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H2K vs G2 Esports: 2017 Summer EU LCS Playoffs preview, prediction & live stream

H2K will face G2 in a Bo5 on August 27! Can they upset the kings of Europe and reach the finals of the EU LCS Summer Split Playoffs?


Whenever you look at H2K, you can’t help thinking they should be doing much better than they are. With a roster that’s made of superstars and a solid grasp on the macro game, it would be fitting for them to stand at the very top of the EU LCS ladder. Yet every time H2K go against a strong team, they find new ways to fall short.

G2 are their polar opposites. This season has been truly unremarkable for the Kings of Europe, and the lineup that’s once dominated the league is looking shakier than ever. But somehow, some way G2 always manage to pull themselves together in do-or-die scenarios and clinch the W.

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Top Lane Matchup

There were times when Odoamne was considered the best top laner in the EU LCS, but these are long gone. Now he’s an above average player with a sluggish laning phase and a 3.5 KDA and 8.6 CS per minute to his name. 

As for Expect, he has always been the fourth or even the fifth-best player on G2. Holding a 3.5 KDA and 8.6 CS per minute, he is a capable laner and teamfighter, but his brash playstyle makes him susceptible to msiplays and enemy ganks. Sorry, Expect, but we have to give this one to the more stable player.

Verdict: H2K Odoamne takes over the top lane.

Jungle Matchup

Jankos is the foundation of H2K’s early game. Holding a 5.1 KDA and 4.3 CS per minute, he’s a clutch jungler that prides himself on finding one early game gank after another, setting the pace for his team.

On the other hand, G2 Trick is underwhelming. With a 3.4 KDA and 4.7 CS per minute, he’s unable to find the necessary advantages for his laners, and this makes him very hit-or-miss for G2.

Verdict: H2K Jankos runs away with the jungle. 

Mid Lane Matchup

It’s not often we see two of the best European mid laners clash with each other. Sporting a 6.0 KDA and 9.1 CS per minute, H2K Febiven has been on point with his razor-sharp mechanics and split-second decision-making. 

And while Perkz has what it takes to match him, he’s far too shaky to do so on a consistent basis. With a 4.0 KDA and 8.8 CS per minute, Perkz needs to step up if he hopes to hold off Febiven’s explosive playmaking.

Verdict: H2K Febiven claims the mid lane as his own.

Bot Lane Matchup 

There’s no denying that H2K’s duo is formidable. Holding a 5.4 KDA and 8.8 CS per minute, Nuclear is a tenacious marksman that always does his job in teamfights, and his teammate—Chei—is the king of playmaking with a 5.7 KDA to his name.

But they don’t even come close to G2’s bot lane. With a 5.2 KDA and 9.7 CS per minute, Zven is a calm and collected AD carry that consistently tops the damage charts while Mithy (5.1 KDA) backs him up with a wide range of defensive picks.

Verdict: G2’s Zven and Mithy win the bot lane standoff.

Prediction

H2K have plenty of leads, but none of those are severe enough to break open the game. Meanwhile, G2 have the perfect mix of experience and game sense to take over in the late game. Unless Jankos can overpower Trick in the jungle for five games in a row, G2 will bounce back from their laning deficits and score a 3-2 victory!

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Daniil Volkov

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

H2K vs G2 Esports: 2017 Summer EU LCS Playoffs preview, prediction & live stream

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