LEC Spring Split Event Preview

League of Legends European Championship (LEC) Spring Season 2020 

The League of Legends European Championship, or LEC, contains ten of the best teams in Europe. The league is divided into a nine-week regular season where each team meets its competitors twice, and the playoffs, which feature the top six teams. LEC matches are played on Fridays at. Starting at 6pm and Saturdays at. Starting at 7pm. Spring Teams will earn LEC Championship points. The team with the most points during the year advances to the Worlds Championships and the next three highest-scoring teams will compete for the last remaining seat.

LEC 2020 teams

  • Excel Esports
  • FC Schalke 04
  • Fnatic
  • G2 Esports
  • MAD Lions
  • Misfits Gaming
  • origen
  • Roque
  • SK Gaming
  • Team Vitality

The Prize Pool

  • 90 Championship points + LEC representative at Mid-Season Invitational 2020 + LEC representative at Rift Rivals 2020
  • 70 Championship points + LEC representative at Rift Rivals 2020.
  • 50 Championship points + LEC representative at Rift Rivals 2020.
  • 30 Championship points
  • 10 Championship points + $10,000
  • 10 Championship points + $10,000

Regular Season

  • All ten teams meet each team twice.
  • Matches are played in the best one-on-one matches.
  • The top six teams advance to the playoffs.
  • The regular season lasts nine weeks, with each team playing two matches a week.

Playoffs

  • In the first round, the team ranked third will choose to play against the team ranked fifth or sixth.
  • Ranked fourth will play against the remaining team.
  • The winners advance to the second round.
  • In the second round, the teams ranked first and second face each other.
  • The winner advances to the finals.
  • In the second round of the second round, the teams that advanced from the first round meet each other.
  • The winner advances to the bronze match to face the losing team in another match.
  • The winner of the bronze medal will advance to the finals.
  • All matches are played in the best of five sets.

Favorites

G2 Esports

  • Top: Martin “Wunder” Hansen
  • Jungle: Marcin "Yankees" Jankowski
  • Mid / ADC: Luka “Perkz” Perković
  • ADC / Mid: Rasmus “Caps” Winther
  • Support: Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle
  • Coach: Fabian “GrabbZ” Lohmann

G2 Esports won just about everything last year. It won both seasons at the LEC and the Mid-Season Invitational played between them. At the Worlds World Cup, the team advanced to the finals, where it lost to Chinese FunPlus Phoenix. The only change for the team is a change in the role of the team's star players, Perkz and Caps. Perkz moves back to mid-lane after a year's break and Caps takes his place in bot-lane for the first time in his career. The team has justified this change by considering it to be more tactical. Perkz rose to the elite of European bot laners over the past year and it is very interesting to see how Caps can make the same change.

The team is an absolute champion favorite for the spring season as it is the only team that made no changes and the old line-up was, frankly, overwhelming last year. Unfortunately, this strong pre-favorite position is also reflected in the odds.

Origen

  • Top: Barney “Alphari” Morris
  • Jungle: Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir
  • Mid: Erlend “Nukeduck” Våtevik Holm
  • ADC: Elias “Upset” Flag
  • Support: Mitchell “Destiny” Shaw
  • Coach: André “Guilhoto” Guilhoto

Origen played a brilliant spring season a year ago, but the team underperformed during the summer. The health problems that may have forced Jonas “Kold” Andersen to retire began already during the season, but it is rarely that such a major disappointment has been seen in the LEC. During the winter, Kold has been replaced by Xerxe, one of the best places to play in Europe. In addition, Patrik “Patrik” Jírů has been replaced by a tougher player, Upset, and Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodríguez, who has been coached by Fnatic, has been replaced by Destiny from the Oceanian League. Since Destiny has never played in a league like this, this acquisition can definitely be considered as the only risk for the team in the winter player market. To reduce this risk, the team acquired Aleksi “H1IVA” Kaikkonen, a Finnish player who played part of the summer at the broken Misfits Gaming, just before the start of the season.

The team has been overhauled to a large extent, but mainly the changes have been an upgrade to last year. It will certainly challenge anyone in the playoffs, but it is possible that the early season is still in trouble.

