G2 Esports tied rivals Fnatic by winning their seventh LEC trophy in the 2020 Spring Playoffs. The “samurai” beat Fnatic themselves 3-0 in one of the fastest LEC best-of-5’s.
The first two games were incredibly similar. G2 won the laning game and exerted enough vision control to sneak a Baron kill under Fnatic’s noses. G2 needed only that one Baron push to finish the game and after only 51 minutes, the reigning champions were up 2-0 in the series.
Game 3 had a horrible start for Fnatic as well. Up top, Gabriel “Bwipo” Rau on Zac gave up two solo kills to Martin “Wunder” Hansen. When all seemed lost for Fnatic, Tim “Nemesis” Lipovsek’s Azir came to the rescue and brought the orange jerseys back in the game. By minute 30, Fnatic also sat on Dragon Soul point and moved to Baron to try and force G2 to make a difficult decision: deny Soul point and give up baron; or engage in a Baron fight which, should they lose, will give Fnatic Dragon Soul and from there — the game.
Instead, G2 chose to do neither. Rasmus “Caps” Winthers solo killed Drake, while the other four G2 members moved to contest Fnatic at Baron. By dodging any potential fight-deciding engages by Zac, G2 won the teamfight and got Baron for the championship.
G2’s seventh title comes in their ninth total split, making it six seasons faster than Fnatic’s own record. The LEC rivals, now tied in trophies, are also one short of T1’s all-time record of eight domestic titles (in the four major regions).
This means that we also know the first team to qualify for 2020 Mid-Season Invitational. The LCS grand final between Cloud9 and FlyQuest tonight will decide the second.