G2 Esports have claimed the second seed of the 2018 League of Legends World Championship’s Group A over Flash Wolves in the tiebreaker game. In doing so, they scored a momentous feat in their history and for the European LCS.
The feat is twofold: G2 Esports score a point for the EU LCS as its third seed, being the first European team to qualify in the 2018 League of Legends World Championship (while awaiting Fnatic). They also performed the feat in their third try, with Luka "PerkZ" Perković being the sole common factor between the 2016, 2017 and 2018 rosters.
Petter "Hjarnan" Freyschuss took center stage in G2 Esports’ victory against Flash Wolves, as the team selected the unbanned Heimerdinger — which is shocking, considering how other teams banned it on sight. Flash Wolves gambled on a Mordekaiser/Tahm Kench bot lane to counter it, but they still had the threat of Martin "Wunder" Hansen’s Aatrox and PerkZ’s Irelia to deal with (with their toolkit including Ryze and Urgot).
G2 Esports handily controlled the bot lane as FW’s gamble didn’t work. In addition, PerkZ roamed the map to secure himself a significant item lead, and freed Wunder to explore the map in the process. The latter (and Jankos’s Gragas) enabled bot lane once and for all (with Hjarnan scoring a 2/0/6 KDA 32.7k damage to enemy objectives, turrets included) at the 13:20 mark, then enabled pressure across the map.
G2 Esports reigned supreme on turrets despite FW’s pick attempts with Tahm Kench and Taliyah’s quick movement around the map, and they reigned supreme in team fights after consolidating a 5k gold lead at the 28-minute mark (49k to 44k). Eventually, they scored a 4:0 team fight at that time, claimed Baron Nashor, then destroyed every Flash Wolves structure by the time the game had ended.
G2 Esports joins three other teams in the quarterfinals, with four more (on Group C and D) to determine:
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