Fnatic rallied back from a horrendous early game to protect its first-place spot with a comeback win over Team Vitality on Saturday during the European League of Legends Championship Series in Berlin.
Team Vitality (8-6) came into the series with a mid-lane focused strategy, much like the one that contributed to its strong start to the season. Centering the early game around mid laner Daniele "Jiizuke" di Mauro's Azir allowed him to pick up plenty of kills for an early gold lead that he managed to extend into the side lanes. Such a strong early presence meant that it wasn't long until Vitality started knocking on Fnatic's inhibitor turrets. Fnatic (10-4), however, weren't content to let Vitality get away that easy and kicked a comeback that demonstrated just why it sits at the top of the standings.
As helpless as Fnatic looked early on, it managed to start clawing its way back into the game by keeping Vitality distracted with some cheeky teleport plays that split the enemy's focus. This gave Fnatic's team composition enough time to scale, which directly led to jungler Mads "Broxah" Brocks-Pedersen's Kha'Zix coming up with a huge Baron steal that bought the team even more time. With a new lease on life, Fnatic kept on pushing and strung together an impressive teamfight victory that led to it taking down an inhibitor and Nexus turret. While it overstayed its welcome a bit and gave Vitality a window at taking control back, Broxah once again popped up with an Elder Dragon steal that gave Fnatic the last push needed to march down the mid lane for the win.
Team Vitality will look to stop the five-game win streak of the Unicorns of Love at 12 p.m. ET next Friday, while Fnatic will face off against ROCCAT later that day at 4 p.m. ET.