Europe’s champion Fnatic punished early aggression by LMS representatives G-Rex and easily won the game after a dominant start to the game.
In a match where both teams needed a win, G-Rex drafted a lot of protection for Lee “Stitch” Seung-ju’s Kai'Sa, trusting their star AD carry to carry the game. Unfortunately, he never got the chance. An early dive attempt on Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau’s Ornn backfired when he hit a great knock-up under the tower, and Rasmus “Caps” Winther used a teleport to pick up a first blood on the Ryze.
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It went worse for the LMS team a minute later, as a Kim “Candy” Seung-ju roam bot ended up horribly for them as Fnatic collapsed and got a 4-1 to get a big early gold lead. The European team continued dominating the early game with an insane carry performance by Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen’s Lee Sin, eventually cleaning out the outer towers and extending the gold advantage. A Lee Sin solo kill on Anson “Empt2y” Leung Tsz Ho’s Camille 21 minutes in led to Fnatic getting baron, and the contest went 3-1 in their favor as well. Fnatic pushed the towers, reset and went to the botlane, getting four kills, before diving the fountain for the ace and ending the game.
With this win, Fnatic remain in the second place in the group, one game behind the current leaders Invictus Gaming. The great early game allowed them to steamroll the opposition, never giving G-Rex a chance to get back into the game.