Fnatic Vs. G2 Esports Betting Odds & Preview | 2020 LEC Spring Finals
An unpredictable LEC 2020 Spring Split Playoffs somehow has produced a Grand Finals that seemed inevitable at the start. On Sunday, top-seeded G2 Esports will meet second-seeded Fnatic with € 80,000 ($86,999.92 USD), a Mid-Season Invitational bid, and a LEC Spring Split title on the line.
On Saturday, G2, which faltered in a 3-2 loss to MAD Lions in the Semifinals, exercised their demons, defeating MAD, 3-1, in the Loser’s Finals to book a spot in the Grand Finals. Fnatic, who topped Origen 3-1 in the Semifinals, defeated MAD in the Winner’s Finals back on April 11.
Despite the tournament’s early drama, the indisputable best teams in Europe indeed will meet in the Grand Finals, which are sure to be a treat for League of Legends fans throughout the region and around the world. Though Fnatic are favored by many, G2, who in 2019 won the Spring and Summer Splits in addition to MSI, have a wealth of experience and a lot to prove.
Fnatic Vs. G2 Esports LEC Spring Finals Betting Odds
|Team||To Win||Map 1||Map 2||Map 3|
|Fnatic||-106||Over 4.5 +143||-109||-110|
|G2||-112||Under 4.5 -185||-120||-116|
Table-toppers G2 (15-3) defeated second-place Fnatic (13-5) in both of their Group Stage meetings back on February 8 and March 7. In the first meeting, G2 was aggressive, ganking early but was met with return aggression from Fnatic who refused to shy away from team fights for fear of falling behind. Unfortunately for Fnatic, G2, a more skilled outfit, outclassed them in team fights and secured the win.
The March 7 match played out much differently with both sides playing more conservatively. As a result, the match’s first team fight didn’t come until the 16-minute mark and a clear deadlock was not blown open until closer to the 30-minute mark. Key to G2’s win was a late-game Baron buff that overwhelmed Fnatic in the match’s final team fight.
By The Numbers
The first-place G2 topped the league in many statistical categories you would expect a table-leader to top: total kills (354), kill-to-death ratio (1.61), kills-per-minute (1.01), gold difference at 15 minutes (1,401), and first-blood rate (83%).
On the other hand, Fnatic boasted the league’s best early-game rating (66.0) and was second in first-tower rate (72%), three places higher than G2 (50%). In terms of mid/late game rating, G2 (19.6) was third and Fnatic (9.0) fourth.
In these playoffs, G2 was edged by MAD Lions, 3-2 in the Semifinals but went on to topple them, 3-1, in the Loser’s Finals. Fnatic dismissed MAD, 3-0, in the Winner’s Finals. Both G2 and Fnatic defeated Origen by 3-1 scorelines; Fnatic in the semis and G2 in the Loser’s third round. Make of those results against like opponents what you will.
With A Title On The Line
What we’ve learned from this Split is that G2, Fnatic, and MAD are the class of Europe. And why is that? Because they’re better equipped to adapt to different in-game scenarios. They’re not afraid to take a risk, make an unorthodox play, or force their opponent’s hand. In short, they are quick on their feet and adaptable, like many of the top teams in Asia.
We can look back to G2 and Fnatic’s Group Stage matches for some context, but this Grand Final is a different beast. For one, it’s a best-of-five not best-of-one and there will be significant momentum changes throughout the match. There are additional opportunities to make mistakes, like during multiple drafts, and, with such a high level of skill, an unforgiving opponent on the opposite side of the Rift.
G2 enters the final having played less than 24 hours earlier, while Fnatic has had a seven-day layoff. Does that give G2 an edge, having played in a high-profile match recently, or is it a positive for Fnatic, who has undoubtedly dissected every element of G2 over the past week?
Yet the biggest question in this series surrounds the bottom lane. Fnatic employs the best ADC in the region in Rekkles, who earned 1st All-Pro Team distinction for the Spring Split. The Swede lines up against Caps, the Danish mid-laner turned ADC who was 1st All-Pro Team in the Spring and Summer Splits last season and the reigning MSI MVP. In the ADC position this year, Caps appeared on the 3rd All-Pro Team and has been generally underwhelming.
That was until Saturday when Caps put forth a strong showing and was named MVP of G2’s Loser’s Finals victory over MAD. Elsewhere, Bwipo likely gives Fnatic the edge in the top lane where Jankos of G2 is rated higher than his opponent Selfmade.
Early in these playoffs, G2 had their bubble burst following their shocking Semifinals loss to MAD. Their status as Class of Europe was thrown into doubt, but concerns have since been calmed. That’s not to say that G2 is perfect: they’re not. But neither is a less-skilled Fnatic side who, to their credit, looks good. But this G2 team is the best Europe has ever produced. This adversity will do them good moving forward. They secure a 3-1 win on Sunday and move on to bigger and better events.