Breaking down the worst LEC bot lane duos

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Teamwork makes the dream work in the bot lane, and the best bottom lane duos work like well-oiled machines. The worst LEC bot lanes? Not so much…

From the Bang/Wolf combination who took down multiple world championships to the infamous CLG “Rush Hour” of years past, to the Sven/Mithy “Best in the West”, it’s all about the team combos on the south side of the map. Given the duality of this lane, it’s nearly impossible to appraise either ADC or support without looking at the other half of the lane. As a result, we will take a look at who are the worst LEC bot lanes following the week two action.

We’ve seen some awesome play coming out during these first couple weeks, with some solid engage supports and mid/late-game ADCs being leveraged to turn the tides of the fight. This week I’m going to examine the worst LEC bot lanes of them all. Let’s kick it off with the stinkers.

10. Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson/Zdravets ‘Hylissang’ Iliev Galabov

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Let’s just get this one, the worst LEC bot lane of them all, out of the way. Since their return from Worlds Finals, Fnatic has gone 0-4 in their first two weeks.

This isn’t really surprising; FNC squads of old would go 0-7, then proceed to win the split. However, it is always a shock to see this team underperform in a  region they have traditionally dominated, and 2019 Spring is no exception.

During the games of week 2, the Rekkles and Hylissang bot lane oscillated between deplorable and mediocre., with their performance during the Schalke game secured them at the top of this list. During this particular fiesta, the two went a combined 1-14 and gave up first blood (and second, third and fourth).

They looked better in their Vitality game but still saw Rekkles chasing kills over walls into certain death and holding his flash against the Gragas cask that killed him. Rekkles benched himself last year, and the time off seemed to clear up his mindset; maybe that’s not a bad idea right about now.

9. Patrik ‘Patrik’ Jíru/Alfonso ‘Mithy’ Aguirre Rodriguez

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Another team that went 0-2 in week 2, neither of Origen’s games looked particularly close. By twenty minutes they were down 1-6 and 2-8 against SPY and Misfits respectively.

From the bottom lane itself, Mithy hemorrhaged kills, while Patrik failed to capitalize on his long range poke. In hindsight, the games of week 2 bore an eerie resemblance to one another.

Mithy and Patrik were facing off against a 2-0 late-game ADC, Patrik lacking any kills of his own, and Mithy sitting at 0-2 on his Alistar. And though there were certainly other factors leading to their eventual defeat, the bot lane feeding kills to a Vayne and Kai’sa is not what we’d call a “winning strategy”.

Credit where it’s due; Patrik did look decent heading into the late game in both the games, dealing out reasonable DPS. But both those games were already lost by that point – partly on the back of his own laning.