The iconic Fnatic vs G2 takes place on March 15! Fnatic are dying to take their revenge against the team that stole their mid laner, and this might be their best chance yet. Join us for an in-depth breakdown of the ninth LEC match of the week!
Fnatic are on the rise. Their individual performances are getting better and better with every passing week, but it’s the improvements to their synergy that elevate them above the rest of the playing field. And while the beginning of the split wasn’t great for them, they’re in a perfect spot to redeem themselves for their initial failings.
G2 Esports find themselves in the opposite situation. Their players are wavering, so mechanical errors and decision-making mistakes are becoming increasingly prevalent in their matches. To make matters worse, their macro isn’t in a place where they can cover individual shortcomings, and there’s a real possibility that one of their players will have to sit out week 9 of the 2019 LEC Spring Split.
Fnatic vs G2 Match Breakdown
Top Lane Matchup
Our Fnatic vs G2 breakdown starts with the top lane matchup. His 2.8 KDA and 7.6 CS per minute might not blow you away, but Bwipo has been killing it in the laning phase. Fnatic’s top laner has fully recovered from his initial slump, and you can count on him to exert tremendous amounts of pressure in duels and splitpushing scenarios.
G2 Wunder has a similar approach to the game. Holding a 4.1 KDA and 8.6 CS per minute, he didn’t have the best recent showings on Irelia and Camille, but it’s hard to deny his splitpushing prowess. Combine that with his razor-sharp mechanics and veteran game sense, and even someone like Bwipo will struggle to keep up with Wunder in the laning phase.
VERDICT: G2 Wunder finds an edge in the top lane.
The jungle matchup will be exciting to follow. With a 5.0 KDA and 4.9 CS per minute, FNC Broxah has been slowly regaining his jungle dominance, and while he’s not the relentless gank machine he was at Worlds 2018, you can count on him to make the right plays and find the right dives to press the leads of his laners. He’s also adopted picks like Karthus and Nocturne to diversify his early-game-focused champion pool, so Fnatic have a very versatile jungler on their hands.
Meanwhile, Jankos is on a downward trend. Holding a 5.4 KDA and 5.5 CS per minute, he’s been struggling to make his presence known in G2’s latest matches, and his ganks aren’t as explosive as they used to be. And while he still has the highest skill ceiling in the league, his current form isn’t good enough to match the king of consistency that is Broxah.
VERDICT: FNC Broxah takes the lead in the jungle.
Mid Lane Matchup
There’s a clear mismatch in the mid lane. With a 6.0 KDA and 8.9 CS per minute, Nemesis found his groove on Fnatic, but he still has a long way to go before he can become the main threat of their roster. His laning, in particular, leaves a lot to be desired, and Broxah has to swing by the mid lane to cover this weakness.
This will be especially important against Caps. Sporting a 4.7 KDA and 8.6 CS per minute, G2’s ace is one of the most lane-dominant mid laners in the league. He’s a daring playmaker that always looks for a way to push his foes into a corner, and Nemesis will struggle to withstand this pressure.
VERDICT: G2 Caps crushes his mid lane opponent.
Bot Lane Matchup
The Fnatic vs G2 Esports bot lane will decide the outcome of the entire series. With a 4.4 KDA and 10.6 CS per minute, Rekkles has made a name for himself as a teamfighting genius, however, he’s recently been trying to put an emphasis on 2v2 skirmishing. This is a great direction for his support Hylissang (3.0 KDA), who’s always had a knack for roaming and aggressive playmaking.
Things aren’t as good on the G2 side of the equation. Holding a 5.7 KDA and 10.0 CS per minute, Perkz is a good laner, but he has a hard time converting his leads into teamfights and skirmishes. But the worst part is that he might not get to play with his support. Mikyx (4.1 KDA) went on the record saying that he has wrist issues, so G2 might have to replace him with a substitute. And even if they don’t, it’s hard to imagine Mikyx being able to give it his all when his health is on the line.
VERDICT: FNC Rekkles and Hylissang break through the bot lane.
Fnatic vs G2 LEC Match Prediction
This is close! Under normal circumstances, G2 would have a minor edge, but their support problems tip the scales in Fnatic’s favor. Combine that with the recent trajectories of these teams, and we’re going to have to predict a victory for Fnatic!
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