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Welcome back LEC fans and fantasy enthusiasts! In this week's article, we'll be going over the exciting results of Week 2 in the LEC, and talking a bit about what's to come in Week 3.
In case you didn't know, Week 3 will be the final week of the group stage of the LEC. After the games this weekend, two unlucky teams are going to be eliminated from the LEC for the rest of the Split. So far, only Team Vitality has secured their spot in the next stage of the Split.
daltaop, our Week 1 winner, remains in the top #10, but krabydee is our weekly winner! krabydee has got a whopping total of 354.6 points. krabydee got a lot of points from Adam who smurfed it in Week 2 and whose team, BDS, achieved a 3-0 weekend. His captain Bo earned him 95 points as well, as Team Vitality continues to dominate in the regular season.
Top Player In Each Role During Week 2
Overall Top Player In Each Role
Current LEC Standings
Day 1 Recap
Astralis looking to grab their first win, Vitality looking to keep their 3-0 win streak alive. Kobbe got first blood on Kaiser with the assistance of 113 and a great Twisted Fate ult, but Perkz answered with a kill back, and Drake was secured for Vitality. Astralis continued to stack kills in their carry, and Kobbe went on a killing spree by killing an unsuspecting Neon while Vitality was looking for a way to gank. The gold was about even but Astralis was ahead by 3 kills. Meanwhile, Vitality set their sights on the Dragon pit and focused on grabbing as many Drakes as possible.
A fight broke out at the 20th minute mark, with Finn flanking behind a retreating Vitality. Kobbe dashed in, having to expend his summoner spells to stay alive while trying to fight four people until Finn could catch up. In the end, Astralis secured three kills and Vitality killed two. Astralis managed to deny the Chemtech Soul but Vitality decided to take Baron instead. They held the line and even grabbed a turret and some kills, but Vitality managed to rebound and snag the Chemtech Soul on its next spawn. It was after this that Team Vitality got much stronger, and in the next big team fight at the 30th minute mark an excellent Photon Gnar ultimate secured Vitality the win.
Both teams were 1-2 before this game and looking to prove themselves after a lacklustre Week 1. First Blood was secured by Crownie as a team fight erupted within Fnatic's red-side jungle. In the top lane, Adam was performing fantastically, having managed to outcs and solo kill Wunder before taking his tower down by the 12th minute mark. At 20 minutes, Team BDS was ahead by 3 towers, 4k gold, and three Drakes, and looking to snag Soul soon. While Fnatic managed to deny them the Soul at the 25th minute mark, BDS secured it on its next spawn, and took down Baron Nashor as well. At that point, the game was spiralling out of Fnatic's control and was as good as lost when BDS secured the Elder Drake as well.
A showdown between the two LEC newcomers was sure to be exciting. With the help of Malrang, Larssen secured First Blood on Ruby in the mid lane. Jankos was ready to answer, and ganked as soon as Ruby returned to lane. While KOI killed the first Drake of the game, they lost control of this objective as the game went along, and Team Heretics were set to grab the Mountain Soul by the 30th minute mark. At that point, Team Heretics were 5k ahead in gold, and 6 kills, having stacked most of those onto Evi's K'Sante and Ruby's Azir.
Though Heretics did indeed secure the Soul, KOI took the opportunity to slay Baron Nashor, bringing the gold difference back to just 1k difference at the 35th minute mark. It was all coming down to the Elder Drake; if Heretics could get that as well, it was probably over for KOI. Knowing that, KOI initiated a team fight in the mid lane just as the Dragon spawned. It took a lot, but they managed to kill both Evi and Ruby, the two most fed members of Heretics. Unfortunately, they lost their jungler, and there was still the question of the Elder Dragon. They decided to risk it, and, sadly for KOI, Jankos stole it. After that, TH grabbed Baron too, stormed KOI's base, and took home the win.
