By Petar Vukobrat
September 9, 2019
It’s official, G2 Esports are your 2019 LEC Summer Split champions. As if there was ever any doubt. That said, their road to this point was anything but easy. They were first pushed to the brink of defeat by Fnatic two weeks ago and it felt like history was repeating itself last night as well. The former “kings of Europe” were able to match both G2’s potent early game as well as their mechanical prowess, which came as quite a surprise.
We all knew Fnatic had what it took to trade such heavy blows, but their recent inconsistent (and one-dimensional) play had everyone worried we would get yet another one-sided shellacking, much like in Spring.
Fortunately, that wasn’t the case. Not in the slightest.
Fnatic stepped up in the nick of time, and their level of play left no one indifferent. We saw the Fnatic of old, and even their mid laner Tim “Nemesis” Lipovšek played far better than most expected. While he was a solid performer throughout the most recent split, no one thought he had the necessary tools to fight against a player of Rasmus “Caps” Winther’s caliber.
Needless to say, Nemesis didn’t waste much time as he solo killed an under-performing Caps multiple times throughout the exciting five-game series. But G2 Esports did what they do best. They adapted, they reacted to the best of their ability and stepped up when it mattered the most. They found avenues to success and capitalized whenever they could.
It was a spectacular display of skill from both sides and it resulted in what can rightfully be considered as one of the most thrilling Best of 5s in the region’s history. The Fnatic line-up deserves nothing but praise. To go blow for blow with such a towering giant like G2 is nothing short of spectacular. It is worthy of the highest praise. They lost one of the key players and yet still found a way to persevere and remain relevant. If they’re worse than the defending champions it is only by a slim margin. Their play was a great sign of things to come, and we cannot wait to see them challenge for the LEC throne yet again in 2020.
But it was G2 who, logically, won the most.
When they’re at the top of their game, they’re absolutely mesmerizing. They’re pulling off the impossible, and they’re doing so with ease. When they sync up and start styling on their opponents, they truly are the best team in the world. Their backs were against the wall on multiple occasions against Fnatic and yet they plowed through. Their mental fortitude and grit are second to none. Whenever they’re pushed to their limit, they dig even deeper and attain an even better form. They’re like an anime protagonist.
The best G2 Esports surfaces when they’re faced with adversity, when they’re up against a seemingly unconquerable challenge. That’s when the magic happens. That’s when we get the best and most insane highlight moments; that’s when we see peak League of Legends.
In the end, G2 Esports did what they set out to do. Their sights were set on repeating their achievement from Spring, and they did so with a staggering amount of swagger and bravado. The G2 Esports LEC Summer Split run wasn’t perfect, but they got the job done which is the only thing that matters at this point. It was obvious that they wanted to show as little as possible strategy-wise as they want to keep their cards close to the chest coming into the World Championship.
They’re heading into Worlds as Europe’s number one seed, and they’re looking to continue their dominant run. They’ve won both LEC splits, they’re the Mid-Season Invitational champions, and they still have the chance to complete the golden run; to complete the League of Legends golden slam. Whether or not they’ll be able to attain success on the Worlds still remains to be seen, but the odds are definitely stacked in their favor.
2019 was a spectacular year for the LEC. It was a resounding success in every regard, and if there’s one takeaway that should be highlighted, it is the fact that the West is entering the biggest of stages with a metric ton of hype and momentum. If things pan out as expected, we should be in for one of the most competitive and exciting World Championships in history.
And G2 Esports will be at the forefront, leading the charge.