This is it! Three of the best teams in Europe will enter the final fight for €200,000 in prize money and a spot to represent the region at the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational. It’s time for Origen to face the unstoppable Fnatic.
Three spots to Rift Rivals 2019, one spot at a Mid-Season Invitational 2019 and 200,000 euros — this much is on the line in LEC 2019 Spring Playoffs. The first franchized split in Europe was a vibrant one and the fight for the top spots continues.
Both Fnatic and Origen, as well as G2 Esports who already in the grand final, earned themselves a direct invite to represent Europe at the Rift Rivals 2019. Tonight Fnatic will face off against Origen for a spot in the grand final.
Fnatic is facing a peculiar scenario. On one hand, their impressive 12-0 winning streak was stopped last week by Splyce. On the other, Fnatic still look incredibly impressive. Not only did they defeat Splyce 3-1, they did so in a very convincing manner.
The current meta fits Fnatic really well, allowing Martin “Rekkles” Larsson to pop off and carry his team in a big way. A lot of Fnatic’s recent success can be attached to the AD Carry of the team.
The big question for Fnatic’s success lies with the rookie of the team, Tim “Nemesis” Lipovšek. It took a while for him to get used to the big stage in LEC, but once he did, the 19-year-old player was able to shine. The question remains will the young star be able to show the same kind of stability here in the finals?
This week LEC moves to Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, where the teams will battle in front of the audience of 15,000 League of Legends fans. Needless to say, this will be the largest stage Nemesis has ever played on. But will the young player be able to perform at the same level on a bigger stage?
For Origen situation is a bit different. OG were able to keep a stable form throughout the season but their recent performance was a bit wavering. Last week they were absolutely destroyed by G2 Esports and it wasn’t even close.
Now granted, G2 is very likely the best team in Europe right now. They were completely dominating everyone this whole split, although Origen was one of the few teams that managed to steal a game off them.
While Fnatic was playing since the first round of the playoffs, Origen got their debut just last week. And it was an underwhelming debut at that. One might say that OG got a lot of practice in while not having to worry about playing on stage, but the form they showed last week was far from impressive.
Based on that alone, Fnatic seem to be the clear favorites to take this game and move on to the grand final, where they would face G2 Esports tomorrow. One way or another the match on Sunday will be worthy of a final. The only hope is, that G2 won’t make the other team look too bad.
The last chance for Origen lies with a surprise factor and some luck — they had four weeks, they had to prepare something, right? Origen have the stability on their side, but the lack of explosive firepower that Fnatic possesses might be a decisive factor.
Only will that be enough against the unstoppable Fnatic?
Our pick: Fnatic
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