G2 Esports versus SK Gaming was not a game many would've predicted was going to be exciting. G2 was undefeated, and SK has historically never had much success in the league. However, SK Gaming showed up big time in Week 2, starting with a victory over G2 on Saturday. It started with Markoon ganking G2's bot lane and securing two kills. G2 slowly took back control, getting the Herald, Chemtech Drake, and securing three kills by the 10th minute mark. SK got ahead once more at the 17th minute mark after the top laner Irrelevant grabbed the Ocean Drake under G2's nose, while the rest of SK killed Caps. SK Gaming quickly took Baron and were definitively in control.
By 25 minutes, SK was 5k gold ahead and both carries were 2k ahead of their rivals. SK was primed to win, but needed one more good fight, so they went for the Baron Nashor. Unfortunately for them, G2 wasn't done fighting, and G2 Yike managed to outsmite Markoon. The final fight erupted in G2's jungle. Caps lunged at Irrelevant, but Markoon and Sertuss' burst was too much to handle. With their carry dead, G2 could no longer hold out as SK Gaming pushed their base and ended their win streak.
This turned out to be one of the more slower LEC games, First Blood only having been secured just before the 10th minute mark by EXCEL. Carzzy and Hylissang were set to kill Patrik just as Xerxe ganked from behind MAD's turret. The first big fight didn't happen until 16 minutes, when both teams huddled up around the Rift Herald. Elyoya secured the Herald for the MAD Lions, but XL got two kills for the price of one. At 20 minutes, XL was ahead in kills, but MAD Lions maintained a gold lead due to their excellent objective control. XL's fate was sealed shortly after though, when MAD secured a kill on Odoamne in the bot lane. The lions immediately turned their attention to Baron and XL, being a man short, couldn't successfully contest the objective. MAD secured Baron, and nearly aced XL in the process. After that, MAD took the Chemtech Soul for good measure, then finished the game.
Day 2 Recap
After BDS' impressive win against Fnatic, they were looking to blaze through Aggressive counter-jungling from minute one set 113 behind quite a bit, but he wasn't the only one struggling. Only Astralis' bot lane was winning through the sheer amount of pressure and poke Ashe and Caitlyn provided. First Blood didn't happen until 10 minutes, when Astralis started to take the Rift Herald, Sheo used the Blast Cone to get into the Baron pit and stole the Herald from under Astralis' nose At that moment, both Adam and nuc made their ways from the River and a small fight ensued, during which nuc secured First Blood on 113.
By 20 minutes, the gap widened significantly. BDS had three Drakes under their belt, 5k gold in the lead, and 10 kills on the board, to Astralis' 2. The rest of the game was pretty by the book. BDS snagged Ocean Soul, Baron Nashor, and then just waited for one last perfect team fight before ending the game
After SK Gaming's win against G2 Esports on Saturday, fans were excited to see if there wasn't more to this team. Could they beat Team Vitality too, or will Vitality continue on to be undefeated? Markoon was betting on the former, and he snagged First Blood against Bo in Vitality's jungle. Vitality equalised the score at the 9th minute mark when they contested Markoon's attempt at taking down Rift Herald. Vitality got two kills, and Neon got the shutdown on the Elise.
The next big fight didn't happen until 20 minutes after Vitality took down Irrelevant in the top lane. They grouped up mid and expected they could win any skirmish with their numbers advantage, but they took too long. Irrelevant eventually respawned, Teleported behind them, and SK managed to take down Bo. Naturally, with Vitality's jungler dead, SK set their sights on Baron Nashor. After this, SK was back in control of the game. They would go on to take a second Baron before they score the game-winning fight and take down the second undefeated team this week!
G2 Esports would have to take down their former jungler to win this game. That didn't seem to bother them as this was one of the most one-sided wins in LEC history. Hans Sama grabbed his signature Draven pick and was hoping to give TH the same treatment Fnatic got in Week 1. Sure enough, Hans Sama secured First Blood onto Jackspektra in the bot lane, and then, with the help of Yike, G2 got two more kills bot lane shortly thereafter. By 10 minutes, G2's Draven and Bel'veth were both on a rampage. By 18 minutes, Yike had 8 kills and G2 was destroying the bot lane inhibitor turret. Instead of backing down or resetting, G2 just continued to bulldoze through members of Heretics and their base structures, taking the Nexus at 18 minutes and 40 seconds.
