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Author: Maria Eijo

EU LCS Predictions, Week 6

Going into week 6 of the Summer split, with the competition going full speed, let’s take a look at the standings and the matches from this week:

The Bo2 format is definitely making a difference. Last week, we could see exciting ties, unexpected losses and new rosters finally shining. After the 4-0 from last week, all eyes are set on Giants Gaming, who took the victory against Fnatic, and will face G2 Esports this week. They are determined to escape relegations and aim for playoffs this split, and they seem to be on the right path to do so. However, G2 will not make things easy for them. Even though they lost a game against Origen last week, G2 is still one of the strongest teams in the EU LCS. As for Origen, they are facing Unicorns of Love and Vitality this week, two teams that have been quite inconsistent lately. If Origen manages to step up their game, they will definitely have a chance to break the “tie curse”, but it depends on their synergy and the focus on the macro play and rotations.

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Overall, this will be an interesting week to watch. Both G2 Esports and Fnatic should not have any problem winning, but Giants Gaming could make a comeback, consolidating their improvements. H2K, Splyce and Schalke 04 will fight to keep their position or even advancing in the standings, with Splyce having the best chances of winning both of their matches. On the lower part of the standing, we have an Origen eager to climb, and this will probably be the best time for it. As for Unicorns of Love, Vitality and Roccat, it will be a rough week if they do not manage to solve their issues.

EU LCS starts today at 5 CET with Fnatic vs Vitality and OG vs UOL.

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The fans at Gamergy

In 2014, xPeke announced his team Origen on the second edition of Gamergy (Madrid, Spain). Origen was present during the third and fourth editions, organizing fan meetings and activities. Even though last weekend, on the fifth edition, xPeke could not be present, Origen’s presence was still there thanks to you.

We want to take a moment to thank you, the fans, for your constant support, even through the hardest times. You are what make Origen so special and we are hoping to show you what we are capable of.

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OG Week 5 Analysis

Origen – H2k:
H2k, being one of the favorites in the current split of the LCS, were looking to improve in the standings by beating Origen 2-0. Instead of that, another grinded games by Origen led another victory in game 1 of a series. The team decided on team fight composition around high damage chamions such as Varus and Lucian. Thanks to great area-of-effect spells. Origen were able to control multiple team fights.

In the first half of the game, H2k were slightly ahead by 2k gold. The teams traded turrets across the map and Origen managed to get the advantage in securing dragons. Thanks to that, Origen managed to close out the early lead that H2k had accumulated by getting many picks. Thanks to a great objective control, Origen managed to close out the game in yet another drawn out fashion to win the first map of this best-of-2.

In the second game of the day, H2k was looking to improve. Picking a different composition from champion select, H2k decided on a very polyvalent composition which allowed them to play the team fights and catch some of the Origen members out of position. Yet again, the game started by being quite even but went in the favor of H2k rapidly. They snowballed after a big victory in a team fight, where H2k found four kills on the members of Origen. From there on out, H2k controlled all of the objectives and snowballed out of control. Although Origen managed to win one team fight before the end of the game, H2k closed out the series quickly and both took one point each home.

Origen vs G2 Esports:

After all the ties, and with Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martínez still as AD carry, Origen keeps on improving every week. The objective control is better, the team synergy looks more solid and overall, they are improving their decision-making skills. This week they managed to win the first game against G2 Esports. It was a 68 minutes match, in which Origen took the lead since early game, but could not close it quickly due to G2’s defensive team composition. With their strong wave clear (and Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen obtaining a new record with a 946 creep score), they made sure not to make any mistakes so Origen could not finish the game. But the presence of Paul “sOAZ” Boyer with Irelia on solo lanes, pushing and putting up with everything, allowed his team to keep getting objectives and slowly winning the game thanks to a backdoor. It was a long match that left everyone tired, however, in the second game, the composition worked better for G2, playing around Luka “PerkZ” Perković with a strong LeBlanc and ending the day with a tie.

In the long run, we can clearly see Origen’s improvements, and even though getting two ties again may not be the best outcome, it definitely shows that the team is getting better, and that they are ready to give their best from now on.

