The LEC has begun! As we kick off with our 1st day of matches, it’s awesome to think of how many great teams there are competing. After working on the NA Academy article, it’s refreshing to see a number of great teams. Some of the EU’s finest are at the highest level of skill, up there with the LCK/LPL teams, so we’re sure to see some good games. Not every team in the LEC is amazing, but hey, it’s better than NA.
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|10+ K/A Bonus||+2 Pts (10 Kills or 10 Assists in a single game)|
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MAD(-) V G2(+) (12 PM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||34:02||31:30|
Well, it’s G2.
We’d love to stop it there, but it is definitely worth mentioning how MAD actually defeated G2 during their 1st series in the playoffs, something absolutely no one saw coming. Of course, G2 ended up recovering and took the championship, but it’s not like MAD has 0 chance against this team. It’s far less likely they’ll win, although a Bo1 situation does help their odds a bit. Not to mention Perkz and Caps have swapped roles, so Caps is once again in the mid lane and Perkz as ADC. This is going to be great for G2, and it’s not like they are out of practice with their original role, so expect some crazy things out of them. Overall, the chance of an upset is still a bit slim given how insane G2 is, but don’t rule it out just because… you know… it’s G2.
MAD Top Picks:
Obviously the entire G2 roster is solid, but they are the most expensive team in the slate, and for good reason. So you probably won’t be able to grab 4 of them without making some sacrifices. It’s generally a bit easier when there are 5 games and some upsets that could happen, but since OG and FNC are incredibly strong teams as well, and S04 are playing VIT, the odds of an upset don’t look as good. There are definitely some contrarian lineups to be had here, as 4 of the 5 games are fairly one-sided, although we may see some more craziness thanks to this being the 1st week of the LEC. Fitting in MAD’s players will be the easiest thing in the world obviously, so no worries there (Carzzy had a fantastic showing when MAD beat G2 during the playoffs, so keep an eye on him in particular.)
VIT(-) V S04(+) (12 PM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||35:27||36:37|
S04 aren’t the greatest team around, but VIT were just garbage last split. Not Spring Split V5 levels of garbage, but garbage nonetheless. We’re seeing roster changes of course, so that may change a bit; if V5 can make a comeback, literally anyone can. That being said, it’s less likely here given S04 do have some strong players and aren’t working with multiple roster changes either… not to mention the fact that we might not see the highest scores in this matchup regardless of the outcome.
VIT Top Picks:
If VIT surprises we’re likely to see some good performances out of the newer players, so they are worth investing if you like the chances of an upset. It’s difficult to add anyone else on the roster to the top picks, but a VIT victory could see decent scores on Comp and/or jactroll. It just doesn’t feel right putting them up there after their performances last split. As for S04, there are a lot of great choices, but be a bit careful as the other matchups in this slate could prove to be more profitable. Odoamne and Abbedagge are great picks, but they are the second most expensive in their role (under G2) so that might not be worth it with teams like FNC and OG in the mix of things. The other roles could be ideal, although we might not see DreamS starting.
OG(-) V SK(+) (1:40 PM EST)
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This matchup is similar to the G2/MAD game, although it’s a bit more favored towards OG as SK are a fairly weak team. Out of G2, FNC, and OG, OG has the easiest matchup, so that could lead to great things if they do well. Given how strong they are and how weak SK is, even with their change to ZaZee, this might just be the most solid matchup in the entire slate. If you really want a contrarian lineup, go for SK since ownership is likely to be low, but even in a Bo1 at the beginning of the split, that’s risky.
OG Top Picks:
The OG roster looks solid, although you’ll have trouble fitting them all in… especially if you want G2. Nukeduck is probably not as strong of a mid laner as some of the others in the slate, so you could fade him. What’s interesting is the fact that UpseT is cheaper than Perkz and Rekkles. Rekkles’s stats from the last split are so amazing, his salary is the highest by far on his team, so you save a little by choosing UpseT. This could make or break your ideal lineup, so keep it in mind. The rest are fairly expensive, although Alphari is a bit cheaper than Odoamne, so silver lining.
If you really want an SK lineup, Trick and ZaZee could end up being a deadly combo, and Crownshot is definitely worth a shot. Don’t be surprised if they lose, but hey, SK ownership should be pretty low. An SK victory could go very well for you.
RGE(-) V XL(+) (2:30 PM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||32:59||33:38|
This is one of the less certain matchups in the slate, especially with some newer players on XL. Rogue is definitely considered the stronger team, but given the strength of the other teams in the slate (and the weakness of VIT) it just doesn’t seem as powerful. Maybe that means RGE will end up scoring the highest out of any team in the slate, because why not. At any rate, there are some solid players on RGE and they’ve kept their lineup, so things are looking good for them overall even if it isn’t as much of a lock.
RGE Top Picks:
There are a lot of good picks on the side of RGE, although you’ll have to sacrifice some really great choices in the other games to acquire them. A fully stacked RGE roster could end up surprising if the favorites in the other teams fall apart in this 1st week, so unless you’re going for a team slot, you should go all in if you bother to pick any RGE players at all. XL could always surprise of course, but honestly, if XL has the highest scoring players of the day then this will be such a horrible start to the split. An argument could be made that their upset would be more lucrative than MAD against G2 or SK against Origen as the players on those teams will put up more of a fight, but we’re not quite sure that’s how you should look at it. At any rate, odds are this particular scenario won’t even occur. If it does, then that will be an interesting trend to track going forward with the split.
One more thing about RGE: stacking their players will be considerably easier than the other teams as they are the least expensive favored team in the slate. This could lead to some great pairings with G2 or OG.
MSF(-) V FNC(+) (3:20 PM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||32:49||31:16|
This might not be as close as the OG/SK matchup, but FNC are an incredibly strong team making this yet another anticipated to be one-sided matchup. One of MSF’s greatest strengths lies in FEBIVEN, so we might see some crazy mid lane strategies designed to catch FNC off guard. There are some solid choices on both teams, so this might be a slightly sketchier matchup given the circumstances… a Bo3 or Bo5 would be even more in FNC’s favor.
MSF Top Picks:
FNC are a strong team and they are definitely the safer pick in this matchup, even in a Bo1 situation. Their bot lane is by far the best investment you can make, but Rekkles is expensive, so give up now on any G2 heavy lineups with Rekkles as adc or captain. Well, if you do find one that’s amazing, you should go with it, but it’s unlikely. Be careful of Kobbe, as he could turn out to be an excellent choice for MSF, but that is yet to be determined. Bwipo is a good top laner overall, but Dan Dan is a strong laner and could perform well, especially if Razork decides to camp him for Rift Herald pressure. FEBIVEN is one of the stronger players on MSF and could perform very well, but don’t assume he’s going to roll over Nemesis. That matchup could go either way. As for jungle, Selfmade is a monster and is another incredibly solid FNC pick, so keep your eye on him this split.
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