This week’s LEC was an explosive week 3, as G2 Esports was upset by their new rival, Fnatic. And, in an even more interesting story, Fnatic almost gave the biggest upset of the century to Excel Esports. Rogue, Misfits, and Origen continue to struggle to stay within playoff range while Splyce continues to run with 3rd place. 



 

G2 Esports

Let’s begin with the Kings of MSI. The undisputed champion of the European region — or are they? Considering that they are no longer part of the undefeated club, it’s tough to say whether or not they’re the best teams in the European region. After all, they were defeated by Fnatic… By defeated, we mean utter destruction that was laid by Fnatic. G2 Esports went 1-1, swiftly beating Rogue and keeping their almost untarnished record.



 It’s tough to say what was G2’s problem. Rasmus “Caps” Winther decided to go Akali in the top lane, thinking it would be rather easy lane against Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau’s Renekton. What a poor assumption. At the very least, G2 Esports look forward to playing Fnatic again in the future of this split. They still holding on, securing the second place position of the split with a 5-1 record. 

Fnatic

Currently undefeated, they leave Week 3 with a 6-0 lead with their defiant victory against G2 Esports. They were regarded as the underdogs of the game, as G2 was heavily favored to win. However, they played incredibly well, not giving G2 Esports any room to breathe and ending the game with a 13.2k gold lead in 27 minutes. 


This was in part of Bwipo’s Renekton, who shut down Caps’ snowball potential. He ended the game with a 9/3/4 record, which he then used to snowball the rest of the game. Another player to step up to the plate was Fnatic’s Support, Zdravet “Hylissang” Iliev Galabov, who locked in Pyke. This, in combination with Martin “Rekkles” Larsson’s Karma, completely destroyed the bot lane. By minute 20, Hylissang enters mid game with a 3/2/3 record. This all could not be done without Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pederson, who had an outstanding Gragas game as his immense jungle pressure and objective control led to their decisive victory against their biggest rival.

With that all said and done, Fnatic had almost ruined their record when facing off against one of the worst performing teams of the LEC — Excel Esports. But they came back and finished the game, cementing their 6-0 record so far. 



Splyce

Splyce have had a rough start but they continue their struggle for third place, showing promise if they bring their A-Game for the next few weeks. Each player on the team exemplifies the word “hard work,” as they had to fight their way to the top. They end the third week with two new wins, for which a lot of the credit goes to Marek “Humanoid” Brázda and Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup, who stepped up his game. Humanoid, for example, had a collective KDA of 9/3/9 after having a deathless Azir game and almost perfect Akali game. This team, as a whole, seems to be working well together and shows a lot of promise.

Vitality

Now let’s talk about Vitality, as they managed to take not one but two wins, ending Week 3 with a 2-4 record, leaving Excel behind. Shocking to many viewers, it’s understandable when you look at the teams they played against; Excel Esports, whom have struggled to even get on the board and SK Gaming, a team that has not been performing all that well either. We’ll see next week as they face off against the current top dogs of the LEC, Fnatic, and Misfits Gaming. 

Excel Esports

Unfortunately, Excel have yet to hit the board with a singel win. They end Week 3 with a 0-6 record but, there’s still hope for these British bulldogs, as they came close to beating Fnatic – the current LEC leader. It all started with Fnatic’s mid laner, Tim “Nemesis” Lipovšek, who underestimated the power of Ki “Expect” Dae-han’s Poppy and fell prey to a solo kill. This occurred when Fnatic’s Top and Mid decided to switch. Fnatic changed back soon after, but Nemesis was not done being hunted by Expect, as he snagged another kill with a three man gank.

But it seems Excel Esports know how to throw away a 6k gold lead, and after a terrible Baron fight and an abysmal siege on Fnatic’s base, Fnatic managed to secure the game. Excel Esports hope to snag a win in Week 4 and we’re optimistic, but things are looking grim. 

 

Standings

 

T1. Fnatic (6-0)

T2. G2 Esports (5-1)

T3. Splyce (4-2)

T4. Origen (3-3)

T4. SK Gaming (3-3)

T4. Schalke 04 (3-3)

T7. Rogue (2-4)

T7. Vitality (2-4)

T7. Misfits (2-4)

T10. Excel Esports (0-6)

 

Next Week’s Games

Friday, July 12th

  • Splyce vs SK Gaming
  • Rogue vs Schalke 04
  • Vitality vs Fnatic 
  • Excel vs Origen
  • G2 Esports vs Misfits

Saturday July 13th

  • Misfits vs Vitality
  • SK Gaming vs Excel
  • Fnatic vs Splyce
  • Origen vs Rogue
  • Schalke 04 vs G2 Esports

Make sure to tune in on Friday and Saturday to find out whether or not Vitality continues their win streak and, in the process, end Fnatic’s or perhaps Misfits will join Fnatic in defeating the Kings of MSI.