For week 7 we’ll be focusing on improving our prediction rate from week 6, which stands at 50% and is significantly lower than our recent average. We’ll be focusing on 2 games as per usual with the remaining games to be concluded in smaller paragraphs. The 2 chosen games for day 1 will be H2k vs. Fnatic and Splyce vs. Origen, day 2 will be Origen vs. G2 Esports and Team Vitality vs. Elements. Make sure you tune in on February 25th for Day 1 of the EU LCS! Don't forget: After week 7 the LCS is taking a one week break for the League of Legends Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) World Championship 2016 in Katowice.
EU LCS Season 6 – Spring Split Week 7 | Facts:
- Dates: 02/25/2016 – 02/26/2016
- 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
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- 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 7
LCS EU Spring Split 2016 – Week 7 | Day 1
Match #1: G2 eSports vs. Elements 1 : 0
(February 25, 09:00 AM PST/ 12:00 PM EST/ 18:00 CET)
Match #2: Giants vs. Team Vitality 0 : 1
(February 25, 10:00 AM PST/ 01:00 PM EST/ 19:00 CET)
Match #3: H2K vs. Fnatic 1 : 0
(February 25, 11:00 AM PST/ 02:00 PM EST/ 20:00 CET)
Match #4: Splyce vs. Origen 0 : 1
(February 25, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 21:00 CET)
Match #5: Unicorns of Love vs. Roccat 0 : 1
(February 25, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 22:00 CET)
LCS EU Spring Split 2016 – Week 7 | Day 2
Match #1: Origen vs. G2 eSports 0 : 1
(February 26, 09:00 AM PST/ 12:00 PM EST/ 18:00 CET)
Match #2: Giants vs. H2K 0 : 1
(February 26, 10:00 AM PST/ 01:00 PM EST/ 19:00 CET)
Match #3: Unicorns of Love vs. Splyce 1 : 0
(February 26, 11:00 AM PST/ 02:00 PM EST/ 20:00 CET)
Match #4: Fnatic vs. Roccat 1 : 0
(February 26, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 21:00 CET)
Match #5: Team Vitality vs. Elements 1 : 0
(February 26, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 22:00 CET)
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For week 7 we’ll be aiming to improve our 50% prediction rate from week 6 to get back to our higher average. We’ll be focusing on 2 games per day for Week 7 and the remaining games will be concluded as per usual, the games we’ll be focusing on for day 1 will be H2k vs. Fnatic and Splyce vs. Origen, I chose these games because Fnatic have been inconsistent but have been able to take down strong teams, which make this an extremely exciting game! I also chose Splyce vs Origen because they’re of a similar skill level. Make sure you tune in on February 25th for Day 1 of the EU LCS!
Week 7 | Day 1 – Match #1: G2 eSports vs. Elements
Head to head record: G2 Esports 1:0 Elements
Start Time: February 25, 09:00 AM PST/ 12:00 PM EST/ 18:00 CET
G2 are starting to fall off slightly, their ability to take huge leads and roll over games with ease is coming to a close. This was proven during week 6 when they fell to Fnatic, who have been often underperforming. Elements have been performing significantly worse as well, losing both of their games in week 6, one of which was to a team suspected of being significantly worse than them.
Prediction: G2 Esports Victory. They’ve been performing on a significantly higher level than Elements and seeing as Elements fell to a low tier team could mean that G2 manage to take this game by a landslide.
Week 7 | Day 1 – Match #2: Giants vs. Team Vitality
Head to head record: Giants 0:1 Team Vitality
Start Time: February 25, 10:00 AM PST/ 01:00 PM EST/ 19:00 CET
Giants have been on a bit of an upswing, taking a victory each week recently, but just how well can they handle Team Vitality, possibly the best European team? Giants will still need to make improvements to take this game because Team Vitality are right by the top of the leader board but we’ve seen underdogs bring out strong performances before.
Prediction: Team Vitality Victory. Both teams are working towards improvement but Giants seem to be too far behind VIT. Team Vitality has been on top of most teams and I don’t expect that to change for the time being.
