The second week of Spring saw a plethora of picks across the Rift, including brand new champion, Sett. We can’t wait to see what the pros do with The Boss in the coming weeks, but while we wait for the pros to get a handle on him, the meta seems to be settling with plenty of viable champions.
From marksmen, tanks, assassins, and control mages, they’ve all seen play in the midlane this week, but these five picks stood out from all across the Rift over this week’s games. Let’s take a look.
Perkz’s Lucian: 7/0/6 vs Team Vitality
You can take the player out of the bot lane, but you can’t take the bot lane out of the player. G2 Esports’ Luka “Perkz” Perković showed up massively against Team Vitality and absolutely smashed his lane with Lucian. When Perkz moved back to the botlane, some of us might have forgotten how good he was in the midlane. That’s why this game was a good reminder that Perkz is still one of the best midlaners in the LEC.
Even though the timer ran out, Perkz did pick up an unofficial pentakill there too!
Febiven’s Qiyana: 7/2/2 vs SK Gaming
Last year, Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten looked good on a losing team – now he looks good on a winning team. Misfits went two for two in Week 2 thanks to Febiven’s stand-out performances, and his LeBlanc plays against Excel could have made our pick this week. Febiven’s Qiyana, however, is a sheer treat to watch, especially when he connects his ultimate on multiple SK Gaming members, as seen below.
Is 2016 Febiven back in the LEC? Some counted Misfits out before the season started, but if they keep this up, could they be a Playoffs contender?
Nemesis’ Ornn: 2/2/12 vs SK Gaming
Ornn was said to be one of the best toplaners of patch 10.2, (after Soraka of course) yet, the Fire below the Mountain seems to be losing quite a lot of games. Fnatic does things the Fnatic way, however, so why not try him in the mid lane? Tim "Nemesis" Lipovšek is well known for his roaming skills in the early game, and Ornn seems to fit right into that playstyle.
Fnatic may have had a slow start in Week 1, but in Week 2 they proved once again that they’re a team to be feared. Their new jungler, Oskar "Selfmade" Boderek, appears to have found his groove, and he’s meshed well with the rest of the laners.
Larssen’s Azir: 3/0/4 vs Team Vitality
Emil "Larssen" Larsson made his LEC debut last year, and quickly made a name for himself amongst Rogue’s roster. This year, all eyes are on him to see if he can improve himself further and truly become one of the best midlaners in LEC, and after a monstrous Azir performance against Team Vitality, he’s well on his way.
Rogue plays as a united team, which makes it hard to pick out just one play from Larssen. They dive together and they die together. That’s what makes this team so great to watch, as their playstyle revolves around making team plays rather than individual outplays. Still, can Larssen keep up the momentum going forward?
Mickey’s Pantheon: 8/2/6 vs MAD Lions
Excel Esports’ Son "Mickey" Young-min is the prime example of never giving up when it counts. Last year, he had his ups and downs, but when it mattered, Mickey made an impact. In a lot of games that Excel won last year, Mickey carried, and this trend is continuing into 2020 after a great performance on Pantheon against MAD Lions.
Picking up a double kill just three minutes into the game sealed the lane for Mickey, and after that he kept getting more fed, and he was able to carry it to the finish line.