The first week of the EU LCS Summer Split did not feature any major surprise as all the favorites opened the competition very strongly and they did not allow other teams to surprise them. However, the second week of the competition meant that some of the biggest favorites would have to face each other. One such matchup was the match between Fnatic and G2 eSports.
Fnatic has been struggling with the results in the recent time, and the Summer Split has become their last hope to grab a space at the League of Legends World Championship that will be played later this year. On the other hand, G2 Esports’ starting team did not play the first week of the competition as some players were on vacation and others were ill.
G2 Esports were participating in the Mid-Season Invitational just a couple of weeks ago that would not be a big problem if during that time new patch for the League of Legends has been published. The organizers of the MSI decided to stick to the old patch, and G2 eSports played the entire tournament with the old patch.
On the other hand, teams that did not participate in the Mid-Season Invitational had the opportunity to play with the new patch for quite a lot time in comparison to those teams competing at the MSI. Because of that, Fnatic had a big advantage in their match against G2 eSports during the second week.
For best teams, it should never be a problem to get used to new patch, but the game that G2 eSports displayed in the match against Fnatic was full of mistakes that many believed to be related to the inability to play with the new patch earlier. Even though that might seem like an entirely irrelevant issue, the problem of not having enough practice with new patch has been a big problem for many teams in the last couple of years.
Fnatic vs. G2 Esports
Despite everything that we mentioned before, G2 was a big favorite for the win in this match, but after the start of their series, it became apparent that it will be very hard for them to live up to those expectations. Fnatic opened game one excellently, and they managed to control the game until the very end when they secured the first win in the series.
The second game of the series started very similarly to the first one as Fnatic controlled almost all aspects of the game. Despite that, G2 managed to come back as they were more successful in team fights for the Baron and in the end, it became clear that G2 will take the series into the deciding third match. However, that did not hold G2 a lot as Fnatic crushed them in the third game as they did not allow G2 any space to develop their game.
For Fnatic, this was one of their best series in the last couple of years, and if they manage to keep this level of their game, there should not be any problems for them to secure their spot at the League of Legends Worlds Championships.