The last match-up for day 2 is a fight against LPL and EU teams. More specifically Chinese 4th Seed LGD Gaming, who just made it out of play-ins with an epic comeback and 2nd Seed EU LCS’s Fnatic, a well-known name since the beginning of League of Legends.
Starting off with Pick and Bans, LGD composition was looking a bit stronger with a high-engage and secure front-line build as well as double AD Carry picks. Fnatic’s build had a bit of an unsteady laning phase picks with priority given to their top lane. The composition seems to be more for their comfort. The Syndra-Ekko mid-lane will be interesting to watch as the Fnatic pick is deemed a bit on the difficult side. Fnatic will have to create more complex plays to catch LGD off guard as the draft heavily favors the LPL team.
Fnatic’s jungler, Selfmade, actually takes this match-up’s first blood at around the 6-minute mark after a successful gank at the top lane. The first costly team fight around the dragon was around the 17-minute mark, with a flashy team fight LGD was able to isolate Fnatic top-laner, Bwipo and eventually self-made. Even through the chaos, Fnatic takes the dragon. But was that a worthy trade? LGD takes the gold lead from Fnatic. During the 22-minute mark was another team fight, which I think really set the pace and result for this game. It was a 3-2 trade for LGD, eventually giving them a chance for dragon. LGD’s Peanut showing off what the world has been expecting from him. Throughout the game it was a constant back and forth between the two teams, really drawing the intensity until the final minutes of the game. Despite LGD’s quite scrappy game performance recently, sealing the Drake buffs really helped them to take the lead and forcing Fnatic to take on risky fights around the dragon.
Day 2 ends with both teams at 1-1 and right in the middle for Group C. Placing their next fights to be more important for how these teams will rank in their group. Many fans blame the drafts for this Fnatic loss but at the same time, it’s great to see LGD form coming back together. If they continue with this high-intensity gameplay, we might just see this LPL team coming out of Groups at the top. How far will these 2 teams go? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.