With only 6 predictions correct out of 10 for week 5 we’ll be looking to make massive improvements for week 6, still aiming for that perfect week of predictions. For week 6 we’ll be focusing on 2 games per day with the remaining 3 concluded and those games will be Elements vs. Origen and Team Vitality vs. H2k on Day 1 with Day 2’s focus matches being Team Vitality vs. Unicorns of Love and Origen vs. H2k. I decided on these games because they’re the ones that have teams participating that are either close in the standings or close in apparent skill level, they should give us the most exciting games! Don’t forget to tune into the stream on February 18th for some Esports excitement!
EU LCS Season 6 – Spring Split Week 6 | Facts:
- Dates: 02/18/2016 – 02/19/2016
- Start Time: 09:00 AM PST / 12:00 PM EST / 18:00 CET
- 10 Matches | 5 per match day
- Location: EU LCS Studio – Berlin, Germany – view ticket info
- Patch: LoL 6.3
- Live stream for all matches
- Betting Odds for all matches available
- Predictions and Betting tips below
- View Standings LCS EU Spring Split 2016
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Schedule and Results – 2016 LCS EU Spring Split Week 6
LCS EU Spring Split 2016 – Week 6 | Day 1
Match #1: Elements vs. Origen 0 : 1
(February 18, 09:00 AM PST/ 12:00 PM EST/ 18:00 CET)
Match #2: Roccat vs. Splyce 1 : 0
(February 18, 10:00 AM PST/ 01:00 PM EST/ 19:00 CET)
Match #3: Unicorns of Love vs. Giants 1 : 0
(February 18, 11:00 AM PST/ 02:00 PM EST/ 20:00 CET)
Match #4: Fnatic vs. G2 Esports 1 : 0
(February 18, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 21:00 CET)
Match #5: Team Vitality vs. H2K 1 : 0
(February 18, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 22:00 CET)
LCS EU Spring Split 2016 – Week 6 | Day 2
Match #1: Giants vs. Elements 1 : 0
(February 19, 09:00 AM PST/ 12:00 PM EST/ 18:00 CET)
Match #2: Team Vitality vs. Unicorns of Love 1 : 0
(February 19, 10:00 AM PST/ 01:00 PM EST/ 19:00 CET)
Match #3: Origen vs. H2K 0 : 1
(February 19, 11:00 AM PST/ 02:00 PM EST/ 20:00 CET)
Match #4: Splyce vs. Fnatic 1 : 0
(February 19, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 21:00 CET)
Match #5: Roccat vs. G2 eSports 0 : 1
(February 19, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 22:00 CET)
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Week 6 marks a step forward for the LCS, from this week onwards every match will be teams going against opponents they’ve previously faced so we can get an idea of just how much people have improved individually and how much their teams have improved. For Day 1 we’ll be focusing on Elements vs. Origen and Team Vitality vs. H2k because EL and OG are on fairly similar standings and appear to be on a similar skill level so we’re likely to see a great game and H2k and VIT are sure to give us a great game as H2k recently took a hit to G2 and Team Vitality have been having amazing showings on stage to bring their standings closer together. Don’t forget to tune in on February 18th for some phenomenal games!
Week 6 | Day 1 – Match #1: Elements vs. Origen
Head to Head record: Origen 1:0 Elements
Start Time: February 18, 09:00 AM PST/ 12:00 PM EST/ 18:00 CET
This match could assist Elements in taking another step up the ladder and equalising their 4:6 score with Origens current 5:5. If they manage to take the win then both teams will be sitting handily on a 5:6 score and I’m pretty sure Elements would love that. It certainly won’t come easy though, when Origen steps up to perform they really put on a show and they’ve managed to take down Elements before. Is this Elements’ time to shine?
Origen: They’ll be showing up at IEM Katowice 2016 soon and to put on a good show for the international crowd they’re going to want to take a second victory against Elements. They’re in a good position to do so as long as they can get over the recent loss they took, to have the best possible showing they’re going to want to take care of their opponents in a strategic and methodical manner, proving that they’ve got the skills to pull it off.
