FC Schalke 04 defied the odds by ending Saturday in the European League of Legends Championship Series with an upset win over G2 Esports.
G2 Esports (9-7) might be the defending EU LCS champions, but that title is in name only, as this team is a far cry from the one that has hoisted the trophy for the last four splits. With only one member -- mid laner Luka "Perkz" Perkovic -- remaining from the championship team, the current iteration of G2 simply looks disjointed and unable to work together as a team on a regular basis, and this match was no exception.
With Schalke (7-9) fighting for its playoff life, there was a clear feeling of decisiveness and poise that allowed it to push G2 around. The first 26 minutes were dead even as the teams were jockeying for position and trying to gain an advantage over the other. Against all expectations, it was Schalke that picked up the first major advantage in the form of a 4-for-0 teamfight win at 29 minutes to break the stalemate and secure its first Baron. From then on, it was all Schalke, all the time.
While the game did last another 20 minutes, it was simply due to G2 trying its best to stall the game with a few teamfight wins here and there. At no point, however, did it manage to truly put itself in the driver's seat. G2 only served to delay the inevitable as Schalke finally put the game away with a third Baron that allowed it to overwhelm the current EU LCS champions for good. The Schalke win has now set things up for an incredible final week of the Split, as it joins three other teams in a four-way tie for fifth place, while G2 is now tied with Team Vitality (9-7) for third place.
G2 will begin its final push for the second seed with a match against the ailing Unicorns of Love at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, while Schalke will try and complete its Cinderella run to the playoffs against H2k Gaming earlier in the day at 2 p.m. ET.