Fnatic ended their first week of the League of Legends European Championship Summer Split 2-0 after a hard-fought victory versus Misfits today. The game was full of Baron steals, crazy engages, and a fair amount of throwing.
Jungler Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen showed up big for FNC’s early game on Lee Sin, helping Tim "Nemesis" Lipovšek kill Fabian "Febiven" Diepstraten to secure first blood. He then hard camped top lane and, alongside Gabriel “Bwipo” Rau’s Jax, scored multiple kills against Misfit’s Paul “sOAZ” Boyer in less than 10 minutes.
"I’m just making sure that the Fnatic fans out there don’t forget about my Lee Sin." Broxah said after the match.
Despite Fnatic’s proactive play, Misfits won a fight around Rift Herald which gave two kills over to sOAZ and Febiven—though the objective went the other way. To prevent the loss of their lead, Fnatic invested more into the top side by closely following sOAZ. This forced him to play scared while farming waves in side lanes, keeping him from helping the rest of his team.
The game shifted when Misfits fended off Fnatic’s attempt to contest the Infernal Drake. ADC Steven “Hans Sama” Liv fired away from the backline, earning a triple kill on Sivir and putting his team in the lead. But once the team tried to leverage their newfound strength around the Baron pit, Broxah and Bwipo stole the buff right out from under them.
That was exactly what Fnatic needed to stabilize and take what they needed across the map. Desperate to avoid losing a bad fight to Misfit’s scaling composition, they waited for Baron to spawn again before Bwipo teamed up with Zdravets “Hylissang” Galabov’s Rakan for a beautiful mid lane engage that ultimately ended the map.
Both teams showed a great deal of promise in this match. Misfits weren’t afraid to look for fights even when behind, which is a completely different look from their 10th place performance during the spring split. But for Fnatic, it was proof that Broxah can still be the backbone of this roster despite competing for game time with Daniel "Dan" Hockley.