LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 5 Preview: Will Patch 9.3 Shake Things Up?

LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 5 serves as the midpoint of the LEC. Coincidentally, it’s also when patch 9.3 will be implemented, which means, we’re going to see a lot of changes. After all, the latest patch contains a lot of tweaks, and we should expect this to reflect on the champions that we’ll be seeing in the drafting phases of each game.

Speaking of tweaks and changes, let’s talk about these first. First things off, some of the more common flex picks, like, for example, Akali, Aatrox, Irelia, and Cassiopeia, all met rather heavy nerfs. Teams will definitely want to reconsider picking these champions again because of the changes. Camille too was not safe, as the common jungle pick no longer stuns jungle monsters with her Hookshot, making her less viable. Meanwhile, the nerf also means that we won’t be seeing her as much as a jungle pair with Galio in mid.

With that said, what might we see getting picked in LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 5?

While it’s hard to accurately predict what will happen, what we do know is that we should see more marksmen picked going forward. This is because majority of the changes in patch 9.3 were geared towards buffing marksmen items. In particular, the popular marksman item, Infinity Edge, now makes critical strikes deal 25% more damage. At the same time, Stormrazor now also amplifies Energized effects. This means that Fleet Footwork, Statikk Shiv, and Rapid Fire Cannon will be more effective if Stormrazor is purchased. In addition to this, Phantom Dancer is no longer just for pure offensive; it still gives a lot of stats, but it also now offers a shield if a certain threshold is crossed. 

What this means that certain critical-strike based marksmen should make it back into the meta in LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 5. More importantly, because of the lack of fine tuning in the recent updates, Yasuo might become a heavily contested pick.

Keep in mind, though, that while watching Yasuo in professional matches is a treat, you might want to ban him first in your solo queue games until he gets nerfed.

LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 5 Schedule

Day 1, Friday, February 15, 2019 

Fnatic vs Splyce — 18:00 CET

Origen vs Excel Esports 19:00 — CET

SK Gaming vs Team Vitality 20:00 — CET

Rogue vs FC Schalke 04 Esports 21:00 — CET

G2 Esports vs Misfits Gaming 22:00 — CET

Day 2, Saturday, February 16, 2019 

SK Gaming vs Fnatic — 17:00

Excel Esports vs Splyce — 18:00

FC Schalke 04 Esports vs Team Vitality — 19:00

Rogue vs Misfits Gaming — 20:00

Origen vs G2 Esports —  21:00

Players and Teams to Watch in LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 5 

Fnatic

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With the likely meta of LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 5 favouring his playstyle more, will Rekkles finally step it up and be the carry that this struggling Fnatic squad needs? (Image Source: LoL Esports)

Fnatic has gone from the Grand Finals of Worlds in 2018 to the bottom of the standings in the first round robin of the LEC, sitting at an abysmal 2-6 record.

The team has had several problems around them. First we have drafting. The drafting has not been indicative of a clear and proper read on the current meta, and they are clearly being punished for their interpretation of it. Their enemies have been able to wrest power picks away from Fnatic, and have banned the likes of Martin “Rekkles” Larsson away from comfort champions. Their next problem has been in execution. The current meta dictates a rather strong early phase of the game, which puts an emphasis on laning prowess. The team members in their current form seem to not have much lane presence, which simply results into either handing over kills in the laning phase, or surrendering advantages to the enemy such as turret plates, or even jungle camps. The last part is general team coordination and cohesion.

Fnatic seem to look lost on Summoner’s Rift, with their gameplay possibly indicating that there are some gaps in their communication— the best example of this is Gabriel “Bwipo” Rau going aggressive on an enemy laner while Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen is not anywhere near his lane.

We have always given Fnatic their slow starts to the season, and we shall see if this week they finally turn back on.  

VIT Jiizuke

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Will Jiizuke continue to be on top form in LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 5? (Image Source: LoL Esports)

If there is a lane that Europe has historically excelled in, it is the middle. European mid laners have always been known for their aggressive and flashy style of play, willing to take risks. They always take their shot at making the outplay and at etching their name on League of Legends esports history. This combination of mechanical talent and belief in the capability of said talent has led to countless carry showdowns in the European scene.

