Week 2 LCS EU Preview
Game of the Week: H2k vs Fnatic After strong showings for both teams in Week 1, both H2k and Fnatic are looking to prove to the rest of the league that they are major contenders. For Fnatic, support Yellowstar has already had a big impact on the way the team has played. The team obviously missed their all-star support, and his chemistry with Rekkles in the bot lane is key in Fnatic’s victories. He has performed well with Braum recently, so H2k need to make sure that they either ban or first pick Braum so it stays out of Yellowstar’s hands. On the other side of the Rift, Freeze and Vander look to stop the well-known Fnatic duo. The H2k bot lane is still getting used to each other, as long time pro FORG1VENGRE moved to Origen (which is not working out too well). In the midlane, Feviben faces Ryu. Feviben’s play the first week was nothing short of godly. His KDA currently sits at 12, and his champion pool is filled with mechanically challenging champs like LeBlanc, Zed, and Azir. (On a side note, we probably won’t be seeing too much Azir in pro play for a bit. His ult was just nerfed, so a lot of his play potential is gone). Ryu has favored Victor in the past week, and we’ll probably see him play more of this zoning/burst mage in this upcoming series. In the top lane, Fnatic’s Gamsu faces H2k’s Odoamne. Both of these players are undefeated with Ekko this season, so it’s likely we’ll see Ekko banned for the entirety of the series. Other than Ekko, both top laners have gone with tanky picks like Maokai and Zac, so CC and utility seems to be of importance to these top laners. Finally, in the jungle we have Spirit and Jankos. With Kindred being nerfed pretty hard in the 6.11 patch, it’s likely that we’ll see a rise in champs like Rek’sai and Nidalee. Fnatic’s Spirit is a veteran Lee Sin player, so it’ll be interesting to see if H2k uses a ban on him or takes the chance and allows Spirit play on his strongest champ. Splyce vs FC Schalke 04 FC Schalke has only lost one game in its short run in the EU LCS, and Splyce is looking to change that. As I mentioned in my Power Rankings, Splyce has an incredibly young roster that hopes to out-mechanic some of the more seasoned players in the LCS. FC Schalke, on the other hand, surpassed all expectations and is hoping to keep viewers shocked by their success. In the bot lane, FC’s duo sprattel and MrRalleZ are currently ranked first and third in KDA in all of the LCS (sprattel has a whopping 38 KDA), and they’re only going to get better. This team is still getting used to being under new ownership, and they’re acquiring a new set of fans and followers. I don’t doubt that it will only be a matter of time before people jump on the Schalke bandwagon. For Splyce, the X factor for them this week comes down to Trashy’s performance in the jungle. Even though he struggled with Rek’sai and Graves last week, he showed promise with Gragas. Both of Splyce’s wins came when Trashy was on Gragas, so if Schalke ban him away, hopefully Trashy has something up his sleeve. His map awareness and pressure is surely something that FC needs to be worried about, as Trashy is currently sitting with an 86% kill participation rate. Team Vitality vs Origen The final series to watch this week has to be Vitality versus Origen. There are just so many questions for both teams, and it seems like this matchup will be the one to answer them. I’m always wary to overestimate Team Vitality, as they seem to make simple mistakes at times that cost them the game; at the same time, I don’t know what to think of this Origen team. Origen has decided that FORG1VENRE is going to sit this week, which is bad sign for what’s to come this season. xPeke didn’t do too much better when he subbed in, and it could be a long season for Origen. However, I don’t see them losing both games to Team Vitality. Only time will tell. With that being said, the series will most likely be decided on who wins the bot lane matchups. Origen’s Hybrid definitely didn’t help FORG1VENRE’s case bot lane, and Team Vitality’s bot lane seems to be strong at the moment. For some reason, LoL’s official eSports page says that Police isn’t going to be starting for Team Vitality this week, which could cause a problem for them. Police played an excellent Ezreal against Fnatic, so it’ll definitely be a hit to Vitality if Police does sit for whatever reason. For coverage on League of Legends all season, stay tuned to RealSport.