Follow-up weeks like the LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 2 are vital as they usually offer some sense of groundedness. Getting a chance to observe more games gives us a definite sense of the general power levels of the different particpating teams. Have the winning teams just encountered generally weaker opponents? Did the teams with negative score lines just run into teams that would dominate the league? Here we see that there is a search for consistency as the weeks go on.
One thing worth noting after the end of LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 2 is that the amount of talent in Europe is higher than ever. This has inevitably helped raise the level of competition as well. Additionally, this means that it’s no longer possible for teams to brute force their wins via sheer talent. These days, teams will have prove that they are more than just the sum of their parts. This means working on their macro play, team fight coordination, vision control, objective propriety, and more.
Either way, let us not delay any further as we recap all of the events of the LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 2.
LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 2 Meta Recap
The meta is still dictated by flex picks.
We have Urgot, Aatrox, Akali, Irelia, Lissandra, Sion, and the like claiming spots for solo lane priority picks. For junglers we still have junglers with pick potential or great skirmishing, and that is why we see Camille, Xin Zhao, and Sejuani so often. For the bottom lane, it is still a combination of initiating supports like Alistar, Rakan, or Braum, and either a scaling AD carry such as Kai’sa or Xayah, or a lane dominant one such as the Lucian or the Draven.
There’s one important thing to take about, though, and that’s Karthus in the jungle.
Karthus has excellent tools to clear jungle camps, able to clear his side of the jungle faster compared to his opponents. Karthus also doesn’t need to gank to help his team out. All he needs to do is to cast his ultimate and he’ll help clean some stragglers up, or apply a great deal of initial damage. Still, it seems like the junglers don’t really know how to play the hero that well yet. His kit in teamfights is usually oriented towards zoning the squishier parts of the enemy team, and then cast the ultimate if he is taken down.
Either way, we should see teams starting picking up or banning Karthus more soon.
LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 2 — Current Standings
After all the matches over the course of the last weekend, here are the standings of the different League of Legends European Championship teams:
1st: G2 Esports (4-0)
2nd to 5th: Misfits Gaming, FC Schalke 04 Esports, Splyce, Team Vitality (3-1)
6th: SK Gaming (2-2)
7th and 8th: Excel Esports and Origen (1-3)
9th and 10th: Fnatic and Rogue (0-4)
Here we see G2 establish their dominance as the European super team, but while going 4-0 is not easy, there is still a long split ahead of them. Misfits, Schalke 04, Splyce, and Team Vitality have displayed strong performances and will want to continue in order to go into playoffs. The rest of the teams seem to be an entire tier below, which means that if the current trend in the matches continue, the teams from 6th onwards might be fighting for just a single spot into a postseason.
LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 2 Recap
Biggest Riser — FC Schalke 04 Esports
Coming into the 2019 season, there was not much being said about FC Schalke 04 Esports’ roster. Aside from the fact that they lost all of their starting roster aside from Elias “Upset” Lipp, they also lost most of the members of their support staff. But, since then, they have built up the roster from the ground up.
Schalke 04 acquired two-time EU LCS championship and 2018 Worlds finalist head coach Dylan Falco, and proceeded to acquire talented players to round out the squad. This signaled Lee “IgNar” Dong-geun’s return to Europe. They also added Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu, Jonas “Memento” Elmarghichi, and rookie Felix “Abbedagge” Braun.
For such a good roster, Schalke 04’s lineup has not made that much noise — and for good reason.
The team is still inconsistent at best. They showcased this during LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 2 where, for example, Odoamne would get a solo kill during the laning phase, and then proceeded to get caught thrice in the middle of a rotation in the mid game. Abbedagge has not appeared to have an opportunity to properly showcase his talents, but he will probably still grow alongside the entire squad. Memento’s carry potential was clear to everybody, but the problem was always about how exactly he should be wielded.
The bottom lane of Upset and IgNar have been the shining light of his team, and this week, they have delivered on the promise of their potential.
For all of their faults though, Schalke 04 has turned a lot of heads, and we’re hoping that they can keep this up.
Needs Improvement — Origen
There have been high expectations for this organization. For a team that is full of great mechanical talent, Origen has not gone to the next step of actually playing as a cohesive unit and being capable of enabling each other while in the game. Origen went 0-2 this week, and it appears that they might have taken some steps back following their powerful early game performances from the LEC’s opening weekend.
Against Misfits, they made some small individual mistakes in the laning phase. Barney “Alphari” Morris got solo killed by Paul “sOAZ” Boyer, and Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez overextended, and was not able to properly estimate the opponent’s damage output, which led to him dying without activating Tahm Kench’s gray health. Against Splyce, they were not able to unlock the full potential out of their draft as well.
It is quite difficult to see exactly what the problem in this squad is, as this consists of four seasoned veterans and they have such a robust coaching staff behind them. There are no issues about drafting from coach Andre Guilhoto, but there are clear problems regarding execution. Perhaps the approach to the drafting has to be changed a little so that the players could be on more comfortable champions for them?
For a returning organization to European League of Legends, Origen needs to prove that it has put the worst days behind itself.
Given everything I have said so far, some teams start slower than others, and other teams develop synergy almost instantly. Some teams are better in a best of one format, and others thrive in best of five series. The fact of the matter is that at the end of the day, these teams work day and night to be able to bring themselves and fans the satisfaction that everyone wishes to derive from their performance.
Almost a fourth of the regular season is over, but so far there still are not enough games for all of us to arrive at solid, scientific conclusions regarding this split, and this season in general. Next week will give us more confirmation, of course. In addition, we should see Week 3 of the LEC play matches in the new patch, 9.2. If that does happen, expect some changes towards certain picks and the overall metagame.
With changes all but expected, the question now is, who will adapt to the new meta the best?
What do you think was the biggest takeaway from the LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 2? Do you think Origen will improve in the coming weeks? Will G2 Esports continue their undefeated run? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.