Vitality vs Fnatic
The first of the 2 quarter finals, this match-up appears to be fairly cut and dry. A 2-0 for Vitality in the regular season and much more consistent performances, mean Vitality are the clear favourites to advance. Led by top lane star Lucas "Cabochard " Simon-Meslet, Vitality have improved greatly from their shaky earlier season. Involved in a 3 way battle for the No.1 spot for much of the season, the team has gone from strength to strength and can be dangerous against any European team.
As to their opponents, a fantastic display at IEM Katowice looked to have boosted Fnatic's hopes for a strong play-off run. However a last week loss to Elements crushed any hope of a new Fnatic, and while at times they can play smooth games, Fnatic have looked shaky for the entire season and a 6th position is hardly inspiring. With multiple players struggling mechanically and a lack of cohesive map movements, Fnatic have admitted to viewing this split as a learning process, and so should look to bring out some new and interesting things for this series.
It would have to be a miracle run for Fnatic to win the play-offs. Going through Vitality, G2, and likely H2k would be the toughest road possible and I highly doubt they will accomplish any of these victories. Vitality should be able to capitalise on Fnatic's shaky synergy, and with an overall stronger roster, it should be a comfortable win for the No.3 seeds.
Predicted Result: 3-0 Win for Vitality.
Origen vs Unicorns of Love
A 4th place seed for Origen would have looked dreadful at the start of the season but last years Summer Split finalists have languished in 6th for most of the split. A recent resurgence has been led by the return of legendary mid-laner Enrique "xPeke" Cedeño Martínez. While not playing out of his mind, xPeke looks to have galvanised the team into action, and a rise up the table has given fans some hope that Origen can go deep into the bracket.
UoL have been one of the surprise packages this split. A strong macro game and several improved performances from individuals has resulted in yet another play-off spot. Former Fnatic ADC Pierre "Steeelback" Medjaldi has been the most improved player this split as has really moulded himself into a strong carry threat. Combined with a creative macro style, and in true UoL style, they could certainly provide some shock upset wins.
Despite UoL being dangerous, I have to take Origen for this one. A better recent record and the overall greater experience of their roster mean Origen should be the favourites for this series. Expect it to go long as UoL are no pushovers but I feel Origen just know how to play Best of 5's more efficiently.
Predicted Result: 3-2 win for Origen
H2k vs (Vitality?)
The No.2 seeds possess one of the most talented rosters ever assembled in the EU LCS. Strong players at every position and led by acclaimed coach Neil "PR0LLY" Hammad, H2k are very threatening and should be able to make the final. Godlike ADC Konstantinos "FORG1VEN" Tzortziou can always carry the game, and only G2 have been able to surpass them.
Against Vitality who were my predicted winners against Fnatic, H2k should be able to take the win. They simply have more diverse ways to win, as opposed to the mainly top lane focused strategy Vitality employ. Vitality should be able to take 1 or 2 games, and certainly have the potential to go off, but when I see both teams as a whole, H2k just look cleaner.
Predicted Result: 3-1 win for H2k
G2 vs (Origen?)
The No.1 seed and holding a 15-3 record, G2 have been the biggest surprise perhaps in the history of the EU LCS. Featuring performances from EU LCS MVP Kim "Trick" Gang-yun, G2 love to fight often and early. The best skirmishing team in the league, G2 have crushed multiple opponents, and rightly could've had an even better record if it wasn't for poor late game warding.
I see G2 taking this series, despite some late game issues, they should simply be able to take the game to Origen, out muscling them via Trick and dominating the team fights. I give Origen a game, as G2 have been known to sometimes slip up, but overall G2 are many peoples favourites to make or even win the final.
Predicted Result: 3-1 win for G2
(G2?) vs (H2k?)
While entirely hypothetical at this stage, these are most people's predicted combatants. The No.1 and No.2 seeds should do battle and I expect it to go all the way. A clear difference in style should make for very interesting games. For me, H2k become the champions, I see them learning from their tough semi final and the slight inexperience of G2 might hamper them when it comes to the big pressure matches.
Predicted Result: 3-2 Win for H2k
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