G2 Esports, Fnatic, and Splyce are looking like the hottest teams in the LEC following the conclusion of the week five of the 2019 Summer Split. As the rest of the standings begin to settle, we're starting to get a clearer idea of which teams have a postseason in their future, and which should pack up and go next.
We know them, we love them, and, for some reason, we dared to doubt them after a single week three loss to Fnatic. "Claps" is back, and after a string of off performances by Rasmus "Caps" Winther at Rift Rivals, he and G2 are tearing through their opposition in the LEC.
It may be hard to fathom, but G2 continues to improve as each week of the LEC goes by. Normally G2 would start experimenting around this time, given the level of dominance they're capable of exhibiting against any given team. It seems they're taking these regular season games seriously and that's horrifying for those looking to contend for the title.
TL;DR: G2 isn't going anywhere, people.
Some Fnatic fans reading this may think that rating Splyce over Fnatic in this list implies they're the better team currently. They'd be correct.
Splyce typically find themselves within the league's top four around this time in the split, but people rarely consider them as actual contenders for the finals (until they actually make it there), let alone winning the split. Right now, they're flexing one of the most serviceable and consistent top sides in the LEC, with Marek "Humanoid" Brázda having a career-defining season. Splyce have the potential to make waves this split; don't expect them to slow down any time soon.
Listen, Fnatic are still an incredibly strong team. They'll probably make a deep run in playoffs, too. But does that mean they'll place second in the regular season? No, because they still have to play against G2 again.
After a week of strategic substitutions, we didn't get the greatest read on Fnatic's trajectory for the rest of the split aside from the potential volatility of their jungle/top duo. The hype has slowed down after a 1-1 weekend and a loss to Rogue, but they're still a great team.
Fnatic are a top team searching for an X-factor, something that can elevate their play to the next level. When your goal is to win it all in a region with a "special" team like G2, experimentation is necessary. Fnatic's current level is like a sundae with sprinkles and nothing else, while G2 have as many toppings as they want. Sure, it still tastes great, but it'll will never make for as good of an Instagram photo.
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Origen single-handedly killed the narrative of them being apart of the elite three of the LEC along with G2 and Fnatic. It's more so because other teams have started stepping up their game, but things are looking a bit troubling for them right now.
They were upset by Rogue last week, but in a way that didn't look like an upset at all. Origen made a name for themselves in the Spring Split as one of the best macro-oriented teams in the league, and Rogue out-played and out-rotated them at nearly all stages of the game.
Issues for a team with this much proven ability and potential are more likely to be internal than external, but they haven't been looking like the clean and precise team many people have come to know. It's hard to pinpoint one specific player or problem that's causing them to lose games, but it could boil down to them not pressing advantages to the fullest extent. If Origen want another finals appearance, something has to turn on within this team.
Remember this team? After missing playoffs in spring and being overshadowed by teams like Origen, Fnatic, G2, and Splyce, they've squeezed their way to fourth place in the LEC standings.
The best part about Schalke is that Kim "Trick" Gang-yun has come back to the LEC witrh a vengeance. The two-time MVP winner is one of the driving forces of this team, and it's unlikely that they would reach playoffs without him.
They're fourth place for now, but all of their wins aside from one against Splyce have come from beating weak teams. They can stay within the top six, but will likely be surpassed by Origen.
Hey, Rogue made it here!
Last split's struggles aside, this Rogue roster has skilled players. Emil "Larssen" Larsson and Kacper "Inspired" Słoma have put out some impressive performances this split and Oskar "Vander" Bogdan's shotcalling experience is working wonders for the team's ability to close out games.
After taking a win over Fnatic and nearly finding a win against Misfits this past weekend, the only thing we can really ask of Rogue is to keep showing us more. They're currently alone in sixth place in the standings and they'll likely remain there at the end of the regular season. Rogue is better than all of the teams below them (Vitality, SK Gaming, Misfits, and exceL Esports), and will earn their first playoff appearance if they focus on improving.