Fnatic has eliminated SK Gaming from the 2021 League of Legends European Championship Spring Playoffs in a 3-1 victory. SK is the first LEC team to be eliminated from the post-season after losing to FNC in the first lower bracket match of the Spring Playoffs.
As the respective 5th and 6th seeds in the Spring Playoffs, Fnatic and SK Gaming missed out on the privilege of double elimination that was awarded to the respect 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th seeds of G2 Esports, Rogue, MAD Lions and FC Schalke 04.
Fnatic enjoyed a convincing win in game 1 of the series against SK Gaming, and game 2 looked even more one-sided before SK Gaming's superior teamfighting led to an incredible comeback to tie up the series. Fnatic continued its trend of winning the early game in game 3, particularly in the form of a significant gap between both teams' bot lane duos, and while SK Gaming nearly managed to pull out a game 4 win behind top laner Janik "Jenax" Bartels' Urgot, Fnatic shut the door and won 3-1.
Fnatic now has to win every single series it plays to win the 2021 LEC Spring Playoffs, and there are plenty of bouts left in the post-season. 1st seed G2 and 4th seed Schalke will face off against one another on one side of the upper bracket while 2nd seed Rogue and 3rd seed MAD Lions do battle on the other. The winners will play each other, and the lower resulting seed of the losers will play against Fnatic in the lower bracket. The winner will face the higher-seeded upper bracket loser.
After the two remaining upper bracket teams face off to see who goes to the finals, the loser will battle against one another in the final lower bracket match to see who meets the sole undefeated team in the finals.