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In record time, G2 Esports disposed of Origen to win the fifth LEC title in franchise history. The “samurai” performance on stage was a tour de force, leaving absolutely no room for Origen to breathe.
Two of the three games of the final are worth talking about, though not for any amazing plays or close team fights. In Game 2, G2 pulled off a funnel strategy that left Origen wonder how to counter it and analysts — how to narrate it.
This ended up a 24-minute-long game with Rasmus “Caps” Winther and Luka “Perkz” Perković running mental Pyke and Xayah. But that wasn’t even the fastest game of the series.
Game 3 clocked at 18:31, the fastest game in EU history. Its length would be the one thing that will be remembered in the future, as G2 played it as if smurfing in the gold leagues. By minute 15, G2 held a near 10K gold advantage. Caps and Perkz were unkillable and finished the game 5/0/5 and 9/0/3 respectively. With the help of great playmaking from Martin “Wunder” Hansen on Ryze and Irelia — performance which won him the MVP for the grand final — G2 closed the series at 3-0, giving a very anticlimactic end to the first LEC season.
This is still a significant win for G2’s players, however, and not just for the trophy itself or the ticket to MSI. For Perkz, this is his fifth European title, tying the records of Paul “sOAZ” Boyer and Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim. It’s also the very first trophy for Wunder, Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski, and Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle.
G2 Esports now join SK Telecom in the MSI main event. Next Saturday, Apr. 20, China’s LPL champion will be seeded there. as well.