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LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 6 Preview: The Playoff Race Intensifies - Esportsranks
LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 6 Preview: The Playoff Race Intensifies

LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 6 means that we’re not headed into the second round robin, and teams will only have eight games each to play before the playoffs start.

Right now, each game matters more than ever. This is especially true for the teams who are trying to catch up with the ones at the top. Teams, such as Fnatic, will have to find quick solutions to their problems if they are to win most of their upcoming matches. Meanwhile, other than G2 Esports, those at the top will have to try and keep themselves stable if they want to keep their respective positions.

Just as in Week 5, the LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 6 will still be played on patch 9.3. Because it’s a relatively new patch, don’t be surprised if things turn out quite differently this time around. Case in point, we might see a lot more Zoe. Because of the nerfs to the flex assassins that counter the champion, as well as Zoe being a counter herself to Lissandra, Zoe is going to be quite the popular pick.

In the West, we have seen a lot of Jinx picks for the bottom lane. She has not been the best laning AD Carry, but since the three item power spike for her has become more powerful, a lot of preference has been given towards her by teams who can survive the earlier stages of the game. Meanwhile, in the top lane, teams still seem to pick Sion despite the nerfs. Urgot is still a no-brainer because he wasn’t touched. Although, Kenne and Jayce are starting to gain popularity as counters to Urgot.

Will some pocket picks or some new meta champions emerge? We shall see.

LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 6 Schedule

Day 1, Friday, February 22, 2019 (All times are in Central European Time)

G2 Esports vs FC Schalke 04 Esports — 18:00

Excel Esports vs Rogue — 19:00

Splyce vs Team Vitality — 20:00

SK Gaming vs Misfits Gaming — 21:00

Origen vs Fnatic — 22:00

Day 2, Saturday, February 23, 2019 (All times are in Central European Time)

Fnatic vs Team Vitality — 17:00

Rogue vs Splyce — 18:00

Excel Esports vs G2 Esports — 19:00

SK Gaming vs FC Schalke 04 Esports — 20:00

Origen vs Misfits Gaming — 21:00

Teams and Players to Watch in LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 6

Team to Watch: G2 Esports

LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 6

This might look like a cop out, but it’ll be interesting to see how G2 Esports responds to their first loss of the split. (Image source: LoL Esports)

The 2018 World Championship Semifinalist organization G2 Esports, after forming the European super team, appeared to be unstoppable over the course of the first few weeks of the League of Legends European Championship. The squad’s capability to be able to flex solo lane picks around has been the team’s greatest advantage. In addition to flexing their picks, they have been consistent in drafting pushing lane, allowing Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski to secure vision control over the river, to invade the enemy jungle, and take their jungle camps. The capability of every member of this squad to secure advantages during the laning phase and to push those advantages to the maximum is what has given them immensely dominating performances throughout the first round robin.

In their first match of the second round robin, Origen was able to take a commanding victory against them. This is because they were able to shut down Caps’ Cassiopeia with Erlend “Nukeduck” Holm’s Zed counter pick. In addition, they had no choice but to place the bottom lane of Luka “Perkz” Perkovic and Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle in a losing matchup.

Origen was simply able to take the fight to G2, and it proved that G2 could not be quite capable of pulling off scaling compositions that well. Perhaps it is time to double down on their strengths and stick to their laning focused team compositions.

Either way, how they get back up from last weekend’s loss will be worth watching.

Player to Watch: MSF GorillA

LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 6

Misfts Gaming will need Gorilla to play well starting next week in the LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 6 if they want to create some momentum heading into the playoffs. (Image source: LoL Esports)

Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyeon is one of Misfits Gaming’s new acquisitions for the 2019 season, and most expected him to recover from his slump that started in League of Legends Champions Korea 2018 Summer Split. In the first weeks of the LEC, Misfits have had dominant victories, taking command of the games from the laning phase. However, things took a turn for the worse soon enough. They have not been able to secure the same dominant early games that they were able to have in their early matches, and they have looked rather lost in their middle to late game transitions.

