The Spring Split has come to an end and it has probably been the closest split in the EU LCS where the best teams of Europe were not defeated without pulling up a fight. Overall, this past weekend had tons of great fights and upsets which means we have got some great highlights for you.
H2K vs Fnatic – 2-3
It was hard to picture who will win this series as both teams made sloppy mistakes. Though, H2K vs Fnatic will always be a fight between two of the best AD carries that have ever played in Europe. In the first two games, H2K seemed to not stand a chance against Fnatic’s late game control.
In the early, H2K was definitely stronger with the map control on their side, yet, Fnatic picked up the first blood on Yoo “Ryu” Sang-ook. While Fnatic concentrated on pushing with their top laner, Martin “Rekkles” Larsson and Johan “Klaj” Olsson have tended to play more of a farm game, making sure Rekkles will be relevant in the mid game without exposing him to risk since H2K was already putting too much pressure on the lane. Moreover, H2k focused on taking the objectives, such as securing the Baron twice, which lead to them having tons of map pressure, but all their vision got cleared up by Fnatic. The main reason why they have lost is probably Azir. It was very hard to deal with him as they could not shut him down in the early game. With this pick, Fnatic melted H2K’s carries, aced their opponent and picked up their first win of the series. The second game was definitely the same story, just a different game. Both teams opted for the same composition and game strategy. Yoo “Ryu” Sang-ook has been successfully ganked in the second game as well. However, at the baron fight, H2k lost both the baron and the team fight in favor of Fnatic, thus putting Fnatic back on track. Moments later, Fnatic pushed themselves in their enemies’ base and took their second win.
The third game was the perfect time to switch the strategy; H2K went for a more aggressive composition and managed to put pressure much easily on Fnatic since Azir’s mid control was gone. The most exciting part was definitely the nexus fight where Fnatic, despite being so behind, scored an ace and bought them some more time to try to come back into the game. However, H2K won the game with a final push as Fnatic was not able to defend their base a second time. In the fourth game, H2K stroke back impressively and it was down to the final game to see who will win this battle. Game five was all about adaptation. Both teams tried to pick champions in order to counter their enemy. H2K looked like the winners in the early game as their team fights were executed perfectly due to their combo. They were clearly ahead of Fnatic thorough the match, but despite all of this, Fnatic punished H2K for their greediness and over extension, took the lead and finished off the series with a third place in the EU LCS. This time, H2K was unable to use their advantage and win the game.
Source: LoL Esports
Origen vs G2 Esports – 1-3
Exciting games were played at the final of the EU LCS! Even though both teams showed a great performance, only one could get the victory. The first game started with first blood for Origen, after a missplay from a maybe overconfident G2. That did not stop them, though, and the team showed dominance on the rest of the match. We could see a fast paced game, with intense fights, and almost a comeback from Origen, but in the end G2 took the victory after taking Baron. The second game started the other way around, with first blood for Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek, G2’s toplaner and one of the most valuable players of the series.
Origen started to prove what were they made of, showing better macro play, good lane swaps and synergy between the team. Plays like a beautiful escape of Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre that allowed the team to increase the gold lead, an uncontested Baron… Even though Kikis started to become a problem for Origen, the team managed to take the victory thanks to Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage as Orianna making gamechanging ultimates and Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen with his unstoppable Kalista. The third game started good for Origen too, but G2 would not let them breathe. Luka “PerkZ” Perkovic and his scary Zed started to dominate the game, taking kills and allowing his team to do better rotations that led to a better objective control for G2. Origen tried to make a comeback, but G2 was not going to let that happen. After one intense fight at Baron, G2 pushed their way to the victory. Things were not looking good for Origen, but they still had one game left. With Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño back for this game, Origen tried a different draft to face G2, taking Lissandra to counter Perkz’s Zed. It worked well at the beginning, with first blood for xPeke, showing great synergy with Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider. Teamfights were favorable for Origen, the team was ready to win the game and let us hear Silver Scrapes, but the MVP of the Spring split, Kang-yoon “Trick” Kim stepped up his game, stealing objectives and creating favorable situations for their team. In the end, G2 managed to get the victory, making it a 1-3 and becoming the split winners.
Source: LoL Esports
It was definitely a series worth watching, all teams performed great and left us many memorable moments. We are sure that the Summer split will be disputed for sure with these teams becoming better and better, but for now we want to wish the best of luck to G2 Esports on MSI! Make us proud!
Article by: Ioana Caraman and Maria Eijo
Cover image by: Skadi