Week 9, Day 1 of the EU LCS approaches and here is the exclusive Esprts.com preview for the Day 1 matches. Will Giants stand their ground against Origen? Does Roccat have a chance against Vitality? Or will G2 be steam rolling over Splice? Check all the match previews below.
Giants vs. Origen – EU LCS – Week 9 – Day 1 – Preview
Giants vs. Origen are matched up against each other for the European League of Legends Series to be held Thursday, March 17, 2016 – Week 9 – Day 1
Smittyj : SoaZ
Wisdom : Amazing
xPePii : xPeke
SONSTAR : Zven
Hustlin : Mithy
Giants have had many roster swaps with only xPePii on the team at the start of the split. Desperately chasing higher seeding in the promotion tournament, Giants need every win they can get to climb out of 10th place, and give themselves a better chance at staying in the LCS. Whether or not Hustlin can make a big enough impact remains to be seen, but with only a weeks worth of practice, it is unlikely that the team will have perfect synergy. However, Hustlin played in a Spanish team who finished second at ESL Masters in Spain, so he is a talented player.
For Origen, with xPeke back in the roster, Origen went 2-0 last week, tying them in 4th place, along with Fnatic and UOL. They looked weak in the early game as usual, but solidified in the mid-late game, with xPeke’s shotcalling leading the way, which was previously absent. They looked more like the team that made it to World’s semi final last year, and that will help their confidence going into the last week of LCS.
I expect that Origen should win this game, pressuring the teams around them to step up, or lose their playoff seedings. Giants could cause an upset if they grab an early lead, perhaps from a different champion pick, or a surprise invade early on, and snowball from there.
Chance of victory: Giants: 30% : Origen: 70%
Elements vs. Fnatic – EU LCS – Week 9 – Day 1 – Preview
Elements vs. Fnatic are matched up against each other for the European League of Legends Series to be held Thursday, March 17, 2016 – Week 9 – Day 1
Steve : Gamsu
Gilius : Spirit
Eika : Febiven
MrRalleZ : Rekkles
Sprattel : Klaj
Elements are currently safe sitting tied for 7th with Splyce allowing them to just miss out on the relegation tournament. Splice beat Elements recently, so in the case of a tie breaker, Splyce could have the edge. Elements will need to win both their games this week, to put the pressure back onto Splyce. They can’t make it into playoffs, but if they can clinch the 7th spot, the pressure will be off and they can put more practise in for next split. They will need to play well as a team, communise well, and make no mistakes as Fnatic are likely to be able to capitalize on them if they do.
For Fnatic, they need to get every win, in order to get higher seeding going into the playoffs. They should be targeting this game as a possible win. They have been playing well since their games at IEM Katowice and they seem more cohesive, and are communicating better than they had before. Febiven should easily outclass Eika, and could even get solo kills, if Eika’s game sense hasn’t sharpened up since last week, as he has been quite sloppy, especially in the laning phase.
Overall, Elements are going to be trying hard to get the win here, but Fnatic do have the mechanical skill, as well as macro play to win this. Elements need to make no mistakes, and if they have a lead they need to snowball it, but not overextend and throw it away, if they want to win.
Chance of victory: Elements: 30% : Fnatic: 70%
H2K vs. Unicorns of Love – EU LCS – Week 9 – Day 1 – Preview
H2K vs. Unicorns of Love are matched up against each other for the European League of Legends Series to be held Thursday, March 17, 2016 – Week 9 – Day 1
Odoamne : Vizicsacsi
Jankos : Loulex
Ryu : Fox
FORG1VENGRE : Steeelback
Vander : Hylissang
H2K are tied for 1st place with G2, and if they can win here, they will put immense pressure onto them for their game later that evening. They could also put some distance between themselves and Vitality, who are currently in third place. With FORG1VENGRE staying for a while longer, they will have their full team ready to play. H2K have been very dominant, capitalising on enemy mistakes, and making hardly any of their own. Pr0lly is a great coach, who ensures the players understand what he wants them to do, and why, and the players themselves have the skill to execute these orders well.
For UOL, they will need to stop their current slide down the rankings. Luckily the team are secured in a playoff spot, but they will still want the highest possible seeding to get them the best chance to make a solid run. Their players are decent, but their shotcalling is somewhat lacking, especially in late game, as they tend to misjudge when they can end games, or make bad calls over objectives like baron. If their coach Sheepy can work with them to fix their mistakes, then they will be a force to be reckoned with. However it may be too little too late to make a run for it, and they may have to rely on ploughing through the playoffs to make a good finish. However, their players are good and if they work as a team, they could upset H2K.
Chance of victory: H2K: 70% : Unicorns of Love: 30%
Roccat vs. Team Vitality – EU LCS – Week 9 – Day 1 – Preview
Roccat vs. Team Vitality are matched up against each other for the European League of Legends Series to be held Thursday, March 17, 2016 – Week 9 – Day 1
Fredy122 : Cabochard
Airwaks : Shook
Betsy : Nukeduck
Tabzz : Hjarnan
Noxiak : kaSing
Roccat are in the situation where they’re looking for that 8th, or even 7th place spot in the standings, as well as trying to stay above Giants, who are in 10th. To reach that 7th place spot, they will need to win both their games this week. To win here, they will have to play flawlessly, and explode out of the gates against Vitality. They can give them no room to gain an advantage, and must strive to take a mile when given an inch. However, they can’t overextend like Dignitas did against Immortals in the LCS, where they had a massive lead and almost won, but let it slip and eventually lost.
For Vitality, they just need to play to their strengths, and control the game, and they can eventually beat Roccat. Each lane wins for Vitality, and they just have to not let Roccat get a big lead, or throw too hard in the late game. After losing to G2 last week and slipping into 3rd place, they will be trying very hard to get back into the top 2 spots to get that playoff bye. Overall, the main reason they lost to G2 was by Hjarnan getting caught out, which was due to G2 doing the unexpected, and it is hard to blame Hjarnan for that, overall, they are still a top team in EU, and can make a good run into playoffs, potentially getting to the finals.
Chance of victory: Roccat: 15% : Team Vitality: 85%
Splyce vs. G2 Esports – EU LCS – Week 9 – Day 1 – Preview
Splyce vs. G2 Esports are matched up against each other for the European League of Legends Series to be held Thursday, March 17, 2016 – Week 9 – Day 1
Wunderwear : Kikis
Trashy : Trick
Sencux : Perkz
Kobbe : Emperor
Nisbeth : Hybrid
Splyce are looking to secure that 7th place spot, and will need to win both their games this week to put the pressure onto Elements, who they are tied with. It is hard to see them win this game, based on their previous performances. It seems as though Sencux is the only carry for their team, and that the rest of the team lags behind him. Kobbe and Nisbeth need to step up in terms of their 2v2 laning as they seem to lack impact, and don’t deal enough damage compared to other team’s bot lane duos.
For G2, they need to make sure they don’t get complacent to make sure that they don’t fall behind H2K, and that Vitality don’t catch up. Each member of G2 are extraordinary, and no one is better than the rest. They play aggressive and fast, and are able to not get caught out even when they overextend. As long as their players aren’t cocky, and don’t overextend too much and throw the game when death timers are long, they will not give Splyce a chance to come back into the game.
Overall, G2 should take the game easily, and Splyce’s only chances may come by catching G2 out of postion, or by sneaking objectives.
Chance of victory: Splyce: 15% : G2 Esports: 85%