The first three games of the day are all quite lopsided in nature, and that, too, holds true for SK vs. FNC. We have a flawed gatekeeper on the one side and the former “Kings of Europe” on the other. That, in short, is not a recipe for an awe-inspiring game of League.
Still, we’re interested in seeing just how much they’ve improved during the course of the off-season and whether they’re any better after taking a break and reviewing what exactly went wrong the last time they had to play on the biggest stage in Europe.
We don’t have high hopes for SK Gaming and, well, it’s easy to understand why: they’ll end up either as a gatekeeper or a bottom-dweller. It’s hard to get excited about a team whose destiny seems fixed — let alone one whose future is as underwhelming as SK’s.
Their best players regressed tremendously and their drafting? Abysmal in every sense of the word. To make things even worse, they had many instances in which their hubris took over. They got too confident and were severely punished for it.
And so now we are left to wonder: will they finally step up? Have they faced their most recent “demons?” Or will they, conversely, try to “brute force” their way to a title without really tackling and fixing their most egregious issues?
We’ll get our answers soon enough.
2022 LEC Summer Predictions | SK vs. FNC — Lopsided At Its Core
Fnatic, even at their most flawed and vulnerable, are still head and shoulders better than SK. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll blow them out of the water but win they almost certainly will.
That being said, the meta is still incredibly flexible and we’re bound to witness ample experimentation from all ten permanent partners. So we’ll by no means be surprised if our biggest favorites end up getting upset and beaten at the most random moments imaginable.
They will, therefore, compete with the utmost zest and fervor, even against gatekeepers and bottom-dwellers like SK, BDS, and Astralis. A win here feels all but guaranteed.