Team Heretics vs SK Gaming 2024 LEC Spring Playoffs Recap

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Team Heretics vs SK Gaming 2024 LEC Spring Playoffs Recap

Team Heretics vs SK Gaming decided the first team that got eliminated from the Spring Playoffs, so the stakes were incredibly high.

The 2024 LEC Spring Playoffs reached the point where we have to say goodbye to some teams. MAD Lions KOI faced GIANTX, while Team Heretics squared up versus SK Gaming on Tuesday – however, only 2 of them could advance towards the Spring Grand Finals, with SK and TH deciding their fate for the Spring first.

Team Heretics vs SK Gaming 2024 LEC Spring Playoffs Recap

Game 1

Team Heretics vs SK Gaming

The first draft was very traditional, but Nisqy hovered Rengar for a while to taunt his former teammate. The first round saw picks such as the Zeri, the Azir and the Maokai picked, so the squads tried to play the meta to it’s fullest. However, Nisqy surprised everyone with and Aurelion Sol pick.

SK took First Blood after ISMA ventured into the botlane after taking 3 jungle camps. After an incredible shuffle play by Zwyroo, TH managed to even the score. While the teams tried to get more leads here and there (and SK did to some extent), the scaling compositions of both squads left the early game relatively uneventful.

The first big teamfight happened right around the 14-minute mark, which saw Nisqy and Exakick roll through TH for the 2nd Drake of the game. While Zwyroo tried to engage a few minutes later, SK evaded and struck back, killing 2 players but losing their Aurelion Sol to Wunder’s K’Sante. While Heretics got the third Dragon of the game, they lost 4 in the process, and the 4k gold lead SK had was not a good sign for Jankos and co.

After the second pause of the game, Team Heretics tried to bounce back, but SK could hold their advances back. Before the 29-minute mark, SK Gaming wiped Heretics after catching Zwyroo on the toplane, and while the respawning members of the Spanish team tried to defend, they couldn’t stop SK going 1-0.

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Quick Stats:

  • Teams: Team Heretics 0 – 1 SK Gaming
  • Game Time: 29:36
  • Gold: 49.5k – 55.9k
  • Kills: 8 – 19 (First Blood)
  • Turrets: 3 – 7 (First Turret)
  • Dragons: 1 – 3
  • Barons: 0 – 0

Game 2

Team Heretics vs SK Gaming

Doss’ Rakan was a huge problem for Team Heretics, so SK picked it first on Blue Side which was paired up with a Xayah early on. This time, Flakked got Zeri and Jankos got Maokai.

This time around, Team Heretics had a better start as they were up 2 kills compared to SK’s 1 after the first few minutes. They also managed to snag the first 2 Dragons of the game with little resistance from SK, who in turn defeated all 6 Void Grubs.

While SK was a bit slower in the early stages, they kicked down the doors at the start of the midgame by turning a teamfight started by Heretics around. Before minute 18, they had a few thousand gold lead with their Xayah and Taliyah becoming stronger and stronger.

Team Heretics tried to get Baron to tip the match back in their favor. Nisqy and co. wanted to stop them, but after a huge Shurima shuffle by Zwyroo they found themselves before a grey screen. Heretics were in a comfortable position and with a few more missteps by the players of SK, they could break through their defences almost down to the Nexus. On toplane, Exakick and his teammates tried to strike back, but SK didn’t have the damage to pull through, and Heretics tied the series 1-1.

Quick Stats:

  • Teams: Team Heretics 1 – 1 SK Gaming
  • Game Time: 30:49
  • Gold: 60.6k – 51.6k
  • Kills: 15 (First Blood) – 4
  • Turrets: 10 (First Blood) – 4
  • Dragons: 3 – 2
  • Barons: 1 – 0

Game 3

Team Heretics vs SK Gaming

For the third match, SK Gaming banned the Zeri but failed to take the Azir away even though they were on Blue Side. Zwyroo had an incredible performance on the champion so far, but at this point, it was remained to be seen that not dealing with Azir was a mistake or not. Flakked’s Jinx was countered by a Lucian – Nami by SK. It was paired up with a Milio with an aggressive approach rather than trying to protect the hypercarry. Meanwhile Nisqy saved the scaling of SK with his Corki.

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After a quiet first few minutes, it was Zwyroo that pulled the trigger again. With a rotation and another graceful shuffle, he got First Blood for his team. Wunder continued the pressure after dragging Irrelevant into his death under the toplane Tier 1 tower. With Nisqy’s first package, SK Gaming tried to fight back, but Exakick was barely able to kill Jankos’ Sejuani, which showed that the draft of SK was not something that should’ve been picked to avoid elimination.

In the midgame, Heretics got a few kills but couldn’t get a bigger gold lead than a few hundred. Just after Baron Nashor spawned, TH almost aced SK after Jankos stopped ISMA’s engage which baited Nisqy into Packaging into the entire Heretics squadron. The Spanish squad got the first Baron of the match, and SK found themselves on the edge of the abyss.

Even though SK tried their hardest, Team Heretics became too strong to handle. Exakick and ISMA were caught around the Blue Side Red Buff, and from then, TH could end the game and reverse sweep the German team.

Quick Stats:

  • Teams: Team Heretics 2 – 1 SK Gaming
  • Game Time: 27:39
  • Gold: 53.5k – 43k
  • Kills: 12 (First Blood) – 2
  • Turrets: 9 – 2 (First Turret)
  • Dragons: 2 – 1
  • Barons: 1 – 0

After suffering a heartbreaking defeat, SK Gaming is the first team to get eliminated from the 2024 LEC Spring Playoffs. While they had a good start to the 2024 season, they slowed down after Exakick and Doss fell out of form, so they’ll have some thinking to do before the start of Summer.

However, Team Heretics was able to pull through thanks to their newest player, Zwyroo. They will face Fnatic in the next round with the winner qualifying for the Lower Bracket Finals. Check back to ESTNN if you want to relive the action!

Team Heretics vs SK Gaming 2024 LEC Spring Playoffs Recap
Bence Loksa
Bence "Atreus" Loksa is a freelance journalist and League of Legends shoutcaster, covering all things esports and gaming, also yelling loudly at big plays happening on the Summoner's Rift. While his main focus is Riot Games' hit MOBA, he also dabbles in Call of Duty, VALORANT, and as of recent, the tabletop wargame Warhammer 40,000 - where he looks to make some grudges with his Leagues of Votann army.