With the pride of the West on their shoulders, G2 Esports convincingly took down Gen.G to advance to the Semi Finals of the 2020 League of Legends World Championship.
The story of the three-game series was mainly centered around Gen.G’s failed attempts to match G2’s skirmish-heavy playmaking style. The Korean team repeatedly failed their adjustments, and G2 was able to punish Gen.G over and over.
If you only watched the first 15 minutes of Game 1, you’d probably guess that Gen.G was the better team of the series. They came into the game with a clear plan to suppress G2’s skirmish attempts through superior map and vision control.
Any time G2 tried to make something happen, Gen.G was there to nip it in the bud. Their control was malicious, securing objectives across the map while G2 sat there unable to fight back.
Then the wheels came flying off the wagon.
G2 found the fight they were looking for and the rest of the game was nothing short of G2 domination. Despite their early game efforts of control working earlier, Gen.G was baited into fighting G2’s fights. Once Gen.G began playing G2’s game, it was over.
In attempting to “out-G2” G2, Gen.G overextended and overplayed their hand, and G2 began cleaning up fights. For G2, It took a few failed cold starts to get going, but once they were going, they were off.
G2 Esports 1 – GenG 0
Game 2 saw Gen.G shake up their game plan. In Game 1, they drafted Volibear, Lillia, Azir, Kalista and Taric, all champions that allow for control. However, they switched their composition up in Game 2, opting for the skirmish-heavy style that G2 loves more than anything to play.
With a composition of Camille, Nidalee, Twisted Fate, Ashe and Leona, Gen.G decided that they were going to match G2 in their skirmishes and roams.
With both teams wanting to fight early, the first few minutes of Game 2 were wild and chaotic. The players were fighting simultaneously across the map and everyone was dying. With everyone dying though, the game state remained even. But repeatedly fighting these skirmishes is where G2 thrives, not Gen.G, and it didn’t take long for the Europeans to take over.
Gen.G kept baiting themselves into taking these fights that G2 gladly accepted. Not only was this a poor decision to make against G2 Esports, but they were unable to make proper use of their team composition as well. With champions like Ashe, Leona, Twisted Fate and Nidalee, Gen.G had the opportunities to catch out G2 stragglers and pick them off as opposed to full-on fighting five-on-five. But Gen.G didn’t make use of these opportunities, instead opting to fight front-to-back team fights to no avail.
G2 Esports 2 – GenG 0
Game 3 was more of the same in that it was all G2 Esports. Mid laner Rasmus “Caps” Borregaard Winther took over for the third game in a row. At just five minutes in, Caps made the unexpected teleport bot lane to secure a kill onto Gen.G support Kim “Life” Jeong-min.
This is something Caps and the rest of G2 did so well, creating opportunities out of nowhere to build advantages. Life walking forward in lane like he did was among the smallest of mistakes, but Caps was immediately there to punish it.
Caps not only was spectacular in Game 3, but throughout the entire series was fantastic. The 20-year-old’s impact was felt everywhere on the map, and he consistently out-performed his lane opponent Gwak “Bdd” Bo-seong.
Bdd, who is known as being a dominant laner capable of winning any matchup, came into the series playing Azir, a control mage who can bully in lane. However he switched to the Twisted Fate for Games 2 and 3, declaring his intent to roam as opposed to being a lane king.
This was just another example of Gen.G trying to “out-G2” G2. Caps is the ruler of roaming, and even Bdd was not going to beat him at it. Caps was constantly making plays across the map, while Bdd lagged behind, unable to have a similar impact.
Caps was awarded Player of the Series for his performance, and once again, he forced fans and analysts to bring up the “best in the west” discussion. It seems like every time Caps plays in a best-of-five series, people start talking about how he is the greatest player in Western League of Legends history.
The other narrative coming out of this series that G2 fans will rejoice to hear is that jungler Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski finally found success while playing carry junglers. The carry jungler meta is real, and for a while it was concerning to see Jankos struggle on them.
However these three games showcased Jankos dominating on the likes of NIdalee, Graves and Lillia. Although, it does seem rather easy to jungle when your mid laner is Caps, and he’s following you all over the map, styling on everyone he sees.
Even though the series saw nothing but G2 domination, the European squad did show some semblance of their lesser selves. There were moments where G2, in typical G2 fashion, overcommitted and overextended, nearly throwing away their leads. Fortunately for them, Gen.G was just never able to fully capitalize.
On the side of Gen.G, they’ll be going home after looking so strong in the Group Stage. Bot laner Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk had a fantastic series, showing why many call him the best bot laner in the world. However Ruler was unable to execute the proverbial “1v9.”
G2 will move on to face another Korean juggernaut, this time DAMWON Gaming, which is set to take place Saturday, October 24.