G2 Esports cemented its place near the top of the standings with a win over Giants Gaming on Saturday in Week 7 of the European League of Legends Championship Series Spring Split.
G2 (9-5) elected for the scaling carries of Viktor and Tristana behind a sturdy frontline, while Giants (6-8) focused on early power, with Galio backing up the diving champions of Olaf and Kled. However, when G2 top laner Martin "Wunder" Hansen found the first two kills of the game on Sion by the seven-minute mark, Giants' ability to execute its strategy was immediately called into question.
Indeed, Giants' execution proved to be incredibly hit or miss throughout the game. It found its first play at 16-and-a-half minutes to nab two cross-map kills and a dragon, but its next engage a few minutes later came up short. Attempting to turn from Baron and take a fight, Giants failed to secure a kill despite the use of multiple ultimates, and mid laner Felix "Betsy" Edling on Galio failed to land a Heroic Entrance onto a single champion.
As the game wore on, this pattern continued, with Giants' successful engages lending it kills and objectives, but its misses giving G2 much-needed time to scale. On multiple occasions, Giants took fights that resulted in only a single kill while leaving it too wounded to capitalize. As a result, Giants managed to break the G2 base, but could not finish the game before the G2 carries hit late-game status. With its composition at peak power, G2 took two clean fights at Baron and Elder Drake respectively, ending the game in 47 minutes.
Giants Gaming will hope to find better luck against last-place Schalke 04 on Friday at 1 p.m. ET. Later on, G2 Esports will look to continue fighting towards the top spot when it takes on EU's other last-place team in H2k-Gaming at 3 p.m. ET.