Fnatic – G2 eSports:
One of the biggest matches of the split between the hottest teams in summer, took place this week between Fnatic and G2 eSports. In the first game of the series, Fnatic decided on a team fight composition from champion select, whereas G2 picked a teamfight composition around Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen’s Jhin. The early game went quite even during the first 24 minutes of the game, as the teams traded turrets. G2 got the advantage in dragons by securing 3 during the even laning phase.
At the 24 minute mark, G2 won a huge teamfight finding kills onto Yeong-Jin “Gamsu” Noh, Lee “Spirit” Da-yun and Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim, allowing G2 eSports to secure the Baron Nashor and an inhibitor. Although the game did not have many kills, they ended the game after securing all of the objectives on the map.
Following that first victory by G2 eSports, they certainly did not rest on their laurels. The teams picked relatively similar team compositions from the first game. This game was quite a bloodbath as G2 eSports secured 19 kills for 4 deaths. In the early game, the teams traded turrets until the ninth minute. By then, G2 were already ahead, as they had secured multiple kills already. From there on out, the team snowballed out of control and ended the game in very quick fashion.
Giants Gaming – Fnatic:
After being on relegations last split, Giants Gaming decided that it was time to renew the roster and show the world what they are capable of. They ended the day with three more points after taking two victories against one of the favourite teams. Even though Fnatic managed to keep picking the Giants’ players on the first game, they still were able to comeback every time, thanks to their strong teamfight composition and the positioning of Nubar “Maxlore” Sarafian in the jungle, allowing his team every time to gather and take advantage of every mistake. On both games, we could see a Giants Gaming stronger than ever, making good rotations, taking objectives and dominating the macro play.
On the second game, the decisive play was a Baron Nashor call, while Fnatic were on the bot lane trying to pick Lennart “SmittyJ” Warkus, which allowed Giants to take even more advantage. That level of shotcalling combined with the mechanical skills of Son “S0NSTAR” Seung-ik with Jhin, gave them the possibility of having both victories. Ultimates on point and team decisions, leave Giants Gaming on the sixth position in the standings.
Article by: Clément Piovesan and María Eijo
Cover image by: Skadi