When DAMWON Gaming was matched up against DRX in the quarterfinals of the 2020 League of Legends World Championship, the seeding was met with disappointment due to the expected one-sidedness of the series. In the finals of the 2020 League of Legends Champions Korea Summer Playoffs, DAMWON swept DRX to win its first domestic championship, and it repeated the result at Worlds in the quarterfinals with another 3-0 sweep.
Despite the clear mismatch of the all-Korea quarterfinal, the true David and Goliath matchup of the Worlds 2020 quarterfinals is Fnatic vs. Top Esports. As the League of Legends European Championship 2nd seed, Fnatic has proven to be a strong team, but Top Esports is the reigning champion of the strongest region in the world. The battle for the European side will certainly be uphill, but like the tale of the Old Testament, a path to victory is possible.
Let’s take a look at Fnatic and Top Esports’ performances at Worlds 2020 thus far and break down the key factors in the upcoming quarterfinals match between the two teams.
Fnatic escaped Group C ahead of LGD Gaming and TSM, but behind Gen.G. Fnatic 2-0’d TSM but lost its first match against LGD, but recovered by defeating Gen.G. In the second round robin, Fnatic beat LGD and TSM once again, but lost to Gen.G, who claimed the 1st seed with a 5-1 record.
Amongst the best of Fnatic’s performance, Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek was particularly impressive and proved himself to be the best jungler in Group C. His Graves was acceptable enough and finished with a 2-2 record, but his performances on Evelynn and Hecarim were exceptional.
Top laner Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau’s Volibear against LGD was particularly dominant in trademark Bwipo style, and the rest of the FNC squad showed consistency on their respective roles’ meta picks throughout Group C.
Fnatic was not without its flaws at Worlds 2020, but was the clear second-best team in Group C. Its drafts have been relatively one-dimensional: Bwipo on beefcakes, Selfmade on powerfarming carries, Tim “Nemesis” Lipovšek on self-sufficient mid laners, Martin “Rekkles” Larsson on utility marksmen and Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev Galabov on his ever-comfortable tanky playmaking supports.
However, with those compositions, Fnatic has proved to secure a victory more often than not. The compositions being drafted are meta-friendly and the team’s players boast enough individual talent to execute aggressively on a high level and keep its game plans versatile despite similar picks throughout the group stage.
Top Esports came into Worlds 2020 as a favorite to win the tournament and was positioned atop Group D above DRX, FlyQuest, and Unicorns of Love. China’s reigning champion dominated the group, but after…
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