Week 7 | Day 1 – Match #3: H2K vs. Fnatic
Head to head record: H2k 0:1 Fnatic
Start Time: February 25, 11:00 AM PST/ 02:00 PM EST/ 20:00 CET
An exciting game indeed, Fnatic were one of the only teams to take down H2k and have previously shown that they have the potential to be one of the strongest teams of the region, if it wasn’t for their inconsistency. H2k are going to need to watch out, if Fnatic are at their best then this could be another loss under their belts.
H2k: This top performing European team have been hit by a slight rough patch. Taking 2 losses back to back from the end of week 5 to the beginning of week 6 has hurt their standings, but they’re still near the top. If they can bring themselves to perform at their best they might just be able to climb to the top.
Fnatic: Having taken down H2k previously things seem quite positive for Fnatic but this game is certain to bring some trouble. Fnatic have been extremely inconsistent and although they have had some amazing performances they’ve also had some extremely rough ones. They’ve need to be in their best condition to bring down H2k once again.
I think H2k are coming into this with an advantage, their ability to adapt is still phenomenal and now they’re reunited and practiced with their middle laner they should be able to put out stronger performances. Fnatic however stand a good chance at bringing down H2k if they get even a small lead.
H2k seem likely to pick up Kog’maw if it’s left open, possibly 1st picking it if it’s left open. If they don’t get it as their marksman it seems likely that they’ll fall back to Lucian or even Caitlyn supported by a tanky support such as Poppy or Alistar. In the middle lane a burst mage with wave clear has been their most comfortable style so a Lissandra or Viktor would be safe but an assassin is also a possibility so keep your eye out for a Zed or LeBlanc. Their jungler is likely to be an early game aggressive champion such as Lee sin or Nidalee, falling back on Kindred or Elise. Their top lane has been playing a lot of tanky champions recently such as Nautilus and Malphite but performs better on carry champions, in my opinion, such as Fiora so keep your eye out for any of those champions to appear. Once they’ve drafted they’re going to want to play the earlier stages of the game safely, a line of vision in the river to give them some control over rotations will be necessary as they don’t want to fall to an early deficit. They should be able to gain a lead through top lane pressure and abusing their item powerspikes.
Fnatic have made common appearances on champions, for example their Support has played Alistar often and when not available has fallen back to champions such as Thresh and Braum, those are the picks I thing are most likely along with a Lucian or Ezreal marksman. Their middle lane has been versatile, playing Ahri, Viktor and Lissandra, all of which are wave clearing mages with burst potential. Their jungler plays aggressive early game champions such as Nidalee but has often opted to pick a marksman such as Graves or Kindred which I imagine would be their picks. Their top lane has been obsessed with tanks such as Maokai and Nautilus recently so I expect one of those to pop up, possibly Malphite. Once they’ve got their team sorted and ready they’re going to want to pressure the middle lane with jungle pressure and then roam to the bottom lane as a squad, starting team fights in the earlier stages of the game and trying to gain a lead as soon as possible. If they can gain an early lead they should be able to extend it and use their tempo and macro management to slowly take the game.
Prediction: H2k Victory. Fnatic have been performing well and have taken a win off of H2k previously but their inconsistency has been their downfall. Unless they’re in their best condition then they wouldn’t stand a chance however when they’re performing their best they’re difficult to take down. H2k will put up one hell of a fight either way but with that advantage I expect them to take the win.
Week 7 | Day 1 – Match #4: Splyce vs. Origen
Head to head record: Splyce 0:1 Origen
Start Time: February 25, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 21:00 CET
Both teams have been performing on a similar level recently and have taken a similar amount of victories. I think the game will come harder to Splyce as it was only 2 weeks ago that Origen managed to take them down but with improvements that they’ve made recently they might just be able to equalize the scores.
Splyce: Their head to head record may be against them but after taking down Fnatic they’re looking stronger than ever. It’s still going to be a tough match and they’re going to need to bring in a really strong composition but it’s certainly a possibility for them to start climbing back up the ladder.
Origen: After proving that they can comfortably take down middle tier teams they shouldn’t run into too much trouble but after Splyce managed to take down Fnatic they could pose a tough opponent. If their troubles still loom in the middle lane then things around going to be more difficult than they should be but if they’re finally working through their issues this is certain to be an exciting game.
