G2 Reach Another LEC Grand Final, Can They Be Stopped?

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G2 Reach Another LEC Grand Final, Can They Be Stopped?

Will the Kings of Europe stand above the rest yet again, or will we see a new roster take the Spring trophy?

History repeats itself as we see G2 Esports poised for yet another LEC win. While their chances look the strongest they've ever been, the two remaining runner-ups have tenaciously improved since last season.

With Fnatic and Team BDS going head-to-head in the semifinal, we're taking a look at their chances of stealing Spring from the Kings.

“We Don’t Want to Repeat Last Year’s Spring Failure.”

In a recent sitdown with Sheep Esports, G2 mid-laner Rasmus “Caps” Winther discssed their current approach to the split, his thoughts on global champion ban rotations and G2's current obstacles.

G2's spot in the standings cemented the EU team's future appearance in the 2024 Mid-Season Invitational (despite having only played a few best-of-three [bo3] series). When asked about playing with relatively less stakes, Caps expressed G2's mindset.

“I think there are still a lot of stakes for us. We have very high expectations of ourselves,” the mid-laner responded.

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Credit: Wojciech Wandzel/Riot Games

Rasmus went on to talk about learning from failure and emerging stronger as a team. But later he mentioned the roster's toughest challenge to date: staying on top of the current Pro meta.

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“We're doing better in scrims now,” Caps remarked, “but we've had a hard time implementing all of these new notions, especially as seen against MDK.” It's worth noting that G2 suffered a disastrous start against MAD Lions KOI in their last bo3 series.

In any case, you gain a major advantage when you keep Caps locked down — a feat that's easier said than done against EU's “Baby Faker”. But pulling it off results in a very messy G2, so expect their next opponent to focus on that once the grand final arrives on April 13.

G2 Esports vs Fnatic: El Clasico

Fnatic's rough start in 2023 has become a distant memory after recent triumphs. Not only did they end the year by placing 2nd in the Season Finals, but they've continuously refined their brash tactics this season to get to where they are now; near the summit, where legendary orgs belong.

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Credit: Wojciech Wandzel/Riot Games

That said, Fnatic's macroplay only seems to shine when everyone's at their weakest. The team struggles to keep their lead when the enemy finally starts to scale, similar to their recent match against Team Vitality. But their playstyle might still work in their favor.

If Fnatic manages to single out either Caps or Hans Sama in the first minutes of the match, it'll give them enough time to get a big lead. That said, we've seen FNC players overreach many times this split, so even if Humanoid and co. manage to control the laning phase, chances are high that G2 will turn the tables on the Spanish roster yet again.

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G2 Esports vs Team BDS: Clash of Kings

Soon, they'll be facing Team BDS, a team who has made a regular showing in every playoffs stage since 2023. Apart from Adam “Adam” Maanane's indomitable top carry, their jungler has dictated much of their winning matches. It makes sense that the Swiss roster got this far given their Worlds-level prowess. But will it be enough to dethrone the current kings?

Ilias “nuc” Bizriken played an essential part in the last win against G2 Esports. The Azir mid draft pick not only helped catch G2's ADC bot-laner, but it also spread damage around while Sheo drew G2's attention. So if there's anything BDS has over G2, it's their ability to maintain a lead with smart picks. But G2 Esports adapts at an alarming rate, and only time will tell if BDS can keep the Kings on their toes.

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Paul G
Paul started writing game guides and match predictions for ESTNN's editorial team in 2022. Since then, he's covered big-ticket esports events and the latest news on tech and AI.