Fnatic vs Excel Esports: ADCs Rise up to the Occasion
The race for the last spot at the League of Legends World Championship 2022 is heating up in the European league. The League of Legends European Championship (LEC) kicked off its Summer Playoffs on 26th August, and two teams have already been eliminated from the running. With G2 Esports, MAD Lions, and Rogue all locking in their respective Worlds 2022 slots, two teams – Fnatic and Misfits Gaming – are in contention to get past the last hurdle. On 28th August, the lower bracket series – Fnatic vs Excel esports – came down to the wire with the teams having to battle it out in a full five-game series. In the end, Fnatic won the Fnatic vs Excel Esports (XL) series with a 3-2 scoreline and in a reverse sweep at that.
While there was no doubt that all eyes would be on the bottom lane, the audience was shocked to see the kind of show that both the attack damage carry (ADC) players put up during the series. Fnatic’s ADC Elias “Upset” Lipp showed incredible prowess and XL’s ADC Patrik “Patrik” Jírů went toe to toe against his lane opponent. All in all, the bot lane mano a mano was a spectacle and a thriller to watch.
Upset and Patrik’s contribution in the Fnatic vs Excel Esports series
The following are the stats of Upset and Patrik from the Fnatic vs Excel Esports series that happened on Sunday. All the stats have been sourced from .
KDA: 31/11/26 (5.2)
Creep score per minute (CSM): 9.9
Damage per minute (DPM): 889
KDA: 34/18/24 (3.2)
Creep score per minute: 9.1
Damage per minute (DPM): 899
Notably, the two ADCs had the highest DPM throughout the series and this was followed by their respective mid-laners who had a DPM of around 600.
In Game 1 of Fnatic vs Excel Esports, which XL won, the damage distribution was skewed toward the bottom lane. In this game, Upset had dealt 41.1% of the total damage, and Patrik’s 36.2% followed in second place.
In Game 2, Upset had a damage output of 25.1% and Patrik was again at the top with a 40.3% on Sivir. The trend continued in Game 3, where Patrik dished out 41.1% of the total damage in the game and Upset put forth 32%.
In Game 4, Upset had the highest damage in the damage distribution chart with 38.8%, and in the decider game, it was still a show that the ADCs ran. Patrik’s damage output was 37.4% while Upset’s was 35.1%.
In a meta decided by picks like Zeri and Yuumi, it is not surprising to see the bottom lane become relevant in League of Legends. However, it is also important to note that all the other lanes also stepped up to the occasion and played out of their minds. The narrative around the usefulness of ADCs was completely rewritten in this series and it had the audience at the edge of their seats. The next time your solo queue ADC complains about the role, all you need to do is remember that it is all in how a player positions themselves on a carry and plays the teamfights.
It is only fair to assume that the European league will continue to shock the fans with stellar series of the likes of the Fnatic vs Excel Esports matchup, especially since this one was not even the grand final but a lower bracket series.
Click to read more about the LEC Summer 2022 Playoffs and to follow the scores and updates from the tournament.