I think Origen is coming into this with an advantage, even if it’s only a minor one. They’ve been able to consistently take down middle tier teams regardless of them explaining a few issues they’ve been running into. If they can do it with issues then I can only imagine how well they’ll be able to perform once those issues are resolved. Splyce have been able to take down middle tier teams too but far less consistently.
Splyce are going to want to get their top laner on a champion that can have an impact, he’s shown that he can be versatile with both tanks and carry champions so getting him onto a Fiora or Nautilus will be the best option for the team. An early game aggressive jungler has assisted the team in picking up an early lead so a Nidalee or Elise seems most likely. Their middle lane has often drafted for wave clear but has shown amazing versatility, a Lulu or Lissandra are what I think will appear but other champions such as Corki or LeBlanc might show up. Their bottom lane are likely to aim for the Kalista and Alistar combo as a tanky support has been a common occurrence with an auto attack based marksman, Caitlyn could also fill the role quite comfortably. Once they’ve all set and ready to go they’re going to want to be aggressive in lanes with a wall of vision in the river, applying pressure around the map lets their jungler open up more opportunities for the team, allowing them to take a lead either through kills or objectives. This seems like their most likely way of taking a hold of the game.
Origen are going to want to pick up a carry in the top lane as their laner has shown great proficiency on those types of champions, I think either Gangplank or Fiora are going to appear. Their jungler is likely to pick up an old favourite, Gragas, or fall back to either Rek’said or Nidalee. Their middle lane has consistently played Ahri so I expect that to show up. Their bottom lane has played Corki at every opportunity with a tank in the bottom lane such as Tahm Kench or Alistar, if Corki isn’t available then maybe a Braum and Lucian combo will appear. After the draft they’re going to want to get their jungler to get deeper wards in the enemy jungle, keeping an eye on him will allow the team to pressure lanes more easily. After vision has been gained they can choose to rotate and push objectives with superior tempo. I think they’ve got superior macro management and will expect them to gain a lead most easily though their better shot calling.
Prediction: Origen Victory. I think they’ve been performing on a slightly higher level than Splyce, if they can keep things together they should be able to maintain an equal gold value to their opponents and eventually take a lead which will open up their options for taking the game.
Week 7 | Day 1 – Match #5: Unicorns of Love vs. Roccat
Head to head record: Unicorns of Love 1:0 Roccat
Start Time: February 25, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 22:00 CET
There is a clear skill disparity between these 2 teams and there appears to be a significant advantage in favour of UoL but Roccat have shown that they can take down teams who appear to be stronger than them and have come out surprisingly ahead on more than one occasion. However UoL don’t often falter, there’s rumours of their jungler changing once again but even if that were the case I think the remaining members of the team will continue to play responsibly.
Prediction: Unicorns of Love Victory. Significantly ahead in terms of victories and apparently skill I think UoL are going to take a lead fairly quickly and take the game but I’ve got a feeling they might run into some trouble in the earlier stages of the game.
A pretty successful day 1 has given us an 80% prediction rate coming into day 2, we won’t reach our perfect week but we can certainly aim for that 90%. I’ll be focusing on 2 matches on day 2 with the remaining games being concluded in their own separate paragraphs so you won’t be left out of the loop! The 2 focus matches will be Origen vs. G2 Esports and Team Vitality vs. Elements. I chose these games because they’re the most likely of the day to bring us some excitement and close matches with each team reaching challenges. Don’t forget to tune in on February 26th for the live matches!
Week 7 | Day 2 – Match #1: Origen vs. G2 eSports
Head to head record: Origen 0:1 G2 Esports
Start Time: February 26, 09:00 AM PST/ 12:00 PM EST/ 18:00 CET)
Both of these teams managed to take victories on day 1 but I think G2 were running into some issues when trying to take down Elements, which was fairly unexpected. The gold had stayed even for both teams as 30mins had passed and neither team could build a large advantage until the end of the game but Origen when facing Splyce took it fairly convincingly, things looked rough for a while but they understood their win conditions and played to it. Which of these 2 teams can survive the challenge and come out on top?
Origen: A strong performance on day 1 is certainly a good start to the week but they’re going to need to improve their short term decision making, a few of the choices they made in their game against Splyce was questionable and if they can avoid those issues they’ll improve their chances against G2 significantly. It’s going to be tough as G2 usually stay equal in gold even when things look rough so Origen are going to want to punish them in any way they can.
