Today is D-day for our League of Legends team, which will play fnatic for a spot in the LCS final, next week, in Rotterdam. After a fantastic Regular Split campaign that surpassed everyone’s expectations, our team will now be up against one of the most storied franchises in the history of the league for the chance to contest the title.
Preparing for a best-of-five series is completely different from playing a best-of-one game, that is a fact. And fnatic head into this game on the back of a convincing 3-1 victory over Vitality in the quarter-finals. But none of those things seem to worry Joey “YoungBuck” Steltenpool that much, as the G2 coach believes his team will come out on top of the series after going 1-1 against the defending EU LCS champions during the Split.
“My expectations are to either win 3-0 or 3-1,” YoungBuck said. “While Fnatic has grown a lot and deserves to be in the semi-finals, I think the team fighting meta is just perfect for us. Combining that with what we have been able to see from the way fnatic plays on this patch, I think we have a big advantage coming into the series.”
After struggling in the Regular Season, Fnatic acquitted themselves really well against Vitality, one of the surprise packages of the season, and showed a great understanding of the meta – something that caught most pundits and fans by surprise.
“I did think that Vitality would win based on having better individual match-ups, but Fnatic seems to have improved their individual performances because they have found champions that fit the players better now,” he noted, before explaining how he has prepared his troops for this key match: “Practise has gone very well. We focused a lot on improving our early game consistency and then put a lot of effort into preparing for fnatic’s specific champion pool and play style.”
Today’s match will also be a tactical battle between YoungBuck and his fnatic counterpart, Luis “Deilor” Sevilla Petit. It will be the perfect chance for the Dutchman to put his analytical skills to the test, just weeks after being named the Coach of the Split.
“It was one of my happiest moments of my career,” he confessed. “A lot of people rightfully say that it is hard to tell who the best coach actually is, but I do think the Coach of the Split reward gave me recognition for a lot of hard work and that’s all that matters in the end.”