LEC 2019: LEC Week 2 is looking spicy!

Jax. League of Legends.
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League of Legends. Photo Courtesy of Riot Games.
League of Legends. Photo Courtesy of Riot Games. /

Game to watch – Day 2 – Game 2: SK Gaming vs Excel Esports

Day 2 brings us a new iteration of the historic sporting rivalry between England and Germany 1966, 1970, 2010 and now 2019! Returning veteran organisation SK Gaming takes on Excel Esports in what is going to be one of my most hyped games of Week 2.

My major concerns lie with Excel, especially Fabian “Exile” Schubert in the mid lane. Exile was known throughout 2018 as being a middle of the pack mid laner, having some extremely high highs but more often than not he finds himself overextended with no vision and ends up getting himself killed off of the back of that.

On the other side of the map is Exile’s mid lane counterpart, former SKT T1 mid laner Choi “Pirean” Jun-sik. Pirean had a decent showing in his first week, often finding himself as SK’s anchor in the middle of the map – he holds mid lane down freeing up hotshot jungler Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek to assist the more aggressive side lanes.

A matchup I’m excited to see in this game is Ki “Expect” Dae-han vs Jorge “Werlyb” Casanovas Moreno-Torres. Expect is known for his more aggressive picks like Rumble, Renekton and Gangplank, and despite losing a game last week on Rumble I fully expect him to pull the Yordle back out.

As a contrast, Werlyb was known during his original run in the EU LCS as a Jax one-trick. During week 1 we saw him play tanky picks Poppy and Sion, which I admit did dishearten me. I just really want to see Werlyb pull out his signature Jax or maybe a Fiora to counter Sion!

Both teams come to the showdown with a 1-1 record. Roster-wise they both look fairly solid, and this game could easily go either way. As much as I would like Excel to win, I’m a man of reason.

I’m calling this an SK Gaming win!