After finally tasting first defeat, the LEC leaders will be keen to bounce back against their second place rivals. Can they?
If there was one major takeaway from week five of the LEC, it’s the fact that anything can happen. In the same week that Rogue found their first win of the season, G2 Esports suffered their first defeat.
After dominating wins against Vitality, Fnatic and Misfits in recent weeks, G2 had looked unstoppable but were humbled by a red-hot Origen side. Origen’s rise in the table will keep Schalke 04 looking over their shoulders after they threw away the chance to take sole possession of second place.
Schalke and Vitality have been neck and neck all season and it was the latter who came out on top when they clashed last weekend – keeping them on the same record for yet another week. Having seen G2 finally taste defeat, Schalke will be encouraged that they can stand up to the league leaders in what would be season-changing result.
This match between two of Europe’s best teams promises to be breathtaking with Playoffs emerging in the distance, but how do G2 and Schalke match up individually?
PERKZ VS. UPSET
Having been outclassed by Amadeu “Attila” Carvalho last week after calling him a “brainless player,” Elias “Upset” Lipp will be keen to make a statement this week against Luka “Perkz” Perkovic.
The Schalke carry will hope to maintain his record of having the least deaths (nine) out of every player in the league who has played every game so far while also keeping up in kills, currently holding the second most kills of all ADCs in the league with 37. However, he is trailing behind Perkz who has the most kills of any LEC player, picking up a staggering 51 kills in his first 10 games this season.
Upset has more experience in the bot lane but you can never count out Perkz, as he proved when these teams last met. This bot lane match-up will be explosive and could be the deciding factor in the game.
MIKYX VS. IGNAR
Helping Upset and Perkz in lane are arguably the two most in-form supports in the LEC, Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle and Lee “IgNar” Song-geun. Mikyx was the man who replaced IgNar on Misfits but couldn’t hold down a permanent spot last season with Jesse “Jesiz” Le sometimes subbing in.
Now on a team that will take advantage of his aggression, Mikyx has dominated this season and leads the league with 112 assists – 26 more than any other player. He also has the joint-most kills of any support in the league with ten kills this season and will undoubtedly be out for blood against Schalke.
But if there’s any support who can match him it’s IgNar as the Korean loves to fight, especially on his signature hook champions Thresh and Blitzcrank. IgNar has been an integral part of Schalke’s success this season with 71% kill participation this season – more than any other support who hasn’t missed an LEC game.
It’s unlikely we’ll see either of these players play safe or defensively so the bot-lane could be a bloodbath.
CAPS VS. ABBEDAGGE
Felix “Abbedagge” Braun has impressed in his debut split and is an early contender for the Rookie of the Split award. The German midlaner has held his own against the league’s best but will have to shift up a gear if he wants to stand up to Rasmus “Caps” Winther.
It may be hard to believe but Abbedagge is actually just over a month older than Caps, although the experience gap is obviously huge. The Schalke player has patiently waited for his opportunity and he’ll be ready to take it with both hands.
That’s quite the mountain of a task considering Caps is probably the best midlaner in the league. The G2 man leads all LEC mid-laners in kills (46), assists (59) and KDA (5.0). However, the Dane had an uncharacteristically bad showing last week, picking up just one kill in two matches. We’ve seen that Caps can be taken down and it will be crucial for Schalke that Abbedagge holds his own.
JANKOS VS. MEMENTO
Last season was a difficult one for Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski as he struggled to find consistency and was dubbed by many as a “coin-flip player.” Now the Polish jungler is obviously keen to put that moniker to bed as he has been in outstanding form this season.
Jankos currently holds the highest KDA in the league (9.2, slightly above Schalke’s Upset) which was no doubt helped by to his dominating 7/0/3 display on Elise against Misfits last week. The G2 man began competing in the EU LCS in 2014 and despite consistently being one of the strongest junglers in the league, he has yet to lift the trophy in his career.
Standing in his way of silverware is Swedish jungler Jonas “Memento” Elmarghici who was the standout player on a struggling Roccat side last season. In the 2018 EU LCS Summer Split, Memento had more kills (60) than any other jungler in the league but also had the most deaths (51) of a jungler too.
Now on a stronger roster, Memento no longer has to try to solo-carry every game and he can take more of a backseat and enable his teammates instead. However, if the Swede fails to take control of the early game, Jankos will quickly snowball the match into G2’s favour.
WUNDER VS. ODOAMNE
Finally, there’s the battle of the top-laners as Martin “Wunder” Hansen takes on Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu. Tops are usually left on an island to fight one on one, making the laning crucial and that is exactly where Wunder excels.
The G2 player has the highest gold difference at ten minutes (463), CS difference at ten minutes (13.1) and second highest experience difference (267) in the league and also has the highest KDA (5.4) of all toplaners in the LEC.
Meanwhile, Odoamne is one of the other three toplaners in the league who also holds a positive record in gold, CS and experience difference at ten minutes. However, the Romanian is always left to fend for himself with the lowest kill participation (49 percent) in the league.
Knowing that, Wunder will be keen to gain kill pressure early on although Odoamne actually solo-killed him the last time these two met. Neither man will back down in what will surely be an intense battle.