Fnatic & G2 Risk Missing Playoffs
Even if G2 and Fnatic are still in control of their own destiny, there is a very possible scenario where the two biggest European teams don’t make it to worlds, and it’s also very possible that they don’t even make it into the playoffs.
Right now, G2 is tied for 5th, so if the regular season was to end right now, they would make it. On the other hand, Fnatic is tied for 7th place, and things don’t go well for them this week, they might end up dropping all the way down to 9th place.
The worst thing of all is that their respective schedules aren’t looking that great for them. G2 still has to face Excel and Mad Lions, which is definitely not going to be an easy task, and the lol odds back this up. Fnatic is going up against G2, Astralis, Vitality, and Misfits, all teams that are ranked better than Fnatic in the standings.
G2 and Fnatic carry the two biggest fanbases in the LEC, and it would be quite disheartening to see them missing the playoffs. But these two teams not advancing is not that bad if we take a look at the whole picture. This means that we’ll get to see some of the newer generations of players fight it out for 1 of the 4 LEC Worlds spots.
Excel is one of those teams that we haven’t seen play on the international stage, but this split they have proved that they are worthy of a world appearance. Patrik is having his best split so far in his career, and he is only getting better and better.
Team Vitality is also starting to look like the team we were hoping to see once they announced their “superteam” roster. If Perkz and co. can keep delivering good performances, it’s safe to say that they are making it to worlds this year.
G2 has Lost their Identity
It’s weird to see that a team that could play a myriad of playstyles is now struggling to form their identity. In the last split, we saw Brokenblade acting as one of the main carries for his team, and with crazy picks like Yone, he always ended up getting insane advantages throughout the early game. Now, while he isn’t performing that badly, he doesn’t seem that comfortable in-game.
During the spring playoffs, Flakked became a very important piece in the G2 puzzle once they steered into a more late-game team-fighting playstyle. But now it’s very clear that what happened to Flakked was just a lucky streak as he is looking like one of the worst ADCs in the league. This problem is tied to targamas being unable to do anything around the map due to their poor level as a bot lane duo.
Caps and Jankos have lost their magic. This mid jungle duo that ended up winning over the 2022 MSI Champions and the runner-ups, seem to have run out of gas, and the regular season is not even over yet. While Caps is probably the most consistent player for G2 right now, he isn’t looking like the same Caps we saw during their 2022 MSI run. All of this combined is raising a lot of concerns for all the G2 fans out there.
G2 vs Fnatic Game Information
- Date: Saturday, August 6
- Time: 3:00pm ET
- G2 vs Fnatic Live Stream: LEC – Twitch
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G2 vs Fnatic Predictions
Let’s not lie to ourselves, these two teams are no longer the LEC titans that they used to be. While they might be able to pull-off some kind of miracle run that gets them into worlds this year, they are no longer looking like the absolute favorite teams to win it all.
I do think that this match is definitely going to be the best match of the week, though I don’t expect a clean League of Legends game. As mentioned before, G2 Esports is lacking an identity, which makes them play in a very messy way from the start until the end.
Fnatic isn’t doing great either. They showed a lot of improvement throughout the spring split, and we had high expectations for them coming into the summer split. But it seems that they no longer have a clear idea on what they are supposed to do to improve as a team.
What is so tricky about this match is that these two teams only picked up a single win last week, and it was against BDS, which doesn’t say much. In the end, I believe that Fnatic will take the victory home, even if the best esports betting sites have G2 as the favorite. But we can’t forget that Fnatic picked up a very convincing win over G2 a few weeks ago, and not a lot has changed.