Fnatic has secured its spot in the League of Legends European Championship Spring Split finals. The team disposed of their opponents MAD Lions, the surprising rookie squad who defeated G2 just last weekend, with a clean 3-0 victory.
Fnatic started the series strong, rolling over MAD Lions in a slow but steady fashion headlined by a clean 5-0 game from Mid Laner Tim "Nemesis" Lipovšek on Azir. In game two it seemed like MAD Lions got the gears spinning, taking a dominant early lead against Fnatic's unusual composition with Nemesis on the Yasuo, who was supposed to be enabled by Gabriël "Bwipo" Rau's Malphite and Oskar "Selfmade" Boderek's Gragas. However, when that didn't work out and Marek "Humanoid" Brázda actually spun out of control on MAD Lion's side, Fnatic knew exactly how to turn it around. They applied pressure elsewhere, climbed back up, and from there on navigated each team fight perfectly, resulting in a victory.
With engines still on full force from game two Fnatic entered the third game. While MAD Lions gave it their all, and even stole a Baron towards the end of the third game, it wasn't enough. With ease, Fnatic controlled every team fight and closed out the series.
Though suffering a loss today, the LEC Spring Split isn't over for MAD Lions quite yet. They fall down to the lower bracket where they'll meet the winner of the lower bracket semi final. That elimination match, a clash between Origen and G2, will be held coming Sunday on April 13.
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