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LEC Summer 2019 Gauntlet: Origen vs Splyce Recap

LEC Splyce vs Origen
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Game One

LEC Gauntlet 2019 Origen OG v Splyce SPY Game 1 Vizicsacsi

The LEC Regional Qualifier is the final chance teams have to secure their spot at the World Championship. The first series for it was between Origen ("OG") and Splyce ("SPY"), with OG coming out strong in Game One. SPY drafted an early game composition, but OG outmaneuvered them in this part of the game and then inevitably scaled. Patrik killed Kobbe for First Blood in the bottom lane 2v2, before he helped his team win a team fight and take multiple dragons.

There were a few engagements in the mid-game that had mixed results. SPY won a team fight around the Rift Herald two-for-one when OG contested it. SPY won another top lane team fight at 22 minutes, killing two champions while losing none of their own. But OG picked off Vizicsacsi and Humanoid shortly after the keep things rather even. After the 30 minute mark though they showed the were really ahead. They won a team fight around Baron, but at 34 minutes, absolutely crushed SPY in a top lane team fight. Here, OG picked up a clean Ace and took SPY's base and Nexus in one fell swoop.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 35:22
  • Kills: 16-7
  • Turrets: 9-3
  • Gold: 64.2k-57.2k
  • Dragons: 4-0
  • Barons: 0-0

Game Two

LEC Gauntlet 2019 Origen OG v Splyce SPY Game 2 Mithy

Game Two went in favor of SPY to equalize the series score. It was quite a low action game, like the previous, with late-game team fighting being the key to success. Despite their loss, rookie jungler Zanzarah ganked top to get First Blood for Alphari. But SPY soon turned up the pace. They took the Rift Herald, a kill onto Vizicsacsi, a Cloud Dragon and First Tower bonus. The real deciding moment came at 20 minutes though. Here, a team fight around the dragon pit broke out which SPY won four-for-one in kills.

After this team fight, SPY immediately went to Baron Nashor and claimed the buff. Over the course of the next few minutes, they knocked down multiple towers with it and won another team fight. After this Baron dissipated, the game stalled out for a few minutes. SPY made a few attempts at the Baron, but OG pushed them off a couple of times. Finally, at 30 minutes, a full-blown team fight erupted at the Baron pit. Once again, SPY came out on top, killing four from OG with no casualties. From here, they pushed right through the top lane to OG's Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 31:24
  • Kills: 11-4
  • Turrets: 9-3
  • Gold: 59.0k-48.7k
  • Dragons: 2-1
  • Barons: 1-0

Game Three

LEC Gauntlet 2019 Origen OG v Splyce SPY Game 3 Xerxe

Game Three was quite the long one, but in the end, SPY emerged victoriously and brought OG to match point. Interestingly, in the early stages, OG found some advantages. Zanzarah ganked top to get a kill for Alphari, then Alphari picked up another kill in the bot lane with his Gangplank ultimate. OG also made a couple of good plays to get some kills for themselves. Crucially, SPY was able to get numerous objectives, including the First Tower bonus and additional towers too.

There were some small plays in the mid-game until 28 minutes. At this point, a drawn-out team fight netted SPY multiple kills and the Baron buff. It didn't accomplish much, so SPY had to wait for another Baron. It spawned, and after winning a team fight four-for-one, SPY picked up the second buff. But OG managed to get the Elder Dragon while they did, so they were able to defend all but their middle Inhibitor from SPY. The game stalled further amd at 42 minutes SPY rushed and secured the Baron and Elder. At the Elder, OG contested and were forced into a team fight after the buff dropped. As a result, they were slaughtered. With four OG members on death timer, SPY easily walked into their base and took their second Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 44:05
  • Kills: 21-14
  • Turrets: 10-3
  • Gold: 87.1k-74.3k
  • Dragons: 2-5
  • Barons: 3-0

Game Four

LEC Gauntlet 2019 Origen OG v Splyce SPY Game 4 Patrik Mithy

With their backs against the wall in Game Four, OG pulled out all the stops and won an impressive game over SPY. SPY made two plays in the top lane early on to kill Alphari twice, but other than that OG was quite dominant throughout the match. At eight minutes, they won a team fight around the dragon pit one-for-zero, took the First Tower bonus and secured the Moutain Dragon shortly after. Though SPY forced plays to get kills, OG was always in position to take towers or objectives and further their lead.

OG dropped a team fight to SPY at 19 minutes but took revenge two minutes later by getting an Ace on SPY and claiming Baron Nashor. Along with a second Infernal Dragon, OG destroyed the middle Inhibitor and a bottom tower. This led to the buff wearing off and the second Baron spawning. At 28 minutes, OG won yet another fight to give them the opportunity to take this second Baron. Equipped with the Baron, OG pushed their lanes and eventually found a team fight in SPY's jungle. Here, OG cleanly Ace SPY and march through their base to demolish the Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 31:29
  • Kills: 18-7
  • Turrets: 9-2
  • Gold: 64.6k-52.6k
  • Dragons: 4-0
  • Barons: 2-0

Game Five

LEC Gauntlet 2019 Origen OG v Splyce SPY Game 5

After Silver Scrapes ended, both teams were ready to fight for their season. It was a very slow game that relied on defensive play, but after a long haul, SPY defeated OG in Game Five. OG had the tools to win the game, as they got two kills on both Nukeduck's Zed and Patrik's Tristana, but suffered from terrible inactivity. There were some small fights in the early game, but after the 20-minute mark, the only action was occasional picks from SPY. This was incredibly detrimental for OG, as they had the lead but would end up losing the scaling war.

SPY took their first Baron after catching out Alphari at 28 minutes. This gave them the strength to take a number of towers and the bottom Inhibitor. They got their second after Kobbe's Kai'Sa solo killed Nukeduck, which ultimately did very little to advance the state of the game. As such, both teams waited around and farmed, something that's more beneficial for SPY. They had to make a few attempts at it, but SPY took their third Baron at 41 minutes. When SPY grouped at 42 minutes, the last fight finally started. In the end, SPY Ace'd OG and claimed their third Nexus to advance to face Schalke 04 in the second round of the LEC Gauntlet.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 43:06
  • Kills: 10-4
  • Turrets: 11-3
  • Gold: 82.9k-67.6k
  • Dragons: 4-2
  • Barons: 3-0

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