If we told you a couple of months ago that G2 Esports would end up topping the conversation as the best LoL team in the world, you wouldn’t believe me.
It’s not that G2 Esports weren’t good. Seriously, you don’t just win the inaugural LEC Spring Split without being good. Mind you, they weren’t just good either. They were unparalleled — they went undefeated for a long time during the regular season and come the playoffs, they didn’t even drop a single game. Not to mention, G2 Esports also set the record for the fastest best-of-five in European history after taking down Origen to take home the Spring Split title.
The win secured G2 Esports a ticket to the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational, where they took center stage and out-shined other teams who are vying for the title of the best LoL team in the world.
Sure, things did not go smoothly for G2 Esports. They went 5-5 in the Group Stage, which was good enough for third place. However, that didn’t stop them from doing the unexpected, starting off with a win against SK Telecom T1 in a very back-and-forth series in the Semifinals. But, what was even more unexpected was how they manhandled Team Liquid in the Grand Finals, scoring a quick 3-0 win over the North American representatives to take home the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational.
With that said, it’s only legitimate to ask, are G2 Esports the Best LoL team in the world right now?
The cop-out answer is yes. They did just win a Major international tournament. However, to resort to that would be doing a disservice to the squad and the teams they beat to inch their way into the conversation, which is why we decided to break down why G2 Esports deserves the title.
Superior Mechanical Ability
Earlier this year, we singled out Team Griffin as the best LoL team in the world, and for good reason — they had superior mechanical skill in a region known for housing some of the most mechanically talented players in the world.
Although Team Griffin ended up failing to meet expectations, G2 Esports uses the same formula.
You could argue that it’s the same formula that Invictus Gaming used to win the 2018 World Championship, where they swept Fnatic on the backs of superior mechanical skill and team chemistry.
G2 Esports’ current lineup boasts five of the best players that Europe has to offer. Their sheer mechanical skill alone is enough to give them advantages in the laning phase, which they can use to build even bigger advantages and snowball to a win later on.
Sure, it wasn’t as evident against international competition early on. However, there were glimpses of how much better they were mechanically compared to their opponents. Even against similarly mechanically-skilled teams, G2 Esports didn’t just manage to keep up, they were even ahead at times, occasionally outplaying their enemies and making them look lost and confused.
In addition to this, Luka ‘Perkz‘ Perkvoic’s decision to switch to the bottom lane seems to have done the team good. Perkz not only showed that he could keep up, but he also proved that he could stay ahead, even against the likes of Park ‘Teddy‘ Jin-seong and Yu ‘Jackeylove‘ Wen-bo.
G2 Esports boasts immense drafting flexibility.
Most of their players are able to play some rather off-meta champions in even more unusual ways. This means that you can never really be safe when drafting againsst them. Even after a champion is locked in during the drafting phase, it remains a lot of work to try and guess who’s going to play who.
This draft versatility makes it difficult to draft against G2 Esports.
Their ability to execute off-meta strategies is amazing as well. They were one of the first to use the Sona-Taric strategy at the LEC, and were also the ones who showed how to counter such a composition.
The amount of strategies in G2 Esports’ arsenal would prove to be quite difficult to prepare for and play against.
Aside from having mechanics of the highest level in the western world, the G2 Esports’ players are very creative about their approach to the game itself. We usually see them on champions that need to be executed on a high level, yes, but we also see them utilize these champions in ways we almost never see in competitive League of Legends. The best example of this would be how the team pilots the champion Ryze. They often use the side lane to be able to get leads when an enemy is indecisive or is setting up plays elsewehere. When things appear to get dire, they set up plays that most other teams would not dare to do, and they usually catch opponents by surprise.
The amount of confidence that the team has in their playmaking and decision-making is something worth appreciating in this team. When they are able to pull it off, it rather becomes a thing of wonder.
What’s Next for G2 Esports?
Are G2 Esports the best LoL team in the world right now? You could argue that it’s a yes. After all, it’s hard to argue against the fact that they won the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational.
Of course, to truly cement themselves as the world’s best, they’ll have to take down the other League of Legends team to win an international title — Invictus Gaming.
Invictus Gaming fell to a prepared Team Liquid squad who seemed to have spent the days prior to their matchup just preparing how they were going to counter the reigning world champions. Of course, there’s no excuses. If Invictus Gaming really were the better team, they would have beaten Team Liquid. But, that wasn’t the case during the semifinals, and for that, they deserved to lose. However, for G2 Esports to really be the uncontested best LoL team in the world, they’ll need to win the 2019 World Championship, preferably, over Invictus Gaming.
For that happen, G2 Esports will have to go through the LEC 2019 Summer Split first.
For now, let’s celebrate the fact that Europe are the kings of League of Legends, and no one can take that away from them.
What do you think? Are G2 Esports the best LoL team in the world? If not, then who is? Who do you think deserves the title more than the 2019 MSI champions? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.