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Fnatic vs H2K: 2017 Summer EU LCS Third Place preview, prediction & live stream

Fnatic meet H2K in a Bo5 on September 2nd! Which team will walk away with the EU LCS bronze medal?


We’d be lying if we said we expected Fnatic to not make the Summer Split finals. Despite their stacked roster and an impressive run in the regular split, Fnatic fell short against Misfits in the Semifinals. And while it was largely due to the massive improvements on the Misfits side, we can’t help thinking Fnatic are too predictable with their jungle routes and top lane priority.

There’s no easy fix for H2K’s problems. After getting clean swept by G2 Esports, the org is about to face the one team it could never defeat. Worst of all, it’s not even Nuclear and Chei that are holding them back. H2K’s veterans are routinely making blatant decision-making mistakes and mechanical misplays, and we don’t see a team like that succeeding any time soon.

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Top Lane Matchup

It’s been a while since H2K Odoamne made a splash in the top lane. Sporting a 4.4 KDA and 7.8 CS per minute, he has a great game sense but his sluggish mechanics are holding him back from making full use of it. 

In a similar fashion, FNC sOAZ is a seasoned veteran with an iffy laning phase. But even with his 4.6 KDA and 7.9 CS per minute, he’s the best top laner in the league when it comes to late game teamfighting and decision-making.

Verdict: FNC sOAZ pushes Odoamne out of the top lane.

Jungle Matchup

Despite his 13.0 KDA and 4.5 CS per minute, FNC Broxah isn’t the titan you might think he is. His best games happen on Lee Sin and Elise, and he struggles to find the necessary openings on other champions. 

But H2K Jankos is far from perfect, too. With a 5.1 KDA and 4.3 CS per minute, he’s a talented early game jungler, but his nerves tend to get the better of him in do-or-die situations.

Verdict: FNC Broxah edges out a win in the jungle.

Mid Lane Matchup

It’s frustrating to see someone as mechanically gifted as Caps achieve so little. But even with a 5.7 KDA and 8.9 CS per minute, there’s only so much Fnatic’s mid laner can do when his team isn’t playing around him. 

As for Febiven, he’s the cornerstone of H2K’s strategies. With a 6.0 KDA and 9.1 CS per minute, he’s a mid lane prodigy that excels in skirmishes and has a great synergy with his jungler—a fact H2K constantly use to take over games.

Verdict: H2K Febiven takes the lead in the mid lane.

Bot Lane Matchup 

The bottom lane has always been Fnatic’s biggest strength. With a massive 11.6 KDA and 10.4 CS per minute, Rekkles is a monstrous marksman that can dominate throughout the entire game if he’s given the opportunity. And even though Jesiz isn’t exactly setting the world ablaze, he does his job and has a 4.9 KDA to show for it. 

On the other hand, H2K’s duo is still untested in the playoffs format. With a 5.4 KDA and 8.8 CS per minute, Nuclear is a solid AD carry that’s backed up by Chei’s (5.7 KDA) playmaking, but neither of them will be able to stand up to Fnatic’s power duo.

Verdict: FNC’s Rekkles and Jesiz run away with the bot lane victory.

Prediction

There’s no real hope for H2K here. The only thing they’ve got going for them is that Misfits ‘solved’ Fnatic’s playstyle, but it will still be up to H2K to execute correctly. And when it comes to that aspect of the game, everything is stacked against them. Our prediction: a 3-1 victory for Fnatic!


  1. Who will take the third place in the 2017 EU LCS Summer Split?

    1. Fnatic
    2. H2K
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Daniil Volkov

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Fnatic vs H2K: 2017 Summer EU LCS Third Place preview, prediction & live stream

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