Yeap, H2K did it again. In spite of their impressive regular season run, they just couldn’t pull themselves together for the playoffs. Their jungle/mid lane duo is one of the best in the region, but the meta currently favors side lanes, and that’s where this lineup is at its weakest. The Regional Qualifier present one final opportunity for H2K to prove themselves—but at this point, we very much doubt that’s going to happen.
Splyce are also anxious to go to Worlds. Despite a close 5-game series against G2, this team fell short and got knocked out of the playoffs. Even so, they’ve been insanely creative during the pick/ban phase, and their players went through massive improvements towards the end of the split. Now if only Splyce could work on their decision-making and objective control, and they could legitimately become a top-3 team in Europe.
Top lane matchup
At first glance, it might seem like Odoamne has this. With a 4.4 KDA and 7.8 CS per minute, H2K’s top laner has the skill and the game sense to become one of the main threats on his team.
That being said, his laning phase has looked shaky lately—and that’s exactly where Wunder can outclass him. Sporting a 3.0 KDA and 8.5 CS per minute, Splyce’s starter thrives on aggressive bruisers and will make sure to abuse Odoamne’s meta champion pool.
Verdict: SPY Wunder finds a win in the top lane.
A different narrative unfolds in the jungle. With a 5.1 KDA and 4.3 CS per minute, Jankos continues his reign of the First Blood King, and his relentless aggression often puts entire teams on the back foot.
And even though Trashy had a recent resurgence, he’s going to have a hard time holding off Jankos with a 4.1 KDA and 4.3 CS per minute of his own.
Verdict: H2K Jankos claims the jungle as his own.
Mid lane matchup
Another H2K ace stands in the mid lane. Sporting a 6.0 KDA and 9.1 CS per minute, Febiven has proven himself as one of the best mid laners in the EU LCS, and it’s not uncommon for H2K to find key advantages through his play.
Sencux performs a similar duty on Splyce, although with less success. Holding a 4.8 KDA and 8.7 CS per minute, he’s still a great mid laner, but he’s not quite on a level where he can challenge Febiven.
Verdict: H2K Febiven breaks open the mid lane.
Bot Lane Matchup
And then there’s the bot lane. With a 5.4 KDA and 8.8 CS per minute, H2K Nuclear does his job whenever he can comfortably deal damage from the back line, but he doesn’t accomplish much more. And even though Chei is a clutch playmaker with a massive 5.7 KDA, he can’t make his presence known while playing with a weaker AD carry.
As for Splyce, their duo has made a splash this split. Holding a 5.2 KDA and 9.1 CS per minute, Kobbe is a gifted marksman that’s especially potent on utility picks and long-range hypercarries while Mikyx (4.2 KDA) complements his playstyle with a wide range of aggressive supports.
Verdict: SPY Kobbe and Mikyx overcome the opposing duo.
Historically, H2K has always been Splyce’s kryptonite. But if there’s one meta that can change that storyline, it’s this one. The in-game balance favors side lane control, and—coincidentally—that’s where Splyce have leads on their opponents. Not only that, but Splyce’s creative drafts can upset H2K’s textbook strategies, which will give them an upper hand before the game even starts. It’s going to be close, but we’re predicting a 3-2 victory for Splyce!
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