Team Vitality defeated Fnatic in Game 4 of the week, tying both teams for third place in the 2022 LEC Summer Split regular season standings. Vitality beat Fnatic in 30 minutes of fights to the death, but they eventually climbed from 6th place to the podium.
Despite the same desire to win, the two teams implemented different strategies. Fnatic’s draft relied on scaling and late-game combat, while Vitality was designed to be proactive with engagements and ganks. Still, both teams jumped at the chance to attack and fight back whenever the opportunity presented itself, scoring a total of eight kills in less than six minutes.
But thanks to an overwhelming presence of Lulu de Labrov on the map, it was Vitality who took over for most of the early game, gaining a significant advantage, especially in the side lanes. Alphari’s Gankplank made a noticeable difference during teamfights, dealing tons of damage and splitting the enemy team with his ultimate, allowing Perkz and Haru to jump into the enemy’s backline multiple times .
Using this “divide et impera” technique, Vitality continued to gain advantages and take control of the map one lane at a time. Although Fnatic managed to engage and kill with their high damage comp, Vitality remained ahead in terms of gold, kills, and neutral targets. After getting the Baron buff, Vitality began besieging Fnatic’s base. The first attack was repelled by Fnatic’s team damage, which at 25 minutes increased significantly.
Vitality reset their moves, approaching some neutral targets, like the cloud drake, before making another attempt on Fnatic’s Nexus. After the Baron respawned, however, the upper river became a fighting ground since the neutral objective was crucial for both teams. Since Vitality had vision control around the pit, Fnatic had to walk regardless of where their opponents were, making it perfect for a surprise attack. Within seconds, Perkz stole Renata Glasc’s ultimate ability with his Sylas and used it on Fnatic’s team, forcing them to delete each other. The entire Vitality team followed and took down the remaining members of Fnatic, then headed to their base to take down Fnatic’s Nexus.
Fnatic’s second base attack determined Vitality’s victory and closed out the first round of regular season games in the LEC Summer Split. Next week, Team Vitality will face the MAD Lions in a bid to clinch second place in the regular standings, while Fnatic will face the regular season kings and current No. 1 Rogue.