G2 Esports defeated Fnatic in a 3 – 2 thriller at the League of Legends European Championship LEC summer finals held in Athens, Greece on Sunday. By doing so, G2 secured their third consecutive trophy of 2019 and achieved several player milestones at the LEC Finals 2019.
After winning the LEC Finals 2019, G2 Esports remain on pace to win the ‘Golden Road’ – winning all regional and international events in the same season. Beyond this, bot laner Luka “Perkz” Perkovic and jungler Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski secured their 1,000th kills in a Game 2 victory. Their victory has also secured G2 the top LEC seed at the upcoming League of Legends World Championships.
During the broadcast postgame interview Rasmus “Caps” Winther said “It means so much … Getting challenged by Fnatic both last week and this week, it’s crazy. I am really glad that we’ve managed to get the upper hand in the last couple of games.”
In the final game of the series, Fnatic struck first with an aggressive gameplan towards Summoner’s Rift. In the 21st minute, G2’s tower dive in the mid lane left them exposed to a chase-down. The resulting two kills afforded Fnatic an uncontested Baron Nashor, full map control and the game after 31:42 of action, with a 23-14 kill score.
Jankos, the summer split MVP, retaliated with a masterful performance in Game 2. His five kills exceeded that of Fnatic’s total in that game, and so did his other numbers: a 5/1/13 KDA with a 85.71% KPR. Further skirmishing allowed Jankos and Perkz to secure their 1,000th kills and led to a one-sided victory (21-4 in kills, 10-1 in turrets).
Fnatic recovered quickly with a Game 3 victory empowered by Zdravets “Hylissang” Galabov’s support Shen (3/1/9 KDA, 75% KPR) and Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau’s Jax (8/2/3 KDA, 68.75% KPR). With G2 unable to contest their lack of vision around objectives, Fnatic eventually closed the game after 41 minutes.
An equally intense game awaited both teams in Game 4, this time in G2’s favor as Caps and Perkz dominated their opponents throughout the game using Sylas and Xayah. In an advantageous Sylas vs. Akali matchup, Caps controlled the lane and was free to roam as well as capitalize on Akali’s mistakes. From there, G2 did not look back, installing constant sieging and side lane pressure. By the end of the game (29:44), G2 held a 10K gold lead and claimed three dragons and Baron Nashor to Fnatic’s zero.
This left an action-packed final game, in which G2 were allowed to showcase their flexibility, as they selected Renekton, Akali and an unorthodox bot lane Syndra. Although Fnatic’s picks were just as flexible (Ornn, Shen, Gragas and Sylas were able to occupy two roles or more), they were mismatched: Wunder’s Akali feasted on Bwipo’s Ornn outside of team fights, and Jankos’s Olaf set the other lanes up for success with ganks in the mid lane (3:50) and bot (5:15, in reaction to Fnatic).
G2 eventually secured the game after an audacious Perkz play – a Flash-kill on Shen in the midst of Fnatic’s siege formation (34:30) – led to a lethal follow-up dive by his teammates, and the Nexus was taken down at 35:37. With their opponent’s base destroyed, G2 won the series and the LEC finals 2019, and Perkz claimed his sixth European trophy, the most for an individual player.
G2 moved on to the world championship as Europe’s No. 1 seed, but Fnatic’s seeding will be determined Sept. 15 against an undetermined team. The winner of that match will receive the second seed and the loser a spot in the Worlds play-ins as the third seed.
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