If you missed the beginning of the Summer Split, you could’ve thought that nothing changed for G2. The team seems as dominant as ever, but this time, that dominance came at the cost of many losses and shaky performances. But in the end, G2 came out of the whole ordeal stronger and are once again ready to climb to the top of the EU LCS.
It has been a challenging season for Misfits. Despite their overwhelming showings against bottom-tier teams, Misfits themselves get overwhelmed whenever they come against a top-5 lineup. Their players routinely pull ahead in the laning phase, but they struggle to do the same during more complex plays.
Top Lane Matchup
Misfits’ Alphari always stood out on the EU LCS stage. With a 3.4 KDA and 8.2 CS per minute, he’s a gifted top laner that takes every opportunity to push his opponents into a corner. But the current tank-oriented meta might be ill-suited for him.
On the other hand, G2’s Expect had no trouble adapting to the new patches and has a 3.7 KDA and 8.7 CS per minute to show for his efforts.
Verdict: G2 Expect edges out a win in the top lane.
G2’s Trick is all about control. Sporting a 4.0 KDA and 4.7 CS per minute, he prides himself on efficient jungle pathing and stellar objective control.
His opponent—Maxlore—is a much more volatile jungler that doesn’t shy away from high-risk, high-reward scenarios. Still, with a 3.9 KDA and 4.2 CS per minute, he didn’t have much luck making his aggression work, and this game will be no exception.
Verdict: G2 Trick outmaneuvers Maxlore in the jungle.
Mid Lane Matchup
There’s no denying that Misfits’ PowerOfEvil is a good mid laner. With a 4.3 KDA and 8.9 CS per minute, he’s a king of consistency that rarely—if ever—gives a below average performance.
But Perkz is a player of the highest highs, and he’s currently on an upswing. Sporting a 4.2 KDA and 8.9 CS per minute, G2’s mid laner should have no trouble taking over the matchup with his superior game sense and crisp mechanics.
Verdict: G2 Perkz outmuscles PowerOfEvil.
Bot Lane Matchup
G2 wouldn’t be the same without its superstar bot lane. Holding a 4.9 KDA and 9.5 CS per minute, Zven is a controlled marksman that approaches every teamfight with calm precision, and Mithy backs up his AD carry with a wide range of bulky frontliners and a 5.2 KDA of his own.
On paper, Misfits’ duo should be able to put up a fight against them. Hans Sama is an up-and-coming AD carry with a series of strong showings on utility-based picks and a 4.9 KDA and 9.2 CS per minute to his name. His support IgNar (4.2 KDA) is an aggressive playmaker that can run away with the game if you let him. But G2’s bottom lane is way too solid to fall for Misfits’ aggression, and they’ll only grow stronger as the game goes on.
Verdict: G2’s Zven and Mithy outgun their opponents.
Misfits are outmatched. They won’t be able to find any significant leads in the laning phase, and—once the mid game hits—Kings of Europe will take control over the pace of the game with superior macro. Our prediction: a 2-0 in G2’s favor!
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