G2 took home its seventh LEC title with a convincing, dominant performance over Fnatic in the finals. What people expected to be a close series, ended up being a stomp by G2.
The G2 reign started in 2019 when the team signed mid laner Rasmus “Caps” Winther. That single decision changed the LEC and turned G2 into an unstoppable force. Ahead of the 2020 season, G2 decided to swap Caps to the bottom lane and bring back Luka “Perkz” Perković to the mid lane. The decision wasn’t as effective as G2 expected, but it made for an interesting season.
If there’s something that G2 knows how to do, it’s making the competition interesting. Whether it’s through weird compositions, risky plays, or turning the best mid laner in the region into a bot laner, G2 is in a league of its own and they know how to entertain while destroying the competition.
Because G2 had ups and downs during the season, the team would end up falling to the lower bracket after losing to MAD Lions. Of course, more games meant nothing to a G2 roster that ran over every opponent en route to the finals. Fnatic wasn’t any different.
Fnatic is a mercurial team, capable of dominating the best in the world or choking badly. In its series against MAD Lions, Fnatic played a clean game with no mistakes. The series against G2 was another story.
Fnatic’s rivalry with G2 has long been a rivalry in name only, with G2 consistently getting the better of the second-best European team. One could talk about individual talent, drafting, champion pools, and stats, but the main difference seems to be how much fun each team is having. One doesn’t need a camera pointed at the players to know that G2 is having a laugh while Fnatic struggles to stay composed.
In the final series, Fnatic went back to its erratic style, trying to make things happen and falling for G2’s traps. G2 was in control at all times, creating opportunities and keeping the pressure high. The entire map belonged to G2, and Fnatic couldn’t do anything to claim some real estate of their own.
Individually, G2 outplayed Fnatic. The best example is the two solo kills in the top lane by Martin “Wunder” Hansen over Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau in game three. G2 ends the season with another title and a well-deserved MVP of the series award for support player Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle. For Fnatic, it is back to the drawing board, hoping to get better for summer.
The LEC returns on May 22.