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H2K Jankos menaces Team Vitality

Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski is the jungler for European League of Legends Championship Series H2K. Provided by Riot Games

On Day 2 of Week 3 in the European League Championship Series, a struggling Team Vitality earned a glimmer of hope after defeating H2K in Game 1. H2K refocused in the final two games however to lock up the Friday 2-1 series win in Berlin.

The first game started in H2K's favor after the team earned a 3-0 kill advantage and a 1,000 gold lead before the 11-minute mark. The game then shifted heavily in Vitality's favor due to its focus on objectives, namely the towers. When Vitality did find themselves in a teamfight, it certainly handled its business, most notably securing an ace near the 26-minute mark. That led to a Baron kill which, coupled with its destruction of all 11 towers, allowed Vitality to take the fairly easy 34-minute win.

Whereas the first game saw the game fluctuate a bit between the two teams, the second was all H2K from the very start. Vitality's support Ha "hachani" Seung-chan on LuLu in Game 2, was caught out and picked off by the Kha'Zix of H2K jungler Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski just under three minutes into the game for first blood. That first blood gave H2K a gold lead that it continued to snowball all game long. Outside of a 4-for-2 teamfight near 19 minutes, Vitality showed very little signs of life in the 29-minute loss.

The final game was the most competitive of the series, with neither team seeing its gold lead reach 2,000 until 26 minutes into the game when H2K secured Baron and began to push for the victory in earnest. Initially, H2K started off the contest on the wrong foot when Jankos' Ivern was taken out by the Syndra of Vitality mid laner Erlend "Nukeduck" V├ątevik Holm. The series-deciding match would go back and forth for some time until the aforementioned Baron play pushed H2K ahead for good. While Vitality prolonged the game for another 18 minutes, the end result was almost never truly in doubt. Jankos' Ivern was the runaway MVP with a 7/2/15 KDA (kills/deaths/assists).