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Fnatic reclaims former glory, dethrones G2 via clean sweep to win '18 EU LCS Spring

THE OLD KINGS ARE BACK: Fnatic (on picture) hoists the EU LCS trophy as they swept the defending champions G2 Esports, 3-0 in their best-of-5 Finals date. LoL Esports

By Ozzy Alaba

MANILA -- And the old Kings of Europe are now back to its throne and prominence once again.

Fnatic (FNC) finally reclaimed their lost glory as they dethroned the defending champions G2 Esports (G2) via clean sweep, 3-0 in their best-of-5 Finals date to win the 2018 European League Championship Series (LCS) Spring Split at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark, Sunday evening (Philippine time).

FNC, a six-time domestic champion didn't let their chances go into the wastelands as they asserted their ever-popular "Protect Rekkles" strategy to utmost perfection, letting their star AD Carry and skipper Martin (Rekkles) Larsson shine in the entire series and carry the six-man squad, thus propelling the organization to its first-ever championship since 2015.

With this, Larsson, alongside with the Spring Split MVP award was also hailed as the Finals MVP through his death-less game-high 33 Kill-Death-Assist (KDA) Ratio (20/0/13 KDA), highlighting his two Pentakills in the three-game run, one with an unofficial Pentakill on Tristana in Game 1 and a real Pentakill on Sivir in Game 2.

FNC's Danish sophomore jungler Mads (Broxah) Brock-Pedersen and mid laner Rasmus (Caps) Winther also displayed an incredible performance with their traditional tanky and poke-centered picks on home soil, finishing the series with a combined 12/9/51 KDA (7 KDA Ratio), 

Belgian rookie top laner Gabriel (Bwipo) Rau and Bulgarian support Zdravets Iliev (Hylissang) Galabov also provided quality minutes for the yellow and black-clad squad as they spearheaded the team in the assists department with a game-high 52 combined assists and co-lead the kill participation (KP) side with a combined 67.21 percent (Larsson leads with 80.49 percent.)

G2, meanwhile, could have the chance of clinching the victory as they constantly placed pressure all across their adversaries' lanes, but they easily crumbled in late-game team fights as their mid laner Luka (Perkz) Perković and AD Carry Petter (Hjarnan) Freyschuss found themselves picked off early in those game-sealing clashes, causing the whole squad to call GG after almost four nerve-wracking hours of action.

Despite experiencing the end of their two-year dynasty, Perković and Freyschuss still finished the three-game series on a high note, leading the six-man squad in kills with 16 combined kills.

With their win, FNC acquired 90 Championship Points, Europe's first seed to the 2018 Rift Rivals (vs. North America), and will represent the said region in the upcoming 2018 Mid Season Invitational Group Stages this May 5 to 20 in Germany.

G2, on the other hand, will bag 70 Championship Points and join the new Kings of Europe and third-placers Splyce (SPY) in their Rift Rivals conquest.

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