After a few series of astounding skill we’ve finally got our EU LCS 2016 summer finalists. G2 Esports managed to come out on top of the seriously improved Unicorns of Love and Splyce had an extremely close series with H2k. Splyce has been really proving themselves this split and have come out as a top team, will it be enough to overcome the previous title holder, G2 Esports? We’ll have to wait and see as we’re a week away from seeing the champions take their victory and earn their title and a ticket to the LoL Worlds 2016! Make sure you catch this thrilling best of 5 LCS EU 2016 Summer Playoff series as it goes live on Sunday, August 28th!
LCS EU Summer Playoffs 2016 – Finals | Facts:
- Date: 08/27/2016 – 08/28/2016
- Start Time: 08:00 AM PDT/ 11:00 AM EDT/ 17:00 CEST
- Format: 2 matches | One best of five match per day
- Location: EU LCS Studio / Arena – Krakau, Poland
- Patch: LoL 6.15
- Live stream for all matches
- Betting Odds for all matches available
- Predictions and Betting Tips
- Hashtags: #LCS #EULCS
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Schedule and Results – EU LCS Summer Finals
EU LCS 2016 Summer Grand Finals and Match for 3rd will be played on Saturday 08/27/2016 and Sunday 08/28/2016. Again 2 exciting best-of-five matches await in the Finals of the League of Legends European LCS Summer Playoffs 2016.
Finals – EU LCS Summer Split Playoffs 2016
Match for 3rd place: Unicorns of Love vs. H2K Gaming 1 : 3
Start Time: August 27th, 08:00 AM PDT/ 11:00 AM EDT/ 17:00 CEST
Grand Finals: Splyce vs. G2 Esports 1 : 3
Start Time: August 28th, 08:00 AM PDT/ 11:00 AM EDT/ 17:00 CEST
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Match for 3rd place: Unicorns of Love vs. H2K Gaming
Start Time: August 27th, 08:00 AM PDT/ 11:00 AM EDT/ 17:00 CEST
Teams fought hard to work their way to the top and some misfortune struck others as their climb was abruptly stopped. The 2 teams left will be facing off for the 3rd and 4th place positions, the better the final position the better the rewards. H2k will be facing off against the Unicorns of Love during this 3rd place match and it kicks off on Saturday, August 27th, so don’t miss it!
I think H2k are at an advantage here but coming to that conclusion was far from easy. Taking into account both teams recent performances against the finalists and digging through some of the statistics it looks as if H2k were the more consistent team with slightly better performances.
Unicorns of Love have greatly favoured a Gragas in their jungle and when applying pressure to a lane that holds a Leblanc or Irelia it can create huge ripples for UoL that can put them into significantly advantageous positions. Their middle and top lanes could also fall back onto Vladimir and Shen if they’re looking for a more difficult line of champions to get past. The bottom lane of UoL has made great use of Taric and I expect it to make more appearances, when paired with a Lucian or Sivir the combinations can be devastating. After making their way onto the rift I think Unicorns of Love should set up an adaptable line of vision with some aggressive wards around the middle lane and close to their opponents jungle, doing this will let them pressure the top and middle of the map with great assisted rotations from the solo laners. This will let them skirmish comfortably on the top side of the map during the earlier stages of the game and will let their duo lane scale at a comfortable rate. After working comfortably through the earlier stages of the game, whilst pressure around the middle lane, they’re going to want to rotate their bottom lane to get stronger position close to the team so they can begin to look for engagements, these will open up middle lane sieges and scaling dragons which will assist them as they look towards the later and more dangerous stages of the game. Unicorns of Love are going to need to play patiently until they’re in a good enough position to get more aggressive warding and start denying vision for their opponents, doing this will let them find opponents quickly and pick them off. This will lead to them having regular team advantages which they can use to pressure multiple lanes, objectives or to siege with greater threat. Unicorns of Love could quickly find themselves in a controlling position over the game and they’re likely to build a composition that can easily dive turrets, this means they’re going to want to start finding fights whilst sieging; this will throw off any positioning of their opponents and could lead to easy fights to take. This can propel them into a significant lead where they will be able to reign over the game and push for a win, giving them a lead as they head into the rest of the series.
H2K Gaming have quite a few regularly appearing champions which are still extremely potent and viable, I expect these champions to make appearances throughout this series so we should all be waiting for H2k to lock in that Gangplank in the top lane which is likely to be assisted by a Reksai in the jungle. The middle lane of H2k has shown extreme comfort on Vladimir and with the team fighting potential it could be potent during the middle and later stages of the game. The H2k bottom lane has favoured Ashe over the other viable marksmen but I’d like to see them pick up a Sivir soon, when pairing these with a Taric or Karma they could do some serious damage in the earlier stages of the game. H2k are going to want to find some aggressive vision on the bottom side of the map during those earlier stages, if they can find a few places to apply pressure on the bottom side of the map they can quickly siege for a small advantage and then start pressuring dragons early. This will give them great advantages heading into the middle stages of the game as the scaling buffs will let them scale safely into the later stages. H2k are going to want to use their improved positioning heading into the middle stages of the game, to do this they’re going to want to be denying vision as soon as possible. This will let them create surprising flanks and work into team fights with multiple advantages, even when not at a significant lead they’ll be able to take team fights quickly whilst doing this. After taking the middle stages of the game they’re going to want to set up portions of the map in which they control a significant amount of vision, this can create great opportunities for H2k to fight and will open up time for them to siege and control objectives. By doing this they’ll be able to play out the later stages of the game more slowly to make sure they’re getting the best situations, with the lower risk style they’re going to want to make sure they don’t get engaged on regularly so they’re going to want to keep their aggressive vision up and push it as close to their opponents base as possible. Whilst holding this line of vision they should be able to continue the pressure, continue the advantageous fights with their superior vision and positioning and then work their way into the base of their opponents where they should be able to quickly finish off the game and work their way into a stronger position for the series.