Elements: With quite a few recent losses under their belt they should be happy to take a victory at the end of week 5, even if it was to a bottom of the ladder team. To take on Origen they’re going to have to give it everything they’ve got, avoiding another 15+ death game. It’s going to be tough but teams have been able to pull off more difficult things.
Origen are certainly at an advantage here, Elements have been having trouble against mid-tier teams and they’ve taken some embarrassing losses to them whereas Origen have been able to consistently stand their ground to some extent and have died considerably less often.
If Elements are looking to take this victory, which they obviously are, they’re going to need to build a composition that they’ve found success on before. A few of their best performances have had a utility support such as Tahm Kench or Janna in the bottom lane but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a tankier support their because they’ve also performed better with a carry in the top lane with the likes of Fiora, Poppy is also another possibility. For their marksman they’re likely to try and grab Lucian but if he’s not available then Ezreal seems like a reasonable fall-back. Their middle lane is going to want to draft wave clear with utility to assist his team, Morgana or Viktor seem like the most likely options but seeing a Corki pop up is never uncommon. Their jungler likes to go aggressive, which in my opinion can do wonders for the team, so a Lee Sin or Elise could help the team take an edge early but if there’s not a Nidalee ban I’d like to see that picked. After building a composition like this they’re going to want aggressive ganks in the earlier stages of the game to propel their bottom lane, their top lane should go at least even and the middle lane is going to be a farm fest. As long as they can propel the bottom lane they should be able to transition it into larger objectives and advantages for team fighting.
Origen are likely to stick to what they’ve been doing, a carry in the top lane such as Gangplank or maybe even Lissandra unless they go with a tank such as the rock solid Malphite. Their jungler has consistently aimed to get Rek’sai or Elise but other carry jungler such as Graves or Nidalee are also open to them and can be picked away from Elements, as their jungler is also a Nidalee player. For their bottom lane they’re likely to stick with a tank support such as Braum or Alistar with a hyper-carry like Tristana or Lucian, Ezreal might also make an appearance depending on how the drafting phase goes. Their middle lane seems drawn to the Ahri pick and has stuck with it during both wins and losses so if it’s not banned or picked away I’ll be expecting it to show up once again. Once Origen have their comfortable draft they’re going to want to deny Elements in the earlier stages of the game, EL have trouble climbing back from a deficit as they have a very reactive play style and don’t often make the hard engages that they need. If Origen can hold out and stick to the macro movements to gain advantages then they should be able to gain tempo to force Elements into bad positions.
Prediction: Origen Victory. Origen has had better showings and I think they’ve got a significantly better drafting phase. The trouble that Elements has once they fall behind is impossible to ignore, their reactive play style can be great against some lesser experience teams but I expect Origen to take an early lead and run away with the game.
Week 6 | Day 1 -Match #2: Roccat vs. Splyce
Head to Head record: Roccat 0:1 Splyce
Start Time: February 18, 10:00 AM PST/ 01:00 PM EST/ 19:00 CET
Roccat have been having a really rough time this split, they’ve only managed to take a single victory and although Splyce aren’t far ahead of them they’re certainly ahead in terms of skill. Roccat are going to need to pull out some serious strategies in the drafting phase or build a huge wombo-combo to take down Splyce here for another victory. It’s possible and I expect Roccat to put up a hell of a show but it’s going to be a difficult match.
Prediction: Splyce Victory. They’ve taken a few wins already, some of which were against more difficult teams, and Splyce have the potential to go head to head against the mid-tier teams whereas Roccat are struggling with teams are the bottom of the ladder. I expect this match to be a fiesta or fighting and for Splyce to take a lead, translating it into a huge tempo advantage and eventually the win.
Week 6 | Day 1 -Match #3: Unicorns of Love vs. Giants
Head to Head record: UoL 1:0 Giants
Start Time: February 18, 11:00 AM PST/ 02:00 PM EST/ 20:00 CET
The Unicorns are one of the best teams this split and have put on some phenomenal performances, Giants are going to have an extremely tough time this game but they’ll be able to test their limits. They’ve been performing quite well during the earlier stages of the game but often take too many risks and throw the game. If they can take an early lead and avoid those common mistakes they might just be able to surprise us.
