Fnatic buries Misifts and Takes Third Place in the EU LCS

by James Bates

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The fan favorites of Europe might not be the kings of the region this year, but they managed to at least put their name on the podium earlier this morning, as Fnatic smashed the Misfits during the third place EU LCS match. "Smashed" barely does the series justice, however, as Fnatic's margin of victory was even greater than that they had against H2K, a fact that was largely attributable to the Misfits' unwillingness to change their draft strategy at any point in the series.

The 3-0 victory becomes much less unexpected when you look at champion select. For some reason, despite putting up amazing numbers in every game he's ever been allowed to play it, Rekkles got his beloved AD Kennen in all three games. Misfits put a lot of effort into trying to shut the pick down and were nearly successful in Game Two when Hans Sama's Lucian had a promising start, but in the end, Rekkles' mastery of the Kennen pick in teamfights was simply too much to bear. No matter what advantage the Misfits managed to find early on in the game, Fantic always found a fight that turned it all on it's head.

The player of the series was, unsurprisingly, Rekkles, who was the foundation upon which Fnatic's success was built upon. He and Jesiz outlaned Hans Sama and IgNAR every game in the series, even when they were forced to play against the notoriously oppressive Caitlyn and Nami lane. Let us be clear, though, while Rekkles definitely distinguished himself the most on the team, every member of Fnatic was on fire today, whether it be SoaZ's Gragas casks, Cap's ability to win mid lane despite being counter picked all three games, or Jesiz's mind-blowing hooks all throughout Game Two. Fnatic came to win today, and it showed on the rift.

Unfortunately, the road still ends here for Fnatic despite their unreal performance. Their victory makes the roads to Worlds that much more plausible for them, but they still will need to show up in this same form during the Summer Split if they wish to make the circuit points they won today matter. Beating the Misfits is a good first step, but now Fnatic's attention must be focused upward, as it seems quite likely that Fnatic and the Unicorns will be the primary contenders for circuit points come Summer Split. If Fnatic want to make their way to Worlds once more, they'll need to not only continue to show the form they showed today, they'll need to build more upon it.

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.