With the regular season of the Summer Split being wrapped up, things have been a little all over the place in Europe. Not only did we see some huge upsets but there was also a big grudge match with an interesting outcome. Here are the takeaways from Week 10 as well as some prediction on the upcoming Quarterfinals!
The week of upsets!
Despite general expectations of this week being low, it did deliver with some huge upsets. And boy were they a lot. First off it was ROCCAT that took down G2 Esports 2-1 in an impressive series on their part. Granted G2 didn’t play at their best or anything but it was nonetheless a great showing from the boys in blue. Next up we had Ninjas in Pyjamas upsetting the 1st place team Fnatic. The surprising thing here despite no one expecting NiP to win was that they won 2-0 instead of narrowly getting the win. Fnatic did end up bouncing back in their next match but it was certainly surprising. In a low profile match Vitality took down the Unicorns of Love in a 2-0 sweep. While this wasn’t the expected result the Unicorns have been losing a lot of momentum lately so it wasn’t an insane outcome by any means.
A tough 0-2 week for G2
What is going on with G2? Just when we thought they were starting to regain their consistent and dominant form they lose a series to ROCCAT meaning they were locked in 2nd place. And to top things off they got smashed by Fnatic 0-2 in disappointing fashion. It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly is causing G2’s problems. More than likely it’s a combination between a lot of things. There is one thing that is worth nothing though.
Despite being a two time MVP last year, Kim “Trick” Gang-Yun has not been performing at a high level ever since G2’s return from MSI. He is consistently getting caught and dying a lot in G2’s games. This mostly stems from him being uncoordinated with the team. More often than not he is forcing engages at the wrong time when his team can’t follow up and it only gets him killed. Trick needs to realize this and the rest of the team need to work on getting him on the same page as everyone before G2’s grasp on Europe disappears entirely.
H2K disappoint again
It really seemed like despite having H2K’s number this year the Unicorns were going to fall to them this time around. Especially after their disappointing loss to Team Vitality. That wasn’t the case though and we had another instance of the Unicorns beating H2K and proving their doubters wrong. What is it with H2K in these important matches? They always seem to drop the ball when it matters most and that’s definitely a let down considering they made it very clear that they want to take down UoL and prove that they aren’t H2K’s kryptonite.
In game 3 of the series there was a moment where Kiss “Vizicsacsi” Tamás fought against four H2K members in his baron empowered creep wave with an Elder Drake buff helping him. Not only was he able to survive but he nearly killed Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten in the process. This was certainly the final nail in the coffin and it showed us how scary the Unicorns can be when they are on point and they snowball their games well.
Unicorns of Love vs Misfits
A very easy Quarterfinal to predict. With Misfits’ decline in performance ever since Spring and their recent loss to ROCCAT, it’s safe to say the Unicorns will find a way to beat them. If UoL use their victory over H2K as a momentum boost, they shouldn’t have too much trouble in this series. Misfits haven’t been doing too well as a team and while individually they may be good players, their team work and drafts are very much questionable. Expect a 3-1 or 3-0 victory for the Unicorns of Love with Misfits having a low chance of winning even two games, let alone the series.
G2 Esports vs Splyce
Now this series is going to be very interesting. On one hand we have Splyce, the team known for their macro play and ability to play as a five man unit. This year certainly hasn’t been too great for them and they definitely aren’t the favorites coming into this series. That being said the way they match-up against G2 is interesting. While Splyce relies on teamwork more so than individual talent, G2 this split has won games more so because of individual members outshining their competition rather than winning as a team.
In a Best of Five series how would that play out? Usually it’s always safer to bet on the team with better teamwork. League of Legends has become a game that focuses a lot on how well you work with others and Splyce do work well together when they’re in good form. That being said it’s still hard to bet against G2 in Europe the same way it’s hard to bet against SKT in Korea. Both squads have built up a reputation within their league that causes people to have blind faith in them even when things seem bleak. So yes Splyce does look a little better on paper as of right now but we can always expect G2 to bounce back. It may be a close series though with the most logical prediction being a 3-1 or 3-2 victory for G2 Esports.
Playoffs are almost upon us! While the Quarterfinals aren’t as promising as in previous seasons, the Semifinals surely won’t disappoint and it’ll be interesting to see how things develop on the road to the Finals!
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