Roster Paul ‘sOAZ’ Boyer Maurice ‘Amazing’ Stückenschneider Tristan ‘Power of Evil’ Schrage Alfonso ‘Mithy’ Rodriguez Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen Enrique ‘Xpeke’ Martinez 2015 Origen joined the EU LCS in the 2015 Summer Split having claimed a first place finish in the EU Challenger Series at the start of the year. With a roster comprising of three experienced players and two rookies, they forced their way to the forefront in their first LCS regular split. Origen made it to the final of the playoffs faltering at the final hurdle as Fnatic claimed their 5th LCS title, winning the final against Origen in Stockholm 3-2. Origen were still able to win the Gauntlet and earn their spot at the 2015 World Championships, where they performed well in the group stage, finishing with a 4-2 record to progress to the knockout bracket. The new five-man roster continued to impress, taking out Yoe Flash Wolves in the quarterfinals and finally fell to eventual 2015 World Champions, SKT T1, in the semi-finals. 2016 After a strong performance at the previous World Championships, expectations were high for Origen entering the 2016 Spring Split. Amid an off-season of many roster shuffles, only one change was made in the Origen camp, with xPeke benching himself and bringing in the very highly rated ‘PowerOfEvil’ to fill out the starting line-up. However, Origen’s performances were arguably disappointing in the Spring Split; in the first seven weeks they were only able to record one 2-0 week and struggled against the top competition, unable to record a win against any of the top three EU LCS teams all split. It was only in the last two weeks of the season that Origins experience came through and they won the last four games to secure fourth place. Playoffs After a split of mixed performances, Origen managed to claw out a fourth-place finish with a flurry of victories in the last fortnight of the split. Finishing fourth meant the team were going to be facing fifth-place Unicorns of Love (UoL) in the quarterfinals of the LCS playoffs. Origen hadn’t dropped a game to UoL in the Spring Split and the team was able to continue this form, beating UoL 3-0 in their best of 5 matchup and progressing to face H2K in the semis. H2K – Semi finals Origen is yet to beat H2K in a competitive match this split. In their two head to head match-ups, H2K have put in rather convincing performances and ran away winners. In both games H2K gained an early lead that they pushed to gain the wins. This weekend the games should be more contested, as Origen will have their tales up as they are on a 7 game win streak and H2K will have to shut them down early to try and deflate the players. If Origen fall behind in any of the matches it would be unlikely that they will be able turn their fortunes around. During the spring split, Origen are yet to turn around a deficit of a reasonable amount. What to Watch For sOAZ is a player to watch during these series, for both good and bad reasons. His decision-making is easily affected by the movement of the game and can often be caught out by over extending. sOAZ is known for his aggressive split pushing play style, playing champions like Fiora, Quinn and Poppy. When ahead, he is often a player who will be able to push his lead. His opponent Odoanme is likely to pick a champion he can comfortably farm with trying to avoid any engages unless supported by his jungler. How Origen and H2K play out their bot lane will play a key part in how the games will go. Origen will most likely try and avoid the 2v2 matchup and go for lane swaps to avoid going up against FORG1VENGRE and Vander as it is a dangerous duo lane to face. If they are placed in a 2v2 matchup they will need to ensure they are not forced out of lane as Origen struggle playing from behind. Zven has shown a more versatile champion pool in the quarterfinals where he played three different ADC’s (Lucian, Sivir and Jhin). He’s displayed that he is most comfortable on Lucian by playing him 9 times in the Spring Split, meaning this may be a target area for H2K. Although Zven put in three strong performances against UoL facing the likes of FORG1VENGRE, Vander and Jankos he will have to be playing to his best to stand a chance. Origen will have to cope with the high pressure that H2K play with as they will look to make cross map plays and group as a team to gather objectives. If Origen fall behind in tempo they will go on to lose the game, as H2K are very good at dictating how games will be played out. Origen’s recent performances have been promising and you can start seeing a team that is starting to get back to their old selves, but I think H2K’s high pressure across the map will be too much for Origen to handle. If Origen are able to get a lead in games and hold it they may be able to go on and win, but if they lose the first match and by a large deficit it could be a very short series.