Though G2 were already guaranteed a spot at Worlds, their win means H2K will go as Europe’s second seed on championship points. H2K easily swept aside the Unicorns of Love in yesterday’s third-place playoff. Splyce will now drop to the Regional Qualifiers where they will act as the final boss.
The series began with a comfortable victory for G2, as mid-laner Perkz surprised everyone with the AP Ekko pick in the mid lane, neutralising his opposing mid-laner Sencux while Trick stole the show on Gragas, almost singlehandedly putting the entire Splyce squad over a barrel.
Game 2 was a much different story, however, as Trashy showed he could match Trick in the early game, setting up top-laner Wunder to carry the game on Shen, while Kobbe and Sencux stepped up on Sivir and Vlad respectively.
Cue game 3, as G2 had to reset their focus to ensure they stayed on point, and they did just that. Both games 4 and 4 were complete stomps, and Mithy’s performance in game 3 left fans’ jaws gaping just as wide as the champ Mithy used to devour teammates and foes alike. The former Worlds semifinalist unbenched the Kench and played it to perfection, tilting Splyce off the face of the earth with every last-second save, cross-map ult and slimy tongue lash.
Support players around the world beware, however, as Mithy mentioned he doesn’t even practice Tahm Kench nor did he plan to pick it: “I don't really practice Tahm Kench, to be fairly honest,” he said. “I play it in scrims and everything, but I don't play it in solo queue because I just feel it's really easy to carry. You have so many tools and you're really strong in general. Your Q, you can stun, you can do so many things that I just don't even play it because I think, if I play this champ, it's just too easy.”
“Tahm Kench is just annoying to deal with for the enemy team,” Zven added. “He doesn't make many flashy plays, sometimes he ults to side lanes: he can just be mid and ult top lane or bot lane, he can be everywhere he wants to. Whenever the enemy team wants to make a play, he just eats someone and runs away. The other team is like, 'Ah, that sucks. Tahm Kench just ate that guy and ran away and we can't do anything about it'.”
G2 capped off the series with a bloodbath in game 4, racking up 31 kills to Splyce’s 8, as the reigning EU LCS champions made it two championships from two splits in the EU LCS. For G2’s bot-laners – AD carry Zven and support Mithy – it was their first EU LCS final victory, having failed in two attempts with Origen, and it spelled relief for both.
“It was my goal to win the split and I knew I could achieve that goal,” says Mithy. “So I feel happy but mostly it's just relief that everything I worked for and put in all the sacrifice for that eventually came to me winning the split, I feel relieved that everything finally paid off.”
“It's nice to finally not be that guy who's lost all his splits,” Zven added. “I finally have one win under my belt so it feels really amazing to finally have one LCS Finals victory.
G2 now look to Worlds. After losing EU’s first seed due to their poor performance at MSI, it was important for them to not only redeem themselves, but also to ensure that another team doesn’t suffer because of their poor preparation. One thing is certain, G2 won’t go into Worlds unprepared this year. A bootcamp in Korea beckons, where G2 will scrim some of the best teams in the world before their first Worlds appearance.
Neither Zven nor Mithy expect anything particular from for their performance on the international stage. Mithy points out that his position on G2 is not a short-term deal, and there’s plenty of time to gain international experience, especially for G2’s less experienced players: top-laner Expect and mid-laner Perkz.
“In terms of our team and our players, there are some rookies on our team like Dae-Han (Expect) or Perkz. I think this first Worlds or international experience where you actually scrim teams for two weeks before playing will give them the same thing I get, where you get fuelled with the experience and all this motivation to become better. To see that you're not as good as you think you are, because there's a lot of people around the world who are also pretty good at the game.”
Europe’s story is not yet over. The EU LCS Regional Qualifiers begin on September 3rd, and Zven expects today’s opponents to win the Gauntlet and make it to Worlds as Europe’s third seed.
“Splyce is first in the Gauntlet so they will have an advantage in the Gauntlet,” he said. “I also think they're a better team in the Gauntlet than Fnatic, Giants and UOL. I think UOL is a good team too but they have to play three teams before Splyce, so I think Splyce are clear favourites. Maybe Fnatic can pull something off and get it together, but I don't know. I don't think so.”
The road to Worlds begins today as we crowned our EU LCS summer split champion and confirmed H2K as our second seed for Worlds. Tune into the EU regional qualifiers, starting with a quarterfinals rematch between Giants and Unicorns of Love on September 3rd as the remaining top-teams in Europe do battle for one last Worlds spot!