Although Fnatic and G2 each picked up a win in their best regular season clashes, Fnatic picked up the win in their 2022 LEC Spring Qualifier match today. The rivalry between these two organizations is legendary in the LEC, and with the two new rosters they brought to the 2022 Spring Split, the flame of the competition has been reignited.
The first game rocked League of Legends draft fans, in which several unusual picks immediately ignited viewers’ excitement. As in many games of this importance, a tense start to the game delayed the clash between these two teams for some time due to a slow and steady start from G2 and Fnatic.
However, this slow start only resulted in a sudden outburst from Fnatic in the mid-game, where everyone on the team dominated the map by applying pressure and being more dynamic than their opponents in every lane. G2 relied on BrokenBlade’s fantastic top lane execution to get robbed by Upset and Hylissang’s dominant bot lane.
The first game of the series crowned Fnatic the winner and sparked a sense of revenge for G2, who entered the next game with a well-defined plan to bring down their opponents. Despite an even state of play at 20 minutes, G2 dominated the Rift, leaving no room for Fnatic to take over the map and pushing them back with every step.
With a combination of shields, armor and impenetrable defense systems, G2 demonstrated versatility and fantastic game mechanics across the map and quickly confined Fnatic to their base. Letting the pressure mount and remaining patient, G2 waited for Fnatic’s misstep that would have signaled their loss and collapsed their opponents’ base on the ground. The Samurai proved to be completely different in Game 2, showing adaptability and tying the streak.
After resetting the advantage gained by Fnatic in the first victory, G2 had a chance to get back on their feet, but their historical rivals had other plans in store. Fnatic dominated Game 3 from the opening minutes, gaining huge advantages from an initial move by G2 that ended badly for them. To grab some gold and kill the gap created by their mistake, G2 tried to chase Fnatic, but they ended up over-committing, opening a window for Fnatic to come back to them. At 10 minutes, Fnatic had 10 kills on their side.
With a proactive style, Fnatic pushed all lanes and had the game in their hands. Despite G2’s best efforts to find profitable picks and opportunities, Fnatic still had the upper hand until the enemy Nexus was destroyed. Showing strong dominance in the third game of the series, Fnatic moved to match point.
The two former rivals gave their best in the final game of the series, putting fans on the edge of their seat with the highest form of mechanics and skill in the European league landscape. Both teams traded blows unreservedly, not tipping the balance either way.
With one last chance to take the fight to Game 5, G2 pressured Fnatic, scoring several solo kills and igniting intense team fights near the Dragon Pit. Fnatic, however, seized any opportunity to gain ground, increasing their presence on the map with aggressive beacon positioning and rotations. Fnatic pushed the pressure to its climax, putting the team down to one Mountain Soul dragon.
After 27 minutes of gameplay, 10 kills per team, and a slim gold lead for Fnatic, it only took one spark for the two legendary opponents to begin a teamfight as grandiose as their rivalry. Fnatic emerged victorious in the clash of the titans, conquering the soul of the drake and pushing relentlessly towards the enemy Nexus. G2 couldn’t cope with Fnatic’s lead, who would claim yet another victory over their historic rival after more than three hours of intense fighting.
With this victory, Fnatic solidified its position in the Spring Playoffs, reaching the upper bracket final against Rogue, victorious in the first game against Misfits. Winning the next match would mean qualifying for the Grand Finals of this Spring Split and, possibly, reaching the 2022 Mid-Season Invitational.
The defeated G2s will instead have to wait for the outcome of tomorrow’s game between Team Vitality and Excel to find out who they will face next week in the second game of the lower bracket. Since Misfits finished the regular season in a higher position than G2, they will move on to Game 3 of the lower bracket, where they could potentially face G2. However, being in the lower bracket means that losing a match equals elimination. There is no more room for error for either Misfits or G2 Esports.
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