Week 9, Day 2 of the EU LCS approaches and here is the exclusive Esprts.com preview for the Day 2 matches. Will H2K overpower Elements? Will Spylce put up a fight againt Vitality? Who will be victorious Giants, or Roccat? Check all the match previews below.
H2K vs. Elements – EU LCS – Week 9 – Day 2 – Preview
H2K vs. Elements are matched up against each other for the European League of Legends Series to be held Friday, March 18, 2016 – Week 9 – Day 2
Odoamne : Steve
Jankos : Gilius
Ryu : Eika
FORG1VENGRE : MrRalleZ
Vander : sprattel
H2K are looking to go for 1st place, and will need a win here to put pressure onto G2 Esports who they are currently tied 1st with. Their roster has been dominant and they make few mistakes in their games. Each of their lanes are mechanically better than Elements, and their macro play is a lot better too, mainly due to Pr0lly, their coach, who ensures that they always understand what he wants them to do and how they should do it, and that the players are good enough to make it happen.
For Elements, they will need to win this week to secure the 7th place spot, so that they don’t have to go through the relegation tournament to get to the next split safely. Steve and MrRalleZ have been good carries for the team in games they have won, and Steve’s splitpush pressure on champions like Fiora allow them to get objectives and towers down easily. Eika has been performing poorly in recent weeks, making bad decisions and losing lane frequently, but he has pulled out different picks such as Karma. The team will be looking to play a strong early game, because they’ll need to have a good gold lead to make sure they can snowball into the mid and late game.
Overall, I expect H2K to win this game somewhat easily, as long as they stay on track and play their own game. However, Elements could cause an upset, either through a bad call by H2K, or by a good catch or teamfight from Elements.
Chance of victory: H2K: 75% : Elements: 25%
Team Vitality vs. Splyce – EU LCS – Week 9 – Day 2 – Preview
Team Vitality vs. Splyce are matched up against each other for the European League of Legends Series to be held Friday, March 18, 2016 – Week 9 – Day 2
Cabochard : Wunderwear
Shook : Trashy
Nukeduck : Sencux
Hjarnan : Kobbe
kaSing : Nisbeth
After losing to G2 last week, Vitality are looking to catch up to H2K and will be looking to this game for a win. In each lane they are mechanically superior, and as long as they keep Sencux, who is the biggest playmaker for Splyce hands down, they can control the game and set the pace. I hope Cabochard is put onto a more carry focused champion than last week, as he has shown he is able to carry the team if given enough resources and pressure. Overall, their team is very good at their macro game, with Shaunz, their coach, picking out exceptional team compositions, ensuring his team is ready to win, and know what they’re doing.
For Splyce, they will need to stay in 7th place to secure their spot in the Summer Split. However, they’ll need to either match, or beat Elements to do so. However, it will be difficult for them to win this. They will have to play almost flawlessly, and capitalise on every one of the few mistakes that Vitality makes. They need to make sure that Cabochard does not get rolling, as he can be a formidable opponent. They also need to shut down the team carries and playmakers, which basically means everyone on Vitality. Their hope would be to get Sencux fed, and letting Kobbe reach lategame and dish out the damage from range.
Chance of victory: Team Vitality: 80% : Splyce: 20%
Origen vs Fnatic – EU LCS – Week 9 – Day 2 – Preview
Origen vs Fnatic are matched up against each other for the European League of Legends Series to be held Friday, March 18, 2016 – Week 9 – Day 2
SoaZ : Gamsu
Amazing : Spirit
PowerOfEvil : Febiven
Zven : Rekkles
Mithy : Klaj
The mid table battle between last year’s best of EU, Origen and Fnatic have not been at their best form, compared to the other top tier teams in EU.
For Origen, with a 2-0 week last week and with xPeke in the line-up they should be feeling confident. Their previous match should give them some useful replays to watch, and see where they’ve been going wrong. They have a chance to move up behind Vitality, into 4th place, which would really help their run during playoffs. Hopefully with POE back in the mid lane, they will have learnt from their previous games with xPeke and are able to apply that to this week’s game.
Fnatic lost to Vitality last week, and will want to go for 4th place, to get the highest seeding possible in playoffs. They have been dominant in their games since IEM, showing good communication and synergy and working well with each other to win. Febiven has been performing well recently, and could be a playmaker against the stuggling POE. Rekkles and Klaj have also been a consistent bot lane, Klaj is able to keep Rekkles alive and dealing damage, whilst also providing utility to the rest of the team.
Overall, I give an edge to Fnatic, but Origen’s late game has been very good, giving comebacks and splitpushing their way to victory. As such, they have a chance to beat them.
Chance of victory: Origen: 45% : Fnatic: 55%
Giants vs. Roccat – EU LCS – Week 9 – Day 2 – Preview
Giants vs. Roccat are matched up against each other for the European League of Legends Series to be held Friday, March 18, 2016 – Week 9 – Day 2
Smittyj : fredy122
Wisdom : Airwaks
xPePii : Betsy
SONSTAR : Tabzz
Hustlin : Noxiak
A battle of the bottom teams, both desperately need a win in order to climb to higher spots in the relegation tournament, ensuring that their seeding is higher. Giants will need to catch up to Roccat, and if they win the head to head they will be placed higher. Giants should work on communicating as a team more fluidly, so that they know what to do at all times. Smittyj has been able to outplay ganks, but isn’t able to beat other top laners in 1v1 fights, although he might still be able to get the best of fredy122 as he often plays tank champions. The rest of the team have some individual skill, but whether or not they can use that together to overcome Roccat remains to be seen.
On the other side, Roccat need this win or they risk slipping into 10th place, which brings a much harder challenge in the relegation tournament as the 10th place team has to win 2 best of 5 matches, just to make it back into the LCS. With Tabzz and Noxiak, their botlane is very strong, and by using hyper carries such as Kog Maw, they have a chance of playing a “protect the ADC” composition.
Overall, both these teams are likely to make mistakes, and miss capitalising on their enemy’s misplays, meaning that both teams could throw, counter throw, or not catch their enemies throws. As such, the game is likely to be sloppy and could literally go either way.
Chance of victory: Giants: 50% : Roccat: 50%
G2 Esports vs. Unicorns of Love – EU LCS – Week 9 – Day 2 – Preview
G2 Esports vs. Unicorns of Love are matched up against each other for the European League of Legends Series to be held Friday, March 18, 2016 – Week 9 – Day 2
Kikis : Vizicsacsi
Trick : Loulex
Perkz : Fox
Emperor : Steeelback
Hybrid : Hylissang
G2 are looking to claim 1st place, and will be looking to easily win this game. Their aggressive playstyle gets them objectives and kills quickly and easily, and they haven’t been punished for their mistakes as much as they should have been. Each of their lanes often wins, and can create their own advantages without overstepping and getting ganked themselves.
For UOL, they have a somewhat crazy style, with questionable decision making, especially looking to the late game where twice in one week they tried to finish, couldn’t, and then lost. They are on a losing trend and I can’t see them beating G2. They would need to get both Fox and Steeelback fed, and then protect them while they do damage. Loulex has often played tank junglers and Vizicsacsi isn’t particularly known for his carry gameplay.
Overall, G2 should be able to win this, as they are mechanically better, and have better macro play than UOL.
Chance of victory: G2 Esports: 75% : Unicorns of Love: 25%