LEC 2019 Spring Week 5 has come and gone, which means two things: the first round robin has finally concluded, and the first matches for each team in the second round robin have passed as well.
As the season progresses, time seems to go a bit faster, and in a matter of weeks, we’ll see the culmination of all of this.
Having said that, there’s so much more to talk about, and now that we are closing in on the regular season’s end, it’s time that we talk about the inevitable playoff race as well.
LEC 2019 Spring Week 5 Recap
Patch 9.3 brought a lot of fresh changes to most of the lanes. We still see Urgot, Sion, and Lissandra, but due to the recent nerfs, Irelia, Akali, and Aatrox saw a lot less presence in LEC 2019 Spring Week 5.
While critical strike chance items have been reworked yet again, and we have seen critical strike chance AD carries gain prominence, Lucian and Ezreal still reign supreme in the bottom lane. As for the supports, not much has changed. It’s still the usual crop of playmakers in Thresh, Braum, and Alistar. It is possible that we might see ranged supports soon. However, they’re still far too squishy, making them prime targets in a meta filled with burst damage champions.
In the jungle, we’ve seen less of Camille and more of scaling playmakers like Zac, Gragas, and Karthus. Lee Sin, the Xin Zhao, and the Elise are still viable picks in the current meta, but if nothing much happens around them in the earlier stages of the game, they will be mostly irrelevant as the game goes longer.
Mid lane is a lot trickier. No champion really stand out. The closest to this is Zoe, but she isn’t really overpowered. It’s just that the usual counters are weaker now, which is why teams are picking her up more.
Also, Sylas was played again, but the champion has yet to be part of a winning team.
Next week we will continue to be on patch 9.3, and we shall see if the meta develops further.
LEC 2019 Spring Week 5 Standings
1st: G2 Esports (9-1)
2nd and 3rd: FC Schalke 04 Esports and Team Vitality (7-3)
4th and 5th: Origen and Splyce (6-4)
6th: SK Gaming (5-5)
7th: Misfits Gaming (4-6)
8th: Fnatic (3-7)
9th: Excel Esports (2-8)
10th: Rogue (1-9)
G2 Esports is no longer undefeated, and Rogue is no longer winless. As much as G2 being defeated is a colossal achievement for the team that took the victory against them, and the same for Rogue, both do not do much in terms of affecting the current state of the standings. Meanwhile, Fnatic has finally overtaken Excel Esports in the standings. This is good news, but not good enough. As it is, they’re still far below in the standings to guarantee themselves a playoff berth.
SK Gaming has had quite a good week, which is probably thanks in part to the change in their coaching staff. They’ve since replaced Fabian “Sheepy” Mallant with Ram “Brokenshard” Djemal, and whether the recent success of the team is because of him or not is still up for interpretation. However, due to their 2-0 record against Fnatic so far, if SK Gaming and Fnatic get into a tie, no tiebreakers will happen due to their favorable head to head score.
Misfits Gaming has also fallen out of the top six, and if they do not sort their issues out, they may find themselves missing out on spring playoffs yet again.
Team Vitality and FC Schalke 04 Esports find themselves directly below G2 Esports, and if they do not lose against teams below them, they will most likely go into a chance at the championship.
The Best and Worst Teams of LEC 2019 Spring Week 5
Biggest Riser: Origen
Origen have done what many have thought impossible: they took down G2 Esports in a dominating fashion, from the drafting phase to the explosion of the nexus. They spoiled G2’s dream of the perfect split, and they have earned being on this section of this week’s recap once again because of that fact. Origen is going on an upward trajectory, possibly challenging both FC Schalke 04 Esports and Team Vitality for a second place spot in the regular season.
Origen secured yet another 2-0 week against Excel Esports, a team in a downward trajectory, and against G2 Esports as I have already said. The fact of the matter about Origen right now is that they have simply obtained commanding victories in both matches. Their drafts are usually somewhat beyond their opponents’ expectation, and most of it comes from Erlend “Nukeduck” Holm, as he continues to show us the depth of his champion pool, showing a Zed counter pick against a Cassiopeia. They usually draft for priority in the bottom lane with Patrik “Patrik” Jiru, and Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez as a playmaker keeps on setting up quick picks or team fights against the opponent. Jonas “Kold” Andersen is capable of being wherever he needs his team to be.
Overall, Origen’s win over G2 Esports should be enough to help them strike fear in the hearts of all other opponents going forward.
Needs Improvement: Excel Esports
Upon the assembly of this new team in the League of Legends European Championship, expectations were not that high. After all, they assembled a team with “Exile”, a rather up and down carry, a rookie in Jesper Klarin “Jeskla” Stromberg, a rather fresher player in Marc Robert “Caedrel” Lamont, and veterans in Ki “Expect” Dae-han and Raymond “KaSing” Tsang. The question about this team was where exactly the carry threat would come from.
As the weeks passed by, this question was not answered, but other inquiries piled up about them.
If there is a saving grace for Excel, it is their robust early game. By giving Caedrel advantages in the early game, he pulls the trigger and grants the team some early kills. However, the problem for Excel is that they are usually able to take kills alone, but are not able to follow these up with map control or objectives such as drakes or Baron Nashor. The kills, then, are only gold, and sometimes a lot more is given up for these.
Excel Esports’ main problem is their transition to the middle and late game. One can only surmise how the communications are going on in this team, but they seem to focus on the wrong parts of the map at times, and their vision around objectives has been rather lacking as well.
While they tried to shake things up by bringing Joran “Special” Scheffer into the team, it has not made a lot of difference as they still couldn’t net a win in LEC 2019 Spring Week 5.
If no improvements are made by this squad, they might just stay where they are in the standings right now.
The first round robin is finally over, which means, it’s time to finally start worrying about teams at the bottom. In particular, Fnatic’s current record and pace suggests that they’ll have to miss out on the playoffs — just months after they established themselves as the second best team in the world.
But, then again, we still have a few weeks left to go, so we shouldn’t count out Fnatic or anyone just yet.
Either way, regardless of how this all turns out, what’s assured is that we’re going to see teams go all out in the next couple of weeks as they try their best to secure a spot in the postseason.
What do you think was the biggest takeaway of LEC 2019 Spring Week 5? Will Origen build on their win against G2 Esports? Can Fnatic turn things around? Be sure to let us knwo your thoughts in the comments down below.