Article by: Clément Piovesan and María Eijo

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EU LCS Week 5 Highlights

Fnatic – G2 eSports:

One of the biggest matches of the split between the hottest teams in summer, took place this week between Fnatic and G2 eSports. In the first game of the series, Fnatic decided on a team fight composition from champion select, whereas G2 picked a teamfight composition around Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen’s Jhin. The early game went quite even during the first 24 minutes of the game, as the teams traded turrets. G2 got the advantage in dragons by securing 3 during the even laning phase.

At the 24 minute mark, G2 won a huge teamfight finding kills onto Yeong-Jin “Gamsu” Noh, Lee “Spirit” Da-yun and Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim, allowing G2 eSports to secure the Baron Nashor and an inhibitor. Although the game did not have many kills, they ended the game after securing all of the objectives on the map.

Following that first victory by G2 eSports, they certainly did not rest on their laurels. The teams picked relatively similar team compositions from the first game. This game was quite a bloodbath as G2 eSports secured 19 kills for 4 deaths. In the early game, the teams traded turrets until the ninth minute. By then, G2 were already ahead, as they had secured multiple kills already. From there on out, the team snowballed out of control and ended the game in very quick fashion.

Giants Gaming – Fnatic:

After being on relegations last split, Giants Gaming decided that it was time to renew the roster and show the world what they are capable of. They ended the day with three more points after taking two victories against one of the favourite teams. Even though Fnatic managed to keep picking the Giants’ players on the first game, they still were able to comeback every time, thanks to their strong teamfight composition and the positioning of Nubar “Maxlore” Sarafian in the jungle, allowing his team every time to gather and take advantage of every mistake. On both games, we could see a Giants Gaming stronger than ever, making good rotations, taking objectives and dominating the macro play.

On the second game, the decisive play was a Baron Nashor call, while Fnatic were on the bot lane trying to pick Lennart “SmittyJ” Warkus, which allowed Giants to take even more advantage. That level of shotcalling combined with the mechanical skills of Son “S0NSTAR” Seung-ik with Jhin, gave them the possibility of having both victories. Ultimates on point and team decisions, leave Giants Gaming on the sixth position in the standings.

Article by: Clément Piovesan and María Eijo

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OG Week 3 Analysis

Origen vs Roccat: 2-0

After two ties last week and more days to train as a team with Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martínez as AD carry, Origen entered this week with more determination than ever. In the first game against Roccat, they used a strong teamfight composition, definitely what they needed to stomp from the beginning of the game. Even though Roccat managed to make a comeback, the team never gave up and focused on getting all the objectives showing excellent macro play. One of the keys of the game was Paul “sOAZ” Boyer’s positioning, giving them the victory on a few decisive teamfights with his teleport. On the mid lane, Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage showed his game-changing abilities, dominating the game and the teamfights with Azir.

In the second game against Roccat, they decided to use a poke based composition with the capability of protecting the marksman, Ezreal. It was a good choice, and Origen managed to dominate from early game thanks to Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider and his successful ganks with Kindred. Roccat never stood a chance against an Origen stronger than ever this split, doing the right rotations and decisions, taking kills and objectives and making sure that the other team could not get any advantage. It was a fast game and the day ended with two victories.

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Origen vs Giants Gaming: 0-2

On Friday they faced Giants Gaming, a team that even though it is usually on the lower part of the standings, recently made some roster changes that improved their synergy. Even though xPeke is performing well, and his presence on the team is beneficial for them due to his leadership capacity, not playing on his main role can still make them not being as comfortable as they can, leading to mistakes that other teams can take advantage of. In both games against Giants, Origen used strong teamfight compositions.

The first game started good for them, allowing them to get ahead from the enemy team. They were able to pressure Giants, taking valuable dragons and avoiding the engages of Gun-woo “Night” Na with Azir, a skilled player to fear on the upcoming rest of the split. Even though they managed to get advantage, Giants Gaming did not allow them to use it when they started to perform better on teamfights. After Amazing showing that his smites can definitely be on point, Origen tried to make the final push, overextending a bit and letting Giants to take some needed kills for them to get back in the game. After another disputed Baron, Giants’ performance was better than Origen’s, and they managed to get the victory.

