Fnatic cemented itself in first place with a victory against the Unicorns of Love on Saturday in the European League of Legends Championship Series Spring Split in Berlin.
Fnatic (12-4) was willing to gamble a little on Saturday as it benched top laner Paul "sOAZ" Boyer to let the rookie Gabriel "Bwipo" Rau make his debut with a shot at clinching the number one seed on the line. Fnatic made sure to give Bwipo plenty of help in the form of early ganks that led to both first blood and first tower for his lane. Fnatic's strategy of playing around the top side paid off, as Bwipo was well equipped for the responsibility and gave his team an early gold lead that it never relinquished.
Unicorns of Love (6-10) knew coming into the match that it was going to be an uphill battle, but with that in mind, it didn't do itself any favors in the draft. While the Unicorns drafted plenty of late-game scaling champions, it lacked any sort of early-game presence that is absolutely necessary in the new meta. After Bwipo cleaned up in the top lane early, the Unicorns wholly abandoned the lane and decided to try and make plays on the bottom half of the map. Unsurprisingly, the Unicorns couldn't get anything done there either. Soon the Unicorns weren't able to contest anything, as it lost skirmishes and objectives left and right. It wasn't long before Fnatic's lead grew to a point that the Unicorns were powerless to mount any sort of comeback. With Fnatic piling up the kills and objectives, one good Baron-empowered push was all it needed to close out the game in under 31 minutes.
Unicorns of Love continue its hunt for a playoff spot on Friday when it faces G2 Esports at 2 p.m. ET, while Fnatic look to spoil the Giants' chances at making a playoff push directly after at 3 p.m. ET.