to fall flat on its face during the playoffs. Even their 2016 World Championship run is often attributed to a string of lucky coincidences and fortunate seedings instead of H2K’s in-game prowess.
So far, the 2017 Summer Split didn’t change this narrative. Just like before, H2K breezed through weaker teams while struggling against stronger opponents. A single glance at their match history would let you know that H2K had a hard time taking games off lineups like Fnatic, G2 Esports, and even Unicorns of Love.
Still, it’d be a dire mistake to underestimate them. After all, H2K fielding one of the most stacked rosters in the league, which makes them more than capable of breaking the game open with a single kill. Additionally, H2K have always had a decent grasp on the macro game, and you can count on them finding the right objectives at the right times.
Perhaps more interesting is how H2K’s priority shifted away from the top side of the map. Jankos and Febiven form a killer jungle/mid lane duo, but a huge chunk of their attentions goes towards the bottom lane. And it’s easy to see why! The support—Chei—has grown into a massive playmaker, and his measured aggression has been instrumental to H2K finding their leads.
So if they have all these amazing players, how is it that we expect H2K to fail? Well, to be frank… we don’t know. That’s a part of H2K’s magic, they’re just not capable of delivering when it comes to Bo5s. Whether it’s bad meta reads, mental blocks, or players choking, you just know that something is going to go wrong for this team.
Players to Follow
Febiven has made a statement this split. With a 6.0 KDA, 9.1 CS per minute, and a massive 630 DPM, he’s a mechanical monster that has a solid claim to being the best mid laner in the league. Not only does he routinely take over the laning phase, but his potent teamfighting makes him a constant threat over the course of the game.
The title of the First Blood King isn’t just for show. Sure, the competition has caught up to him a bit, but that doesn’t make Jankos any less impressive. Sporting a 5.1 KDA and 4.3 CS per minute, he’s an aggressive jungler that always finds a way to make his ganks count.
Finally, Chei has emerged as one of the best supports in the EU LCS. With a 5.7 KDA and a string of stellar performances on Thresh, Tahm Kench, and Braum, he’s taken over countless games with his roams and power plays.
On Sunday, August 27, H2K will battle G2 Esports in the Semifinals of the 2017 Summer Playoffs. Can they upset the Kings of Europe in spite of their history? Check out our preview to see what we think about this matchup.
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