Week 8, Day 2 of the EU LCS approaches and here is the exclusive Esprts.com preview for the Day 2 matches. Will Elements overcome Love? Does vitality have a chance against Fnatic? Will Roccat have a chance against Origin?
Check all the match previews bellows.
G2 Esports vs. Giants – EU LCS – Week 8 – Day 2 – Preview
G2 Esports vs. Giants are matched up against each other for the European League of Legends Series to be held Friday, March 11, 2016 – Week 8 – Day 2
Kikis : Smittyj
Trick : Wisdom
Perkz : xPePii
Emperor : SONSTAR
Hybrid : G0DFRED
G2’s aggressive style have left many teams without enough time to react, punishing any mistakes and allowing them to gain leads and advantages in situations where other teams simply cannot. G2 can look to try and gain wins over their other top tier opponents by winning this match which should be relatively simple, as long as they don’t get complacent, and respect their opponent.
For Giants, their 3 new substitues could provide a surprise in place style and picks, allowing Giants to change up G2’s aggresive style by putting them on the back foot by getting an early advantage. However, whether they can communicate well enough to do so, will be interesting to see, as xPePii speaks mainly Spanish, Wisdom is from Korea and SmittyJ is from Germany.
Overall, it is expected that G2 should win this game, based off of their generally superior roster, and the fact that they have played as a team for longer than Giants’ roster has. However, there is still a small chance of an upset.
Chance of victory: G2 Esports: 80% : Giants: 20%
Elements vs. Unicorns of Love – EU LCS – Week 8 – Day 2 – Preview
Elements vs. Unicorns of Love are matched up against each other for the European League of Legends Series to be held Friday, March 11, 2016 – Week 8 – Day 2
Steve : Vizicsacsi
Gilius : Loulex
Eika : Fox
MrRalleZ : Steeelback
Sprattel : Hylissang
Elements are in need of wins to secure the 7th place spot to avoid the relegation tournament, they need to pick up this game, as well as their game on day 1 (against Splyce) to really cement their place in the LCS for the next split. Eika needs to step up, as he has given away careless deaths, such as teleporting to a dying tower and giving his life over too. However, Steve and MrRalleZ have both shown they can carry, if given the resources and tools to do so.
UOL are going for high seeding for this split’s playoffs, meaning each win could mean the difference between going against the 4th seed, or against the 3rd seed, which could allow them to make a better playoffs run. Vizicsacsi has been a solid top laner, on both tanks and carry champions, always creating enough of an impact to shadow his lane opponent. Fox in the mid lane has been very consistent, especially on control mages like Viktor, or even assassins like Ahri or Zed.
Overall, this game should swing in favour of UOL, but Elements can definitely clinch the game if they can snowball an early lead and keep on track at all times.
Chance of victory: Elements: 35% : Unicorns of Love: 65%
Fnatic vs. Team Vitality – EU LCS – Week 8 – Day 2 – Preview
Fnatic vs. Team Vitality are matched up against each other for the European League of Legends Series to be held Friday, March 11, 2016 – Week 8 – Day 2
Fnatic vs. Team Vitality
Gamsu : Cabochard
Spirit : Shook
Febiven : Nukeduck
Rekkles : Hjarnan
Klaj : kaSing
Fnatic, after a great run at IEM should be returning with their heads held high, losing only to SKT, the current world champions, their roster is looking like a cohesive unit, working well together and communicating what they want to do, then executing it well. Febiven has been performing very well in the mid lane, solo killing Faker at IEM should be a big confidence boost, and it is likely he will want to continue making big plays in the LCS.
For Vitality, they will need to continue playing as they have previously, giving Cabochard the space to create an early impact, then letting Nukeduck and Hjarnan carry team fights late game. Shaunz, their coach has great game knowledge, and is able to decompose enemy team compositions and draft great counters, no doubt he will be analysing Fnatic’s play at IEM, and finding numerous ways to counter it.
Overall, based on Fnatic’s recent play, this game could be quite close, as both teams are desperately fighting for every victory. However, based on their standings and previous play, I have to give the edge slightly to Vitality, although Fnatic could very easily take the win also.
Chance of victory: Fnatic: 45% : Team Vitality: 55%
Splyce vs. H2K – EU LCS – Week 8 – Day 2 – Preview
Splyce vs. H2K are matched up against each other for the European League of Legends Series to be held Friday, March 11, 2016 – Week 8 – Day 2
Wunderwear : Odoamne
Trashy : Jankos
Sencux : Ryu
Kobbe : FORG1VENGRE:
Nisbeth : Vander
Splyce desperately need wins in order to secure that 7th spot to avoid the relegation tournament, however getting a win here will be tough. If Sencux can play a high damage champion, and snowball an early lead, he may be able to do it. However, Wunderwear and Kobbe need to step up, as they seem to be lacking impact, compared to how many resources they take up, in comparison to other teams.
For H2K, with FORG1VENGRE staying in the roster, they will be in high spirits and good synergy. Pr0lly, their coach, is able to create great team compositions, and will personally take the blame when his team fails, as such it’s likely he will work exceptionally hard in order to make sure they get the win. Overall, each member of their team is able to carry, from dishing out tonnes of damage, to Vander protecting those who are fed, or landing hooks and cc on the opponents’ carries.
Overall, this should be somewhat of a landslide, as H2K are a well oiled machine and Splyce seem to be faltering at basic manoeuvres such as lane swaps. They could get a win off an early game surprise which they could snowball through the game, but H2K as a team know when and how to make comebacks and can do so easily.
Chance of victory: Splyce: 20% : H2K: 80%
Roccat vs. Origen – EU LCS – Week 8 – Day 2 – Preview
Roccat vs. Origen are matched up against each other for the European League of Legends Series to be held Friday, March 11, 2016 – Week 8 – Day 2
Fredy122 : SoaZ
Airwaks : Amazing
Betsy : xPeke
Tabzz : Zven
Noxiak : Mithy
Roccat need to get victories to try and either climb out of the relegation, or to get a higher seeding in the relegation tournament. Either way, they could try and get a win here, as Origen have been faltering in recent weeks. With Tabzz and Noxiak in the bot lane, they could set up a protect the AD carry composition, as Tabzz is a veteran player who’s mechanics are top notch.
For Origen, with xPeke back in the roster, they have their same roster which made it to the World’s semi-final last season, whilst a lot has changed, the in-game shotcalling of xPeke is back, and it may inspire the rest of the team to play better, and avoid tilt if they die, like SoaZ seems to. It could be the start of a turnaround as the playoffs draws nearer.
Overall, it is likely that Origen wins this, as their players are mechanically better, but if Roccat can get an early lead, and are able to shut down Soaz’s splitpushing pressure, they could also get a win here.
Chance of victory: Roccat: 35% : Origen: 65%