Fnatic

  • Top: Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau
  • Jungle: Oscar “Selfmade” Boderek
  • Mid: Tim “Nemesis” Lipovšek
  • ADC: Martin “Humble” Larsson
  • Support: Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev Galabov
  • Coach: Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodríguez

Undoubtedly, the second-best European team last year and the changes seen during the winter have not weakened the team. Fnatic suffered major internal problems last year, and Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen and Joey “Youngback” Steltenpool, who suffered from them, have been bitten by Selfmade and Mithy. Selfmade returns to Nemesis after a year's break, and when the player is very close to Broxah, the change shouldn't be big. The only question mark about the team is the inexperience of Mithy, who has gone directly from player to head coach. However, during the season, Fnatic announced an experienced occupation as a backing force for the team in support of Mithy, which should facilitate the transition.

Last year, Fnatic was the only European team close to topping G2 Esports' top five in the lineup. The changes will make the team more cohesive this year and put more pressure on the league's top favorites. Along with G2 Esports, Fnatic has the fewest question marks, so strong performance is expected from the start of the season to the finals.

Challengers

FC Schalke 04

  • Top: Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu
  • Jungle: Erberk “Gilius” Demir
  • Mid: Felix “Abbedagge” Braun
  • ADC: Constantinos-Napoleon “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou
  • Support: Han “Dreams” Min-cake
  • Coach: Dylan Falco

Like Origen, Schalke has switched players other than top and mid. The team lost star-adc Upset to Origen and replaced it with former star player FORG1VEN who had been in military service for two years. This acquisition is definitely going to be the most interesting thing about the LEC all winter and it will be very interesting to see what kind of return a protagonist can make. What's interesting about the acquisition is that many of the teams have invested in young promises this season, but Schalke's approach is quite the opposite. Other newcomers include Korean Confirmation Dreams and Gilius, who returns to Schalkee. Both players have been looking for a place in the LEC for a long time, and perhaps this new Schalke line-up is finally the one that unlocks their full potential. As a question mark on this team, the reputation of FORG1VEN and Gilius as outspoken players with a big ego can be considered, so it is possible that the team will be buzzing during the season. However, Dylan Falco is a very experienced coach and is able to curb the hot spots, which I hope have settled a little while away from the highest series.

There are question marks around the team and a lot of changes have taken place, but if Dylan Falco gets the team playing style they will be able to challenge the top three. Even if not everything goes down the drain, the playoff spot can be considered almost certain nonetheless.

Roque

  • Top: Finn “Finn” Wiestål
  • Jungle: Kacper “Inspired” Słoma
  • Mid: Emil “Larssen” Larsson
  • ADC: Steven “Hans Sama” Liv
  • Support: Oskar “Vander” Bogdan
  • Coach: Simon "fredy122" Payne

After a disastrous spring season, the promising team made itself one of the strongest teams during the summer. The melting of young players in the playoffs made it possible to fight for a place in the Worlds World Cup, so for now, the team will definitely come to this year with just one thing in mind: Worlds. Roque made only one change during the winter and is probably one of the biggest upgrades this winter. Paweł “Woolite” Pruski and Martin “HeaQ” Kordmaa, who split the playing time last year, have made room for Hans Sama, who has been one of the top spots in recent years.

The team that made the least changes to the challenger teams and found a great boost late last year. I find it highly unlikely that Roque would not play in the playoffs in the spring season. I'd say it's more likely to see the team in the top four than out in the playoffs.

Reaching for Playoffs

Excel Esports

  • Top: Ki “Expect” Dae-han
  • Jungle: Marc “Caedrel” Robert Lamont
  • Mid: Son “Mickey” Young-min
  • ADC: Patrik “Patrik” Jírů
  • Support: Nice “Nice” Hoel Eilertsen
  • Coach: Joey “YoungBuck” Steltenpool

As amazing as it sounds, here's a team that managed to place below Misfits Gaming last summer. It tells you all about the impact the team has had last year. During the winter it replaced the coaching line and the bot Lane duo. Last year the team tried several different players on bot Lane, but now a clear improvement has been made in the form of Patrick and Tore. Many of you know Toren Splyce's ranks as Norskere. Patrik played at Origen last year. The bigger change in Bot Lane's upgrades is the coaching change, as YoungBuck is used to winning everywhere the coach has gone. First, putting G2 Esports on the map and then raising the "new'' Fnatic back to the top of Europe. It will be very interesting to see what effect the new head coach has on deep-seated excruciating Excel.

