LEC Summer Split 2020 Week 4 Preview
The LEC Summer Split enters it's fourth week this weekend and we have a few thoughts on this one. Esports Vikings have compiled this ...
This is probably the most exciting weekend of the regular season, as it is highly likely that these matches will determine the final regular season standings for the top teams. Although there are still two weeks to go after the regular season, this week's matches will have a big impact on the final results. G2 Esports will face Origen on Friday and Fnatic in Saturday's match of the week. After these matches, the "top three" will no longer meet in the regular season, so without any surprising losses, the position of this trio will be clear in next Tuesday's summary. If you haven't followed LEC this spring, now is the time to jump in! Visit the tournament page for more information on the league and its teams.
This match-up has risen to an almost legendary position in recent years, and it arouses more emotion than any other match between the two teams in Europe. It is only and only right that in this match there is a high probability of a regular season win. G2 Esports took the first encounter to its name, but since then, its grips have waned and it has drifted back to Fnatic. If you look only at the second half of the season, Fnatic has done better. However, it cannot be forgotten that this G2 team played in the Worlds Finals half a year ago and has always woken up to a good game against Fnatic. So the starting points for this match are at least juicy.
No role can be brought out of this match that is more meaningful or interesting than the other. However, I want to highlight a couple of things about the team's grip this season. In the previous encounter, Caps and Rekkles took a very personal match and Rekkles clearly played their weakest match of the season. Now this legendary bot lane has the ability to wash its face, so the look is sure to be around many bot lane. Another point also concerns bot lane and especially support players. Both Hylissang and Mikyx are level in their caste in Europe, but they sometimes also have games where the screen is mostly gray. If in such a tight battle the other will hit such a game, it is almost directly the keys to the victory extended to the opponent.
With all this in mind, I have to repeat myself: Never bet on G2 Esports in LEC. Even though Fnatic has been in a strong mood, I do believe that G2 will find its best playing match for this match and thus have a strong attachment to regular season victory.
Rogue is firmly in the playoff spot when Vitality's chances are no longer theoretical. It should appear in the match as well and Rogue will handle this encounter routinely.
This could copy the analysis of the previous match and change only the team names. While Schalke has shown some signs of awakening in the second half, the level of MAD Lions is quite different at the moment.
I think SK Gaming was declared the worst team of the second half last week and the situation has not changed significantly this week. Fnatic for a routine win and get ready for a more important Saturday match.
Possibly starting with a week of even play. This is definitely a must-win for Excel, as a loss here would mean that it would have to win at least one of the "three big" to qualify for the playoffs. Misfits has been in high spirits despite getting a cold ride from Fnatic last week. Misfits takes the win and basically secures six playoff teams.
Origen has been a completely odorless and tasteless team this season. It plays a good basic game, but too often it expects an opponent to make a mistake later in the game. G2 against this is somewhat of a lousy strategy, as its errors generally occur at the beginning of the game and when to let it be in the game for more than half an hour so it rarely makes mistakes no longer at that stage of the game. G2 wave management is also on its own level, so Origen should win quickly and efficiently to surprise G2. As fast and efficient this season was not part of Origen's tactics lineup, I bet the clear-cut champion of this one will win.
A contribution to fame and honor. Or well, if not even eighth place in the standings. Schalke has been stronger in the second half than SK Gaming, so I bet he'll grab one more scalp this week after a disastrous start. Neither team has a lot of pressure on the match so it is possible to see an entertaining match.
Excel routine for victory, although it hardly warms the team terribly. Unless it surprised Misfits on Friday then yes it will warm up and really. Vitality has been a little less miserable since the return of Steeelback, but still not close to the Excel level.
This match basically solves which of the two falls to a really difficult position in the top-4 battle. Everyone in the top six wants to be in the top four to get a spot at the top of the playoff chart. This is really hard to beat as both need this win and both have had very varied games in recent weeks. This match is settled through good draft, momentum and avoiding mistakes. The gameplay might be a bit on the MAD Lions side, but this is starting to be a mentally difficult time for the season and Rogue has experienced it before. So I bet Rogue holds his head better and wins this and ranks next to Misfits in fourth place.
Assuming Origen goes into this match with a loss in his neck, he really needs a victory here or else the regular season victory can say goodbye. Misfits has been in good spirits, but his troubles as a chase player have been seen against Fnatic, and while Origen is not as aggressive as the team, he can claim an advantage for himself. So I guess Origen is stronger and drops Misfits to fight for his nail and tooth threats instead of fourth.
Although I anticipated Misfits' victory in advance, I also mentioned that this might be the week's most even match. However, it does not appear in the odds, as Excel has a profit of as much as 2.5. That is a good factor for a team that starts a match with their opponent.
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