LEC 2020 Spring Week 5 Review

LEC Spring 2020 Week 5 Review

The LEC, has passed  the halfway mark now that Week 5 is over. More information about the league and its teams can be found on the tournament page. After the regular season has reached its midpoint, today's summary will include not only the regular contents but also an overview of the early stages of all the teams.

Three of the most significant events this week were  when MAD Lions rattled G2 Last week there was talk of how the G2 got his jacket open in his matches and tried a little too much against Schalke. This time, there is no hiding behind these explanations; MAD Lions were simply a better team. You could even say that MAD Lions had a worse, or at least more risky, drafts, but Humanoid dominated the game, and as G2 focused on shutting down Humanoid, Carzzy took on a big role. With the victory of the MAD Lions, the G2 squad now has three losses in its last four matches and the seemingly overwhelming difference has now leveled off with four teams in the leaderboard.

Another significant event was the return of Fnatic to the summit. Fnatic was really miserable last week and the team started to drop out of the top but this week saw a completely different team on the pitch. Fnatic has found new picks in the hat, as Bwipo played Zac and Pantheon and Selfmade Taliyah during the week. In addition, Hylissang was separated from Nautilus and Nemesis proved to be one of the best Ornn players in the league. The victory over both Roguet and Origen lifted the team back to the top and in outstanding positions for the rest of the season.

The third significant thing was seen behind the tip. This week saw two battles of the jumbo. In the first, Schalke 04 expected Steeelback to strengthen with Team Vitality zeros, but on Saturday Team Vitality opened its winning account against SK Gaming. Both Schalke and Vitality have gained new energy after the player changes, and next the finger starts pointing at SK Gaming, which has fallen flat with Schalke.

LEC Week 6 Matches

  • Misfits Gaming 1-0 MAD Lions
  • Team Vitality 0-1 Schalke 04
  • G2 Esports 1-0 Excel
  • Origen 1-0 SK Gaming
  • Rogue 0-1 Fnatic
  • Team Vitality 1-0 SK Gaming
  • Excel Esports 1-0 Schalke 04
  • Rogue 1-0 Misfits Gaming
  • MAD Lions 1-0 G2 Esports
  • Origen 0-1 Fnatic

LEC Week 6 Standings

1. Origen 7-3
2. Fnatic 7-3
3. G2 Esports 7-3
4. Misfits Gaming 7-3
5. Rogue 6-4
6. MAD Lions 6-4
7. Excel Esports 5-5
8. SK Gaming 2-8
9. Schalke 04 2-8
10. Vitality 1-9

 

Match of the week

Misfits Gaming 1-0 MAD Lions

We picked out a lot of good options for the week's match between the two teams in a fierce ascent. Unfortunately, the match itself was one of the least exciting of the week as Misfits took over the game from the start and never gave the MAD Lions a decent chance to get back. Particularly troublesome was Ryze playing Humanoid, who was seasonally accused of occasionally making radical mistakes and falling behind in real trouble. The first season has seen a very different Humanoid as the MAD Lions have been really strong, but this match saw the Humanoid played in the advance. Febiven showed the cabinet on the mid and Lane Bvoyn continued strong otteitaan was MAD Lions in real problems and misfits of the match decided in due time before the fulfillment of a half hour. Unfortunately, this match was not terribly analyzed because it was so one-sided.

Tweet of the week

Sjokz, who has been on loan for the last two weeks on CS's side, returned "home" to the LEC studio with a rumble, and this short episode of Friday's broadcast definitely deserves a spot on a weekly tweet.

Thoughts on the first Round Robin

Origen

Origen is in the lead alongside Fnatic, Misfits and G2, so it feels bad to criticize, but for himself Origen has been one of the biggest disappointments of the first half. During the winter break it was by far the biggest winner of the player roulette and made a great start to the season. However, the wins at the start of the season came mainly from tiring the opponent and relying on teams making changes to make mistakes. A strategy that works well on its own, but it did not promise to expect the same to continue when teams start playing as a team. Of course, its only losses have come to Misfits, Fnatic and G2, the teams that share the top spot with it and so the season has not been bad. I'm just waiting for Origen to find a style of play where it can challenge the league's top teams in the second half and especially in the playoffs, not just the challengers below. Currently, Origen is the least-prepared of the top four in the playoffs and fortunately there are still 4 weeks in the regular season. However, as a particular positive, Destiny, who has been in the league with big question marks, has shown himself to be a LEC level support player.

Fnatic

True to its tradition, it began its season by losing an opening match against Origen. After that, however, there was a clear level raise and it seemed that Fnatic would be the only team that would seriously challenge G2. The loss to the arch-enemy, however, plunged Fnatic into some sort of crisis, and he played miserably next week's matches until he returned to the mid-season matches, looking head over heels. Fnatic is a troublesome team for both bookmakers and supporters. Many of last year's problems seem to have been resolved and it has made better use of its innovativeness than before. Still, when it comes to Selfmade's starting decision making and Rekkles' confidence building up, Fnatic may very well be the team that puts the G2 tight in the playoffs.

