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Fnatic took a confident 3-0 victory over Vitality in the first Round 1 match of the LEC playoffs. The defending two-times champion had no trouble beating the opponent they picked themselves and made strong case for taking the trophy once again.

Confident they can beat Vitality in the late game, Fnatic went for scaling compositions in both game 1 and 2, putting Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen on Karthus and Martin “Rekkles” Larsson on Vayne and Kai’sa. While VIT had some good early-game plays, they also seemed to totally freeze when it came down to taking out Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau. On two separate occasions, VIT either botched a simple 3v1 tower dive or failed to kill Bwipo’s tower, leaving it hanging by a thread.

Unable to win the race for the late game, VIT eventually succumbed to the scaling power of FNC’s composition. In both games, Karthus grew to the point where the press of an R meant half of every enemy’s life, and Rekkles’ game 1 Vayne would three-shot most champions on the rift.

Whatever hope VIT had in the first two games disappeared in the third and final one. The team continued to make rookie-esque individual mistakes, allowing FNC to execute tower dives that shouldn’t happen or avoid ganks that should net kills. By minute 10, FNC had seven kills on the board and a 5K gold lead and there was no answer in sight for VIT.

Even Kayle, a champion which made her LEC debut in this very game, could not be controlled. Rookie Tim “Nemesis” Lipovšek scored a pentakill just before Vitality’s nexus would fall.

Fnatic now move to play the winner of Splyce and SK Gaming, a match that will be played tomorrow. The black-and-yellow jerseys are competing for third straight title, after recovering from a terrible start to the season

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