It’s been a long time ever since that one magical Best of Five. You know the one. Fnatic vs Origen; two teams that would eventually reach the Worlds Semifinals of the same year, and make an entire generation of Europeans proud.
Huni vs sOAZ.
Reignover vs Amazing.
Febiven vs xPeke.
Rekkles vs Zven.
YellowStar vs Mithy.
What a matchup this was – not just because Rekkles grabbed that legendary Pentakill.
But after this clash of titans, there was only dust that remained. Both teams fell apart, losing their crucial members one by one. Fnatic never managed to reach the EU LCS Finals since. Origen eventually got relegated from the EU LCS entirely.
From the ashes, a new emperor arose, fearsome and cruel. Led by Perkz and Trick, G2 esports crushed everything in their way. They set records; being unbeaten by other European teams for almost a year, winning the league four times in a row – something that no other team in a major region has achieved thus far.
Yet the regional dominance was followed by failure when Europe needed them the most. Despite their best efforts, the tears running down Perkz’ and Zven’s face meant the end of an era. The old G2 was no more. The kingdom had been burned down, with only the former king remaining.
But it wasn’t just the G2 kingdom that had to be rebuilt – in the meantime, Fnatic struggled to find their balance. After staying home during Worlds 2016, they fielded a team of Rookies and veterans. Though success didn’t come immediately, with multiple coaches coming in and out the door and Amazing getting replaced by Broxah, Fnatic eventually became the dominant European team once more, finishing first in Summer of 2017.
Then they lost to Misfits in the Semifinals. And the G2 reign continued.
Now, that we see both of these teams make the Finals for the first time ever, we have a historic match on our hands: Who will come out victorious? Will Rekkles finally make “his” Fnatic a championship-winning-team? Or will Perkz become the very first player in the world that has won 5 consecutive titles?
This time, it’s not Fnatic vs Origen anymore. It’s time for Fnatic vs G2.
It’s time for:
Bwipo vs Wunder.
Broxah vs Jankos.
Caps vs Perkz.
Rekkles vs Hjarnan.
Hylissang vs Wadid.
It’s not just a match for the title. This series encompasses a generational shift. Half of the players playing tomorrow weren’t even competing in the EU LCS back when that legendary match between Fnatic and Origen took place. They are a new generation of players, hungry for fame and fortune themselves. And a prime example of what makes Europe stand proud as a region:
No matter who we lose, no matter which organisation falters; there will always be a new generation hungry for the throne.
People might argue that these players don’t excite them as much as those Fnatic and Origen players did. But who knew Huni before he joined Fnatic? Reignover was known as “GameOver” in Korea – certainly not a well-known player before his time in Europe. Febiven? Just another Rookie – the same applied to Zven and Mithy. It was only after that magical series that these names became engraved into the history of the European LCS.
At least some of the players playing tomorrow will do the same and establish themselves as the future of this region. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll see another truly magical Best of Five that goes right down to the wire. I don’t even care who wins. I just want to see some f*cking beautiful League of Legends. Luckily for me, I’m pretty sure that I’m going to see just that.