In yesterday’s LEC Summer Split playoff final G2 defeated Fnatic 3-0, securing their eighth title as regional champions. Although both teams have secured a place in the World Cup, G2 will enter the Worlds 2020 for the third time as first seed.
Game 1: a brave start.
G2 dominated the first game from the beginning, proposing a brave draft that saw G2 side with Camille in the top for Wunder, Jankos in the jungle with Shen, LeBlanc for Caps midlane, and Ashe accompanied by Braum botside for Perkz and Mikyx. The draft signed Fnatic in response has provided: Gankplank for Bwipo top lane, Gragas for Selfmade in the jungle, Nemesis midlane with Orianna, and duo bot Rekkles – Hylissang with Jhin and Nautilus respectively.
The first 13 minutes see a gold lead in favor of Fnatic, thanks also to the first blood acquired by Rekkles’s Jhin, but a team fight in the top lane together with a beautiful 3v1 signed Caps manage to turn the situation around, and from that moment, the game was downhill for G2.
Fnatic lost sight of the main objectives, leaving four dragons, an Elder Dragon and two Barons to the enemy team. After almost 50 minutes of playing the game, G2 destroy Fnatic’s base and conquered the first game with a monetary lead of over 9K gold.
Game 2: the comeback.
The second match starts once again with an unusual draft from both teams: Fnatic takes the field with Zilean, Hecarim, Corki, Senna and Pyke; while G2 chose Ornn, Sett, Sylas, Ashe and Lulu.
The match starts with an unexpected first blood by Mikyx’s Lulu against Hylissang’s Pyke before the third minute of the game. However, the situation was quickly overturned thanks to the masterful execution of Nemesis with Corki who easily knocks down the enemy mid and top laner.
For the next 30 minutes, Fnatic held the G2, conquering 3 dragons and a nearly 5K gold lead, but just after the capture of the third dragon, a fight bursts that turns the situation upside down: Caps found the double kill in the backline of the enemies, saving his team’s life. Immediately after, G2 conquer the Baron’s buff and gain monetary advantage over Fnatic.
Fnatic do not want to wait any longer: they attack the enemy base and manage to shoot down two inhibitors, but G2 defended very well by chasing them away and winning the the teamfight that broke out shortly afterwards. We are now at 40 minutes, and G2 continued to take gold leads and lose inhibitors at the same time.
There is not even a minute to breathe; in a split second, Nemesis is found out of position and killed, G2 seize the Elder Dragon, and without further delay, they go for the base race, shoot down the inhibitor in mid lane, find the ace on Fnatic, and gain another victory. It’s match point for G2.
Game 3: the signature of Europe champions
At this point everyone is holding their breath, what seemed to be a series of five games is turning into a nightmare for Fnatic team.
The decisive game once again sees creative drafts. Fnatic choose: Ornn, Graves, Corki, Caitlyn and and with surprise they pick Bard; while G2 insta-lock Vladimir in top lane, then Sett, Syndra, Ashe and Nautilus.
The first blood is conquered by G2 in mid lane, but Fnatic immediately equalized the kill count in the same lane. A solo kill by Caps, this time on Nemesis, brings the G2 in slight advantage.
Shortly after that, a teamfight in midlane is triggered in which Rekkles returns to the forefront, killing Perkz’s Ashe with a masterful shot.
At this point in the game, both teams have conquered a dragon and head into the pit to conquer the third dragon spawned. A fight breaks out from which G2 come out victorious. At this point, the gap begins to widen: Fnatic members are caught in sightless positions multiple times, giving kills to their opponents across the whole map. Despite the textbook fights put on by Nemesis’ Corki, the off positioning of the Fnatic mid laner allows G2 to find an easy kill and head for their third dragon in the game, bringing the team to soul point.
Once again, a fight in the dragon pit brings the game to a turning point: Nemesis and Selfmade manage to kill the enemy adc and top laner thanks to the help of Rekkles’s Caitlyn, but the fight is overturned once again thanks to the fantastic Mikyx’s Nautilus who manages to block Rekkles which is then killed by Caps.
At this point, G2 reached the apex of the game: they gain the soul of the fire dragon, Baron’s buff, a monetary lead of 9k gold and destroyed two inhibitors of Fnatic’s base.
Now only the bot side inhibitor tower remains. G2 are preparing to siege the last remaining tower, but Fnatic defend and manage to kill three of their enemies, thus moving towards the pit of the Elder Dragon. In a handful of seconds, Fnatic are conquering the dragon that will allow them to overturn the game. The enemy jungler tries to distract them but in the end it will be Selfmade’s Graves to get the buff for the whole team, but while the fight for the dragon is going on, Caps is back to life, uses teleportation on his minions in the enemy base, and with a back door race, manages to destroy the enemy nexus. And like so, G2 close the game and win the series.
An historic final for G2
They succeeded. G2 closed this split victorious. We saw them rise from 9th position from the regular season standings, and now they are on top of Europe once again, winning 3-0 by climbing up from the loser bracket.
Despite the grit and desire to win of Fnatic, they came up short this time, and it will be interesting to see who comes out victorious when they meet G2 once again at Worlds 2020.
G2 and Fnatic have clashed a total of 14 times, with both teams winning 7 times each. However, today’s series changed history, with G2 winning the LEC 2020 Summer Split title becoming the eighth time European Champions.
G2 come out not only European champions but also winners against the historic rival team, making a bold statement to the whole world: we will prevail.
Will they be able to complete the Grand Slam 2020? We will find out from September 25th during the League of Legends 2020 World Championships.
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