The 2019 LEC Spring Split offered a new beginning for the rest of the Euopean competitive scene, and its debut was the perfect embidoment of the vibrance, explosiveness, and lively banter of the European scene.
It has been an exciting split, full of twists and turns, so far, and all of it culminated in finals in Rotterdam.
Three teams vied for the 2019 LEC Spring Split title heading into its final weekend. Fnatic, the winners of back-to-back European championships and 2018 Worlds Finalist, was one of them. Origen too was also still left in the pool after returning back from their stint in relegation back in 2017. Finally, the 2018 Worlds Semifinalists and the fourt-time European champions, G2 Esports, was the favourites of the three.
Many considered these three League of Legends team as the best that Europe had to offer. In the eyes of mosts, these three would go on to represent the region well against international competition come the 2019 MSI.
At the end of the day, however, one team still had to emerge victorious, and it was none other than G2 Esports, who cruised their way to the 2019 LEC Spring Split title via a rousing win that included an 18-minute drubbing of Origen in Game 3 that set the record for the fastest win in European League of Legends history.
2019 LEC Spring Split Title Match Recap
The Sona and Taric bottom lane duo found more play in the final, played once by each side. On the hands of G2 Esports, the Sona and Taric emerged in a later rotation, once Origen picked Galio in their first rotation in the red side. G2 struggled in the earlier stages of the game but they were quick to capitalize on some mistakes made by Patrik “Patrik” Jiru, and were able to turn the tides and take the first win of the series.
The second game was one of the weirdest ones in the series, or even in the season. Origen picked up the Sona and Taric duo, against which G2 Esports responded with a Xayah and Rakan gold funneling strategy. Gold funneling has been nerfed extensively since its inception in the 2018 season, but G2 Esports was able to make it work. By making some early rotations and getting some early kills, they were able to get an early Bloodrazor enchantment for Perkz’s Xayah, which removes the Monster Hunter debuff.
In the third series they played, they played a more standard composition, and they were able to clinch the title in a record-setting 18 minutes.
This proved their capability to take their enemies off-guard with some off-meta strategies, which come with risks of their own. This ability to embrace risk and entangle opponents within the chaos of their drafting has made G2 Esports a dangerous opponent in a best of five setting. Their ability to play and execute towards the meta is also worth noting, as they have an array of possibilities in their arsenal.
How Strong Is G2 Esports Exactly?
Strength is relative when it comes to competitive titles. In League of Legends, you’re only as strong as your opponents, which is why it’s hard to assess the strength of a team, especially when compared to international competition.
In G2 Esports’ case, however, they were heads and shoulders above the rest of their competition during the 2019 LEC Spring Split. Talent-wise, the mechanical skill of every player on the roster is among the best in the region. But, it’s also the way that this team comes together that makes them strong. The sheer strategic diversity of the team, as well as their chemistry and synergy, making them a scary team, and one that Europe can put their faith into heading into the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational.
G2 Esports may have only played against Origen in the playoffs of the 2019 LEC Spring Split, but throughout the season, they had showcased enough to prove that they were, by far, the best that Europe had ever seen. This is a fact further cemented when they took less than an hour and a half to clinch the title.
Now, the challenge for G2 Esports is to prove that they’re not just the biggest fish in the European pond, and they’ll have a chance to do just that at the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational, as they go up against the likes of SK Telecom T1 and Team Liquid, as well as whichever of Jing Dong Gaming and Invictus Gaming wins the LPL, and of course, the rest of the other regions has to offer.
G2 Esports is not perfect, by any means. They still haven’t proven if they can survive drastic meta changes, after all. Can they adapt? Or, more importantly, will they adapt? These are two questions that only G2 Esports can answer at the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational.
What do you think of G2 Esports’ performance at the 2019 LEC Spring Split? Do you think they have a shot against top-tier competition at the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.