Halfway through the regular season, both XL and Fnatic were 1-3 and this match would decide which one of them would stay in the bottom two and be ever closer to being out for the rest of the Split. First Blood was achieved by Targamas in the bot lane as Xerxe tower dove the Fnatic bot lane at 4 minutes. Humanoid teleported in to assist, taking one kill back for Fnatic. XL kept up the pressure, and by 10 minutes, they were 2k gold and 3 kills ahead. They maintained this steady lead, eventually widening the gap to 5k gold difference after they secured the Baron at the 25th minute mark.
It looked like Fnatic was done for, until Razork stole Baron Nashor from XL at the 32nd minute mark. Suddenly, XL lost all control of the game in spite of their gold and kill lead. In the ensuing fight mid lane, Fnatic took down four members and stormed the base. With only Targamas left to defend, Fnatic took the Nexus down.
The final game of the day was between the former LEC champions KOI and MAD Lions. KOI were setting up for an aggressive gank from behind MAD's turret in the bot lane, but it was Carzzy and Hylissang who secured First Blood onto Comp instead. MAD continued to do well in the early game, setting up kills from across the map with Ashe's arrow, and taking down Ocean Drake uncontested. Without any flashy team fights, MAD stayed in the lead, and were up 8k gold by the 20th minute mark. A flashy team fight did occur at Baron Nashor shortly after, as MAD tried to sneak it. KOI hesitantly approched the pit, and lost two members trying to figure out how to start the perfect fight. After that, MAD was free to take Baron uncontested. After this fight, the lions were 10k gold ahead. The took the Mountain Soul for good measure before taking a second Baron Nashor and ending the game.
Day 3 Recap
Normally games between the teams in the bottom of the standings are not very exciting. In this case, both XL and Astralis were fighting for a chance to move on to the group stage so the stakes were very high. Astralis was 0-5 but had shown a lot of promise in many different games in spite of low expectations, whereas a lot more had been expected from XL but they kept falling short. Astralis secured First Blood in the mid lane as 113 killed Vetheo mid. Top lane, Finn solo killed Odoamne, setting the tone for that top lane match-up. At the 15th minute mark, Astralis was in the lead according to every metric; 5 kills to XL's 0, 3k gold, a Rift Herald, and a bot lane turret.
EXCEL didn't give up though, and the team managed to sneak through a Baron Nashor at the 20th minute mark in spite of being on the back foot. The next big fight ensued at Dragon; Astralis secured their third Drake of the game and unleashed their full might on the XL lineup, with Kobbe getting a double kill on his now very fed Lucian. Around 30 minutes, Astralis took the second Baron Nashor and Ocean Soul, and all that was left was to win one more fight before they could end the game and end their loss streak.
Team BDS was one win away from achieving a 3-0 week, but they'd have to go through the MAD Lions first. BDS' Adam was hungry for it, and he scored First Blood against Chasy top with the help of his jungler, Sheo. Now, Darius getting a kill so early was quite dangerous, and Adam aimed to show everyone why. By 15 minutes, Adam was 2k gold ahead of K'Sante and had 3 kills to his name. At the 20th minute mark, Adam and Team BDS caught Carzzy and Hylissang out in the top side and then went on to secure an early Baron Nashor.
By the time the second Nashor spawned, MAD Lions lowered the gold gap to just 1k, but Adam still had 5 kills. Baron was slain by BDS at the 37th minute mark as MAD were too late to respond in time. In 40 seconds, BDS was looking to get the Mountain Soul as well. MAD attempted to take the Drake first, but in the ensuing fight, Sheo stuck the smite, getting Mountain Soul, and BDS killed three. After that, BDS grouped up mid and ended the game
SK Gaming has vanquished the top two teams, and were now looking to beat KOI and end the week 3-0. KOI on the other hand was dangerously close to ending the week 0 and 3. First Blood was masterfully secured by KOI as Malrang and Larssen dove Sertuss at 3 minutes with no casualties from KOI's side. Later, Malrang and Larssen roamed top lane and dove Irrelevant as well, putting Larssen's Tristana at a 1k gold lead at 5 minutes over Sertuss. The bot lane was a whole other story however, as Exakick and Doss had been putting mad pressure on KOI. At 9 minutes, Exakick and Doss dove Comp and Trymbi with no help from their jungle and secured a double kill onto SK's bot laner.