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On the second game, just like in the first one, we could see a strong Giants, and an Origen that stood up for most of the game, but could not overcome their struggles. It was a hard-fought match and both teams took advantage at some points, but in the end, Night’s performance with Lissandra allowed Giants to take more map control.

Overall, this was a good week for Origen in terms of playstyle, despite of the Friday’s defeat. Even though OG had a rough start in this split, every week we see improvements and hopefully, have a similar ending to the Spring Split. Let’s see what week 4 brings us!

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EU LCS Predictions, Week 2

The second week of Summer Split is here, and things are starting to get serious! Take a look at our predictions:

download (4)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.

download (2)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.

download (9)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.

download (8)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.

am-a.akamaihd.netFC 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.

download (1)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.

downloadUnicorns 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.

download (7)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.

download (5)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!

download (6)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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EU LCS Summer Split Week 1 Highlights

As the first week of the Summer Split ended, we wanted to highlight some of the games in the EULCS. Take a look at our analysis below:

H2k Gaming vs Roccat: 1-1

One of the peculiarities of the Summer split is that we will surely have disputed games ending with a tie. Today, we witnessed the first one between these two teams, that showed the possibilities of this format.

The first game was the closest one, slow paced, with both teams trying to avoid fatal mistakes. Even though H2k started to dominate the match with their gold lead and objectives, the AD carry Pierre “Steelback” Medjaldi made sure that Roccat stayed longer in the game, helping his team to recover. After a few favorable teamfights for H2k, Roccat gained enough strength due to their ability to play around Jhin. The farm difference and Steelback’s positioning allowed them to make a comeback and win two decisive teamfights. Even though Roccat’s jungler Karim “Aïrwaks” Benghalia was not performing at his best during most part of the game, he was a key piece on his team’s victory, taking advantage of Kindred’s potential to turn around an almost lost game and eventually winning.

The best part of a best of 2 is to watch how the teams react to a loss, and it was time for H2k to wake up. Picking a strong teamfighting composition, they made sure that Roccat never stood a chance on the second game. Dominating the game from the beginning, H2k’s jungler Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski made sure that their strategy worked out on every part of the map, focusing mostly on the top lane, helping Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu to control the game. Kills, objectives, gold lead, everything belonged to an unstoppable H2k. Aïrwaks’s attempts to get his team back on the game were not enough, and after a final push and a quadrakill for H2k’s midlaner Ryu “Ryu” Sang-wook, they made a final push through bot lane, finishing the game.

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FC Schalke 04 vs Unicorns of Love: 2-0

After all the roster changes and the acquisition of Elements’ spot by the team Schalke 04, this was definitely an interesting game to watch. Both teams could have given the surprise, but today was time for the newcomers to shine. Schalke’s roster showed better synergy overall, with the jungler Berk “Gilius” Demir on the spotlight. Their macro play was impeccable, ensuring valuable objectives, and not allowing Unicorns of Love to comeback. UOL tried to take advantage of his team composition, featuring Twitch and Taric, but it was not enough to counter the other team’s strength, with Hampus “Fox” Myhre on the mid lane ensuring that every attempt to take him out of the game failed.

Even though the first game strategy worked perfectly, Schalke decided to take a totally different composition on the second one due to the bans, resulting on an even bigger stomp, and giving them a 2-0. Unicorns of Love does not seem to be on their best moment right now, but it is still the first week, so they can use this experience to see what failed on his decisions and improve to make a better split. On the other hand, the surprise of the day was the amazing performance by Schalke 04, with a strong Gilius leading his team to the victory on both games, and Rasmus “MrRalleZ” Skinneholm performing better than ever.

