Week 3 of the EU LCS has fans worrying for the region’s performance at Rift Rivals. Initially it was looking like the European teams that are going looks better and way more convincing than the NA ones. That is not the case anymore with Europe’s top teams dropping some series to opponents that are considered weaker. With so much turbulence in both groups here are the takeaway from Week 3.
Misfits are finding their stride
Although Week 1 looked shaky for them with Nubar “Maxlore” Sarafian still being fairly new to the team, a couple of weeks have really done wonders for the Misfits. Maxlore especially played incredibly well in the series against G2 Esports, outperforming Kim “Trick” Gang-Yun who is coming off of a solid performance at MSI. Everyone else is also playing quite well and there doesn’t seem to be any player that can be considered a weak point. Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage is always going to get some criticism for his champion pool. However he has proven that he can play meta champions and when he’s at his best he is an elite mid laner in Europe. For him especially and for his teammates it’s all about being consistent and not slacking off.
Switching out Lee “KaKAO” Byung-kwon with Maxlore so far seems to be a positive move for sure. The team had a slow start possibly due to a lack of practice. But now that they’ve had time to play together and are starting to find their synergy, it’s definitely showing and it’s obvious that Maxlore brings better communication to the team. Will it be enough to bring Misfits the title of LCS champions? Time will tell but so far they are heading in the right direction.
G2 Esports’ problems
The first weeks of LCS definitely haven’t gone the way G2 wanted them to. Although they are 2-2 in terms of record, their play so far hasn’t reflected their stellar MSI performance. So what are the reasons behind this slump? Starting off with the players, although most of them are playing fine it should be noted that Trick has been somewhat unimpactful in G2’s losses. It’s possible he just needs a little more time to settle in after his small break. Also Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen has made some mistakes that aren’t normally seen from him such as positional errors.
Individual play aside G2’s drafts also seem to be lacking at times. In Game 1 against Misfits they picked a team composition that had no proper engage and had to rely on getting picks with Syndra’s long range stun. Game 2 wasn’t much different as G2 picked a similar comp that had lackluster engage. Although they did have a lot of CC at their expense and managed to pick up a win anyways. Drafting doesn’t always decide games but if G2 improves in that area, they will definitely start to pick up more wins even if their players make more mistakes than usual.
Good news for Splyce fans
The team is heading in the right direction! Spring Split was definitely a big disappointment for Splyce as they dropped out in the Quarterfinals of the playoffs. After changing their coach it’s obvious that they are going upwards in terms of their performance. One major downside to this is that Martin “Wunder” Hansen‘s individual play has tanked a little bit. He was considered a top tier player in the Summer of last year and possibly the best top laner in Europe. But right now he’s just doing okay and in some cases gets heavily focused which is an issue Splyce needs to address. In-fact all of the Splyce players aren’t anything spectacular in terms of their personal performance.
The trade-off for that however is that their team play and synergy has improved. This was the main reason why they suffered a lot of losses last split and why they ultimately had a quick and disappointing end to their playoffs run. With better team play and better communication, Splyce can now focus on getting back to the level they showed last year.
Nothing is a certainty in either group
The only thing we can say for sure is that Mysterious Monkeys, Vitality and Ninjas in Pyjamas are the weakest teams. Everything else is up in the air. There are five teams in total from both groups that are 3-1 and within the next three weeks any one of those teams can have a negative record. With G2 not performing as well as they usually do and other teams stepping up, things are a lot more even in Europe. That being said though it’s unlikely that things will stay like this for long. It’s very possible that one of the top teams will start to drop some matches and will fall out of the Top 4 at some point. We’ll just have to see how things turn out in the upcoming weeks.
Although Europe has been G2’s domain for a while now, it’s looking more and more possible that we might have a new champion this split. If nothing else, that brings a lot of excitement to the EU LCS as all of the teams battle it out to see who will be the best.
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