Brandon Sturak

Brandon Sturak

Brandon is a Niagara University graduate with a passion for esports. He writes about League of Legends and esports, with analysis and commentary on both. He is a founding member Niagara University Esports, the previous mid laner and current Head Coach for the NU Esports LoL team. Twitter @GhandiLoL

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LEC Summer 2019: Week Eight | Day One Recap

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Schalke 04 vs Misfits Gaming

S04 and MSF team compositions with S04 on stage above.

The first game of the week was an absolute wash, as Schalke 04 ("S04") styled on Misfits Gaming ("MSF"). Trick was massive this game, starting off many plays to get his team a lead. He first ganked bottom, killing Doss for First Blood. He led the S04 squad all over the map to find successful fights and skirmishes, which inevitably translated to objectives, such as two Infernal Dragons and the First Tower bonus. They made repeat visits to the middle lane, where Lider was killed a couple of times. Trick himself took a lot of these kills and was powerful moving into the mid-game.

At 20 minutes, MSF rushed the Infernal Dragon to make sure S04 couldn't get three but lost three members in the ensuing team fight for it. Because of this, S04 easily secured their first Baron Nashor. This buff did go quite a ways, allowing S04 to destroy multiple towers but not any Inhibitors. It wore off, but S04 Ace'd MSF in a 27-minute team fight. Next, they took the top Inhibitor and the second Baron. At this point, MSF was way too far behind to put up much of a fight, so S04 forced down their Inhibitors, slaughtered their champions and blasted their Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 33:21
  • Kills: 27-9
  • Turrets: 11-2
  • Gold: 72.2k-55.7k
  • Dragons: 4-1
  • Barons: 2-0

SK Gaming vs Vitality

SK and VIT team compositions with the SK squad above.

The second match of the day was a nail-biter, but in the end, SK Gaming ("SK") defeated Vitality ("VIT"). Their early game was great, as they collapsed on a VIT invade in their jungle to kill three-for-one at 11 minutes. Next, they went mid to win a skirmish then slay the Rift Herald. The Herald was used top, and though it didn't take the tower, it did enough damage for SK to take the First Tower bonus there a few minutes later. SK also won a team fight in the middle lane two-for-zero and looked dominant.

But VIT wasn't going down without a fight. A great Death's Grasp from Cabochard's Mordekaiser grabbed three SK champions, which led to a team fight where VIT killed four. SK won the next team fight, but couldn't take the Baron. They did end up getting the Baron at 26 minutes, but lost a team fight a minute later, so all of their Baron buffs disappeared. After this, the teams waited for the next Baron. At 33 minutes VIT rushed the objective, which they secured, but SK decided to push mid and take the Inhibitor. The team scuffled in VIT's base for a while, but eventually, SK killed multiple VIT members and claimed their Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 34:34
  • Kills: 16-14
  • Turrets: 8-3
  • Gold: 64.9k-59.6k
  • Dragons: 2-1
  • Barons:1-1

Fnatic vs Excel Esports

FNC and XL team compositions with XL Mickey center.

In the third game of the day, Fnatic ("FNC") defeated Excel Esports ("XL"). It should've been a one-sided affair, but XL honestly put up an admirable fight. Though Caedrel overextended in FNC's jungle and gave over First Blood, Xl made some proactive moves to get themselves a slight lead. They killed both members from the FNC bottom lane multiple times and even secured the First Tower bonus in the bottom lane. But FNC was no slouch either, as they made some aggressive plays of their own.

Once the mid-game rolled around, FNC turned up the tempo. At 17 minutes, they won a team fight in their jungle four-for-one and established map control. When they moved together as a unit they continued to win these large fights and broke open the game at 28 minutes. Here, they fought and Ace'd XL, then took the Baron. Empowered by the buff, FNC systematically demolished XL's base, taking all three Inhibitors in the following minutes. After FNC picked off Caedrel, they pushed on, won the 5v4 team fight and finished the game.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 35:52
  • Kills: 24-15
  • Turrets: 11-4
  • Gold: 78.6k-64.2k
  • Dragons: 4-2
  • Barons: 2-0

Splyce vs Origen

SPY and OG team compositions with SPY Kobbe above.

Splyce ("SPY") took down Origen ("OG") in the day's fourth match. It was relatively close early on, but SPY began to scale and the skill difference between the teams became more apparent. OG dove and killed Vizicsacsi for First Blood, which was great, but SPY turned around some of their next plays on them. SPY got a huge lead at 14 minutes by taking the First Tower bonus in the top lane but didn't stop there. Humanoid outplayed four OG members to survive a tower dive, then SPY collapsed and killed four from OG.

Once they had this lead, SPY never looked back. A 20-minute team fight went in their favor, four-for-one, and that allowed them to easily take their first Baron. With it, SPY managed to bring down a few more towers but didn't do significant damage. That was fine though, as OG was unable to pressure them or contest when they claimed the second Baron at 28 minutes. This buff proved to be fatal for OG, as SPY was able to simply push down mid, smash OG into the dirt in the team fight and demolish their Nexus without major resistance.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 30:58
  • Kills: 17-8
  • Turrets: 9-1
  • Gold: 63.2k-51.1k
  • Dragons: 2-2
  • Barons: 2-0

G2 Esports vs Rogue

G2 and RGE team compositions with the G2 team on stage above.

The last game of the day featured G2 Esports ("G2") taking a dominant win over Rogue ("RGE"). They started it all off by killing Larssen for First Blood, then fighting in the jungle to get two more kills. Next, G2 dove Woolite to kill him and put pressure on the tower. The next series of skirmishes were closer, going one-for-one, and RGE even won one at 12 minutes. Then Wunder took control of the top bush above Krugs, camping it and killing both Woolie and Inspired when they got close.

That aside, G2 pushed their advantage more and more as the game progressed. RGE managed to catch out Caps a couple of times, but it wasn't anywhere near enough, as he still managed to kill one in a 1v3. G2's fighting-heavy playstyle overwhelmed RGE at 22 minutes, as they fought in the middle and bottom lanes. When the dust finally settled from these fights, RGE was Ace'd and G2 had the Baron. G2 was ruthless with this Baron, instantly bursting through the middle lane, claiming more RGE lives and taking their Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 24:47
  • Kills: 24-8
  • Turrets: 7-0
  • Gold: 52.4k-37.5k
  • Dragons: 1-1
  • Barons: 1-0

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