G2 Esports are the first LEC playoffs finalists

G2 Esports proved that even without Raphael “Targamas” Crabbe, Victor “Flakked” Lirola, and Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski they are capable... Radu M. | 21. February 2023

G2 Esports proved that even without Raphael “Targamas” Crabbe, Victor “Flakked” Lirola, and Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski they are capable of remaining completely relevant in the LEC. Recently, they won a great match against KOI and qualified for the Grand Final of LEC’s Winter split.

This victory was expected by many, partly because KOI are not exactly a top team in the league. They finished the regular season in seventh place and competed against a roster that finished fourth, just one win below the number one team in the region.

G2’s path to the Grand Final

G2 looked good the entire split. They started with three consecutive victories and had a record of 4 W – 1 L after the first five matches. On top of that, G2 defeated KOI in the regular season matches and did it in just 27 minutes. This clearly indicated that the skill difference between the two teams was significant.

The competitors that managed to beat G2 were Team Vitality, SK Gaming, and MAD Lions. In the playoffs, G2 got revenge against the last of these three teams by defeating them in the group stage without losing a single game.

What’s peculiar about G2’s victory is that both games ended in just 28 minutes and featured champions like Draven and Jax. G2 simply didn’t care much about MAD’s picks or the meta and simply went for it.

People always suspected that they might be a lot more versatile than they seem, but now they know for sure. You just cannot prepare for G2 in a standard way and expect them to do something predictable.

Thanks to their victory in the group stage, G2 started the playoffs directly in the upper bracket Final, where they encountered KOI and won game one and game two. After these two victories, everyone expected them to win the match with a score of either 3-0 or 3-1. Ultimately, KOI won game three and delayed the inevitable.

This time, G2 gave up on their previously picked champions and went for the likes of Gragas, Varus, and Tristana. They even picked Tristana twice, despite failing to win with her in game three.

What’s next for G2

It remains to be seen who the second finalist will be. Most likely, MAD Lions will dismantle both SK Gaming and KOI, and then proceed to challenge G2 for the third time this season. Given G2’s current form, it’s likely that Sergen “BrokenBlade” Celik’s team will succeed again.

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