G2 Esports vs Karmine Corp was the first Match of the Week of the 2024 LEC Season – and rightfully so.
The 2024 Winter LEC is on full force, with the teams going strong at making it to the first playoffs of the new year. This split is extra exciting, as immensely popular French team Karmine Corp finally joined the LEC. Sadly, their first two matches weren’t the best – but they got very strong opponents as well, Fnatic and G2 Esports, so they still have plenty of room to grow, as the toughest teams are behind them.
G2 Esports vs Karmine Corp Recap
Champion select went relatively uneventful with two important champions picked in the first round: LeBlanc, who is back with her AD build and a vendetta, and Lucian, who is also back – for better or worse. This was the first time Viego, Kennen and Malphite was picked this year as well, with both teams playing for their strengths even in Picks and Bans.
After a brief delay, the teams didn’t wait long before spilling blood, as Yike looked for a dive in the toplane as early as 3-minutes, and not long after, went Bot – alongside Bo, with the two teams trading kills, but ultimately G2 taking the first one. They kept trading blows until Yike’s Viego became very fed, having 4 kills before 10 minutes. While G2 took the lead, Karmine Corp fought back and could punish their missteps in the early game.
The first half of the midgame was controlled by Karmine Corp, with G2 trying to find some picks on the sidelanes. After KC took the 3rd match of the drake, G2 destroyed the Mid Tier 1 Tower, and thanks to a great teleport by BrokenBlade’s Kennen, they got 2 kills and the first Baron – right around the 20-minute mark.
3 minutes later, KC tried to catch Caps out in the toplane, but with Yike, Hans and Miky arriving to the rescue, they lost the fight 2 towers and an Inhibitor top, and an Inhibitor turret bot thanks to BrokenBlade. The French squad aimed for the Infernal Soul, but G2 managed to deter them, taking the dragon for themselves after the 25-minute mark. The power of Upset’s Lucian waned while Yike’s Viego and Caps’ LeBlanc only got stronger.
Nearing the lategame, Targamas and co. caught Hans sama then started the second Baron Nashor of the game, while G2 was working on backdooring their almost open Nexus. Thankfully for the French team, Yike couldn’t buy enough time for G2, but having your base on half HP before 30 minutes is not a comfortable position to be in.
G2 split the map with Caps and BrokenBlade constantly staying on sidelines, with Karmine Corp unable to cover all their bases. With the Nexus in Karmine Corp’s turf completely open and Bo and his teammates trying to get their first Inhibitor, G2 could ambush them with BB’s sights set on the win. SAKEN had to return to their base, but couldn’t beat Kennen with his Neeko. G2 won the fight, and with BrokenBlade next to their base, there was no chance to recuperate – with G2 Esports getting their second win of the year, putting KC down 0-2.
- G2 Esports vs Karmine Corp
- Time: 32:02
- Kills: 15 – 14
- Turrets: 10 – 4
- Gold: 63.4k – 59.3k
- Dragons: 2 – 3
- Barons: 1 – 1
While they weren’t flawless, G2 Esports showed why everyone considers them the best team in the EMEA region – hopefully, they can transfer this momentum to the international events as well.