G2 Esports and Unicorns Of Love flexed their muscles, as the two group winners showed why their the strongest in the region in convincing fashion. Here is Esportsranks review of the EU LCS Semifinals.
EU LCS Semifinals Recap
G2 survived an early scare against a Fnatic team riding the crest of the wave in the EU LCS Semifinals, finding themselves 1-0 down and heavily behind in the second game. However, the two-time champions turned it around and won out 3-1 in a series high on both quality and entertainment.
Unicorns of Love blew Misfits out of the water in the first two games, before the Group A runners-up pulled one back. Undeterred by this, the Power Ponies dominated the fourth game, setting up a hotly-anticipated showdown with G2.
G2 Too Good, But Fnatic Show Promise
G2 Esports showed that their ability to adapt and overcome with victory in four games against Fnatic’s mobile and aggressive play style.
Fnatic used a large similar composition for the first two games, and for one and three-quarters of those games, it worked. The first game saw a nineteen kills to one decimation of G2, and Game 2 looked like it was largely going to go the same way.
However, the adaptation G2 showed to their drafting phase came into effect, as they had opted to go for a more late-game composition. This was coupled with a change in tactics from the team, as they began to move as 5 and overwhelm Fnatic with numbers whilst Fnatic were trying to set their ambushes up in the late game.
Fnatic continued to pull out unusual champions in an attempt to throw G2 off their game, and game three saw the emergence of Martin “Rekkles” Larsson’s Tristana. Despite Rekkles’s heroics, he could do nothing as the rest of his team began to crumble under the intense pressure.
Luka “PerkZ” Perković was a thorn in Fnatic’s side throughout, in particular games three and four, as he dominated Rasmus “Caps” Winther in lane, as well as making big mechanical plays. In particular, an excellent 3-man Petrifying Gaze with Cassiopeia in the fourth game led to G2 booking their place in the final.
Fnatic showed the makings of a great team, now that they finally have an identity that was lacking for so long throughout the split. G2’s experience as a five-man unit shone through, though, and it was simply too much to ask Fnatic of in the end.
Recap what happened last week here.
Unicorns Skewer Out-Of-Sorts Misfits
The following day’s series between Unicorns and Misfits was never going to match the quality of G2 vs Fnatic. It was not lacking in action and entertainment, however, as the Unicorns took advantage of the inconsistency of Misfits to earn their spot in the final.
This matchup was all about the solo lanes, with UoL’s Kiss “Vizicsacsi” Tamás and Fabian “Exileh” Schubert, and Misfits’s Barney “Alphari” Morris and Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage all capable of special things during the laning phase, and so it proved to be.
Vizicascsi and Alphari were not afraid to go for each other’s throats whilst trading in the early game, so it became no surprise when one solokilled the other. Vizicsacsi doing so in the first game, whilst Alphari returned the favour in the third.
Exileh and PowerOfEvil also managed to rack up kills, and both were able to snowball their leads when required. Exileh showed this best in game four, where he managed to get three kills on his beloved Vladimir, picking up a total of eight kills in a 26 minute domination.
Whilst the individual talent of the two respective teams was even, however, the macro play was not. Misfits clearly struggled throughout when it came to converting any advantages they had. Even in game three, where they had a 10,000 gold advantage,they were unable to close it out before a very uncharacteristic overextension from Unicorns support Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev Galabov, who otherwise had an excellent game.
Rookie of the split Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir was the outstanding player, however, as his map movement set up the Unicorn’s superior map movement. Despite coming up against one of the legends of the game in the form of Lee “KaKAO” Byung-kwon, Xerxe showed fearlessness and consistently made big plays to set his team up for victory.
Thats it for this EU LCS semifinals review. Check back soon for news about the finals!