LEC Spring Split 2020 Week 2 Recap: G2 Back on Top

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The LEC standings are beginning to take shape after Week 2 with G2 Esports reclaiming top spot following a convincing win over likely title challengers Origen.

The LEC has returned with a bang and so have G2 Esports, picking up exactly where they left off in the 2019 Summer Split. The defending European champions have won 19 of their last 22 regular season matches and look set to continue their rich run of form after another impressive showing in Week 2.

Meanwhile, Fnatic, Origen, and Rogue sit close behind and will undoubtedly be in close pursuit of G2 throughout the season, all vying for a place in the LEC Playoff Final in Budapest in just two months’ time.

As for the rest of the league, rookies are still getting settled, rosters are beginning to gel, and power rankings are starting to be built on in-game performances rather than preseason speculation.

Two teams still searching for their first win are Team Vitality, who remain without their starting mid laner Milica, and the experienced Schalke 04, who will no doubt be disappointed with their first four Spring Split games.

Here’s a recap of the Week 2 action:

Week 2 Results

Day 1

Origen 1 – 0 Rogue
SK Gaming 0 – 1 Misfits Gaming
Team Vitality 0 – 1 G2 Esports
Excel Esports 1 – 0 MAD Lions
Schalke 04 0 – 1 Fnatic

Day 2

Excel Esports 0 – 1 Misfits Gaming
Schalke 04 0 – 1 MAD Lions
Rogue 1 – 0 Team Vitality
SK Gaming 0 – 1 Fnatic
G2 Esports 1 – 0 Origen

Performance of the Week

G2 Esports 1 – 0 Origen

G2 Esports reestablished themselves as the clear first-place team in the LEC with an emphatic victory over fellow title hopefuls Origen in the Match of the Week on Saturday.

Origen have recaptured the form that guided them to a 2019 Spring Split runners-up medal, even with a fresh line-up, but for the first time this season they were forced out of their comfort zone by G2. The reigning LEC champions temporarily set aside their gung-ho, aggressive early playstyle in favor of pressuring Origen to take ill-advised objective trades which then led to G2 team fight victories.

Although there were a few adverse skirmishes and shaky moments from G2 – as well as a brief glimmer of hope for OG fans as their team took Baron at 29 minutes – the current LEC leaders always looked in control of the game.

Led by PERKZ’s LeBlanc, who was often found basically 1v5ing team fights, G2 eventually decided enough was enough and stormed the Origen base for one final brawl to close out the game.

While it wasn’t G2’s cleanest performance, it was a statement of intent directed towards the rest of the LEC. G2 Esports refuse to lift their foot off the gas as they continue their unbeaten run, targeting a third consecutive European title, and are looking to cement themselves as the best roster EU has ever seen.

Player of the Week

G2 Esports – Luka “PERKZ” Perković

With two wins from two games in Week 2, including an impressive victory over another top-four side, it should come as no surprise that a member of G2’s roster would be awarded Player of the Week.

It should also come as no surprise that PERKZ was the most impressive player in Week 2 after he was voted Player of the Game in wins against both Team Vitality and Origen.

Considering the Croatian has spent the last twelve months in a completely different role, it is incredible how seamlessly PERKZ has fit right back into the mid lane for G2 in 2020 so far. While many assumed it would take time to readjust to his previous position, PERKZ is playing like he never left the mid lane, and is showcasing the talents we’d all become accustomed to in the years leading up to his role swap.

Against Vitality PERKZ opted for Lucian and dominated his mid lane match-up, picking up an “unofficial” Penta Kill at just 13 minutes into the game.

Then while facing Origen, PERKZ’s LeBlanc was vital to his team’s victory as he constantly threatened the OG backline with his monstrous burst damage and mobility.

PERKZ currently boasts the second-highest KDA in the LEC (20.7, behind Rekkles’ 43) and also the highest Damage per Minute at 817, an incredible 150 damage above any other player in the league.

In a region of insanely talented “EU mids” PERKZ blows away the competition and is clearly the strongest player in his role.

And possibly the best player in Europe at the moment.

Standings After Week 2

1. G2 Esports (4 – 0)

2. Origen (3 – 1)
3. Fnatic (3 – 1)
4. Rogue (3 – 1)

5. Misfits Gaming (2 – 2)
6. Excel Esports (2 – 2)
7. MAD Lions (2 – 2)

8. SK Gaming (1 – 3)

9. Schalke 04 (0 – 4)
10. Team Vitality (0 – 4)

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League leaders G2 Esports face off against Rogue on Friday 7 February at approximately 16:00 EST / 22:00 CET. The winner will either claim or reclaim 1st place in the LEC standings. Catch the exciting match-up on the LEC Twitch channel or LoL Esports YouTube channel!