The last European League of Legends team to run through a regular season undefeated was Fnatic’s historic 18-0 run through the 2015 Summer Split. That was in a best-of-one system, however -- since the LCS moved to a best-of-three system, no team has gone undefeated in North America or Europe.
Thursday, one European team’s chances increased. Two-time reigning champions G2 Esports, who entered the day at 6-0, squared off against the 5-0 Unicorns of Love, and emerged as the region’s only undefeated team.
Game 1 was relatively easy for G2: UOL secured a small early lead with a First Blood between junglers, but G2 rattled off three straight kills in response, including a solo kill for Luka “Perkz” Perković against his mid lane opponent Fabian “Exileh” Schubert.
G2’s composition featured a strong duo on the top side of the map (Renekton and Graves) and plenty of tools to counter UOL’s single target lockdown from Kha’Zix, Ryze and Malzahar. Perkz’s Orianna and a crucial Tahm Kench in the support role were able to shield (and/or devour) anyone who UOL tried to pick off.
By 31 minutes, G2 had a 14-3 lead and secured Baron easily. The game ended at 39 minutes, with G2 winning 20-5 thanks in large part to a 9/1/7 performance from Perkz.
Game 2 was a much tighter affair. This time, G2 used a high damage composition with AOE lockdown (Rumble, Graves, Azir, Varus, Braum), but Unicorns of Love won the early game through a dominating performance from top laner Kiss "Vizicsacsi" Tamás on Gnar.
Even still, G2’s strong map pressure held onto control of the game. But at 36 minutes, UOL stole Baron, and all hell broke loose. The game ended with this dramatic backdoor attempt from UOL, failing by literally one auto attack, turning a certain UOL victory into a G2 win.
Feels bad, Unicorns. Feels bad.