G2 Esports has done it again. The EU Kings lifted the trophy in the League of Legends European Championship 2022 Spring Qualifiers, silencing any doubters. And they succeeded after an absolutely heroic run in the bottom group that saw them win 12 games in a row against the toughest teams in the league.
Things didn’t start well for G2, who were pushed into the bottom bracket after their debut match against Fnatic at the start of the Playoffs. However, they fought back, winning Game 2 in the best-of-five series before finally taking their place in the second round against Vitality.
But this early loss would be their last. G2 immediately found their footing and completely dominated Vitality with a clean 3-0 sweep. The opposing team weren’t taken lightly, forcing a truly grueling 46 minutes into their final defense in Game 3, but even with former G2 bot-laner Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković on their side, Vitality just couldn’t get up. against the power of G2.
Next on the list of hits was Misfits, who surprised regular season fans with a third-place finish, an all-time best showing in the LEC. But their luck ran out as G2 stormed Summoner’s Rift with an impressive performance that never gave the Misfits a second to breathe.
The longest game of the series was the very first, which lasted 33 minutes – by game three, G2 had reduced that time to 23 minutes. But it was Game 2 that proved to be the bloodiest, with G2 scoring 24 wins to Misfits’ five – Misfits’ fifth kill came just before the Nexus fell, when a Marcin ‘Jankos’ Jankowski too impatient jumped into the enemy fountain as his team finished the match with a 3-0 flourish.
G2 had now reached the semi-finals, with Fnatic waiting for them. G2 clearly hadn’t forgotten what happened in their first playoff game and were determined not to make the same mistakes again.
A nice early dive into the bot lane from Jankos in Game 1 saw G2 recover First Blood in under three minutes and the game stayed in their favor from there. Fnatic tried to force their way into a better position in a team fight against Baron around 25 minutes later, but G2 pushed them back, collected Baron and finished the game at just under 29 minutes with a immersed in the fountain. The message was clear – G2 weren’t there to play, they were there to win.
Game 2 looked much more even for a very long time, with both teams trading wins for over 25 minutes, before G2 finally broke the deadlock in their favor. A decision to focus on the drakes paid off, giving G2 an advantage when Fnatic tried to start a team fight in the mid lane around 28 minutes into the game. After wiping out four Fnatic squad members, G2 picked up the Baron unchallenged and rolled into Fnatic’s base to take the game at 31 minutes.
With just one match remaining, G2 looked unstoppable as they built a team composition around teamfights and fought the battles against Fnatic as often as possible. It wasn’t a build that led to a quick win, as Fnatic managed to hold them off for 40 minutes, but eventually the team fell as Jankos got a quadra kill in a team fight late in the game. part that saw Fnatic gain access and G2 free to march straight into the enemy Nexus and secure their place in the Grand Finals.
Of course, the finals weren’t going to be a walk in the park. Rogue had finished top of the league in the regular season and they had managed to pick up a few clutch wins to take their spot in the Finals. But they discounted a hungry G2 wading into the fray, eager to claim the trophy again as this best-of-five began.
Game 1 started fairly evenly, with neither team wanting to overtake and get caught out. It wasn’t until around 29 minutes before either team really got into a fight for the game’s fourth drake and after a bloody, mind-blowing battle, it’s Jankos and caps who are remained standing to take another dragon. From there, G2 went looking for a fight and easily won every one of them, picking up a Baron and sweeping the enemy bot lane for a 34-minute victory.
With the caps and Jankos proving so powerful in the first game, Rogue decided to deny them their Ahri/Jarvan IV combo and force them to choose other choices to keep the caps working towards his trophy. But with all the attention now on the two G2 veterans, it was time for the rookies to shine.
Bot-laner Victor ‘Flakked’ Lirola and support Raphaël ‘Targamas’ Crabbé had contributed to G2’s wins, but it was in Game 2 against Rogue that they really shone. The duo kept tight control over the bot lane, allowing them to scale quickly and making Renata Glasc of Targamas an invaluable addition to a teamfight, keeping the rest of the team alive and securing victory after. victory in these small battles. .
With a game between them and the loss, Rogue finally took the plunge and launched their counterattack, holding their own against G2 in the opening minutes of Game 3. But G2 finally broke through at 22 minutes with a clean Baron, and despite all of Snape’s efforts. , finally stormed the mid lane at 38 minutes to claim their ninth LEC title.
It was a truly remarkable win for G2, and one that will go down in the history books as one of the best playoffs in LEC history. Jankos and caps have proven why they’re still so popular in the league, and rookie players Targamas and Flakked have more than earned their place in the squad – and let’s not forget G2’s unsung hero Sergen ‘Broken Blade’ Çelik , whose incredible skill in the top lane has helped the team immeasurably.
One thing is clear – G2 are still the team to beat and the kings of the LEC. The win means they will return to this season’s Mid-Season Invitational in Seoul, South Korea with a chance to prove themselves on the international stage again – and they are aiming to defeat the LCK Champions, T1, at residence. floor. Can they do it?