By Petar Vukobrat
February 6, 2020
Yet another week of play is upon us, so let’s take a closer look at a couple of 2020 Spring Split LEC Week 3 matches you need to watch! Last week’s games were exciting, but there weren’t many surprises or unexpected twists to speak of. In a way, it was just another week of play, which is far from a bad thing. The teams at the top remained there after a couple of stellar showings. We also got a better read on a couple of mid-tier gatekeepers and a few bottom-tier dwellers.
Four games is not a big sample size, that’s a fact, but it is enough for us to understand better how much potential (or lack thereof) a team has. For example, Schalke’s first two losses weren’t a big enough reason for anyone to sound the alarm. At 0W-4L however, there’s a reason for concern. The fact that they’re still struggling to get on the same page and mount an offensive is a problem.
They don’t look any better game after game. While there’s still more than enough time for them to right the ship, they have yet to convince us and therefore earn our benefit of the doubt. Conversely, Misfits Gaming got their first two wins on the board in small part thanks to Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten and his two vintage performances.
So, a team that was, by all accounts, downright abysmal in Week 1 improved beyond measure and now a fascinating dark horse. They’re currently better than Team Vitality, Schalke 04 and SK Gaming. If they continue playing at such a solid level, they might even be in playoff contention.
Finally, the third week of play won’t have a bevy of spectacular clashes. Instead, it’s mostly standard stuff, except for that one must-watch fight between G2 Esports and Fnatic to close out the week. Nevertheless, top tier play won’t be absent. There are still a few fascinating matchups worthy of your time and attention.
With that out of the way, let’s dive deeper in the 2020 LEC Week 3 matches!
To open things up, we have a fascinating clash between the former “kings of Europe” and Excel Esports. Now, if this were 2019, this would’ve been a one-sided shellacking in favor of Fnatic. This time around, however, things aren’t as black and white. Now sure, Fnatic is still heavily favored to get the win, but Excel is bound to make this into a much more competitive affair than most people expect.
First, Joey “YoungBuck” Steltenpool, Fnatic’s former head coach, decided to leave in favor of Excel during the most recent off-season. The “six-star general” often spoke about the atmosphere over at Fnatic and the fact that certain players didn’t want to train as much as he thought they needed to. He also felt that they were never really friends, but instead colleagues who bonded to a certain point and therefore remained distanced.
He’ll now look to upset his former team with a roster many deem inferior, and rightfully so. But to be fair, Excel is already playing far better than anyone expected. If they fix a few issues, they’re bound to become a solid mid-tier contender, above what they were in 2019 — mediocre bottom-tier dwellers.
Fnatic, on the other hand, have an inhumane amount of hype behind their backs just four games into the season. While their star seemed somewhat inconsistent, their last two games were phenomenal showings. To be fair, they weren’t up against top-tier opposition.
Again, they’re favored in this one and with good reason, but Excel won’t go down without a fight. If Fnatic underestimates them even in the slightest, we’re bound to get a hectic, skirmish-heavy clash between two solid line-ups.
We already know Fnatic have what it takes to reach the LEC finals once again. However, this game gives us a better read into Excel and whether they’re capable of throwing down with the big dogs.
Next up, we have a similar set-up. A top-tier behemoth against an up-and-coming line-up that’s brimming with potential. Rogue is better and more talented than Excel, but so is G2 when compared to Fnatic. If anything, this clash will be exciting because it’ll pit two teams who love to throw down regardless of the state of the game.
We’ve already seen mind-blowing play from G2 Esports. It feels like they didn’t need much time to get back to their old, dominant ways. Luka “Perkz” Perković is as good in the mid lane as he was in 2018. Rasmus “Caps” Winther is also dominating in his new role as an AD carry. Overall, we all know what to expect from the reigning champions: mind-blowing top-tier play and an unhinged style of League of Legends.
Rogue, on the other hand, failed to leave much of a mark in their clash against Origen last week. They weren’t predicted to win, many at least expected them to put up a fight. That didn’t happen. A team much more capable and dominant beat and overwhelmed them. There’s no shame in losing to a challenger like Origen, but this loss does move them down a bit in everyone’s power ranking.
So right now, they’re an excellent team that’s capable of surprising, but they’re just not as good or dangerous as the likes of G2, Fnatic, or Origen. That might change, with time, but it’s going to take a ton of effort and perhaps a slight shift in the meta as well.
Either way, these two teams will entertain us regardless of the outcome. If Rogue plays to their strengths, they might even give G2 Esports a run for their money.
The second day is perhaps even more fascinating because of the age-old LEC el clasico — G2 Esports vs. Fnatic! It’s one of the 2020 LEC Week 3 matches that everyone wants to see. It always delivers regardless of the meta and each team’s line-up.
But before that game, we have another matchup that might pique your interest.
If you’re a fan of the LEC, then you should tune in to MAD vs. Rogue. This is, in many ways, a clash between the superstars of tomorrow. Rogue is entering the clash with more momentum. They’re certainly more seasoned. Still, MAD Lions displayed admirable team cohesion and potential in their first four outings on the biggest stage in Europe. They might look like rookies, but they don’t play like a rookie squad.
Even when they’re facing some of the biggest and most respected LEC veterans, they’re not afraid making proactive moves. To them, it doesn’t matter whom they’re up against. That’s rare, especially for such a young squad. When you pair that with the stellar coaching staff, you get a fascinating mid-tier team.
Now, it feels like they still lack the oomph which is necessary to compete with Rogue — especially with Marek “Humanoid” Brázda underperforming — but they’re worthy of following. Rogue is favored to get the win and they desperately want to make a statement. But if MAD Lions play as well as they can, this might be a lot closer than most people expect. Either way, watching two young and talented line-ups duke it out on the Summoner’s Rift is entertaining.
What a spectacular way to close out the week. Both LEC giants have shown quite a lot over the last two weeks, which is the main reason why everyone’s so darn excited to see them square off. Obviously, G2 Esports automatically get the benefit of the doubt, but Fnatic has a shot at taking them down.
They’ve been playing some good League of Legends and have shown improved synergy with Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek. As things stand, it seems like they’re every bit as good as with Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen and are only getting better with each game they play.
Their drafts do leave a lot to be desired overall. They’re still prone to making egregious, mind-boggling mistakes when you least expect it. But their mechanical prowess and team fighting ability are stellar. Then again, you can say the same thing about G2 Esports. The team is making fewer mistakes and is more dominant, especially on an individual level.
Their one-sided win over Origen made things very clear. They’re the best team in the region by a country mile and have shown no willingness to relinquish their throne any time soon. When they play to the best of their ability, there’s not a team in the West that is capable of trading blows.
The way they shut down Andre “Xerxe” Dragomir in the pick and ban phase was spectacular. They had a huge upper hand even before ever spawning on the Summoner’s Rift. They’re a behemoth in every sense of the word. You should tune in every time they step foot on stage if you’re into top-tier League of Legends.
They’re favored to get the win here as well. But if Fnatic manages to make things insanely competitive, this clash should be no different.
That’s it for our list of 2020 LEC Week 3 matches you need to watch! This week gives us better insight into both LEC titans, but also the many up-and-coming challengers bound to leave a mark in the grand scheme of things throughout the season. If it’s quality League of Legends you’re after, make sure to tune in on Friday and Saturday.