The surprising outcome of the EU LCS 2017 Summer Playoffs Quarterfinals is behind us. Misfits will clash with Fnatic, while G2 will test how hard to kill H2K really is.
Esportsranks brings you an exclusive EU LCS 2017 Summer Playoffs semifinals preview.
Fnatic vs. Misfits – EU LCS 2017 Summer Playoffs Semifinals Preview
Unless you’ve been living under a rock this summer, you will undoubtedly agree that Fnatic are back to their glory-days form. They’ve looked nothing short of spectacular so far, if we discard the slip ups against ROCCAT and NiP.
Stat-wise, Fnatic are in the top 2-3 across the majority of categories. The astonishing 79.3% winrate during the regular season has contributed to the aura of near-invincibility this summer. In that light, they are heavily favoured against Misfits, or any other team for that matter.
However, Bo5s are a different beast altogether. Misfits have certainly proved that 3-0 sweeps are within their grasp. However, it was more thanks to Unicorns’ own undoing, than Misfits playing exceptionally well.
Fnatic, on the other hand, have shown superiority and dominance over Misfits. In both of their matchups this summer, Fnatic convincingly swept Misfits.
Fnatic have insanely fluid and coordinated teamfighting capabilities. This is largely due to top-level individual skills of their players.
However, compared to other teams, their games are by far the longest – 37 minutes and 39 seconds average playtime per game!
Fnatic just seem to get caught up in slaughtering their enemies – a trait that surprisingly got exploited by ROCCAT and Ninjas in Pyjamas during regular season.
Finally, there’s a downside to directly qualifying for semifinals. Fnatic’s last series was on August 12. They will fight Misfits on August 26. That’s 14 days, two weeks of missing any competitive play.
Obviously, they’ve been scrimming hard in the meantime, but it’s not the same as being on stage.
Nevertheless, it’s hard to imagine an outcome where Fnatic loses this. After all, they’re still the prime candidates for the throne.
H2K vs. G2 Esports – EU LCS 2017 Summer Playoffs Semifinals Preview
The battle of the perennial top 3 gatekeeper against the troubled champions of EU? Sign me up immediately.
Both teams have a history in the EU LCS and in between themselves. This summer, however, G2 looks way more beatable than in 2016, or during the spring split of this year.
Rift Rivals was the most shocking exposure of how burned G2 actually were. With just a single win and a total of 5 losses, it was painfully obvious the team was not a well oiled machine.
They’ve improved since, gradually working their way up. They even managed to overtake Misfits as a group A #2 seed.
Still, the thriller against Splyce in the quarterfinals doesn’t instill confidence in their ability to defend the championship crown.
On the other side, H2K has been playing like H2K always play. They’ve been steadily beating lesser competition, unlike Unicorns, or even Fnatic for that matter.
However, when faced against the aforementioned, they choke each and every time. It’s one of H2K’s defining characteristics really.
What’s most important is that H2K lost against G2 a month ago. It doesn’t have to mean anything, but it’s a telling sign for the upcoming semifinals matchup.
Fnatic overpower Misfits – 3:0 or 3:1.
G2 will beat H2K with a final score of 3:1 or 3:2.