Fnatic vs Splyce is the first Round 2 match of the LEC playoffs. The two clash on April 5, and the victor will go on to face one of the top-2 teams for the right to play in the finals. Our experts sat down to make predictions and highlight everything you need to know about this LEC playoffs 2019 matchup!
Fnatic are on a roll! The last time they dropped a game was a month and a half ago, and they’re playing with such confidence and coordination that few European teams can stand up to them. Combine that with their exceptional macro and split-second decision-making, and Fnatic already look like title contenders.
Splyce are no pushovers either. Their early game might be shaky, but they make up for it by being one of the best teamfighting squads in the league. They’re also very aware of their strengths and weaknesses, so you can count on them to navigate the draft and play out the laning phase in a way that sets them up with the best late game possible.
Fnatic vs Splyce Match Breakdown
Top Lane Matchup
The Fnatic vs Splyce top lane will be a treat to follow. With a 2.9 KDA and 7.6 CS per minute, Bwipo is Fnatic’s sacrificial lamb, and he often finds himself on the losing end of most top lane matchups. He never goes down without a fight, though, as Bwipo makes great use of what little resources are available to him. And while his numbers don’t look impressive, his self-sufficiency is the foundation of Fnatic’s strategies.
Vizicsacsi fills a similar niche on Splyce. Holding a 2.6 KDA and 7.6 CS per minute, he rarely—if ever—gets his hands on carry champions, but he still finds ways to shine on tanks and utility picks. And if Splyce go through the effort of setting him up with a Jayce or a Kennen, Vizicsacsi pays them back by finding the right flanks and turning himself into a massive threat in the side lane. It will be close, but in the end, Splyce have a slightly more well-rounded top laner.
VERDICT: SPY Vizicsacsi edges out a win in the top lane.
The jungle might be the most important matchup of the series. Sporting a 5.3 KDA and 5.0 CS per minute, Broxah is the one man responsible for Fnatic’s potent early game. It’s almost uncanny how often he ends up in the right place at the right time, and when push comes to shove, you can count on him to set up a clutch gank or pull off a spectacular outplays.
Xerxe has also been the driving force behind Splyce’s momentum. With a 5.5 KDA and 5.1 CS per minute, he’s a pathing mastermind that always has a couple of creative routes in his arsenal. Combine that with his gigantic champion pool, and Xerxe is one of the best junglers at rounding out his team composition. Unfortunately, his mechanics aren’t as sharp as those of Broxah’s, so he takes the L in this Fnatic vs Splyce matchup.
VERDICT: FNC Broxah takes over the jungle matchup.
Mid Lane Matchup
The mid lane is the battle of two rookies! Sporting a 5.4 KDA and 8.9 CS per minute, FNC Nemesis had a slow start to his 2019 season, but he slowly built himself up into a force to be reckoned with. Granted, he isn’t a flashy player. However, Nemesis navigates the mid lane with such measured precision that he leaves close to no openings for his opponents to exploit.
Humanoid is a bit of a wildcard. With a 3.0 KDA and 9.0 CS per minute, Splyce’s mid laner looks great when he gets jungle attention or finds himself on a self-sufficient pick like Lissandra. However, he can also be nigh invisible when his team doesn’t set him up with resources. And it’s this hit-or-miss nature that put Humanoid on the losing end of the Fnatic vs Splyce matchup.
VERDICT: FNC Nemesis outmaneuvers his foe in the mid lane.
Bot Lane Matchup
The bot lane matchup is the most exciting part of this LEC playoffs 2019 series! Holding a 4.5 KDA and 10.5 CS per minute, Rekkles is mechanical prodigy that routinely tops the damage charts in teamfights and skirmishes. His dominance is reinforced by Hylissang (3.1 KDA), a daring support that’s always looking to break the game open with roaming and playmaking.
Yet, Splyce have a solid duo of their own. With a 7.3 KDA and 10.0 CS per minute, Kobbe is a bot lane powerhouse that acts as the main carry threat on Splyce’s lineup. Meanwhile, Norskeren (3.4 KDA) sets his ADC up for success with decisive plays and well-timed initiations. We’d still give the edge to Fnatic, but it’s not as big as they would’ve liked.
VERDICT: FNC Rekkles and Hylissang find a lead in the bot lane.
Fnatic vs Splyce LEC Playoffs 2019 Prediction
Splyce are outmatched here. Fnatic are better than them at just about every aspect of the game, and the only hope Splyce have is dragging out the game and a winning a 50/50 teamfight. Unfortunately, that’s not a reliable win condition in a Bo5 setting, so we’re going to have to predict a 3-0 victory for Fnatic!
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