Mid lane week ended last night in Europe and we got some spectacular games that played out on the two stages of the LCS. Ties were the flavor of the European teams this week as we are getting close to the middle of the split. Here are the two matchups that defined this week of the European LCS.

Origen – Fnatic: Tie

What a crazy best of two which used to be defined as one of the classics of the European LCS. Although Origen has not performed to its standards since the beginning of summer, the matchup was still very much anticipated. In true Origen fashion, the team lost the first game of the series. Picking a composition based on team fights, Fnatic controlled the Rift during the entire game. Spirit and Febiven were able to put a lot of pressure on Origen and allowed their team to snowball on objectives such as turrets and dragons.

Although Fnatic were ahead in the entire game, they still had troubles to close out the match and had to secure 2 barons in order to overcome Origen’s defenses.

EU LCS Summer 2016 Week 3

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The second game was quite a different story. An 81 minutes game, the two team clashed it out in one of the longest games in the history of the LCS. Starting off quite well, Origen was able to obtain a gold lead for most of the game. They traded objectives well and managed to keep up with Fnatic’s rotations on the map. Origen had a lot of trouble to close out the game, smashing inhibitors over and over again. In the game, there were seven Barons taken, nine dragons all of that for only a total of 35 kills. Rekkles and Febiven also broke LCS creep score records with a respective CS count of 858 and 848.

EU LCS Summer 2016 Week 3

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Team Vitality – G2 Esports: Tie

It was not a very good week for G2 Esports. Although they came into the scene at the beginning of the season as the underdogs, they are certainly one of the favorites to win the current split. Scoring two series ties this week, their Friday series against Team Vitality was particularly interesting.

In the first game of the series, the two teams were ready to clash. The match was very even until G2 managed to find a great skirmish at the 22 minute mark. Trading badly, Team Vitality lost the control of the map and couldn’t manage to play from behind. G2 Esports won the first map and came into the second very confidently.

EU LCS Summer 2016 Week 3

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It was clearly not the same story in the second game. Another long back and forth game from both teams, G2 managed to find a small advantage in the early game after the two teams traded turrets. But a few minutes later, Team Vitality came in strong and managed to find first blood as well as another kill on the members of G2 Esports. From there on out, the team secured two dragons as well as 2 turrets and a Baron after a great team fight where they took down three members of G2. A long phase of farming then happened and Vitality secured a dragon. Unfortunately for them, they lost the following team fight, which allowed G2 to secure a Baron and take back the control of the map. The team even took a plethora of kills and also ended the game, if it weren’t for Police’s Ashe play. On a final teamfight, Vitality aced G2 Esports and managed to destroy their Nexus, ending the series in a tie.

EU LCS Summer 2016 Week 3

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A crazy week ended for the European LCS, but the actions starts up again next Thrusday at 5pm CET.

Cover image by: Josh Rigg

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