Misfits and Fnatic booked their semifinal spots, and their trips to Hamburg, with victories over the weekend. The nature of their wins, however, could not have been more different. This is Esportsranks 2017 EULCS Playoffs review.
Misfits 3 – 2 Splyce
Misfits survived a tense encounter with Splyce as they outwitted, outplayed and outlasted their opponents in the 2017 EULCS Playoffs.
It definitely did not look like that would be the case in games 1 and 2, however. With Support Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle locking in Fiddlesticks, Splyce caught Misfits out early on. Splyce’s better map play showed as they constantly picked up objectives, despite Misfits getting picks on more than one occasion. It was more of the same in Game 2, this time Martin “Wunder” Hansen whipped out Kled top, and the excellent engages from the Yordle and his pet lizard led to Splyce reaching matchpoint.
Misfits, staring defeat in the face, began to work better as a team. Game 3 saw Misfits find picks consistently, similar to the first game. This time, however, they were able to convert these picks into objectives, and brute forced their way onto the scoreboard. From there, Splyce’s mentality began to wither. Sensing blood in the water, midlaner Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage found early kills with his LeBlanc in Games 4 and 5, and the mechanical superiority of the rookie team finally began to show as Misfits completed the reverse sweep.
Although they’ll be happy with their victory, Misfits will need to tightenup if they are to trouble their semi-final opponents, Group B winners Unicorns of Love.
H2K 0 – 3 Fnatic
In perhaps one of the biggest shocks in EULCS history, underdogs Fnatic tore apart H2K to book a semifinal showdown against G2 Esports.
With Martin “Rekkles” Larsson in the form of his life, he showcased his versatility by using three different ADCs in the form of Twitch, Vayne and Kennen. With all three considered off-meta, it threw H2K off their rhythm, especially as they are largely considered a team that strictly follow the meta.
All three games had a similar feel to them. Fnatic’s engages and subsequent peeling for their carries led to dominant team fights through the match. Rookie jungler Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen had an excellent series, shutting down opposite number Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski throughout. Fellow rookie Rasmus “Caps” Winther had moments of individual brilliance, including great use of a blast cone in Game 2 to set up the First Blood kill.
With the series quickly running away from them, and seemingly having no Plan B, H2K failed to live up to their moniker of Hard2Kill, and quickly capitulated. Fnatic took revenge for the 3-0 loss they suffered at H2K’s hands in Summer 2016, but they’ll face a much sterner test when they take on G2 Esports in the semi-finals.
2017 EULCS Playoffs Remaining Schedule
Apr 15 17:00 CEST – G2 Esports vs Fnatic
Apr 16 17:00 CEST – Unicorns of Love vs Misfits
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