Made up of experienced players and built by YoungBuck, it ranks as the top favorite in the playoffs in this category. It's the only remaining team that doesn't have any newcomers in the starting lineup. So the battle for the playoff spot is expected, and if that doesn't happen, then add YoungBuck to the lineup either during the spring or before the summer season begins.

Team Vitality

  • Top: Lucas “Cabochard” Simon-Meslet
  • Jungle: Duncan “Skeanz” Marquet
  • Jungle: Lee “Mowgli” Jae-ha
  • Mid: Aloya “Milica” Kovandžić
  • ADC: Markos “Comp” Stamkopoulos
  • Support: Jakub “Jactroll” Skurzyński
  • Coach: Hadrien “Duke” Forestier

Team Vitality was one of the biggest disappointments last year (along with Origen). The renowned lineup under Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebd's leadership failed to live up to expectations, and as a result, not only the head coach but also two of his top players have changed the landscape. Duke, who had a strong track record with Splyce, took over as the new head coach, and two new players, Milica and Comp, arrived to fill the gaps in the player side. While Milica is perhaps the most interesting and perhaps the most promising newcomer, the boots of Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro, who has joined LCS, are huge.

The team is available for the playoffs if any of the teams already featured underperform. Its coaching and experienced players left over from last year are tough and newcomers are at least some of the best in the field. Unfortunately, seventh place may well be the team's final place.

SK Gaming

  • Top: Toni “Sacre” Sabalić
  • Jungle: Kim “Trick” Gang-yu
  • Mid: Janik “Jenax” Bartels
  • ADC: Janik “Crownshot” Bartels
  • Support: Dino “LIMIT” Tot
  • Coach: Petar “Unlimited” Georgiev

Very same story as Vitality, the team fought for a playoff spot in the summer and the season ended with a disappointment that led to the loss of the top players. Particularly noteworthy is Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek, who ranks among the top European players in SK and moved to Fnatic. Selfmade was replaced by an experienced Trick, but other starters were replaced by newcomer players.

However, the team is made up of very promising players, so if a game plan is put in place, it will be able to challenge the playoffs. However, it is not one of the biggest favorites, at least not in the spring.

MAD Lions

  • Top: Andrei “Orome” Popa
  • Jungle: Zhiqiang “Shadow” Zhao
  • Mid: Marek “Humanoid” Brázda
  • ADC: Matyáš “Carzzy” Slavery
  • Support: Norman “Kaiser” Kaiser
  • Coach: James “Mac” MacCormack

Known last year as Splyce. And no, the team was not sold but just renamed. Many may wonder why the team that played in the Worlds is ranked 9th in the charts and the fact that the previous teams have been strengthened in many ways explains this. It is not realistic that every team in the league is strengthened with transfers, and MAD Lions can be considered a loser in some way. However, it remains true to its roots and brings new young players to the league. There is only one experienced player in the team, Humanoid, who played a great last year. Of the other players, only Orome has participated in the LEC as a substitute player.

It can be said that this is almost purely a team of newcomers and does not create very strong faith in the playoffs. Probably the spring season will be purely for experience and the 

team will probably be at the tail end of the table.

Misfits Gaming

  • Top: Danny “Dan Dan” at Le Comte
  • Jungle: Ivan “Razork” Martín Díaz
  • Mid: Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten
  • Mid: Ronaldo “Ronaldo” Betea
  • ADC: Yeah, "Bvoy" Yeong-hoon
  • Support: Petr “denyk” Haramach
  • Coach: Alejandro “Jandro” Fernández-Valdés

The past year has been really messy for Misfits and with it, not only coaching, but also players have been almost completely redone. In addition to the team's star player Febiven, last year's occupation is still limited to Dan Dan, who has been promoted to starting lineup. The other players are newcomers, except for the young Korean Bvoy, who has games in both the Chinese LPL League and the Latin American LLA League.

Bvoy definitely has the potential to become one of the LEC's top players in the field, but being the only Korean player on the team has traditionally failed to produce great results in Europe and given the presence of newcomers alongside an Bvoy could carry the team until the playoffs.

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Cameron Carr

20 January 2020

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