The LEC 2019 regular spring slit has come to an end, and what an end indeed.
From G2 having their first 0-2 week to Misfits and Schalke 04 getting knocked out of playoffs, week nine came with some amazing games and significant upsets.
With the results of the final week of the regular split coming in, the six teams that make in into playoffs are:
- G2 Esports
- Team Vitality
- SK Gaming
Here is a quick look at what these six teams look like after their performances in week nine and what should be expected from them coming into playoffs.
Up until this point, SK Gaming has shown two completely different personalities as a team: the dominating and the dominated ones. However, this was not the case coming into Week 9. This week the team really shined, and especially Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek who was once again the driving force of the team and rightfully earned the title of the split’s MVP with 7 points. Whether this team can make it far into the playoffs can still be debated. Nonetheless, currently being on a three-game winning streak, including their win against Schalke 04 during the tiebreaker for the last playoff spot, this team certainly comes in strong!
On the other side of the coin is Vitality, who is currently on a three-game losing streak. The team’s performance over the last couple of weeks has definitely been worrying to say the least, and it is really difficult to predict how this Vitality will perform coming into the playoffs. Admittedly, Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro’s latest health issues and the emergency substitute of Lucas “Saken” Fayard may have impacted the team’s synergy. Hopefully, Vitality will manage to overcome their obstacles and play some high-level League of Legends, as is expected from them.
Definitely one of the surprises of this split is the rise of Splyce who has been criticized throughout the split for their inconsistency in their results but also praised for their high-level macro game. The team managed to put the pieces together and they punched themselves all the way to the fourth place. It should be pointed out, however, that the manner in which they lost their last game of the regular split against Fnatic raises some important questions on whether Splyce has what it takes to advance further into the playoffs.
What an amazing turnaround by Fnatic. Starting off the split with a massive losing streak and looking significantly inferior to most of the LEC team, no one could predict that this squad will pull it together. Most fascinating to see is not only the fact that Fnatic made it all the way to third place but that, at their current form they are arguably one of the top two teams in LEC, if not the best. If Fnatic keeps up this tempo, they can definitely make a strong case for the title of Spring Split Champions.
Origen has been rising for quite some time now with their win against the undefeated (at that point) G2 in Week 5, solidifying them as one of the most serious contenders for the title. Coming into playoffs with a six-game winning streak and such strong and decisive performances, they look like a strong pick to make it to the finals!
The past couple of games coming from the number one squad in LEC have definitely been disappointing. Finishing the regular split with their first 0-2 weekend, it is not the way everyone expected the dominating team of G2 to go into playoffs. Undeniably, this team still holds a lot of power and individual talent but it became apparent that there are important issues to be tackled before going into playoffs. In the second part of the regular split, it seemed like G2’s power started slowing down while other teams in the LEC, like Splyce and Fnatic, were rapidly catching up. To top all that, arguably one of their bigger success factors, Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle was subbed out since he has recently been experiencing pain from a preexisting wrist condition. Moving towards playoffs, and assuming that Mikyx will be able to resume his duties, G2 are definitely still considered one of the top team in LEC. Now, it remains to be seen if one of the other teams has indeed managed to outgrow them.
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