- July 2, 2017
EU LCS 2017 Summer Split Week 5 went largely as expected. Fnatic and H2K showed they are still a step ahead of Splyce and Misfits, who both suffered their second loss against the aforementioned top dogs.
The only other notable result is Team Vitality’s win against ROCCAT. Both teams have two wins at the moment and are equally stuck at the lower half of their respective groups.
The rest of the series were pretty much cookie-cutter ordeals. Ninjas in Pyamas and Mysterious Monkeys met on first day, with Mysterious Monkeys clearly a better team.
Then, these same two squared off against G2 Esports and Unicorns of Love. Nobody had expected either of those series to go the distance. However, NiP managed to surprise UOL by taking game 1 with a rather convincing win.
Let’s dive in deeper into each series with Esportsranks’ EU LCS 2017 Summer Split Week 5 recap.
EU LCS 2017 Summer Split Week 5, Day 1 (June 29)
NiP vs. MM – 0:2
First match between the two bottom dwellers of groups A and B was a very close back-and-forth. Second game was more erratic and chaotic, with bigger tempo swings.
Monkeys clearly performed better than NiP as a team, which was enough to secure a series victory. However, NiP showed they posses very high levels of individual skill, going toe to toe against MM in most 1v1 and 2v2 situations.
In the end, it was a decent 2-0 victory for Mysterious Monkeys – their first this season!
FNC vs. SPY – 2:0
After Splyce’s win against UOL in Week 3, this matchup suddenly became much more interesting than it would’ve been otherwise.
However, Fnatic has learnt from their embarrassing defeat against ROCCAT in Week 3. Game 1 was basically a landslide win for FNC. Game 2 was a snooze-fest chess-match without a single player kill for almost 26 minutes.
FNC showed they don’t have to heavily rely on overwhelming, relentless pressure and aggression to win series. Splyce certainly posed enough of a challenge to force FNC into this more cautious, strategic game approach.
EU LCS 2017 Summer Split Week 5, Day 2 (June 30)
VIT vs. ROC – 2:0
After a glimpse of brilliance against Fnatic in Week 3, ROCCAT continues to tread down the road of disappointment. A team certainly capable of big results, they are all over the place this season – arguably the most inconsistent EU LCS team thus far.
Of course, Vitality are a too experienced team to miss the opportunity for another victory. Nukeduck was particularly motivated that day, with a total of 13 kills, 1 death and 10 assists combined.
MSF vs. H2K – 0:2
Misfits are definitely ready to go far this season. Both matches against H2K were a wild ride for both teams.
First match was a 50 minute long drama. Misfits controlled the better part of the late game. However, H2K won a critical teamfight in the end and won the game.
Misfits opened up game 2 in a dominant fashion. Still, the control and advantage melted away in the late game, when H2K crushed MSF in several teamfights, securing a series sealing 2:0.
EU LCS 2017 Summer Split Week 5, Day 3 (June 31)
G2 vs. MM – 2:0
A one-sided, uneventful beating of Mysterious Monkeys unfolded just as we predicted in our EU LCS 2017 Summer Split Week 5 preview. G2 finally caught some breath, while Monkeys are doomed to struggle until the rest of the season.
NiP vs. UOL – 1:2
Something smells rotten in Unicorns this season. Yes, they’re winning, and yes, they’re at the top of group B. However, they’re constantly struggling against obviously weaker opponents and playing that dreaded third match.
A bottom feeder like NiP should not be able to score a dominant, landslide victory in the first match of the series against a team that is still in contention for a championship title. Yet, that is exactly what happened.
Even in second and third game, which they won, UOL didn’t show much. NiP managed to dictate the tempo and hold the gold lead and control of the game flow.
Maybe NiP were more relaxed, with nothing to lose against a title contender. Maybe UOL simply underestimated Ninjas more than they should.
Or maybe, just maybe, UOL is holding back now during the group phase, waiting for playoffs to explode in full show of force, surprising everyone.
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