G2 Esports Win LEC 2023 Season Finals With A 3-1 Win Over Rival Team, Fnatic

11 Sep 2023
Tit Krajnik 11 Sep 2023
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  • G2 Esports defeated Fnatic 3-1 in the LEC 2023 Season Finals
  • It marks G2's 12th LEC title
  • Despite losing to G2, Fnatic will represent LEC at LoL Worlds 2023

G2 Esports LEC 2023 Season Finals Champions
G2 Esports LEC 2023 Season Finals Champions (credit: via Twitter (@LEC))
On Sunday, September 10, G2 Esports defeated Fnatic (3-1) in the grand finals of the League of Legends EMEA Championship (LEC) 2023 Season Finals and claimed their 12th LEC championship. The series was one-sided throughout, as G2 Esports once more proved why they’re the best European LoL esports team ahead of the LoL World Championship 2023.

Quickly into the LEC 2023 Summer split, G2 Esports proved themselves as the best team in the LEC, a status they’ve retained even throughout the Summer Groups and the Summer Playoff, not dropping a single game on their path to the LEC 2023 Summer title. Yet their dominant run hasn’t stopped there.

G2 Esports kicked off the LEC 2023 Season Finals with a 3-1 win over Team BDS, proved just as efficient against MAD Lions (3-1) in the upper bracket finals and ended their run by handing their long-time rivals, Fnatic, the same treatment in the finals.

Fnatic made it to the LEC 2023 Season Finals by edging past Excel Esports (3-2), Team BDS (3-2), and MAD Lions (3-2), yet despite beating everyone in their path in the lower bracket, Fnatic proved no match for G2.

The series was fairly one-sided throughout, even though G2 Esports lost one game of the series. Another interesting detail about the series was that it was bloody, largely thanks to G2 Esports, who collected 77 kills across the four maps. Fnatic had their moments, even a few unlucky ones, but ultimately, they proved to be a class below G2 Esports, who will head to the LoL World Championship 2023 as Europe’s top seed.

Despite the heartbreaking loss against their rivals, Fnatic have accomplished a lot this season, especially in the final split. After disappointing performances in the LEC Winter and LEC Spring, in which Fnatic finished in ninth and eighth place, the Black & Orange found traction with a new bottom lane and fought their way to a ticket to LoL Worlds 2023.

As the second seed from LEC, Fnatic won’t have to fight through the Play-Ins but rather join a group of 14 teams who’ve directly qualified for the Swiss Stage. Joining Fnatic and G2 Esports at LoL Worlds 2023 as LEC’s third seed are MAD Lions, who, like Fnatic and G2 Esports, secured a direct invite to the Swiss Stage.

The only LEC team seeded into the LoL Worlds Play-In stage are Team BDS, who ended the season in fourth place. However, they’re not yet guaranteed a spot at the season-culminating event.

Team BDS still need to face off against the Golden Guardians in the LoL Worlds Qualifying Series, which is set to take place on October 9, 2023. The winner of the series will be slotted into the LoL Worlds 2023 Play-In stage, while the loser heads home and won’t be competing at LoL Worlds.