H2K-Gaming At Risk Of Becoming ‘Mid-Tier’ Opposition After Another Toothless Defeat

H2K-Gaming used to be one of the most feared teams in the European region, now, at least half of the EU LCS would consider Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski’s squad to be there for the taking.

The 2017 Spring Split should have set the alarm bells ringing at H2K-Gaming headquarters, as for the first time in EU LCS history, H2K was knocked out of the playoffs before the semi-final round.

What should have been most concerning was the manner in which Fnatic dispatched H2K in 2017 Spring Playoffs, it was perhaps the most dominant playoff series the EU LCS has ever seen.

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It’s worth remembering that, at the time, H2K was the overwhelming favourite heading into the playoff series against a Fnatic lineup who had endured their worst split in living memory.

On the day however, Fnatic’s aggressive style of play overwhelmed H2K and concluded in a 3-0 victory. The result immediately overshadowed the on-going rivalry H2K had developed with the Unicorns of Love, writing over the team’s resolute showing throughout the regular split.

The Summer Split has presented an entirely different narrative. Fnatic would appear to be the region’s strongest team, all be it for an over-confident slip up against Team ROCCAT. H2K meanwhile – whilst comfortable against the league’s weaker opposition – are yet to even lay a scratch on one of the league’s potential World Championship seeds.

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Just as fans had witnessed in last split’s playoffs, H2K were convincingly routed by Fnatic once more. Jesse “Jesiz” Le produced his patented Camille support for an additional dose of déjà vu.

Following a relatively slow start to the game by Fnatic’s standards, the league’s frontrunners quickly kicked the game into gear with their aggressive tactics. H2K wilfully added themselves to the list of teams unable to deal with Martin “Rekkles” Larsson’s Kennen, the FNC captain making short work of his opponents in a series of pivotal teamfights:

Where H2K-Gaming succeeded in securing kills during Game 2, they failed to solidify their advantages with objectives.

Ultimately the game would swing on the back of one clean team fight from Fnatic, isolating and culling key H2K targets before proceeding to take baron and swiftly end the game.

Fnatic dictated every aspect of the series, with H2K entirely clueless as to how they should respond. Even during a period during Game 2 in which H2K were up 4-0 in kills, such was Fnatic’s control of the game that they had quietly secured a 2000 gold lead, without laying a single finger on H2K.

Famously regarded as the ‘first blood king’ and a focal point for the team, Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski was comfortably outplayed in the jungle by Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen.

Similarly, the addition of Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten in the mid lane has failed to provide the playmaking impact for H2K that Fnatic has experienced with his replacement, Rasmus “Caps” Winther.

H2K-Gaming are as far away from being a Worlds candidate as they have ever been. Put to the sword by both Fnatic and Unicorns of Love, upcoming series against G2 eSports and Misfits could signify the definitive end of the team’s World Championship challenge.