G2 go undefeated in the Lower Bracket of 2022 LEC Playoffs, wining their 9th title off the back of a Caps who looks like the best player in the entire Western Hemisphere.
Game 1: The Roar of the Crowd
You know, when Caps said he wasn’t feeling motivated to play because of the lack of crowd, part of me could sympathize with him, but part of me couldn’t help but think it was a cop-out answer to his lukewarm performances. Little did I know how much Caps feeds off the roar of the crowd, as he went completely supernova this game, destroying Rogue with his aggressive, accurate Ahri play as he dodged, dipped, and dove his way to a Game 1 victory. Rogue looked entirely out of options against G2, who do not seem to be having any trouble in their individual matchups as of late, and are just beating out their opposition with raw skill. It didn’t make matters easier for Rogue as G2’s teamplay also has improved drastically since their Upper Bracket Quarters, and they pick Rogue apart with brilliant fog of war flanks and bait teleports.
BlogOfLegends 2022 Spring Playoffs MVP: G2 Caps (6)
Game 2: Targamas’s Renata stifles Trymbi’s Nautilus
G2 did not relent from their vice grip and took down Rogue again in Game 2 owing to fantastic ults from Targamas on the Renata as well as heroics from Caps again, this time on the Corki. Malrang was able to secure a kill on an overextended Caps in the early game but Rogue could not accelerate ahead with their patented laning and skirmishes because G2 were intelligent in their damage mitigation and eventually scaled with their Ornn and Corki. Targamas’ ults in the mid to late game made it laughably easy to counter engage Trymbi’s Nautilus hooks and G2 ran rampant in teamfights to close out Game 2.
BlogOfLegends 2022 Spring Playoffs MVP: G2 Targamas (1)
Game 3: Undefeated
G2 set an impossible precedent as they win the championship with an undefeated Lower Bracket run, clinching their 9th LEC title in 14 splits. Similar to Fnatic before their untimely doom, Rogue got off to a roaring start with a wild, scattered teamfight, blowing key summoners. Malrang would fall back on his old ways of chain ganks these vulnerable G2 members, especially Flakked, who racked up more deaths in the first 10 minutes of this game than he did the three games against Fnatic yesterday.
G2 have mastered playing with an Ahri comp, because they were always in position to capitalize off of Caps’ gorgeous charms – if Caps hadn’t already oneshot his target with his combo. BrokenBlade finding AOE ultimates on key Rogue members and Targamas picking off people with the Pyke were also key aspects of Game 3, as once again G2’s teamfighting shone head and shoulders above Rogue, as they sweep their way to the title.
BlogOfLegends 2022 Spring Playoffs MVP: G2 Caps (7)
2022 LEC Spring Finals MVP: G2 Caps
G2 has played 12 games in the Lower Bracket to win the title. Out of those 12 games, Caps has 7 MVPs. G2 has played 4 BO5 series in the Lower Bracket to win the title. Out of those 4 series, Caps has 4 series MVPs, including his Finals MVP. The man has been simply transcendent when his team needed him the most, stepping up to lead the squad in these elimination series. Caps doesn’t strike me as much of a leader of men so credit to all of the G2 roster, especially rookie Flakked, for improving so much within these past few weeks. However, Caps is a stupendous leader in-game, and G2’s success has largely been off the back of his aggressive picks on Ahri. He still has a ways to go before he can match Perkz’s trophy case and call himself the G.O.A.T, but success follows this man no matter what team he’s on, no matter what roster he has around him, no matter what situation he finds himself in. With the crowd’s roars returning to professional play, one can only imagine how good Caps will keep playing as he feeds off of the energy as he looks toward his second MSI title.
BlogOfLegends 2022 Spring Playoffs Series MVP: G2 Caps (4)