The final week of the EU LCS Spring Split is approaching and there are still some things that aren’t quite clear yet. With that in mind, let’s look at the takeaway from Week 9.
The final playoff spot is up for grabs
With ROCCAT’s massive upset over Misfits and Fnatic having to play against both G2 and Misfits in the final week, the final playoff spot is left to be decided. Although Fnatic has a better chance of snatching it for themselves, ROCCAT has a legitimate chance of potentially upsetting G2 Esports if they can keep up their strong play. They looked very mediocre at the start of the split but ever since their win streak began, they have looked much better. Not only their macro but also the players’ individual play was very good against Misfits who are the second place team in Group A.
Fnatic on the other hand had a very shaky 2-1 victory against Giants. Despite winning the series it was not a victory where the team could be too proud of it. Fnatic could have lost the series if they made more mistakes and it’s something they need to look at and address if they wish to secure their playoff spot in the final week of LCS play.
Constant disappointment for Origen
Despite being locked into the promotion tournament, none of Origen’s remaining games are pointless. The team has looked awful ever since the split started, and if they want to avoid being relegated, they have to use every game as a learning experience. Although they are not expected to win a series, the least they could aim for is to win a single game. However Week 9 was disappointing for them in that regard as they lost 0-2 to the Unicorns of Love in decisive fashion. Winning just a single game will help in giving Origen some confidence heading into relegations and it’s something they should aim for at the moment. With their final match of the split being against H2K it seems unlikely that they will grab a win. However it’s important that they put in their best effort in trying to achieve this goal.
The MVP of the split is going to be tough to decide
Several players make a strong case for this award. G2’s Luka “PerkZ” Perković has had quite a good split and although it hasn’t been perfect for him, he has played consistently well to warrant being in the discussion for MVP. Splyce’s Martin “Wunderwear” Hansen is also another strong candidate. Although Europe has other strong top laners such as Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu and Kiss “Vizicsacsi” Tamás, what makes Wunder special is the fact that he isn’t surrounded by star players. Splyce is still a fairly young squad and to see a player like Wunder standing out and playing at a really good level is wonderful to see. H2K’s Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski and Misfits’ Lee “KaKAO” Byung-kwon have been nothing short of impressive and both players bring a lot of impact in any game they are in, which in turn puts them in the discussion for MVP of the split. There’s definitely a lot of contenders for the title and it’ll be interesting to see who gets chosen.
Europe has 5 strong teams
The good news for the EU LCS is that half of the teams show a lot of promise. Although it’s difficult to tell how well any European team will perform in international competition, when it comes to domestic play these five squads are all contenders for the title. Although G2 is still ahead of the other top teams, the gap isn’t as large as it may seem and G2 does look beatable this split. Whether or not they will suffer a defeat remains to be seen however it’s definitely more possible than it was in the past with teams like H2K and Misfits having a high ceiling.
The final week of play will decide seeding for some of the teams as well as who the final playoff spot will go to. We’re in for some awesome matches and it’s going to be interesting to see how the EU LCS Spring Split wraps up.