Fnatic vs G2 Esports is one of the most storied rivalries in League of Legends. What “The Telecom War” is to Korean Esports, Fnatic vs G2 is to Western League of Legends. Between them, they won 15 out of 16 European titles, with only Alliance managing to grab the 2014 Summer Split trophy. However, 2021 marks the beginning of a new chapter in their rivalry, and the first battle is scheduled for the third week of Spring Split.
After their good runs in the 2020 World Championship, both teams made some of the biggest roster moves in League of Legends history.
Besides that one split in Alliance in 2015, Martin “Rekkles” Larsson spent 8 years in Fnatic. Fnatic fans viewed him as their “lord and savior,” someone they could always rely on when the times get rough. However, Rekkles shocked the League of Legends world when he decided to sign for their arch-nemesis G2 as a free agent.
On the other hand, Luka “Perkz” Perković was the centerpiece of G2’s success throughout the years. He was there from the very beginning, and it felt like he is going to retire as a G2 player. However, Perkz decided it was time to move on, as he really wanted to go back to mid lane, his true role.
With Rekkles gone, Fnatic signed Elias “Upset” Lipp as their new ADC. Upset is a very skilled mechanical player however, he is coming off of a very disappointing 2020 Sumer Split where his ex-team Origen finished dead last. Fnatic also decided to move on from Tim “Nemesis” Lipovšek as their starting midlaner, so they brought in Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer from Cloud 9.
When the jungle meta shifted to carry junglers back in last year’s Summer split, Fnatic fully embraced the “playing around jungle” playstyle. They found great success when playing around their star jungler Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek. For that reason, Nisqy should theoretically be a great fit for Fnatic, since he is known for his supportive and roaming playstyle.
Fnatic’s Struggles and G2’s
Both teams played six games so far, which is a third of a Spring split regular season. Even though it is still early, six games is a decent sample size to draw some conclusions regarding how strong the teams are. G2 is looking pretty good so far, with dropping only one game to Schalke 04. Fnatic though, has not been doing so well. They are sitting at 3-3 coming into their game vs G2, but they haven’t looked convincing at all so far.
It is expected that both teams would go through some “growing pains” with their new rosters. Even though this G2 roster might be the best group of players to ever play together in Western League of Legends, replacing the leadership Perkz brought to the table will not be an easy task. Rekkles is an amazing player, but he is not known for being very vocal, as he is more of a “lead by example” kind of guy.
On the other hand, Fnatic has much more problems to deal with if they want to contest G2 and Rogue for the top of the league. Their games so far have been super messy, and there is a lot of room for improvement. For some reason, their games so far have been extremely bloody. It seems like they want to fight all the time however, the fights they are taking are not very good in a lot of cases. Fnatic is averaging 17.8 kills per game which is 2nd in the league behind G2 however, they are also second in deaths per game with 17.5, just behind Astralis.
If they want to find better success with this ultra-aggressive playstyle, they have to be much more coordinated. The timings and angles of the fights they are frequently forcing are suboptimal for a team as good as them. Their tower dives are often not well prepared and sometimes way too overeager. Also, they are not performing particularly well on an individual level.
Selfmade especially is having a rough split by his very high standards. Even though his stats are still S tier since he is leading the league in CSD@15, while being second in XPD@15,GD@15, DPM, and Kills, his decision making and approach to fights have been questionable sometimes.
When it comes to Fnatic vs G2, we have learned that stats mean absolutely nothing. It doesn’t matter how good or bad are they performing, or where they stand in the LEC. This matchup is always exciting and usually very entertaining to watch.
Can Upset and Fnatic upset G2, or will Rekkles triumph in his first derby as a G2 member?
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