2020 LEC Spring Playoff Review

LEC Spring 2020 Playoff Review

The League of Legends European Championship, or LEC, culminated on Sunday and it’s time to go through the playoffs! In the LEC regular season, each of the ten teams will face each other twice and at the end of the regular season, the top six teams will advance to the playoffs. More information about LEC and its teams can be found on the event page.
In the playoffs, the top four teams are at the top of the double-elimination chart and the two remaining teams start at the bottom of the chart. The winner of the regular season may choose an opponent from the 3rd and 4th place in the opening round. The playoff game chart is very close to the traditional double-elimination chart, although there are small changes at the bottom of the chart that will benefit teams that have done well in the regular season.

First round

G2 Esports 2-3 MAD Lions

Probably one of the most entertaining match series of all time. Not really a quality game, but guaranteed to be enjoyable to watch, at least for spectators who don’t need to analyze these teams. G2 Esports made an unusual mistake throughout the match, and MAD Lions took advantage of these mistakes and created a real ecstasy for their players. A complete shock result and G2 Esports fell to the bottom of the chart right away in the opening match.

Fnatic 3-1 Origen

Throughout the season, experts have debated and wondered who is the second best team in Europe after G2 Esports. The options throughout the season have been Origen and Fnatic, so the best of five match series between the two teams is something fans and experts have been hungry for. Unfortunately, the match series itself didn’t bring much joy, as it was a very one-sided performance from Fnatic’s side. Origen’s slow style of play and problems in the first game were something for which Fnatic found perfect solutions, and Fnatic’s ability to draft ingeniously during the latter part of the season was the last staple in this series of matches. If G2 looked weaker than normal in their match, then with this victory, Fnatic entered the championship battle in full.

Misfits Gaming 1-3 Rogue

The bottom of the chart saw the first playoff match as Misfits and Rogue, who finished 5th and 6th in the regular season, decided which journey in the playoffs would continue. Both teams had suffered major unevenness problems at the end of the regular season and both actually lost their place in their own hands at the top of the chart. By the time of the playoffs, only one of the teams had recovered and the other’s game was still in the same volatile shuffle as at the time of the regular season. Rogue didn’t terribly leave opportunities for Misfits, but at the same time, its game still didn’t look like it could seriously challenge teams falling from the top of the chart.

Second Round

MAD Lions 0-3 Fnatic

In the final of the top chart, MAD Lions and Fnatic settled for the first final spot. The MAD Lions surprised everyone by knocking down the biggest favorite in the playoffs in the first round of the G2, while Fnatic knocked out its strong rival, Origen. In the regular season, the MAD Lions once again managed to surprise Fnatic through the bot Lane and Fnatic clearly remembered this. Fnatic played brilliantly in the match series, creating tactics around the MAD Lions' young super promise Matyáš "Carzzy" Orság could not do anything in any match. Fnatic’s Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau even played Malphite in two matches, ensuring access to Carzzy in battles. A dominant 3-0 victory for Fnatic and at the latest now Fnatic emerged as a real challenger to the championship, if not in the eyes of even the pre-favorites.

Origen 3-1 Rogue

With Origen in a worse position in the regular season than the G2, it was honored to start the second round at the bottom of the chart. Origen has been fighting Fnatic and G2 throughout the season for the top spot in the series, with Rogue at the top of the middle caste. So in terms of rankings, these teams have been close to each other, but playfully the situation is different. Although I have repeatedly criticized Origen game of boredom, so it is very effective, especially against teams like the Rogue. In this match series, Rogue got one map win, but honestly it didn’t deserve any more in this series. A clear victory for Origen and fans were able to prepare for the expected G2 match against Origen.

G2 Esports 3-1 Origen

G2 and Origen decided which would advance to the top three to challenge MAD Lions to the final spot against Fnatic. Origen got a muzzle sauna from Fnatic and G2 suddenly lost to the MAD Lions, so question marks hovered over both teams. However, it quickly became clear that Summoner’s Rift had arrived with a completely different G2 than was seen against MAD Lions. Sure, there were still small flaws in its game and it gave Origen a chance to win one card and was very close to the match not progressing to the fifth card, but overall the G2 package was put together in a completely different way than in the MAD Lions match.
Final Weekend

MAD Lions 1-3 G2 Esports

If the G2 had improved their grip on the second round, then the same trend continued as the final weekend arrived. The first match saw a similar Fiesta as the first playoff game of these teams, but after that, the G2 cleaned up their game and began to look like the same team as last year, dominating Europe and the world. Sure, the third match saw the Carzzy show once, but other than that, G2 was an almost unstoppable opponent for the young lions. Nonetheless, an absolutely awesome accomplishment for the MAD Lions, made up entirely of four newcomers. I look forward to this team in the big summer season.

Fnatic 0-3 G2 Esports

A really big leap was created around the finals. Fnatic, on the other hand, looked stronger than it had been for a long time and had easily overthrown both Origen and the MAD Lions. Fnatic’s drafts and surprising tactics in particular had been praised for weeks. G2, for its part, had petrified considerably at the bottom of the chart about what its performances were at the end of the regular season and in the playoffs, and it, in turn, had largely given up its experiments with various champions. If the hype was great, then the disappointment at the final level was even greater. G2 seemed to read Fnatic’s draft as an open book and won the first match even before the players joined the server. To everyone's surprise, Fnatic hardly changed his drafts for the second match and thus shot himself on the other leg as well. For the third match, Fnatic actually got a really good draft, but by this point the team’s mental side had already crumbled and Fnatic was unable to put a proper fight up for the championship. Too many mistakes both in the draft and inside the game, overcrowding and mental block playing against G2 took Fnatic a chance at the championship and while G2 played probably his best match series of all time, there was little left for the championship. With this level of performance, the G2 is a really scary opponent and if it gets to keep its new “clean” essence for the summer season, then no one will stop it.

LEC Spring 2020 MVP player

Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau - Fnatic

In 2019, Bwipo was in many ways like throwing a coin. When Bwipo got himself a favorite Pick or a good game tone, he was unstoppable. On the other hand, just as often, Bwipo played over-aggressively and died in vain at Lane. However, this spring, Bwipo has taken a big step forward and taken his place as lord of the top Lane. Bwipo has played 13 different champions during the season and thus opened up considerably new opportunities for his team tactically. Bwipo has also played in front of his team more than himself and with that, Selfmade has hardly been seen on top Lane and Bwipo’s level 4 teleport bot Lane has gained an almost iconic status in the spring season. The final series was really weak from Bwipo, but before that there have been no weak performances throughout the season, as Bwipo has been a driving force in the team's failures as well.

Spring 2020 Final Standings and Winnings

G2 Esports - 90 Championship Points - MSI Representative - €80,000
Fnatic - 70 Championship Points - €50,000
MAD Lions - 50 Championship Points - €30,000
Origen - 30 Championship Points - €20,000
Rogue - 20 Championship Points - €12,500
Misfits Gaming - 10 Championship Points - €7,500
Excel Esports
FC Schalke 04
SK Gaming
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24 April 2020

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