LEC 2020 Spring Finals Preview
Old kings. New kings. Legacy. There are two reasons these words come up so often when discussing Europe and those reasons are Fnatic and G2 Esports.
The League of Legends European Championship will see the grand final of its Spring split play out later today at 5pm CET. Fnatic and G2 Esports will clash once again for the €80,000 victor’s purse, the champion’s trophy and the honor of representing Europe at the Mid-Season Invitational 2020.
Legendary Rosters Collide
Fnatic are the most successful organization in European League of Legends with seven championships in addition to multiple international appearances. It must irk the first-ever European champions that three of the past four years were all dominated by G2 Esports. Now at the start of a new decade, Fnatic are determined to reestablish their dynasty with the addition of jungler Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek. Although the team finished second in the regular season, Fnatic are the frontrunner favorites to win the final. With fearsome team fighting and flashy quirky picks, Fnatic are a dangerous team that can play through all three lanes with stable, dependable performances from four of their five players.
G2 Esports are the defending LEC champions but arrive at the finals from the losers’ side of the bracket. It has been an ignominious postseason for the first seed, with a stunning loss to the MAD Lions in the initial round of the playoffs, seeming to validate many fans’ fears or ridicule regarding the performance of star-mid-laner-turned-bot-laner Rasmus “Caps” Winther. However, a dominant showing over Origen and then convincing revenge on MAD has firmly reestablished the pecking order as G2 take to the stage (this time only metaphorically) to retain their status as LEC champions against their perennial rivals.
The player-to-watch is in the G2 bottom lane. Caps’ debut as the AD Carry for his team has been under heavy scrutiny throughout the split and though he and his G2 squad have triumphed in both regular season meetings against his former team, this is the match that truly counts. Adding to the stakes is knowing that if they emerge victorious, then G2 Esports will for the first time equal Fnatic as the most victorious European organization with seven split trophies.
— LEC (@LEC) April 14, 2020
Lift the trophy later
This Final will be the first (and hopefully last) played entirely online. Despite this, the event will still strive for the aplomb and spectacle that such a climactic showdown deserves. The LEC announced earlier this week that Robin Schulz will livestream a performance at 3pm CET. For two whole hours we will enjoy a special show, ahead of the players hitting the Rift. The acclaimed German musician, DJ and producer should already be familiar to frequent LEC viewers with his “In Your Eyes” track that features often between matches. Following his set, the Ready Check pre-show begins at 4pm CET.
We are going to be deprived the experience of the trophy lifting celebration as well as the pre and postgame show. Hopefully, Quickshot prepared an amazing intro speech to get us up to the usual Finals feel. Here’s to 5 games of peak League of Legends.
The LEC finals will be played later today at 5pm CET on Sunday, April 19. It is available to watch on the LoL Esports YouTube channel and Twitch channel.
This article was contributed by Michael Jeong.