G2 Esports vs Fnatic
The age-old LEC el clasico. Whenever these two teams compete against each other, fireworks are almost guaranteed by default. That's the only thing that can happen when you pit so many talented players against each other, all of whom have been competing at the highest of levels for years.
The sheer amount of talent present in these two line-ups is just baffling. These truly are the biggest names, the best players, and the most successful competitors in the West. In other words, this is about as big of a must watch as you can get. Furthermore, because of the more wider context, there's quite a lot on the line here. Historically speaking, whenever these two giants fought against each other, they were mostly ranked first and second, respectively. This time around, the first two spots are reserved for MAD Lions and Rogue, and there's absolutely no chance G2 and Fnatic will be able to climb quite that high. Instead, they're tied for third with seven wins apiece. Seven wins after so many weeks of play is by no means an impressive number, and the fact that they were barely able to reach a .500 record tells you all you need to know about their current power level and ability to play clean and commanding League of Legends.
Both teams have struggled mightily and were barely able to correct course in entirely different ways. Fnatic experimented a bit too much and most of their players underperformed as well. Once the going got rough, however, the boys in black and orange reverted back to comfort picks and tried and true team comps. As a result, they looked better, but by no means as good as one would expect from such a stacked roster. G2 Esports, on the other hand, were equally out of sync but they at least had those well-known G2 pop-off moments which tells us they're still as dangerous as ever, although -- for whatever reason -- they struggle to tap into that reservoir on a consistent basis. Rasmus "Caps" Winther is trying his hardest to hardcarry his team over the finish line, but he's not getting a lot of help. Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski is a pale shadow of his former self, and Luka "Perkz" Perković hasn't been nearly as dominant as he was back when he first switched to the marksman role. Overall, no one's quite sure what's going on, but this isn't the first time we've seen G2 underperform and have these baffling swings in performance. They're known for preserving energy and waiting things out. They don't want to burn out, so they're keeping their cards close to the chest and waiting for those oh-so-important Best of 5s.
Predicting the outcome of this one game is downright impossible, especially given how badly both teams have performed recently. Still, throughout (recent) history, G2 Esports always found a way to contain Fnatic's aggression and outclass them in a myriad of ways. They're better in every way, shape, and form, and there's no reason to doubt their impending resurgence. That said, expect absolute chaos on all fronts.