One of the problem areas for GorillA is his agency. When he was in South Korea, GorillA was more of a roamer. His Alistar, in particular, is worthy of praise, as he used to leave Kim “PraY” Jong-in to farm peacefully in the bottom lane as he makes plays in other areas of the map or places wards in the enemy jungle camps. Since he started laning with Steven “Hans Sama” Liv, he has been compelled to play a more laning focused style. When their lane is put behind, GorillA seems to be a little bit unsure of his capability to influence fights with engagements or crowd control. Most of this might be part of him readjusting to communicating in a language foreign to him, but his talent as a world class support is undeniable.

Misfits Gaming should try to enable GorillA to be in his comfort style more.

Games to Watch in LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 6

Origen vs Fnatic

LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 6

Fnatic will look to try and stop Origen from keeping their winstreak going heading into their matchup in LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 6. (Image source: LoL Esports)

Origen, as I have said before, is a team that could possibly challenge G2 Esports for the championship in the future. Origen’s strength has been unlocked by Andre “Guilhoto” Guilhoto’s superb drafting, coming up with team compositions that are structured around the players’ strengths. Within the game, the squad has been playing towards expectations that fans and analysts alike were having for the team. Jonas “Kold” Andersen has been the catalyst towards the laners’ success, being able to secure advantages and ganking the right lanes at the right time.

Fnatic, on the other hand, has been performing poorly compared to expectation. They are now in a rather underwhelming 3-7 record, and are looking to miss playoffs if they are not able to win all of their remaining games. Fnatic has an issue of having a confused identity: their drafts seem to have unclear ways to achieve their win conditions, and they do not seem to have a clear lane or role to play through. They usually draft for a late game that they have little to no avenues to achieve.

The problem for Fnatic is that they seem to have lost most of their chances, but this will not be the first time this organization will have pulled off a miracle run. Nevertheless, due to both teams’ recent form, we have Origen taking the win and sealing Fnatic’s fate as far as playing in the playoffs go.

Betting: Origen to win vs Fnatic at 1.51 odds. (10bet)

SK Gaming vs FC Schalke 04 Esports

Selfmade has been the difference maker when it comes to the success or failure of SK Gaming. (Image source: LoL Esports)

SK Gaming saw a massive improvement after some coaching staff changes. They have had two consecutive 2-0 weeks, and are now looking to cement their place into the playoffs. FC Schalke 04 has spent most of this split directly below G2 Esports. As one of our clear second place contenders for the regular season, Schalke have had a consistent start, but their losses have become more frequent as the split progressed.

SK Gaming packs its power in the jungle position. With Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek as their primary driver towards victory, they often leave the bottom lane of Jus “Crownshot” Marusic to his own. The opposite is true for Schalke 04. They play more around their bottom lane of Elias “Upset” Lipp and Lee “IgNar” Dong-geun, giving them priority in the drafting phase and making Jonas “Memento” Elmarghichi play around their laners.

Because of the sort of mismatch existing between the teams, we will have to figure out the relative capabilities of the carries to push their teams towards victory. While Upset has been immensely impressive as a bottom laner, his effective champion pool has been rather narrow. On the other hand, if the lanes for SK Gaming fall apart earlier, Selfmade might not get the chance to carry.

FC Schalke 04 will take the match, simply because of the overall talent existing across the whole squad. If IgNar is placed on an engage support, it will not be difficult for the team to establish bottom lane priority, and to have a lane that they will be playing towards.

Betting: Schalke 04 to win vs SK Gaming at 1.43 odds. (10bet)

Final Thoughts

The next few weeks will answer a lot of questions. I imagine the playoff race in the LEC will conclude a lot earlier than usual. This is mostly because of how early the playoff teams will secure their seeding. Unnless a team rallies and nets a series of huge wins, or a leading team falters and falls down the standings, there may not be too many differences in the standings towards the end of the regular season for the spring split.

What do you think will happen to Fnatic in the LEC 2019 Spring Split Week 6? Will they rebound and sweep Origen? Will the other bottom dwellers do the same and make a run for it? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.

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