Gen.G vs Fnatic MSI 2024 Bracket Stage Recap

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Gen.G vs Fnatic MSI 2024 Bracket Stage Recap

LEC Legends faced off against the Gen.G titans in a tense series that put both teams one step closer to an MSI 2024 semifinal.

Day two of the Bracket Stage centred around the biggest David and Goliath match-up of the tournament: Gen.G vs Fnatic. While both rosters were formidable in their own right, Korean rosters are known for being a cut above the rest.

Gen.G are currently the best team in their region. Not only that, but the LCK's #1 seed has continuously outpaced reigning Worlds champs T1 in domestic tournaments for multiple splits. So only time could tell if Fnatic has outgrown their past failures enough for a world-shattering upset.

While the series went as well as you'd expect, Fnatic displayed sheer tenacity and hard-learned discipline in their teamfights, matching the best in the LCK. Humanoid's team may not have won today, but they staked their claim at an international tournament.

Read everything that went down in our complete Gen.G vs Fnatic MSI 2024 Bracket Stage Recap below!

Gen.G vs Fnatic MSI 2024 Recap

Game 1

Gen.G vs Fnatic msi 2024
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Gen.G opted for comfort picks that rallied around Chovy's Corki while Fnatic went all out with an aggressive Talia-Wukong-Camille line-up. The LEC #2 seed had more power in the skirmish, but only time would tell if they'd use it well.

Canyon knew that their opponents had more threat in the early game, so they mostly played defensively. But it didn't take long for the Koreans to rally on the sidelanes and take first blood. In just five minutes, Gen.G was already laying down the pressure and baiting most of Fnatic's summoner spells.

Flawless ganks by Canyon put his team up two kills. As a result, Fnatic played respectfully until Humanoid found a good trade on botlane that equalized the score. Things started to turn around as Fnatic displayed a high level of discipline that set up some great picks. Ultimately, a great defense from the EMEA reps led to them stealing not one, but two dragons from Gen.G.

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Match one slowed down into the midgame, with both MSI rosters shifting their focus towards top-side pressure and objectives. Even then, it was clear that the series hinged on teamfight potential. Dive threat could tip the scales. And isolating Chovy was crucial for a score lead.

Eventually, Fnatic had enough threat to contest a Hextech for Soul. But a two-pronged approach from Kiin and co. stopped Fnatic's bid for their third Drake, and shifted the balance towards Gen.G. And after grabbing Nashor, Fnatic was forced to play against an LCK snowball. Game one goes to Gen.G.

  • Teams: Gen.G 1 – 0 Fnatic
  • Game Time: 27:31
  • Gold: 55.8k – 45.0k
  • Kills: 14 – 6 (First Blood)
  • Turrets: 9 – 1 (First Turret)
  • Dragons: 2 – 2
  • Barons: 1 – 0

Game 2

Gen.G vs Fnatic msi 2024
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Canyon's Kha'zix counterpick against Razork threatened another LCK stomp, but the boys in black had more confidence in their teamfight potential now.

Gen.G's early threat gave them enough space to farm Void Grubs for that extra power boost. Gen.G's Junger used the advantage to gank Humanoid before he could reset, giving Canyon first blood and evolved claws. Fnatic wanted to return the favor, but was stopped by Chovy's Aurelion Sol, who had all his early game items by the 6-minute mark.

With both midlaners evenly matched, it was up to Gen.G's ADC and Jungler to seal the deal. That said, Fnatic was smart enough to have more manpower in botlane to lay the pressure on Peyz. But the LCK team got two dragons in their pocket, which meant that Kiin's K'Sante couldn't be killed, leaving Nashor uncontested for the LCK side.

That said, Fnatic won a tremendous midgame teamfight against Gen.G near dragon pit, denying their Soul Point. From there, Gen.G vs Fnatic became an absolute slugfest. Despite being 8k gold behind, Fnatic valiantly secured a drake as well as the second Baron of the game. But Canyon's flank split Fnatic's focus and eventually killed their momentum. Game two goes to Gen.G.

  • Teams: Fnatic 0 – 2 Gen.G
  • Game Time: 44:25
  • Gold: 75.2k – 86.3k
  • Kills: 15 – 19 (First Blood)
  • Turrets: 4 – 8 (First Turret)
  • Dragons: 3 – 3
  • Barons: 1 – 1
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Game 3

Gen.G vs Fnatic msi 2024
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Kiin has never played Vayne in pro-play before. On the other hand, an extremely strong mid-jungler duo from Fnatic gave them some authority in the laning phase, but was it enough to turn things around?

Fnatic fought a surprisingly scattered Gen.G in the early game. After a lane-swap, Kiin's Vayne overstayed in mid bush in hopes of an early first blood onto Humanoid. Luckily, the midlaner stayed cool, which gave Noah and Jun enough time to farm plates down mid. Gen.G wasted flashes on a bad top dive, so Fnatic could play aggressively for a bigger lead 6 minutes in.

Even so, Gen.G were able to reorganize before the midgame and regain the lead. But Fnatic smelled blood in the water and launched their own counter-offensive which funneled more gold in their LeBlanc. But they got hasty. And an overextended fight for Peyz ended in a close 1-for-1, leaving Jun and Noah vulnerable for Chovy.

Gen.G vs Fnatic msi 2024

A dead-even gold score saw an LCK titan struggle against an unmovable Fnatic. At this point, their 8/4 LeBlac was their best chance at contesting objectives, but the EMEA reps had trouble playing defensively again. And while their ace in the hold died in intense 1-for-1s, the rest of Fnatic couldn't find a suitable win condition to claim the match. The series win goes to Gen.G.

  • Teams: Gen.G 3 – 0 Fnatic
  • Game Time: 28:25
  • Gold: 48.5k – 57.6k
  • Kills: 14 – 24 (First Blood)
  • Turrets: 2 – 9 (First Turret)
  • Dragons: 1 – 3
  • Barons: 1 – 0

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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.