In a stunning comeback, H2K Gaming overcame an early deficit to take down G2 Esports and keep its playoff hopes alive on Friday in Berlin.
The landscape of the European League of Legends Championship Series seems to change drastically with every game as almost every team is still in the playoff hunt. Things weren't looking good for H2K (6-9) early on, as G2 Esports (9-6) drafted a strong early game composition to quickly roll over it, while H2K drafted for late game teamfighting. Things were going according to plan for G2 early on, with jungler Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski's Olaf picking up several kills in the top lane, abusing H2K top laner Lennart "Smittyg" Warkus' Cho'Gath. Once G2 took down the top lane outer turret, G2 roamed as a team around the map, taking towers and picking up kills without much rebuttal. With a 6,000-gold lead at 16 minutes, a potential comeback looked bleak for H2K, but H2K's draft phase gambit would pay off.
In drafting for the late game, H2K dared G2 to finish the game early, which G2 simply couldn't do. Sure, G2 was ahead, but it got too greedy, overextending around the 26-minute mark and letting H2K back into the game with a 3-for-1 teamfight and a Baron secure. Suddenly, Smittyj, who died many times early on, was a menacing front line tank with powerful damage in his Consume. Not only that, but H2K AD carry Patrik "Sheriff" Jiru's Kog'Maw started dealing massive damage later in the game, overwhelming G2. In the blink of an eye, H2K erased its gold deficit at 33 minutes, and would not let G2 back in. H2K secured a second Baron buff and an Elder Dragon buff before swarming into G2's base, finishing a huge comeback in 40 minutes to stay alive in the playoff hunt. G2 now falls into a three-way tie for second place, and risks losing its first-round bye going into playoffs.
H2K Gaming has a big game against Splyce at 12 p.m ET on Saturday, while G2 Esports looks to get back on track against Schalke 04 at 3 p.m ET that same day.