SK Gaming upsets Fnatic to win the first ever LEC game, while Splyce, Shalke 04, Misfits and G2 also scored wins over exceL, Vitality, Rogue and Origen.
Detailed Match breakdowns
The first ever match in LEC history featured defending European champions and World Championship runner-ups Fnatic. They were facing off against their longtime rivals SK Gaming. The latter making its comeback to the European scene following a stint in the German national championship. With four players from Spanish powerhouse MAD Lions on stage. Three of them on SK’s side, the German team got the last laugh and triumphed in a remade game to secure the historic result.
The second match of the day, featuring Splyce and newcomers exceL, only got underway after two remakes. While the debuting team had a much better early game. Splyce played to its strengths and stalled the game until its composition could hit a power spike. Once that happened, the third place team from last spring just ran over exceL to secure the win.
In a rematch of last summer split’s semifinal, FC Shalke 04 once again defeated Team Vitality in a close. They went back-and-forth where the French team’s overly aggressive style led to a number of small mistakes and poor decisions that, when put together, ultimately cost them the game.
Making one of the most anticipated debuts next, Misfits showed that the superteam the organization signed during the offseason has every reason to feature among the contenders. It made short work of LEC newcomers Rogue to secure the quickest win of the day, leading the overall standings.
G2 Esports, showing off its own superteam, defeated the returning team Origen Gaming.
El Classico is back, SK Gaming upsets Fnatic for the first ever LEC win
Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau (Swain) stayed true to his style, pressing Jorge “Werlyb” Casanovas (Sion). However, Fnatic’s top laner lacked a reliable escape, and with him too far up the lane, SK’s jungler Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek (Xin Zhao) found an easy gank setup for the first kill of the game. Meanwhile, SK’s bottom lane duo Juš “Crownshot” Marušič (Xayah) and Han “Dreams” Min-kook (Rakan) won a trade against Fnatic’s Martin “Rekkles” Larsson (Lucian) and Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev (Leona), forcing both summoner spells out of Fnatic’s superstar AD Carry.
Selfmade found another successful top lane gank, forcing a Flash out of Bwipo. The SK jungler tried to use the window for another play, but Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen (Nocturne) and Hylissang showed up in time to respond. SK’s superior laning phase paid dividends, however, as both Dreams and former SKT mid laner Choi “Pirean” Jun-sik (Corki) had enough space to join the fight and add two more kills to the count for SK Gaming. The German team’s early dominance continued with another good fight inside Fnatic’s jungle, which resulted in a Rift Herald going SK’s way.
The reigning European champions requested a pause. Following a one hour long investigation, LEC officials and the two teams agreed to a remake due to latency problems on Fnatic’s side.
Just like in the first game, first blood went to SK as Selfmade (Sejuani) once again ganked Bwipo (Sion). This time, however, the kill went to Werlyb (Poppy). SK’s jungler then moved towards the bottom side of the map, which had suffered some huge pressure early on, and helped Crownshot (Ezreal) grab a kill on Hylissang (Pyke).
Fnatic found its way back into the game by going for a lane swap towards the top side, securing the Rift Herald and a kill onto Werlyb. Pirean and Selfmade arrived a bit too late to respond, and Bwipo, Hylissang and Broxah went for the dive to add another two kills. The reigning champions traded two top lane turrets for two bottom lane turrets, but shifted mid lane to their favor. With Bwipo split pushing down bottom, SK found an opportunity to take Fnatic’s mid lane turret.
Selfmade picked off Hylissang once again, but Fnatic’s support came out alive, allowing his team to reengage and secure three kills to set up a Baron call. Pirean and Dreams successfully stopped the execution, but Fnatic did take the gold lead by 2,000. However, the team got a bit too ambitious, forcing a fight under their opponent’s tier 2 turret. Broxah (Lee Sin) stepped too far forward and was the first one to fall. Rekkless (Lucian) dropped soon after, and all of a sudden the game went back SK’s way.
