The EU LCS playoffs finally get underway, and one great first-round matchup sees Fnatic take on H2K.
While H2K has been going strong lately, there are holes in their play. The team struggle to navigate in team fights, and their late game shot calling is often hit or miss. But their laning and macro are solid, and H2K often secure game-winning advantages in the first 15 minutes of the game.
Meanwhile, Fnatic have been the hallmark of inconsistency. Not only do their individual performances fluctuate widely, but the team often looks disjointed as a whole. Combine that with their subpar decision-making in the later stages of the game, and it’s almost a miracle that they’ve made it to playoffs.
Top Lane Matchup: Odoamne is the rock of H2K. With a 4.0 KDA and 8.2 CS per minute, he’s the type of top laner that you can always rely on. His laning is solid but Odoamne’s real strengths are cross map plays and synergy with his teammates. His opponent, Fnatic sOAZ, has been on and off this Split. Holding a 3.0 KDA and 7.9 CS per minute, sOAZ is perfectly capable of coming out with those stunning performances that make you believe he’s the best top laner in the West – but he always makes sure to follow these up with some of the most questionable plays in competitive history. Odoamne takes the top lane matchup due to his consistency.
Jungle Matchup: There’s no denying that FNC Broxah is doing well in his first EU LCS Split. With a 3.6 KDA and 5.0 CS per minute, he’s a strong jungler with plenty of playmaking potential. But H2K’s Jankos is in a league of his own. Sporting a 4.9 KDA and 4.8 CS per minute, Jankos is a mechanical monster and a massive carry threat on the H2K lineup. Another lead for H2K.
Mid Lane Matchup: H2K Febiven has been solid. With a 4.7 KDA and 8.8 CS per minute, he is dominant in lane but he tends to get even stronger in team fights and skirmishes. And while FNC Caps shares the same traits, he has trouble showing it on a consistent basis. With a 3.1 KDA and 8.5 CS per minute, Caps is good but he’s not good enough to put a dent into Febiven’s play.
Bot Lane Matchup: Bot lane has been the saving grace of Fnatic. In particular, Rekkles has been on an absolute rampage—and it shows through his massive 6.9 KDA and 9.6 CS per minute. While Jesiz isn’t exactly a superstar support with his 3.4 KDA, his play is solid enough to not hold Rekkles back. On the other hand, H2K’s duo have been a lot more stable throughout the season. With 5.9 and 4.1 KDAs, Nuclear and Chei are a formidable bot lane that packs a lot of punch both in-lane and out of it—but they just don’t stand up to the explosive force that is Rekkles.
On paper, there are plenty of ways that Fnatic can take this match. If sOAZ gets his Playoffs buff, if Broxah and Caps don’t choke, if Rekkles can 1v9, then Fnatic have a solid chance to win. But that’s a lot of things that have to go right for them. Meanwhile, their opponents come into the series as a clear-cut better team. And while the upset potential is there, I’m going to go with a 3-1 victory for H2K.