Prediction: Unicorns of Love Victory. Giants may be able to pull something off but it’s going to be ridiculously difficult and I expect the UoL squad to be prepared for anything. I’ll be looking for them to take an early lead and run over the game with it.
Week 6 | Day 1 -Match #4: Fnatic vs. G2 Esports
Head to Head record: Fnatic 0:1 G2 Esports 1
Start Time: February 18, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 21:00 CET
This is going to be one hell of an exciting game. Fnatic have been able to face off and take down the top standing teams of the split and are starting to push to become one of those top teams which could really assist them in making the improvements needed to have a great showing at the League of Legends IEM Katowice 2016 which they’ll be participating in soon. G2 are going to need to watch out for any semantics that might throw off the earlier stages of the game as Fnatic have been known to take a lead and destroy the game with it. Fnatic are going to need to keep watch also, G2 are methodical and extremely difficult to deal with.
Prediction: G2 Esports Victory. G2 have made quite a few improvements recently and that’s lead to them to be tied for the top position of the ladder once again. Fnatic have also made improvements but I think G2 are quite a bit ahead of the curve. I expect the earlier stages of the game to play out slowly but eventually G2 will take a lead and then the win.
Week 6 | Day 1 -Match #5: Team Vitality vs. H2K
Head to Head record: VIT 0:1 H2k
Start Time: February 18, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 22:00 CET
Team Vitality has come a long way, they’re sitting just beneath the 2 current top teams and this could assist them in taking one of those top spots. This split seems so close between a few teams with singular games making huge differences. If H2k are going to keep their top place they’re going to need to be prepared for some of the phenomenal strategies that VIT could bring out.
Team Vitality: With picks for their top lane like Lucian, Team Vitality are ready to pick some unorthodox things to take their wins. The surprise factor is definitely more common in this team and they’re ready to take down the top teams and claim their place. It won’t come easy though and with each new shown strategy they make their climb more difficult, will they be able to handle H2k?H2k: Their long lost mid-laner, Ryu, has finally returned and with it I expect H2k to play more fluid, be more confident and be an even tougher opponent to defeat. H2k have put on consistent phenomenal performances and have been a challenge for every single team, including the other top competing teams. Just how well will they perform with their mid lane back in tact?
H2k are at an advantage here, in my opinion. Now that they’ve got this middle man back they’re going to be ready to put on stronger performances with more precise and methodical plays. Their substitute mid laner did a great job but it just wasn’t Ryu. Now that he’s back I expect to see more from the mid lane, which could be tough for Vitality.
Team Vitality should stick with their winning recipe, carries all around. A carry in the top lane such as Fiora or Graves has done wonders for them but a surprise Lucian pick might show up once again. Their middle lane has often drafted for wave clear and AoE, I’ll be waiting for either Ahri or Zilean to show up for them. Their jungle has stuck with high damage and early oppressive junglers such as Lee Sin and Elise, with a Nidalee showing up here and there. Their bottom lane is going to look to pick up that Corki, he’s been regularly played in the bottom lane for Vitality and has been paired up with either Thresh or Tahm Kench. However they’re quite a explorative team so their composition might be difficult to follow in the drafting phase. Once they’re all lock in and the game is ready they’re going to want to try and slow down any progress the H2k mid laner makes, he’s fresh to being back on stage and that might just give them a slight advantage. If they can build any lead in the earlier stages, even if it’s just a tempo lead through turret trading, they might be able to translate it into team fights where they’re at a clear advantage. This opens up opportunities to extend their lead and take the game.
