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G2 Esports: EU LCS 2017 Summer Split Playoffs Spotlight

The Kings of Europe—G2 Esports—are entering the 2017 EU LCS Playoffs! Can they hold on to their throne?


G2 ended the regular season with an 8-5 score, finishing second in Group A, right behind Fnatic. Their roster has Expect in the top lane, Trick in the jungle, Perkz in the mid lane, Zven in the AD carry position, and Mithy in the support role. Can they keep the narrative of the #1 European team intact?

The Longest Journey

The 2017 Summer Split kicked off on the wrong foot for G2. Even though they took a break after their triumphant MSI showing, it was clear that the fatigue from playing non-stop caught up to them. The Kings of Europe started giving away one game after another. Fortunately, this seems to have been a momentary setback, and G2 have since regained their composure.

Their players are already strong enough to the point where they seamlessly take over the laning phase. Most importantly, Perkz and Zven are world-class carries that can show up both in lane and out of it. But it’s the decision-making that makes G2 stand out. Whether it’s finding a new opening to snowball the game, making a clutch Baron call, or starting a beneficial teamfight, G2 have the innate gift of making game-winning advantages appear out of thin air.

That’s not to say they’re without a fault. The same carry that brings them victory—Perkz—can also wake up on the wrong side of the bed and underperform when it matters most. But he’s not the only wildcard on this lineup. Both Expect and Trick have been wildly inconsistent this season. The former would be a decent top laner if it weren’t for his tendency to overextend in the laning phase. The latter is very meta-dependent and, even though current patch favors him, League of Legends balance tends to change in a blink of an eye.

Finally, there’s the issue of G2 still not being at their 100%. It’s true that they’ve had a resurgence, but they have to accomplish a lot more if they want to catch up to Fnatic.

Players to Follow

Despite his shortcomings, there’s a reason why Perkz is playing on the #1 EU LCS team. Sporting a 4.0 KDA and 8.8 CS per minute, he’s a talented player that relies on his flawless mechanics and razor-sharp game sense to take over the mid lane. Once Perkz gets going, he looks to snowball his lead through jungle invades and ganks onto other lanes, making it all too easy for G2 to control the pace of the game.

The AD carry, Zven, is the foundation that G2’s strategies are built upon. With a 5.2 KDA and 9.7 CS per minute, he’s the rock solid marksman that tops the damage charts in every single teamfight. But it’s his insane stability that really makes him stand out on such a stacked roster.

On Sunday, August 20, 2017, G2 Esports will go against Splyce the first round of the 2017 Summer Playoffs. Will the Kings of Europe persevere?

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Daniil Volkov

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

G2 Esports: EU LCS 2017 Summer Split Playoffs Spotlight

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