On the European side of the pond, called the Atlantic Ocean, the Semi Final matches for EU LCS Summer Split 2016 will take place on Saturday, August 20. The matchups already have some surprising things about them with Fnatic missing the top 4, without even saying anything about the Final. With that said, let’s dive in.
H2K vs. Splyce
While Fnatic was the longtime leader in the EU LCS, H2K was also one of the better teams, especially with Konstantinos "FORG1VEN" Tzortziou as their AD Carry. Prior to the Summer Split, the ADC left H2K for Origen, however, he got laid off a week into the Split. Meanwhile, Aleš "Freeze" Kněžínek led H2K to a third place finish in the Split behind G2 Esports and Splyce, with 8 wins, 6 ties, and 5 losses. Following Freeze getting injured, FORG1VEN had to come out of retirement to help his former team. It seems that it’s working so far. After all, H2K did beat Fnatic 3-0 in the Quarter Final, even though Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim is back from his failed North American tryst.
The matches between Splyce and H2K should be quite close, in my opinion. I would expect H2K to win in a narrow series, unless FORG1VEN doesn’t perform like expected. Even then, Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu, Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski, Sang-wook “Ryu” Yoo, and Oskar “Vander” Bogdan should be able to pick up the slack against Splyce. It will not be an easy match, however.
G2 Esports vs. Unicorns of Love
G2 Esports is quickly cementing its legacy as one of the best organisations in the modern EU LCS, with their win of the whole thing in the Spring Split 2016 and the first place in the Regular Season of the Summer Split. Before the Split started, G2 Esports kaching’ed when they had Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen and Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez fall into their lap as the best bottom lane in Europe. It wasn’t as easy forever, however. The management of G2 decided to bring in Dae-han “Expect” Ki as a situational top laner to replace Mateusz "Kikis" Szkudlarek in some games. Kikis wasn’t happy about that. The situation came to a head when the top laner left G2, later signing with Fnatic and replacing Noh “Gamsu” Young-jin. G2 seems to have come ahead, winning the Regular Season, while Fnatic got eliminated in the Quarter Final.
Concerning the match between G2 and UOL, I can’t see Unicorns winning the series. Yes, they might be able to take a game off of G2, but the whole series is extremely unlikely. Going spot by spot, G2 Esports have a stronger roster in all positions, proven by their lossless Summer Split. They finished the Regular Season with a score of 10 wins, 8 ties, and 0 losses. That goes to show that while G2 can, and often does, drop a game, they win the other one, not giving up two in a row. That will help them to be successful in the series. At least I hope so, because H2K vs. G2 Esports is the Grand Final I want to see.