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Fnatic vs Giants Gaming: 2-0

First week of the Summer split, and that means one thing: Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim is finally back home, and that is only good news for Fnatic. Despite the fact that Giants revamped their roster, they still lack what they needed to outperform one of the favorites. They were able to play a good first game against a messy Fnatic that made a few mistakes but still managed to dominate the teamfights. Coming from Korea, the mid laner Gun-woo “Night” Na made a great performance, but it was definitely not enough. After an irregular Spring split, Martin “Rekkles” Larsson needed his support back, and he finally is showing again his confidence, picking Kalista in both games and kiting his way to the victory. With powerful team compositions on both sides, and with both teams making mistakes, the first game was decided after a few bigger misplays on Giants side, that allowed Fnatic to take more objectives and make the final push. They were not going to allow another sloppy game, so even though Giants started the second one with some slight advantage, Fnatic soon reclaimed his throne. Due to their aggressive teamfight composition, they were able to ace Giants on several occasions, leaded by Lee “Spirit” Da-yun and his always effective Lee Sin. Giants could not stand a chance on the second game, and ended losing both matches.

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Artwork Showcase No.9

The ninth Origen’s Artwork Showcase is here! We are so grateful for your support, thanks a lot for being there, we are nothing without you. In today’s post we have more stunning artwork (Summer split hype, anyone?), player drawings, Origen fan skins and a cosplay! Make sure you check everything!

So remember: if you want to be featured here on future posts, feel free to send us an e-mail with your fan art or cosplay to [email protected]

xPeke, by Oranuncha:

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Origen Syndra, by Raylee:

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Origen LeBlanc, by VriskiDerp:

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xPeke, by Lyarica:

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Origen LeBlanc cosplay, by Kikuneesama:

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Which one is your favourite?

If you want to see your artwork featured here, send us an e-mail with your fanart or cosplay to [email protected]

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Changes in Origen

Today we are very sad to announce the departure of two team members, causing Origen to go through some changes for next LCS split. Here is what XMom told us in regards to these changes:

“For a while there have been rumors that there would be roster changes within the organization. The speculations stated that Zven and Mithy wanted to leave Origen to go to another team.

During that time we could not make any comments, since nothing was set in stone. Upon discussion with the mentioned players to try to keep them with us and then ratify their intentions of playing for team, we began negotiations with the club that was interested in them. These negotiations were long and very challenging but last night we finally reached an agreement. Despite our best efforts to keep the team together, we can now announce that Mithy and Zven will no longer be with us.

It is a sad situation because two comrades are leaving, and difficult because we had very little time to find a pair of great players to replace them.

We are certain that you will love our new players, and as always, we expect you to welcome them and give them all of your support.”

Spanish:

“Desde hace un tiempo empezó a rumorearse que en Origen habría movimientos. Los rumores eran que ZVEN Y MITHY querían abandonarnos para irse a otro equipo.

En todo este tiempo no hemos podido hacer ningún comentario ya que no había nada decidido, tras hablar con dichos jugadores para intentar que siguieran con nosotros y ratificarnos su intención de jugar con otro equipo empezamos las negociaciones con el club que estaba interesado en ellos, las negociaciones han sido muy largas y muy duras pero anoche, por fin, llegamos a un acuerdo, por lo que ahora sí podemos comunicaros que MITHY y ZVEN no seguirán con nosotros.

Es una situación triste, porque se van dos compañeros y dura porque no teníamos tiempo para encontrar a dos jugadores realmente buenos que pudieran reemplazarlos.

Hoy podemos comunicaros que ya contamos con estos dos jugadores, que pensábamos anunciar hoy, pero por respeto al otro club hemos decidido que el anuncio será mañana.

Estamos seguros que os gustarán los nuevos jugadores y como siempre, esperamos que le deis la bienvenida y todo vuestro apoyo.”

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Artwork Showcase No.8

The eighth Origen’s Artwork Showcase is here! Can you believe it? So many fan arts, so much love for the team… we are really grateful and happy to have you! In today’s post we have more fan skins (we are never tired of Origen Oriannas, so don’t worry, send us as much as you want!), more chibis and another awesome portrait. Make sure you check everything!

So remember: if you want to be featured here on future posts, feel free to send us an e-mail with your fan art or cosplay to [email protected]

Origen Orianna, by Mona / Shurimas Emperor:

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Origen Kalista, by AsuChan13:

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Zven and Mithy, chibi style, by xMishaArts:

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Origen Ahri, by Modesto Fernando Rodríguez Martin:

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Zven, by Ravecries:

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Which one is your favourite?

If you want to see your artwork featured here, send us an e-mail with your fanart or cosplay to [email protected]

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