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 One Day Two Recap

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Excel vs Rogue

XL and RGE team compositions with the XL line-up on stage. Photo via LoL Esports.

Rogue kicked off the second day of the split with a good win over Excel. This match between the bottom two teams from last split was quite close, as there were only a handful of kills early on. Excel created advantages for themselves by focusing objectives; they secured the First Tower bonus and three dragons in the first 20 minutes. On the other hand, Rogue was more successful finding picks and kills in skirmishes.

There was little action in the mid game, aside from a couple of fights that resulted in only a couple of kills and vision control over Baron. Finally, at 35 minutes. Rogue made a huge engage onto Excel, killing two members quickly. This allowed them to take both the Baron and Elder Dragon. These two buffs supercharged the Rogue line up as they began to siege. When they grouped top at 38 minutes, they immediately used their brutal engage, again on Hjarnan, under tower to get more kills. Excel couldn’t stop their rampage here, and lost structure after structure before ultimately watching their Nexus explode.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 39:22
  • Kills: 3-14
  • Turrets: 3-9
  • Gold: 62.9k-73.2k
  • Dragons: 4-2
  • Barons: 0-1

SK Gaming vs Schalke 04

SK and S04 team compositions with the SK squad on stage. Photo via LoL Esports.

The next game featured two German teams slugging it out in a tense back and forth. The early game was explosive as both junglers sparked action in the top and middle lanes. Well-timed roams from IgNar and Abbedage netted S04 kill advantages that helped them greatly in a few later fights. These fights broke out around the dragon pit, with S04 coming out on top in all of them in dominant fashion, getting multiple kills for only a couple. One of these fights resulted in a Baron take for S04.

However, when they tried to use the Baron to siege, SK found a fantastic engage and cut down four S04 members. After this, SK came online with Crownshot’s Ezreal leading the charge. They won a decisive fight at Baron, which gave them that buff, then turned around a S04 push to secure four more kills. SK seized this opportunity and pushed right through the top lane to blast S04’s Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 33:59
  • Kills: 18-17
  • Turrets: 8-6
  • Gold: 63.3k-60.3k
  • Dragons: 3-0
  • Barons: 1-1

Splyce vs Vitality

SPY and VIT team compositions with the VIT squad on stage. Photo via LoL Esports.

Splyce, despite a rough early game, played an exceptional mid-game to snag a victory over Vitality. There was a ton of action in every lane early on, with multiple ganks from both junglers in the bottom lane and solo kills from Cabochard and Humanoid on their counterparts. Approaching the mid game, Vitality had a huge advantage in the top lane, while Splyce’s bottom and middle lanes were quite ahead.

This discrepancy became quite apparent. Vitality couldn’t utilize Cabochard’s advantage and Splyce set up full control of the map. They used this to find a pick onto Mowgli and capitalize on the mistakes of Jiizuke. Eventually they caught Jactroll in the trap too, which led to a Baron take. Splyce sieged the top and middle lanes, and picked off Jiizuke again before taking the middle Inhibitor. Vitality couldn’t stand up in the 4v5. As a result, they lost more members before their Nexus fell at last.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 28:05
  • Kills: 15-6
  • Turrets: 10-3
  • Gold: 54.4k-48.3k
  • Dragons: 1-2
  • Barons: 1-0

Misfits vs Fnatic

MSF and FNC team compositions with both teams on stage. Photo via LoL Esports.

Match four continued the day’s trend of long, methodical games with Fnatic victorious over Misfits. Broxah, on his staple Lee Sin, absolutely commanded the early game, ganking every lane and getting three kills by six minutes. However Misfits grouped up to win some key team fights at the Rift Herald and the dragon pit, which put them back in the lead.

Misfits continued to exert control in the mid game, and when they picked off Bwipo at 29 minutes, it looked dire for Fnatic. Misfits started the Baron and got it to low health, but Fnatic bursted it down and stole it! With it, Fnatic executed 1-3-1 lane assignments to great success. After the buff expired, the teams locked into a standoff mid, but a decisive Fnatic engage broke it. They slaughtered Misfits where they stood, dropping four members while losing none. Misfits could only watch with grey screens as Fnatic blasted their Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 39:55
  • Kills: 14-15
  • Turrets: 4-9
  • Gold: 68.2k-78.6k
  • Dragons: 5-1
  • Barons: 0-2

Origen vs G2 Esports

OG and G2 team compositions with the G2 squad on stage. Photo via LoL Esports.

G2, led by Perkz, closed out the first week of the LEC Summer Split with a win over Origen. It all started with a clever collapse on a gank mid by Kold, where Perkz killed him for First Blood. Kold did make plays to get his team back into the game, most of which were focused on the G2 bottom lane. Crucially, G2 weathered the storm fairly well and turned on in the mid game team fights.

In the mid game G2 consistently picked off Origen members while baiting the Baron. Eventually they chose to engage and killed four members, allowing them to take the Baron and a middle Inhibitor. Next, they slayed an Infernal Dragon, but Alphari executed a miracle Kennen engage to set up Origen to Ace G2. It looked like a major momentum shift, but G2 snapped back. They pushed into the top lane of Origen’s base and engaged on them, obliterating Origen’s Inhibitor and players. G2 finished off Origen’s Nexus after completing the Ace with a Fountain dive.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 35:21
  • Kills: 18-25
  • Turrets: 2-9
  • Gold: 61.2k-71.2k
  • Dragons: 1-4
  • Barons: 0-1

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