The second week of Summer Split is here, and things are starting to get serious! Take a look at our predictions:
Origen: As you read here yesterday, we had to say goodbye to Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou due to personal reasons. For this week’s matches, the starting AD Carry will be our Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martínez. It’s not the first time that xPeke plays this role on a competitive level, and even though it is not his primary one, his presence in the game always helps the team to have a better synergy, so it will definitely be interesting to watch their Bo2 against Team Vitality on Thursday and FC Schalke 04 on Friday.
Fnatic: After a 3-1 last week, and with Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim back in the team, Fnatic is ready to reach the split finals this year. Facing Unicorns of Love on Thursday and H2k Gaming on Friday, it should not be a complicated week for them, since both teams have been inconsistent for now. If they can solve the macro play mistakes they made in the last games, they definitely will be a team to fear. Still, the first weeks are the most unpredictable ones, but Fnatic will probably win both Bo2 this week.
G2 Esports: The unstoppable G2 Esports keep dominating the EU LCS standings. Their new roster seems to be working even better than the last one, and they look confident enough to keep winning this week against Roccat on Thursday and Splyce on Friday. With both teams tied at 5th place, they should not be a threat for G2. If they keep managing well the objective control and the team synergy like they did last week, they will not have problems to win, but they should be careful not to be too overconfident, since any of the teams can be the surprise of the week.
Team Vitality: Vitality is one of the teams to follow this split. After ending last week with two ties on both Bo2, they surely are going to face this week with more determination. They are playing against Origen on Thursday and against Roccat on Friday. Most of the eyes will be on the Thursday game, due to the Origen’s roster changes, but for Vitality it will be more important to win against Roccat to solve the 5th position of the standings tie. They will probably have a good week if they can focus and if the other teams let Vitality’s bot lane shine.
FC Schalke 04: After being bought by the German soccer team, FC Schalke 04 (former Elements) seems to be stronger than ever. It looks like it is Erberk “Gilius” Demir’s time to show his full potential, and he surely is motivated to demonstrate what can he do. They are facing Splyce on Thursday and Origen on Friday. If they are able to play like last week,they should win at least a few games in their Bo2s this week, but is still a mystery as to how Origen‘s new roster will work out. It is still early in the split, and mistakes can be made by any team.
H2k Gaming: After two ties on last week’s Bo2, H2k needs to step up their game if they want to reach a better position in the standings. They showed an inconsistent playstyle, with a poor performance in some games and a better one on another, so everything will depend on how they can take advantage of the two games format. They are facing Giants Gaming on Thursday and Fnatic on Friday. Even though Giants have improved a lot since the last split, H2k should still be at a superior level, and winning those two games could be the motivation boost they need to beat Fnatic.
Unicorns of Love: After a messy first week, losing one of the Bo2 and winning the other, Unicorns of Love needs to focus on not to make the same mistakes again. Facing Fnatic on Thursday and Giants Gaming on Friday, everything will depend on Fabian “Exileh” Schubert. If he manages to adapt to the LCS format, they can at least get the two wins against Giants, but Fnatic will be a harder rival for them. Anything better than a 2-2 this week will be the best outcome for Unicorns of Love right now.
Roccat: Tied with Splyce and Team Vitality on the 5th position of the standings, Roccat have a difficult week ahead of them. They are playing against G2 Esports on Thursday and Vitality on Friday. Since Splyce is also facing G2 this week, those matches will be decisive to show which team of the three is the best one. Anything could happen, but it will not leave anyone indifferent. The odds appear not to be on Roccat’s favor this week, but if they let Pierre “Steelback” Medjaldi do his magic, they have a chance not to lose everything.
Splyce: As it was said about Roccat, it will not be the best week for Splyce. Also trying to climb on the standings leaving the 5th position behind, Splyce will face FC Schalke 04 on Thursday and G2 Esports on Friday. Any win would be welcome, but Schalke looks stronger right now, and G2 is always an enemy to fear. They should focus on improving their macro play and not letting the other teams to take early advantage and objectives. We will be watching the outcome of that triple tie, things will start to get serious!
Giants Gaming: The new roster looks better than ever for Giants Gaming. The addition of Gun-woo “Night” Na to the mid lane was an improvement for sure, if they can manage to develop a better synergy around his playstyle, they will definitely have a chance to escape relegations this split. This week they are facing H2k Gaming on Thursday and Unicorns of Love on Friday. Both teams have been inconsistent for now, so it could be possible for Giants to win some of the games.
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