Predictions for Rogue vs. Fnatic will be all over the place and, well, that was to be expected — these two teams are separated by extremely slim margins and are atop the LEC for a very good reason. They’re so much better than the rest of their peers it doesn’t even compute.
How in the world such a thing is even possible is beyond our comprehension. Rogue, for instance, weren’t supposed to be this good — not after they parted ways with two of their most important catalysts. Or, well, players we all thought were their most important catalysts. As it turns out, there’s so much more depth to the boys in blue than we ever could have imagined.
Rogue have won their third “Coaching Staff of the Split” award in a row. And, well, no one’s all too surprised for that being the case. If they keep the course, they’ll no doubt win their fourth one, too.
They’ve only lost a handful of times this split, and nearly all of those losses came as a result of them becoming a bit too complacent after running circles around their opposition. They’re better than almost all of their peers but they’re not better than Fnatic.
They’re not as layered or flexible or seasoned, which doesn’t mean they’re not good enough to compete on even footing — oh they very much are. In fact, they’re equipped with all the right tools to win, although we doubt they’ll be able to employ said talents within a five-game series against one of the most stacked line-ups in Western history.
The Kings Have Returned
This version of Fnatic is destined for greatness. There’s really no other way to say it. They’re so darn good at the game it’s not even fair towards the rest of the LEC. It’s a weird statement, we know, but just look at who’s competing under their banner — some of the very best players who’ve ever taken flesh.
And while they’re not perfect by any stretch of the imagination we still don’t have a whole lot to fault them for. Most of their flaws have already been shored up (in record time, one might add). Their early game is immaculate and they’ve learned how to transition properly and snowball with ease, too. And don’t even get us started on their teamfighting — they are unmatched in a five versus five brawl.
Fnatic have also shown an immense amount of patience in their most recent win over G2. They no longer rush to capitalize on an opening or go in without a clear game plan in mind. And whenever they did engage they were able to outplay their opponents with such staggering ease it felt like they were a few leagues above G2, so much better and more adept at the game and all its many layers and particularities.
They’re favored to win here and, well, it’s easy to understand why.
2022 LEC Spring Split Playoffs | Rogue vs. Fnatic Predictions — Reasons to Watch
This is, quite literally, a clash between two of the very best teams in all of Europe. An absolute must watch, is what this is! The mere thought of these two giants trading blows in a five-game series is enough to have us start watering at the mouth.
And, make no mistake: this almost certainly will go the five-game distance — to everyone’s glee and delight They’re so evenly matched, these two, that it’s hard for us to really proclaim anyone as the favorite.
It could really go either way.
Their pick priority and overall drafting tendencies will play a huge part, and that’s something that Rogue have been a lot more proficient at. Still, they, too, have made numerous mistakes in that regard, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t say that their drafts have been somewhat “figured out.” That’s perhaps too harsh a statement, but it’s not incorrect.
They can easily snowball out of control if left unattended, but if there’s one team in the LEC that can, in fact, neutralize their biggest strengths, it’s Fnatic. The last time these two teams faced off, the boys in black and orange were able to emerge victorious in the most tremendous of fashions — it was a statement game through and through.
With that being, Rogue are both incredibly capable and surprisingly versatile; Fnatic would, therefore, be wise not to underestimate them. They also can’t afford to fool around and experiment as Rogue can (and most certainly will) punish and capitalize on a moment’s notice.
2022 LEC Spring Split Playoffs | Rogue vs. Fnatic Predictions — Potential Risks
There are never any guarantees, especially in a meta as malleable (and, at times, volatile) as the one we’re in right now. Teams are still trying to figure out what’s most viable and worth picking, and the fact that there’s a new patch every couple of weeks only makes things that much more complicated.
Rogue are good enough to beat Fnatic, but they’ll nonetheless face an uphill battle from the very moment they step foot on stage to compete. We’ll give the former “kings” our benefit of the doubt here, but it’s not going to be easy nor one-sided.