This Friday night, a historic match up will take place. There are a lot of questions about this showdown, especially with no Korean teams in the finals for the first time. To get a better idea of the final showdown between Fnatic and Invictus Gaming, let’s take a look at a few of these questions. Who knows, the answers to these questions may prove to be the difference maker.
Will Fnatic’s Solo Lanes Hold Their Own?
It’s no secret at this stage that solo lanes win you games. It’s also no secret that the solo laners of Invictus Gaming are some of the best at the tournament. Top laner Kang “TheShy” Seung-lok and mid laner Song “Rookie” Eui-jin both had amazing carry performances. It’s a huge reason that Invictus Gaming has found the success that has led them to this point. If Fnatic wants to beat Invictus Gaming and lift the Summoner’s Cup their solo laners will have to step up and keep up against their opponent.
Admittedly, top laner Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau and mid laner Rasmus “Caps” Winther are great players in their own right, and have proven capable of keeping up against TheShy and Rookie in the group stage. However, since then, TheShy and Rookie has shown a whole new level of play and have looked simply unstoppable. Now the question is whether Bwipo and Caps will be able to find that next level as well. If Bwipo and Caps are able to reach the next level and keep up or even beat out TheShy and Rookie, Fnatic will have a much easier time.
Can the ADCs Defy the Meta?
While the meta of Worlds has become solo lane focused, it started with the same focus on ADCs as the meta before the tournament. While the focus is no longer on the bot laner, some ADCs have still proven capable of taking over the game and carrying their team to victory. This has been the case for both Fnatic’s Martin “Rekkles” Larsson and Invictus Gaming’s Yu “JackeyLove” Wen-Bo throughout various stages of the tournament. Now the two ADCs will face each other and try to take over the game and carry their own team to victory.
In this case, the pressure falls most on Rekkles, while JackeyLove can rely on TheShy and Rookie to likely carry the game themselves, Fnatic will have a rough time in the solo lanes. However Fnatic’s bot lane will have a good chance at gaining an advantage against a fairly solid Invictus Gaming bot lane. If the Fnatic bot lane can get ahead and Rekkles can carry the game, this series will take a new turn and the results will be up in the air.
Who will be King of the Jungle?
A big reason both teams have found success so far this tournament has been thanks to the stellar performance of their junglers. During their matchup during the group stage, Fnatic’s Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen out-played Gao “Ning” Zhen-Ning. However, if Invictus Gaming can get Ning on a jungler that he’s comfortable on, this matchup can change fairly quickly.
If Fnatic wants to beat out Invictus Gaming, their last two matches in the group stage will serve as a good blueprint for victory. As long as Ning is kept on a champion he’s uncomfortable with, and the solo lanes have matchups that are manageable for their players, Fnatic will have a easy road to victory. However, if Ning can get going, Broxah may not have as easy of a time in the jungle and the result will go Invictus Gaming’s way fairly quickly.
In the end, no matter what happens, fans of both teams will be treated to some amazing games that could easily be one of the best finals in League of Legends history.
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