The game slowed down after that, and the first big fight didn't happen until KOI tried to take Ocean Drake at the 23rd minute mark. Teleports came in on all sides, but it was Sertuss' flanking Akali and Irrelevant's Gnar that made all the difference. SK aced KOI and made their way towards Baron. Imbued by the Baron buff, SK took down the top and bottom inhibitors and got their third win of the week!
G2 Esports and Vitality faced off next and while they were no longer undefeated, they were still the top two teams in the standings. Bo snagged First Blood onto the very squishy Mikyx in the bot lane, and ganked top lane shortly afterwards to get his second kill. By 15 minutes, Vitality was up five kills to nill, and in the lead by 3k gold, but G2 had slain both of the Drakes. G2 didn't get their first kill until BrokenBlade managed to solo Photon in the bottom lane. However, shortly after that, at 21 minutes, Team Vitality secured the Baron Nashor and the gold gap widened to 5k difference in favour of Vitality.
G2 Esports threw out one good team fight at the 31st minute mark, managing to nearly ace Team Vitality and finally getting a few kills onto their carries. However, Team Vitality bounced back, taking Baron Nashor again, and winning a team fight initiated by G2 in the top side jungle. With three down on G2's side, Team Vitality pushed mid and won the game.
Fnatic and Team Heretics closed out the second week of the LEC regular season. After a lacklustre showing, Fnatic was eager to do to Heretics what G2 did to them the day before. First Blood was scored by Ruby onto Wunder, shortly after Fnatic secured Rift Herald. The first bigger skirmish happened at 17 minutes, as FNC engaged onto Mersa in the bottom red side jungle. In the end, TH was nearly aced, with only Jackspektra managing to survive, but Fnatic lost three of their own as well. Infernal Drake had spawned, so both teams navigated back to the same area of the map and another fight broke out. This time, Fnatic won more decisively, taking down Evi and Ruby and forcing TH to concede the Dragon. Another large team fight broke out at the Baron pit as the Heretics started the objective and Fnatic answered. Jankos secured the Smite, but four members of the Heretics died.
It was looking rough for the Heretics now as in just a few moments the Infernal Soul could be secured by Fnatic, which would all but cement their victory. However, before they could get the Soul, they had to kill TH one more time. Razork initiated and isolated Jackspektra away from his team, but the Zeri somehow managed to survive and dish out enough damage that in the end, TH got four kills and denied the Infernal Soul from Fnatic. Shortly after, with Razork dead, TH also nabbed Baron Nashor and the gold gap now shrunk to just 1k in favour of Fnatic. It only took two more good fights for Heretics to win the game.
Week 2 Preview
Monday's games are the final games of the Split and it's hard to predict which games will be the most exciting to watch. By Monday, it's quite likely that all will be decided and we will know which teams are making it to the group stage, and which two teams are out. At the close of Week 2, these are the odds that each team will make it to the group stage:
That concludes our week 2 recap and our week 3 preview. We hope you'll enjoy this coming weekend of games as much as we will!
Remember that there's still a few more hours to update your Captain or use up your sell tokens if you think that a player you have is going to be putting your fantasy team at risk. If one of the top point earners is in your team, consider making them your captain this week! Also keep in mind that while you can switch your Captains between each game day, you only have one single sell token!
Credits go to LoL.fandom Wiki for their collection of player portraits, up-to-date statistics, overviews and all-around fantastic work documenting LoL esports. A huge thank you to Silverman who helped me craft this article, and gave me lots of inspiration from when he covered Worlds.