LCS EU Week 5 Recap

LCS EU Week 5 Recap

 

DAY 1

Team Alternate
Team Alternate

VS.

Fnatic
Fnatic

 

     This week`s battle for the top opened up with a brawl  between 2 of the top placed teams currently – Alternate and Fnatic( Sitting on, respectively – 1st and 3rd ). Considering the defeat Fnatic gave Alternate in Week 4, there was  a lot of pressure on them to recover quickly from that and set their heads straight. However, the confidence boost Fnatic got from going 3-0 last week turned out to be too much for Alternate to handle.

 

Picks and bans:

38px-Atnlogo_stdAlternate bans:                                                                 38px-Fnaticlogo_stdFnatic bans:

  • Kassadin                                                                                                Shen
  • Elise                                                                                                         Lee Sin
  • Jayce                                                                                                       Fiddlesticks

 

38px-Atnlogo_stdAlternate picks:                                                                 38px-Fnaticlogo_stdFnatic picks:

  • Zed                                                                                                            Kennen
  • Zac                                                                                                             Nunu
  • Twisted Fate                                                                                          Ahri
  • Ezreal                                                                                                       Varus
  • Nami                                                                                                         Thresh

 

Outcome: Fnatic wins

VOD: Twitch , YouTube

 

Meet Your Makers
Meet Your Makers

VS.

Gambit Gaming
Gambit Gaming

 

     The second match-up of the day featured the 2nd rated team Gambit Gaming facing off against Meet Your Makers. The russians decided to go back to their roots in terms of playstyle ( dictating the flow of the game with surprising picks and “see hero – kill hero” mentality ) by choosing Annie and Aatrox for their solo laners.  Even though these picks are considered unconventional and highly situational, the builds Alex Ich and Darien went for(Sustain/Burst Annie with Spirit of the Spectral Wraith, Spirit Visage and almost full damage Aatrox with 2 Bloodthirsters) could have been the thing that set MYM off-balance and secured Gambit the victory.

 

Picks and bans:

38px-Mymlogo_stdMYM bans:                                                                 38px-GambitLogo_stdGambit bans:

  • Evelynn                                                                                                 Nunu
  • Ashe                                                                                                        Draven
  • Shen                                                                                                        Elise

 

38px-Mymlogo_stdMYM picks:                                                                 38px-GambitLogo_stdGambit picks:

  • Kennen                                                                                                   Aatrox
  • Jarvan IV                                                                                              Udyr
  • Twisted Fate                                                                                         Annie
  • Kog`Maw                                                                                               Varus
  • Zyra                                                                                                          Sona

 

Outcome: Gambit wins

VOD: Twitch , YouTube

 

Evil Geniuses
Evil Geniuses

VS.

Ninjas In Pyjamas
Ninjas In Pyjamas

 

     Following through Day 1 Evil Geniuses took on Ninjas In Pyjamas. NiP`s win over EG in the last game of Week 4 gave them a positive vibe that transitioned into a 21-7 kill score. NiP took their first win in this week`s series putting EG in desperate need for wins in order to stay competitive.

 

Picks and bans:

38px-Eglogo_stdEG bans:                                                                 38px-NiPlogo_stdNiP bans:

  • Elise                                                                                                 Jayce
  • Draven                                                                                            Twisted Fate
  • Kassadin                                                                                         Lissandra

 

38px-Eglogo_stdEG picks:                                                                 38px-NiPlogo_stdNiP picks:

  • Kennen                                                                                             Shen
  • Nunu                                                                                                 Zac
  • Malphite                                                                                          Orianna
  • Varus                                                                                                Caitlyn
  • Nami                                                                                                  Thresh

 

Outcome: NiP wins

VOD: Twitch , YouTube

 

LemonDogs
LemonDogs

VS.

SK Gaming
SK Gaming

 

     Last match of Day 1 got SK Gaming in the same situation as EG, as they lost to LemonDogs 17-6( final  kill score ). On the contrary LD`s solid results since the roster change got them on the road to becoming a top 3 team.

 

Picks and bans:

38px-Lemondogslogo_stdLD bans:                                                                 38px-Sklogo_stdSK bans:

  • Udyr                                                                                                Lissandra
  • Shen                                                                                                 Zed
  • Nunu                                                                                                Fiddlesticks

 

38px-Lemondogslogo_stdLD picks:                                                                 38px-Sklogo_stdSK picks:

  • Ryze                                                                                                  Elise
  • Lee Sin                                                                                              Jarvan IV
  • Twisted Fate                                                                                   Ahri
  • Caitlyn                                                                                              Vayne
  • Lulu                                                                                                    Thresh

 

Outcome: LD wins

VOD: Twitch , YouTube

 

 

DAY 2

 

Ninjas In Pyjamas
Ninjas In Pyjamas

VS.