H2k are going to want to get their mid-laner on something he’s comfortable with. Seeing as H2k often stick with carries in the top lane such as Fiora or Quinn I don’t see them picking an Orianna in the middle lane so I’ll be looking for either an Ahri or a LeBlanc to be making an appearance. Their bottom lane is likely to draft for a utility support such as Janna or even Tahm Kench unless they’re looking to go aggressive, at which point they might pair up a support Poppy with the likes of an Ezreal or Corki. Their jungler is an early game deviant, with Lee Sin and Elise being common picks for him we could be seeing a lot of early game action but depending on their opponents draft they might bring out the Kindred. Once they’ve got their composition sorted they’re going to want a strategy. Picking apart Team Vitality can be difficult but they should be able to achieve it by snowballing their lanes with huge amounts of jungle pressure, once the global pressure has forced VIT back they are going to want to snatch as many objectives as possible before the team fighting starts. I actually expect very little team fighting from H2k as they’ve found quite a lot of success through split-pushing their opponents into submission.
Prediction: H2k Victory. With their mid-laner back I expect H2k to be in tip top condition and ready to face even the most difficult of opponents. Their strategies are phenomenal and I think they’re going to pull off some great things in this particular game just so Ryu can have a warm welcome. Keep your eyes peeled as there could be a lot of early game aggression but ultimately I expect H2k to come out on top!
After we were met by a few surprises during day 1 we only managed to take away 2 correct predictions out of the 5 but we can rebuild! For day 2 we’ll be focusing on Team Vitality vs. Unicorns of Love and Origen vs. H2k. I chose these matches because they’re between the highest skilled and best performing teams of this split minus G2 Esports. I think they’re going to give us plenty of exciting games that are sure to keep our attention. Don’t forget to tune in on February 19th for some phenomenal games between the best performing teams in Europe!
Week 6 | Day 2 – Match #1: Giants vs. Elements
Head to head record: Giants 0:1 Elements
Start Time: February 19, 09:00 AM PST/ 12:00 PM EST/ 18:00 CET
Giants continue to be stuck in a rut and are continually making mistakes that are keeping them there. Elements haven’t been performing too well themselves but have certainly made improvements. If Elements can make more proactive moves across the map and engage their own fights instead of sticking to a reactive play style they might be able to contest games against the stronger performing teams but against Giants it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Giants might be able to contest this game if they have a strong early game performance but they’re going to need to be aggressive and create masses of map pressure.
Prediction: Elements Victory. They’re not the best performing team but they’re fairly consistent and their reactive play style helps them reduce the risks of giving up an early game advantage. I think they’re going to take a lead around mid-game and build an uncontrollable advantage with it.
Week 6 | Day 2 – Match #2: Team Vitality vs. Unicorns of Love
Head to head record: Team Vitality 0:1 Unicorns of Love
Start Time: February 19, 10:00 AM PST/ 01:00 PM EST/ 19:00 CET
Team Vitality managed to take down H2k on Day 1 which means they’re now part of a 4 way tie for 1st place. The Unicorns of Love are one of the 4 other teams so this match here could give us a 1st place team depending on how the other matches pan out throughout the day. Team Vitality has shown phenomenal strategic play along with great risk and reward assessment. This has allowed them to create leads with a reduced risk of giving one away but how well can they play through the hectic Unicorns of Love strategies?
Team Vitality: Currently sitting at the top along with 3 other teams, VIT need to continue their victorious win streak to claim the #1 position on the ladder. They’ve managed to take down 2 of the other top teams so far and knocking down UoL might just give them the title of the #1 European team.
Unicorns of Love: They’ve taken down 2 of the raining 3 top teams quite like VIT but they’ve also managed to take down VIT before. They’ve shown that their play style and strategies can be difficult for any opponent to overcome and have also shown that experienced teams and players have a difficult time when playing against them. They’re going to need to use their hectic strategies to their advantage to throw off their opponents if they wish to claim the #1 position at the top of the European ladder.
I think the Unicorns of Love are coming into this with a very slight advantage, UoL lost to H2k which threw off their beating the other top teams but VIT also fell to the Unicorns. UoL have proven time and time again that their play style, early aggression and unpredictability can give them an advantage against the most organised and skilled teams and I’m expecting that to come into play.