Daniele “Jiizuke” Di Mauro has been one such player. His explosive entry into the European League of Legends Championship Series last year has been a testament to his talent, his capability to expand leads, his creativity, and his hunger to prove himself as one of the best mid laners in EU. While he has had a rather up and down performance in the summer of the previous year, he showed in the Regional Qualifier and at Worlds that he has regained his form.

Jiizuke has retained the level of his performances from Worlds, and has been a great catalyst towards Fnatic’s success in the 2019 LEC Spring Split so far. He has shown great prowess in the laning phase, and has still leaned towards extending his leads to the rest of the map. His play on Ryze, in particular, is among the most impressive in Europe. He was even able to end a game with backdooring the enemy Nexus with the champion.

Be sure to watch more of Jiizuke’s highlight clip-worthy plays.

Games to Watch in LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 5 

G2 Esports vs Misfits Gaming

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Will Misfits finally find some consistency in LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 5? (Image Source: LoL Esports)

This is the clash of the super teams, or so one would have thought earlier on in the split. Because, while G2 Esports currently sits at the top of the league with a perfect record of 8-0, Misfits Gaming are merely sitting in the middle of the pack with an even 4-4 record.

Rasmus “Caps” Winther led the charge for G2 Esports. He’s been spectacular so far and has carried his team hard to wins even with unfavorable early games.  early games. In addition, their flexibility in the draft phase has led to some unpredictable lane setups, and general preparation against this team has appeared to be quite challenging. However, they simply seem to be brute forcing wins due to the clear advantage the members of this team have in terms of mechanical ability.

Up against Misfits Gaming, we believe that this might pose a problem. Although their opponents often rely too much on Steven “Hans Sama” Live to get their wins, Misfits Gaming are no pushovers. At the same time, G2 Esports’ bottom lane of Luka “Perkz” Perkovic and Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle have been rather a little bit too aggressive in the laning phase. This aggression has resulted in unfavourable trades so many times, and this might just be the kind of advantage that Hans Sama needs to rally his team to success. 

They might be so far apart in the standings, but this might be the moment where we could finally see G2 Esports falter.

Betting: Misfits Gaming to win vs G2 Esports at 3.35 odds. (10bet)

FC Schalke 04 Esports vs Team Vitality

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We’ll see in LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 5 if Schalke are one of the top teams in Europe or if their current run is merely an aberration. (Image Source: LoL Esports)

This is currently the battle for second place. Both teams currently have a 6-2 record. Team Vitality is a rather flashier team, always going for aggressive plays and  trying to outplay and outthink their opponents. Schalke 04, on the other hand, relies on the strength of their macro setups and their team fighting. Both teams have rather excellent laning phases and can be quite creative when they are behind.

For this match in particular, the bottom lane will be the key matchup. Elias “Upset” Lipp and Lee “IgNar” Dong-geun have been excellent in the laning phase, especially with IgNar’s proficiency on engage supports like Blitzcrank, Thresh, and Pyke. On the other hand, this might be Team Vitality’s weakness as Amadeu “Attila” Carvalho and Jakub “Jactroll” Skurzynski’s lane prowess leave a lot to be desired, and sometimes they need to sit back and rely on scaling picks like the Kai’sa. Whoever proves to be the better carry in the later stages of the game between Upset and Attila might decide the outcome of this match.

That being said, the prediction is with FC Schalke 04 Esports, but since they are going against Team Vitality, let us not disregard the possibility of some out of meta counter pick.

Betting: FC Shalke 04 Esports to win vs Team Vitality at 1.80 odds. (10bet)

Final Thoughts

We will soon be halfway through the spring split, and while some teams have immediately found success, others have exhibited growing pains. Will the results stay the same even after drastic changes to the game? We shall find out soon enough.

What do you think is going to happen in LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 5? Do you think the arrival of the new patch is going to change a lot of things? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.

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