G2 Esports: An extremely slow paced game against Elements meant they were in constant pressure that a single team fight could lose them the game, they didn’t manage to take a significantly lead and pressure at all during the earlier stages of the game so Elements were able to contest the game. If Origen can pull off something similar they’ll cause havoc for G2 so G2 are going to need that early game aggression.
I think Origen is coming into this with a minor advantage regardless of the win / loss discrepancy. G2 often play the earlier stages of the game fairly slowly unless they’re punishing mistakes. Origen doesn’t make mistakes too often in the earlier stages of the game and they thrive In the later stages of the game once their players have a few items. They understand their win conditions better than most teams and know how to play to them.
Origen are going to want to get their top laner on something that can split-push and duel, a Fiora or Quinn would be phenomenal picks and so could Gangplank if it’s not banned. Their jungler is going to need the aggressive champion as Origen like to scale in the lanes, a Lee Sin or Nidalee seem likely, Gragas could make an appearance though. Their middle lane seems likely to pick a burst mage such as Leblanc or Ahri. Their bottom lane has consistently played tanks in the bottom lane such as Alistar and Braum paired with a Lucian or Corki if available so keep an eye out for them. Once they’ve sorted out their draft they’re going to want to get early deep vision to keep track of the enemy jungler, playing safely when the location is unknown. They want to avoid falling in the earlier stages of the game and will rely on their jungler for map pressure. Once they’ve made it through the earlier stages they’re going to want to force their win conditions, split pushing or objective control, they thrive in the later stages of the game and need to reach that point to contest this game.
G2 need an early game aggressive jungler like Nidalee unless their plan is to team fight, in which case we could see a Gragas or Rumble. I think the aggressive champion is their better option though. Their middle lane is likely to pick up either Lissandra or Ahri in the middle lane as they’re versatile and can either play as a burst mage or focus on clearing waves of minions. Their top lane is a master of tanks and is likely to play either Nautilus or Poppy for the CC. Their bottom lane will be a tank support such as Alistar or Braum, whichever is left available during the drafting, or even a Trundle support which is likely to be paired with a Lucian. Once they’re set on their champions and have locked in they’re going to want to get a line of vision in the river to avoid ganks from Origen whilst pressure the lanes themselves. The earlier stages of the game are key to taking down Origen and if they manage to gain a lead they should be set up to take the game.
Prediction: G2 Esports Victory. Origen are probably going to put up one hell of a fight here and I think it’s going to be an exciting game, if Origen manage to survive the earlier stages of the game we’re going to see some excellent team fighting but ultimately I think G2 are going to gain a slight early lead that will expand as the game continues.
Week 7 | Day 2 – Match #2: Giants vs. H2K
Head to head record: Giants 0:1 H2k
Start Time: February 26, 10:00 AM PST/ 01:00 PM EST/ 19:00 CET)
Giants have made few improvements but H2k are going to be putting on one hell of a performance as it will be the last for their Marksman Forg1ven. Giants might be able to contest the earlier stages of the game when fights are based on mechanical skill but the longer the game draws out the more likely it would seem for H2k to take the win as their macro management seems significantly better.
Prediction: H2k Victory. I think even if Giants manage to take a lead in the earlier stages of the game H2k will be able to out rotate them and use tempo to their advantage to gain objectives across the map, giving them a map advantage. Their impressive team fighting will also be difficult for Giants to overcome and I think the game is going to end swiftly after a series of fights.
Week 7 | Day 2 – Match #3: Unicorns of Love vs. Splyce
Head to head record: Unicorns of Love 1:0 Splyce
Start Time: February 26, 11:00 AM PST/ 02:00 PM EST/ 20:00 CET)
This match is going to be odd, Unicorns of Love are starting to show some inconsistency and their constantly changing junglers are not helping the situation. Splyce have improved significantly and have been able to take leads in the earlier stages of the game, against the UoL team that is a significant point as UoL can be aggressive and might reach too far and give Splyce a chance to take the game however if the aggression pays off we could be looking at a Unicorn snowball.
Prediction: Splyce Victory. UoL have been underperforming and the change to their jungle once again will only hold them back. Splyce has been putting on great performances and have shown active improvements that I think will give them opportunities to take a lead in the middle game that will be turned into a victory after a few team fights.
