G2 Esports Delivers and Takes Control of the EU LCS

by James Bates

(Photo: G2 Esports)

Our highlighted match for the day over the in EU LCS delivered. While G2 Esports ended the match 2-0, it was still an exciting match with an ending that heralds back to the infamous 60 minute game between Fnatic and Origen back in spring of 2016.

Game One was a pretty routine affair for G2, who recovered from giving up an early first blood and quickly took control of the game, especially after Perkz solo killed Exileh in the mid lane. The pressure game was all in favor of G2, and while the Unicorns got a couple of opportunities to strike back, specifically around the Baron that would probe to be a weak point for G2 all series, it was G2 that would take the victory in the end. Unicorns simply lacked the gold to stand up to them face to face, and Samux's poke could only do so much to make up for poor teleports and flanking attempts from Viziscaci, who started off nearly every teamfight dead.

After such a one-sided Game One, expectations ended up being low for Game Two, but nothing could end up being further from the truth. This time it was the Unicorns who got into the driver's seat thanks to some early skirmishes that went their way with the help of Xerxe's immaculate Ivern play. When the Unicorns took Baron at 22 minutes, it looked like we'd be treated to a Game 3, but another set of bungled fights turned the game back into an even one. G2, in a fit of desperation, decided to try to take the upper hand by getting a baron to their name, but the entire affair exploded in their face after Xerxe stole the Baron and handed over a near-ace to his team. 

Then the unimaginable occurred. The Unicorns, seemingly trying out throw harder than G2 made a play that must be seen to be believed. In their haste to zerg then nexus, completely disregarding the Baron buff they had just acquired, they gave G2 the biggest opening possible. G2 didn't hesitate to take the opportunity and run with it straight to the Unicorns' nexus, ending the much-anticipated series in a fashion that no one could have ever predicted.

G2 now stands alone as the only undefeated team in the EU LCS, and the Unicorns hold sole possession of second place.

By James Bates

A wanna-be novelist turned coach turned journalist, James is living proof that you never know where you'll end up. He's in love with narrative-heavy games, which he proves by spending his days writing about a game with less lore than Doom. His greatest regret in life is not having his name in the credits of Life is Strange, and it's galvanized him to truly pursue developing games that don't begin in packed taverns and use D20s.