Team Vitality should try to pick up that Graves in the top lane and if it’s picked or banned away from them I expect Fiora to make a showing, this gives VIT huge split-pushing potential. Nidalee in the jungle will help boost their early game aggression and match the UoL squad but if it’s banned away, as it has been before, they’re going to want an aggressive fall-back such as Lee Sin or Elise. Their mid-lane pick seems more than likely to be Zilean unless teams start banning it away from them. If it is, which I think it will be, then Ahri seems like a comfortable option. For their bottom lane they’re going to want to try to get a hold of the Bard support that has assisted them in phenomenal ways and pair it with a marksman that has huge burst potential such as Corki or Lucian. Once they’ve sorted out their composition they’re going to want to aim to match the early aggression of the Unicorns of Love or attempt to deny it through counter-ganking and counter-jungling. If they can achieve this then they should be set up to take a few objectives and start team fighting around their cool-downs, at which point they should be able to snag an advantage.
Unicorns of Love might look to pick up their top lane champion that has seen them to a lot of success so Poppy seems like a confident and comfortable pick for them but on the off chance that it isn’t available then Ryze might be a considered champion for them. For their jungle they’re likely to stick with Elise as it’s currently still a very strong pick and it fits their play style and aggression very nicely, it would also compliment their mid lane common pick which is Viktor with a possibility of Ahri. For their bottom lane they’re likely to stick with a tanky support such as Alistar or Braum but after Thresh made so many things happen for them I could see them picking it once again, it would also compliment their Lucian or Corki marksman pick nicely. Once they’ve got their composition built they’re going to want to aggressively pressure the lanes of VIT to force their jungler out, this opens up the options of the UoL jungler to either counter gank or counter jungle, both of which could put UoL in a slight lead. If they’re unable to build a lead then they’re going to need to make VIT fall into tough decision making through hectic split pushing or by forcing fights, this seems the most likely way for them to build a lead which could win them the game.
Prediction: Team Vitality Victory. I think they’re going to bring out a Kog’maw composition that will surprise us, the Zilean in the middle lane greatly amplifies the survivability of the team and will assist them in taking team fight advantages, if there’s not a Kog’maw composition then they should be able to gain a lead through late game shot-calling and split pushing, which has greatly assisted them before. But they’re going to need to stay level headed and avoid any semantics that UoL might try to pull out.
Week 6 | Day 2 – Match #3: Origen vs. H2K
Head to head record: Origen 0:1 H2k
Start Time: February 19, 11:00 AM PST/ 02:00 PM EST/ 20:00 CET
It’s been many weeks since these 2 teams went head to head and both teams have taken steps forward to improve but which team has made the necessary steps? Origen have been a bit inconsistent recently but have made visible improvements. When they faced off against one of the current top teams recently they took a rough hit but managed to bounce back with a great victory on day 1 this week. If they can continue to make confident strides they might be able to contest this victory but H2k are going to give them trouble.
Origen: They’ve been able to consistently beat the teams at the lower end of the standings but have had trouble against the teams currently sitting near the top, which means they’re in a bit of trouble facing off against H2k. They’re going to need to bring out everything they’ve got and if they can get their Marksman onto a strong pick then they might be able to stall the game out long enough to overpower H2k.
H2k: A rough few matches have H2k at the start of a loss streak which would ruin their standings; they’re going to need to bring out their strongest picks with a reliable strategy to face off against Origen. They’ve only managed to defeat 1 of the top tied teams after taking 2 recent losses and a few of their weaknesses might have been pointed out to the other competing teams. They’re going to need to patch those problems and get into the swing of things if they’re looking to take more wins.
I think H2k are still at an advantage although they’ve lost their 2 most recent games. They were up against the top teams when they took those losses and they still put up one hell of a fight before they lost. Origen have had much worse performances against the same teams and because of that I believe that H2k are still the favoured team in terms of current advantages.
