Do EU Teams Have What It Takes To Win LoL Worlds 2019?
Posted 23rd October 2019 By: Derpina    192 Views
Esports News – Three European teams enter the Knockout Stage of the League of Legends World Championship this week. G2 Esports, Fnatic, and Splyce dominated their respective domestic and international runs prior and during the biggest event in LoL competitive scene. Although not as allies, many expect at least one of the three to beat the defending champion Invictus Gaming in the grand finals. Let’s see which team has what it takes to be the next LoL Worlds champion.
The region’s favorite, G2 Esports, held on to their the seed title in the Group and Knockout stages. Europe expects nothing less from the winner of the Mid-Season Invitational 2019. And it looks like the team is more than ready to exceed expectations.
The first few matches in the Group Stage saw G2 executing their usual early-game and team fighting compositions. When they encountered Cloud9 and Griffin for the first time, G2 employed alternate strategies to test the waters. Surprisingly, their newfound combinations worked. In their final two games, G2 repeated their MSI signature against Fnatic to destroy Griffin.
As one of the teams in the so-called ‘Group of Death’, Fnatic struggled to qualify for the next stage. But that didn’t stop them from recovering. Fnatic was G2 Esports’ nemesis in MSI 2019, so there’s no denying that the team might want to surpass the position of the first seed in the Knockout Stage. A regional rivalry is what drives a competitive team like Fnatic.
Fnatic faced SK Telecom T1, Royal Never Give Up, and Clutch Gaming in Group C. Although SKT T1 is a sure candidate, Fnatic claimed the second seed. It’s only a matter of time before the team executes another strategy similar to what they used at LEC and MSI.
Splyce was one of the underdogs in the group stages. Not many EU fans expect them to rank alongside G2 Esports and Fnatic. But lo and behold, Splyce secured the third seed. They struggled against Unicorns of Love, J Team, and the equally powerful Funplus Phoenix before securing a slot in the Knockout Stage.
It’s fairly easy to say that Splyce ‘overachieved’ their current position. But looking at their round-robin performances, Spylce can actually manipulate a team and take control of a map.