In Week 4 of the League of Legends European Championship (LEC), G2 Esports (G2) went up against Misfits Gaming (MSF) and FC Schalke 04 (S04).
vs Misfits Gaming (4-2)
MSF earned 11.3k gold lead and got 22 kills compared to 11 kills for G2. They also took down every single tower on G2 side of the map, G2 only took two down. Misfits took down two Barons and three Dragons and G2 got exactly zero.
G2 lost this match, and it’s clear when looking at the numbers. G2’s strategy was the same as it was in the games Martin “Wunder” Hansen played a support champion. Wunder played Sona, so it’s understood that he won’t be getting gold or CS (creep score) or kills. This means that the lead that G2 needed would come from Rasmus “Caps” Winther in this game, and his Aphelios.
First, Wunder was not able to leave the lane early like usually does on Sona. The LEC knows that if Wunder plays a support, G2 will win, so he was targeted heavily. On top of that, he played against a Sett, and couldn’t leave the lane easily due to Sett’s lane presence.
Second, Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski has to split this attention between Wunder and Caps. Since Caps overstepped five times in the early game and died seven times by 15 minutes, the bot lane was lost. Caps was no longer a reliable carry.
“Jankos is smurfing” – Aaron “Medic” Chamberlain
Caps lost due to his overconfidence and his inability to dodge Rakan’s Grand Entrance (W). What kept G2 in the game was Jankos’ Gragas expert plays. In the team battles that G2 did win, it was always because of the CC (crowd control) that Gragas provides. This game also featured Jankos’ 2500th assist in the LEC.
Hesitation eradicated: MSF changed from last week for the better. The rookies are in charge, their nerves calmed, and Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten stepped down as the ‘limiter’. Ivan “Razork” Martin Diaz was the MVP of the match for his timed ganks and helping the bot lane capture Caps in the early game. Ekko is really strong and Razork self-proclaims himself as a Ekko one-trick. Since he knew the ins and outs of the champ, he outplayed G2 and declared that they didn’t respect his pick enough.
vs FC Schalke 04 (0-7)
G2 got eight kills, nine towers, one Baron, and two Dragons. But, S04 got 27 kills, 10 towers, three Barons, and the Dragon Soul. There was also an 8.2k gold difference in Schalke’s favor.
Now it’s time for our Anime Redemption Arc. #LEC
— Schalke 04 Esports (@S04Esports) February 15, 2020
S04’s Come Back
The game came down to a very close base race, with PERKZ and Wunder storming the S04 base while Felix “Abbedagge” Braun and Minkook “Dreams” Han stormed the G2 base. G2 lost, with their push into S04 being stopped by Odoamne. Odoamne also made huge strides in team battles with Aatrox. Odoamne made seven kills and got a 5.1k gold lead ahead of Wunder. He also got nine assists and died zero times.
With both games ending in a loss for G2, they will have to go back to the drawing board and find a new strategy to lead with. Misfits Gaming ended up winning both of their games and tying with G2 as well as Origen Gaming for first. Week 5 will be a restart to the league, as all teams will be playing against one another for the 2nd time.
vs Excel Esports (4-4)
In seventh place is Excel Esports. These players aren’t bad nor is the team really playing incorrectly either. They started the split with a strong push with players Patrik “Patrik” Jiru and Youngmin “Mickey” Son being the carries of the team. But, it’s really up to Patrik and Tore “Tore” Hoel Eilertsen to make the plays of the game that will carry the team forward. At the moment there isn’t much to look forward to from the team but if they can pull the same shift as MSF or S04, they too can outplay G2. At their current state, it won’t be possible.
vs MAD Lions (5-3)
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