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Five picks that marked LEC’s fifth summer week

With Week 5 done and dusted, these were the five players – and their champions – that stood out the most.

In the fifth week of the LEC Summer Split we finally started to see some light appear between the teams closely huddled in the middle of the pack. Out on the fringes, however, things are a bit more clear cut: G2 Esports stands at 9-1 while Excel Esports is at 1-9. Teams like G2 only need a few more wins to secure their play-offs spot, but for others it's not that simple. Let’s dive into the biggest carry performances of this week to see what impact they played.

Humanoid’s Akali: 10/0/6 vs Misfits

Humanoid Akali

Humanoid showed that Akali’s nerfs weren’t enough to stop him from carrying.

Blind picking an assassin as a first pick doesn’t seem like the best idea for most teams. However, most teams don’t have a truly world class midlaner in their roster. From the very first minute, Marek "Humanoid" Brázda was dominating on Akali. He showed absolutely no remorse against his rookie opponents. 

The Splyce midlaner picked up his first kill during an early dragon fight and started to snowball from there. He carefully positioned himself around corners to pick off unsuspecting opponents. Whenever Humanoid saw an opponent out of position he was able to pounce on them, racking up kills and more power as the late-game approached. The highlight of the game was a two versus four in the baron pit, where he was able to stop the Misfits baron play and helped secure it for his team instead.

Abbedagge’s Azir: 5/2/9 vs Vitality

Abberdage Azir

Abberdage showcased his impressive Azir mechanics with a dominating performance against Vitality.

Azir is meta again. While some might sigh at the prospect of relatively uneventful mid lane matchups, Felix "Abbedagge" Braun showed in his match against Vitality that Azir can definitely still be a playmaker in the right hands. The Schalke 04 mid laner was overall very aggressive which netted him kills, allowing him to overcome the difficult Ekko match-up.

The play showcased in the video above was an example of a perfect gank set-up. This includes a great Shurima Shuffle, pushing back the Qiyana into the open arms of the rest of the Schalke 04 line-up. Abberdage was also able to chase kills on a very mobile assassin, which helped him secure the sidelane and in the end the victory for his team.

Dan Dan’s Jax: 5/1/2 vs Rogue

Dan Dan Jax

With a great performance on Jax, Dan Dan put himself on the map as a great European toplaner.

Analysts were skeptical when Misfits decided to replace their entire roster with their academy line-up. After a loss against Splyce on Friday, the rookie team had to prove their worth again on Saturday. This time they played against Rogue, a team that seemed to be on fire. However, Rogue didn’t account for Danny "Dan Dan" Le Comte’s Jax. 

After picking a few early kills Dan Dan’s match-up in the top lane against Aatrox took a turn in his favour around level nine. He was able to bully Aatrox out of his lane and take over control. When Dan Dan finished his Spear of Shojin he became the nightmare late game Jax that every solo-queue player fears, and was able to turn a terrible Baron play into a Misfits power play and split pushed his team to victory.

Perkz’s Sivir: 8/1/11 vs Excel Esports

Perkz Sivir

Anyone saying that Perkz can’t play traditional ADCs is delusional.

Luka "Perkz" Perković is not like any other ADC. He simply plays everything, from Yasuo to Pyke to Xayah and Sivir. In this game against Excel Esports he showed that even against aggressive bot lanes, he can stay calm and composed and carry whenever he needs to. Getting first blood when the Excel Esports bot lane tried to all-in him was just the start.

With Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski’s help the G2 bot lane was able to create a lot of pressure in the bottom side of the map. This meant that Perkz kept getting kills and growing stronger as the game progressed. Near the end of the game, all Perkz needed was a light binding or any other form of CC and his boomerang blades would clean up the rest of the fight.

Jiizuke’s Corki: 5/2/2 vs Origen

Jiizuke Corki

Jiizuke played Corki as a frontliner and it worked.

Vitality have endured a tough year; while they didn’t change much of their line-up they still struggled to match the performances they enjoyed last season. However, sometimes players like Daniele "Jiizuke" di Mauro can still deliver, giving fans hope that the old Vitality might return. This was one of those games.

Corki is usually played in the backline, the champion is quite squishy and only has his W to get out of nasty situations. Jiizuke didn’t play Corki in the traditional way; instead he was able to play the yordle as a frontline champion. This meant he was able to continuously hit the back line and pump out a lot DPS. Of course, this comes with the downside of increased risk of dying, but Jiizuke was able to navigate his way around skill shots and played a crucial role in Vitality’s victory against Origen.

Trick’s Sylas and Mikyx’s Lux were on a rampage too, but who would you have picked for this list? Let us know in the comments!