Week 7 | Day 2 – Match #4: Fnatic vs. Roccat
Head to head record: Fnatic 1:0 Roccat
Start Time: February 26, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 21:00 CET)
Roccat have been surprising lately, at the beginning of the season the majority of their performances were lacklustre to say the least. But now they’re putting up fights, pressuring opponents and are taking early game leads that give them huge advantages for them to use. Fnatic are still having consistency issues but if the ‘Godsu’ shows up and the team takes charge then we could see some explosive fights near objectives.
Prediction: Fnatic Victory. I think they’re going to play the earlier stages of the game slightly safer than usual as Roccat have shown huge improvements recently, especially picking up the ex-Fnatic support Noxiak. Once the middle and later stages of the game show up then fights will start and I think Fnatic are going to play better on a micro level, giving them team fights and then the win.
Week 7 | Day 2 – Match #5: Team Vitality vs. Elements
Head to head record: Team Vitality 1:0 Elements
Start Time: February 26, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 22:00 CET)
Elements have certainly improved recently, they’ve been able to survive the earlier stages of the game against just about every other team they’ve been facing. If they can do it once against and against VIT they might just be able to contest the game with superior vision control, but gaining that vision is going to be more than just a challenge. Team Vitality is going to want to try and be aggressive as earlier as possible to throw off Elements but can they do it?
Team Vitality: Still performing on possibly the highest level of the European LCS, Team Vitality might run into a bit of trouble when facing off against Elements regardless of the score differences. Elements have significantly improved their early game and it might be more difficult to abuse so Team Vitality are going to need to find a different way to take an advantage.
Elements: Improvements to their early game means they’re becoming difficult to pressure and punish. This means that Elements should try and focus more on gaining a lead through objective control, vision and tempo. This means they’re going to need to start improving on their macro management and shot calling but that’s no simple task.
I think Team Vitality is coming into this with an advantage. They’ve had the most consistent performances of just about any team in the European LCS and they’re difficult to take advantage of. They’ve got a strong early game and if it reaches the later stages of the game then their phenomenal vision control will assist them in picking off their opponents.
Team Vitality is going to want to get their comfortable jungle champion, Nidalee or Lee Sin, for the early game pressure and the versatility for the later stages of the game. They’re likely to pick up either Quinn or Zilean in the jungle for a mix of either wave clear and utility or global pressure and split pushing. Their marksman seems likely to pick up Corki if it’s available and it’s worked extremely well with either Bard or Thresh as a support. Their top lane is their most versatile, both tanks and carries have been played in the top lane and I expect the pick to depend on the opponents draft however I think a preference for either Graves or Nautilus will get either of those champions picked up. Once they’re done with their draft they’re going to want to get a deep line of vision in the enemy jungle and pressure with their jungler. Trying to gank lanes and get the laners an advantage would be great to gain a lead but if it doesn’t work they’re going to want to try and gain a lead through their superior vision control and macro management.
Elements should aim to pick up something tanky in the top lane, carry champions haven’t been working out too well for them so maybe they’ll finally concede to the meta champions and pick a Nautilus for the top lane however I’ll be expecting a Graves to show up. Their jungler has been an avid player of Elise so that seems like the most obvious choice for a jungler however Nidalee will be a contested pick. Their bottom lane is going to want to try and grab Corki if it’s open to deny it from VIT and get it as a comfort pick for their marksman, paired with a support such as Braum or Thresh could lead to aggressive plays and great control in engaging team fights. Their middle lane is likely to pick up a mage with wave clear and utility so a Viktor or Zilean could work well however we’ve seen 4 different picks in 4 different matches so it’s difficult to track what they will pick for the middle lane. Once they’ve got their team together they’re going to want to get a safe line of vision across the river, survive the earlier stages of the game and try and take a hold of the middle game, creating advantages through tempo in the side lanes and forcing fights when it favours them. Doing so will gain them small advantages at a time which will accumulate until they can take the win.
Prediction: Team Vitality Victory. They’ve been difficult opponents for just about everyone and with their superior vision control, roaming players, rotations and superior team fighting I don’t think they’re going to run into too much trouble here. I’ll be expecting a middle game advantage created through their champions power spikes and for them to slowly take the lead from it.
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