With SK now holding the Baron buff, it went for a possible game-deciding push. Selfmade made a beautiful play, reaching for Fnatic’s backline to land a perfectly aimed ultimate on Rekkless. A huge burst damage and crowd control chain followed, and the superstar AD Carry went down. With only two Fnatic players left to defend the base, SK finally ended the game, taking down the Nexus to win the first ever LEC game.
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Late game kings Splyce score another comeback win
The game got underway following a long wait and not only one but two remakes. When things finally got going, Splyce’s AD Carry Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup (Caitlyn) was heavily punished for an early face check, being forced to use both summoner spells. Despite the mishap, nothing came out of it, and Splyce’s bottom lane managed to hang on. Marc “Caedrel” Lamont (Xin Zhao) went for an invade on Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir (Sejunai), and while it did succeed at first, Marek “Humanoid” Brázda (Aatrox) held the mid lane priority and showed up to help his jungler, taking down Caedrel for the first blood. Xerxe however was taken too low, and Fabian “Exile” Schubert (Urgot) made it a one for one trade.
With Splyce’s bottom lane pushing in, exceL committed four players to respond and successfully walked away with two kills. The first two drakes, a Cloud and a very important Infernal, went exceL’s way, although the second one came at the cost of Caedrel. The LEC newcomers found a solid engage down the river, with former Splyce support Raymond “kaSing” Tsang (Rakan) arrived in time to turn things around. In the end, exceL walked away with two kills and the mid lane turret, while the team also took down the top lane outer tower.
While exceL controlled the map, Splyce stalled the game with pickoffs on Ki “Expect” Dae-han (Rumble) and Exile whenever the two players overextended. And the team finally found its fight with a solid mid lane engage, which allowed it to go for the Baron. exceL wisely did not contest, settling for a rather important Infernal drake instead.
The Baron powerplay gave Splyce the lead in gold, while also turning the map control to their side. With a pickoff on Caedrel while the exceL jungler tried to clear a control ward, Splyce seized the chance and secured a second Baron buff. With its team composition finally reaching a power spike largely thanks to a three-item Caitlyn, Splyce went all-in for the final push. Kobbe scored a triple kill, and the third place team from last year’s spring split took down the Nexus to win the game.
FC Shalke 04 wins an exciting back-and-forth match against Vitality
The third match of the day also had an early pause, but things got underway without too much trouble. Making good use of a favorable matchup, Shalke’s Jonas “Memento” Elmarghichi (Olaf) dominated Lee “Mowgli” Jae-ha (Sejuani), going for invades and warding most of the blue side jungle. When Vitality’s Jakub “Jactroll” Skurzyński (Tahm Kench) tried to face check the river, Memento greeted him with an all-in to secure the first kill of the game. Mowgli responded with a mid lane gank, taking out Felix “Abbedagge” Braun (Lissandra). At the exact same time, S04’s Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu (Kennen) got a solo kill on Lucas “Cabochard ” Simon-Meslet (Urgot).
Shalke had favorable matchups for all three lanes, which allowed the team to constantly invade Vitality’s jungle while dominating the vision around the map. Odoamne forced Cabochard under the turret once again, and Memento completed the play with a dive. Vitality saw this as an opportunity to wisely swap lanes, but Amadeu “Attila” Carvalho, playing with a Viktor pick and therefore lacking in DPS, along with Jactroll, lost the race for the first turret to S04’s former European all-star support Lee “IgNar” Dong-geun (Thresh). It did, however, give Vitality control over the top side of the river, which made securing the Rift Herald an easier job.
Vitality released the Herald on the mid lane, taking down another turret to control the top side of the map and the Baron pit. But the French team got a bit too ambitious while trying to force a risky Baron call, allowing S04 to come back by taking down two turrets. While both teams fought for control around the pit, Elias “Upset” Lipp (Ezreal) made what turned out to be a decisive play by destroying Vitality’s tier 2 turret while using Ezreal’s mobility to safely make his way out. It forced Vitality back significantly while swinging the momentum towards Shalke.
