The split has reached a third of its way and the ranking of the teams in Europe are starting to shape up. We are seeing interesting matches with the new format of the split and overall, it has led to a better understanding of the current state of the scene. In week 3, two particular matchups were interesting to watch and here are the recaps.

H2k vs. G2 eSports

A clash between the top teams in Europe certainly did not disappoint. In the first game of the series, the two teams picked radically different styles of compositions. On one hand, H2k chose a team fight composition with great area of effect, crowd controls in champions such as Gragas, Viktor and Bard. On the other hand, G2 decided on pick oriented lineup of champions such as Irelia, Nidalee and Fizz. That game was quite strategic for the first twenty minutes, which was the time when Freeze got first blood on Trick. Before that, the two teams traded turrets but G2 had the advantage on dragons. From first blood and on, all of the trades in the game went in the favor of H2k, the team securing multiple objectives in the form of dragons, barons and turrets. Although G2 lost, their AD carry Zven still had a big influence in the game, dealing the biggest amount of damage to champions in the entire game.

EU LCS Summer 2016 Week 2

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Up 1-0, H2k were looking to secure another three pointer in their season. In order to do that, they decided on picking another team fight composition around champions such as Sivir and Olaf. On the other side of the Rift, G2 eSports continued on a pick style composition with Fizz, Ezreal and Karma. This game was a very typical G2 type of match. From the get go, the members of the team dominated the map and took multiple kills in the early game. They transitioned that into objective control, by taking a dragon and four turrets over the span of nine minutes. They dominated H2k so much that they ended the game in a very quick manner at the 25th minute mark, after a final team fight.

EU LCS Summer 2016 Week 2

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Roccat vs. FC Schalke 04: 0-2

This was a very important match for the control of the middle of the table in Europe. On one hand, Roccat has shown improvement from last season with their new members. On the other side of the Rift, Schalke has been on fire, taking games off of top teams in Europe. In the first match, both teams clashed with poke compositions that allowed them to take objectives easily. In the early game, they traded turrets and the teams were fairly even in the game until minute eleven when Roccat took the first significant lead thanks to trading a turret for a dragon, as well as several kills on Schalke. They had the game in total control and even took an early Baron. Unfortunately for them, they couldn’t close out the game and made a series of bad decisions, which allowed Schalke to finish the game at the 39 minute mark.

EU LCS Summer 2016 Week 2

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The second game was a radically different story. Although the compositions of team were similar, the two teams did not have the same impact on the Rift. In the early game, the two teams traded turrets with Schalke taking first blood in the very early game. They also managed to take the first dragon of the game. After this, they took a few other kills but Roccat traded those for a dragon. This was the only hic in Schalke’s second game of Friday. From there to the end of the game, Schalke took many turrets and dragons, as well as a Baron to end the game.

EU LCS Summer 2016 Week 2

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Next week of the European LCS starts again on next Thrusday with FC Schalke 04 vs. G2 eSports and Team Vitality vs. Giants.