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 Three Day Two Recap

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Vitality vs SK Gaming

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

The first game of the day was an exciting one, with Vitality (“VIT”) grabbing the win over SK Gaming (“SK”). It did start off well for SK though, as Selfmade ganked mid to get Pirean First Blood. Mowgli struck back with a gank of his own a few minutes later, going bottom to get a kill for Attila’s Sivir, which would be crucial to their success. Soon, VIT secured a lead through two top lane skirmishes, which helped them take multiple Dragons and towers.

A 26 minute Baron attempt led to a full blown team fight. In the end, SK stole away the buff but VIT Ace’d them and destroyed their middle Inhibitor. VIT still had a lead and decided to use it to force down the top Inhibitor tower. But disaster struck as SK won a miracle fight to Ace VIT. Next, SK won another mid fight and were back in the game. Emboldened, SK started the Baron for themselves, but VIT quickly responded. Yet another fight occurred, but this time VIT smashed SK and Ace’d them. SK could only look on with grey screens as VIT demolished their Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 35:44
  • Kills: 19-19
  • Turrets: 10-2
  • Gold: 69.2k-64.0k
  • Dragons: 4-0
  • Barons: 0-1

Misfits vs Schalke 04

MSF and S04 team compositions with the MSF squad above. Photo via LoL Esports.

Despite a very early deficit, Schalke 04 (“S04”) came back to dominate their opponents, Misfits Gaming (“MSF”). Lider, who made his debut on the LEC stage today, secured First Blood in an early dive on top lane. It was a small lead, and soon after that play the game fell apart for MSF. Trick found two successful ganks in the solo lanes, while S04’s bottom lane duo killed their counterparts. Next, S04 won a team fight four-for-zero and slayed an Infernal Dragon for themselves to grow their lead considerably.

In the next few minutes S04 constantly fought MSF and won every time. As a result, S04 took multiple objectives, including the First Tower bonus and a dragon. It appeared MSF might still have a chance, as they won a fight in the mid lane, but that wouldn’t last long. At 24 minutes another team fight broke out in the middle lane, where S04 executed perfectly and Ace’d MSF with no losses of their own. Afterwards they easily took the Baron buff and began their siege in all lanes. A team fight began in the bottom lane at 27 minutes, and when the smoke cleared MSF were dead and their Nexus ruined.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 28:06
  • Kills: 6-26
  • Turrets: 0-8
  • Gold: 44.5k-60.8k
  • Dragons: 0-3
  • Barons: 0-1

Origen vs Splyce

OG and SPY team compositions with SPY on stage. Photo via LoL Esports.

Splyce (“SPY”) won their game today against Origen (“OG”), pushing their way into contention for top three. They secured an early lead by fighting in the bottom lane, where Humanoid got a Double Kill and First Blood. Five minutes later, Nukeduck solo killed Vizicsacsi and took the First Tower bonus. This, along with Patrik solo killing Kobbe, gave Origen a foothold back into the game. But SPY didn’t stay down, and fought some winning skirmishes of their own.

In the mid game the game stalled quite a bit. Neither team wanted to make the mistake to lose the game, but it couldn’t last forever. At 27 minutes SPY won a team fight and took a middle tower. Two minutes later they rushed the Baron, killed three OG members and took the buff. While Humanoid fought 1v3 in the bot lane and won, SPY took multiple towers and the top Inhibitor. After keeping up the siege, SPY engaged the final team fight at 35 minutes. Here they slaughtered OG, clean Ace’ing them before smashing their Nexus.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 36:19
  • Kills: 5-14
  • Turrets: 3-10
  • Gold: 59.4k-68.9k
  • Dragons: 1-3
  • Barons: 0-1

Fnatic vs Excel

FNC and XL team compositions with FNC Broxah above. Photo via LoL Esports.

Game four was a crazy one, with Excel (“XL”) nearly taking the win over undefeated Fnatic (“FNC”), but faltering in the end. XL dominated the early game, winning every lane and snowballing their lead effectively. Expect solo killed Nemesis, Mystiques killed Hylissang and took the First Tower bonus at nine minutes. A long top lane fight resulted in five kills for XL, and the fights after went in the favor of XL.

Along with the gold lead, XL had the advantage of two Infernal Dragons. This helped them to take the first Baron at 21 minutes, but FNC engaged on them afterwards and killed three. There were a few more fight afterwards but the one at 28 minutes was crucial. Here, XL killed three of FNC and their Inhibitor. But Rekkles, with Hylissang on him, chased down the low health members of XL. With the help of Nemesis they killed two and took the chance to secure Baron. XL slayed their third Infernal Dragon but FNC again engaged on them, killing two more members. This was all FNC needed to crash into XL’s base, get and Ace and keep their undefeated streak going.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 32:12
  • Kills: 19-16
  • Turrets: 6-6
  • Gold: 62.1k-57.5k
  • Dragons: 1-4
  • Barons: 1-1

Rogue vs G2 Esports

G2 and RGE team compositions with G2 above. Photo via LoL Esports.

G2 Esports (“G2”) rebounded from their first loss yesterday and took out their frustration on Rogue (“RGE”). It was a massacre and RGE barely had any chance to fight back. Woolite did secure First Blood, but Jankos camped the bottom lane to get a lead for his bottom lane duo. This allowed Perkz to grab the First Tower bonus for himself too. RGE did make a play on Wunder, and they caught him out, but when G2 collapsed four of them fell.

G2 claimed the Herald after that and they used it to knock down the second middle tower. Soon after, G2 dove the tier two top lane tower and found two more kills, along with the tower itself. Satisfied, they regrouped then sieged the top and bottom lanes. Caps dove and killed Woolite here, then took the top Inhibitor. G2 capitalized on this lead fully, blasting the middle Inhibitor too. They continued into the base, exposing the Nexus and fighting RGE on their fountain to pad their KDAs. Eventually they did decide to finish off that Nexus at their leisure.

QUICK STATS:

  • Time: 22:10
  • Kills: 17-7
  • Turrets: 9-0
  • Gold: 46.7k-32.7k
  • Dragons: 3-0
  • Barons: 0-0

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