It was a Playoffs week to remember in the LEC! As viewers, we were treated to three matchups filled with great plays and nail-biting conclusions, and as Fantasy players, we were treated to plenty of points.
In the first matchup of the week, Fnatic faced off against SK Gaming in the lower bracket. While Spring split was not one that Fnatic will look back too fondly upon, history has shown that you shouldn’t bet against FNC in a Best of 5. The old kings of Europe saw off their opponents in a 3-1 victory, with Upset taking the Points MVP award.
On Saturday, we had Silver Scrapes! 1st seed G2 and Schalke 04, appropriately sitting in 4th seed, traded blows for over 3 hours in a back-and-forth series. It was looking to be a 3-0 for G2 until the momentum flipped completely for S04, with the Royal Blues falling in the final game to give the series 3-2 to G2. Rekkles also set a record in this series- his 71.62pts in Game 2 was the highest single-game total we’ve seen from any player this season so far.
Closing out the weekend, we had MAD Lions face off against Rogue to determine who faces G2 in the winner’s bracket final. Rogue took an early lead in dominant fashion, but MAD bounced back in style, with standout games from Carzzy in Game 2, Elyoya in Game 3 and Armut in Game 4 seeing them close out the series and show they’ve learned from the mistakes they made in the regular season.
Player to Watch: Elyoya- After such a fantastic series against Rogue, any of MAD’s players wouldn’t look out of place here. But our eyes will be firmly fixed on Elyoya, MAD Lions’ jungler. He entered his on-stage career in fine form with a fearsome Volibear showing in Game 3, and brilliant overall performances in every one of MAD’s wins against RGE. If there’s anyone that could upset G2 and secure top 2 at their expense, it’s going to be MAD with Elyoya’s cerebral playstyle behind them.
Match to Watch: MAD v G2- This is the obvious one, really! Both teams enter the winner’s bracket final after wins vs S04 & RGE but MAD will be tasting blood in the water. G2 looked far from decisive in their match against Schalke, and their mistakes were on full display. Obviously it’l be a tough series as, and the end of the day, it’s still G2, but MAD will definitely fancy their chances in this one to pull off yet another upset over the Kings of Europe.
While it’s a tough ask to follow such high-octane matches as we saw in the LEC, the LCS matches this weekend were definitely still a great watch, and a source of many Fantasy points for those owning TSM & 100T players!
The first matchup of the week was a chance at redemption for a TSM roster that failed to make the winner’s bracket against Team Liquid. Facing off against Evil Geniuses can be a tough ask, but Jiizuke & co were unable to take more than a single game off of TSM, who won the series 3-1 and advanced to the loser’s bracket final.
In series number two, we saw 100 Thieves absolutely clap Dignitas in the loser’s bracket 3-0. It wasn’t even close- a wounded 100T came into the series with something to prove, and showed exactly why they shouldn’t be counted out of any matches, despite their poor showing against C9.
Player to Watch: 100T Closer- It’s no understatement to say Closer had a pivotal role to play in their demolition of Dignitas on Sunday, and he’s stuck to the trend of being a high scorer when his team’s eating good. This weekend’s matchup against TSM will be a tough one for Closer, but this is definitely a series that 100T can win and earn their redemption.
Series to Watch: C9 v TL- This could well be the matchup for the final, and we fully expect it to be the Final matchup as well, as the loser of this series should realistically clap any opponent in the lower bracket. Both teams have star power in abundance, and unless one of the two fails to show up, we should expect Silver Scrapes in this match that will be a showcase of the best NA has to offer.
This week wasn’t an ultimately unexpected set of results. Nongshim Redforce made the run to secure a playoffs spot despite going 1-1 on the week, and 7-11 overall. However, the highlight of the week was once again T1, who are resurgent at the moment: they swept aside HLE without even the slightest difficulty, and enter the playoffs on a 5-game win streak. T1 will also be playing in the playoffs against a DRX on the decline, having lost all of their last 5 matches. This is the perfect time for them to prove that when it comes to defeating a titan like DAMWON, they’re the LCK’s only hope.
Player to Watch: HLE Chovy- Despite a tough series against T1, Chovy put the team on his back and hard-carried HLE to a much-closer-than-expected win against Nongshim Redforce, who HLE should have swept aside without trouble. In their semifinals berth against DWG KIA, we’ll need to see a lot more from Chovy, but we have no doubt he’ll do his best to rise to the occasion.
Match to Watch: All of them- Come on, it’s playoffs! All of the upcoming games are going to be bangers, and it’ll be great to watch them all. However, if you want one in particular to watch, don’t miss DWG-HLE. Watching a team like DAMWON is always a pleasure.
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