Vitality tried to force a Baron, but the summer split runner-ups easily forced them to back away. This bad decision on VIT’s side let S04 push in all three lanes, making way for an easy Baron. With no vision around the pit, Vitality did not make it in time to contest the call. To make matters worse for last summer’s third place team, S04 forced an engage and scored the game-deciding ace, going for the final push to demolish VIT’s base.
Misfits take the wraps off its superteam with a stomp over Rogue
Game 4 of the opening day also had a troubled start, as Misftis requested an early pause. Back to the Rift, Rogue’s jungler Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek (Xin Zhao) saw his attempt at a bottom lane gank as Steven “Hans Sama” Liv (Draven) and superstar support Kang “Gorilla” Beom-hyeon (Rakan), helped by a counter-gank from Nubar “Maxlore” Sarafian (Lee Sin), turned the play around. First blood went over to Misfits’ AD Carry in a perfect scenario, giving him an early spike thanks to Draven’s passive. Misfits quickly turned that into an Infernal drake less than five minutes into the game.
With the bottom side of the map already heavily favoring Misfits, Maxlore turned his attention to the mid lane. Executing a perfectly timed combo with Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten (Lissandra), the duo took down the team’s former mid laner Chres “Sencux” Laursen (Akali). The pairing got a bit too aggressive however, invading their opponent’s jungle to force an engage on Sencux while ignoring the bottom lane Tahm Kench in the hands of star support Kim “Wadid” Bae-in. Wadid arrived with his ultimate, turning the fight around and helping Sencux secure the kill on Maxlore. Misfits were quick in their response, with Gorilla and Hans Sama winning a 2-on-2 trade against Rogue’s bottom lane to take Wadid down while handing Draven even more gold.
Misfits bottom lane used Draven’s massive power spike to easily destroy Rogue’s turret before the 14 minute mark, adding even more gold from the plating along with the bonus for the game’s first tower. It also created the space for a second Infernal drake. The duo went for a lane swap, securing the Rift Herald and releasing it on the top lane, adding another turret to the count. With the third elemental drake also being an Infernal, Rogue felt almost forced to contest. But Maxlore had no trouble to smite it down, and Gorilla went for the engage to give Hans Sama two more kills.
Rogue’s resorted to attempting a pickoff on a split-pushing Febiven, but when Sencux tried to dive, the Misfits mid laner, Hans Sama found the kill his team needed to go for the Baron. The British team secured an uncontested objective, scored an ace soon after that and won the game in less than 25 minutes to lead the LEC standings.
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G2 greets returning rivals Origen with a win to close out the first day
While Luka “Perkz” Perković much anticipated move to the bottom lane finally happened, the G2 superstar hasn’t made his debut as an AD Carry, going for a comfort pick in Zoe instead. It wasn’t the only unconventional pick on G2’s side, as all-star jungler Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski went with Kartus outside a funneling composition. Origen’s returning support Alfonso “Mithy” Rodríguez (Morgana) secured the first blood with a beautiful outplay over Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle (Rakan). The Origen player got too low on health however, making him into an easy target for Karthus’ Requiem.
Origen secured the Rift Herald, but G2 found a pickoff onto Patrik “Patrik” Jírů (Draven) to take the first turret. The Herald was largely ineffective, failing to take down the mid lane turret. G2 meanwhile destroyed OG’s top lane turret, while the constant poke from Perkz and Rasmus “Caps” Winther (Jayce) consistently took OG’s health bars low enough to get in the range for Jankos’ Requiem.
G2 secured an easy Baron, and Origen tried to force an engage with Barney “Alphari” Morris flanking their opponents. But Patrik got caught out of position, leading to an easy ace for G2. Origen’s player spawned only to get aced again, and G2 finally closed out the game for an easy win in 27 minutes. Wheter or not the LEC rebrand matters, G2 seems keen to reclaim its throne.