Fnatic Takes Unexpected Victory Over H2K

by James Bates

(Photo: Fnatic)

If you needed any more proof that these would be some of the most heated EU LCS finals in the league's history after the reverse sweep by the misfits yesterday, then today should be enough to silence any doubts that you might have had. On the opposite end of the bracket from yesterday's reverse sweep, an even more improbable event occurred this morning: Fnatic upset H2K and booked their ticket to Hamburg against all odds. Yet, Fnatic did not merely defeat H2K -- that would have been exceptionally unexpected, but not unheard of -- they actually managed to sweep them outright. 

In a huge departure from the standard modus operandi in the EU LCS, Fnatic opted to completely ignore the more reserved styles of play that typifies European teams, and instead focus on making the game fast-paced and split up, a layout which benefited them as they were always quicker to react and collapse on overextended members of H2K. Fnatic's ability to split the map left H2K entirely on the back foot, and their constant proactivity ensured that H2K never got a chanch to get their footing. Every game was a blistering fast hodgepodge of skirmishes that, truthfully, hearkened back to the playstyle of the 2015 Fnatic of old, a time when the organization was undoubtedly at their prime.

The man who brought it all together, however, was none other than Rekkles, who brought out a side of himself that we're not used to seeing. Rekkles has long been maligned for being an overly passive player and too conservative in his champion picks outside of his trademark AD Kennen. Well,  he laid to rest all of those criticisms today, if only for the time being, as he not only made risky picks that no other player would even consider (nor, f or that matter, would the casters), but he also took the initiative in each game in a way that we've never seen him do in the past. His Twitch and Vayne both  fought on the vanguard for his team, and his insane kill participation stat demonstrated that. When it came time to determine who the Player of the Series was, there could be no other answer but Rekkles, who finally proved himself to be the chosen son of Fnatic that he was always meant to be.

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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.