CAPS LOCK ON
Midlaner comes up big to carry Fnatic to final
Fnatic brushed off shaky start after shaky start to defeat Misfits Gaming 3 games to 1 and advance to back-to-back playoff finals. Caps cemented his claim to EU LCS MVP behind some spectacular playmaking at the make-or-break point, and in more than one game.
The opening game of the best of 5 series ended in Fnatic’s favour after Misfit’s jungler Maxlore proved ineffective on his unconventional Ivern pick. A clean ace by Fnatic at the 25 minute mark gave them a precise and straightforward victory.
Game 2, however, was a different story. Fnatic’s Broxah came from the jungle to gank the bottom lane early on, however it backfired terribly and game Misfits’ AD Carry Hans Sama a slew of kills and gold and he didn’t look back. Fnatic tried time and again to claw their way back by facing Misfits head on, but it only further snowballed the latter team’s advantages, answering Fnatic with a win of their own.
Viewers, casters, and coaches were left screaming in game 3 following Caps’ outplay on Vayne turned what looked like a lost game into a series shifting victory. With Misfits Gaming securing an early baron and a sluggish start from their opponents, it looked like their beefy frontline would prove too much for Fnatic’s squishy, scaling team composition.
But a zealous attempt at making the killing blow by Misfits’ Hans Sama left his Tristana pinned and vulnerable against the wall of Fnatic’s base. Caps unleashed his inner John Wick and absolutely deleted him and along with the most of the enemy team to completely swing the game in Fnatic’s favour right when it looked like it was all over.
After respawning, Misifts faced them up 5v5, but again fell short as Fnatic stormed into the base to kill the Misfits nexus and take it to match point. Caps’ teamfighting ability completely turned the game around. While casters argued it was the right play to make from Hans Sama, he was simply outplayed by Fnatic’s star midlaner.
Riding high after their win in the previous game, Fnatic drafted Leblanc for the midlane, giving Caps the keys to the Fnatic car. He didn’t disappoint either, using Leblanc’s strong early game to his full advantage, picking up a very clean kill 4 minutes in and not looking back.
At the 18 minute mark Caps turned what looked like a 1v2 to his favour, killing both enemy bot laners on his own, and adding Maxlore to make it a triple kill. This proved to be the death knell for Misfit’s EU LCS Finals hopes as Fnatic took the game, and the series.
It seemed at times a back and forth series, but Fnatic’s AD Carry Rekkles had a different opinion, stating, “It’s not that they’re bad but we are much better. They didn’t win game 2, we just gave it away to them.”
Fnatic move on to the final against Schalke on Sunday 9 September in a best of 5 for the EU LCS title and qualification for the 2018 World Championship held next month in Korea.
First match begins at 4pm British Summer Time, with pre-game coverage from 3:30pm.