After some grueling and hard fought matches, we now know the first team that will not be making the playoffs of the 2017 EU LCS Spring Split. But that aside, it’s time to take a look at what happened in Week 7 and how it affected the league.
The dream is dead for Origen
Unfortunately for Origen, their chances of making it to playoffs are done for. With Splyce sitting at 3rd place with 5 wins, the best Origen could do is go 4-9, and they still wouldn’t make the playoffs. Rough times for Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martínez and co. as they made an effort to improve but it was never enough. While the playoff dream is dead, avoiding relegations is still a possibility. Vitality is only two wins ahead of Origen and although it seems unlikely that OG would even pick up a win at this point, the chance is always there for them to pull off a miracle. As it stands right now, these coming three weeks might be Origen’s last in the LCS.
The bottom teams all have some hope left
While for Origen the dream is dead it’s far from being that way for the other bottom teams. Vitality, Roccat and Giants all have two wins each so that means any of them has a chance of making playoffs. Although looking at things from a realistic standpoint Vitality’s chances are quite low. Splyce is the only team they can overcome at this point and it seems unlikely with Splyce’s increase in performance. For Giants and Roccat the chance is definitely bigger when we take into consideration the fact that Fnatic looks really shaky right now. With a lot of hard work and effort, either team can surpass Fnatic in the standings and attempt a miracle playoff run.
H2K slapped Misfits back to reality
In a series that was expected to be a close one, H2K surprisingly defeated Misfits in a clean 2-0 sweep. This was definitely not the expected result in terms of how the series would play out. Misfits were on quite the hot streak and were looking really good with every single player on the team performing really well. While the same can be said about H2K their victories weren’t always as decisive as Misfits’ victories. Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski was able to perform really well against Lee “KaKAO” Byung-kwon and showed him that European junglers can hang with even the best Korean junglers. He was also able to punish Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage for uncharacteristic mistakes that he should not have made in the first place. All in all it was a very good week for H2K as they continue to improve. But then again Misfits is also improving every week despite the loss. Both teams are a joy to watch and can very likely give G2 a challenge in the playoffs.
So close yet so far for Fnatic
Despite giving Unicorns of Love a run for their money, Fnatic was unable to capture the win and continues to look shaky heading into playoffs. With Martin “Rekkles” Larsson coming to social media to share his personal struggles, it’s clear that morale in Fnatic isn’t very high and the team is aware that in their current form they will not be able to go far in the playoffs. Although their draft was better in Week 7, their individual play continues to be questionable at times. At this point it might be worth considering an addition or a change to the coaching staff that might be able to give the players enough energy and motivation to perform better. The way it’s looking if Fnatic finishes above 5th-6th place it would be quite the miracle.
Who can stop G2 Esport?
The answer to this question is a tough one. Even against teams that looks scary on paper like Misfits or H2K, G2 continues to prove that they are the best team in Europe. They consistently rise above the level of their opponents even if their victories don’t look as decisive as those of other teams. It seems like the addition of Weldon Green to G2’s coaching staff has done wonders for them. The team was able to have a solid run at IEM Katowice, making it all the way to the finals. After returning to Europe they have continued to cruise through every team they face and it begs the question of whether or not they can be stopped by a European team. Considering how they haven’t lost a series since last year, we very well might be looking at the second perfect split in EU LCS history. G2 only has to play teams in their group and the only team that can potentially upset them is Misfits. And it just so happens that their match is in Week 8 so we will get to see if G2 will fall or if they will come one step closer to their undefeated split.
Despite things wrapping up in the EU LCS, not every is clear and things are still up in the air when it comes to who goes to relegations and who qualifies for playoffs. Next week’s matches are likely to make things much more clear for us but until then we can only imagine the countless scenarios in which miracles happen like Origen avoiding relegation.