Fnatic Fall Before G2 Esports After Action-Packed Series

by James Bates

(Photo: G2 Esports)

Fnatic's surprising run through the EU LCS playoffs has come to an end at the hands of none other than G2 Esports, who look primed to once again take the EU LCS title as their own for the third split in a row. It wasn't nearly as clear cut a victory as the ones that G2 have enjoyed in the past, however, and Fnatic definitely made them work for the win with their combination of constant aggression and unusual champion picks.

That second point really was the story of the series. Once again we saw Caps bring out Aurelion Sol, while Rekkles repeated his earlier successes with Twitch for the first half of the series, before transitioning to another bizarre pick later on, Tristana. If you've ever wanted a case study in why Tristana always opts for a crit-oriented build, look no further than this series, as Rekkles' damage output in the later stages of the game was quite weak thanks to his strange build that featured, of all things, a Frozen Mallet. The weird picks didn't end there, however, as we got another chance to see Jesiz take support Camille onto the rift, while he also brought back a pick that hasn't been seen in years, support Annie. If you're looking for a series that shows off a diverse cast of champions, look no further than this one.

The man of the hour ended up being Perkz, whose performance past the first game of the series was outstanding, and it was his immaculate Ekko play that ended the series in G2's favor. While Caps may well have been the more hyped of the two players coming into this series, it was very much Perkz who ended up getting the last laugh, as he took home the honor of being the Player of the Series, in addition to the right to advance to the EU LCS finals in Hamburg next weekend.

Who G2 Esports will be facing down is still a mystery, however, as tomorrow will see the Misfits an the Unicorns of Love battle for the other spot. Will the Misfits manage to reverse sweep another series, or will the Unicorns of Love finally prove that they are the second best team in Europe without question? Tomorrow will tell, so tune in and find out!

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.