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The second match of Week 8, Day 1 of the European League of Legends Championship Series in Berlin featured Fnatic and Team ROCCAT. With its 2-1 victory on Thursday, ROCCAT became the first bottom-four EU LCS team to win against a top-six team this season.
Fnatic jungler Mads "Broxah" Brock-Pedersen set the tone for Game 1 with his early jungle invade as Graves. Within the first 24 minutes Fnatic had taken down five towers, a Cloud Drake and Mountain Drake, whereas ROCCAT (3-7, 8-16 match record) had taken down a lone Fnatic tower. However, 28 minutes in, ROCCAT initiated a Baron-deciding teamfight, which gave ROCCAT the buff and the perfect opportunity to take back the gold lead, eventually pushing into the Fnatic base.
Fnatic (4-6, 12-15) turned the game around by taking down Elder Dragon 37 minutes in, then rotating to and taking down Baron and pushing into ROCCAT's base. With double Epic buffs, Fnatic was able to wipe all of ROCCAT's base and members off of the Rift to earn a 1-0 series lead.
ROCCAT jungler Nubar "Maxlore" Sarafian turned things around in Game 2 by punishing Fnatic's early jungle invades. After securing the first Baron, ROCCAT began to split-push into Fnatic's base. After ROCCAT's Baron buff wore off, Fnatic fought inside its base and was one kill away from earning an ace until a pause came in by ROCCAT. After respawning, ROCCAT was able to take Elder Dragon and Baron. Again, Fnatic thwarted ROCCAT's attempts to win the game by killing three members in another teamfight. In the end, ROCCAT proved that third time's the charm as it was able to end the game with its third Baron buff push. ROCCAT was able to even the series, led by mid laner Felix "Betsy" Edling, who put up a 2/3/5 KDA (kills/deaths/assists) as Swain.
The third game was all ROCCAT, seemingly energized by its Game 2 win. ROCCAT was aggressive through the first 20 minutes and gave Fnatic a tough time early on. At the 27-minute mark ROCCAT began to dive under towers with little-to-no answer from Fnatic. After 33 minutes of play, ROCCAT rushed down Baron and began its split-push into Fnatic's base once again. Shortly after acquiring the buff, ROCCAT finally put Fnatic away, securing enough picks to eventually push the opposition's base down. This time around, ROCCAT was led by top laner Ambrož "Phaxi" Hren, who put up a 3/2/4 KDA as Gnar.
Next up for ROCCAT is Giants Gaming on Saturday at 11 a.m ET. Fnatic is off for the weekend and will face Giants Gaming March 25, at 2 p.m. ET.