Origen wins its fourth consecutive match to get into a playoff spot. G2 dominates Misfits, closes out the first half of the LEC split undefeated
Day 9 2019 LEC Spring Split Matches Recap
The first half of the 2019 LEC spring split is over. Fnatic scored its third victory of the split, taking down Splyce, and has now won two out of the last three matches. It’s a similar case for SK Gaming, as the returnees prepare to take on their longtime rivals carrying momentum from an impressive win against Team Vitality. Schalke 04 now sits all alone in second following a dominant victory over Rogue. The LEC newcomers end the first half of this spring split with a 0-9 record. At the other end of the points standings, G2 Esports demolished Misfits in the clash between superteams to close out the first half as the only undefeated team.
FNC vs SPY
Fnatic turned a three versus two play in the bottom lane into a four versus three after committing two Teleports to the play. After a long trade, Tore “Norskeren” Eilertsen (Thresh) went down to Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau (Jayce) for the first blood. The reigning European champions shifted their focus to the bottom lane as superstar AD carry Martin “Rekkles” Larsson (Sivir) secured the first turret while cashing in on the gold from the five plates.
As FNC opened up a decent lead with four turrets, Splyce played to its strengths and managed to stall the game, buying time for Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup (Jinx) to grow. It worked until Bwipo found his way onto SPY’s backline to shut down the AD carry. After securing a second kill onto Kobbe in the top lane, Fnatic set up for Baron and secured the buff 30 minutes into the game.
Splyce found itself down three inhibitors following Fnatic’s initial push. The 2018 World Championship finalists dropped back to reset their waves before going for one final push. FNC aced SPY inside the base and destroyed the Nexus to score its third win of the LEC split.
Origen vs XL
Origen got an early first blood as Alfonso “Mithy” Rodríguez (Thresh) used his level 2 spike and caught Raymond “kaSing” Tsang (Braum) a bit too far forward in lane, going for the all-in and securing the kill with his Ignite. An active start by jungler Jonas “Kold” Andersen gave OG a solid early lead, taking down the three outer towers on exceL’s side.
At the 27 minute mark, XL made a rather questionable decision and decided to push mid while OG destroyed the top lane inhibitor. In the end, exceL only secured a tier 1 turret while Origen successfully took the inhibitor down. With the game already out of their hand, XL decided to go for a sneaky Baron. Origen contested the execution and scored a clean ace while also securing the objective. Having a clean path to the Nexus, OG closed out the game after 29 minutes for its fourth consecutive win of the LEC split.
SK vs VIT
Lee “Mowgli” Jae-ha (Jarvan) had a strong start, invading SK’s side of the jungler, forcing a Flash out of Choi “Pirean” Jun-sik (Orianna) in the mid lane and helping Lucas “Cabochard” Simon Meslet (Urgot) pick up a kill on Jorge “Werlyb” Casanovas (Sion) up top. With Vitality winning the top lane, SK moved its priority to the bottom lane in order to get Juš “Crownshot” Marušič (Jinx) ahead. SK secured the turret with the full gold from the plates, proceeding to take the top lane tower following a lane swap.
Around the same time the Baron spawned, Amadeu “Attila” Carvalho (Caitlyn) got picked off in the mid lane, which gave SK the advantage to go for the objective. Vitality managed to drive their opponent’s back without giving up too much during the powerplay, although SK now held a solid 4,000 gold lead.
SK moved three players to the mid lane while Crownshot and Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek (Lee Sin) moved to secure the Baron by themselves. Crownshot’s damage was more than enough to secure the buff. With four kills coming in a top lane fight, SK went for the Nexus to score a second consecutive win and get into the playoff conversation.
RGE vs S04
Schalke punished an aggressive early jungle invasion by Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek (Poppy) by collapsing onto the Rogue jungler. Felix “Abbedagge” Braun (Ryze) secured the kill while also recovering the blue buff from his team’s side of the jungle. Slow and steady, Schalke built a solid lead off some good rotations and a much better macro management.
At the 26 minute mark, S04 secured a relatively uncontested Baron, though support Lee “IgNar” Dong-geun (Gragas) went down to buy time for his team to escape with the buff. In the same methodical and systematic fashion, Schalke took down the three inhibitors inside RGE’s base to siege the Nexus. Working off the poke from top laner Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu (Jayce) and AD carry Elias “Upset” Lipp (Ezreal), Schalke took down the Nexus turrets and scored a clean ace, closing out a game it controlled almost from start to finish.
MSF vs G2
Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski (Elise) took advantage of a favorable jungle matchup against Nubar “Maxlore” Sarafian’s Karthus and showed up for ganks in the mid and top lane. After forcing a Flash out of Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten (Ryze), he followed it up with a top lane dive to pick up the first blood on Paul “sOAZ” boyer (Sion).
Thanks to a dominant showing in the bottom lane, G2 secured the first turret of the game as the four-time European champions built a 6,000 gold lead at the 15 minute mark. While Misfits managed to slow things down during the mid game, Luka “Perkz” Perković (Yasuo), Rasmus “Caps” Winther (Irelia) and Jankos were too far ahead for MSF to catch up. G2 secured the Baron after some attempts and took its time finishing off the game, doing so after 28 minutes of play to complete its undefeated first half of the LEC split.