After a 12-0 lower bracket run, G2 Esports is the champion of LEC

LEC 2022 Spring Season is over after the shocking grand final yesterday, where G2 Esports found their way to the top after defeating Fnatic and Rogue. After a year of absence, G2 will represent the EU on the international stage at MSI 2022. BrokenBlade has won LEC for the first time in his career, alongside Flakked and Targamas. Let’s have a look at what happened.

2022 wasn’t looking very good for G2, although they were able to take down most of LEC as Fnatic and Rogue proved to be too strong for them every step of the way, and Fnatic even defeated the newly-built G2 roster back in the first round of the playoffs. However, from that point on, G2 managed to find a 12-0 winning streak to finish the job and bring back the LEC trophy they were looking for.

LEC 2022 Spring Playoffs final weekend

Although G2 had a 6-0 winning streak before the semifinals against Fnatic, FNC was easily the favourite before the game. They recently bested G2 and were one of the best teams in LEC this season no doubt. However, the series didn’t go that way.

Even from the first game, G2 started to outclass Fnatic. With caPs being online after a year and a regular season of seeming like an average mid laner, and BrokenBlade finally fixing G2’s problems, the team cherished. Jankos’ performance got better, Targamas was great all season long, and Flakked needed a small push to be the best adc in the LEC, which he got from his teammates.

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With a classic draft, consisting of tanks on top, engage on jungle, carry on mid and adc and a playmaker support, G2 chose to go with the basics against Fnatic. The first game, while BrokenBlade played a 7-1-7 Ornn, Wunder was 1-6-2 on Jayce and the top lane difference was real. caPs used meta queen Ahri to outclass Humanoid, and Aphelios - Renata Glasc duo in the bot lane was able to help end the game.

By only changing their bot lane to Xayah - Nautilus, G2 was able to find another easy win. Humanoid’s AP Kai’Sa performance was definitely not helping anyone, and G2 meddled with Hylissang’s plans, stopping him from being the evil mind getting Fnatic out of a bad position.

In the third game, Fnatic had more answers but G2 rose up to the challenge. After a poor early game, Wunder’s Gangplank managed to help his team get back in the game and G2 was losing fights. However, they stayed together, utilized their weapons such as Sylas and Xayah, Jankos played an amazing game and it was over: G2 found a win in a stressful position, moving on to the grand final.

Nothing much in terms of draft choices changed against Rogue. However, BrokenBlade did play Tryndamere for the first game of the series, instead of a tank, they prioritized side lane pressure against a Rumble. While the heavily-criticized caPs played a 8-0-4 Ahri to lead his team to victory, his nemesis Larssen failed to live up to the hype, not surprisingly.

G2’s plans was working perfectly. Similarly to the Fnatic series, they found a second win without much trouble, Rogue failed to interfere with G2’s business especially because just like Hyllisang, Trymbi was having a hard time finding and creating favorable positions for his team.

Just like the series against Fnatic, Rogue managed to find an answer to G2 in the third game: let’s focus on the bot lane this time and make them fall behind. G2 was playing Pyke so they were vulnerable, and RGE’s plans worked, Xayah was in a very poor position at the early stages of the game. However, caPs, Jankos and BrokenBlade were there to help their teammates and fill their absence, in the end, Flakked was 0-4-18, while he was 0-4-3 at some point.

G2 proved how valuable creating a team with strong mental capacities is, even if you are behind considering mechanics or skill cap. Finding yourself in the lower bracket after a very one-sided defeat and winning the LEC after a 12-0 winning streak is not an easy task, it doesn’t only require skill, it also requires will. G2 proved that they will represent their region very well at MSI with this win, wish them luck in their journey.

Notes from LEC 2022 Spring Season

caPs is back: he took the LEC Finals MVP award after his spectacular performance last night. During the season, Vetheo was the MVP, Rogue took the best coaching staff award, Shlatan took the Outstanding Rookie award and caPs and Flakked failed to make it to the three All-Pro teams, with BrokenBlade and Jankos on second team and Targamas on third. That shows how much G2 improved, or how underrated they were.

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During the playoffs, LeBlanc, Hecarim and Zeri had 100% presence, they were either played or banned in thirty playoffs games. Most played champion was Aphelios, he was banned three times and played 22 times with a win rate of 40.9%. Considering champions that were played more than twice, Renata Glasc owns the best win rate, she has 85.7% in 7 games, losing only once. Rakan’s 81.8% win rate in 11 games also looks amazing.

Best KDA during the playoffs goes to Flakked, his KDA was even better but dying four times on the last game against Rogue definitely affected it, he still has an impressive 8.22 KDA though. He is followed by his support, Targamas, who has 5.8. Two players played eight different champions during the playoffs, caPs and Wunder, sitting on top of that stat.

Let’s head to Esports Charts to see what LEC has done in numbers this season. LEC 2022 Spring’s peak viewer count was 723061 and it was recorded during the G2 vs Rogue grand final. The best four peak viewer stats come from G2 matches, with two of them being the first week games and one being the Fnatic game on Saturday. LEC averaged a 270,749 viewer count this season, better from last year’s 242,666. However, last year’s peak viewership was 843,491, recorded on a G2 vs FNC game in the playoffs.

If you are a fan of LEC or G2, you will be able to see the EU representatives on MSI 2022 next. You can watch MSI 2022 or the best League of Legends esports events live and place your bets on your favourite teams on Luckbox.