The first week of the LEC Summer Split lived up to the hype but don’t worry if you missed any of the action, we’ve got everyone you need to get back up to speed.
Welcome back to another Newsflash, your one-stop shop for everything happening in European League of Legends. The LEC studio opened its doors for the start of the Summer Split last week as the 10 teams looked to pick up some early momentum.
Week One brought a sense of fresh hope, some new players and a new champion in Yuumi which all came together to create two exciting days of action. Here are the biggest talking points from the week.
G2 flexing in and out of game
After becoming the first Western team to ever win MSI, G2 have been enjoying the finer things in life. A promotional video released by the team showed the players getting suited up for a limo ride and a nice meal before the LEC while both Martin “Wunder” Hansen and Luka “Perkz” Perkovic turned up to the studio in expensive robes designed by Versace.
Some thought that after a gruelling set of international games that G2 may have returned in vacation mode but that was not the case as G2 continued their domination.
Splyce may be the kings of the late game but that didn’t matter to G2 who solved that problem by simply finishing the game in just 23 minutes. However, the reigning European champions didn’t have it as easy on day two as they faced off against Origen in a rematch of the Spring final.
Both teams were in fine form with ADCs Perkz and Patrik “Patrik” Jiru squaring off in a sensational battle. Patrik’s Ezreal was incredibly hard to take down but in the end even he couldn’t put a stop to Perkz’s Xayah as the Croatian finished the game with a KDA of 15-3-3.
With Rift Rivals on the horizon, Perkz will surely be relishing the chance to take on Peter “Doublelift” Peng once again and has already began adding fuel to the fire. Last week, Perkz tweeted the Team Liquid star that he needs to improve his Xayah play and then backed it up on stage. Maybe Doublelift can get some tips by watching Perkz’s perspective with Pro View.
As if Misfits vs Fnatic was exciting enough, there was a lot of extra motivation for both teams going into the match-up.
For starters, there was the rivalry of master vs protege with Paul “sOAZ” Boyer and Gabriel “Bwipo” Rau which played a huge role the last two times these teams met. This was definitely a personal match-up but the duel was interfered in by Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen who had a point to prove of his own. After Fnatic were disappointed with their third-place finish last split, the organisation promoted academy jungler Daniel “Dan” Hockley to the starting team in order to offer the Dane a new perspective but more importantly, competition for his spot.
That decision did not go down well with Broxah and you could see he was on a mission as he repeatedly ganked and killed sOAZ in the top lane. Though Bwipo returned the favour later as he stole Baron to swing the game in Fnatic’s favour.
After struggling so much at the start of Spring, Fnatic fans will be breathing a sigh of relief that the team got off to a 2-0 start this time around. And things are looking up for Misfits too who despite losing looked much improved from Spring, they’re certainly a team to watch.
This was the first time we could see Yuumi played professionally in Europe and we had to wait as she was perma-banned on day one. However, teams loosened up a bit as both Excel and Vitality played her on day two.
Raymond “Kasing” Tsa was reunited with his former bot lane partner Petter “Hjarnan” Freyschuss and they managed to bag themselves a really strong duo of Ezreal and Yuumi against Rogue. Excel managed to accumulate an early lead but weren’t able to execute as Rogue picked up their first win of the Split.
Meanwhile, Vitality were baited into picking Yuumi on red-side as Splyce had a clear plan of stopping her. Things looked like they were going well for Jakub “Jactroll” Skurzynski who picked up a few early kills as the magical cat though he had to use one of his nine lives when Tore “Noreskeren” Hoel Eilertsen engaged on him as Nautilus. However, Splyce’s true counter to the new champion was Poppy, a champion that Tamas “Vizicsacsi” Kiss has shown proficiency on before.
The Hungarian repeatedly stopped Yuumi from dashing back to her team, giving Splyce an easy kill and helping them win a teamfight to push Vitality to the bottom of the standings along with Excel. Maybe Yuumi was a bad luck charm?
A false start
Speaking of Team Vitality, this was not the start they were hoping for. Vitality impressed on the Worlds stage last year with wins over Samsung Galaxy and Royal Never Give Up but the team couldn’t recapture that form in the LEC – bottling a top two finish and performing poorly in the playoffs against Fnatic.
Vitality’s style of always fighting is very reminiscent of what we see in the LPL so the team decided to bootcamp with RNG in China in hopes of turning their fortunes around. There was hope that Vitality would be able to bring something different to the league this split but that didn’t appear to be the case as the team lost to both Splyce and Origen.
While the performances weren’t encouraging, those were two difficult teams for Vitality to face and as we’ve seen before, anything can happen over the duration of a split. Vitality will need to bounce back and show more next week, particularly against Rogue as their other game is against G2.
You will also want to keep your eyes on Fnatic vs Origen as that monumental match-up will give us an idea of who will be challenging G2 for the title.