G2 Esports and Fnatic will throw down this weekend , with the winner claiming the EU LCS throne. G2 has won the previous three consecutive championships, so here are three factors that will make the difference for Fnatic this weekend.
3. Zoe Priority
Both teams have shown that they place a lot of stock in the mid lane. Luka "Perkz" Perković and Rasmus "Caps" Winther have emerged as huge carries for their respective teams. They are also both undefeated on Zoe during the playoffs. While they have each only played one game on the champion, the two have shown that they shouldn't be allowed to play her.
Not only do the mid laners both play Zoe incredibly well, but these are two teams that understand how to capitalize on opponents' mistakes. Zoe is a champion that can create picks out of nowhere, and allow one of these teams to get a slight advantage that they can then snowball into a huge lead.
If one of these teams gets Zoe, look for it to run away with the game unless the other team has a strategy prepared to counteract her effectiveness.
2. Mid/Jungle Synergy
Marcin "Jankos"Jankowski is often considered the best jungler in Europe, but Mads "Broxah" Brock-Pedersen is no slouch either. While they can both play the same champions, Broxah has looked his best on aggressive early game picks like Jarvan and Kha'xiz, while Jankos has favored the tankier picks such as Sejuani and Zac.
In a match where all eyes will be on the mid lane, an early gank from one of these two junglers could blow a game wide open. The fact that Broxah is more likely to be on an early game champion also effects the mid lane. It will be critical for Perkz to have a winning lane if Jankos decides to play a tank, because otherwise Caps can simply control the lane and give Broxah free reign over the enemy jungle.
Keep an eye on the teamwork from the mid and jungler from both teams, because the two are closely related when trying to open up the map and make game changing plays.
1. Hjarnan vs. Rekkles
Everyone knows that Martin "Rekkles" Larsson can carry his team in big games. Petter "Hjarnan" Freyschuss, on the other hand, has been very hit or miss this season. He definitely looks really strong at the moment, but he doesn't have the same accolades that Rekkles does.
From a statistics perspective, Rekkles is simply the better player as he has a 13.5 KDA, 80.2% kill participation, and deals a staggering 33.5% of his teams damage on average this split. Hjarnan has a 4.5 KDA, 75.9% kill participation, and deals 28.1% of his teams damage. Hjarnan has strong stats, but Rekkles is clearly on another level.
If Hjarnan can step up this weekend and play on a level close to Rekkles, then G2 has a good shot at taking the match. If Rekkles comes out swinging, it will be an uphill battle for G2 and Fnatic should have the edge .
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