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War of Kings: LEC 2019 Summer Juggernaut Match Preview

August 31, 2019 Simon Juleovenz Garnace

In Europe, the battle for worlds is heating up. 

G2 Esports, having dominated the region once more this split, is looking to take its second consecutive title.

Fnatic, on the come up after a disappointing first half of the season, is looking to prove that it is still a global contender.

With all the exciting upsets and surprising strategies turning up in the League of Legends European Championship, these two tried-and-tested organizations remain at the top — a testament to their strong infrastructure and rosters.

Let’s take a look at how Fnatic and G2 square up against each other in the LEC Juggernaut Match. While the loser won’t be eliminated, both pride and an instant float to grand finals is at stake for these teams.

 

G2 Esports: Samurai Dynasty

Reinvigorating Europe with their creative drafts and ingenious strategies on the Rift, G2 Esports has begun an era of dominance that has the rest of the competition catching up to their meta-revolutionizing antics. Having already qualified for Worlds, G2 Esports is on the prowl to lift the Summer trophy and establish themselves as one of the greatest teams to bless European soil. 

With their all-star All-Pro team lineup, you can expect that G2 will be putting out commendable performances from all across the board in the playoffs. With the sheer individual skill and flexibility of picks between Luka “Perkz” Perković, Rasmus “Caps” Winther, and Martin “Wunder” Hansen, Fnatic will be hard-pressed to find a way to suppress G2’s three-pronged playstyle wherein everyone can carry if given the resources. 

One thing to note though, is that G2’s flexibility is a double-edged sword. Not all their wacky picks and antics work all the time, and can even backfire at worst.

 

Fnatic: G2’s Nemesis

After the head-turning departure of Caps in the preseason, Fnatic has picked up after itself after a split of integrating Mid Laner Tim “Nemesis” Lipovsek and presently stands as a worthy contender to prematurely put an end to G2’s samurai dynasty.

For years, Martin “Rekkles” Larsson has stood as an anchor for Fnatic. Akin to his North American counterpart in Yilliang “Doublelift” Peng, his consistent carry performances, backed by a dependable support, have allowed him to dominate Europe in the past and present of European League of Legends. For the Summer Split however, Rekkles has started taking the backseat playing picks such as Karma and Janna to allow the mechanically-adept Nemesis to carry Fnatic towards victories.

With Fnatic’s increasing openness to try strategies while still having a solid foundation of traditional League of Legends, the legacy organization of Europe might just have a chance to take down the seemingly undefeatable G2 Esports.

Catch the much-awaited matchup on August 31st at 11PM. Viewers can livestream all the action on https://watch.lolesports.com.

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