The regular season is finally over, and here are the six teams that made it into playoffs: G2 Esports, Fnatic, Splyce, Schalke 04, Rogue and Team Vitality. Vitality had to play a tiebreaker against SK Gaming to secure their playoff spot. Since some of the games didn’t matter for the standings, teams like G2 Esports and Fnatic had some fun in their drafts, resulting in a few unpredictable games with a high kill count. Let’s dive into the top five picks of the last regular season week.
Jenax’s Aatrox: 8/2/3 vs Origen
While SK Gaming didn’t make playoffs, they saw a big upwards trend towards the end of the season. This was mainly because Janik "Jenax" Bartels got subbed in. Jenax carried his team with some beautiful team fighting against Origen.
SK Gaming have always been focussed on early game playmaking; they do this through their jungler and winning lanes. SK used to fall behind in the mid and late game, but thanks to Jenax this is no longer the case. Jenax was able to set up some great flanks in the later stages of the game, which secured him a triple kill. After the fight SK Gaming was able to walk through the mid lane and destroy Origen’s nexus.
Rekkles’ Kai’Sa: 7/2/11 vs Splyce
Martin "Rekkles" Larsson is one of the first names that comes to mind when you talk about superstar European ADCs. Normally Rekkles plays somewhat passively because his support likes to roam to the mid lane, which means that Rekkles himself has to play it fairly safe to avoid ganks. This game against Splyce was different – Rekkles was aggressive.
Kai’Sa’s ultimate lets you dive backlines in order to secure kills, but most people tend to use it as more of a defensive tool. Fnatic’s ADC used it as an aggressive tool to pick up kills on the enemy ADC to turn fights in Fnatic’s favour. The game was super close; the gold gap was small and the fights were mostly even. Right up until the moment where Rekkles popped off, and slaughtered Splyce to secure a second place finish in the LEC.
Mikyx’s Gragas: 12/7/13 vs Excel Esports
G2 Esports had to win this game against Excel Esports to secure their first place spot. However, first and second place finishes aren’t that different, which was why G2 Esports decided to have a little fun. Mihael "Mikyx" Mehle locked in his signature Gragas, but played it in the mid lane instead.
Mikyx managed to get a solo kill in lane, and then started roaming around the map to press his advantage. G2 Esports showed that they thrive in chaos, and quickly amassed a giant gold lead. While they weren’t playing super seriously, they still made a lot of great plays. Mikyx’s Gragas peaked with a great baron steal into a triple kill. G2 Esports managed to close the game out in 27 minutes with 49 kills on the board.
Nemesis’ Twitch: 17/5/13 vs Rogue
After G2 Esports’ game, Fnatic locked in second place. This meant that they could have some fun with the draft too. They even role swapped; it was Tim "Nemesis" Lipovšek’s turn to play Twitch ADC.
Imagine playing a hyper carry with both a Zilean and a Janna support. Nemesis had a field day, picking up several kills in lane and then dominating the map. In the end, he became a killing machine, picking them up wherever he went. With a ton of shields, healing and movement speed, no one on the Rogue line-up was able to catch him. Fnatic was able to finish the game in 32 minutes (after stalling for a while to get a few extra kills) with 41 kills on the scoreboard.
Jactroll’s Alistar: 1/3/13 vs SK Gaming
Jakub "Jactroll" Skurzyński certainly did not have an easy season. He was sometimes criticized for being the weak link in his team, and losing lane in easy match-ups. But when it mattered the most, he stepped up and carried his team into the playoffs.
Most analysts thought that SK Gaming had this game in the bag. They looked great in their games earlier this week and they had a better draft than Team Vitality. The game began pretty tough for the Team Vitality support, who had to burn both Summoners to dodge a gank and still died.
The early game was clearly in SK Gaming’s favour, but with some great engages Team Vitality got the game to an even state again. Around the 30 minute mark, Jactroll gets the deciding two-man knock-up which allows Team Vitality to clean up the rest of the team in the ensuing fight, and push for the victory.