Fnatic secured an easy 3-0 victory over Splyce on Sunday evening in the final match of the LEC Regional Qualifier (the “Gauntlet”) to qualify for the 2019 League of Legends World Championship as LEC’s 2nd seed. This means Fnatic will start the tournament in the group stage and avoid the culling of the Play-in phase.
Fnatic’s young mid laner Tim “Nemesis” Lipovšek put on a master class performance in the series, giving away just three deaths total to finish the match at combined 19/3/14 KDA. Nemesis brought out an off-meta pick in Cassiopea for the first two games and finished off with his signature Twisted Fate to lock Fnatic’s main event spot.
Despite the loss, the Gauntlet run was a success for Splyce, as just making it to the final qualified them for Worlds — something the org hasn’t managed to do since 2016. This will also be the first Worlds appearance for veteran top laner Tamás “Vizicsacsi” Kiss, who has been chasing the highest League of Legends stage since his EU LCS entry in 2015.
Looking at its three representatives, Europe’s chances at Worlds look great. G2 Esports hail as one of, if not the best team in the world, while Fnatic arrive as the only team in Europe that put on a fight against them in a best-of-5 series. And despite a rough start to the playoffs, Splyce can look back at a successful Summer Season and their chances for beating the Play-ins are more than reasonable.
The 2019 World Championship is just two weeks from now, scheduled to start Oct. 2.