Week 6 of the LEC uncovered a lot things that laid underneath the surface of competitive play. A lot of teams have not been performing as well as they have been. And, as we get closer to the LEC playoffs, many teams towards the middle and bottom struggle to keep up with the top teams, causing a giant shift in terms of team strengths. Let’s recap this last week:

G2 Esports

There’s not a lot to say about the current reigning champions of the Summer Split. Their record seems really strong, holding first place at 11 wins and only dropping 1 loss, a near perfect record thus far. It’s safe to say that G2 Esports are the best team of the European region, at least, for now. Their game against Origen really showed how well they were able to hold the line, ending the game with 18 kills and 5 deaths total. Rasmus ‘Caps‘ Winther and Marcin ‘Jankos‘ Jankowski ended the game with perfect scores. 

Fnatic

Fnatic have had their bad days, as many teams have. Sometimes teams are not in sync or fail to play well as individuals, which happens from time to time. But, as a team that has had a reputation for being cold, collected, and calculated, a lot of these players on this team seem very out of sync. They are not bringing their A game to the Rift and it really shows. In fact, this week, they dropped a game to Misfits Gaming. The 7th place team of this split! Nor was it a convincing loss either, as Misfits racked up 26 kills in total. 

Though, fear not, as there is some hope left for the fans of Fnatic. Their game against Origen was a success, as Rekkles had a perfect game with Karma ADC (a non conventional pick that has either plagued or dominated the LEC, and to some extent the LCS). So, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, but it isn’t exactly bright.

Splyce Vipers

Tied with Fnatic in second place are the Splyce Vipers, as they have won both their games this week against Vitality and Schalke (though both games were uncomfortably close for Viper fans). Currently, though, they seem to be one of the most consistent teams of the LEC and have to just prove to the public that they are able to challenge and overcome the top team of the league.

Though, this is not directly part of the league and the competition as a whole, Splyce Vipers came in sporting new jerseys that showcased their alliance with the LGBT community, which was a nice touch of representation by them. It’d be nice to see other teams do the same. 

Origen

Now, it’s tough to say how well Origen is. They aren’t exactly boasting top four, but they’re not out of the game just yet, as they are only fifth place right now with Vitality. And it is not out of the question of whether or not they will beat Schalke, the current fourth place team. The question becomes whether or not they can even compete against the Vipers, Fnatic, and the current first place team, G2 Esports. And, while it’s a little early to tell, I’m willing to say that they don’t really have what it takes to really come back from this deficit. They will most likely share this spot with Vitality at Fifth, and if they do decide to step up their game, it won’t be enough to go against the consistent teams at the top. 

Excel Esports

Excel Esports have made a new record this week as they were able to pick up 2 wins, which is a first for the organization. They were able to place like they originally had intended, as they were able to snowball their leads with Son “Mickey” Young-min taking the lead in both their games against Rogue and Misfits Gaming. While it is unlikely they will get into the playoffs, going 2-0 is a huge step for an organization like Excel Esports and they should celebrate the small victories.

Standings

T1. G2 Esports (11-1)

T2. Fnatic (9-3)

T2. Splyce Vipers (9-3)

T4. Schalke 04 (7-5)

T5. Origen (5-7)

T5. Vitality (5-7)

T7. Misfits Gaming (4-8)

T7. Rogue (4-8)

T8. SK Gaming (3-9)

T8. Excel Esports (3-9)

 

Next Weeks Games 

Friday, August 2nd

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

Saturday, August 3rd

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

Next week’s games hold a new surprises, as Chris ‘PapaSmithy‘ Smith revealed that he will be casting the LEC games of Week 7. So, stay tuned for that!