League of Legends LEC Playoff Preview: G2 Esports vs. Origen

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G2 Esports take on Origen in the LEC playoffs this weekend in a battle between the two best teams in Europe. G2’s incredible start to the season was met with awe from fans across the globe, whereas Origen’s rise to 2nd place was much less publicised but remarkable nonetheless.

Expectations were set tremendously high for these two super teams before the season kicked off in January and so far, they look on track to meet fans’ and analysts’ lofty predictions. While both sides will have expected to make playoffs comfortably, they’ll no doubt be pleased with how well their first split of 2019 has panned out, finishing 1st and 2nd and while looking the two standout teams during the regular season.

Historically the top two regular season teams couldn’t meet in playoffs until the final or third place match, however with the change of format for the LEC, G2 Esports and Origen will face off on what would usually be the semi-final weekend. This change ensures that viewers aren’t robbed of a showdown between the two highest rated teams from the regular season, as well as placing more importance on regular season standings, as 1st and 2nd have the opportunity to lose a series and still lift the LEC trophy.

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Despite having already booked their places in Rotterdam, it goes without saying that both G2 and Origen will be giving it their all to avoid a potential semi-final game against either Fnatic or Splyce next weekend. Taking victory on Saturday will not just secure a spot in the final but will provide momentum going into the last game of the Spring Split, while also avoiding two Bo5 series in two days. Clearly the stakes are monumentally high and the match-up is set to be an intense and entertaining watch for LEC fans, that could go either way.