The Fnatic-G2 rivalry has been one of the most enjoyable elements of the League of Legends European Championship in recent years. Kickoff is on Friday, Jan. 22, with the start of the 2021 LEC Spring Season right around the corner.
It’s a good time to have a look at the offseason moves of the two teams and how their competition might shape up in the new season.
Fnatic: Against All the Odds
Being on the losing end of the competition for the past two seasons, in the free agency period, Fnatic was not allowed to catch a break from G2 either. Martin “Rekkles” Larsson, the most experienced player and leader of Fnatic, quit the team to join G2, following in the footsteps of his former teammate, Rasmus “Caps” Winther.
It wasn’t all bad for Fnatic, that being said, as they managed to fill Rekkles’ spot with Elias “Upset” Lipp, who was looking for a way to showcase himself to be the region’s top ADC.
It will be exciting to see if Upset can deliver in the Bot Lane and become a dominant force, helping Fnatic to gain at least a lane advantage in the new season against G2.
“On the Middle Lane, Fnatic split up with Tim “Nemesis” Lipovšek, taking Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer from NA’s Cloud9 who, having been replaced by Luka “Perkz” Perkovic, needed a new team. However, it is questionable whether Nisqy is a significant enough upgrade to assist Fnatic to contend with G2. He’s another player who’s going to look to prove himself in the 2021 season as a top tier, Mid Laner.
The three remaining ones from the Fnatic 2020 lineup are Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau, Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek and Iliev “Hylissang” Galabov.
In spite of going up against perhaps the strongest roster the EU region has ever seen, they will attempt to contend for a top position.
“Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi will be the coach of this latest Fnatic iteration. will likely bring in a lot of new ideas and experience to try and create a new Fnatic dynasty after returning to his home region after becoming the first Westerner to coach a Korean team.
G2: The Reigning Team – Fnatic-G2 Rivalry
The two-year running of the reigning EU kings, G2 may somehow have, is the greatest winner the West has ever seen. It’s all the more impressive because they managed to do this at the cost of their biggest regional rival, Fnatic.
It is difficult to make any claims in the current landscape against G2 in the rivalry among them and Fnatic. Even the biggest star players at Fnatic seem to believe in G2 as a better team to play for as they continue to leave when they get the call to join G2.
In the upcoming season, G2’s main drawback against Fnatic, if you can call it that, will be the fact that anything but first place is a disappointment for the team they have.
If they can once again manage to put up a good fight against all odds, Fnatic might be pleased with themselves, but the reigning kings of Europe do not have the same luxury.
Their real challenge should not be to get the best from Fnatic, but to win the World Championship. Against their regional rivals, they cannot afford to lose.
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