G2 close out the third week of the 2019 LEC spring split undefeated. Schalke and Vitality solidify their spots in the top 3 while Misfits beats Fnatic
The third week of the 2019 LEC spring split came to an end with G2 Esports still at the top of the standings, now with a 6-0 record following a win over Splyce. Schalke 04 defeated LEC newcomers exceL to consolidate its second place in the championship. Origen snapped a three game losing streak by taking down SK Gaming. Vitality set up its game against G2 in week 4 with a backdoor to deny Rogue its first ever win. To close out the week, Misfits, led by an inspired sOAZ, defeated Fnatic as the 2018 World Championship runner-ups drop to ninth in the standings at a 1-5 record.
G2 vs SPY
Splyce got on the score first with a top lane gank by Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir (Aatrox), as the jungler grabbed the kill on G2’s top laner Martin “Wunder” Hansen (Jayce). It was the start of a frantic game, as the teams continued to trade kills back-and-forth all over the map. G2 shifted its focus to the top side while Splyce tried to play through the bottom lane.
As neither team managed to grab a significant advantage, G2 found a good play in the top lane with a pickoff on Marek “Humanoid” Brázda (Ryze). It turned into a long chase as G2 went after the Splyce players with a tier 2 tower dive. In the end, G2 walked away with an ace but could only manage to get a Cloud drake. Still, the superteam pulled ahead and more importantly controlled the map with five turrets to Splyce’s two.
Splyce defended well and managed to hang on as it fought for space around the map. The team made a risky call at the 34 minute mark and went for the Baron and narrowly escaped with it as three players held on to the buff. The powerplay however wasn’t effective as Splyce couldn’t make much out of it other than a single turret.
Humanoid tried to pick off Luka “Perkz” Perkovic (Lucian) bringing Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup (Viktor), Tore “Norskeren” Eilertsen (Alistar) and Tamás “Vizicsacsi” Kiss (Shen) inside his Ultimate. But Perkz outplayed the four with the blastcone, separating Kobbe from the rest and delivering the Splyce AD carry to the G2 players. Up one man, G2 started a fight and completed a clean ace. With an open path to Splyce’s Nexus, the superteam closed out another 2-0 week to keep its perfect run going through the first six games of the LEC split.
XL vs S04
Jonas “Memento” Elmarghichi (Camile) secured the first blood with an aggressive jungle invasion. exceL’s jungler Marc “Caedrel” Lamont (Olaf) tried to protect himself under a turret, but Memento still went for the dive. In the end, it turned into a one for one trade as the tower took the Schalke 04 jungler down.
Schalke slowly grew its lead, playing for the objectives while exceL tried to keep up with kills. As S04 took control of the area around the Baron pit, the team finally found the pick it needed to pull away. exceL’s top laner Ki “Expect” Dae-han (Rumble) got taken down and S04 wasted no time, heading straight for the Baron. The buff was a massive boost for the summer split runner-ups as Schalke turned it into four turrets, leaving XL’s base down to the inhibitor towers.
Playing it safe, S04 backed off and waited for a second Baron. Caedrel tried to steal it, but did not succeed and got taken down almost immediately. XL picked off Lee “IgNar” Dong-geun (Gragas) as Schalke’s support went too far into enemy territory, but it didn’t matter at all. Star AD carry Elias “Upset” Lipp (Kai’Sa) could win the fights almost entirely by himself, and the LEC newcomers ultimately couldn’t do much to stop S04 as the game came to an end after 29 minutes.
SK vs OG
Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek (Sejuani) camped the top lane and it finally paid off with a perfectly executed Ultimate to stun Origen’s Barney “Alphari” Morris (Kennen). With a tower dive, Jorge “Werlyb” Casanovas (Vladimir) secured the first blood. OG’s Jonas “Kold” Andersen (Kayn) tried to make it a one for one trade by taking down Werlyb, but Selfmade secured a second kill for SK.
With SK dominating bottom and mid, Selfmade released the Rift Herald in the mid lane, easily destroying the outer turret. The Herald made its way to the tier 2 tower, which didn’t go down immediately. SK overextended and even went as far as diving the turret. The tower eventually went down, but OG’s AD carry Patrik “Patrik” Jírů (Kalista) got himself back in the game with a triple kill coming off SK’s overly aggressive play.
