Melany M. March 31, 2019
Fnatic is one step closer to Rotterdam after a quick and decisive victory over Team Vitality.
Fnatic has its eyes on the prize and is clearly ready to fight for it. The squad had one of its best performances of the season against a Vitality that looked weak by comparison.
Game one and two had similar drafts, with Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen picking Karthus in the Fnatic jungle and Tim “Nemesis” Lipovšek taking Lissandra mid. In the top lane, Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau stuck with champions that would allow him to absorb pressure. The bottom lane duo went for a regular AD carry paired with an engaging support.
This strategy worked for Fnatic in the regular season and became the key to their early success in this playoff series. Vitality tried to counter with creative drafts that included Lucian and Kennen in the top lane, but it wasn’t enough.
Even the gameplay was similar in games one and two. Vitality jungler Lee “Mowgli” Jae-ha went for aggressive invades that gave Vitality an edge in the early game. Fnatic focused on the team fights thanks to the reliable engagement provided by Lissandra and the global ultimate threat from Karthus.
Martin “Rekkles” Larsson took over the bottom lane in every single game played in the series. The bottom laner was the game changer in the ensuing team fights, capably protected as usual by Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev Galabov.
In game three, Fnatic showed a different look with Kayle in the mid lane and Broxah on Rek’Sai in the jungle. But this game was all about Nemesis, as the young mid laner took over and achieved his first pentakill in the LEC.
Vitality’s playoff run was cut short despite the team’s inventive drafting and aggressive attitude in-game. Fnatic is moving forward to the next playoff stage where the red hot squad is set to face Splyce.