Week 6 of the 2017 Spring Split sees the penultimate round of cross-group play with FNATIC facing off against Group B’s 2nd place team, H2k.
It’s fair to say that both teams aren’t quite satisfied with their results until now, each roster teetering around the middle of the pack hoping to break the strides of respective group leaders. Now entering the second half of the split, FNATIC having had a week of rest and recuperation while H2k have been competing at IEM, so it will be interesting to see how each team responds in domestic play.
Most interesting about the tie is the return of the Godslayer, former FNATIC midlaner and fan favourite, Febiven to face his former side and the rookie who now challenges for his mantle. So far this year Febiven has shown sparks of what made him so revered around the globe, only last week taking down ROX Tigers’ Mickey in almost identical fashion to his legendary solo-kills on Faker.
But what of the challenger, Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther. The young Dane has come into a team stacked with experience and managed to turn his debut year into a montage of midlane scalps, starting with an emphatic shutdown of G2’s Perkz. He is the definition of raw talent and audacity, making him arguably the most feared player in Europe right now.
The flip side however has been the inconsistency that so often pairs itself to a rookie entering professional play. Caps himself has alluded to stronger performances against the best teams, saying he struggles more when outplays are just “expected” of him with weaker opponents. Now paired with the equally juvenile jungler in Broxah, the outcome of such a mouthwatering showdown with Febiven/Jankos becomes increasingly difficult to predict.
Perhaps then this is another occasion where we will see Caps explode, facing the best midlaner the rest of EU has to offer.
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