Week two of LEC saw former champions humbled while one of the supposed “superteams” picked up their first loss. Join us as we break down the movers and shakers after the second week of action.
10. Rogue: 0-4 (=)
More of the same from Rogue as they looked uninspired in both of their games this week. While they stayed respectable in the laning phase, their lack of team cohesion showed as the matches continued. Kim “Profit” Jun-Hyung put up a particularly solid individual performance in the top lane but seemed poorly integrated into the team’s overall strategy.
Player of the week: Kim “Profit” Jun-Hyung (Top)
9. Fnatic: 0-4 (↓ 2)
Any benefit of the doubt for Fnatic is starting to run out. This week, they looked even less impressive than they did last week and it’s becoming increasingly clear how much they relied on Rasmus “Caps” Borregaard Winther. His replacement, Tim “Nemesis” Lipovšek, has been the best individual performer on Fnatic but the bottom lane is collapsing. This draws a lot of attention from the jungler to the bottom which makes it harder for the solo lanes to carry the team to victory.
Player of the week: Tim “Nemesis” Lipovšek (Mid)
8. Excel Esports: 1-3 (↑ 1)
Excel will live or die by jungler Marc “Caedrel” Robert Lamont. His impressive early game aggression earned them a lead against G2 and, for a while, it looked like they would pull off the win. But the jungler who brought them the lead was found out of position too many times late in the game and pushed them towards a loss. Excel’s other match was an uncompetitive loss to SK and with no wins, it’s hard to call this week an improvement for Excel, but it was fun to watch.
Player of the week: Marc “Caedrel” Robert Lamont (Jungle)
7. SK Gaming: 2-2 (↓ 2)
SK comes across as the class bully. They’re good enough to pick on the weaker teams but lack the class to challenge the best of the best. In their matches against Fnatic and Excel, they were confident and clinical, capitalising on mistakes and pushing out a large gold lead. Against Schalke and Misfits, they went behind early and struggled to get back into the match. SK will need to learn to win against stronger opposition if they hope to rise through the standings.
Player of the week: Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek (Jungle)
6. Origen: 1-3 (↓ 3)
Origen gets a little bit of leeway this week thanks to a difficult pair of matches, but the cracks are starting to show. Mostly, they aren’t very good at improvising. Origen entered most of their games with a specific strategy, but when it starts going wrong, they struggle to adapt and slowly bleed out. Sure, they had a hard week, but Origen is an organisation which expects to be in the top half of the table. They’ll need to win difficult games to get there.
Player of the week: Patrik “Patrik” Jírů (Bot)
5. Splyce: 3-1 (↑ 3)
Despite a seemingly makeshift roster, Splyce has retained much of the identity of their previous line-ups. Marek “Humanoid” Brázda has done an excellent job of bullying his mid-lane opposition; while he might not pick up many solo kills, he puts his enemy under pressure and forces attention and resources to the middle. This gives jungler Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir the freedom to do pretty much whatever he wants which has been key to the team’s early success.
Player of the week: Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir (Jungle)
4. FC Schalke 04 Esports: 3-1 (=)
Schalke responded to their early game wobbles last week with two dominant performances this time out. The side put in confident showings against Fnatic and SK, winning both games with a slow and methodical approach. Both times, Schalke were consistently able to create advantages for themselves, particularly in the bottom lane and once they found a lead, they held onto it with dear life.
Player of the week: Lee “IgNar” Dong-Geun (Support)
3. Team Vitality: 3-1 (↑ 3)
Vitality has climbed up the rankings with two impressive showings, but there’s still work to do. In their match against a hapless Fnatic, Vitality struggled to shut the door and left openings for Fnatic to get back into the game. Against a more competent opponent, this could’ve spelt disaster. Vitality did very well to score an impressive win against Misfits but if they hope to challenge for the title, they will need to work on their consistency.
Player of the week: Lucas “Cabochard” Simon-Meslet (Top)
2. Misfits Gaming: 3-1 (=)
While Misfits gave up their first loss this week, they still appear to be one of the top two teams in the league. Their loss, at the hands of Vitality, was due to a collapse from veteran support Kang “GorillA” Beom-Hyeon. When considering the dominant nature of their three victories and that GorillA is still learning to play in a new region, their sole loss looks more like a bump in the road than a taste of things to come for Misfits.
Player of the week: Steven “Hans Sama” Liv (Bot)
1. G2 Esports: 4-0 (=)
We got to see a different side to G2 this week. A poor start against Excel, perhaps caused by overconfidence, meant that G2 played from behind for the first time. They kept cool and minimised their mistakes, allowing them to capitalise on positional errors from Excel and complete the comeback. Much like Ferguson-era Man Utd, G2 showed their championship pedigree by squeezing out a win in Fergie time.
Player of the week: Rasmus “Caps” Borregaard Winther (Mid)