G2 continue their strong form into the 2016 EU LCS Spring Split Play-Off Finals defeating Team Origen 3-1 at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam
Game 1 The series started with a steady game, G2 gathered a gold lead around 15 minutes and started to do what they have done all split and pushed their advantages. Origen was unable to fight back against G2 who took the first game comfortably with both Kim “Trick” Gang-yun and Luca “Perkz” Perkovic putting in strong performances. Game 2 G2 went into this game feeling too confident, often making mistakes and giving Origen advantages. The jungle and mid-lane partnership was not as in sync as in the previous game and the players were unable to make an impact in other lanes like they normally would often making poor TP decisions and giving Origen a large gold lead. Origen broke down their first inhibitor at the 18 minute point. G2 tried to continue to defend their base but a resurgent Origen was able to further push into the base and take everything other than one inhibitor and the nexus. With Origen losing three members on their last push they waited for re-spawns before going for a final push bringing the series to 1-1. Game 3 G2 reverted back to playing their own style, by focusing on Origen’s main damage dealers in Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage and Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen. Putting Origen’s two carries behind made it easy for them to take fights. At the 20 minute mark, G2 lost a fight which made Origen rush to baron to get themselves back into the game but it was G2’s Jungler who pulled off an incredible solo steal that sealed the deal. Giving them the pushing power to continue push against Origen and end the game in the game in 30 minutes, bringing the series to 2-1. Game 4 Swapping in Enrique “xPeke” Cedeno Martinez into the mid-lane, Origen looked to come back into the series. Starting the game strong and taking an early lead seemed to set Origen up for a victory, by 9 minutes Origen was 5-0 having picked up two kills early and executed a tower dive in the top lane picking up the other 3 kills. It was G2’s impressive team fighting ability that brought them back into the game, being able to make picks and not allowing Origen to push their advantage any further. G2, even when behind, managed to swap objectives across the map and kept their gold only at a 3k deficit. At the 30 minute mark we see our first baron fight, with Origen falling victim to another G2 steal. G2 throwing their players into the baron pit with Emporor securing it. G2 losing two players in the fight gave Origen the opportunity to push towards G2’s base and take the first inhibitor turret of the game. Once G2 spawned they were able to group and start to push. The game slowed in pace until the second baron fight where again it was a 50/50 with both junglers being the pit. This time, it was Trick who managed to win the battle for Baron out smiting Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider. This baron and G2’s capabilities of picking and winning fights was the decider in the match. Even coming from behind G2 kept themselves composed and went on to win a well-deserved first EU LCS title and a place at the Mid-Season Invitational – MSI. Both teams secured themselves some well-earned Championship Points (G2 90, Origen 70). The points can secure entry directly into the 2016 World Championships or The Gauntlet.