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 and the previous mid laner/coach for the NU Esports LoL team. Twitter @GhandiLoL

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LEC Summer 2019: Week Four Day One Recap

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Rogue vs Schalke 04

RGE and S04 team compositions with the RGE squad above.

The first day of the LEC after Rift Rival showcased Schalke 04 (“S04”) defeating Rogue (“RGE”). The early game was relatively quiet as the lanes fought and the jungler farmed. That was until 9 minutes. Vander killed Ignar for First Blood in the 2v2, which prompted RGE to go to the Infernal Dragon. They secured the objective, but a team fight broke out right after that resulted in four kills for S04. They took this lead and ran with it, taking the Rift Herald, Ocean Dragon and First Tower bonus all within the next six minutes.

The action really kicked off in the mid-game though. A top lane team fight was very back-and-forth, but in the end, RGE came out ahead three-to-one in kills. S04 still had the lead but it seemed as though RGE wasn’t out of it yet. At 23 minutes the teams met in the top lane once again to fight. This time S04 found three kills and the Baron buff as a result. They began their siege on all three lanes, taking multiple towers, as RGE collapsed on the bottom lane. S04 responded, and a final team fight erupted. When the smoke cleared all five RGE members were down, and S04 was free to destroy their Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 27:01
  • Kills: 4-14
  • Turrets: 3-9
  • Gold: 42.3k-53.0k
  • Dragons: 1-2
  • Barons:0-1

Splyce vs SK Gaming

SPY and SK Gaming team compositions with SPY on-stage above.

Splyce (“SPY”) played a clean game to beat SK Gaming (“SK”) in the second match of the day. It all began at six minutes, where Xerxe stole an Ocean Dragon from SK and Kobbe killed Dreams for First Blood. Kobbe killed Dreams again in the 2v2 shortly after to make himself a monstrous threat. SPY took the Rift Herald and used it to take the First Tower bonus in the bottom lane too, getting the duo even farther ahead. After Humanoid solo killed Pirean under his tower, SPY took a number of objectives and had a firm hold of the map.

SK did try to come back in the mid-game though. Selfmade found a beautiful Lee Sin ultimate onto Kobbe to get a shut down for Crownshot. At 28 minutes, SPY went towards the Infernal Dragon to take that objective, but when they did, SK rushed the Baron. They secured it but lost four members when SPY collapsed. This gave SPY even more momentum to push towers down and establish deep vision. When the Baron respawned, SPY easily took it and pushed all three lanes. Inhibitor after Inhibitor fell, and the final team fight resulted in a dominant win for SPY and a clean Nexus kill.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 36:49
  • Kills: 15-5
  • Turrets: 11-3
  • Gold: 74.6k-64.9k
  • Dragons: 6-0
  • Barons: 1-1

G2 Esports vs Misfits Gaming

G2 and MSF team compositions with the LEC stage above.

The third game of the day was a stomp, with G2 Esports (“G2”) absolutely dominating Misfits Gaming (“MSF”). It honestly wasn’t close at any point and demonstrated why G2 is such a great team. Caps started the snowball at three minutes by solo killing Soaz in the mid lane, then Telporting top to kill Lider under his tower. After this, the match became a bloodbath. Caps solo killed Lider in the mid lane, Jankos ganked bot to kill Gorilla and Perkz killed Hans Sama by himself. On top of this, G2 secured all the objectives they could and had a massive lead.

MSF did manage to kill Caps’ Renekton at 15 minutes, but it wasn’t enough. G2 pressured all points of the map and strangled the weak MSF roster. At 20 minutes, G2 caught out Lider and turned for the Baron. They burned it low, but Maxlore hit the Smite to steal it away from G2! Unfortunately, though, it was too little too late, as G2 won a team fight in the middle lane and broke open the base. After regrouping they easily destroyed two Inhibitors and slaughtered MSF in their base, eventually taking their Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 26:05
  • Kills: 19-2
  • Turrets: 10-2
  • Gold: 52.2k-39.4k
  • Dragons: 2-0
  • Barons: 0-1

Excel Esports vs Origen

XL and OG team compositions with the XL team above.

This fourth match of the day was a volatile one, but ultimately Origen (“OG”) got the better of Excel Esports (“XL”). XL was winning for a lot of the game though, as Caedrel found successful ganks and won skirmishes. They won a skirmish three-for-zero at nine minutes, which gave them a big advantage that they used to take a number of objectives. OG was on the backfoot, but Alphari was terribly strong. He bullied and killed Expect the entire game on his Vayne pick, which helped keep his team afloat.

XL took a Baron at 22 minutes, which allowed them to take some towers and the middle Inhibitor. After this, the match stalled for a bit as the teams waited for the Baron to respawn. When it did, it was OG who took the buff. With it, they knocked down an Inhibitor for themselves in the top lane but couldn’t do too much more. Finally, the third Baron spawned, which OG grabbed once again. First, they retook the respawned top lane Inhibitor before turning to fight XL in their base. It was a hectic fight, but OG killed multiple XL members and used the opportunity to take their Nexus too.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 39:55
  • Kills: 9-14
  • Turrets: 5-10
  • Gold: 68.7k-76.3k
  • Dragons: 3-2
  • Barons: 1-2

Vitality vs Fnatic

FNC and VIT team compositions with the FNC lineup on stage.

Fnatic (“FNC”) remains undefeated after another striking win over Vitality (“VIT”). Broxah took complete control over this game was a menace. He got First Blood and a Double Kill during a 2v2 in the top lane, which he quickly used the snowball other lanes. He ganked and killed Cabochard again, then dove and killed Jiizuke a few minutes later. Mowgli did gank bottom to kill the FNC duo but he couldn’t keep up with Broxah’s immense pressure.

FNC went into the mid-game by securing an Infernal Dragon and continuing to pressure VIT all over the map. At 16 minutes, they dove Jiizuke again, killing him and taking his tower afterward. FNC showed how far ahead they were at 18 minutes when a team fight began in the top lane. Here, Fnatic killed four VIT members for one. VIT did manage to slow down the game for a while, but at 27 minutes FNC engaged a huge fight where they got four more kills. With this advantage, they pushed down mid and after a bit more fighting, took their seventh Nexus of the Split.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 28:30
  • Kills: 18-5
  • Turrets: 9-1
  • Gold: 56.6k-44.5k
  • Dragons: 3-1
  • Barons: 0-0

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