G2 Esports

G2 is clearly a really emotional team. As the game goes on and the players feel well, no one will stop it. However, when setbacks hit the team, the team is completely paralyzed. The same was seen in the Worlds Finals and now after the winning streak in the Misfits defeat. Excessive arrogance and trying a new one backfired and the opening loss did something for the team. The following day, Serie Jumbo Schalke sovereignly overthrown the league's top title, and a week later it could do nothing to hit the MAD Lions. Even the Excel win between these matches did not come in any pure game. Although the trend in recent weeks has been worrying, it is better to unlock this lock now than in the playoffs or again in the Worlds. The G2 will continue to advance into the second half of the season, but will certainly be more humble and hardworking.

Misfits Gaming

I don't remember when I would have been so wrong about my team last time. I put a lot of last year's problems in the organization's neck, but this season has shown that new coaching and new players have really been the right solutions. I gave Febiven a full flush with my anticipation and in the name of honesty, Febiven has been perhaps the league's best player in the first half. I would now like to publicly welcome EU-Febiven back to Summoner's Rift! The Misfits season did not get its strongest start, but it has flown a surface alliance in recent weeks. It would have been in the lead now if it hadn't thrown its lead against Rogue on Saturday. As a team, definitely the most positive surprise of the season so far and Febiven is the same player. I would say a sure cut game and a scary opponent there.

Rogue

In advance, I was betting on these positions, after the first few weeks I glowed even higher and lately I even placed lower. That is, it reflects well what kind of roller coaster the team has offered during the season. I believe he will play in the playoffs, though not in the current tune for the spring season medals. Hans Sama has been the highlight of the team and has shown that he is still in the elite of his playing field. For the rest, the team's performance has been even a bit disappointing, and especially Finn, whom I expected a breakthrough season from time to time, has been in trouble. Admittedly, this season has been extraordinarily challenging for the top banners, as meta has brought champions and game styles that have had to be learned from scratch.

MAD Lions

With the exception of Humanoid, full of newcomers or juniors thrown deep into the pool last summer, the team's performances have been absolutely brilliant. It is admitted that lack of experience has made throws for performance and thus the rank is a place or a couple lower than it would be worth in the current mood. Shadow and Carzzy have instantly struck themselves as the elite of their playing field, and in some papers Shadow has even been promoted to the best jungler of the first half. Personally, I can't disagree with that. I really hope the second half goes like the first and the team will be seen in the playoffs. There, the team's strengths can very well raise it to a surprisingly high level. The extraordinary big hat build goes to the team's new coach, Mac, who has shown the ability to build talent, but also to perform well in front of the media.

Excel Esports

Excel is an odorless and tasteless team. YoungBuck is a coach accustomed to playing tactically sound, though at times boring, the game and the players have not presented anything special except for individual moments. It's tight in the playoffs, but if I could choose, I'd rather see all six teams ahead of it. Last year, Mickey was frankly lousy and fans of the Korean player's new contract were criticized. This year, however, Mickey has been the smoothest player on the team and in an important match against MAD Lions, Mickey basically alone won the match for Excel. Expect and Tore have been shadows in many matches and have made the team a well deserved midfielder.

SK Gaming

I was expecting very much from SK Gaming's newcomers, but the youth of MAD Lions and Misfits Gaming has completely overshadowed them. I also trusted that Crownshot would be able to carry the team, but this has hardly been seen. Unfortunately, in the current tune, Schalke comes over and throws the dreams of the playoffs into the pit.

Schalke 04

During the first few weeks, perhaps the league's worst ever team was seen on the field. It didn't take long for the team's management to realize that the game and the atmosphere had to be eliminated, with Lurox first replacing Gilius and soon Innaxe replacing FORG1VEN, who played a disastrous start. Both Lurox and Innaxe have destroyed the Schalke academy team and have shown that they belong to the LEC level upon their arrival. First, it saw a shock victory over G2, and right after that, it also overthrew Team Vitality, which also made changes in the battle of the jumbo. Of the three heads of the tail, I currently have the greatest credit to Schalke, as Odoamne has been one of the league's top top banners and the rest of the team has fully awakened since the arrival of Innaxe. Great hat to Dylan Falco for testing FORG1VEN, but an even greater appreciation for the fact that the protagonist dared to be thrown aside when the time came.

Team Vitality

The French organization has been loyal to its roots this season and with the exception of bot Lanen Comp, the players and coaching are French. Unfortunately, its extracts have been really miserable. Not at the level of Gilius and the early Schalke of FORG1VEN, of course, but not terribly better. The losing team made the expected change of a week ago and replaced Jactroll with former bot laner Steeelback, who last year switched to support. After the change, light at the end of the tunnel has been visible and the victory over SK Gaming, especially in the past week, has certainly raised morale. We will not see Vitality in the playoffs, but it would be nice to see the winning column accumulate in the second half.


 

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Cameron Carr

28 February 2020

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