Time sure does fly, doesn’t it? It seems like it was only yesterday that the inaugural LEC split started, and now, it’s only a matter of days before LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 4 kicks off.
Last week was more of the same usual explosive gameplay that we’ve come to expect. Apparently, the Europeans took no time adjusting to patch 9.2. With zero new patches for this week, we can expect more of the same if not better from the LEC teams.
Meta-wise, don’t expect things to go too differently. Sure, we might see more low-economy junglers — Nunu and Willump come to mind — but, in general, the picks should remain the same. Of course, we’d love to see some innovation. Unfortunately, because it’s still relatively early in the season, we should expect teams to prioritize experimentation less and focus more on securing wins in the safest manner possible.
TLDR; we’re likely going to see the same champions and same styles of play in LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 4.
LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 4 Schedule
Day 1, Friday, February 08, 2019 (All times are in Central European Time)
Misfits Gaming vs FC Schalke 04 Esports — 18:00
SK Gaming vs Splyce — 19:00
Origen vs Rogue — 20:00
Excel Esports vs Fnatic — 21:00
G2 Esports vs Team Vitality — 22:00
Day 2, Saturday, February 09, 2019 (All times are in Central European Time)
Origen vs FC Schalke 04 Esports — 17:00
SK Gaming vs Rogue — 18:00
Misfits Gaming vs Splyce — 19:00
Excel Esports vs Team Vitality — 20:00
Fnatic vs G2 Esports — 21:00
Teams and Players to Watch in LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 4
Excel Esports are the title holders of the unofficial “most unpredictable LEC team” award. Although they have a 2-4 record, two of their wins came against the worst and best teams of the LEC, Rogue and Misfits Gaming, respectively.
A mix of veteran talent and young blood, there is a lot of talent on the roster. Sometimes, it shows. But, too often, this team puts themselves in situation where they have no choice but to play from behind even when they initially started off ahead. Case in point, their match against G2 Esports where they led for most of the game only to lose after giving away fights due to lack of positioning and letting Rasmus “Caps” Winther take over.
Excel Esports’ drafting always has a clear intention of what they want to happen in the game. They prefer team compositions that are rather easier to execute, leaving the rest to their early game laning prowess and to Raymond “KaSing” Tsang’s shotcalling in the later stages of the game. Ki “Expect” Dae-han has mostly been put champions that can serve as either their main source of engage, or their secondary engage. Their wins are on games where he is on Sion or Urgot, his two Rumble games have resulted in failure. They usually draft for bottom lane priority, and KaSing is usually put on engage duty. They usually rely on putting Fabian “Exile” Schubert on champions that can handle the lane on his own, or ones that will have great synergy with Marc Robert “Caedrel” Lamont’s.
Given how 50/50 Excel Esports are, it’s safe to say that they’ll be the teams to watch in LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 4.
Marek “Humanoid” Brázda is Splyce’s rookie mid laner and has been as good as advertised.
With a rather obvious high mechanical ceiling as a player, Humanoid’s performances have turned a lot of heads. His carry performances on Aatrox and ability to assist his team while on Lissandra are definitely worthy of praise. To say that he’s a huge reason why Splyce are currently 3-3 is only fitting — Humanoid is the point of power that they need to succeed in the early game.
While Splyce usually plays around Xerxe’s early game pathing and trusts that it can get towards a point wherein Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup could be able to carry, Splyce could look to double down on the advantages that Humanoid can net in the early game.
If guided properly, Humanoid may become one of the best mid laners in the new generation of European talent.
Must-Watch Matches of LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 4
SK Gaming vs Splyce
SK Gaming and Splyce both exist in the middle of the European pack. Splyce, though, are above SK Gaming in the standings, having one more win than the latter. Splyce is known for its rather ‘cleaner’ game play, prioritizing macro over flashy outplays. Their mid to late game transitions are among the best in the league, and their vision setups around objectives are excellent. They are rather methodical with their game play, and they are known to make the most out of the information they are able to obtain.
While SK Gaming are the upstarts of the League of Legends European Championship— they are mostly composed of the young Mad Lions, E.C. former members. These are younger players that are willing to prove themselves in the LEC stage, and their style of play mirrors the fire of their youth. They are willing to take every fight, willing to make the 10% play, they are willing to take their shot, hoping it would all work out in the end.
The key matchup here is the jungle. Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek has been the shining star of this roster. His early game pathing has been excellent, and his engages in team fights have been top notch, being perfectly capable of starting fights in the right way. He makes playing Sejuani look like it is a mechanically intensive champion. His usual problem, though, is that his gank paths are quite predictable. Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir’s pathing what Splyce plays towards. He is the force that keeps the Splyce early game alive. If his early pathing is not exposed and if he is not focused on by the enemy, he might be able to bridge the team to the later stages in the game.
I predict Splyce to take this match as it is more likely that their methodical playstyle will prevail.
Betting: Splyce to win vs SK Gaming at 1.57 odds. (10bet)
G2 Esports vs Fnatic
G2 is currently the best team in Europe, with an undefeated 6-0 record. Fnatic, on the other hand, is near the bottom of the standings, with a 1-5 record.
Boasting immense draft flexibility owing to the depth of their player’s champion pools, G2 Esports are a frustrating team to play against. You’ll never know who between between Rasmus “Caps” Winther, Martin “Wunder” Hansen, and Luka “Perkz” Perkovic is going to play a particular champion. In addition, their laners are simply more mechanically talented against the opponent, which allows them to snowball.
On the other hand, Fnatic are a complete opposite. Their drafts leave a lot to be desired and their laners are far from strong. It’s as if like this isn’t the team that played at the Grand Finals of Worlds 2018.
The key matchup here will be the bottom lane between “Rekkles” Larsson and Zdravets “Hylissang” Galabov and Perkz and Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle. This matchup is worth talking about as Rekkles is the steadier bottom laner. He will farm up in the bottom lane, and with his clear understanding of his champions’ strengths, he will win a later team fight. Perkz and Mikyx, on the other hand, appear to be quite greedy in the bottom lane. If Perkz and Mikyx give one kill too many, and the map has not been lost around them, Rekkles and Hylissang may be the catalyst towards Fnatic’s victory.
That being said, Fnatic will still have to prove that they are capable of overpowering G2 on stage. The prediction still goes to G2 Esports to win.
Betting: Gamers2/G2 Esports to win vs Fnatic at 1.23 odds. (10bet)
We are near the LEC’s midpoint, and at that point, some would have to sound the alarm for their teams if they do not net some wins over the next weekend. The playoff race has always been there, but is becoming more urgent and punishing as the weeks go by.
Be sure to follow every moment of the League of Legends European Championship. The teams will surely not disappoint.
What do you think should we expect from LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 4? Do you think all of our predictions will come true? Will this be the week that Fnatic finally wake up and play like how their lineup should? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.