Breaking down the worst LEC bot lane duos

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8. Martin ‘HeaQ’ Kordmaa/Kim ‘Wadid’ Bae-in

Though a bit better than the teams above them, HeaQ and Wadid did not look prepared for the lane opponents that they faced this week. During their Splyce game, the two pushed far up in the lane, gong for the 2v2 kill against Kobbe, only to get chased back down the lane against a Karthus with his ultimate up. This would have been forgivable – HeaQ came very close to taking out Kobbe – if it wasn’t a consistent problem throughout the game.

Again, chasing Kobbe under a turret a second time can’t all be attributed to HeaQ and Wadid (it was the entire team the second time around), but both gave up their lives to the Karthus ultimate several times, some of which were probably avoidable. They also gave up first blood in their second game against G2, helping insulate G2’s weaker bot lane.  It wasn’t a truly bad performance for either player, but we’ll need to see more in the coming weeks.

7. Jesper ‘Jeskla’ Klarin/Raymond ‘kaSing’ Tsang

ExceL is the only team in the LEC that has gone 0-2 both weeks, and though their chances in the league don’t look great, there have been some upsides. Their game against G2 – the only undefeated team after week 2 – alternated between encouraging and worrying.

ExceL leaped out to an incredible early lead, only to falter in the late game to superior macro. During the integral turning point in the game, Jeskla approached a nearly-dead Caps, but ended up feeding him a kill in the process.

Later in the game, he and kaSing both abandoned a fight, leaving two of their teammates to die. In their second game against SK, the duo failed to stay even in CS, contributing to the slow snowball that SK built — never feeding kills, but failing to contest objectives and conceding the game by proxy.

6. Jus ‘Crownshot’ Marusic/Han ‘Dreams’ Min-kook

It’s hard putting Crownshot and Dreams this low on the list. Both players showed strong mechanical prowess in their games, landing them a respectable 1-1 record on the week. However, despite some strong play on his Ezreal in the mid-game of their loss against S04, Crownshot lost first blood.

Of course, the team was immediately able to turn that around for two kills, so the sacrifice was worth it. However, going down in lane against Kai’sa has its long-term costs, and the duo would end up rotating to trade a turret which was already lost through lane pressure.

In this game, SK showed no remorse for overcommitting on Crownshot, and they dove him under his turret once more, despite a solid interrupt from Dreams’ Alistar, putting him further in the hole. The eventual loss in this game falls not so much on Crownshot’s shoulders, but on those of the rest of his team, who failed to capitalize on SK’s overcommitments onto the evasive ADC. However, Crownshot’s inability to kite around the dive comp may have eventually cost his team the game.

And there you have it: the worst LEC bot lanes of week 2 – in this writer’s humble opinion. The performances of these players ranged from vaguely promising to apocalyptically poor, and it will be interesting to see who redeems themselves in the coming weeks.

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Week 2 of the LEC showed some teams splitting from the huge group of 1-1s after week 1, and we’ll be looking at the top-performing bot duos in our next installment. Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to leave a comment below if you think I missed a particularly poor performance.