2017 EU LCS Spring Playoffs – Semifinals Preview

Things have gotten very interesting in the EU LCS Spring Playoffs. With a major upset happening already and two exciting Semifinals with lots of story behind them, we’re in for a treat this weekend and the EU LCS tends to deliver. Here’s a look at the two Semifinal matches.

 

Unicorns of Love vs Misfits

 

 

After a grueling five game series the Misfits managed to take down last year’s Summer finalist in Splyce. Despite starting off 0-2 and not putting up much of a fight, they were able to come back strong in the next three games. Everyone on the team managed to step up and although their play was bad in the first two games, their confidence and motivation remained high. This is something that they will be able to rely on heading into their match against the Unicorns. A big question mark right now seems to be Lee “KaKAO” Byung-kwon. While he is a great player and a strong early game carry for the team, he seems to not play that great whenever he isn’t on a comfort pick.

 

The Unicorns haven’t played yet but it’s safe to assume their strengths haven’t gone away. Creative drafting coupled with great mid to late game team fighting are both huge assets for them. Although the players sometimes have off-games if they are able to just keep it together and play at their usual level, they will be the favorites heading into the match.

 

If the Unicorns abuse their good drafting and put KaKAO on a champion he isn’t comfortable on, we might just see a quick 3-0 sweep. However if Misfits find a way to counter this or if KaKAO simply expands his pool, we might be in for a very close match. Unicorns will be the favorites heading into it but there should be no doubt that Misfits have what it takes to make it to their first EU LCS final. With Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage facing off against his former team, a new rivalry may be born between these squads.

 

G2 Esports vs Fnatic

 

 

Despite suffering their first domestic loss of the split and the past year, G2 Esports remains the favorite to win the championship. They have solid players in all position and while in the past Ki “Expect” Dae-Han was their apparent weakness, he has become a much more stable player and someone that can be relied upon. Luka “PerkZ” Perković and Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez have sharpened up their play while Kim “Trick” Gang-Yun and Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen continue to perform as well as they always do.

 

On the other side of the pond is Fnatic. This was quite possibly their worst split to date. It was filled with nothing but drama and disappointment. However in the end they managed to qualify for playoffs. And not only that but they also won their Quarterfinal match in a 3-0 sweep against heavy favorites H2K Gaming. Although H2K had a great regular season and show a lot of dominance early on, Fnatic seem to have fixed a lot of their core issues which is lack of synergy between the members and the members themselves play below average in some games. These two things don’t seem to be an issue anymore and Fnatic is starting to click.

 

While G2 are expected to defeat Fnatic and move onto the finals to fight for their third EU LCS title in a row, Fnatic have proved that they aren’t a pushover anymore and if G2 wants to win another split they will have to fight for it. If Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen is able to match up well against Trick and gain advantages for his laners, then Fnatic will have a much higher chance of winning. Martin “Rekkles” Larsson has been the main carry for Fnatic and while people don’t expect Zven to lose lane to him, if Fnatic drafts well and puts the G2 bot lane in a bad matchup, that could be their way of winning the series.

 

With past teammates clashing in one semifinal while the former kings of Europe face the current ones, we are in for some awesome games that are bound to be filled with a lot of exciting and hype. The EU LCS tends to always deliver in playoffs and it doesn’t seem like that will be changing heading into the semifinals.

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