Gambit Gaming
Gambit Gaming

 

     Day 2 started off with Ninjas In Pyjamas opposing Gambit Gaming. Recently both teams seemed to be in top form, showing peak performances and this match was just a matter of who is going to “choke” and lose the momentum. Gambit made a bold move going with a composition without dedicated tank( Top – Ryze, Jungle – Evelynn ). Unfortunately for them it didn`t work out as NiP ran them over finishing the game with a 26 – 3 score. That was one of the most devastating if not the most devastating defeat Gambit has ever suffered.

 

Picks and bans:

38px-NiPlogo_stdNiP bans:                                                                 38px-GambitLogo_stdGambit bans:

  • Aatrox                                                                                                Nunu
  • Udyr                                                                                                    Thresh
  • Elise                                                                                                     Twisted Fate

 

38px-NiPlogo_stdNiP picks:                                                                 38px-GambitLogo_stdGambit picks:

  • Shen                                                                                                     Ryze
  • Xin Zhao                                                                                             Evelynn
  • Ahri                                                                                                      Jayce
  • Draven                                                                                                Varus
  • Nami                                                                                                    Sona

 

Outcome: NiP wins

VOD: Twitch , YouTube

 

Fnatic
Fnatic

VS.

SK Gaming
SK Gaming

 

     In the second game Fnatic squared off against SK Gaming. These teams had completely opposite mindsets – Fnatic has been “‘on fire”  in their last couple of games( 4-0 ) and SK got into a situation where they need wins to stay in the race. SK rose up to the challenge, surprising with a 12-6( final kill score ) victory, giving them an opportunity to take a breather.

 

Picks and bans:

38px-Fnaticlogo_stdFnatic bans:                                                                 38px-Sklogo_stdSK bans:

  • Udyr                                                                                                   Nunu
  • Shen                                                                                                    Twisted Fate
  • Thresh                                                                                                Zed

 

38px-Fnaticlogo_stdFnatic picks:                                                                 38px-Sklogo_stdSK picks:

  • Elise                                                                                                     Lissandra
  • Jarvan IV                                                                                          Lee Sin
  • Ryze                                                                                                     Orianna
  • Varus                                                                                                   Vayne
  • Sona                                                                                                      Nami

 

Outcome: SK wins

VOD: Twitch , YouTube

 

LemonDogs
LemonDogs

VS.

Team Alternate
Team Alternate

 

     The end of the day and the week was closing in and it looked like it was not Alternate`s week. They played against LemonDogs who picked up a lot of wins lately and became a top 3 contender. Alternate used their substitute player Matti “WhiteKnight108” Sormunen again, this time taking over the ADC role. They chose to run a poke composition ( Nidalee,  Jayce, Ezreal ), but LD answered with a heavy initiate comp ( Jarvan IV, Varus, Sona ). This team setup and the ability to use it correctly gave LemonDogs the edge in game and eventually the victory.

Picks and bans:

38px-Lemondogslogo_stdLD bans:                                                                 38px-Atnlogo_stdAlternate bans:

  • Shen                                                                                                   Elise
  • Lissandra                                                                                         Zed
  • Nunu                                                                                                  Ryze

 

38px-Lemondogslogo_stdLD picks:                                                                 38px-Atnlogo_stdAlternate picks:

  • Kennen                                                                                              Jayce
  • Jarvan IV                                                                                         Lee Sin
  • Twisted Fate                                                                                    Nidalee
  • Varus                                                                                                  Ezreal
  • Sona                                                                                                     Thresh

 

Outcome: LD wins

VOD: Twitch , YouTube

 

Meet Your Makers
Meet Your Makers

VS.

Evil Geniuses
Evil Geniuses

 

   To wrap up the day and the week the last fight went down between Meet Your Makers and Evil Geniuses. The fact that both teams were in a tough spot got them thriving to pick up that very much needed win. EG took it home with a surprising double teleport strategy( on Malphite and Kassadin ).

 

Picks and bans:

38px-Mymlogo_stdMYM bans:                                                                 38px-Eglogo_stdEG bans:

  • Zac                                                                                                   Elise
  • Jayce                                                                                              Shen
  • Nunu                                                                                               Ahri

 

38px-Mymlogo_stdMYM picks:                                                                 38px-Eglogo_stdEG picks:

  • Lissandra                                                                                       Malphite
  • Nautilus                                                                                          Jarvan IV
  • Twisted Fate                                                                                 Kassadin
  • Vayne                                                                                              Twitch
  • Zyra                                                                                                  Thresh

 

Outcome: EG wins

VOD: Twitch , YouTube

 

Aydin

Aydin has been following competetive League of Legends since before Season 1. He loves playing support, and longs for the day when Heimerdinger will make his LCS debut.

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