Only two teams are left standing at Worlds 2018! The EU LCS champions—Fnatic—tore through their side of the bracket with back-to-back victories against Edward Gaming and Cloud9. Meanwhile, the LPL representatives, Invictus Gaming, made quite the splash by taking down KT Rolster and G2 Esports. Both of these teams have already squared off against each other in the group stage, so we’re in for an exciting Bo5 rematch on November 3 to decide who claims the World Championship trophy. With that, here are our Worlds 2018 finals predictions!
Fnatic vs Invictus Gaming
It’s hard to deny that Fnatic are the best Western team to ever attend a World Championship. Their roster is stacked with talent, and while the spotlight usually falls onto the solo laners, every single player here has the ability to take over the game. However, it’s the way Fnatic work together that sets them apart from the competition. No matter the situation, they always seem to have a solid idea of how to break the game open—and that’s a huge reason behind its success.
Meanwhile, Invictus Gaming are all about brute force. Their solo laners are downright oppressive in carry matchups, and other players do everything in their power to set up their superstar teammates for success. Combine that with relentless aggression and a natural knack for splitpushing and teamfighting, and Invictus Gaming are an incredibly scary foe to face in Worlds 2018 finals. Especially if they manage to get winning matchups for their solo laners.
Top Lane Matchup
The top lane can easily decide the entire series. With a 3.8 KDA and 8.2 CS per minute, Bwipo has been getting better and better with every passing week. He seeks to dominate his lane opponent from the first minutes of the game, and he does it through a combination of raw mechanical talent and potent pocket picks. It’s important to note, though, that Fnatic have another top laner sitting on the bench. Holding a 4.3 KDA and 7.5 CS per minute, sOAZ didn’t get much playtime at Worlds 2018, but his supportive tank-oriented playstyle could come in handy if Fnatic want to add a solid frontliner to their team composition.
Still, Invictus Gaming’s top laners are much more threatening. With a 5.5 KDA and 9.0 CS per minute, TheShy is a mechanical prodigy that consistently overwhelms his opponents at all stages of the game, and he isn’t afraid to pull the trigger and go for clutch plays either. To make matters worse, Duke (3.8 KDA and 8.6 CS per minute) mirrors sOAZ’s skill set while being much more capable in 1v1 matchups. Sorry, Fnatic, but this time you’re outclassed.
VERDICT: IG’s TheShy and Duke break open the top lane.
A different narrative takes place in the jungle. Sporting a 9.4 KDA and 5.3 CS per minute, FNC Broxah has made a solid claim to being the best jungler at the tournament. Not only does he have outstanding synergy with his teammates, but his ability to find ganks and outplay opportunities on champions like Rek’Sai, Xin Zhao, and Lee Sin creates a ton of momentum in the early game.
Ning has also been very explosive at Worlds 2018. With a 4.5 KDA and 5.4 CS per minute, Invictus Gaming’s jungler acts a great support to his superstar solo laners, and he doesn’t shy away from occasional carry games either. That being said, his early pathing isn’t as refined as that of Broxah, and his mechanics can be shaky in high-pressure situations.
VERDICT: FNC Broxah claims the jungle as his own.
Mid Lane Matchup
Things will be volatile in the mid lane. Sporting a 4.3 KDA and 8.5 CS per minute, FNC Caps has lived up to his reputation of a mechanical monster by crushing Jensen in the semifinals series against Cloud9. However, he struggled to stand up to Rookie in the group stage, and even though he managed to claw his way back into the game in teamfights, we fully expect Caps to spend the laning phase on the back foot.
Meanwhile, Rookie has been nothing short of immaculate. With a 5.8 KDA and 9.0 CS per minute, the mid laner is a force of nature and the ace of Invictus Gaming. He’s the type of player that can take the smallest opening and turn it into a game-changing advantage, and as good as he is in 1v1 matchups, Rookie’s even better in teamfighting and splitpushing scenarios.
VERDICT: IG Rookie takes over the mid lane.
Bot Lane Matchup
The last time these teams met, the bot lane was the tipping point. Sporting a 12.6 KDA and 10.5 CS per minute, FNC Rekkles is a hypercarry in every sense of the word, and his ability to output insane amounts of damage in teamfights and skirmishes has been the driving force behind Fnatic’s success. It also helps that his support Hylissang (4.5 KDA) is a bold playmaker that takes every chance he can get to create a pick or start a good fight for his teammates.
In the past, Invictus Gaming’s bot lane paled in comparison to Fnatic’s duo. Fortunately for them, JackeyLove (4.3 KDA and 10.1 CS per minute) has looked much sharper in his playoffs games, and while he does have a tendency to overstep his limits, he makes up for it by pushing his opponents to the absolute limit in 5v5s. The same applies to Baolan (5.9 KDA), who went from a shaky overaggressive support to a confident initiator. Invictus Gaming will still have a tough time keeping up with Fnatic in the bot lane, but they aren’t nearly as outmatched as they once were.
VERDICT: FNC’s Rekkles and Hylissang win the bot lane standoff.
The Worlds 2018 finals will come down to the wire. Both teams have a ton of firepower, as Invictus Gaming hold the edge in the solo lanes, but Fnatic can strike back in the jungle and bot lane positions. With that, everything will be decided by teamwork. In that sense, Invictus Gaming are far too reliant on lane dominance, and while they can snowball these really well, they also tend to look lost if they don’t get early leads. So as long as Fnatic hold off the onslaught—which, admittedly, will be a challenge—they will outmaneuver Invictus Gaming and score a 3-2 victory at Worlds 2018!