Patch 9.2 hit the Rift more than a week ago, which means it hit LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 3 just in time.
We saw which teams channeled the winds of change for their own success, which ones it beat down. As a result, we now have a better grasp of which teams are capable of reacting better to the recent changes. Although, because the most recent changes have been quite hefty, a number of teams are still struggling to adapt to the ever-changing nature of the game as of the moment, and we expect it to continue like that going forward.
LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 3 Meta Recap
As expected, there is a lot to discuss here.
For starters, Junglers now get their level 6 at the 9-minute mark. This is a full minute later than in previous matches. Because of this, junglers no longer have much of an influence during the early game. This has shifted the focus towards lane priority. Although jungle champions that can gank early are still viable, they carry far more risk to play.
Flexibility is still king in drafts. Teams put a lot of importance on champions that can go either top or bottom, making it difficult for teams to guess and plan out their strategies as they’re left wondering which lanes a champion or player is going.
We no longer see Rakan picked and banned as much, but the trio of Galio, Aatrox, and Urgot, are still currently in play. One thing that stands out about how Europeans played, which we noticed in LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 3, is how much they seem to value Kennen, Yasuo, and Kalista.
This makes sense though. Kennen is a good engage option and a viable counter to Urgot. Or, at least, that’s how top laners in Europe seem to play the champion. Kalista is also excellent at controlling lanes, even with a nerf to her Rend. Also, as teams learn how to provide better setup for Yasuo, his impact also increases, which makes him another viable pick that’s unique to the region.
While a lot about the fundamental things about the game have changed due to the changes in the jungle, the prized champions still remain more or less the same.
LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 3 Current Standings
1st place — G2 Esports (6-0)
2nd and 3rd place — FC Schalke 04 Esports and Team Vitality (5-1)
4th place — Misfits Gaming (4-2)
5th place — Splyce (3-3)
6th to 8th — Excel Esports, Origen, SK Gaming (2-4)
9th — Fnatic (1-5)
10th — Rogue (0-6)
G2 Esports still has been ruling over the whole league, despite having some close calls in their recent matches. FC Schalke 04 and Team Vitality have been steadily rising over the course of the last two weeks, showing more stable performances and appearing to have clear knowledge of their where their strengths lie. Misfits Gaming has stumbled, losing their second match last weekend and their first match for this week, but they were able to pick themselves back up, and were able to take a win rather easily against Fnatic.
Splyce seems to have rather hit a roadblock this weekend, as they have lost both of their matches this past weekend. The same goes for SK Gaming. Origen has been able to net a win after their small streak of losses in the past two weeks, and fans can hope once again that this can be the start of the squad’s rise. Excel Esports has been quite the revelation so far, even winning against the Misfits Gaming superteam.
Fnatic has finally gotten a win after two long weeks of rather heartbreaking losses, but then their hopes were quickly dashed the following day. Rogue, on the other hand, has had loss after loss every weekend, and team morale might not be in a good state, as one can imagine.
The Biggest Risers and Worst Performers of LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 3
Biggest Riser: Team Vitality
A very emotional and rather talented squad, Vitality is always sure to surprise and make waves in every tournament they are in. While the mechanical ability from each of the team’s members is undeniable, it was the rather in the macro level of play that they seemed to be lacking. For example, their vision setups, side lane control, and Baron play have been quite poor in the past, and these have been what opponents used to exploit against them.
This season, Team Vitality seem intent on fixing their mistakes. They’re no longer needlessly running towards the Baron, nor are they over aggressive. They’re far less greedy and there’s a sense of levelheadedness with them this time.
The player that is most deserving of all the praise in this squad is Lucas “Cabochard” Simon-Meslet, who is easily the least flashy player of the team and yet, their most consistent contributor. A solid laner, he’s shown that he is perfectly capable of getting solo kills and thriving on his own. More importantly, his performance on engage champions, where he happily jumps in and lets his teammates take the credit is a huge reason why Team Vitality have been so successful.
As it is, there’s no question that Team Vitality will be contender for the title come season’s end.
Needs Improvement: Rogue
There is no sugarcoating it: Rogue needs to do something fast. They are running out of options. There are several things we need to address here.
First, there is no clear carry threat on the team. Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek used to be the shining light on his former squad in Team Vitality, but it seems like his aggressive, invade heavy style of play from the summer of 2018 has been found out, and most teams are now capable of countering this. Chres “Sencux” Laursen and Kim “Profit” Jun-hyung both appear to be quite lacking in terms of firepower.
While they have been piloting champions that have great carry threat, they still fail to reach that next level of actually carrying the game. Martin “HeaQ” Kordmaa seems to be not up to par in the laning phase: he averages a deficit of around twenty minion kills per game. This means that he misses out on great amounts of gold in the laning phase alone. This quality of laning phase makes him rather weak in team fights, which means that as one of the main catalysts for success for the team, he falls short because he does not perform at his best during the fundamental part of the game.
With a team with uncertainty surrounding the carry threats, where would support Kim “Wadid” Bae-in lend his help to?
LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 3 is now over and Rogue are free falling. Fast.
New patches hit professional play once in a while, and this was a good test of how teams could be consistent over the course of one split. Each team has played around six games, and now there are enough games to temper expectations already. 9.2 is here for a while, and it will be rather interesting to see how the meta develops.
The winds of change are still here, continuously influencing the different teams of the League of Legends European Championship. See in the next weeks how the different teams fare.
What do you think were the biggest takeaways from LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 3? Do you think Rogue will keep on free falling, or will they find a way to stop the bleeding? Will Team Vitality continue improving? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.