Origen is going to need to build a composition around their current strongest performing player, which in my opinion is their Marksman. With Kog’maw being a contested pick at the moment because of his current strength I believe that Origen are going to attempt to pick it up if it’s not banned away and I hope they do aim to take it. If they can’t get it then they’re likely to take Lucian or Corki with a support such as Alistar or Braum. For the top lane a Fiora pick seems like an optimal choice unless their composition is asking for a tank, if that’s the case then we might see a Malphite pop up. For their jungler they’re likely to pick one of the ‘Amazing’ champions which he’s show proficiency on before such as Gragas or Rek’Sai, paired with wave-clear in the middle lane on a champion like Varus or Ahri, but if they’re building the composition that I’d like to see then we might just see a Lulu or Zilean show up. Once they’ve built their composition they’re going to need to work to slow down H2k and stall, they’re going to need time to get to their most comfortable position. They want to avoid getting bullied in the earlier stages of the game and are going to want to focus on farming as much as possible. Once they hit a few item powerspikes they’re going to want to force H2k into fighting them whilst they’re at a minor advantage and they should be able to take a gold lead from it, it’ll be a sluggish climb but once they get rolling that could be game.
H2k will look to pick up the Kog’maw for themselves which we saw during day 1, if they’re unable to take it then I expect a Caitlyn or Corki pick for their marksman paired with a tanky support such as Tahm Kench or Thresh. Their top lane seems likely to pick up a carry champion such as Fiora or Quinn, this will help them split push and keep any of the Origen champions under control if they get ahead. For the middle lane they’re likely to pick up wave clear with high burst potential so a Lissandra or Viktor are the most likely champions for us to see. As for their jungle they seem to have quite a few options, if they’re going up against a Kog composition then we might see Kindred show up to delay the team fights or an Elise to try and get the team a lead in the earlier stages of the game. Once they’re finalised with their composition they’re going to want to pressure the map in the earlier stages, Origen have improved a lot but their weakest point is still during the earlier stages of the game. Once they’ve pressure the laners of Origen they’re going to want to force objectives and slowly catch out their opponents. This should build them a sizable lead which would make the team fighting significantly easier.
Prediction: H2k Victory. Unless Origen manage to build a phenomenal composition I think the superior performances and play style of H2k will whittle down Origen and give them a lead. This lead will translate quickly into objectives, vision, map pressure and eventually the win.
Week 6 | Day 2 – Match #4: Splyce vs. Fnatic
Head to head record: Splyce 0:1 Fnatic
Start Time: February 19, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 21:00 CET
Splyce are in a tough position here, Fnatic have shown massive improvements in their strategies and consistency and even managed to take down G2 Esports on week 6 day 1. This will make this even more of a challenge for Splyce but if they can focus on their comfortable picks and try to avoid an early deficit they might be able to out manoeuvre Fnatic to take a few advantages for themselves. It’s going to be a challenge but Splyce might just be able to pull something off, especially with so many power-picks being available at the moment.
Prediction: Fnatic Victory. Even with so many power picks available the Fnatic squad have a phenomenal way of handling the drafting phase and it might just work in their favour. Along with superior game sense, mechanical skill and team play they should be able to make fairly quick work of their opponents here, claiming the victory.
Week 6 | Day 2 – Match #5: Roccat vs. G2 eSports
Head to head record: Roccat 0:1 G2 Esports
Start Time: February 19, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 22:00 CET
Roccat have been on an upswing and managed to take down a potential mid-tier team but just how well can they handle G2? G2 are currently tied at the top of the ladder with 3 other teams and this could be the day that it starts to change in their favour. Roccat might try to put up a phenomenal fight and bust out another great performance like they did against Splyce but doing something like that against a top tier team is a whole different challenge. They’re going to need to build a significant early game advantage but G2 have performed consistently well in the earlier stages of the game, Roccat might be in a bit of a blunder.
Prediction: G2 Esports Victory. With them sitting so far ahead of Roccat we can only assume that they’re performing significantly better across the board and with there being such a skill discrepancy they should be able to build a sizable lead fairly quickly and run away with the win.
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