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2017 EU LCS Spring Playoff Prediction: G2 vs Fnatic

G2 vs Fnatic! The current kings of Europe come up against its former champions! Who will win—and why?


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Few teams have ever come close to the kind of domestic dominance that G2 have achieved. This team is akin to a well-oiled machine that makes no false moves. Early game? Superb. Team fighting? Flawless. Macro? Exceptional. G2 might’ve lost their year-long winning streak but make no mistake—they’re still the undisputed kings of Europe.

Fnatic is another team with a legacy. Up until now, they’ve been among the prime contenders for the top of the EU LCS ladder. Their performance took a dip in the middle of the Split, but everything seemed to click in their playoff series against H2K. Now Fnatic are here to reclaim their rightful spot as the #1 team in Europe.

Match Preview

Top Lane Matchup: G2’s Expect has come a long way since joining the team. Considering his 4.6 KDA and 8.4 CS per minute, it’s surprising that he doesn’t stand out much. A lot of it is because it’s hard to be in the spotlight on a team as stacked as G2. Still, Expect is one of the best top laners in the region that has displayed countless impressive performances on tanks and carries alike. Fnatic’s sOAZ has been criticized for his unstable play, but he always manages to pick up the slack when it matters most. Sporting a 3.0 KDA and 7.9 CS per minute, sOAZ will be looking to challenge G2’s top laner with his measured play and a veteran game sense. A close matchup, but Expect is—ever so slightly—a more balanced player.

Jungle Matchup: Broxah’s gank-focused jungling has been instrumental in Fnatic’s victories. With a 3.6 KDA and 3.9 CS per minute, he’s certainly formidable—but he’s a far cry from G2’s Trick. Holding a 4.7 KDA and 5.6 CS per minute, Trick is all about controlling the enemy jungler and setting up devastating counter ganks. Rest assured, Broxah is in for a tough series against an opponent like that.

Mid Lane Matchup: Perkz has been on a tear this Split. Sporting a 4.5 KDA and 9.3 CS per minute, he shines in lane, but he’s even more impressive out of it. When you look at FNC Caps, he’s definitely got the mechanical skill to match G2’s mid laner, but his play suffers from the lack of consistency. With a 3.1 KDA and 8.5 CS per minute, Caps will need to repeat his standout performance against H2K if he hopes to take down Perkz.

Bot Lane Matchup: This lane will be the deciding factor of the series. Holding 6.9 and 3.4 KDAs, Rekkles and Jesiz have been on a massive upswing lately. In particular, Rekkles has shown up, clearly demonstrating why he’s considered a world-class AD carry. However, G2’s Zven and mithy are no pushovers either. With 5.9 and 3.2 KDAs, they’ve been consistently great throughout the season both in terms of laning and team fighting. Even so, Rekkles’ crisp play earns Fnatic an edge in the bottom lane.

Prediction

There is a world where Fnatic takes this. If Rekkles can keep his momentum going, if sOAZ and Caps step up, if Broxah makes enough early game plays, then they have the necessary tools to come up with a win. But G2 have been displaying the same level of dominance throughout the entire season—and that’s not something that should be taken lightly. A 3-2 victory for G2.

Daniil Volkov

I craft narratives around League of Legends and cover LCK, NA & EU LCS.

2017 EU LCS Spring Playoff Prediction: G2 vs Fnatic

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