The sixth week of the 2021 LEC Spring Split is packed with action, but there’s one match-up that sits a cut above the rest: G2 Esports vs. Fnatic! This kind of clash needs no introduction. It is, after all, a fight between the current and former “Kings of Europe.” This is the one match-up that always delivers, no matter who’s playing or what the meta’s like — G2 and Fnatic always go out of their way to entertain the masses, and they always succeed. Every. Single. Time.
A fight between two of the most stacked, talented, and experienced rosters the LEC has to offer has fireworks written all over it. So mark your calendars, folks, because you do not want to miss it!
There’s not a lot on the line for either team, however, seeing how they occupy different tiers in the standings. G2 Esports have been playing on auto-pilot for a good majority of the split thus far and are currently tied for first place with Rogue; Fnatic, on the other hand, have had to work harder than ever and have found mixed success. As things stand, they’re tied with SK Gaming with six wins and five losses — hardly all that impressive, but a good overall tally, given the kind of growing pains they had to go through at the start of 2021.
And, frankly, that’s all we need.
G2 Esports vs. Fnatic
Despite being fairly close in the standings, G2 and Fnatic find themselves at opposite ends of the competitive spectrum.
There’s just not a lot you can fault them for, and even when they lose it’s always because they decided to fool around and experiment a bit too much. “Limit testing” is what it’s called, and it’s only employed by the defending champions.
Fnatic, on the other hand, are both hot and cold. It really depends on the week. Right now they’re on a two game losing streak, but before that unexpected detour they were able to string four impressive wins in a row — one of which came at the expense of G2 Esports. So no one’s quite sure how high to rank them, and whether or not they’re particularly dangerous at this point in time.
— LEC (@LEC) February 25, 2021
They’re talented beyond reason and have experience in spades, but that means very little if they don’t get on the same page and deliver once it’s go-time. The fact that they lost to Team Vitality and MAD Lions tells us one simple thing: they’re still experiencing growing pains; they’re trying to figure out how they want to play the game and what kind of identity they want to carve out. And that, unfortunately, is a process filled with trial and error.
Furthermore, they’re not all that flexible when compared to, say, G2 or Rogue, but they’re not far off either. And even though they always prefer to throw caution out the window and skirmish like there’s no tomorrow, there are many subtle nuances behind that kind of playstyle — it’s not just sheer aggression for the sake of it.
Their inconsistency, however, makes betting on (or against) them an absolute nightmare. You never know which shade of Fnatic will come out and play, and we’ve been burned far too many times as a result. There’s very little rhyme or reason behind what’s going on, which makes this whole thing all the more frustrating.
An Insurmountable Challenge
Opposite Fnatic stands a challenge that, by all means, should prove to be insurmountable: G2 Esports. But we already said that back when they first clashed and, well, things didn’t pan out as expected.
And you can neither deduce nor predict whether they’ll deliver or implode on any given day. It’s not tied to whom they’re up against either, because if it were, Fnatic would’ve never lost to Team Vitality last week, for example.
So, in other words, predicting the outcome of this one match is like a wild stab in the dark.
Both teams have their comfort picks, and both teams know what they have to do in order to get their “hands raised.” But knowing what’s the correct course of action doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll deliver. G2 Esports, however, have more momentum at this point in time, and they’re also surely motivated to even the score with Fnatic and get revenge.
Whether that’ll be enough is anyone’s guess at this point, but they’re the better team lane-for-lane and should definitely be able to get the win once all is said and done. In any case, this game is all but guaranteed to deliver, and we cannot wait to see it all go down!