League of Legends LEC: Surefire Predictions for Week One, Day One

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With a new LEC season starting this week, we kick off our inaugural picks for the European League of Legends action.

It’s a brand new season of professional League of Legends, with every team back to a clean record, including yours truly with the picks. Every week, I will try my best to predict who wins each LEC match up and give my player to watch for in the games.

Will I smurf in my picks, or run it down mid? It’s week one, so I start out 0-0. To see the entire LEC schedule, click here and stay tuned for my picks for the January 25 games tomorrow!

Game 1: G2 Esports vs. MAD Lions

Despite role swaps, don’t expect G2 Esports to lose any steam.  Wunder, Jankos, Perkz, Caps, and Mikyx might just be the greatest collection of talent that any European League of Legends organization has produced.

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Meanwhile, MAD Lions has just lost its former starting jungler Selfmade to Fnatic and are likely rebuilding. Little to say about this matchup, it should be fairly one-sided.

Winner: G2 Esports

Player to look out for: Rasmus “Caps” Winther just made the switch over to ADC to give Luka “Perkz” Perković back the mid lane. Seeing how this develops will be a critical story to follow in the coming split.

Game 2: Team Vitality vs. SK Gaming

Vitality’s roster has completely shifted. On the 7th of December in 2019, Vitality added three new starting roster pieces for their jungle, mid, and bot in Skeanz, Milica, and Comp.

Meanwhile, SK Gaming has undergone some roster changes as well. Their new jungler Trick, formerly of Schalke 04, and newcomer LIMIT are going to make their SK debuts. It’s really anyone’s guess who’s gonna take this game, but I’ll stick with the “make some noise” coach.

Winner: Team Vitality

Player to look out for: Jactroll has been bread and butter at the support position for Vitality. His ability to set up plays is a large part of why I picked Vitality in this matchup.

Game 3: Rouge vs. Misfits Gaming

Well, this game should be interesting. Newly-minted Rouge ADC Steven “Hans Sama” Liv faces off against his previous squad. Hans Sama will prove himself to be the best player on Summoner’s Rift this game. He takes over this game against his former organization.

Winner: Rouge

Player to look out for: Hans Sama will be playing with emotion this game as he’s playing an organization that he was deeply invested in for 3 years. Will this make him better or worse? Let’s hope for the sake of my pick that it makes him better.

Game 4: Schalke 04 vs. Excel Esports

We’re not even sure right now what starting lineup Excel will trot out on stage this coming Friday. Different reports rumor different starting lineups for the organization.

The only thing I know is that when last seen FORG1VEN was one of the top ADC’s in the LEC. Welcome back FORG1VEN. Good luck in your first game back from military service.

Winner: Schalke 04

Player to look out for: FORG1VEN just sacrificed a part of his career to complete military service for his country. Look for him to re-enter the League of Legends competitive scene with a vengeance.

Game 5: Fnatic vs. Origen

Last year, these two teams battled for second place in the LEC. While most will be looking at the explosive bot lane match up of Rekkles vs. Upset, I believe the carry will come from the mid laner of Fnatic, Tim “Nemesis” Lipovšek. He had an overlooked world’s run. Expect to see his development skyrocket over the course of the split.

Winner: Fnatic

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Player to look for: The latest changes to their roster involve the reunion of teammates and friends Selfmade and Nemesis. Their synergy and development together as players will be crucial if they are to compete with the likes of G2 Esports.