Origen ends G2’s undefeated run at nine games, wins its fifth straight match. Vitality ties Schalke 04 for second place in the LEC standings
Week 5 of the 2019 LEC spring split is over. The first day of the championship’s second half featured SK Gaming and Fnatic. The reigning European champions lost to their longtime rivals once again, as SK now rides a three-game winning streak. Splyce recovered from its loss to Fnatic the day before with a victory over exceL. Vitality came out on top against Schalke 04, getting back for its day 1 loss while also tying the 2018 summer split runner-ups for second in the standings. Rogue finally scored its first ever win, taking down a struggling Misfits. Despite signing a superteam for the split, the team is off to an extremely disappointing start. To close out the week, red-hot Origen scored a fifth consecutive victory and handled G2 its first loss of the split, ending the 18-0 dream.
SK vs FNC
Fnatic opened the score with a four men play in the bottom. Mads “Broxah” Brocks-Pedersen ganked from the lane as a follow-up to a good engage by Zdravets “Hylissang” Galabov. Martin “Rekkless”, on his signature Tristana, picked up the first blood by taking down Juš “Crownshot” Marušič (Ezreal). Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau (Urgot) followed it up with a second kill on support Han “Dreams” Min-kook (Thresh). With a lane swap, FNC also secured the first tower in the top lane.
Despite the early lead, Fnatic did not transition well into the mid game. SK took the lead in towers and baited FNC with a Baron execution. Fnatic fell for the trap as SK grabbed two kills off the pick and secured the buff. SK set up the siege and opened the mid lane inhibitor. SK rotated to the top side and found yet another good fight off an engage by their opponents. Taking three kills to one, SK Gaming had the advantage to end the game, and despite a valiant effort by FNC, the Nexus went down as SK completed the sweep over their longtime rivals.
SPY vs XL
Splyce secure a crucial first blood for AD carry Kasper “Kobbe” Koberup (Draven). Jungler Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir (Zac) set up a gank from the lane and waited inside the brushes as former Splyce support Raymond “kaSing” Tsang (Thresh) stepped too far forward and got caught in the crowd control chain. Kobbe finished off the play to cash in on the kill to activate Draven’s passive ability.
exceL had more kills early on but failed to turn them into anything significant around the map. Splyce on the other hand showed off its well-known macro game and destroyed XL’s line of outer turrets. At the 27 minute mark, SPY made a great call by committing three players to the Baron. XL had the vision but did not have the chance to contest. In the end, Splyce walked away with the buff, helped by two Mountain buffs.
Despite not being able to do much out of an Elder dragon, SPY set up a slow push for all three lanes and easily secured a second Baron buff 38 minutes in. The team set up the siege around exceL’s base, taking down the bottom and mid lane inhibitors before rotating to the top side. XL went for the all-in but Splyce had no trouble at all turning the fight around, scoring three kills and going for the Nexus to end the game.
S04 vs VIT
The teams got off to an intense start, with kills traded all over the map. S04 clearly tried to focus the mid lane to get Felix “Abbedagge” Braun (Yasuo) ahead, relying on the synergy with Jonas “Memento” Elmarghichi’s Sejuani. S04’s strategy did not pay off however, and Vitality built an advantage working off Schalke’s mistakes. Lucas “Cabochard ” Simon-Meslet (Urgot) did a good job in the solo matchup against Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu (Sylas), which allowed more space for VIT around the map. Lee “Mowgli” Jae-ha (Jarvan) secured two elemental buffs as well as the Rift Herald, releasing the latter in the mid lane for the first turret.
Vitality turned its solid lead into an early Baron only 22 minutes in. Schalke had no vision to contest the call and VIT had little trouble securing the buff. With a good sequence of plays by AD carry Amadeu “Attila” Carvalho (Kai’Sa), Vitality opened the bottom lane inhibitor and scored an ace inside S04’s base, ending the game soon after that to tie for second in the LEC standings.
RGE vs MSF
Still looking for its first ever win in the LEC, Rogue tried to shake things up with a Pantheon pick for Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek. Despite using the champion well to get some pressure early on and scoring a 100% kill participation at 15 minutes, Rogue failed to turn that into anything around the map and only had a Cloud drake to show for it. Misfits, on the other hand, secured the Rift Herald and used it to take down the bottom lane outer turret while also adding a Mountain drake later on.
As MSF seemed to control the game, Rogue found two good picks on Steven “Hans Sama” Liv (Lucian) and Nubar “Maxlore” Sarafian (Lee Sin) to set up a Baron call. RGE’s composition hit its power spike, and after another pickoff on Hans Sama, Misfits’ mid lane inhibitor went down. Paul “sOAZ” Boyer (Sion) also got picked inside the base. With a two men advantage, Rogue went for the Nexus and managed to end the game for its first ever win in the LEC.
G2 vs OG
Erlend “Nukeduck” Holm showed off a Zed pick to go up against G2’s superstar Rasmus “Caps” Winther (Cassiopeia). The Origen mid laner went for the all-in as soon as he hit level 6 and picked up a beautiful solo kill on Caps to open the score. Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski (Lee Sin) shifted his focus towards G2’s strong side in the top lane, getting Martin “Wunder” Hansen (Sylas) ahead.
As the match stalled into the mid game, OG found two picks in the mid lane on Wunder and Jankos to set up Baron. The powerplay had G2 on the back foot as Origen took control of the map, pushing in all three lanes while also building up another win condition with four elemental buffs, including two Infernals. Crucially, the team also set up plenty of wards around G2’s side of the map, setting up for more potential picks.
OG found its play as Luka “Perkz” Perkovic (Sivir) got caught by himself in the mid lane. Origen melted down the Baron as Nukeduck zoned Jankos away from the pit. Jonas “Kold” Anderssen (Karthus) used his Ultimate to finish off G2’s jungler as OG secured a second buff. As Origen pushed in the bottom lane, Pekrz once again found himself out of position, getting bursted down instantly. OG marched into G2’s base and closed out a dominant performance to handle extend the winning streak to five games while also handling the superteam its first loss of the split.