The EU LCS Spring Split regular season is coming to a close and it seems like things are obvious at this point. With only minor shake-ups in the standing being somewhat possible, we have an idea of what the playoffs will look like. Here are the takeaways from Week 6:
Misfits has established themselves as a top team
Although not too many people believed in them at the start, Misfits has really grown. It feels like they improve every single week and it shows in their play. With how it’s looking right now, if Misfits doesn’t have a major collapse in playoffs, they can potentially face off against G2 Esports in the finals. Lee “KaKAO” Byung-kwon and Lee “IgNar” Dong-geun have adapted easily to Europe and are easily the playmakers of the team. Their other three teammates are also very good players and are performing at a solid level. There’s just not a lot of faults you can find within Misfits right now. The next step for them is to take down G2 Esports but it certainly won’t be an easy task.
All hope is lost for Origen
Although Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martínez tried to salvage Origen by moving in the Support role in place of Aleksi “Hiiva” Kaikkonen, it didn’t pay off and Origen remains without a win. At this point escaping relegations seems like it’s unavoidable for them and it might be for the best if they just put in all of their efforts towards avoiding being relegated. It’s not going to be easy however with teams like Paris-Saint Germain and Schalke04 waiting in the wings. xPeke as their support is only a band aid for Origen and not a very good one. At least not yet. It’s not impossible for Origen to avoid the worst but it’s certainly not looking good for them in the slightest.
Fnatic needs to fix their drafts
To start us off, Nicholas “NicoThePico“ Korsgård should not be the only person blamed for poor drafts from Fnatic. He should be the main culprit for sure, but drafting is something that requires everyone to be involved. While the coach has the final say, if the input he receives from the players or analysts is bad, then obviously the coach will be held back as well when it comes to drafting. For all we know the information that Nico gets from everyone on the team is horrible and he’s not left with much of a chance to craft good drafts.
Drafts aren’t Fnatic’s only problem however. All of their players just aren’t having good games consistently. It always seems like they have one or more members of the team underperforming and holding the team back. This is a major issue that Fnatic needs to fix. They’ve shown that they’re not a team capable of winning against strong opponents through macro play. So if they want to have a chance against the likes of G2 or H2K, they need to clean up their individual play and perform well constantly.
Splyce is almost ready to challenge for the title
It’s looking good for Splyce! Their players are finally performing better than before, their fantastic macro play is slowly returning and most of all the players seem to be meshing well together again. All signs are pointing towards Splyce making a good playoffs run. That being said they still need to fix their communication and be more decisive with their calls. Sometimes it appears as if Splyce has the right idea but fails to execute on it properly or on time. Whoever the main shotcaller on Splyce is needs to be more decisive. If Splyce are able to become a more confident team, that’s how they will continue to improve and possibly challenge the likes of G2 and UOL for the title of best team.
Although things are quite clear in terms of the standings in Europe, the next week will determine which squads get to avoid relegations and which ones will earn better seeding into playoffs.