The fifth week of the 2022 LEC Spring Split will end with a bang as two regional giants Team Vitality and Fnatic will clash on Summoner’s Rift.
What better way to finish off the LEC week than with potentially the most anticipated matchup based on the individual players on each team. The two star-packed rosters will face off for the second time this split after Fnatic came out on top in the first matchup all the way back from the first week.
For this match, much will be different, as both teams will be playing live from the LEC studio in Berlin. This will likely provide an extra spark to the matchup, as players Luka “Perkz” Perković, Marek “Humanoid” Brázda, Martin “Wunder” Hansen, and other big names will be on the Rift.
Going into the match, Fnatic will have the best chance at coming out on top based on its performance this split. The team entered this week in a shared second place spot on the leaderboard with a 6-3 record. Vitality is placed a bit lower with a 5-4 record after struggling in some games.
With that said, Vitality will be the one with the momentum as it went 2-0 last week. Fnatic ended that week with an unexpected loss to Excel, leaving this matchup wide open for both squads.
Perkz and Humanoid in focus when Vitality takes on Fnatic
With stars in all positions from both teams, it’s hard to decide where to keep an eye on. There could be action in any lane, but one of the most crucial points of the map will be the mid lane where Perkz and Humanoid will go up against each other.
This matchup isn’t only interesting because both players are known for being aggressive carries, but also because both have had some rough games this split. While these players can carry their team on a good day, they have also shown a tendency to struggle if things don’t go their way in the early game.
This was seen last week for Humanoid when he struggled against Excel and Orianna. In the game before that he had a great showing on Viktor, which really proves the swing in momentum he can have. The same really goes for Perkz, where he often looks great in Vitality’s wins but can struggle when the team falls behind.
Whichever mid laner gets out ahead with a favorable champion and in the early game could be the decider of this match. It’s hard to say who that will be, but Perkz seems to have gotten a good grasp on the meta after performing well last week.
Team Vitality vs. Fnatic rosters
Team Vitality roster:
- Top – Barney “Alphari” Morris
- Jungle – Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek
- Mid – Luka “Perkz” Perković
- Bot – Matyáš “Carzzy” Orság
- Support – Labros “Labrov” Papoutsakis
- Top – Martin “Wunder” Hansen
- Jungle – Iván “Razork” Díaz
- Mid – Marek “Humanoid” Brázda
- Bot – Elias “Upset” Lipp
- Support – Zdravets “Hylissang” Galabov
Team Vitality and Fnatic in a completely even LEC matchup
It’s rare to see an even matchup this far into the split according to the bookmakers. But this match between Vitality and Fnatic is one of them, as both teams are ranked evenly. This is likely due to the individual players on both teams and the fact that they are really close in the standings. Fnatic has a slightly better record while Vitality has the momentum on its side. Together, this makes up for a really competitive match and one that is hard to predict.
Even though both sides could run with the win, this match seems to be one where Vitality can get revenge and take an important win going into the second half of the split. The team has the individual skill, momentum, and understanding of the meta to do it.
Betting on Vitality to win will also give slightly higher odds than Fnatic as Perkz and his teammates are put at odds of 1.89. Meanwhile, a win for Fnatic has been put at odds of 1.81. Many would call this match a coin flip, but we think that Vitality has a slight edge.
The match between Vitality and Fnatic will round out this LEC week on Saturday, February 12.