G2 Esports defeated Fnatic under overwhelming pressure to win the LEC Spring Lower Bracket Finals today with a 3-0 win. After two years without an audience, G2 put on a convincing performance in front of the LEC fans to advance to tomorrow’s Spring Split Finals against Rogue.
Anticipation for today’s matchup ran high and more than what was at stake. Not only was it a stage for the legendary rivalry built up over years between the two teams, but also because G2 were sent to the lower tier by Fnatic, who won their previous encounter 3-1. However, G2 shattered Fnatic’s dream of reaching the LEC Finals, as well as fans’ hopes of hearing Silver Scrapes, with an overwhelming deployment of the league’s technical prowess.
Fnatic presented a full teamfight comp in game one, conceding first blood in the opening minutes of the game thanks to Jankos’ gank in the bot lane. The jungler’s initiative in the early stages of the game gave his team an advantage, which increased the lead on the map up to the 15-minute mark. Despite Fnatic’s attempts to gain map control and awareness, G2 secured tower after tower, neutral target after neutral until only the nexus of opponents stood. G2 undisputedly commanded the first game and started the series with a clean game plan.
Difficulty adapting to their opponents’ provocations and actions resulted in Fnatic’s defeat in the first game. But in game two, they were more proactive in the early game, maintaining a thin golden gap between them and G2. Fnatic always had a reaction to G2’s actions, recouping losses in the top tier by taking the tower’s plates on the lower side. But with a fight in the bot lane, G2 gave the game a new rhythm. BrokenBlade survived a one-on-three attack and scattered Fnatic members, who were then knocked out by the samurai.
The early game in game two showed promise for Fnatic, but from the mid to late stages, G2 built a wall with Fnatic’s goals and separated from their opponents. First was the soul of the Hextech Drake, then the Baron Buff, and finally the base of Fnatic. A promising second game for Fnatic turned into another dominant display of G2’s strength, bringing them to match point with the win.
With everything at stake, Fnatic presented themselves in what could have been the start of a backward movement. Despite G2 having advantages again in the early game, Fnatic didn’t give up and hit back harder every time they got hit. But it just wasn’t enough.
Before the 20 minute mark, G2 was in control of the map and had a gold and kill lead over his opponents. Fnatic initiated fights and quickly responded to G2’s mistakes. They fought as a team and stood tall. While Fnatic pushed to invade G2’s base, Caps and BrokenBlade used a Fnatic push and teleported to destroy two turrets and the Inhibitor in Fnatic’s base. This caused Fnatic to reset its advance and headed towards the final dragon of the game. With Infernal Soul at their disposal, Fnatic decimated the neutral target’s health, but Jankos landed the final punch and turned the momentum again. Thanks to stealing Jankos, G2 embraced the Baron buff and laid siege to the opponent’s base while patiently waiting for the right moment to strike. Fnatic had to attack, but they were knocked down at the command of Flakked’s feathers and Jankos’ lightning, ending the game with a quadra kill.
G2 finished the match quickly and will advance to the LEC Spring Final after defeating Fnatic. They meet Rogue after not dropping a single game in the bottom bracket. G2 rebuilt their team with a strong core in the mid-jungler pair, but this series has shown how much each and every component of the roster has grown and has the potential to lift the LEC trophy.
On the other hand, Rogue have avoided facing G2 since the end of the regular season, choosing Misfits in their first playoff game. Despite Rogue defeating G2 twice in the regular season, the team they’ll face tomorrow isn’t the same one they’ve faced in recent months.
After today’s defeat, Fnatic is eliminated from the competition. However, the final game of the LEC Spring Split still promises one to be remembered. The team with the most trophies won in the region competes against the team that wants the crown the most. And starting tomorrow, only G2 or Rogue will be crowned LEC Spring Split 2022 Champions.
https://dotesports.com/league-of-legends/news/g2-advance-to-lec-spring-finals-after-kicking-fnatic-out-of-the-competition G2 advance to the LEC Spring Finals after knocking out Fnatic from the competition