In week six of the 2019 LEC Summer Split, two teams that we predicted to place finish out the regular season in the top six will face one of their toughest weekends yet. Origen play rivals G2 Esports for a chance to leap back to relevance, while Rogue will attempt to break their tie against Vitality.
It's easy to ramble on about G2's dominance within the LEC. While they missed their shot at an undefeated split, they still remain as a giant in the league and a benchmark for teams looking to prove their worth. Managing to put a slight chink in their armor is no small feat.
If you recall, Origen have the most amount of stage games against G2 out of every team in the league. In the nine times they've been locked in the cage with the beast that is G2, they only managed to tame them once back in spring.
They still haven't managed to pick up a 2-0 weekend in summer, and after getting edged out of fourth place by Schalke 04, it's crunch time for Origen. Rather than see them get lulled into trying to keep up with G2, we need to see Origen commit even more to their calm and collected style of play. Win or lose, things will look brighter for Origen if they succeed in playing their own game.
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We normally give Rogue the benefit of the doubt when up against stronger opponents (which, before this split, used to be every team in the league), but all eyes are on them this weekend.
They'll test their mettle against two teams at their level in the standings or lower: exceL Esports and Team Vitality. Rogue have been trending upward as of late, but in order to get everyone completely sold on their playoff chances, a win against Vitality will be crucial.
As odd as this may sound , Rogue's players have not only been performing better than Vitality's at this point in the split, they're also simply better right now. If mid laner Emil "Larssen" Larsson can find one of his comfort pick skirmishers in draft, then their top side will surely pop off given Kacper "Inspired" Słoma's proven ability to control the team's early momentum.
Origen play G2 on Friday, July 26 at 1 p.m. PDT and Vitality play Rogue on Saturday, July 27 at 9 a.m. PDT.