This Friday, the two remaining undefeated teams in the LEC will face off in the battle of the best. 2018 Worlds Finalists Fnatic stumbled a bit in the Spring Split, but are back in top form this summer. G2 Esports have come off a resounding victory at the Mid Season Invitational to dominate the LEC in its first weeks. Only one team can come out on top this week, and all eyes will be on the match to see who it will be.
Everyone has been talking about G2 so far this season, but Fnatic are also 4-0, and a force to be reckoned with. Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau is settling in to sole possession of the Top Lane. He has played four different Champions over as many games, and has looked better each match than the one before. With the addition of Daniel “Dan” Hockley to the roster, Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen has been playing for his starting spot, and it shows. His play has been a key to the team’s success for a long time now, and right now, that is good for Fnatic. His pressure on the enemy team and the help he’s provided for his lanes has been vital to their 4-0 start.
At a total of 13/4/25, Tim “Nemesis” Lipovšek has had a wonderful start to the season. With some of the biggest possible shoes to fill this season, he has stepped up admirably. When not carrying the games himself, he has nearly always at least kept his lane opponent in check, allowing his team to stay in the game. Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev Galabov is looking sharp, which has enabled possibly the biggest key to their success this split – Rekkles is back. Martin “Rekkles” Larsson has been looking in top form these first couple of weeks, with only two deaths across all four games.
Flexibility and variety have been strengths for this team so far in the Summer Split. Aside from the Bottom Lane, no one has played the same champion more than once. Additionally, the carry can come from multiple places. Nearly every player has shown their capability to carry when necessary, and this prevents opponents from being able to focus on one threat. They are not a team that should be taken lightly by any means.
At this time, G2 Esports is the best League of Legends team in the world. After winning MSI in a dominating fashion, they don’t look like they’re slowing down any time soon. Their adaptability has proven too strong for most teams to handle, and is one of their biggest strengths as team Founder Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez Santiago touched on in a recent interview with The Game Haus.
“A lot of stuff was practiced that you haven’t seen. It’s scary, I don’t know if my heart can take that, but the guys like to play their own stuff. They create their own league of legends, you know? Whatever is standard…I mean we play it, right? And we play it well. But we don’t believe there is stuff that just can’t be played against.”
He wasn’t exaggerating. G2 really seem to be playing their own game, and doing it well. In less than a month, they played Pyke in two different positions on the competitive stage – neither of which was the Support he is intended to be.
Martin “Wunder” Hansen was first, bringing out the pocket pick twice at MSI, and playing it as well as he plays a variety of other carry Top Laners. Next was Luka “Perkz” Perković in their last game when he went 6/1/13 in their victory over Vitality, though his versatility isn’t breaking news – he went from one of the best Mid Laners to one of the best ADCs in the league without missing a step. Supported by Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle, the pair look unstoppable in the Bottom Lane.
Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski is dominating the Jungle as much as ever, carrying games on both Jarvan IV and Elise. Though he is able to support his lanes, he has shown how much he loves carrying, and will likely continue that as much as he can. And that leaves only Rasmus “Caps” Winther. The former Fnatic player is the best Mid Laner in the LEC, and after the MSI victory, many would debate the best Mid Laner in the world. His confidence and skill seem to grow with every game, especially evident on his Sylas.
When it comes down to it, G2 looks unstoppable at this point. They are firing on all cylinders and working together beautifully. If anyone can take them down though, it could be Fnatic, as the two have been battling back and forth for European supremacy for years now. With Broxah and Rekkles back in top form, Fnatic certainly has a chance to topple the MSI champs, but the odds are not in their favor. As long as G2 doesn’t go overboard with wild picks, the game is theirs to lose.