League of Legends EU LCS Week 3 Preview – Day 2
Game to Watch – Splyce vs Fnatic Both teams are coming off of big wins yesterday that help improve their standings as a team. Splyce dominated Giants Gaming, while Fnatic beat the previously ranked number two FC Schalke 04. Fnatic sits behind G2 eSports in the standings by only one point, which is the same deficit Splyce faces behind H2k. In the jungle, Fnatic’s Spirit won Player of the Game once against FC with a dominant performance on Gragas. The key for Splyce in this game is shut down Spirit early. Yellowstar was able to get his Braum pick for both matches yesterday as well, so Splyce needs to make sure to keep him out of Yellowstar’s hands. On Splyce’s side, Kobbe has been performing incredibly well on Ezreal, while the team is undefeated while playing both Anivia and Zyra. Fnatic needs to keep this in mind and pick/ban wisely. ROCCAT vs FC Schalke 04 Well, FC has surely fallen from their top spot. Even so, ROCCAT seems to be a team with a relatively equal skill set, so this series is sure to be exciting. ROCCAT is coming off of a surprising loss to Origen, and beating Schalke would be their key to staying in the top half of the leaderboard. The key for ROCCAT is going back to basics and doing what they did against G2. In their matches against Origen, they went off-meta with picks like Zilean and Ekko (I say Ekko because tank Ekko is no where near as rewarding as it used to be, and there are much better tanks to choose right now). Top laner Parang faces FC Schalke’s Steve in a matchup that could decide the series; the latter has been under-performing all year, so it’s time for Steve to finally play the way he played during Week 1. One thing is for sure going into this series though: both teams need to sweep in order to keep them relevant in the league. Giants Gaming vs Origen Now I know that these are two bottom ranked teams, but after yesterday, Origen may have found its rhythm. It seems that Origen is going forward with xPeke as their starting ADC, and his performance on Ashe yesterday may make Giants consider actually banning Ashe. The reason why this is a game to watch out for is that is will show the rest of the league if Origen is finally back to last season’s form. Going against Giants Gaming is the way to go, because if Origen does lose, we know for sure that the wins against ROCCAT were a fluke. With all of this being said, Giants need to win at least one game. They’ve had a rough season so far, and a win against the rising Origen team would give them some sort of legitimacy. For more on League of Legends, stay tuned to RealSport.