Team Vitality vs Fnatic
For our final match of the day we have an incredibly exciting clash between Fnatic and Team Vitality. This match could, by all means, deliver on all fronts. This will either be one of the best matches of the week, or it will resolve like a meek, and subdued sizzle. Either way, the potential is there, which is more than enough reason to tune in and watch.
The reason why this match is so exciting is because it highlights and involves two fairly similar teams -- albeit not in playstyle or potential. We've seen their highs, we've seen their lows, and we can fairly assess that they're somewhat in the middle right now. They're definitely not playing to the best of their ability and it shows every time they step foot on the Summoner's Rift.
They're reactive, passive and constantly fighting from behind. From time to time, however, they're also capable of putting on immense displays of skill and mechanical prowess. When they start off on the right foot their play is downright marvelous, albeit still somewhat inconsistent. Vitality is definitely less capable and threatening at this point in time, but they're Vitality -- you never know what you're going to get and how well they're going to play until they spawn on the Rift. Their inherent volatility is one of the main reasons why we love them, but when it comes to betting on (or against them), they're as hard to predict as possible.
Fnatic are currently still ranked second right behind G2 Esports, but it feels like they squeak by more often than not. When they get their hands on their priority picks they're still as dangerous as ever, but it's only a matter of time before the meta shifts and teams start pinching their somewhat small champion pools.
They're comfortable only on a small number of champions and that's a huge problem, especially at this level of play. They absolutely have to step up and diversify their arsenal if they want to actually challenge G2 Esports in a Best of 5 format further down the line.
For this match, in particular, it could really go either way. Neither team is playing at a high enough level and they absolutely need to step up and start stringing wins if they want to stand a chance of leaving a mark once all is said and done. Vitality are definitely in a much bigger problem because they just dropped a game to SK Gaming, so you can expect them to start swinging from the very get go.
Regardless, Fnatic know this is an important game and have an incredibly solid track record against Team Vitality. They should, by all means, be able to get the job done and emerge victorious. That said, if Vitality get on the same page they should definitely be able to make this into an insanely competitive game.