Thursday’s clash with G2 could prove to be a watershed moment. For the last year, the Fnatic LoL team have been so close to taking down Perkz and co, always chipping away a game but never being able to cross the finish line.
So what’s changed?
Well for one the team has had time to settle. At the end of Spring Split we’d found our rhythm and developed a style that fit our player’s strengths, favouring comfort and pocket picks over the meta-standard that’s been keeping our opponents on their toes. Each win we’ve taken has added a little more momentum and a little more confidence to the roster.
Team’s have of course got wise to the Rekkles Kennen - not that it’s helped them. Picks and bans in game 1 showed exactly that. G2 removed three powerpicks: Xayah, Elise and a Jesiz favoured Thresh and pushed into a corner chose to take Zac first rather than denying the Swede’s favoured ninja. On top of that, sOAZ was given his own comfort in Shen and it immediately paid off! Both player’s combined early on to pick up first blood on Trick with a rapid turn to pick off Expect for a top lane lead.