In the second quarterfinal of the European League of Legends Championship Series Spring Split playoffs, H2K faced off against Fnatic. Fnatic shocked the world on Sunday, seamlessly sweeping H2K to advance to the next round of the postseason in Berlin.
Game 1 featured some unconventional champion picks, as Fnatic AD carry Martin “Rekkles” Larsson locked in Twitch. Despite giving up two kills to H2K jungler Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski’s Rengar, Fnatic didn’t allow Jankos to run wild over the course of the game. Going into the mid-game, Fnatic consistently out-rotated H2K, building an ever-mounting gold lead. After Baron and Elder Dragon kills around the 35-minute mark, Fnatic was nigh unstoppable, led by Rekkles who earned a 9/2/8 KDA (kills/deaths/assists) as Twitch, pushing into the H2K base and going up 1-0 in the series.
The second game kicked off with Rekkles opting to play yet another unorthodox champion in Vayne. The early game went well for Fnatic with Rekkles finding two kills while mid laner Rasmus “Caps” Winther’s Ryze pressured his lane to prevent any early roams. Fnatic surged into the mid-game thank to playing the “Protect the Vayne” team composition well, taking great initiative to find picks to secure Baron at 36 minutes. With its fresh Baron buff, Fnatic found more picks and pushed into H2K’s base to go up 2-0 in the series. Rekkles was again dominant throughout the game, posting a 6/0/5 KDA.
In match point for Fnatic, it was Caps’ turn to take an unusual champion as he locked in Aurelion Sol. Despite Jankos as Elise ganking and grabbing first blood for H2K, Caps came back with a vengeance, eventually finishing with an 8/3/9 KDA. Rekkles as Kennen and Fnatic jungler Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen’s Kha’Zix both roamed around the map effectively, eliminating any form of H2K momentum when H2K tried to make a play. The mid-game saw Fnatic dodging skillshots and forcing teamfights, overcoming expectations and H2K to soar into the semifinals with a 3-0 sweep.
With its victory, Fnatic will be advancing to the semifinals against G2 Esports, while H2K will be going home with a fifth/sixth placement, 10,000 Euros and 10 Championship Points.