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Fnatic vs H2K: 2017 Summer EU LCS Regional Qualifiers preview, prediction & live stream

H2K are about to face Fnatic in the last round of the Gauntlet on September 10th! Can they finally make it to Worlds?


H2K continue their run in the EU LCS Regional Qualifiers. But while two back-to-back victories must feel nice, the match against UOL exposed multiple drafting mistakes and holes in their early game. And if their bottom lane doesn’t step it up, we’re very worried for H2K in this series.

It’s been some time since we last saw Fnatic play, but if there’s one thing we know about them, it’s that they’re great at adapting. Not only did Fnatic get to watch H2K play for two consecutive Bo5’s, but they also have all the necessary tools to capitalize on H2K’s shortcomings. The only thing left is implementing these in practice.

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Match preview

Top Lane matchup

Odoamne has made a splash in the Regional Qualifiers! With a 4.4 KDA and 7.8 CS per minute, he showed up on a variety of carry-oriented picks and became the foundation of H2K’s strategies. 

sOAZ occupies a similar spot on Fnatic. Sporting a 4.6 KDA and 7.9 CS per minute, he’s a tried and trusted veteran that always makes the best decision possible. And even though he has a slightly weaker laning phase, we’d still give the edge to him.

Verdict: FNC sOAZ finds a win in the top lane. 

Jungle matchup

Jankos continues his reign in the jungle. Holding a 5.1 KDA and 4.3 CS per minute, H2K’s First Blood King is a key early game jungler that seamlessly finds one lead after another. 

Of course, Broxah has the exact same reputation. But while his 13.0 KDA and 4.5 CS per minute look impressive, he doesn’t have the game sense or the champion pool to match Jankos 1v1.  

Verdict: H2K Jankos claims the jungle as his own.

Mid Lane matchup

It’s always a joy to see the top-2 players in their roles clashing. Holding a 6.0 KDA and 9.1 CS per minute, H2K Febiven takes over his lanes with a mix of excellent game sense and crisp mechanics. 

And even though Caps (5.7 KDA and 8.9 CS per minute) can match him in the mechanical sense, he isn’t as flexible when it comes to playstyles and champion selection. It’s close, but we’re going to have to give Febiven a slight lead here. 

Verdict: H2K Febiven makes his presence known in the mid lane.

Bot Lane matchup 

The bottom lane is going to be a mess for H2K. With a 5.4 KDA and 8.8 CS per minute, Nuclear is a decent teamfighting AD carry, but his haphazard decision-making often leads him to unnecessary deaths. And even though his support Chei (5.7 KDA) has proven his worth on playmakers, it takes two to make a competitive bottom lane. 

As for Fnatic, they have everything they need to crush their opponents. Sporting 11.6 KDA and 10.4 CS per minute, Rekkles is a bot lane monster that can single-handedly carry games if given the opportunity while Jesiz (4.9 KDA) covers him with a wide range of defensive supports.  

Verdict: FNC’s Rekkles and Jesiz breeze through the enemy duo.

Prediction

The bottom lane discrepancy presents a huge obstacle for H2K to overcome, and—if that wasn’t enough—they don’t have any openings elsewhere. Neither Febiven nor Odoamne will be able to crush their lanes, so it will be up to Jankos to carry H2K through the early game. Combine that with the fact that Fnatic will be much more prepared for the series, and we’re predicting a 3-1 victory in their favor!

  1. Who will win the EU LCS Gauntlet and qualify for Worlds?

    1. Fnatic
    2. H2K
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Daniil Volkov

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

Fnatic vs H2K: 2017 Summer EU LCS Regional Qualifiers preview, prediction & live stream

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