Fnatic Academy Take Their Place in the LCS With Victory Over Giants

by James Bates

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 The last round of the EU LCS Promotion Tournament has come to a close, and the results have proven to be exactly the opposite of the NA Promotion Tournament. While the NA Promotion Tournament ended with both of the LCS teams requalifying, the exact opposite will be the case over in Europe after Fnatic Academy's victory over Giants Gaming earlier today.

Much like Misfits Academy's victory over Origen yesterday, this series was anything but close. Fnatic Academy had some struggles in the first game, and the Giants nearly managed to turn the game around despite two Barons going over to Fnatic Academy. Giants proved incapable of defending their base against the onslaught of Fnatic's baron-empowered minions. HeaQ nearly managed to turn the final teamfight with some fancy footwork, but Nisqy shut him down just before he could wipe out the whole team, ending the game on the spot.

Giants completely deflated after the close Game One, however, and things went downhill for them at an alarming rate. Whether it was Camille in Game Two of Fiora in Game Three, Kikis managed to carry the game regardless of his champion pick. Even when given the counter matchups, Flaxxish proved unable to properly shut down Kikis, and that fact proved disastrous for his team. Game Three was practically the Kikis show, as an early solo kill onto Flaxxish on the back of a first blood play gone wrong on the side of Memento and the Giants made it clear that Giants were going to have to find a way to shut his Fiora down or suffer the consequences. Long story short, they didn't.

If it wasn't already obvious from the way the series played out, the Player of the Series was Kikis. He may not have been all that big of a force in lane Game One, but his Gragas was a teamfight terror that Giants didn't have the tools to answer, and his flash plays stood out in particular, as he always managed to find a way to isolate HeaQ with them. Even had he not carried the latter games as hard as he did he would have made a good case for himself after Game One, but the fact that he went on to pound Giants in for the next two games on the carries that he's become known for just reinforced how much he deserved the accolade.


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.