Origen did a good job stalling and playing off SK’s mistakes. Alphari found a good initiation on SK’s AD carry Juš “Crownshot” Marušič (Ezreal) as Han “Dreams” Min-kook (Braum) went down soon after. Choi “Pirean” Jun-sik (Aatrox) tried to engage Origen by himself and became more free gold in OG’s pocket. Up by three members, Origen went for Baron and secured the buff as SK Gaming tried to contest. Patrik scored another triple kill in the ensuing fight as OG built a solid 5,000 gold lead.
As the second Baron spawned, Alphari found another good initiation and instantly secured a double kill as the rest of OG cleaned out the fight adding two more kills. With Pirean being the only one left alive for SK, Origen decided to end the game.
RGE vs VIT
Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek (Gragas) picked up the first blood against his former team with a top lane gank as Lucas “Cabochard ” Simon-Meslet (Jayce) went down as he tried to pressure Kim “Profit” Jun-hyung (Sion) in lane. Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro (Ryze) committed too late with the Teleport and soon found himself up against three players from Rogue as Chres “Sencux” Laursen (Akali) roamed from the mid lane to secure the kill. Jiizuke still got one back after Profit fell to the turret.
Despite the early death, Cabochard still dominated the top lane matchup as Vitality used the priority to secure the Rift Herald, using it to take the first turret. The teams mirrored the map as Rogue shifted their focus to the top side while Cabochard, at that point Vitality’s strongest member, split towards the bottom lane.
Rogue Shows up
VIT’s AD carry Amadeu “Attila” Carvalho (Ezreal) fell behind significantly, which allowed Rogue to be more aggressive during the fights. RGE continued to pick up kills while Cabochard and Jiizuke split towards the bottom side in order to compensate with objectives.
Rogue finally got one after finding a good four versus four fight inside Vitality’s jungle. With three kills, RGE had the room to go for Baron. Sencux stayed behind to buy time as his team secured the buff. Jiizuke ignored it and teleported to the bottom lane, pushing for the inhibitor as Rogue did the same in the mid lane.
Worried about Vitality’s split push, RGE made the decision to fall back and recall. Support Jakub “Jactroll” Skurzyński (Alistar) stopped them from going back to the base as Jiizuke made his way to the Nexus turrets. Cabochard and Attila also teleported in to help as Rouge still couldn’t make it back. In the end, VIT completed the wild backdoor and grabbed the win.
— lolesports (@lolesports) 2 de fevereiro de 2019
MSF vs FNC
One of the most anticipated matchups of the week featured former Fnatic star Paul “sOAZ” Boyer (Urgot) against his former team and his replacement Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau (Sion). And sOAZ used the additional motivation to kick things off in style with a beautiful solo kill on Bwipo. As sOAZ dominated the lane, Fnatic opted for an early swap, sending Martin “Rekkles” Larsson (Kai’Sa) and Zdravets “Hylissang” Galabov (Morgana) to the top side.
sOAZ’s great day continued with an aggressive Flash forward to pull Rekkles and Hylissang under the turret. Junglers Nubar “Maxlore” Sarafian (Olaf) and Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen (Zac) joined the fight, but decisively another one of Fnatic’s former stars, Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten (Le Blanc), made it to the top lane faster than Tim “Nemesis” Lipovšek (Kassadin). Hylissang went down first and sOAZ brought Broxah under the turret with the Ultimate, activating Zac’s passive and then securing the kill. Down the bottom side, Steven “Hans Sama” Liv (Kalista) and Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyeon (Alistar) used the two versus one matchup against Bwipo to grab the first turret.
Closing it out
Fnatic retreated deep into their own territory as the line of outer turrets fell to the ground, Misfits held a 7,000 gold lead 20 minutes in. As MSF advanced its vision into Fnatic’s side of the map, the team picked off Hylissang to set up a Baron call. As Fnatic tried to contest the execution, Hans Sama secured the objective by stacking his spears and MSF decided to fight back. sOAZ scored a triple kill as Misfits had an unofficial ace.
Broxah slowed the momentum with a good pick on Hans Sama, forcing MSF to back off and wait for a second Baron. With a good engage in the mid lane, Misfits forced Fnatic back despite not getting a single kill and secured an uncontested buff. In a single push, the team opened two inhibitors inside Fnatic’s base. Playing it safe, MSF added a second Infernal buff and slowly set up the siege around the bottom lane. Broxah tried to go for a final engage only to get bursted down in an instant. Misfits then pushed its way in and closed the game with a kill on Rekkles inside the fountain before finally taking down the Nexus.