Prediction: H2K Gaming Victory. I think H2k are going to come out on top of this series because they’ve shown great improvement since their bottom lane changes and I think these improvements would have continued during their short break. Not only have they statistically had better performances recently but they’ve proven to be the more consistent team which I think will be noticeably during the series.
Grand Finals: G2 Esports vs. Splyce
Start Time: August 28th, 08:00 AM PDT/ 11:00 AM EDT/ 17:00 CEST
After a long and difficult road we’re finally met with 2 teams in the finals of the EU LCS summer playoff finals. G2 Esports stood in a strong position at the start of this tournament and ran into some trouble against Unicorns of Love during the semi-finals however they fought hard and came out on top. This placed them in the finals against a team that encountered even more trouble than them but worked even harder to get to the finals, Splyce. Don’t forget to catch the series as it goes live on Sunday, August 28th!
I’d give G2 Esports the advantage here, not only were they the stronger of the 2 teams during the summer split but when comparing their encounters with Unicorns of Love I think G2 Esports put on more convincing performances. Splyce will need to work hard here to take down the team that’s not dropped a series all split.
G2 Esports are likely to fall into their comfort composition which means we’re likely to see familiar champions make appearances during this series. This means we’re likely to see some Gnar in the top lane with Gangplank possibly making an appearance for them. Their jungler has found great comfort on Reksai but has shown great ability on Elise also; these champions would come as no surprise. The middle lane of G2 Esports has shown lane diversity and has been able to fill his role with multiple styles, I think we could be looking at more Malzahar in that lane along with some Taliyah. The G2 Esports bottom lane has made great use of Sivir and when pairing it with a Soraka they’ve been fairly potent, this could be a great duo for them along with pairing a Tristana with a Braum or Tahm Kench. After loading into the game G2 Esports are likely to thrive with some aggressive vision, G2 Esports have often built early leads and worked their way through a game by expanding that lead. To do this they’re going to need to make use of their early aggressive vision to cause fights in the earlier stages of the game, the quicker they can work their opponents down the quicker they can pressure the game. Creating those skirmishes will open up a few key moments in the earlier stages of the game like opening up the side lanes along with opening areas on the map where they’ll find advantageous positioning. These will be used around the middle stages of the game where they will be able to capitalise on their lead from early skirmishes or their better positioning when creating fights. When making engagements they’re going to want to pick off their opponents most threatening champions, they should be able to make swift engagements where they can bury themselves deep in their opponent’s back lines. This is how they’ll quickly work through team fights before starting more objective based work. They’ll be able to find some amazing fights in smaller locations around objectives, with heavy crowd control and consistent damage they should be able to whittle down their opponents and then take the highly sought after objectives, this style can also work when contesting sieging opportunities. This is how they’ll be able to work their way into the base of their opponents and take a step forward in the series.
Splyce are full of commonly appearing picks, they’ve found their style and composition and it’s working well for them. Because of this their most likely picks could be their downfall, if their opponents have researched the team and know what they’re going to go against this could spell trouble for Splyce. The common picks for the team are a Gnar in the top lane which will be assisted by a Gragas in the jungle. Their middle lane has made great use of both Taliyah and Malzahar, both of which reduce the options of G2 Esports. The Splyce duo lane has made great use of Jhin and Sivir as their marksmen and has often created potent lanes by pairing them with either Tahm Kench or Karma. After loading into the game they’re going to want to get some aggressive vision on the top side of the map whilst smothering the middle lane with some easily adaptable wards. After using their jungler to pressure the top side of the map for some of the earlier stages of the game they’re going to want to create some aggressive rotations to cause skirmishes and fights around the middle lane, this could quite quickly give them a lead as it’ll let them siege the middle lane with tremendous seed. After trying to erupt into skirmishes during the middle stages of the game they’re going to want to start controlling the side lanes, keeping the waves regularly pushes and then rotating into aggressive positions with aggressive warding to find fights. These will start to occur during the middle stages of the game and around objective times. Keeping an eye on when dragons are spawning will let Splyce set up and prepare for these fights, they’re going to want to try and group up in a fairly spread out way, they’ve got great utility to collapse and have exactly what they need to control portions of the map. Doing this will let them wreak havoc during fights and capitalise on any bad positions their opponents might be holding, it will also let them quickly expand their vision and push for more advantages. If they’re staying on top of vision, vision denial and the minion waves in the side lanes Splyce should be able to contest the majority of fights in the game and if they’re the ones finding the fights then there’s no excuse as to why they wouldn’t be able to quickly siege through the middle lane and find themselves in the base of their opponents. This won’t come as easy as it sounds though, they’re going to need to get some extremely aggressive vision during the middle stages of the game so they can punish their opponents quickly, and this is how they could find themselves in a lead during the series.
Prediction: G2 Esports Victory. G2 Esports have proven time and time again why they’re considered the top European team and I think we could see why once again. G2 Esports are yet to drop a single series this split and have had some dominating performances, even their weaker performances haven’t let them down. I think they’re going to run into some trouble against Splyce and it could be a fairly close series but they will ultimately come out on top.
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Predictions by Addam ‘Canvas’ Burrows, English Literature and Journalism student of 2013. Diamond League Marksman. Contact Addam ‘ Canvas’ Burrows on Twitter!